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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
Expert
Recommendation
90%
Recommended by
46 of 51 experts
10%
Recommended by
5 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 64# 85
Best Rank# 38# 57
Worst Rank# 93# 139
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 96# 133
Best Rank# 80# 127
Worst Rank# 101# 147
   
Projections 
   
Runs8972
Home Runs3016
RBI8862
Stolen Bases38
Batting Average.242.275
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 62# 101
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 81# 93
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 67# 89
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 90# 108
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 72# 77
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 63# 83
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 76# 85
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 38# 139
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 75# 94
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 77# 86
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 65# 102
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 59# 92
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 65# 80
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 48# 79
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 69# 85
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 64# 83
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 58# 89
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 63# 91
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 63# 88
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 62# 64
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 63# 70
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 66# 105
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 63# 95
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 48# 72
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 56# 73
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 41# 83
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 56# 85
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 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
Fantrax
# 70# 90
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 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
FantasyPros
# 75# 137
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 80# 88
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 48# 58
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 45# 115
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 65# 66
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 65# 86
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 70# 75
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 66# 91
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 63# 82
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 93# 98
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 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
Razzball
# 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
   
Runs3617
   
Hits3932
   
Singles2318
   
Doubles47
   
Triples02
   
Home Runs125
   
RBI2711
   
Stolen Bases11
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks399
   
Strikeouts6020
   
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
   
Runs8972
   
Hits117137
   
Singles6584
   
Doubles2031
   
Triples15
   
Home Runs3016
   
RBI8862
   
Stolen Bases38
   
Caught Stealing12
   
Walks9050
   
Strikeouts149116
   
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
News 
 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
Notes 
 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