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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Adalberto Mondesi (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Adalberto Mondesi
3B,DH,SS - KC
Adalberto Mondesi
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
59%
Recommended by
30 of 51 experts
41%
Recommended by
21 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 31# 29
Best Rank# 11# 16
Worst Rank# 138# 56
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 29# 41
Best Rank# 24# 28
Worst Rank# 65# 44
   
Projections 
   
Runs7690
Home Runs1716
RBI6468
Stolen Bases4925
Batting Average.254.285
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 24# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 16# 28
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 25# 56
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 33
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 24# 34
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 17# 29
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 18# 28
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 18# 28
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 35# 37
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 16# 39
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 26# 28
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 17# 28
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 38# 56
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 16# 42
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 26# 28
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 20# 29
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 15# 33
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 21# 29
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 19# 30
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 20# 30
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 17# 29
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 31# 41
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 30# 33
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 18# 32
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 21# 32
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 11# 24
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 26# 33
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 18# 29
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 33# 38
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 25# 29
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 28# 16
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 26# 17
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 25# 21
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 33# 23
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 26# 24
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 54# 24
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 95# 25
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 41# 25
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 55# 26
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 52# 26
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 42# 26
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 107# 28
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 138# 28
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 69# 28
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 62# 29
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 35# 29
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 31# 29
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 33# 30
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 72# 36
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 45# 37
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 43# 40
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Adalberto Mondesi
3B,DH,SS - KC
Adalberto Mondesi
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats219248
   
Runs3338
   
Hits5671
   
Singles3650
   
Doubles1112
   
Triples30
   
Home Runs69
   
RBI2231
   
Stolen Bases2412
   
Caught Stealing83
   
Walks1112
   
Strikeouts7033
   
Batting Average.256.286
   
On Base Pct.294.328
   
Slugging Pct.416.444
   
On-base Plus Slugging.710.772
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Adalberto Mondesi
3B,DH,SS - KC
Adalberto Mondesi
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats526614
   
Runs7690
   
Hits133174
   
Singles83118
   
Doubles2535
   
Triples84
   
Home Runs1716
   
RBI6468
   
Stolen Bases4925
   
Caught Stealing128
   
Walks2942
   
Strikeouts162107
   
Batting Average.254.285
   
On Base Pct.293.332
   
Slugging Pct.428.435
   
On-base Plus Slugging.721.767
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Adalberto Mondesi
3B,DH,SS - KC
Adalberto Mondesi
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Adalberto Mondesi went 2-for-4 with a walk, two doubles and a RBI during Friday's 11-6 win over the Twins.
Andy Zimmerman
Sat, Oct 2nd
Whit Merrifield went 3-for-4 with a walk and a RBI single during Friday's 11-6 win over the Twins.
Andy Zimmerman
Sat, Oct 2nd
 Adalberto Mondesi went 2-for-5 with a RBI and a stolen base during Saturday's 8-1 win over the Mariners.
Andy Zimmerman
Sun, Sep 19th
Whit Merrifield went 0-for-2 with two RBI during Friday's 3-1 win over the Tigers.
Andy Zimmerman
Sat, Sep 25th
 Adalberto Mondesi (rest) is absent from Thursday's lineup for the Royals' matchup with Cleveland.
Jack Mannis
Thu, Sep 2nd
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-3 with a walk during Tuesday's 4-1 loss in Cleveland.
Andy Zimmerman
Wed, Sep 22nd
 Adalberto Mondesi went 2-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and a stolen base during Wednesday's extra-inning loss to Cleveland.
Andy Zimmerman
Thu, Sep 2nd
Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a RBI during Tuesday's 10-7 win over the Athletics.
Andy Zimmerman
Wed, Sep 15th
 Adalberto Mondesi has been reinstated from the IL, and will start at designated hitter for the Royals on Wednesday.
Dan Harris
Wed, Sep 1st
Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored during Wednesday's 9-8 loss in Baltimore.
Andy Zimmerman
Thu, Sep 9th
Notes 
 Mondesi will begin the year on the 10-day IL with a strained oblique. When healthy, however, there's no reason to doubt his performance. Even in a shortened year, it was a tale of two seasons for Mondesi. In 35 games in July and August, he batted just .186 with 11 runs, two RBI, no home runs, and eight steals. In his final 24 games, he batted .356 with six home runs, 22 runs scored, 20 RBI, and 16 steals. In the end, Mondesi delivered exactly the type of season that fantasy managers have come to expect, and his 24 steals were eight more than the next highest total. Mondesi won't help in batting average and offers minimal power, but he's an unmatched source of steals. And given that much of his lackluster first month can probably be written off to offseason shoulder surgery, fantasy managers should be able to expect closer to the second-half version of Mondesi rather than the first this year.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Merrifield has established an extremely strong floor, as he'll almost always be an asset in batting average, steals, and runs scored, and chip in for the remaining categories. There were some concern after his steals dropped to just 20 in 2019, but he bounced back to a 32-steal pace last year while also seeing a power spike. Merrifield is 32 years old and does not hit the ball particularly hard, but that's really irrelevant at this point. He is what he is, and with multi-position eligibility, what he is a major asset in fantasy and one of the top second basemen in fantasy.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Overall the final three weeks of the 2020 season, Mondesi was the hottest hitter in baseball. After failing to live up to his preseason expectations for most of the year, Mondesi hit .376 with 16 (!!) stolen bases over his final 93 plate appearances. It would be easy to argue that he won fantasy leagues down the stretch if it wasn't for such a brutal showing at the plate leading up to it. Still, this is the type of monstrous stolen base upside that'll keep us invested entering 2021. It goes without saying that Mondesi's value increases in roto leagues. He should be viewed as a wildly volatile player to draft.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros