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Who Should I Draft?

Ronald Acuna Jr. or Gerrit Cole (2021)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Expert
Recommendation
89%
Recommended by
8 of 9 experts
11%
Recommended by
1 of 9 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 2# 8
Best Rank# 1# 7
Worst Rank# 11# 19
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 1# 6
Best Rank# 1# 6
Worst Rank# 1# 7
   
Projections 
   
Runs122
Home Runs3930
RBI97
Stolen Bases29
Batting Avg.287
Strikeouts173266
Wins16
Saves0
ERA3.30
WHIP1.07
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 2# 19
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 5# 11
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 2# 7
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 3# 8
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 1# 7
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 4# 7
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 1# 12
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 1# 7
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 11# 7
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs46
   
Home Runs1414
   
RBI29
   
Stolen Bases8
   
Batting Avg.250
   
Strikeouts6094
   
Wins7
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.84
   
WHIP0.96
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs122
   
Home Runs3930
   
RBI97
   
Stolen Bases29
   
Batting Avg.287
   
Strikeouts173266
   
Wins16
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.30
   
WHIP1.07
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
News 
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Notes 
 Acuna missed some time last year and batted a mere .250. And thus ends the negative things you can say about him. He walked at an absurd 18.8% clip, which led him to a .406 OBP despite the poor average. He was one of the league leaders in quality of contact, wOBA, and xWOBA, and we now know after the last two years that he will run often on the bases so long as he continues to bat leadoff, which he should. In other words, from a fantasy perspective, Acuna is an absolute monster. He's a top-three pick and will (deservedly) go first overall in many leagues, and there's still upside given that he just turned 23 years old.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 
 The fantasy baseball community isn't talking enough about how Acuña nearly doubled his walk rate last summer (10.6% to 18.8%) while also hitting the ball harder than ever (47.4% in 2019 to 57.0% in 2020). Yes, it was a small sample, but these are also signs that the talented 23-year-old is improving as a hitter. Seemingly doing more damage and becoming more selective at the expense of batting average, Acuña's 40/40 upside keeps him in the conversation for No. 1 overall come draft day.
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros