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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,RF - WSH
Juan Soto
Expert
Recommendation
90%
Recommended by
46 of 51 experts
10%
Recommended by
5 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 1# 4
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 5# 7
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 1# 4
Best Rank# 1# 3
Worst Rank# 2# 6
   
Projections 
   
Runs122111
Home Runs4038
RBI96112
Stolen Bases2913
Batting Average.280.305
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL60-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 4
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 4
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 1# 3
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 1# 6
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 1# 3
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 4
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 4
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 2# 4
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 5
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 1# 2
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 1# 2
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 1# 2
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 1# 3
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 1# 4
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 1# 3
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 1# 4
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 3
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 1# 4
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 1# 4
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 1# 5
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 1# 2
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 1# 5
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 1# 2
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 1# 3
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 1# 3
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 1# 2
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 1# 4
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 2# 3
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 2# 3
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 1# 4
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 2# 5
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 4
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 1# 4
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 1# 2
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 2# 5
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 4
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 1# 3
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 1# 3
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 2# 7
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 1# 5
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 1# 6
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 1# 3
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 1# 4
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 1# 4
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 1# 2
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 1# 2
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 2# 1
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 2# 1
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 3# 2
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 4# 2
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 5# 3
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Juan Soto
LF,RF - 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,RF - WSH
Juan Soto
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats573534
   
Runs122111
   
Hits159161
   
Singles8786
   
Doubles2934
   
Triples23
   
Home Runs4038
   
RBI96112
   
Stolen Bases2913
   
Caught Stealing84
   
Walks85109
   
Strikeouts176119
   
Batting Average.280.305
   
On Base Pct.374.424
   
Slugging Pct.546.586
   
On-base Plus Slugging.9201.011
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Juan Soto
LF,RF - WSH
Juan Soto
News 
 Braves OF Ronald Acuna Jr. (ACL) says he'll start jogging sometime in November or December.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Oct 18th
Juan Soto went hitless in four at-bats in the final regular-season game. Soto walked once and struck out three times.
Corbin Young
Sun, Oct 3rd
 Ronald Acuna Jr. will miss the rest of the season after he suffered a complete tear of his right ACL.
Dan Harris
Sat, Jul 10th
Juan Soto drove in the 95th RBI of the season after going hitless in three at-bats with one RBI and two strikeouts.
Corbin Young
Sat, Oct 2nd
 Ronald Acuna Jr. was carted off the field in the Braves game against Miami on Saturday.
Ari Koslow
Sat, Jul 10th
Juan Soto walked four times yet went hitless against the Red Sox. Soto went hitless in one at-bat with one strikeout too.
Corbin Young
Fri, Oct 1st
 Ronald Acuna Jr. went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two singles, a walk, and two additional runs scored in Wednesday's game against the Pirates.
Steve Painter
Wed, Jul 7th
Juan Soto hits his 94th RBI of the season after going 1-for-4 with one walk too.
Corbin Young
Wed, Sep 29th
 Ronald Acuna Jr. went 2-for-5 with two singles, a run scored, and three strikeouts in Monday's game against the Pirates.
Steve Painter
Mon, Jul 5th
Juan Soto went hitless in four at-bats against the Rockies. Soto struck out once too.
Corbin Young
Tue, Sep 28th
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 - FantasyPros
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 - FantasyPros