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Monday, March 21, 2016

2016 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT DEBATE: YOENIS CESPEDES/J.D. MARTINEZ

Time for another 2016 fantasy baseball draft debate as we look to work through some last minute decisions before we launch the new season.  Today we go to the outfield and look at two power-hitting specialists in the New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes and the Detroit Tigers' J.D. Martinez.  Both make their living on the long ball and RBI and both are being drafted in tight with one another.  As always let's compare the two in order to see which guy comes out on top.

AVERAGE:  Last season Cspedes took this battle as batted .291 to Martinez' .282.  Still the season prior, Martinez was at .315 and Cespedes in the mid-.250 range both with Oakland and Boston.  Both guys need some BABIP luck to post a good average due to their high K rates which makes projecting a call here very tough.
ADVANTAGE:  EVEN

RUNS:  Cespedes has outscored Martinez each of the last two seasons and he went over 100 with 101 in 2015 to his counterpart's 93.  Both guys had around the same OBP in their careers but the Mets lineup looks a bit better this season then Detroit's which gives Cespedes the slight edge.
ADVANTAGE:  Yoenis Cespedes

STOLEN BASES:  When Cespedes first came into the majors, he stole 16 bases as a rookie and looked like a perennial five-tool guy.  Since then though Cespedes has not reached double-digits and in 2015 took just 7 bags.  That still was better then the 3 Martinez picked up and in his case, there has never been much of any speed.
ADVANTAGE:  Yoenis Cespedes

HOME RUNS:  Both guys reached new highs in home runs in 2015, with Cespedes coming in at 35 to Martinez' 38.  Those totals for each were in outlier territory but Martinez profiles to have more raw power.  Both ballparks are rough on home runs but Comerica is a bit better for hitters then Citi Field. 
ADVANTAGE:  J.D. Martinez

RBI:  Cespedes came out on top here as well in 2015 with 105 to Martinez' 102.  The better lineup for the Mets should keep Cespedes on top again this season but only slightly. 
ADVANTAGE:  Yoenis Cespedes

WINNER:  Yoenis Cespedes

As you can see, the debate was very close but Cespedes gets the nod.  He has more dynamism to his game and that should make him the choice. 

 

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