Who Should I Draft?

Nicholas Castellanos or Gary Sanchez (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Nicholas Castellanos
RF - CHC
Nicholas Castellanos
Gary Sanchez
C,DH - NYY
Gary Sanchez
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
30 of 59 experts
49%
Recommended by
29 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 53# 54
Best Rank# 35# 25
Worst Rank# 88# 116
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 90# 51
Best Rank# 53# 47
Worst Rank# 100# 74
   
Projections 
   
Runs8273
Home Runs2530
RBI9082
Stolen Bases32
Batting Average.283.247
   
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Injury Alert-DTD
   
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# 50# 55
   
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# 48# 116
   
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# 51# 96
   
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# 55# 80
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
# 47# 54
   
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Fantasy Team Advice
# 41# 85
   
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# 39# 32
   
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# 51# 46
   
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# 78# 60
   
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# 86# 46
   
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# 88# 48
   
  Nicholas Castellanos
RF - CHC
Nicholas Castellanos
Gary Sanchez
C,DH - NYY
Gary Sanchez
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats620323
   
Runs8851
   
Hits18560
   
Singles11125
   
Doubles4617
   
Triples50
   
Home Runs2318
   
RBI8953
   
Stolen Bases21
   
Caught Stealing10
   
Walks4946
   
Strikeouts15194
   
Batting Average.298.186
   
On Base Pct.354.291
   
Slugging Pct.500.406
   
On-base Plus Slugging.854.697
   
  Nicholas Castellanos
RF - CHC
Nicholas Castellanos
Gary Sanchez
C,DH - NYY
Gary Sanchez
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats592453
   
Runs8273
   
Hits168112
   
Singles9759
   
Doubles3922
   
Triples60
   
Home Runs2530
   
RBI9082
   
Stolen Bases32
   
Caught Stealing21
   
Walks4748
   
Strikeouts141122
   
Batting Average.283.247
   
On Base Pct.336.319
   
Slugging Pct.498.493
   
On-base Plus Slugging.834.812
   
  Nicholas Castellanos
RF - CHC
Nicholas Castellanos
Gary Sanchez
C,DH - NYY
Gary Sanchez
News 
 Nicholas Castellanos went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 22nd
Gary Sanchez (groin) has progressed to running on a treadmill, though his timetable remains uncertain, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 20th
 Nicholas Castellanos went 2-for-3 with two doubles, three RBI, and two runs scored Saturday against the Pirates.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 14th
Gary Sanchez was diagnosed with a groin strain Friday, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 14th
 Nicholas Castellanos went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, three RBI, and a walk Friday against the Pirates.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 14th
Gary Sanchez (groin) is not in the lineup Friday against the Blue Jays.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 13th
 Nicholas Castellanos went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run and three runs scored in Monday's win over the Padres.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Sep 10th
Gary Sanchez (groin) will travel to New York for further testing after leaving Game 2 of Thursday's game against Detroit with left groin tightness, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 13th
 Nicholas Castellanos went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Friday's loss to the Brewers.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 7th
Gary Sanchez went 1-for-2 with a two-run double, two walks and two runs scored in a 5-1 victory over Boston on Saturday.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 8th
Notes 
 There's no doubt that Castellanos is a solid fantasy option, but last season's .298 batting average looks due for quite a bit of regression, he doesn't run, and his run production numbers could also take a hit as the Tigers enter into a full-on rebuild. There are better outfielders available at his late-seventh round ADP.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
How why are you willing to take a guy who batted .186 last season? Turns out the answer is pretty high for Sanchez, who's challenging J.T. Realmuto as the top catcher off the board. He did, after all, hit .284/.354/.568 in 754 prior MLB plate appearances. A groin injury also hampered his production, and he additionally underwent offseason shoulder surgery. He struggled mightily against breaking balls, but actually deposited more walks without significant contact declines. The average could easily rise back to .250 with around 30 long balls, but is that enough to justify an investment around pick 60? Catcher is worse than usual, but that's still too steep in one-catcher formats.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 After showing solid contact in 2016 and power in 2017, Castellanos put it all together to hit .298/.354/.500 with 23 homers. Even playing every day in a desolate Detroit lineup led him to 88 runs and 89 RBI, so he's a high-floor option entering his age-27 season. The ceiling, however, is also limited. While he continues to make more hard contact, he'll struggle to maintain such a high average with the third-highest swinging-strike rate (15.8%) of all qualified hitters. Pay for a steady hand rather than a burgeoning star with more room for growth.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Sanchez flashed his sky-high fantasy upside in 2017, when he hit .278 with 33 HRs and 90 RBIs -- truly difference-making numbers at fantasy baseball's weakest position. But he displayed his risky floor in 2018, as he hit just .186 and played in only 89 games due to nagging groin and shoulder injuries. Sanchez is due for a good bit of positive batting average regression following last year's anemic .197 BABIP, and there is little doubt he can again top 30 home runs if he remains healthy. He is certainly a risk/reward option, but he's easily a top-two fantasy catcher heading into 2019 and could be a decent value in drafts coming off a down year.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Castellanos was a disappointment for so long that it may still be hanging over his stock. The fact of the matter, however, is that he has been great the past two season, hitting .285 with 49 homers and 190 RBIs. He only qualifies as an outfielder now, but should be regarded every bit as high as someone like Justin Upton or Mitch Haniger.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
There is no getting past the fact that Sanchez was a train wreck last season., batting .186 with only 18 homers. With that said, he is still just 26 years old and we are talking about the fastest player to ever reach 50 homers in the MLB. Chance are high that he will bounce back in the batting average department, and if he can stay healthy, bank on 25 to 40 homers making him well worth a 7th or 8th round pick.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros