Who Should I Draft?

Rhys Hoskins or Whit Merrifield (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Rhys Hoskins
1B,LF - PHI
Rhys Hoskins
Expert
Recommendation
54%
Recommended by
30 of 56 experts
46%
Recommended by
26 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 26
Best Rank# 19# 7
Worst Rank# 119# 51
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 38
Best Rank# 29# 36
Worst Rank# 36# 43
   
Projections 
   
Runs8592
Home Runs1436
RBI65106
Stolen Bases345
Batting Average.287.252
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 28
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 30
   
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USA Today
# 27# 28
   
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RotoChamp
# 23# 40
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 30
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 24# 33
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 23# 31
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 38
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 30
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 24# 32
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 36
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 35
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 29
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
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Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
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The Fake Baseball
# 29# 31
   
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Sporfolio
# 30# 36
   
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Pitcher List
# 28# 29
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 39
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 30
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 19# 24
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 36
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 30
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 27
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 31
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 35
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 23
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 26
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 27
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 36
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 7
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 27# 16
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 20
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 21
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 22
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 23
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 28# 23
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 24
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 24
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 24
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 36# 25
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 25
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 25
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 26
   
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The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 26
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 27
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 27
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 27
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 27
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 27
   
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SportsLine
# 34# 28
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 30# 29
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37# 30
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 33
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 34
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 51
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Rhys Hoskins
1B,LF - PHI
Rhys Hoskins
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632558
   
Runs8889
   
Hits192137
   
Singles13465
   
Doubles4338
   
Triples30
   
Home Runs1234
   
RBI6096
   
Stolen Bases455
   
Caught Stealing103
   
Walks6187
   
Strikeouts114150
   
Batting Average.304.246
   
On Base Pct.367.354
   
Slugging Pct.438.496
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.850
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Rhys Hoskins
1B,LF - PHI
Rhys Hoskins
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596549
   
Runs8592
   
Hits171138
   
Singles11670
   
Doubles3831
   
Triples41
   
Home Runs1436
   
RBI65106
   
Stolen Bases345
   
Caught Stealing92
   
Walks4783
   
Strikeouts104142
   
Batting Average.287.252
   
On Base Pct.339.351
   
Slugging Pct.432.514
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.864
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Rhys Hoskins
1B,LF - PHI
Rhys Hoskins
News 
 Kansas City Royals first baseman Whit Merrifield had a monster game in a 9-0 win over Seattle on Tuesday. Merrifield went 3-for-4 with two homers and six RBI in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 19th
Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and two walks in Friday's loss to the Atlanta Braves. The homer was his 15th of the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 15th
 Kansas City Royals first baseman Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a steal in an 8-6 win over the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Jun 17th
Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs, one run scored, and a walk in Monday's loss to the Diamondbacks. The homer was his 14th of the season.
Mike Maher
Tue, Jun 11th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 4-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs scored in a 5-4 loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 16th
Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins went 0-for-3 with a walk in the team's win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday and is now 0-for-12 over his last three games.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 8th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a double, a run, and a steal in a 3-2 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 13th
Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two walks in Thursday's loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Mike Maher
Fri, May 31st
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a steal in a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 12th
Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs, two runs scored, and a walk in Saturday's win over the Brewers. The homer was his 13th of the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, May 26th
Notes 
 With the Royals not expected to compete in 2019, there is little doubt that Merrifield will surpass 40 stolen bases again. He doesn't have much in the way of power, nor will he score a load of runs in this offense, but the batting average should end up around .300 once again
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Although his slugging percentage dropped from .618 to .496, Hoskins still popped 34 homers in his first full season. Boasting MLB's highest fly-ball rate (51.7%) and launch angle (22.6°) of all qualified hitters, drafters can expect more of the same. Yet it will come at the cost of batting average, and he'll only offer a handful of steals when pitchers aren't looking. Last year's 48th-ranked hitter on ESPN's Player Rater probably needs 40-plus homers to validate his hefty cost. At least he'll get plenty of RBI opportunities hitting alongside Bryce Harper.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Merrifield followed up his breakout 2017 campaign with another excellent fantasy season in 2018, hitting .304 with 12 homers and a league-leading 45 stolen bases. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to hit .300 again -- his .352 BABIP was among the league's highest -- but he should settle in at around .280-.285 and again produce 10-15 HRs. His run and RBI totals may not be great in a weak-hitting Royals lineup, but you're really paying for the steals, and Merrifield should again have the green light on the base paths early and often for a team that will need to manufacture runs.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
At 25 years old, Hoskins has quickly established himself as one of the premier power hitters in the game, swatting an impressive 52 home runs through his first 728 Major League at bats. That power output should continue in 2019 and come with strong run production in a loaded Phillies lineup. Hoskins doesn't project to be a major asset in stolen bases or batting average, but his handful of steals and .250-ish average will hardly kill you. With a solid floor and tantalizing upside, Hoskins is right there with Cody Bellinger as the next generation of studs at the position.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Do not draft as OF, use at 2B
Michael Florio - Fantrax
Hoskins has plenty of power, as evidenced by his 52 homers in just 728 career at-bats, but his career batting average now sits at .249. There will surely be plenty or runs and RBIs once again, but there isn't much value in grabbing him during any of the first five rounds.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Merrifield not only absconded an MLB-high 45 steals but also batted .304 with 12 homers and 43 doubles. That's borderline extinct skill set justifies his spot as an upper-echelon pick, but beware some regression. His batting average rose despite modest drops in contact and strikeout rates, and no speedster should hold a 14.7% infield-fly rate. Still, there aren't many .280, 12-35 hitters either.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros