Who Should I Draft?

Nelson Cruz or Yasiel Puig (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Yasiel Puig
RF - CLE
Yasiel Puig
Expert
Recommendation
56%
Recommended by
33 of 59 experts
44%
Recommended by
26 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 40# 44
Best Rank# 4# 24
Worst Rank# 71# 108
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 91# 76
Best Rank# 82# 69
Worst Rank# 105# 94
   
Projections 
   
Runs8274
Home Runs3627
RBI10282
Stolen Bases114
Batting Average.274.274
   
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  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Yasiel Puig
RF - CLE
Yasiel Puig
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats519405
   
Runs7060
   
Hits133108
   
Singles7763
   
Doubles1821
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs3723
   
RBI9763
   
Stolen Bases115
   
Caught Stealing05
   
Walks5536
   
Strikeouts12287
   
Batting Average.256.267
   
On Base Pct.342.327
   
Slugging Pct.509.494
   
On-base Plus Slugging.851.820
   
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Yasiel Puig
RF - CLE
Yasiel Puig
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats525499
   
Runs8274
   
Hits144137
   
Singles8382
   
Doubles2326
   
Triples12
   
Home Runs3627
   
RBI10282
   
Stolen Bases114
   
Caught Stealing06
   
Walks5651
   
Strikeouts126106
   
Batting Average.274.274
   
On Base Pct.343.341
   
Slugging Pct.526.495
   
On-base Plus Slugging.870.836
   
  Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Yasiel Puig
RF - CLE
Yasiel Puig
News 
 Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in a 4-3 win over the Royals on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 29th
Cleveland Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig went 0-for-3 with a walk and a steal in an 8-3 loss to the White Sox on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 26th
 Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with an RBI in a 6-2 win over the Royals on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 28th
Cleveland Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, and two runs in an 11-0 win over the White Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 25th
 Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a homer, two walks, four runs, and an RBI in a 12-8 win over the Royals on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 23rd
Cleveland Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig went 4-for-5 with an RBI in a 2-1 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 19th
 Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with two homers and five RBI in an 8-5 win over the Royals on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 20th
Cleveland Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig went 1-for-7 with a walk across both games of a Saturday doubleheader against the Twins. Cleveland lost both games, 2-0 and 9-5.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 14th
 Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 0-for-2 with two walks in a 3-1 loss to the White Sox on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 19th
Cleveland Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run, and an RBI in a 5-3 loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 8th
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
Puig was a steady-if-unspectacular performer over his last two seasons in Los Angeles, settling in as a player who could hit around .265 while approaching 30 HRs and 15 SBs. He'll get a nice ballpark upgrade in his new home of Cincinnati, Ohio, and there is some belief that he will also benefit from being away from the distractions of LA, but it is hard to justify drastically raising our expectations for Puig until we see some evidence of it on the field. Don't overrate him, but he's certainly worth considering at his current ADP of 91.3.
Andrew Seifter - 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
Puig's career has been a bit of a disappointment, but even so, his last two seasons have been excellent. In that time, he has 30 homers and 18 SB per 162 games. If he is able to stay healthy, we could be looking at a further breakout to 35 and 20 thanks to a major ballpark upgrade in Cincy this year.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
  Puig has become every drafter's friend since getting shipped from the Dodgers to Reds. Although never matching the immediate high of his story-book debut, the outfielder has registered a .349 wOBA and 15 stolen bases in each of the last two seasons. Escaping the NL West juggernaut's jammed roster solidifies ample playing time, and he changes venues to one of baseball's best hitter's parks. Most projection systems forecast around 25-30 home runs with 12-16 steals while batting in the .270 vicinity. Those numbers would satisfy drafters who dip into the top 100 to snag an increasingly popular target.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros