Who Should I Draft?

Nelson Cruz or Tommy Pham (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
Experts' Pick
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Tommy Pham
LF,CF - TB
Tommy Pham
Expert
Recommendation
50%
Recommended by
28 of 56 experts
50%
Recommended by
28 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 40# 44
Best Rank# 4# 24
Worst Rank# 71# 82
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 91# 72
Best Rank# 82# 60
Worst Rank# 105# 73
   
Projections 
   
Runs8291
Home Runs3622
RBI10271
Stolen Bases117
Batting Average.274.272
   
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Yahoo! Sports
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Sports Illustrated
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USA Today
# 44# 36
   
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# 35# 24
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
# 44# 36
   
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CBS Sports
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The Athletic
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The Fantasy Sports Brain
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# 52# 53
   
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Tommy Pham
LF,CF - TB
Tommy Pham
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats519494
   
Runs70102
   
Hits133136
   
Singles7791
   
Doubles1818
   
Triples16
   
Home Runs3721
   
RBI9763
   
Stolen Bases115
   
Caught Stealing07
   
Walks5567
   
Strikeouts122140
   
Batting Average.256.275
   
On Base Pct.342.367
   
Slugging Pct.509.464
   
On-base Plus Slugging.851.830
   
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Tommy Pham
LF,CF - TB
Tommy Pham
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats525508
   
Runs8291
   
Hits144138
   
Singles8390
   
Doubles2322
   
Triples14
   
Home Runs3622
   
RBI10271
   
Stolen Bases117
   
Caught Stealing06
   
Walks5669
   
Strikeouts126146
   
Batting Average.274.272
   
On Base Pct.343.359
   
Slugging Pct.526.462
   
On-base Plus Slugging.870.820
   
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Tommy Pham
LF,CF - TB
Tommy Pham
News 
 Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, and three RBI in an 8-6 loss to the Royals on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Jun 17th
Tommy Pham went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to power the Rays to a 6-5 win over the Angels on Sunday.
John Aubin
Mon, Jun 17th
 Cruz was left out of the Twins' starting lineup for Friday's game against the Kansas City Royals.
James Bisson
Fri, Jun 14th
Tommy Pham went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in a loss to the Angels on Saturday.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 16th
 Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in a 10-5 win over the Mariners on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 13th
Tommy Pham went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles and a walk in Friday’s 9-4 win over the Angels.
John Aubin
Sat, Jun 15th
 Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 3-for-6 with a homer and three RBI in a 12-2 win over the Tigers on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 9th
Tommy Pham went 3-for-5 on Wednesday as the Rays beat the A's by a 6-2 score.
John Aubin
Wed, Jun 12th
 Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a solo homer in a 9-3 loss to the Tigers on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 8th
Tommy Pham went 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Tuesday as the Rays lost to the Athletics by a 4-3 score.
John Aubin
Wed, Jun 12th
Notes 
 Forget the groundhog seeing his shadow; there's no better sign of spring's arrival than seeing Cruz get drafted criminally late. After merely clobbering 37 homers-his lowest tally since 2013-the stud DH has a consensus ADP outside of the top 100. That's an absurdly low price for a dependably elite slugger who finished in the 98th percentile of hard-hit rate, exit velocity, xwOBA, and xSLG. Despite logging a .282 xBA for the third straight year, his actual average dropped from .287 and .288 to .256. Even if he merely splits the difference and reverts to .270, he'd be a better version of Rhys Hoskins going multiple rounds later. So what if he doesn't have a position? Were you planning on leaving a utility spot empty?
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Despite playing 34 fewer games than Andrew Benintendi over the last two seasons, Pham has outplayed him from a fantasy perspective. Pham is being drafted four rounds later and is coming off one of the best second-halfs in the MLB
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Cruz has seen his batting average fall from .302 slowly down to .256 over the last four seasons, but the homers and RBIs are still firmly among the top of the league even despite his advanced again. You can rely on his durability and power in 2019 so don't hesitate to grab him in the 6th or 7th round.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
After breaking out in 2017 with a .306 average, 23 HRs, and 25 SBs, Pham's numbers were down through nearly 100 games in 2018 before he was traded to Tampa, where he finished with a flurry. The end result was a perfectly respectable .275/102/21/63/15 roto line that was good enough to rank 16th among outfielders. Pham may strike out a bit too much to be a true .300 hitter, but he isn't a batting average liability, and there is no reason he can't again go 20-20 as long as the Rays continue to give him the green light on the base paths. He is a bit of an injury risk, but has shown he can make a big impact in 130-140 games.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
  Despite batting .248/.331/.399 with a .323 wOBA prior to the Cardinals trading him, Pham's .283 xBA and .364 xwOBA called for a rebound. He did just that and more, going .343/.448/.622 In 39 games with the Rays. Put it all together, and he was one of eight hitters to hit at least .275 with 20 homers and 15 steals. There's room for more across the board, as he recorded MLB's third-best hard-hit rate (48.5%) last season and poached 25 bags in 2017.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros