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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Bo Bichette (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Bo Bichette
SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
Expert
Recommendation
56%
Recommended by
25 of 45 experts
44%
Recommended by
20 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 42# 43
Best Rank# 13# 15
Worst Rank# 127# 77
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 47# 64
Best Rank# 41# 62
Worst Rank# 59# 91
   
Projections 
   
Runs3331
Home Runs58
RBI2425
Stolen Bases87
Batting Average.294.282
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 49
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 50
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 60# 67
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 13# 22
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 41# 52
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 46
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 35# 50
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 42# 46
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 41# 45
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 34# 50
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 38# 43
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 31# 32
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 41
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 37# 48
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 32# 54
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 45
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 39# 45
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 77
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 36# 49
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 46
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 27# 35
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 25# 56
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 29# 54
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 43# 64
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 36# 48
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 19# 15
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 38# 25
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 39
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 42# 34
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 46# 38
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 48# 42
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 48# 46
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 48# 43
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 50# 47
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 52# 36
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 55# 50
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 59# 52
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 61# 48
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 63# 52
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 64# 49
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 66# 34
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 69# 52
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 72# 53
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 93# 39
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 127# 35
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Bo Bichette
SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats681196
   
Runs10532
   
Hits20661
   
Singles13932
   
Doubles4118
   
Triples100
   
Home Runs1611
   
RBI7421
   
Stolen Bases204
   
Caught Stealing104
   
Walks4514
   
Strikeouts12650
   
Batting Average.303.311
   
On Base Pct.348.359
   
Slugging Pct.463.571
   
On-base Plus Slugging.811.930
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Bo Bichette
SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats222204
   
Runs3331
   
Hits6557
   
Singles4434
   
Doubles1414
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs58
   
RBI2425
   
Stolen Bases87
   
Caught Stealing33
   
Walks1716
   
Strikeouts4147
   
Batting Average.294.282
   
On Base Pct.343.333
   
Slugging Pct.444.475
   
On-base Plus Slugging.787.808
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Bo Bichette
SS - TOR
Bo Bichette
News 
  Bo Bichette hit his second home run of the spring in the Blue Jays' 9-0 defeat of the Phillies on Sunday in Grapefruit League play.
John Aubin
Mon, Mar 9th
  Bo Bichette went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in Sunday's game against the Pirates
Andy Zimmerman
Sun, Mar 1st
  Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo says he is leaning towards batting Bo Bichette leadoff again this year.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Feb 17th
Notes 
 Fool me once, right? Those who invested heavily in Whit Merrifield in 2019 were disappointed, as he failed to replicate the stolen base numbers that he gave you in 2018. He's a non-zero in power, but unless the steals return to 40-plus, which is unlikely for a 31-year-old, he's going to fail to give you the production that you want. There are better options at both second base and outfield that you can comfortably pass on Merrifield for.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Everything that could go right, did go right for Bo Bichette in his rookie year in Toronto. Is he a .300 hitter? Probably not, but he'll hit around .285 with a power/speed combo that will play up in Toronto. Could there be an adjustment period in his second season? Sure, there could. Are there concerns that the performance wasn't legit? Not really, if you look at his prospect pedigree and his underlying numbers. The ceiling is sky-high here, and Bichette could be a top 5 shortstop off the board in 2021."
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Merrifield leads off the second tier of fantasy second basemen after Altuve, Torres and Albies. He won't hit 20 bombs, but we can expect a batting average near or above .300 plus 20-30 steals once again, making him a great fifth round pick.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Like his father, the young Bichette is one heck of a hitter and he proved that by batting .311 with 11 homers in just 46 games last year. Over a full season, it would be no surprise if he morphed into a 30 homer threat with a quality batting average and all the runs and RBIs to accompany it.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 SOME power and above average speed makes me more bullish on Merrifield than the consensus. Stolen bases are becoming more and more rare, but the Royals were second in SB in 2019. That enhances Merrifields stature in my rankings as well.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 
 His drop in SBs and SB success rate keeps him out of the top 5 2B for me this season. Safe pick at ADP as there is no real breakout potential.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy