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Who Should I Draft?

Max Muncy or Ke'Bryan Hayes (2021)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
Experts' Pick
  Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
Ke'Bryan Hayes
3B - PIT
Ke'Bryan Hayes
Recommended by
46 of 51 experts
Recommended by
5 of 51 experts
ECR# 64# 85
Best Rank# 38# 57
Worst Rank# 93# 139
Composite# 96# 133
Best Rank# 80# 127
Worst Rank# 101# 147
Home Runs3016
Stolen Bases38
Batting Average.242.275
Injury Alert--
Expert Ranks 
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 62# 101
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 81# 93
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 67# 89
Site Projections
# 90# 108
Grey Albright
# 72# 77
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 63# 83
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 76# 85
Beast Dome
# 38# 139
Fantasy Team Advice
# 75# 94
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 77# 86
Andrew Gould
# 65# 102
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 59# 92
Rudy Gamble
# 65# 80
Wayne Bretsky
# 48# 79
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 69# 85
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 64# 83
Chris Meaney
# 58# 89
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 63# 91
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 63# 88
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 62# 64
Mario Mergola
# 63# 70
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 66# 105
Nick Mariano
# 63# 95
Mike Maher
# 48# 72
Michael Waterloo
# 56# 73
Dan Harris
# 41# 83
Pierre Camus
# 56# 85
Andrew Seifter
# 63# 98
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 62# 73
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 66# 91
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 61# 102
Mick Ciallela
# 70# 90
Ariel Cohen
# 83# 94
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 82# 113
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 59# 85
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 66# 91
Carmen Maiorano
# 75# 137
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 80# 88
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 48# 58
Nate Miller
# 45# 115
Brad Camara
# 65# 66
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 65# 86
Corbin Young
# 70# 75
Chris Clegg
# 66# 91
Joe Pisapia
# 63# 82
Nicklaus Gaut
# 93# 98
Brendan Tuma
# 60# 58
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 69# 57
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 78# 71
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 81# 66
Donkey Teeth
# 85# 69
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
Ke'Bryan Hayes
3B - PIT
Ke'Bryan Hayes
2020 Stats 
At Bats20385
Home Runs125
Stolen Bases11
Caught Stealing00
Batting Average.192.377
On Base Pct.331.442
Slugging Pct.389.682
On-base Plus Slugging.7201.125
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
Ke'Bryan Hayes
3B - PIT
Ke'Bryan Hayes
2021 Projections 
At Bats486506
Home Runs3016
Stolen Bases38
Caught Stealing12
Batting Average.242.275
On Base Pct.362.341
Slugging Pct.472.451
On-base Plus Slugging.834.793
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Max Muncy
1B,2B,3B - LAD
Max Muncy
Ke'Bryan Hayes
3B - PIT
Ke'Bryan Hayes
 First baseman Max Muncy went 1-for-4 with an RBI double, a run scored, and a strikeout as the Dodgers took down the Rockies 5-4 in extra-innings on Tuesday.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Sep 22nd
Ke'Bryan Hayes went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored Monday against the Tigers.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Sep 6th
 Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Max Muncy suffered a right knee contusion during Wednesday's game against Arizona.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Sep 16th
Pirates 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes (hand) is once again absent from the lineup on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 1st
 First baseman Max Muncy went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, two RBI, three runs scored, and a walk as the Dodgers beat the D-Backs 8-4 on Tuesday.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Sep 15th
Ke'Bryan Hayes went 1-for-4 with a stolen base Sunday against the Brewers.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Aug 15th
 Max Muncy went 1-for-4 on the day, hitting a two-run homer to open the scoring and make it 2-0 Dodgers.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sat, Sep 11th
Ke'Bryan Hayes went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday against the Reds.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Aug 8th
 First baseman Max Muncy went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored as the Dodgers lost to the Cardinals 5-4 on Wednesday.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Sep 8th
Ke'Bryan Hayes went 2-for-5 with two doubles, one RBI, and one run scored Friday against the Phillies.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jul 30th
 Muncy's batting average dropped to a ridiculously low .192 last year, and there were two culprits. The first is that his line drive rate plummeted from 23.5% to just 13.8%, leading to far more ground balls. The second was that he simply didn't hit the ball as hard. His hard hit rate and average exit velocity fell, and his HR/FB rate dropped seven points. Muncy dealt with finger and elbow injuries, so those may account for his poor season, but even then he was on pace to reach the 30-homer plateau for a third straight year. Muncy has position eligibility galore, and at the weak second base position, so continue to draft him in the middle rounds as a cheap source of power who adds value thanks to his ability to play all around the infield for your fantasy team.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Hayes came up through the minors as a glove-first prospect before erupting onto the major league scene by hitting 376/.442/.582 in a 24-game sample. His 92.8 mph average exit velocity and 55.4% hard-hit rate both would've ranked within the top-15 of baseball if he had the playing time to qualify. Hayes still hits more ground balls than I'd like, but he's talented enough to continue adjusting and is already a very different hitter than he was in 2019. Hayes might not hit 25+ homers but fantasy managers can expect a high average with a lot of doubles. Early-career Manny Machado is my best comparison for him.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
 Muncy's finger was hit by a pitch during summer camp. While he was able to play through it, the issue was a pain-tolerance one that bothered him all year long. The hard-hit rate and average exit velocity worsened, though his walk rate ranked in the 93rd percentile. This data backs up the idea that Muncy was simply playing through something. Adding to his bounce back case is a .203 BABIP from 2020, well below his career mark of .266.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
Hayes had an outstanding 24-game run with the Pirates last year, hitting five home runs with an 1.124 OPS and a 55.4% hard-hit rate, which would have ranked seventh best in the majors had he had enough plate appearances. But that was far more offensve production than he had shown in the minors, where he totaled just a .752 OPS with 25 home runs in 461 career games. Hayes makes a ton of contact and should bat near the top of the Pirates order this year, so even if he regresses some offensively, he should still find enough counting stats to be useful. But don't expect 2020's power levels.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  Ke'Bryan Hayes busted onto the scene once he was promoted to the majors. He slashed .376/.442/.682 with five home runs, 11 RBI, 17 runs scored and one stolen base across 95 plate appearances in 2020. The 24-year-old is expected to be the Pirates primary third baseman and hit in the top of the order. Hayes stole 25 bases in the minors from 2018-2019 and is a threat for double digit steals. Hayes will look to build on his 2020 campaign and could produce a 20-10 season for fantasy managers in 2021.
Brad Camara - FantasyPros