Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or J.T. Realmuto (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Expert
Recommendation
92%
Recommended by
54 of 59 experts
8%
Recommended by
5 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 50
Best Rank# 19# 23
Worst Rank# 119# 107
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 46
Best Rank# 29# 38
Worst Rank# 36# 63
   
Projections 
   
Runs8572
Home Runs1422
RBI6576
Stolen Bases345
Batting Average.287.277
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 52
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 49
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 52
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 107
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 27# 55
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 36# 72
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 60
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 42
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 27
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 66
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 79
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 51
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 61
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 51
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 24# 29
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 23# 25
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 36
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 64
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 43
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 53
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 24# 41
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 61
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 45
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 61
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 53
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 43
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 56
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 54
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 72
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 35
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37# 81
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 41
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 61
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 58
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 59
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 19# 50
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 52
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 83
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 85
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 40
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 44
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 42
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 47
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 28# 75
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 49
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 46
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 64
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 33# 78
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 48
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 23# 57
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 31# 87
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 56
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 56
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 46
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 23
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 27
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 47
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 52
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 52
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632477
   
Runs8874
   
Hits192132
   
Singles13478
   
Doubles4330
   
Triples33
   
Home Runs1221
   
RBI6074
   
Stolen Bases453
   
Caught Stealing102
   
Walks6138
   
Strikeouts114104
   
Batting Average.304.277
   
On Base Pct.367.340
   
Slugging Pct.438.484
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.825
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596497
   
Runs8572
   
Hits171138
   
Singles11683
   
Doubles3829
   
Triples43
   
Home Runs1422
   
RBI6576
   
Stolen Bases345
   
Caught Stealing92
   
Walks4737
   
Strikeouts104106
   
Batting Average.287.277
   
On Base Pct.339.327
   
Slugging Pct.432.479
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.807
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
News 
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a run and a steal in a 12-8 loss to the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 23rd
Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 0-for-2 with two runs scored and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the Braves. The steal was his ninth of the season.
Mike Maher
Thu, Sep 19th
 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
Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Braves. The homer was his 25th of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 13th
 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
Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-3 with a walk and solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Braves. The homer was his 24th of the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Sep 11th
 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
Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, and three RBI in Friday's loss to the Mets. The homer was his 23rd of the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 7th
 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
Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 2-for-5 with a triple, a home run, and two runs scored in Thursday's loss to the Reds. The homer was his 22nd of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 6th
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
Realmuto's .277 batting average with 21 homers and 74 RBIs doesn't seem all that impressive, but the fact of the matter is that he blew the rest of the catcher scene away with those numbers. Realmuto is as safe as it comes at the position and should produce far above the lousy replacement level once again. This is especially true now that he has been traded to a great hitter's ballpark in Philly. Don't hesitate to reach for him so you don't get stuck with an awful catcher
Bobby Sylvester - 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
Already last year's top catcher with room to spare, Realmuto's value rises substantially after getting traded to the Phillies. Depending on his spot in the batting order, an upgraded lineup should yield a major rise in runs and/or RBI. He also goes from the worst park for right-handed power to the second-best behind Coors Field, so he could potentially expand upon 2018's career-high 21 homers. A fade before the move, drafters should now take a closer look at Realmuto to avoid the catching cesspool.
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
Realmuto doesn't possess the pure upside of Gary Sanchez, but he may still be the better pick in fantasy drafts. In moving from Miami to Philadelphia, he gets a massive upgrade in both his home ballpark and supporting cast, setting him up to establish new career highs in the counting stats (HR, RBIs, runs). Realmuto is also a good bet to lead all catchers in plate appearances, thanks to both his durability and the possibility that he sees the occasional start at first base when he isn't behind the plate.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros