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Who Should I Draft?

Keston Hiura or Whit Merrifield (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Keston Hiura
2B - MIL
Keston Hiura
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
62%
Recommended by
28 of 45 experts
38%
Recommended by
17 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 33# 41
Best Rank# 19# 13
Worst Rank# 67# 127
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 49# 47
Best Rank# 42# 41
Worst Rank# 66# 59
   
Projections 
   
Runs3133
Home Runs115
RBI3224
Stolen Bases58
Batting Average.284.293
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 27# 34
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 31# 60
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 40# 48
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 36# 64
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 30# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 33# 48
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 39# 41
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 40# 63
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 41# 42
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 33# 41
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 42
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 31# 45
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 55# 127
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 19# 24
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 35# 37
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 37# 69
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 37# 48
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 29# 38
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 27# 52
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 29# 72
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 37# 46
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 37# 50
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 25# 55
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 34# 54
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 40# 66
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 39# 59
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 41# 42
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 38# 93
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 24# 13
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 30
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 32# 28
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 36# 34
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 36# 29
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 36# 32
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 38# 27
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 38# 35
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 39# 36
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 39# 31
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 40# 39
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 40# 36
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 42# 41
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 44# 36
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 49# 19
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 55# 43
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 67# 25
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Keston Hiura
2B - MIL
Keston Hiura
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats314681
   
Runs51105
   
Hits95206
   
Singles51139
   
Doubles2341
   
Triples210
   
Home Runs1916
   
RBI4974
   
Stolen Bases920
   
Caught Stealing310
   
Walks2545
   
Strikeouts107126
   
Batting Average.303.303
   
On Base Pct.368.348
   
Slugging Pct.570.463
   
On-base Plus Slugging.938.811
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Keston Hiura
2B - MIL
Keston Hiura
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats202222
   
Runs3133
   
Hits5765
   
Singles3244
   
Doubles1314
   
Triples12
   
Home Runs115
   
RBI3224
   
Stolen Bases58
   
Caught Stealing23
   
Walks1616
   
Strikeouts6141
   
Batting Average.284.293
   
On Base Pct.335.342
   
Slugging Pct.517.443
   
On-base Plus Slugging.852.785
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Keston Hiura
2B - MIL
Keston Hiura
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
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Notes 
 Keston Hiura was my favorite player to go after in 2018 first-year player drafts who wasn't named Shohei Ohtani. Yes, more than Luis Robert. I compared him at the time to prime Dustin Pedroia but with more power. Hiura's early returns were better than I had imagined. He's in the perfect ballpark, and he's at the shallowest position outside of catcher to justify this ranking - even with the high strikeout marks. Hiura is going to be a top-three second baseman in fantasy for the next decade."
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Fool me once, right? Those who invested heavily in Whit Merrifield in 2019 were disappointed, as he failed to replicate the stolen base numbers that he gave you in 2018. He's a non-zero in power, but unless the steals return to 40-plus, which is unlikely for a 31-year-old, he's going to fail to give you the production that you want. There are better options at both second base and outfield that you can comfortably pass on Merrifield for.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 In his first year with the big league club, Hiura was every bit as good as advertised, going for 19 homers, 9 steals and a .303 BA in just half a season. We could very well see him among the top three in the position by year's end, but he isn't quite as safe as any of the options above him.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Merrifield leads off the second tier of fantasy second basemen after Altuve, Torres and Albies. He won't hit 20 bombs, but we can expect a batting average near or above .300 plus 20-30 steals once again, making him a great fifth round pick.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Keston Hiura is one of my most owned players and one of my favorite picks at ADP this season. You are getting what I call the "Sophomore Discount," which is when rookies blow up on to the scene and people are hesitant to fully buy into it. Hiura is a pure hitter, hits the ball ridiculously hard, and will bat in the heart of a solid lineup. Sign me up as he has clear 30/15 upside and room for more.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
SOME power and above average speed makes me more bullish on Merrifield than the consensus. Stolen bases are becoming more and more rare, but the Royals were second in SB in 2019. That enhances Merrifields stature in my rankings as well.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
  His drop in SBs and SB success rate keeps him out of the top 5 2B for me this season. Safe pick at ADP as there is no real breakout potential.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy