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Who Should I Draft?

Ronald Acuna Jr. or Juan Soto (2021)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
Expert
Recommendation
71%
Recommended by
5 of 7 experts
29%
Recommended by
2 of 7 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 2# 5
Best Rank# 1# 3
Worst Rank# 5# 7
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 1# 5
Best Rank# 1# 4
Worst Rank# 1# 6
   
Projections 
   
Runs122112
Home Runs3937
RBI97112
Stolen Bases3013
Batting Average.284.309
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 2# 7
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 1
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 3# 5
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 1# 5
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 1# 5
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 4# 3
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 5# 3
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats160154
   
Runs4639
   
Hits4054
   
Singles1527
   
Doubles1114
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs1413
   
RBI2937
   
Stolen Bases86
   
Caught Stealing12
   
Walks3841
   
Strikeouts6028
   
Batting Average.250.351
   
On Base Pct.406.490
   
Slugging Pct.581.695
   
On-base Plus Slugging.9871.185
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats562523
   
Runs122112
   
Hits160162
   
Singles8889
   
Doubles2934
   
Triples23
   
Home Runs3937
   
RBI97112
   
Stolen Bases3013
   
Caught Stealing84
   
Walks85110
   
Strikeouts176118
   
Batting Average.284.309
   
On Base Pct.378.429
   
Slugging Pct.545.586
   
On-base Plus Slugging.9241.016
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
News 
  Juan Soto agreed to a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Nationals to avoid arbitration.
Jon Mathisen
Fri, Jan 15th
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
There aren't enough superlatives in the English language to describe what Soto has done in his career given his young age. Had he merely repeated his incredible 2019 numbers last season, fantasy managers would have been ecstatic. Instead, he upped his walk rate from an elite 16.4% to a truly remarkable 20.9%, cut his strikeout rate down to just 14.3%, and batted .351. Soto does not have the speed or baserunning chops to steal 30 bases in a season, which is the only thing keeping him from being considered worthy of drafting first overall. But given what he's accomplished through his age-21 season, it's truly scary to think of how high his ceiling may be. Draft him as a top-five pick and enjoy the ridiculous production.
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
There isn't a single negative thing to say about the second coming of Ted Williams. Soto get even better last year, his age-21 season, and wound up leading baseball in OBP. The fact that he was limited to 47 games wound up costing him NL MVP honors, as Soto was the best hitter in baseball on a per-game basis in 2020. The floor here is so high. Soto isn't a zero in stolen bases either. He swiped 12 in 2019 and six last summer.
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros