since 2002

Gunnar Henderson Bobby Witt Jr.

Today

Orioles  @  Marlins6:40 pm ET
Orioles at Marlins game: scattered clouds and 91°F 91° F
scattered clouds
17 mph
HRForce--
 TempHumPrecipWindDirHRForceTime
89° F67%9%14 mphn/a6 pm
88° F66%10%14 mphn/a7 pm
87° F65%4%14 mphn/a8 pm
vs Marlins
ABBAOBPOPS
9 .222 .333 1.000
Night Game
ABBAOBPOPS
441 .277 .343 .871
at LoanDepot Park
ABBAOBPOPS

Rest of season (ROS)

Projected
BAHRSBOBPSLGOPS
.27593.324.490.814

OPS Trend (career)

  • April: .856
  • May: .821
  • June: 1.049
  • July: .783
  • Aug: .851
  • Sept: .795

This month (July), Henderson has a career batting average of .236 and OPS of .783. Next month, he tends to pick things up with a lifetime OPS of .851.

Before All-Star break: .884
After All-Star break: .810

Monthly trend
MthABBAOBPOPS
April 191 .251 .353 .856
May 175 .217 .341 .821
June 189 .333 .403 1.049
July 106 .236 .311 .783
Aug 114 .290 .325 .851
Sept 235 .260 .323 .795

Career Stats

Gunnar Henderson
ABBAOBPOPS
1010 .265 .346 .864
Last 3 Years
YrGABRHRRBISBBAOBPOPS
2022 34 116 12 4 18 1 .259 .348 .788
2023 150 560 100 28 82 10 .255 .325 .814
2024 85 334 74 26 58 13 .284 .379 .972

Today

Diamondbacks  @  Royals8:10 pm ET
Diamondbacks at Royals game: clear sky and 90°F 90° F
clear sky
9 mph
HRForce1.6x
 TempHumPrecipWindDirHRForceTime
87° F55%0%8 mph1.68 pm
81° F68%0%8 mph1.69 pm
78° F69%0%8 mph1.410 pm
vs Diamondbacks
ABBAOBPOPS
30 .300 .323 1.023
Night Game
ABBAOBPOPS
722 .265 .304 .783
Kauffman Stadium (home)
ABBAOBPOPS
603 .294 .334 .845

Rest of season (ROS)

Projected
BAHRSBOBPSLGOPS
.277813.319.470.789

OPS Trend (career)

  • April: .736
  • May: .830
  • June: .792
  • July: .938
  • Aug: .860
  • Sept: .722

This month (July), Witt Jr. has a career batting average of .328 and OPS of .938. Next month, he tends to slow down with a lifetime OPS of .860.

Before All-Star break: .853
After All-Star break: .840

Monthly trend
MthABBAOBPOPS
April 315 .257 .301 .736
May 325 .265 .313 .830
June 307 .283 .336 .792
July 198 .328 .352 .938
Aug 216 .282 .323 .860
Sept 229 .271 .316 .722

Career Stats

Bobby Witt Jr.
ABBAOBPOPS
1590 .278 .322 .806
Last 3 Years
YrGABRHRRBISBBAOBPOPS
2022 150 591 82 20 80 30 .254 .294 .722
2023 158 641 97 30 96 49 .276 .319 .814
2024 90 358 70 14 58 22 .321 .371 .930

Who's Better?

DFS Leagues

Two of the most exciting players in the league, Henderson and Witt Jr. have a ridiculous amount of potential. Both are legit five-tool studs that are somehow still getting better. For an average daily contest on FanDuel or DraftKings, their salaries will be fairly close. Gunnar has more power overall while Witt Jr. swipes more bags. Those contrasting tools add to their respective daily values.

With regard to pitcher matchups, the one big factor here is that that Henderson is a lefty and struggles a bit against LHP (career BA/OBP/OPS of .220/.320/.700 compared to .280/.350/.920 vs righties). That's an actionable split... so, if a lefty is on the bump that particular day, think twice about going with Henderson. Witt Jr.'s splits against lefties and righties are almost identical.

Traditional Roto Leagues

Over the course of a full season, both these guys are solid first-rounders. Witt Jr. was already a top-5 pick in 2024 drafts, Henderson more often taken in second rounds. With Henderson's torrid start in 2024, he's likely to creep into the first round of most 5x5 re-drafts. With dynasty leagues, fuggedaboudit, both are top 3. We all know shortstop is a stacked position now (Trea Turner, Mookie Betts Elly, etc) but these two will be the cream of the crop for years to come.

Of course, baseball isn't completely an individual sport. A lot of the numbers put up depend on the strength of your lineup and the kind of protection you get. They both hit near the top of VERY stacked lineups. With Henderson, he typically leads off and Rutschman or Santander give him plenty of protection. Witt Jr. usually hits in the two-hole with Salvador Perez forcing pitchers to think twice about pitching around him. Top to bottom, both lineups have a ton of talent so their runs and RBI totals will always be above-average.

Bottom line, you can't go wrong with either guy. They're perennial All-Star shortstops with crazy high ceilings... and still filling holes in their game. If your team needs more steals, give the slight edge to Witt Jr.. Otherwise, expect these two to battle it out for MVPs throughout their careers, potentially as early as this year.

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