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Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Tommy Pham (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Tommy Pham
LF,CF,DH - SD
Tommy Pham
Expert
Recommendation
64%
Recommended by
29 of 45 experts
36%
Recommended by
16 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 41# 44
Best Rank# 13# 31
Worst Rank# 127# 71
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 47# 78
Best Rank# 41# 63
Worst Rank# 59# 108
   
Projections 
   
Runs3330
Home Runs58
RBI2424
Stolen Bases87
Batting Average.294.280
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 59
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 57
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 19# 52
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 13# 36
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 41# 46
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 54
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 35# 46
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 42# 47
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 41# 46
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 47
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 34# 43
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 38# 42
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 31# 34
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 57
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 37# 46
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 32# 53
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 50
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 39# 57
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 61
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 48# 52
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 38# 49
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 36# 48
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 52# 64
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 46# 48
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 71
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 27# 37
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 25# 31
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 29# 45
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 36# 56
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 42# 39
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 43# 37
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 48# 41
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 48# 42
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 50# 43
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 55# 46
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 59# 37
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 60# 32
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 61# 44
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 63# 43
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 64# 37
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 66# 47
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 69# 51
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 72# 71
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 93# 50
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 127# 38
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Tommy Pham
LF,CF,DH - SD
Tommy Pham
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats681567
   
Runs10577
   
Hits206156
   
Singles139100
   
Doubles4133
   
Triples102
   
Home Runs1621
   
RBI7469
   
Stolen Bases2025
   
Caught Stealing104
   
Walks4581
   
Strikeouts126123
   
Batting Average.303.275
   
On Base Pct.348.370
   
Slugging Pct.463.452
   
On-base Plus Slugging.811.822
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Tommy Pham
LF,CF,DH - SD
Tommy Pham
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats222179
   
Runs3330
   
Hits6550
   
Singles4432
   
Doubles149
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs58
   
RBI2424
   
Stolen Bases87
   
Caught Stealing32
   
Walks1726
   
Strikeouts4145
   
Batting Average.294.280
   
On Base Pct.343.370
   
Slugging Pct.444.465
   
On-base Plus Slugging.787.836
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Tommy Pham
LF,CF,DH - SD
Tommy Pham
News 
  OF Tommy Pham has tested positive for the Coronavirus.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jul 3rd
  Tommy Pham went 0-for-3 with a strikeout as the DH in Monday's 14-2 loss to the Dodgers.
Steven Boysko - The Leadoff Batter
Tue, Mar 10th
  Tommy Pham (elbow, side) could be ready to play the outfield by next Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Mar 6th
  Tommy Pham (side) is expected to serve as the Padres' DH in Saturday's matchup against the Reds.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Feb 27th
  Tommy Pham did not play in Tuesday's spring training game against the Athletics due to side soreness.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Feb 26th
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
You really need to try to remember that Pham is already 32 because of the late start he got to his career. While he's been a top fantasy contributor for the past three years, he's at the age where skills tend to fall off. If you look at Pham's batted ball data, he still has a high exit velocity and hard-hit rate (both 82nd percentile), and his sprint speed and xOBA and xBA are all great and above average, respectively. But there are signs that a decline could take place, making him a guy you could be over-drafting at 83rd overall. He recorded the lowest launch angle of his career in 2019, which resulted in the fourth-highest groundball rate in the big leagues. What's more, he also was 128th in baseball in Brls/BBE%, tied with the likes of Adalberto Mondesi, Travis d'Arnaud, Maikel Franco, and Andrew Benintendi. Take into account his batted ball profile and his age, seeing the loss of a handful of steals and homers could make him a pick you regret, especially when you see names like Nelson Cruz, Eddie Rosario, Matt Chapman, and Nick Castellanos going after him.
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
Pham may not be the biggest name in baseball but by now, we should know he is going to give fantasy owners 20 homers, 20 steals and a strong batting average with loads of runs. He offers similar expectations to Austin Meadows but four rounds later.
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