Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Gleyber Torres (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Gleyber Torres
2B,SS - NYY
Gleyber Torres
Expert
Recommendation
92%
Recommended by
54 of 59 experts
8%
Recommended by
5 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 51
Best Rank# 19# 32
Worst Rank# 119# 99
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 61
Best Rank# 29# 51
Worst Rank# 36# 68
   
Projections 
   
Runs8572
Home Runs1425
RBI6584
Stolen Bases349
Batting Average.287.269
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-DTD
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 32
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 70
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 62
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 27# 66
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 54
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 43
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 70
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 70
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 67
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 42
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 53
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 61
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 24# 46
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 23# 73
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 34
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 67
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 56
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 50
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 24# 52
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 82
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 62
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 49
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 59
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 41
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 67
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 49
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 45
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 49
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 79
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37# 77
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 48
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 58
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 52
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 58
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 19# 99
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 48
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 60
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 45
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 63
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 42
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 58
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 60
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 28# 66
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 34
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 54
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 51
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 33# 46
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 47
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 23# 44
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 31# 45
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 43
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 57
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 73
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 44
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 32
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 36# 33
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 42
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 50
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 36
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Gleyber Torres
2B,SS - NYY
Gleyber Torres
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632431
   
Runs8854
   
Hits192117
   
Singles13476
   
Doubles4316
   
Triples31
   
Home Runs1224
   
RBI6077
   
Stolen Bases456
   
Caught Stealing102
   
Walks6142
   
Strikeouts114122
   
Batting Average.304.272
   
On Base Pct.367.340
   
Slugging Pct.438.480
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.820
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Gleyber Torres
2B,SS - NYY
Gleyber Torres
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596528
   
Runs8572
   
Hits171142
   
Singles11690
   
Doubles3824
   
Triples42
   
Home Runs1425
   
RBI6584
   
Stolen Bases349
   
Caught Stealing94
   
Walks4752
   
Strikeouts104136
   
Batting Average.287.269
   
On Base Pct.339.334
   
Slugging Pct.432.467
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.802
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Gleyber Torres
2B,SS - NYY
Gleyber Torres
News 
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 in an 8-5 loss to the Twins on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 20th
An MRI on Gleyber Torres' right hamstring came back negative, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 21st
 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
Gleyber Torres (knee) was removed from Friday's game against the Blue Jays as a precaution, and he'll be re-evaluated Saturday, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 21st
 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
Gleyber Torres is not in Thursday's lineup against the Angels, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 19th
 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
Gleyber Torres went 2-for-4 with a home run as the Yankees defeated the Angels 8-0.
Brandon Plutner
Tue, Sep 17th
 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
Gleyber Torres went 1-for-3 at the plate and hit a two-run homer while also scoring two runs as the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays on Saturday.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 15th
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
Torres is a former elite prospect who is coming off an excellent rookie season in New York. He strikes out a bit too much at this stage of his career to be a reliable asset in batting average, but he won't kill you there and should be able to match or exceed last season's 24 home runs while also chipping in 5-10 steals and solid run and RBI totals. At just 22 years old, there's also a chance that Torres takes a big step forward this year and jumps into the upper echelon at the position, but his fifth-round ADP means you'll be paying for that upside if you draft him.
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
Torres, 22, was a highly touted prospect now coming off a sublime rookie campaign with the Yankees. So of course the cost is blowing out of hand. After recording a 70.2% contact rate with strikeouts in a quarter of his plate appearances, repeating last year's .271 average is an optimistic expectation. He cooled down over the second half (.249/.329/.404), so there's too much risk to bite at his 53 consensus ADP.
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
Torres isn't a big contributor in stolen bases, but he is plenty useful in each of the other four main categories. If you expand his rates out to a full season, Torres would have posted 32 homers, 101 RBIs and a .271 batting average. You would be thrilled to get that type of production out of your seventh round shortstop.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros