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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Jorge Polanco (2022)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jorge Polanco
2B,SS - MIN
Jorge Polanco
Expert
Recommendation
93%
Recommended by
40 of 43 experts
7%
Recommended by
3 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 27# 52
Best Rank# 17# 32
Worst Rank# 66# 94
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 78
Best Rank# 30# 74
Worst Rank# 62# 91
   
Projections 
   
Runs8990
Home Runs1226
RBI6585
Stolen Bases2910
Batting Average.281.272
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 73
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 53
   
Pat Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros
# 26# 54
   
Scott Engel
The Game Day
# 31# 49
   
Jody Smith
FullTime Fantasy
# 25# 56
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 17# 61
   
Greg Smith
Superflex.Guide
# 37# 42
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 37# 46
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 24# 55
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 62
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 22# 52
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 20# 49
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 27# 45
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 45# 56
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 58
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 52
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 50
   
Christopher Welsh
FantasyPros
# 21# 48
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 29# 48
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 27# 52
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 26# 52
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 27# 45
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 32# 46
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 22# 59
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 27# 69
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 26# 51
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 28# 45
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 35# 63
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 40# 94
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 23# 58
   
Nate Miller
Fantasy Six Pack
# 28# 54
   
Brad Camara
RotoBaller
# 36# 53
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 46# 54
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 25# 32
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 23# 41
   
Scott Youngson
Pitcher List
# 36# 56
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 21# 49
   
Scott Bogman
FantasyPros
# 20# 55
   
Travis Argo
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 46
   
Fred Zinkie
Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 33
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 45# 43
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 57# 38
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 66# 54
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jorge Polanco
2B,SS - MIN
Jorge Polanco
2021 Stats 
   
   
At Bats664588
   
Runs9797
   
Hits183157
   
Singles12888
   
Doubles4234
   
Triples32
   
Home Runs1033
   
RBI7498
   
Stolen Bases4011
   
Caught Stealing46
   
Walks4045
   
Strikeouts103118
   
Batting Average.276.267
   
On Base Pct.315.321
   
Slugging Pct.393.500
   
On-base Plus Slugging.708.821
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jorge Polanco
2B,SS - MIN
Jorge Polanco
2022 Projections 
   
   
At Bats609577
   
Runs8990
   
Hits171157
   
Singles12095
   
Doubles3633
   
Triples43
   
Home Runs1226
   
RBI6585
   
Stolen Bases2910
   
Caught Stealing65
   
Walks3947
   
Strikeouts97112
   
Batting Average.281.272
   
On Base Pct.324.327
   
Slugging Pct.411.469
   
On-base Plus Slugging.734.796
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jorge Polanco
2B,SS - MIN
Jorge Polanco
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
Jorge Polanco is not in the lineup Thursday against the Guardians.
Vince DiSilvio
Thu, Jun 30th
 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
Jorge Polanco went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs, and a walk in a win over Cleveland Tuesday night.
Jesse Garcia
Tue, Jun 28th
 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
Jorge Polanco was activated from the injured list ahead of Game 2 of the Twins doubleheader Tuesday against the Guardians.
Ari Koslow
Tue, Jun 28th
 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
Jorge Polanco will not return from the 10-day IL on Thursday, his first eligible day to return. Rocco Baldelli stated that Polanco has not started full baseball activities yet.
Jesse Garcia
Wed, Jun 22nd
 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
Jorge Polanco, who hasn’t played since June 12, will be placed on the IL Friday with lower back tightness.
Scott Youngson
Fri, Jun 17th
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
Polanco enjoyed the finest season of his career in 2021, batting .269 with 33 HRs, 98 RBI, 97 runs and 11 SBs. He went nuclear after the All-Star break, batting .287 with 21 homers. Could it be that Polanco feels less pressure as a second baseman than as a shortstop, and his hitting has benefitted as a result? Polanco has always been a line drive machine, so even if the power gains don't stick (and there's a good chance they won't), he should still deliver a healthy batting average. Dual 2B-SS eligibility is a plus. Polanco is a worthy investment, but don't pay for a full repeat of the power.
Pat Fitzmaurice - FantasyPros