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Who Should I Draft?

Mike Trout or Francisco Lindor (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Mike Trout
CF - LAA
Mike Trout
Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
Expert
Recommendation
75%
Recommended by
39 of 52 experts
25%
Recommended by
13 of 52 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 3# 6
Best Rank# 1# 4
Worst Rank# 16# 18
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 2# 8
Best Rank# 1# 7
Worst Rank# 3# 9
   
Projections 
   
Runs4038
Home Runs1512
RBI3633
Stolen Bases57
Batting Average.306.288
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 2# 16
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 7
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 3# 6
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 3# 9
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 3# 7
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 2# 5
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 2# 7
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 2# 6
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 14# 18
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 6# 7
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 3# 11
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 2# 7
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 2# 6
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 7
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 5# 6
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 1# 7
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 1# 15
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 1# 6
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 2# 6
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 2# 8
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 3# 7
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 5
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 3# 8
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 3# 7
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 4# 7
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 3# 6
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 6
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 2# 6
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 2# 5
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 1# 7
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 6
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 2# 7
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 2# 9
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 3# 10
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 1# 8
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 1# 6
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 2# 8
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 1# 5
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 1# 6
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 5# 4
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 5
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 6# 5
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 7# 5
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 5
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 8# 4
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 8# 7
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 9# 6
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 10# 6
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 10# 5
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 10# 6
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 10# 6
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 16# 5
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Mike Trout
CF - LAA
Mike Trout
Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats470598
   
Runs110101
   
Hits138170
   
Singles6496
   
Doubles2740
   
Triples22
   
Home Runs4532
   
RBI10474
   
Stolen Bases1122
   
Caught Stealing25
   
Walks11046
   
Strikeouts12098
   
Batting Average.294.284
   
On Base Pct.440.335
   
Slugging Pct.647.518
   
On-base Plus Slugging1.087.854
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Mike Trout
CF - LAA
Mike Trout
Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats172219
   
Runs4038
   
Hits5363
   
Singles2736
   
Doubles1014
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs1512
   
RBI3633
   
Stolen Bases57
   
Caught Stealing12
   
Walks4120
   
Strikeouts4536
   
Batting Average.306.288
   
On Base Pct.439.349
   
Slugging Pct.620.524
   
On-base Plus Slugging1.059.872
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Mike Trout
CF - LAA
Mike Trout
Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
News 
 Mike Trout did not play during Sunday's 5-0 loss against the Dodgers to conclude the Angels season.
Lucas Spence
Mon, Sep 28th
MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports the Red Sox won't prioritize trading for Indians SS Francisco Lindor.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Nov 10th
 Mike Trout connected for a three-run home run in Friday’s loss to the Dodgers. Trout smashed a Clayton Kershaw curveball with two on and two out in the top of the third inning to briefly give the Angels the lead. It was the first home run of Trout’s career off of the future Hall-of-Fame pitcher. He finished the game 1-for-4 with one run and three RBI.
Lucas Spence
Sat, Sep 26th
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Indians intend to trade SS Francisco Lindor by Opening Day.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Nov 5th
 Angels megastar Mike Trout drove in the winning run for the Angels on Saturday night, lacing a go-ahead RBI single to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Angels a 4-3 victory over the Rangers. The RBI single was Trout’s only hit of the evening, but he sure did make it count. Trout finished the night 1-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout.
Lucas Spence
Sun, Sep 20th
Francisco Lindor went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Indians' Game 1 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 30th
 Mike Trout went 1-for-4 with a single and a strikeout in a 9-8 loss to Arizona on Tuesday night.
Lucas Spence
Wed, Sep 16th
Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor went 0-for-2 with three walks, a run, and a steal in a 4-3 win over the Pirates on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 26th
 Angels superstar center-fielder Mike Trout connected for his major league-leading 16th home run on Wednesday night, crushing a low fastball deep into the left center-field seats at Globe Life Field (estimated 449 ft). Trout finished the game 2-for-5 with two runs and one RBI in a 6-2 win over Texas.
Lucas Spence
Thu, Sep 10th
Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk in a 3-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 23rd
Notes 
 Potential verse reliability is the question here. Acuna and Trout are likely to have comparable home run totals while Acuna should steal more bases. We know what we're getting from Trout and with Rendon in the lineup, maybe 2020 is a career year. It wouldn't surprise me to see Acuna have the better statistical 2020, but Trout's reliability gets my pick at #1.1.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
Lindor is the definition of a safe player, which is great at this point in the draft. There were concerns he wouldn't run much in 2019 with his Spring Training calf injury, but he still stole 22 bases. He's an elite-contact bat, who should post double-digit steals and homers in the shortened season.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Having Trout third feels weird, but there are concerns with his wife's due date in August for how much time Trout will miss. Even, on the low end, 45 games of Trout is better than the vast majority of the league. He could miss more time than anticipated, or not miss much at all. It's worth baking in the risk here, but moving him lower than third overall as the safest player to return value in the first round, is a mistake.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Lindor's 2019 season got off to a rocky start with a right calf strain in February followed by a sprained left ankle in March. But when he returned in late April, he didn't miss a beat, putting up a classic 30-20 season and contributing in all five categories. There were some minor negatives for Lindor - his strikeout rate went up, his walk rate went down, and he had an expected batting average of just .276, the lowest of his career. But Lindor's floor at this point is so enormously high that he's one of the few no-risk players, and he shouldn't slip past the top 10 in drafts or, frankly, the top seven.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Trout may not be the clear-cut number one player in fantasy this year, but that's of no fault of his own, as he's coming off one of his best seasons ever, with a career-high 45 home runs in just 134 games. If you were desperate to find a knock on Trout, it's that he hasn't topped 140 games in any of his last three seasons, and his 11 stolen bases last year tied his low in a single season. But that's all window dressing on a truly special player who is obviously a top-three pick at worst.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Betts and Lindor should be statistical equals, so I'll take the shortstop over the outfielder.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 It would be nice if he stole 20 bases again but I mean...it's Mike Trout
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Missed the first few weeks of 2019 and still went 32/22
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros