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Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT DEBATE: FRANCISCO LINDOR/XANDER BOGAERTS

Time for another 2017 fantasy baseball draft debate and today we go back into the shortstop position where we already settled on Corey Seager being the better pick over Carlos Correa.  Right below those two arguably sit Boston's Xander Bogaerts and Cleveland's Francisco Lindor.  So as always let's compare the two using the standard five ROTO categories to determine who should go before the other.

AVERAGE:  This one is very close as both guys are locking themselves in as firm .300 hitters, with Bogaerts coming out on top in 2015 and Lindor flipping the script in 2016.  What breaks the tie though is that over the last two years, Lindro's K/9 has been tremendous at 15.8 and 12.9 percent, while Bogaerts clocks in at 15.4 and 17.1.  With luck being equal, Lindor gets the nod.
ADVANTAGE:  Francisco Lindor

HOME RUNS:  Neither guy is a thumper by any means but Bogaerts seems to be growing into his power after slugging 21 last season, while Lindor has went for 12 and 15 the last two years.  Bogaerts has the body type and upward trajectory to continue to grow there, while Lindor seems like 20 would be the absolute best case scenario.
ADVANTAGE:  Xander Bogaerts

STEALS:  Lindor has won this battle each of the last two seasons over Bogaerts and he profiles as the faster and overall better steals guy going forward.  Since the start of 2015, Lindor has a total of 31 steals to Bogaerts' 23.
ADVANTAGE:  Francisco Lindor

RBI:  This one is all Bogaerts as he has a total of 170 RBI to Lindor's modest total of 129.  No contest.
ADVANTAGE:  Xander Bogaerts

RUNS:  While Lindor impressed with 99 runs scored last season, Bogaerts blew past him with 115 and has bested his Cleveland counterpart each of the last two seasons.  Solid win by the Red Sox shortstop.
ADVANTAGE: Xander Bogaerts

WINNER:  Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts has sizable wins in runs and RBI and that gives him the nod over the terrific Lindor.  Again you really can't go wrong either way but Bogaerts is the pick.


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