Who Should I Draft?

Yasiel Puig or Nicholas Castellanos (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Yasiel Puig
RF - CLE
Yasiel Puig
Nicholas Castellanos
RF - CHC
Nicholas Castellanos
Expert
Recommendation
78%
Recommended by
46 of 59 experts
22%
Recommended by
13 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 44# 53
Best Rank# 24# 35
Worst Rank# 108# 88
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 76# 90
Best Rank# 69# 53
Worst Rank# 94# 100
   
Projections 
   
Runs7482
Home Runs2725
RBI8290
Stolen Bases143
Batting Average.274.283
   
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# 38# 65
   
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# 63# 66
   
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The Fantasy Fix
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USA Today
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# 43# 47
   
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# 38# 69
   
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  Yasiel Puig
RF - CLE
Yasiel Puig
Nicholas Castellanos
RF - CHC
Nicholas Castellanos
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats405620
   
Runs6088
   
Hits108185
   
Singles63111
   
Doubles2146
   
Triples15
   
Home Runs2323
   
RBI6389
   
Stolen Bases152
   
Caught Stealing51
   
Walks3649
   
Strikeouts87151
   
Batting Average.267.298
   
On Base Pct.327.354
   
Slugging Pct.494.500
   
On-base Plus Slugging.820.854
   
  Yasiel Puig
RF - CLE
Yasiel Puig
Nicholas Castellanos
RF - CHC
Nicholas Castellanos
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats499592
   
Runs7482
   
Hits137168
   
Singles8297
   
Doubles2639
   
Triples26
   
Home Runs2725
   
RBI8290
   
Stolen Bases143
   
Caught Stealing62
   
Walks5147
   
Strikeouts106141
   
Batting Average.274.283
   
On Base Pct.341.336
   
Slugging Pct.495.498
   
On-base Plus Slugging.836.834
   
  Yasiel Puig
RF - CLE
Yasiel Puig
Nicholas Castellanos
RF - CHC
Nicholas Castellanos
News 
 Cleveland Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig went 0-for-3 with a walk and a steal in an 8-3 loss to the White Sox on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 26th
Nicholas Castellanos went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 22nd
 Cleveland Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, and two runs in an 11-0 win over the White Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 25th
Nicholas Castellanos went 2-for-3 with two doubles, three RBI, and two runs scored Saturday against the Pirates.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 14th
 Cleveland Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig went 4-for-5 with an RBI in a 2-1 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 19th
Nicholas Castellanos went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, three RBI, and a walk Friday against the Pirates.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 14th
 Cleveland Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig went 1-for-7 with a walk across both games of a Saturday doubleheader against the Twins. Cleveland lost both games, 2-0 and 9-5.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 14th
Nicholas Castellanos went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run and three runs scored in Monday's win over the Padres.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Sep 10th
 Cleveland Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run, and an RBI in a 5-3 loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 8th
Nicholas Castellanos went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Friday's loss to the Brewers.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 7th
Notes 
 Puig was a steady-if-unspectacular performer over his last two seasons in Los Angeles, settling in as a player who could hit around .265 while approaching 30 HRs and 15 SBs. He'll get a nice ballpark upgrade in his new home of Cincinnati, Ohio, and there is some belief that he will also benefit from being away from the distractions of LA, but it is hard to justify drastically raising our expectations for Puig until we see some evidence of it on the field. Don't overrate him, but he's certainly worth considering at his current ADP of 91.3.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
There's no doubt that Castellanos is a solid fantasy option, but last season's .298 batting average looks due for quite a bit of regression, he doesn't run, and his run production numbers could also take a hit as the Tigers enter into a full-on rebuild. There are better outfielders available at his late-seventh round ADP.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Puig's career has been a bit of a disappointment, but even so, his last two seasons have been excellent. In that time, he has 30 homers and 18 SB per 162 games. If he is able to stay healthy, we could be looking at a further breakout to 35 and 20 thanks to a major ballpark upgrade in Cincy this year.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
After showing solid contact in 2016 and power in 2017, Castellanos put it all together to hit .298/.354/.500 with 23 homers. Even playing every day in a desolate Detroit lineup led him to 88 runs and 89 RBI, so he's a high-floor option entering his age-27 season. The ceiling, however, is also limited. While he continues to make more hard contact, he'll struggle to maintain such a high average with the third-highest swinging-strike rate (15.8%) of all qualified hitters. Pay for a steady hand rather than a burgeoning star with more room for growth.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Puig has become every drafter's friend since getting shipped from the Dodgers to Reds. Although never matching the immediate high of his story-book debut, the outfielder has registered a .349 wOBA and 15 stolen bases in each of the last two seasons. Escaping the NL West juggernaut's jammed roster solidifies ample playing time, and he changes venues to one of baseball's best hitter's parks. Most projection systems forecast around 25-30 home runs with 12-16 steals while batting in the .270 vicinity. Those numbers would satisfy drafters who dip into the top 100 to snag an increasingly popular target.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Castellanos was a disappointment for so long that it may still be hanging over his stock. The fact of the matter, however, is that he has been great the past two season, hitting .285 with 49 homers and 190 RBIs. He only qualifies as an outfielder now, but should be regarded every bit as high as someone like Justin Upton or Mitch Haniger.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros