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Who Should I Draft?

Walker Buehler or Javier Baez (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Expert
Recommendation
69%
Recommended by
38 of 55 experts
31%
Recommended by
17 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 22# 25
Best Rank# 7# 9
Worst Rank# 66# 67
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 16# 32
Best Rank# 14# 27
Worst Rank# 18# 66
   
Projections 
   
Runs35
Home Runs812
RBI36
Stolen Bases5
Batting Avg.279
Strikeouts7662
Wins5
Saves0
ERA3.49
WHIP1.11
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 19# 27
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 23
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 15# 31
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 21# 29
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 28# 32
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 19# 30
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 16# 31
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 17
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 17# 34
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 25# 27
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 20# 27
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 19# 49
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 20# 22
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 18# 37
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 23# 67
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 25# 28
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 18# 22
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 19# 29
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 16# 33
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 30# 34
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 20# 50
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 17# 25
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 21# 38
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 21# 34
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 31# 32
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 21# 22
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 20# 25
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 16# 21
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 19# 25
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 27# 31
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 17# 25
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 24# 33
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 25# 39
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 20# 23
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 20# 34
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 16# 33
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 13# 35
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 18# 28
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 13# 9
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 20# 18
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 22# 16
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 20
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 24# 21
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 26# 18
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 27# 26
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 30# 27
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 31# 23
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 31# 22
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 34# 29
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 39# 29
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 39# 19
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 44# 20
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 48# 29
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 51# 24
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 66# 36
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs89
   
Home Runs2029
   
RBI85
   
Stolen Bases11
   
Batting Avg.281
   
Strikeouts215156
   
Wins14
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.26
   
WHIP1.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs35
   
Home Runs812
   
RBI36
   
Stolen Bases5
   
Batting Avg.279
   
Strikeouts7662
   
Wins5
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.49
   
WHIP1.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
News 
 Walker Buehler earned the win on Friday when he allowed one run on three hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk over six innings in the Dodgers 6-2 win over the Rays in Game 3 of the World Series.
Jon Mathisen
Sat, Oct 24th
Javier Baez went 1-for-4 in Game 1 of the Wild Card series against the Marlins on Wednesday, hitting a single. He also struck out twice a left two men on base in the 5-1 defeat.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Thu, Oct 1st
 The Dodgers announced that Walker Buehler will start Game 3 of the World Series on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Oct 19th
Javier Baez went 2-for-5 on Friday against the White Sox, hitting a solo homer and a double. The Cubs won 10-0.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Sat, Sep 26th
 Walker Buehler secured the win on Saturday when he surrendered zero runs on seven hits with six strikeouts over six innings in the Dodgers 3-1 win over the Braves in Game 6 of the NLCS.
Jon Mathisen
Sat, Oct 17th
Javier Baez hit seventh on Wednesday and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and stranded four men on base. The Cubs lost, 2-1.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Thu, Sep 24th
 Walker Buehler took a no decision on Monday when he allowed one run on three hits with seven strikeouts and five walks across five innings in the Dodgers 5-1 loss to the Braves in Game 1 of the NLCS.
Jon Mathisen
Mon, Oct 12th
Javier Baez hit sixth in the order on Monday and went 1-for-4 with a run-scoring single and a strikeout. The Cubs won, 5-0.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Mon, Sep 21st
 Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced that Walker Buehler will start Game 1 of the NLCS against the Braves.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Oct 10th
Javier Baez went 0-for-3 on Friday against the Twins with two strikeouts. The Cubs won, 1-0.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Sat, Sep 19th
Notes 
 The more I look and ponder the more I see a potential Cy Young in 2020. Great team, pitcher park, Betts and Bellinger potentially manning two OF spots on defense. If LAD finally gets that title Buehler will be the guy we look at to explain that last step.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
I love the skill set while I hate that the Cubs attempted only 69 stolen base attempts in 2019 - 2nd least in all of baseball. Baez would be a top 10 pick if not for the Cubs refusal to run. That reality drops Baez down. 2019 wasn't a down year, it was a reflection of the Cubs approach to scoring runs by refusing to run.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 Where you take Buehler is all about your approach to pitching in a shortened season. There's a case to take him in the first round, as he has the pure stuff to be the No. 1 pitcher by season's end with his 29 percent strikeout rate and five percent walk rate in 2019.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
You're drafting Baez for one thing right now, and that's power. The speed? Major drop-off from 2018 to 2019. The walks? Ha, that's cute. The success that Baez has had the past two years has resulted in everything going exactly right for him, but with the skill set that he has, the margin for error is razor-thin. There are many players that offer the same skills that Baez had who can be had for a much better draft cost - especially considering the position that he plays.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 A 5.22 ERA in April scared fantasy owners, but Buehler quickly recovered from the Dodgers' ill-planned "ease into the year" plan. He looked precisely like the pitcher his fantasy owners had hoped for after that, ending the year with a 3.26 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with a 29.2% strikeout rate. His meager five percent walk rate was one of the best in the league, and with an incredibly strong offense behind him once again, Buehler should excel in all four of the starting pitching categories in 2020. Have no concerns.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Not sure he's as special of a fantasy asset as he was in 2018, particularly at a deep position
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
 Walker Buehler's last 27 games included a 2.91 ERA and 206 strikeouts in 170 1/3 innings
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros