Who Should I Draft?

Whit Merrifield or Xander Bogaerts (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Xander Bogaerts
SS - BOS
Xander Bogaerts
Expert
Recommendation
73%
Recommended by
41 of 56 experts
27%
Recommended by
15 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 31
Best Rank# 19# 17
Worst Rank# 119# 64
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 45
Best Rank# 29# 40
Worst Rank# 36# 54
   
Projections 
   
Runs8588
Home Runs1421
RBI6591
Stolen Bases3410
Batting Average.287.288
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 31
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 29
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 47
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 27# 44
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 36# 38
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 29
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 37
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 28
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 29
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 24# 34
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 23# 39
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 28
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 29
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 24# 29
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 40
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 30
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 32
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 37
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 31
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 27
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 37
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 34
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 45
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 30# 32
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 30
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 38
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 35
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 19# 31
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 33
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 33
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 35
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 36
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 33
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 28# 33
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 31
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 37
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 30
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 28
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 30
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 34
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 33
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 17
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 21
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 25
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 30
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 23
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 24
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 28
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37# 31
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 33
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 32
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 22
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 29
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 34
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 59
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 64
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Xander Bogaerts
SS - BOS
Xander Bogaerts
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632513
   
Runs8872
   
Hits192148
   
Singles13477
   
Doubles4345
   
Triples33
   
Home Runs1223
   
RBI60103
   
Stolen Bases458
   
Caught Stealing102
   
Walks6155
   
Strikeouts114102
   
Batting Average.304.289
   
On Base Pct.367.360
   
Slugging Pct.438.522
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.883
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Xander Bogaerts
SS - BOS
Xander Bogaerts
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596570
   
Runs8588
   
Hits171164
   
Singles116101
   
Doubles3838
   
Triples43
   
Home Runs1421
   
RBI6591
   
Stolen Bases3410
   
Caught Stealing93
   
Walks4757
   
Strikeouts104111
   
Batting Average.287.288
   
On Base Pct.339.352
   
Slugging Pct.432.477
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.829
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Xander Bogaerts
SS - BOS
Xander Bogaerts
News 
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in a 3-2 loss to the Indians on Monday.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Jun 25th
Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-5 and drove in a run on Saturday as the Red Sox lost to the Blue Jays by an 8-7 score.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 23rd
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a run in a 6-1 win over the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 23rd
Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Monday's 2-0 win over the Twins.
John Aubin
Tue, Jun 18th
 Kansas City Royals first baseman Whit Merrifield had a monster game in a 9-0 win over Seattle on Tuesday. Merrifield went 3-for-4 with two homers and six RBI in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 19th
Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and delivered a go-ahead home run in a 7-6 victory over the Rangers on Thursday.
John Aubin
Fri, Jun 14th
 Kansas City Royals first baseman Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a steal in an 8-6 win over the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Jun 17th
Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-3 with a walk and solo home run Tuesday as the Red Sox lost the Rangers.
John Aubin
Wed, Jun 12th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 4-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs scored in a 5-4 loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 16th
Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with an RBI double Friday as the Red Sox lost to the Rays by a 5-1 score.
John Aubin
Sat, Jun 8th
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
Xander has been around for so long that it is easy to forget he is still just 26 years old. Although there have been periods of disappointment in the past, Bogaerts still has averaged 15 homers, 91 runs, 84 RBIs and a .295 BA over the last four seasons. Add in that 2018 was his best yet and we may be looking at another big step forward this season
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
Bogaerts doesn't have the pure upside of some of the other top shortstops, but he is a steady across-the-board performer who has finished as a top-50 overall player in standard roto leagues in three of the last four seasons. With a strong approach at the plate and a terrific team situation, he is a good bet to again finish ahead of some of the other players drafted before him.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Do not draft as OF, use at 2B
Michael Florio - Fantrax
Other elite shortstop peers have passed Bogaerts by, but he rebounded from a 2017 mired by a wrist injury to hit a quiet .288/.360/.522 with 23 homers and 103 RBI. He set career-highs in walks, hard-hit rate, barrels, and launch angle in his age-25 season, so drafters should believe in his power surge. This is the player everyone has wanted for years, but the five-category contributor-swinging in the heart of a loaded lineup-will slip to the fourth or fifth round due to a lack of elite power and speed.
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