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Who Should I Draft?

Ryan Mountcastle or Nelson Cruz (2022)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Nelson Cruz
DH - WSH
Nelson Cruz
Ryan Mountcastle
1B,LF,DH - BAL
Ryan Mountcastle
Expert
Recommendation
60%
Recommended by
26 of 43 experts
40%
Recommended by
17 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 67# 71
Best Rank# 50# 50
Worst Rank# 116# 119
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 150# 115
Best Rank# 117# 110
Worst Rank# 170# 169
   
Projections 
   
Runs7677
Home Runs3229
RBI9087
Stolen Bases24
Batting Average.267.263
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 70# 75
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 75# 93
   
Scott Engel
The Game Day
# 71# 77
   
Jody Smith
FullTime Fantasy
# 58# 73
   
Greg Smith
Superflex.Guide
# 67# 96
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 55# 84
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 50# 55
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 70# 79
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 65# 77
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 61# 71
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 65# 88
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 64# 85
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 65# 71
   
Christopher Welsh
FantasyPros
# 78# 81
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 67# 73
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 64# 84
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 55# 113
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 81# 98
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 66# 75
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 71# 81
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 50# 64
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 56# 89
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 82# 119
   
Brad Camara
RotoBaller
# 56# 73
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 75# 85
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 57# 87
   
Nate Miller
Fantasy Six Pack
# 56# 50
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 71# 50
   
Travis Argo
Fantasy Six Pack
# 66# 59
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 80# 61
   
Scott Youngson
Pitcher List
# 63# 62
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 84# 63
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 77# 63
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 67# 65
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 71# 66
   
Pat Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros
# 68# 66
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 70# 68
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 116# 70
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 79# 71
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 106# 71
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 77# 73
   
Scott Bogman
FantasyPros
# 80# 77
   
Fred Zinkie
Yahoo! Sports
# 95# 77
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Nelson Cruz
DH - WSH
Nelson Cruz
Ryan Mountcastle
1B,LF,DH - BAL
Ryan Mountcastle
2021 Stats 
   
   
At Bats513534
   
Runs7977
   
Hits136135
   
Singles8278
   
Doubles2123
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs3233
   
RBI8689
   
Stolen Bases34
   
Caught Stealing03
   
Walks5141
   
Strikeouts126161
   
Batting Average.265.253
   
On Base Pct.335.307
   
Slugging Pct.497.485
   
On-base Plus Slugging.832.792
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Nelson Cruz
DH - WSH
Nelson Cruz
Ryan Mountcastle
1B,LF,DH - BAL
Ryan Mountcastle
2022 Projections 
   
   
At Bats496556
   
Runs7677
   
Hits132146
   
Singles7889
   
Doubles2127
   
Triples12
   
Home Runs3229
   
RBI9087
   
Stolen Bases24
   
Caught Stealing12
   
Walks5141
   
Strikeouts132159
   
Batting Average.267.263
   
On Base Pct.336.314
   
Slugging Pct.503.472
   
On-base Plus Slugging.839.785
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Nelson Cruz
DH - WSH
Nelson Cruz
Ryan Mountcastle
1B,LF,DH - BAL
Ryan Mountcastle
News 
 Nelson Cruz was scratched from Monday's lineup after informing the Nationals he wasn't feeling well after arriving at the park. He was sent home as a precaution.
Scott Youngson - FantasyPros
Mon, May 16th
The Orioles placed Ryan Mountcastle on the 10-day IL on Friday with a left wrist/forearm strain, retroactive to May 11.
Dan Harris
Fri, May 13th
 Nationals DH Nelson Crux went 3-for-4 Saturday, doubling once, singling twice, scoring two runs, and driving in three runs in the Nationals' 13-6 win over the Astros.
Chris Schommer
Sun, May 15th
Ryan Mountcastle will get the night off Wednesday due to a sore left wrist.
Nate Miller
Wed, May 11th
 Nationals DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 Friday, singling twice in the Nationals' 6-1 loss to the Astros
Chris Schommer
Sat, May 14th
Orioles first baseman Ryan Mountcastle went 4-for-5 with three singles and a double during Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Royals. In Game 2, he finished 1-for-4 with a single and stolen base.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, May 8th
 Nationals DH Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 Wednesday, hitting a three-run home run in the Nationals' 8-3 win over the Mets.
Chris Schommer
Thu, May 12th
Orioles first baseman Ryan Mountcastle went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo homers against the Twins on Thursday evening. He struck out once in the contest but helped propel Baltimore to a 5-3 victory over Minnesota.
Andersen Pickard
Thu, May 5th
 Nationals DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 Tuesday, singling twice in the Nationals' 4-2 loss to the Mets.
Chris Schommer
Wed, May 11th
Orioles first baseman Ryan Mountcastle went 2-for-4 with a single and solo homer in the ninth inning of Friday's loss to the Red Sox.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Apr 30th
Notes 
 This ageless wonder will turn 42 on July 1 but continues to mash. He'll do his mashing for the Nationals this year after signing a one-year deal. Cruz belted 32 home runs last year, which was actually his lowest total for a full season since 2013. He was batting .294 for Minnesota before being traded to Tampa, where he hit only .226 the rest of the way. At his age, the decline could come quickly, but exit velocity, barrel rate and other power peripherals say he's still going strong.
Pat Fitzmaurice - FantasyPros
Mountcastle fully arrived in his age-24 season, shaking off a slow start to finish with 33 HR, 89 RBI, 77 runs and a reasonable .255 batting average. His .333 BA in the abbreviated 2020 season was a mirage, but Mountcastle's power is legit, with a .232 ISO in 2021 and home runs on 20% of his flyballs. There's a lot of swing-and-miss to Mountcastle's game, which could make him a BA risk, and he won't steal many bases. But the power profile is enticing, and it's a nice bonus that Mountcastle has dual eligibility as an outfielder and first baseman.
Pat Fitzmaurice - FantasyPros