Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Adalberto Mondesi (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Adalberto Mondesi
2B,SS - KC
Adalberto Mondesi
Expert
Recommendation
80%
Recommended by
47 of 59 experts
20%
Recommended by
12 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 34
Best Rank# 19# 16
Worst Rank# 119# 131
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 43
Best Rank# 29# 36
Worst Rank# 36# 111
   
Projections 
   
Runs8576
Home Runs1421
RBI6565
Stolen Bases3444
Batting Average.287.253
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 59
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 34
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 45
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 27# 30
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 36# 67
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 38
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 39
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 38
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 100
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 33
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 58
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 131
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 24# 26
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 23# 34
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 44
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 85
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 35
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 38
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 24# 47
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 37
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 40
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 48
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 26
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 40
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 42
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 40
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37# 38
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 47
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 37
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 32
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 19# 32
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 31
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 24
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 32
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 45
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 32
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 40
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 28# 40
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 39
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 57
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 44
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 23# 26
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 31# 50
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 53
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 31
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 35
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 35
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 16
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 26
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 31
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 33# 27
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 22
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 31
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 33
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 31
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 22
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 18
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 44
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 23
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Adalberto Mondesi
2B,SS - KC
Adalberto Mondesi
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632275
   
Runs8847
   
Hits19276
   
Singles13446
   
Doubles4313
   
Triples33
   
Home Runs1214
   
RBI6037
   
Stolen Bases4532
   
Caught Stealing107
   
Walks6111
   
Strikeouts11477
   
Batting Average.304.276
   
On Base Pct.367.306
   
Slugging Pct.438.498
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.804
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Adalberto Mondesi
2B,SS - KC
Adalberto Mondesi
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596536
   
Runs8576
   
Hits171136
   
Singles11683
   
Doubles3826
   
Triples47
   
Home Runs1421
   
RBI6565
   
Stolen Bases3444
   
Caught Stealing910
   
Walks4727
   
Strikeouts104148
   
Batting Average.287.253
   
On Base Pct.339.289
   
Slugging Pct.432.444
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.733
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Adalberto Mondesi
2B,SS - KC
Adalberto Mondesi
News 
 Kansas City Royals DH Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with two singles, a run, and an RBI in a 12-3 loss to Houston on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 15th
Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI in a 6-5 win over the Athletics on Monday.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Sep 17th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a double in a 7-3 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 11th
Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi went 3-for-5 with a homer, three runs, two RBI, and two steals in an 8-6 win over the White Sox on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 12th
 Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield went 1-for-5 with a steal in a 5-4 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 5th
Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 7-3 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 11th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in a 6-4 win over the Orioles on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 2nd
Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi went 0-for-5 with a steal in a 7-2 win over the Marlins on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 7th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 0-for-4 in a 14-2 loss to the Orioles on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Aug 31st
Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi went 1-for-5 with an RBI and a steal in a 6-4 loss to the Tigers on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 5th
Notes 
 With the Royals not expected to compete in 2019, there is little doubt that Merrifield will surpass 40 stolen bases again. He doesn't have much in the way of power, nor will he score a load of runs in this offense, but the batting average should end up around .300 once again
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Few people could have foreseen the impact Mondesi would make down the stretch last season, finishing as a top-five overall hitter in standard roto/categories leagues from August 1 on. His plate discipline left a lot to be desired, but his 14 HRs and 32 SBs in 75 games led a lot of fantasy managers to the championship circle. If you believe most of the projection systems, he's due for a 20-40 kind of season in 2019, production that would again place him right alongside the very best roto options in the game. His limited track record makes him a risk-reward pick, but his skills are very real and his current sixth-round draft cost is very reasonable.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Merrifield followed up his breakout 2017 campaign with another excellent fantasy season in 2018, hitting .304 with 12 homers and a league-leading 45 stolen bases. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to hit .300 again -- his .352 BABIP was among the league's highest -- but he should settle in at around .280-.285 and again produce 10-15 HRs. His run and RBI totals may not be great in a weak-hitting Royals lineup, but you're really paying for the steals, and Merrifield should again have the green light on the base paths early and often for a team that will need to manufacture runs.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Fantasy managers can't scroll though Twitter or go grocery shopping without encountering a heated debate about Mondesi. Infatuated by his 11 homers, 27 steals, and .353 wOBA in 54 unbelievable second-half games, some supporters are happy to jump as early as the fourth round to draft a potential first-round contributor. Yet some experts, not buying the small sample and dubious of his poor plate approach, have the 23-year-old middle infielder outside of the top 100 altogether. There's 25-50 upside, but there's a legitimate possibility someone with a career .273 OBP gets benched (or even demoted) by June. It's one thing to hope for a 15-35 campaign with a passable batting average, which would certainly play in roto formats, but don't extrapolate three unsustainably awesome months into a full season of mouth-watering stats.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Merrifield not only absconded an MLB-high 45 steals but also batted .304 with 12 homers and 43 doubles. That's borderline extinct skill set justifies his spot as an upper-echelon pick, but beware some regression. His batting average rose despite modest drops in contact and strikeout rates, and no speedster should hold a 14.7% infield-fly rate. Still, there aren't many .280, 12-35 hitters either.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
If you pro-rate Mondesi's 75 games to a full season, it comes out to 30 homers, 68 steals and 100 RBIs. I don't need to tell you that a season like that would put him above Mike Trout from a fantasy perspective. Granted, he is due for some regression, but don't hesitate to reach several rounds to get him on your roster.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros