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When 2019 fantasy baseball drafts commence, owners will be faced with some tough decisions in the mid-to-late parts of the first round. Two infielders will be at the forefront of the conversation – both appealing in their own right.
If you had your choice at that point of the draft, would you rather pick Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies or Javy Baez of the Chicago Cubs?
At first glance, Arenado is clearly the guy to choose here. After all, he has been a beacon of consistency at the hot corner for the Rockies over the last four seasons. Most skeptics of Arenado will argue his numbers have been inflated because of Coors Field, but if you watch this guy play on an everyday basis, you know how invalid that argument is.
Time for a little #FantasyBaseballStatRant (every 10 minutes for the next hour or two)— Kyle Soppe (@KyleSoppeESPN) February 20, 2019
Nolan Arenado has 4 straight seasons with at least 35 doubles and 35 homers. No other player has even done it in each of the past 2 seasons.
I don't care if you're playing at the local Little League field or Ebbets Field. With averages of
Baez, more of a player on the come up, really made his mark in 2018 with career highs across the board – 34 homers, 111 RBI, 40 doubles, 21 stolen bases, a .290 batting average, .554 slugging percentage and .880 OPS.
The most frustrating part of Baez's game is his lack of plate discipline. Last season, he struck out a career-high 167 times in 645 plate appearances, giving him a K-rate of 25.9 percent. Not to mention, Baez only drew 29 walks for a 4.5 percent walk rate. In fact, Baez has only drawn a total of 74 walks in 1,603 plate appearances over the last three seasons, giving him a walk rate of only 4.6 percent.
All in all, the clear choice here is Arenado. Unless Baez figures out a new approach that isn't "all or nothing" at the dish, and it looks like he'll try, the flashy second baseman is going to drag your on-base percentage through the mud.
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