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Sunday, February 28, 2016

2016 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT DEBATE: ADRIAN BELTRE/KYLE SEAGER

It is time for another 2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft Debate so let's get right to the subject of today's post which centers on third baseman Adrian Beltre and Kyle Seager.  Both guys are quite even in terms of their numbers and future projections for this season so let's compare the two using the five standard ROTO categories to see who should come out on top. 

RUNS:  Seager won this battle just by two last season, outscoring Beltre 85-83.  However Seager had 50-plus more at-bats then Beltre and even going back to 2014 the Rangers veteran wins out.
ADVANTAGE:  Adrian Beltre

STOLEN BASES:  Beltre at one time in his career was a capable stolen base guy but no longer as he swiped just one bag in 2015.  Seager is not even an average steals guy himself but he took 6 bags a year ago and usually is good for between 5-10. 
ADVANTAGE:  Kyle Seager

HOME RUNS:  This would have been no contest a few years ago in terms of power as Beltre was a tremendous home run guy before age started to do its thing.  Seager meanwhile has cemented himself as a 25-home run guy in a pitcher's park, while Beltre has dropped into the high teens.
ADVANTAGE:  Kyle Seager

AVERAGE:  Seager is a decent hitter but he is pretty much a lock of a .275 guy while Beltre can still hit .300.  Even though he slipped a bit to .287 in 2015, Beltre still bettered Seager in that category as the latter put up just a .266 mark.
ADVANTAGE:  Adrian Beltre

RBI:  This one is very close as Beltre and Seager are both somewhat comparable but the Mariners third baseman come up second in two of the last three seasons in this duel.  Beltre has the better ballpark as well which gives him the nod.
ADVANTAGE:  Adrian Beltre

WINNER:  Adrian Beltre

The bottom line here is that Beltre is still capable of having one more solid season at the dish, while Seager himself remains a very durable and impressive hitter.  However if you crunch the numbers, Beltre wins out. 



 

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