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Who Should I Draft?

Yoan Moncada or Whit Merrifield (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Yoan Moncada
2B,3B - CWS
Yoan Moncada
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
23 of 45 experts
49%
Recommended by
22 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 40# 41
Best Rank# 13# 18
Worst Rank# 127# 71
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 47# 67
Best Rank# 41# 63
Worst Rank# 59# 106
   
Projections 
   
Runs3233
Home Runs510
RBI2329
Stolen Bases84
Batting Average.292.280
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 63
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 27# 38
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 48# 61
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 13# 65
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 58
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 35# 42
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 41# 46
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 38# 46
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 34# 39
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 31# 52
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 71
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 37# 42
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 32# 45
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 51
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 39# 54
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 50
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 36# 46
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 44
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 27# 45
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 25# 46
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 42# 46
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 29# 42
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 36# 40
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 19# 18
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 127# 29
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 93# 30
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 50# 31
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 55# 31
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 64# 31
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 43# 34
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 38# 36
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 45# 38
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 60# 38
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 41# 38
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 64# 39
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 69# 40
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 41# 40
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 72# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 48# 43
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 46# 44
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 48# 47
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 54# 47
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 52# 51
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 59# 55
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 63# 62
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Yoan Moncada
2B,3B - CWS
Yoan Moncada
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats681511
   
Runs10583
   
Hits206161
   
Singles13997
   
Doubles4134
   
Triples105
   
Home Runs1625
   
RBI7479
   
Stolen Bases2010
   
Caught Stealing103
   
Walks4540
   
Strikeouts126154
   
Batting Average.303.315
   
On Base Pct.348.367
   
Slugging Pct.463.548
   
On-base Plus Slugging.811.915
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Yoan Moncada
2B,3B - CWS
Yoan Moncada
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats221202
   
Runs3233
   
Hits6557
   
Singles4333
   
Doubles1412
   
Triples22
   
Home Runs510
   
RBI2329
   
Stolen Bases84
   
Caught Stealing31
   
Walks1620
   
Strikeouts4064
   
Batting Average.292.280
   
On Base Pct.341.345
   
Slugging Pct.442.494
   
On-base Plus Slugging.783.839
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Yoan Moncada
2B,3B - CWS
Yoan Moncada
News 
  Yoan Moncada (undisclosed) was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jul 10th
  Yoan Moncada was held out of team workouts on Monday.
Joe Buttgereit - Fantasy Sports Nerdz
Mon, Jul 6th
  Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the White Sox and Yoan Moncada are in agreement on a five-year extension that includes a club option.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Mar 5th
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
Yoan Moncada is going to have a high BABIP, but a .406 BABIP even for Moncada is high, and it's a big reason for his .315 batting average in 2019, which is the clear outlier of his albeit young career so far. Moncada saw his strikeout rate go down in 2019 to 27.5%, but his walk rate also decreased from 2018. For a player who has a 70 speed tool, his high for steals in a season in the big leagues is 12. The way the White Sox are with their approach to steals is a reason that you shouldn't expect Moncada, Luis Robert, or Tim Anderson to carry you in those categories. At a deep position, you can easily pivot away from Moncada at this price point.
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
The former top overall prospect had a heck of a season in 2019 but his .400 BABIP is almost certainly not going to repeat in 2020. Even still, this young stud has room for more growth and could provide 30 homers plus 10 steals for fantasy owners.
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
Moncada has imperfections but I can't help but dream on the tools. He is a physical freak with flaws that have prevented him from fully realizing his ability. I will continue to push him higher up my rankings than others do until I finally no longer can justify doing it. 2B/3B eligibility in leagues where he qualifies that way makes it that much easier to buy into the upside.
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
High upside pick, well worth his ADP. Broke out last season and is still only 24 years old. Has good a shot as anyone to jump into the top two rounds next season.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy