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Who Should I Draft?

Ronald Acuna Jr. or Mike Trout (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Mike Trout
CF - LAA
Mike Trout
Expert
Recommendation
92%
Recommended by
47 of 51 experts
8%
Recommended by
4 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 1# 5
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 5# 10
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 1# 5
Best Rank# 1# 3
Worst Rank# 2# 6
   
Projections 
   
Runs122111
Home Runs4043
RBI96109
Stolen Bases2911
Batting Average.280.291
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL60IL60
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 5
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 6
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 1# 5
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 1# 2
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 1# 5
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 5
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 6
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 6
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 1# 5
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 1# 6
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 1# 6
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 1# 5
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 1# 5
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 1# 7
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 1# 5
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 5
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 1# 3
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 1# 5
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 1# 4
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 1# 5
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 1# 4
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 1# 4
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 1# 5
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 1# 6
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 1# 10
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 1# 5
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 2# 5
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 2# 5
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 1# 5
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 2# 3
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 5
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 1# 7
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 2# 5
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 1# 5
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 2# 3
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 5
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 1# 2
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 1# 2
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 2# 8
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 1# 3
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 1# 4
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 1# 5
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 1# 5
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 1# 5
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 1# 5
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 2# 5
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 1# 6
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 2# 1
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 3# 1
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 4# 3
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 5# 2
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Mike Trout
CF - LAA
Mike Trout
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats160199
   
Runs4641
   
Hits4056
   
Singles1528
   
Doubles119
   
Triples02
   
Home Runs1417
   
RBI2946
   
Stolen Bases81
   
Caught Stealing11
   
Walks3835
   
Strikeouts6056
   
Batting Average.250.281
   
On Base Pct.406.390
   
Slugging Pct.581.603
   
On-base Plus Slugging.987.993
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Mike Trout
CF - LAA
Mike Trout
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats573520
   
Runs122111
   
Hits159149
   
Singles8774
   
Doubles2927
   
Triples24
   
Home Runs4043
   
RBI96109
   
Stolen Bases2911
   
Caught Stealing83
   
Walks85111
   
Strikeouts176141
   
Batting Average.280.291
   
On Base Pct.374.418
   
Slugging Pct.546.602
   
On-base Plus Slugging.9201.020
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Ronald Acuna Jr.
LF,CF,RF - ATL
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Mike Trout
CF - LAA
Mike Trout
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
Angels manager Joe Maddon conceded that Mike Trout is unlikely to return this season.
Ari Koslow
Thu, Sep 16th
 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
Angels manager Joe Maddon says that there's no update on when or if Mike Trout (calf) will return this season.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 8th
 Ronald Acuna Jr. was carted off the field in the Braves game against Miami on Saturday.
Ari Koslow
Sat, Jul 10th
Angels manager Joe Maddon says OF Mike Trout (calf" is still "sore."
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 30th
 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
Angels' CF Mike Trout is still not recovered enough to begin a rehab stint, according to skipper Joe Maddon.
Jack Mannis
Tue, Aug 24th
 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
Angels OF Mike Trout (calf) says he's close to beginning a minor league rehab assignment.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 21st
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
For one of the first times since he took the league by storm, Trout is not the consensus top pick this year. It's hardly his fault, though it's fair to point out some of the negatives with his 2020 season. He batted a career-low .281, and posted his worst walk- and strikeout-rates since 2015. He also stole only one base. But Trout's move down the overall baseball rankings is due more to his competition for the top spot, rather than his numbers. He was still among the league leaders in quality of contact and every expected statcast metric, and was on pace to hit 50 home runs over the course of a full season. Trout is entering his age-30 season, so although we've seen him rebound from poor stolen base years before, it now seems unlikely that he'll ever get back to much past low-double digits. That keeps him out of the top spot in rotisserie rankings, but his incredibly high floor makes him a top-five overall draft pick.
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
You won't find a safer first-round investment in all of fantasy baseball. However, entering Trout's age-29 season, it's now fair to consider several others worthy of the No. 1 overall pick come draft day. The biggest argument against Trout is a lack of stolen base upside. Trout swiped just one bag during the abbreviated 2020 campaign. Still, the well-rounded power and on-base skills aren't going anywhere just yet.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros