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Who Should I Draft?

Nelson Cruz or J.T. Realmuto (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  J.T. Realmuto
C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Nelson Cruz
DH,Util - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Expert
Recommendation
68%
Recommended by
15 of 22 experts
32%
Recommended by
7 of 22 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 35# 43
Best Rank# 12# 23
Worst Rank# 99# 74
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 44# 86
Best Rank# 35# 67
Worst Rank# 51# 98
   
Projections 
   
Runs7777
Home Runs2434
RBI7990
Stolen Bases81
Batting Average.270.270
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 19# 23
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 30# 61
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 24# 70
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 42# 68
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 43# 55
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 36# 41
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 35# 41
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 38# 39
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 36# 46
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 48
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 21# 64
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 12# 74
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 35# 39
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 38# 42
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 43# 46
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 99# 24
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 35# 33
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 46# 34
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 41# 35
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 47# 35
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 41# 38
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 55# 42
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  J.T. Realmuto
C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Nelson Cruz
DH,Util - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats173185
   
Runs3333
   
Hits4656
   
Singles2934
   
Doubles66
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs1116
   
RBI3233
   
Stolen Bases40
   
Caught Stealing10
   
Walks1625
   
Strikeouts4858
   
Batting Average.266.303
   
On Base Pct.349.397
   
Slugging Pct.491.595
   
On-base Plus Slugging.840.992
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  J.T. Realmuto
C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Nelson Cruz
DH,Util - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats497496
   
Runs7777
   
Hits133132
   
Singles8076
   
Doubles2622
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs2434
   
RBI7990
   
Stolen Bases81
   
Caught Stealing20
   
Walks4156
   
Strikeouts122143
   
Batting Average.270.270
   
On Base Pct.322.342
   
Slugging Pct.476.525
   
On-base Plus Slugging.798.867
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  J.T. Realmuto
C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Nelson Cruz
DH,Util - MIN
Nelson Cruz
News 
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto (thumb) was able to catch a bullpen session on Saturday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Feb 21st
Nelson Cruz has agreed to a one-year deal worth $13 million with the Twins.
Dan Harris
Tue, Feb 2nd
 J.T. Realmuto suffered a fractured thumb in is throwing hand and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. The team is hopeful that Realmuto will be ready for Opening Day.
Dan Harris
Thu, Feb 18th
Free agent DH Nelson Cruz and the Minnesota Twins have re-engaged in contract discussions, according to Twins beat writer Dan Hayes.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Jan 31st
 The Phillies have re-signed C J.T. Realmuto to a five-year, $115.5 million contract Tuesday.
Brad Camara
Tue, Jan 26th
Free agent Nelson Cruz has "ongoing interest from multiple teams" in the AL and NL, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Jan 18th
 MLB Insider Robert Murray reports the Braves are "circling" free agent catcher J.T. Realmuto.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jan 21st
 
 Jon Heyman of the MLB Network is reporting that the Phillies are offering free agent catcher J.T. Realmuto a contract worth up to $110 million.
Brad Camara
Thu, Jan 21st
 
Notes 
 Realmuto fractured the thumb on his throwing hand in mid-February, and is iffy for Opening Day. He is in a tier to himself among catchers when healthy, putting up consistently excellent numbers in what is the thinnest of positions. He had the highest barrel rate and hard hit percentage of his career in 2020, and also walked at a career-best pace. Realmuto is in his age-30 season, so that's getting near the point where catchers begin to decline. But given that he's shown no real slippage in his skills to this point, his numbers shouldn't fall off much in 2021, assuming he has no setbacks and returns on or around Opening Day. Back with Philadelphia now and for several years after signing a five-year contract, Realmuto is the only catcher worth drafting before the sixth or seventh round.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
If you ascribe to the "I'd rather jump off a year too early than too late" philosophy, then you probably haven't been drafting Cruz for the last several years. But if not, then you've not only drafted one of the most underrated fantasy bats in recent memory, but you're probably going to do so again this year. Cruz is back on a one-year deal with the Twins, and he's coming off another utterly dominant season. Fine, his strikeout rate rose again a bit, he didn't hit the ball quite as hard, and he's eligible at utility only. But other than the fact that he will be 41 years old this season, there's nothing in his profile that should cause you to expect significant decline. Prepare to be having the same debate next year, after Crus puts up another 35-homer season this year.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros