Who Should I Draft?

Welington Castillo or Tucker Barnhart (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Welington Castillo
C - CWS
Welington Castillo
Tucker Barnhart
C - CIN
Tucker Barnhart
Expert
Recommendation
91%
Recommended by
49 of 54 experts
9%
Recommended by
5 of 54 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 152# 197
Best Rank# 100# 127
Worst Rank# 247# 320
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 224# 285
Best Rank# 202# 258
Worst Rank# 316# 316
   
Projections 
   
Runs3945
Home Runs149
RBI4647
Stolen Bases12
Batting Average.252.255
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL10DTD
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 172
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 158
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 177
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 227# 279
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 178# 185
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 173
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 138# 141
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 148# 192
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 157# 166
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 179# 183
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 172# 174
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 179
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 100# 127
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 146
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 117# 129
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 158# 168
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 247
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 193# 196
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 159
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 175# 198
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 144# 163
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 172
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 169# 179
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 180# 182
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 174# 201
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 179# 183
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 123
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 129# 207
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 170
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 126# 174
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 169
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 164
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 129
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 163# 256
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 173# 174
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 161
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 160
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 218# 225
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 179
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 161# 207
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 235# 320
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 129
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 171# 179
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 198# 231
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 180# 199
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 178
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 162# 184
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 116# 257
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 151# 168
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 167# 165
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 169# 166
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 172# 158
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 174# 146
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 188# 184
   
  Welington Castillo
C - CWS
Welington Castillo
Tucker Barnhart
C - CIN
Tucker Barnhart
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats170460
   
Runs1750
   
Hits44114
   
Singles3180
   
Doubles721
   
Triples03
   
Home Runs610
   
RBI1546
   
Stolen Bases10
   
Caught Stealing04
   
Walks954
   
Strikeouts4696
   
Batting Average.259.248
   
On Base Pct.304.328
   
Slugging Pct.406.372
   
On-base Plus Slugging.710.699
   
  Welington Castillo
C - CWS
Welington Castillo
Tucker Barnhart
C - CIN
Tucker Barnhart
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats355423
   
Runs3945
   
Hits89108
   
Singles6074
   
Doubles1522
   
Triples02
   
Home Runs149
   
RBI4647
   
Stolen Bases12
   
Caught Stealing02
   
Walks2446
   
Strikeouts10084
   
Batting Average.252.255
   
On Base Pct.299.328
   
Slugging Pct.416.382
   
On-base Plus Slugging.715.710
   
  Welington Castillo
C - CWS
Welington Castillo
Tucker Barnhart
C - CIN
Tucker Barnhart
News 
 The White Sox have placed Welington Castillo on the 10-day IL with a left oblique strain.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 18th
Tucker Barnhart went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and a RBI in the Reds' 3-1 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Jun 6th
 Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in a 7-5 win over Washington on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 12th
Tucker Barnhart went 3-for-4 with a single, double, two-run home run, and two runs scored in the Reds' 8-6 loss to the Cubs on Saturday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, May 26th
 Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in a 6-4 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 6th
Tucker Barnhart went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in the Reds' 11-9 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.
Elliott Baas
Thu, May 23rd
 The White Sox placed Welington Castillo on the 10-day injured list with a head injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, May 25th
Tucker Barnhart went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBI, and two runs scored in the Reds' 9-2 win over the Giants on Saturday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, May 5th
 Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo went 0-for-4 in a 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, May 19th
Tucker Barnhart went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored on Monday against the Mets.
Dan Harris
Tue, Apr 30th
Notes 
 Castillo only saw 49 games worth of action last season, but his bat was still quality when he played. Over the last five years, he averages 26 homers with a .261 BA and 85 RBIs per 162 games, so now that he is starting, fantasy owners can expect useful production out of him.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Barnhart doesn't have the best bat, but his elite defense will keep him on the field for nearly 500 at-bats again. In a killer Red's lineup, that should be plenty to get him the counting stats he needs to be draftable.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Castillo was a top-eight catcher in 2017 and was off to a good start in 2018 before receiving an 80-game PED suspension in late May. He returned from the suspension and a brief DL stint in September, but didn't do much down the stretch. He's unlikely to match his career-best 2017 season, but barring a dramatic decline in production post-PEDs, Castillo should be able to hit around .260 with 15-20 home runs and be a serviceable starting catcher in 10- and 12-team mixed leagues.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 
 Catcher was bleak enough before losing Salvador Perez, so Castillo stands out as a fine choice for those who punt the position. An avalanche of injuries led him to post a middling .308 wOBA in 49 games, but he clobbered 53 homers over the previous three seasons. The career .259/.318/.427 hitter could combine a solid average with 15 long balls.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros