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Who Should I Draft?

Mike Trout or Whit Merrifield (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Mike Trout
CF - LAA
Mike Trout
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
50 of 50 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 5# 28
Best Rank# 1# 16
Worst Rank# 10# 56
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 5# 41
Best Rank# 3# 28
Worst Rank# 6# 44
   
Projections 
   
Runs11190
Home Runs4316
RBI10968
Stolen Bases1125
Batting Average.291.285
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 37
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 26
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 5# 24
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 2# 17
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 5# 40
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 5# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 6# 28
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 1# 56
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 33
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 5# 34
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 6# 29
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 6# 28
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 5# 23
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 5# 28
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 7# 37
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 3# 39
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 5# 29
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 28
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 3# 28
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 5# 29
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 4# 28
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 5# 56
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 1# 42
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 4# 28
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 4# 29
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 5# 29
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 6# 28
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 10# 33
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 5# 24
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 5# 26
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 5# 25
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 5# 29
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 5# 30
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 7# 30
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 5# 28
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 5# 29
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 3# 41
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 5# 33
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 2# 32
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 2# 32
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 8# 24
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 2# 33
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 3# 16
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 4# 26
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 5# 36
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 5# 29
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 5# 38
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 5# 29
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 5# 25
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 6# 21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Mike Trout
CF - LAA
Mike Trout
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats199248
   
Runs4138
   
Hits5671
   
Singles2850
   
Doubles912
   
Triples20
   
Home Runs179
   
RBI4631
   
Stolen Bases112
   
Caught Stealing13
   
Walks3512
   
Strikeouts5633
   
Batting Average.281.286
   
On Base Pct.390.328
   
Slugging Pct.603.444
   
On-base Plus Slugging.993.772
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Mike Trout
CF - LAA
Mike Trout
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats520614
   
Runs11190
   
Hits149174
   
Singles74118
   
Doubles2735
   
Triples44
   
Home Runs4316
   
RBI10968
   
Stolen Bases1125
   
Caught Stealing38
   
Walks11142
   
Strikeouts141107
   
Batting Average.291.285
   
On Base Pct.418.332
   
Slugging Pct.602.435
   
On-base Plus Slugging1.020.767
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Mike Trout
CF - LAA
Mike Trout
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with a single, a double, and a solo home run en route to a 6-2 victory over the Rangers.
Jack Mannis
Wed, Apr 21st
Whit Merrifield went 0-for-3 with two walks and two stolen bases during Sunday’s 2-0 win over the Blue Jays.
Brad Camara
Sun, Apr 18th
 Mike Trout went 1-for-2 Friday evening, walking twice to go along with two RBI. The Angels beat the Twins 10-3.
Andy Zimmerman
Sat, Apr 17th
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs scored in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Angels.
Brad Camara
Wed, Apr 14th
 Angels' CF Mike Trout went 2-4 with a single, a double, and a run scored in Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Royals.
Jack Mannis
Wed, Apr 14th
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, one walk and one stolen base in Sunday's 4-3 extra-inning win over the White Sox.
Brad Camara
Sun, Apr 11th
 Angels' CF Mike Trout goes down on strikes four times as the Angels fall to the Royals 3-2 on Tuesday.
Jack Mannis
Tue, Apr 13th
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and one walk in Monday’s 3-0 win over the Indians.
Brad Camara
Mon, Apr 5th
 Angels' CF Mike Trout went 1-4 with a two-run home run, one run, one walk, and one strikeout in Monday's 10-3 win over the Royals.
Jack Mannis
Mon, Apr 12th
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, four RBI and an additional run scored in Saturday’s 11-4 win over the Rangers.
Brad Camara
Sat, Apr 3rd
Notes 
 For one of the first times since he took the league by storm, Trout is not the consensus top pick this year. It's hardly his fault, though it's fair to point out some of the negatives with his 2020 season. He batted a career-low .281, and posted his worst walk- and strikeout-rates since 2015. He also stole only one base. But Trout's move down the overall baseball rankings is due more to his competition for the top spot, rather than his numbers. He was still among the league leaders in quality of contact and every expected statcast metric, and was on pace to hit 50 home runs over the course of a full season. Trout is entering his age-30 season, so although we've seen him rebound from poor stolen base years before, it now seems unlikely that he'll ever get back to much past low-double digits. That keeps him out of the top spot in rotisserie rankings, but his incredibly high floor makes him a top-five overall draft pick.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Merrifield has established an extremely strong floor, as he'll almost always be an asset in batting average, steals, and runs scored, and chip in for the remaining categories. There were some concern after his steals dropped to just 20 in 2019, but he bounced back to a 32-steal pace last year while also seeing a power spike. Merrifield is 32 years old and does not hit the ball particularly hard, but that's really irrelevant at this point. He is what he is, and with multi-position eligibility, what he is a major asset in fantasy and one of the top second basemen in fantasy.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 You won't find a safer first-round investment in all of fantasy baseball. However, entering Trout's age-29 season, it's now fair to consider several others worthy of the No. 1 overall pick come draft day. The biggest argument against Trout is a lack of stolen base upside. Trout swiped just one bag during the abbreviated 2020 campaign. Still, the well-rounded power and on-base skills aren't going anywhere just yet.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros