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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Javier Baez (2022)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Javier Baez
2B,SS - DET
Javier Baez
Expert
Recommendation
93%
Recommended by
40 of 43 experts
7%
Recommended by
3 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 27# 46
Best Rank# 17# 31
Worst Rank# 66# 78
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 69
Best Rank# 30# 59
Worst Rank# 62# 136
   
Projections 
   
Runs8980
Home Runs1228
RBI6585
Stolen Bases2915
Batting Average.281.254
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 49
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 43
   
Pat Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros
# 26# 47
   
Scott Engel
The Game Day
# 31# 60
   
Jody Smith
FullTime Fantasy
# 25# 54
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 17# 46
   
Greg Smith
Superflex.Guide
# 37# 41
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 37# 49
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 24# 40
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 36
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 22# 48
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 20# 40
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 27# 78
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 45# 50
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 54
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 42
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 41
   
Christopher Welsh
FantasyPros
# 21# 43
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 29# 44
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 27# 45
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 26# 45
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 27# 55
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 32# 45
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 22# 47
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 27# 49
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 26# 43
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 28# 46
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 35# 41
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 40# 60
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 23# 39
   
Nate Miller
Fantasy Six Pack
# 28# 40
   
Brad Camara
RotoBaller
# 36# 47
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 46# 63
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 25# 33
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 23# 55
   
Scott Youngson
Pitcher List
# 36# 67
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 21# 46
   
Scott Bogman
FantasyPros
# 20# 31
   
Travis Argo
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 45
   
Fred Zinkie
Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 45
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 45# 44
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 57# 39
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 66# 63
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Javier Baez
2B,SS - DET
Javier Baez
2021 Stats 
   
   
At Bats664502
   
Runs9780
   
Hits183133
   
Singles12882
   
Doubles4218
   
Triples32
   
Home Runs1031
   
RBI7487
   
Stolen Bases4018
   
Caught Stealing45
   
Walks4028
   
Strikeouts103184
   
Batting Average.276.265
   
On Base Pct.315.319
   
Slugging Pct.393.494
   
On-base Plus Slugging.708.813
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Javier Baez
2B,SS - DET
Javier Baez
2022 Projections 
   
   
At Bats609558
   
Runs8980
   
Hits171142
   
Singles12085
   
Doubles3626
   
Triples43
   
Home Runs1228
   
RBI6585
   
Stolen Bases2915
   
Caught Stealing65
   
Walks3929
   
Strikeouts97183
   
Batting Average.281.254
   
On Base Pct.324.291
   
Slugging Pct.411.461
   
On-base Plus Slugging.734.752
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Javier Baez
2B,SS - DET
Javier Baez
News 
 Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Kansas City's 5-3 loss to Oakland on Sunday.
Luke Monaldo
Mon, Jun 27th
Javier Baez went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in a 5-1 win over Arizona on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 25th
 Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base in Kansas City’s 5-1 win in Oakland on Friday.
Luke Monaldo
Sat, Jun 18th
Javier Baez went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in a 6-2 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 22nd
 Whit Merrifield went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Kansas City’s 6-2 loss in San Francisco on Monday.
Luke Monaldo
Tue, Jun 14th
Javier Baez went 3-for-5 with a triple, a homer, two runs, and an RBI in a 5-4 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Jun 21st
 Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Kansas City’s 6-4 loss to Baltimore on Saturday.
Luke Monaldo
Sun, Jun 12th
Javier Baez went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run, and two steals in a 7-3 win over the Rangers on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 19th
 Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Kansas City’s 8-4 win against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Luke Monaldo
Wed, Jun 8th
Javier Baez went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer in a 14-7 win over the Rangers on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 18th
Notes 
 This late bloomer has been fantasy gold for the last five years. Merrifield stole 40 bases last season at age 32. Durability is a big plus: Merrifield hasn't missed a game in the last three years. But there are some worrisome signs of slippage. His line drive rate has been steadily dropping over the last few seasons, and he hit only two home runs last season from July 1 on. Merrifield has been a terrific value for years, but it's possible he'll be slightly overpriced in 2022 drafts.
Pat Fitzmaurice - FantasyPros
The free-swinging middle infielder signed a six-year, $140 million contract with the Tigers. Baez led the NL with 184 strikeouts last year but also belted 31 homers, had 87 RBI and 80 runs, and batted a respectable .265. This is a strange, volatile skill set, but Baez can usually be counted on to provide help with the counting stats. He won't hurt you in leagues that use batting average, but his unwillingness to take a walk becomes a liability in OBP leagues.
Pat Fitzmaurice - FantasyPros