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Who Should I Draft?

Ketel Marte or Whit Merrifield (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ketel Marte
2B,SS,OF - ARI
Ketel Marte
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
71%
Recommended by
32 of 45 experts
29%
Recommended by
13 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 30# 41
Best Rank# 20# 13
Worst Rank# 79# 127
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 40# 47
Best Rank# 34# 41
Worst Rank# 44# 59
   
Projections 
   
Runs3332
Home Runs95
RBI3023
Stolen Bases38
Batting Average.298.292
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 34# 60
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 25# 48
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 41# 64
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 48
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 21# 41
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 38# 63
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 34# 35
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 28# 41
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 30# 41
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 42
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 29# 34
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 29# 45
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 26# 127
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 30# 37
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 20# 32
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 27# 69
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 30# 39
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 28# 41
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 28# 48
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 32# 38
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 32# 36
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 30# 52
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 38# 72
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 45# 46
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 22# 50
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 22# 55
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 37# 54
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 36# 64
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 25# 59
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 29# 42
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 28# 43
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 23# 93
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 28
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 33# 25
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 33# 30
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 33# 29
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 36# 31
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 38# 36
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 38# 34
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 38# 19
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 46# 13
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 54# 27
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 65# 24
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 75# 41
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 79# 36
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Ketel Marte
2B,SS,OF - ARI
Ketel Marte
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats569681
   
Runs97105
   
Hits187206
   
Singles110139
   
Doubles3641
   
Triples910
   
Home Runs3216
   
RBI9274
   
Stolen Bases1020
   
Caught Stealing210
   
Walks5345
   
Strikeouts86126
   
Batting Average.329.303
   
On Base Pct.389.348
   
Slugging Pct.592.463
   
On-base Plus Slugging.981.811
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Ketel Marte
2B,SS,OF - ARI
Ketel Marte
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats210221
   
Runs3332
   
Hits6265
   
Singles3843
   
Doubles1214
   
Triples32
   
Home Runs95
   
RBI3023
   
Stolen Bases38
   
Caught Stealing13
   
Walks2016
   
Strikeouts3340
   
Batting Average.298.292
   
On Base Pct.360.341
   
Slugging Pct.509.442
   
On-base Plus Slugging.869.783
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Ketel Marte
2B,SS,OF - ARI
Ketel Marte
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
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Notes 
 With second base being as weak as it is, it's kind of shocking that Ketel Marte is going this low in drafts. Sure, the breakout was out of nowhere - despite being a popular breakout pick for three years in a row - but he actually was stronger down the stretch than he was in the first half, and there are very few concerns with his underlying numbers. A change to the baseball could see his home runs come down, but not enough so that he won't return draft-day value.
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
 Marte suddenly went from being a career .263 hitter with 22 home runs in 1,548 plate appearances to batting .329 with 32 home runs in 628 plate appearances. And while he made many overall gains, such as a massive increase in launch angle, his expected batting average was just .299 and that .030 difference was 10th-highest in MLB. He also upped his pull percentage by a significant amount, and pulled all but one of his home runs, which should be something that pitchers can exploit in 2020. Buy some of the gains, but consider Marte closer to a .290-25 type of hitter.
Dan Harris - 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
 There is no one who will deny the likelihood that Marte's .329 batting average drops this year but we are still talking about a kid who hit 32 homers with 10 steals last year. As we've seen with Jose Ramirez and J.D. Martinez, these breakout stars can sometimes even further improve.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
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
 In the Era of the Juiced ball (and I am sure some juiced bodies too) I am not buying Marte's 2019 power surge and he doesn't run as much as you might think he does. I am not paying for 30 home runs and 10 stolen bases when regression suggests 15-20 HRs and five SBs. Marte won't fall this far and I am fine with that. I will be owning ZERO shares of the 2019 shocker of the year in Fantasy baseball.
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
 Marte earned every bit of his 32 HRs last year. His average is almost certain to come down a bit, but his breakout was real, and similar numbers are certainly not out of reach. He is being discounted out of fear for massive regression. I am happy to take the discount.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy