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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Freddie Freeman Note
Freddie Freeman photo 1. Freddie Freeman FA
Although there were questions about Freeman's 2020 season because of his battle with COVID-19 prior to the season, those questions were answered and then some with his MVP season. The statcast leaderboard is littered with Freeman's name, as he ranked in the top nine percent of the league in barrel rate, average exit velocity, expected batting average, expected slugging percentage, wOBA, xwOBA, xwOBAcon, hard hit percentage, strikeout percentage, and walk percentage. Freeman likely won't reach double digits in steals, but that is about the only negative thing you can say about his fantasy outlook. He's as safe as they come in the other four hitting categories, and comes with next to no risk. He'll likely cost a borderline first round pick on draft day, but he is worth it.
37 weeks ago
Cody Bellinger Note
Cody Bellinger photo 2. Cody Bellinger LAD
Bellinger was unable to replicate the magic of his 2019 breakout during last year's shortened season. His average dipped to .239, the worst mark of his career, his power dropped significantly, and he didn't make the same quality of contact. But although he slid backwards in his walk and strikeout rates, his regression there was minimal, and his expected batting average was .284. In other words, Bellinger got worse in 2020, but it wasn't quite as bad as the surface numbers suggest. He did have offseason shoulder surgery after getting injured during a post-season celebration, and that's always a bit worrisome for a hitter. But given that a "down" year for Bellinger at this point is a 30-15 season, he warrants being selected early in the second round.
37 weeks ago
Jose Abreu Note
Jose Abreu photo 3. Jose Abreu CWS
For most players, fantasy managers need to consider whether to discount a highly out-of-character dip in their numbers given the shortened season. For Abreu, it's the opposite - whether fantasy managers should give credence to an outstanding MVP season, during which Abreu vastly outperformed his numbers from every other season of his career. Everything was good for Abreu in 2020, everything. He hit the ball harder than ever and consistently. He got on base more. He had career-high paces in every category. Abreu will be entering his age-34 season, so there's no way you should expect a repeat performance, but it's worth noting that he has increased his average exit velocity and hard-hit percentage in each of the last five seasons. Abreu's cost doesn't match his numbers last year, of course, but you'll still have to pay a hefty price in drafts. Given his safety and and his newly-discovered upside, however, it's worth it.
37 weeks ago
DJ LeMahieu Note
DJ LeMahieu photo 4. DJ LeMahieu NYY
LeMahieu will return to the Yankees on a six-year deal, and that is great news for fantasy managers. Since he's been New York, he's provided elite all-around production, most notably in batting average, where he has batted .336. He's blossomed into a 25-home run hitter with plenty of runs and RBI, and a handful of steals that chip in with the category. Add to that LeMahieu's multi-position eligibility and he is a huge asset to every fantasy team. With nothing in his profile to suggest a skills decline, he should be drafted before the third round is out in every fantasy league.
37 weeks ago
Pete Alonso Note
Pete Alonso photo 5. Pete Alonso NYM
Alonso didn't quite follow up his incredible 2019 season last year, but he certainly wasn't terrible. The vast majority of his underlying statcast data and metrics looked similar, and he mostly just didn't make quite as consistently hard contact as he did the previous year. Alonso is never going to help you in batting average, but you should expect 40 home runs and 100 RBI this year and for the foreseeable future. With such a high floor, Alonso makes a more than adequate starting first baseman in mixed leagues.
37 weeks ago
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Note
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. photo 6. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR
Guerrero Jr. comes into 2021 with fantasy managers asking the same question they asked the year before: can he stop hitting the ball on the ground so much? A 49.6% ground-ball rate was bad in 2019, but a 54.6% ground ball rate in 2020 was downright egregious. Guerrero Jr. hits the ball really, really hard. He was in the top seven percent of MLB in average exit velocity (92.5 MPH) and hard hit rate (50.8%). But until he learns to stop pounding the ball into the dirt, his power upside will be limited. There will be some fantasy manager in your league willing to bet on the upside, so if you want Guerrero Jr., you're going to have to draft him before his numbers say you should. This may indeed be the year that everything clicks. But you'll have to pay to find out.
37 weeks ago
Paul Goldschmidt Note
Paul Goldschmidt photo 7. Paul Goldschmidt STL
Goldschmidt had an interesting 2020 season, during which he brought his batting average back up to .304 and his walk rate to 16%, while simultaneously dropping his strikeout rate to a career best 18.6%. After swinging more than he ever had in his first season with the Cardinals, Goldschmidt returned to the patient approach he had developed throughout his career, swinging at just 40.5% of pitches (after a 46.4% swinging strike rate the year before). But while his average went up, his power waned, as he hit just six home runs and had a career-worst .466 slugging percentage. Nolan Arenado batting behind him this year should help, and he had bone chips removed from his elbow this offseason. There could be another big-time power season left in Goldschmidt's bat, but the more likely scenario is that he will put up solid but unspectacular production at the first base position.
37 weeks ago
Anthony Rizzo Note
Anthony Rizzo photo 8. Anthony Rizzo FA
Rizzo's average dropped to just .222 last year and his counting stats waned, though the latter failing was much more due to the lack of production from the rest of the Cubs lineup. His walk and strikeout rates, however, stayed mostly in line, and his BABIP was an artificially low .218 (career mark of .289), which is partly why there was such a gap between his xBA of .266 and his actual batting average. With that said, Rizzo didn't hit the ball nearly as hard last year, as he saw career worsts in average exit velocity and hard hit rate. He likely won't ever be the player he was at his peak, but there's still plenty in his bat that can help fantasy managers, including the handful of steals he will throw in each year. He's a starting-caliber first baseman still, without question, and he'll go at a discount because of last year's numbers.
37 weeks ago
Matt Olson Note
Matt Olson photo 9. Matt Olson OAK
Olson again hit for a ton of power last year, and ranked in the top nine percent of the league in average exit velocity for the third straight season. But he struck out 31.4% of the time, which contributed to a massive average drop to just .195. Olson had a bit of bad luck, as his xBA was .224, but still, it was by far his worst career mark. Although he'll never be a high average hitter, it's a good bet that he'll return something this year closer to his .245 career mark. Combine that with his likely near-40 home run season, and he'll make a fine mid-round selection and starting first baseman for any fantasy team.
37 weeks ago
Max Muncy Note
Max Muncy photo 10. Max Muncy LAD
Muncy's batting average dropped to a ridiculously low .192 last year, and there were two culprits. The first is that his line drive rate plummeted from 23.5% to just 13.8%, leading to far more ground balls. The second was that he simply didn't hit the ball as hard. His hard hit rate and average exit velocity fell, and his HR/FB rate dropped seven points. Muncy dealt with finger and elbow injuries, so those may account for his poor season, but even then he was on pace to reach the 30-homer plateau for a third straight year. Muncy has position eligibility galore, and at the weak second base position, so continue to draft him in the middle rounds as a cheap source of power who adds value thanks to his ability to play all around the infield for your fantasy team.
37 weeks ago
Keston Hiura Note
Keston Hiura photo 11. Keston Hiura MIL
Hiura looked to be on the verge of superstardom heading into 2020, if he could just cut back on his bloated 30.7% strikeout rate. Instead, he struck out more than ever (34.6% of the time), en route to a league-leading 85 strikeouts. That led to a massive drop in production, notably in batting average, which fell from .303 in 2019 to .212 last year. Hiura was never a high-strikeout player in the minors. He never struck out more than 26.3% in any level and he had an overall strikeout rate of just 21%. If he can manage to cut down on the whiffs, he should be a top option at second base given his power and speed, but for now, drop him down your draft board a bit from where he was heading into 2020. He's still a borderline top-five option, especially since he will add first base eligibility after the Brewers signed Kolten Wong, but exercise more caution.
37 weeks ago
Josh Bell Note
Josh Bell photo 12. Josh Bell WSH
Bell looked like a superstar in the making in the first half of 2019, but struggled for much of the second half of the season and then fell off a cliff in 2020. He slashed a mere .226/.305/.364 and hit only eight home runs. His strikeout and ground ball rates took massive jumps, while his walk rate and launch angle plummeted. Bell blamed his struggles on his swing getting long, and you could tell by how often he changed his stance and swing last year that he simply could not figure things out. Now with the Nationals, the 29-year-old Bell will have a chance to revive his career. We've seen the upside, so he's certainly worth drafting at a discount, but he's much more of a borderline corner infielder than a starting-caliber first baseman.
37 weeks ago
Mike Moustakas Note
Mike Moustakas photo 13. Mike Moustakas CIN
Because Moustakas was a hitter who played for the Reds, he had a poor 2020 season (seriously, look at their collective numbers). He walked more, struck out more, and lost some points on his batting average, but overall, there was little different in Moustakas's profile. He continued to hit for power and make quality contact. He may not score many runs given his lack of speed and surrounding cast, and the batting average isn't going to help you. But he's got plenty of power for a second-base eligible player, and there's no sign that his production is ready to fall off a cliff.
37 weeks ago
Brandon Lowe Note
Brandon Lowe photo 14. Brandon Lowe TB
Lowe actually lost a point on his batting average from 2019 (.269 from .270), but his profile looked far better in 2020. He cut his strikeout rate from 34.6% to 25.9%, and his swinging strike rate from 19.1% to 15.4%. Despite barreling the ball a whopping 17.5% of the time (top 2 percent in baseball), his average dropped a point because, well, he just didn't have an outrageously lucky BABIP like he did in 2019 (.377). Lowe improved his ISO and HR/FB rate, and was generally the best version of himself in 2020. Even mashing together his 2019 and 2020 seasons, Lowe has hit 31 homers and stole eight bases over 138 games. Batting near the top of a strong lineup, he should deliver another solid season at the thin second base position.
37 weeks ago
Rhys Hoskins Note
Rhys Hoskins photo 15. Rhys Hoskins PHI
Hoskins' stock was down heading into the 2020 season, after he batted just .229 and continued his three-year trend of declining in almost every noticeable category. But he was slashing .241/.381/.485 before he was hit by a pitch on his hand and struggled to finish the year. Last year, Hoskins slashed .245/.384/.503 and was on a 40-homer, 100-RBI pace, similar numbers to those he put up prior to his 2019 injury. Unfortunately, an elbow injury ended Hoskins' 2020 season early, and he had surgery in early October with a 4-6 month recovery timeframe. Everything looks good for Hoskins as of now, and assuming he has no setbacks as spring training ramps up, he should make a fine starting first baseman in mixed leagues.
37 weeks ago
Dominic Smith Note
Dominic Smith photo 16. Dominic Smith NYM
Smith showed he had the bat to hit in the majors in 2019, but he took an extra step forward in last year's shortened season. His .316/.377/.616 slash line effectively forced the Mets to find a way to get his bat into the lineup, even if his defense tried to prevent it. His Statcast data was excellent, as he put up a barrel percentage of 13.3% and a hard hit percentage of 46.7%, all with a .405 wOBA, which was in the top four percent of the league. The issue for Smith is his fielding and with the National League surprisingly not adopting the designated hitter, that means he'll need to play out in left field most days. Although the Mets can surely live with the tradeoff, Smith will likely lose plenty of at-bats late in games as he gets switched out for defensive purposes. He'll still have plenty of value, but without the DH, be cautious with your projections for his counting stats.
37 weeks ago
Luke Voit Note
Luke Voit photo 17. Luke Voit NYY
Voit suffered a partial meniscus tear in his knee this spring and is going to be precluded from participating in baseball activity for at least three weeks after surgery. It's almost certainly going to take Voit at least a couple of weeks after returning to baseball activity to return to game action, meaning you should bank on him being out until May 15th or so. When healthy, he's going to produce, however. He has always had a ton of power but last year he left the yard at a ridiculous pace last year, with a 34.9% HR/FB rate, third best in the league. The thing is, nothing about his profile really changed all that much. Indeed, his hard hit rate, barrel percentage, and average exit velocity actually were career lows. The biggest difference was that Voit simply swung more than ever, 52.1% of the time, and correspondingly made more contact, at a 73.8% rate, and actually struck out less than ever before. If Voit keeps the same approach, there's every reason to expect him to put up massive power numbers when he's healthy. That's always been his bugaboo, of course, and since he is already dealing with a significant injury, you can't draft him as a starting first baseman in mixed leagues at this point.
36 weeks ago
J.T. Realmuto Note
J.T. Realmuto photo 18. J.T. Realmuto PHI
Realmuto fractured the thumb on his throwing hand in mid-February, and is iffy for Opening Day. He is in a tier to himself among catchers when healthy, putting up consistently excellent numbers in what is the thinnest of positions. He had the highest barrel rate and hard hit percentage of his career in 2020, and also walked at a career-best pace. Realmuto is in his age-30 season, so that's getting near the point where catchers begin to decline. But given that he's shown no real slippage in his skills to this point, his numbers shouldn't fall off much in 2021, assuming he has no setbacks and returns on or around Opening Day. Back with Philadelphia now and for several years after signing a five-year contract, Realmuto is the only catcher worth drafting before the sixth or seventh round.
37 weeks ago
Eric Hosmer Note
Eric Hosmer photo 19. Eric Hosmer SD
Hosmer made no secret of his effort to attempt to (finally) stop pounding the ball into the ground so much last year, and it worked to perfection. His ground ball rate fell from roughly 57% the previous three seasons to just 46.2%, and his flyball rate rose from about 21% in the same span to 34.2%. The result was an impressive nine home runs in just 38 games in an injury-shortened season. Hosmer still hits the ball hard and if he can maintain the changes to his profile into 2021, he'll make an incredibly cheap corner infielder who can chip in pretty much everywhere.
37 weeks ago
Alec Bohm Note
Alec Bohm photo 20. Alec Bohm PHI
Bohm's major league debut was a success, in that he batted a robust .338 with an .881 OPS. But despite hitting the ball hard consistently (his 10.3% barrel rate and 46.8% hard hit percentage was well above the major league average), he hit just four home runs, and his xBA was just .286. The problem is he simply pounded the ball into the ground, putting up a 53.2% ground ball rate and just 4.8 degrees of launch angle. Bohm never showed a ton of power in the minors, but he's just entering his age-25 season, so there's always room for growth. But for redraft leagues, buy him as a high-average bat with unexceptional power.
37 weeks ago
Wil Myers Note
Wil Myers photo 21. Wil Myers SD
Myers talked openly about making a swing change last year, and it paid off in a big way. He raised his average by nearly 50 points over the previous year while cutting his strikeout rate, and ranked in the top seven percent in barrel rate. Myers didn't run as much as previous years in the shortened season, but he still ranked in the top 85% of the league in sprint speed. His average will likely come down to closer to its career .254 mark. But he has earned a bit of a leash at least with his strong 2020 campaign, and should be a fine power-speed combination who will put up solid overall counting numbers.
37 weeks ago
Ryan Mountcastle Note
Ryan Mountcastle photo 22. Ryan Mountcastle BAL
Mountcastle followed up a successful minor-league career with a strong 35-game stint in the majors last year. Not only did he bat .333 with an .878 OPS and a 139 wRC+, but he also walked 7.9% of the time, far above what he showed in the minors. The batting average is unsustainable - he was a .295 hitter in the minors and last year he relied on a .398 BABIP despite sub-par average exit velocity and a middling line drive rate. But playing in Camden Yards should certainly keep his production high, and batting in the middle of the Orioles lineup should lead to enough RBI chances to make him a rosterable, if not startable, fantasy option.
37 weeks ago
Miguel Sano Note
Miguel Sano photo 23. Miguel Sano MIN
Sano has always had one of the worst strikeout rates in the majors, but his 43.9% mark in 2020 was awful even by his standards. That's always the risk with Sano - that his strikeout rate is going to bring his batting average down to close to .200, where he'll almost single-handedly tank you in that category. The upside of course is that he absolutely crushes the ball, as evident by the fact that he was no worse than second in baseball in average exit velocity, hard-hit rate, and barrel rate last year. Sano's contract with the Twins shows they're committed to him, so he should hopefully be beyond concerns of getting sent down to the minors if he struggles. That puts Sano in the high-power, low-average bucket of sluggers, but one who goes much later in drafts than others who will provide similar production.
37 weeks ago
Christian Walker Note
Christian Walker photo 24. Christian Walker ARI
Walker's power waned last season and his barrel rate dropped precipitously, but there were still plenty of things to like about his 2020 campaign. Notably, he cut his strikeout rate to a career-best 20.6% while raising his average to a strong .271. Walker is not, and is probably never going to be, a superstar fantasy asset. But he is a quiet producer who should help in four of the five rotisserie categories and is often overlooked. He's an ideal corner infielder for a team that needs steady production.
37 weeks ago
Yasmani Grandal Note
Yasmani Grandal photo 25. Yasmani Grandal CWS
Grandal is getting up there in age for a catcher, and there were a few warning signs for the veteran. He struck out nearly 30% of the time last season, well above his typical rate, and his expected batting average, slugging percentage, and wOBA were some of the worst of his career. At the same time, he continued to walk at a near-elite clip, and again provided plenty of power from a position where pop is hard to find. The good news for Grandal is that both his large contract and his elite pitch framing skills should keep him in the lineup as often as possible, which will help to pad his counting stats, though his recovery from a knee injury may cause Chicago to take it easy with him at the outset. He's just a tad outside of the elite range at the position, but he's a locked in fantasy starter.
37 weeks ago
Trey Mancini Note
Trey Mancini photo 26. Trey Mancini BAL
Mancini missed all of the 2020 season after being diagnosed with cancer, but appears to be healthy as we head into 2021. He had a breakout 2019 season during which he hit 35 home runs and slashed .291/.364/.535, and there's every reason to think that production is sustainable. Mancini had hit 24 home runs in each of the two previous seasons, and other than being a bit more selective at the plate, made few changes that suggest his 2019 production was fluky. Instead, it appeared to be the natural progression of a hitter improving on his already strong foundation. Batting in a great home park, Mancini should again be a four-category producer, and his ADP should rise if he shows he's fully healthy throughout the spring.
37 weeks ago
Carlos Santana Note
Carlos Santana photo 27. Carlos Santana KC
Travis d'Arnaud Note
Travis d'Arnaud photo 28. Travis d'Arnaud ATL
It took a long time but d'Arnaud has finally developed into one of the best hitting catchers in the game, as he was projected to be. It's difficult to quite buy what we saw last year, considering d'Arnaud's batting average (.321) and slugging percentage (.533) were miles ahead of his career marks, and even the numbers that he had put up in recent seasons. With that said, he'll bat in the middle of a strong Braves lineup and be presented with plenty of RBI opportunities, so 15 home runs with 55 RBI should be considered the floor for a healthy d'Arnaud. Those numbers aren't just passable, they're extremely strong for a catcher in fantasy, and he should be drafted as a relatively strong first catcher in mixed leagues.
37 weeks ago
Hunter Dozier Note
Hunter Dozier photo 29. Hunter Dozier KC
Dozier is almost entirely off the fantasy radar this year, but that feels like an overreaction to 2020. Yes, his poor performance last year makes his breakout 2019 performance seem like an outlier, but really, it seems like 2020, rather than 2019, should be discounted. Dozier's quality of contact was awful last year, but it was out of character for him over the previous two seasons, and was more likely the result of him having tested positive for COVID-19 rather than from a sudden loss of skills. The Royals' lineup is sneaky deep, and Dozier will start at third base this season, giving him eligibility at three positions. Considering he's free in drafts, there is every reason to scoop him up with a late-round pick.
37 weeks ago
C.J. Cron Note
C.J. Cron photo 30. C.J. Cron COL
Cron fits the Rockies' narrative perfectly, as he's a veteran hitter on a short-term deal who will block a younger player from playing. Nevertheless, Cron offers plenty of fantasy goodness if he does indeed win the first base job for Colorado as expected. He missed almost all of last year with a knee injury, but he had a 15% barrel rate and a .544 expected slugging percentage in 2019. He's practically free in drafts and could easily hit 30 home runs with a plus average. Draft him late everywhere you can.
37 weeks ago
Jared Walsh Note
Jared Walsh photo 31. Jared Walsh LAA
Jake Cronenworth Note
Jake Cronenworth photo 32. Jake Cronenworth SD
Christian Vazquez Note
Christian Vazquez photo 33. Christian Vazquez BOS
Vazquez was a late bloomer, but he's developed into one of the more reliable catchers in the game. Not only does he provide 20-homer power, but he's one of the best assets at catcher in both batting average and stolen bases. Entering his age-31 season, there's certainly the possibility for a major decline in his numbers, but there is little in his underlying metrics to suggest it is imminent. Draft Vazquez as a strong starter in single-catcher formats, and you won't need to do so before the double-digit rounds.
37 weeks ago
Yuli Gurriel Note
Yuli Gurriel photo 34. Yuli Gurriel HOU
Austin Riley Note
Austin Riley photo 35. Austin Riley ATL
Riley made some notable gains last year after he looked like he might fall out of fantasy-relevance entirely with the way he closed his 2019 season. He essentially traded off some power for contact, as his swing percentage dropped, his contact rate increased, and he improved on both his walk and strikeout rates. Although there was some question as to whether the Braves would add another third baseman in free agency, it appears they're content to roll with Riley to begin the year. That should make him a cheap source of power for fantasy, one whose batting average (.262 xBA last year) won't hurt you too badly.
37 weeks ago
Mark Canha Note
Mark Canha photo 36. Mark Canha NYM
Fantasy managers seem to have declared Canha's 2019 season as a fluke after he hit just five home run last year, but much of his 2020 seems to suggest 2019 was fairly legitimate. Canha built on his massive gains in walk rate in 2019 (13.5%) and increased it to 15.2%, and his quality of contact largely remained the same. He's got 20-homer power still, and he'll likely lead off or bat second for the A's. You won't need to pay much for him and given his average draft position, there's a high probability of a profit.
37 weeks ago
Andrew Vaughn Note
Andrew Vaughn photo 37. Andrew Vaughn CWS
Vaughn's minor league numbers from 2019 don't jump off the page, but make no mistake, he has the talent to become an instant quality hitter in the majors. He raked all throughout his college career, and not only carries plenty of thump in his bat, but also has an excellent approach that should keep his batting average and OBP well above the league average. He looks more and more likely to win the everyday DH job for the White Sox, in which case, he'd be an absolute steal if you can get him outside the top 160 or so, which you should be able to do everywhere.
37 weeks ago
Joey Votto Note
Joey Votto photo 38. Joey Votto CIN
Ryan McMahon Note
Ryan McMahon photo 39. Ryan McMahon COL
Bobby Dalbec Note
Bobby Dalbec photo 40. Bobby Dalbec BOS
If you like Miguel Sano, you'll absolutely love Dalbec. He crushes the ball routinely (it was a small sample, but he had a 22%(!) barrel rate last year in 23 games), strikes out a ton (42.4% rate last year), and is equally likely to look like the best player in baseball at times as he is to look like the worst. He'll be the everyday first baseman for the Red Sox this year which means plenty of counting stats with perhaps 30 home runs if he stays healthy the whole year. Just have batting average help elsewhere if you draft him, as he'll almost certainly provide negative value in that category.
37 weeks ago
Joc Pederson Note
Joc Pederson photo 41. Joc Pederson FA
Jeimer Candelario Note
Jeimer Candelario photo 42. Jeimer Candelario DET
Candelario isn't going to wow you with his numbers, but he'll bat in the middle of the Tigers' order, has eligibility at first and third base, and improved his quality of contact greatly last year. You can try to write off his 2020 production as a product of the shortened season, but given his solid 2018 campaign, it looks more like 2019, and not 2020, was the outlier. Candelario probably tops out at 20 homers, but he should provide a decent average and be a fine bench player for most fantasy leagues.
37 weeks ago
Rowdy Tellez Note
Rowdy Tellez photo 43. Rowdy Tellez MIL
Jesus Aguilar Note
Jesus Aguilar photo 44. Jesus Aguilar MIA
Brandon Belt Note
Brandon Belt photo 45. Brandon Belt FA
Tommy La Stella Note
Tommy La Stella photo 46. Tommy La Stella SF
Austin Nola Note
Austin Nola photo 47. Austin Nola SD
Nola has proven to be a quality bat for a catcher over the last two seasons, batting .271 with 17 home runs in 127 games over that span. He's in a great situation with the Padres, even if he will be batting at the bottom of the lineup, but a fractured finger will likely lead him to begin the season on the IL. Depending on how much time he'll miss, that could create a buying opportunity, as his ADP should drop a bit. As long he isn't projected to miss more than a couple of weeks, take the discount and enjoy premium production from the catcher position for the rest of the season.
37 weeks ago
Ty France Note
Ty France photo 48. Ty France SEA
Nathaniel Lowe Note
Nathaniel Lowe photo 49. Nathaniel Lowe TEX
Buster Posey Note
Buster Posey photo 50. Buster Posey FA
Posey sat out the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concern for the health of his adopted daughters, but he returns this year for what is almost certainly his final season with the Giants and perhaps his career. Posey is in his age-34 season, ancient for a catcher, and he's coming off two seasons during which he totaled a .741 OPS and a .688 OPS in 2018 and 2019 respectively. But he's healthy and appears refreshed, and the changes to Oracle Park last year should work in his benefit now. He's outside the top-12 catchers, but you can get away with him in a one-catcher league in a pinch.
37 weeks ago
Evan White Note
Evan White photo 51. Evan White SEA
Alex Kirilloff Note
Alex Kirilloff photo 52. Alex Kirilloff MIN
Kirilloff's bat is probably major-league ready, but since he hasn't yet played above Double-A and his fielding is iffy at best, he's going to begin the year at the Twins' alternate site. But his .317/.365/.498 slash line in his minor league career suggests he'll hit upon his promotion, which will likely be in late-April once the Twins gain a year of control. Even though he won't begin the year with the big club, draft him for your bench. He'll be an expensive waiver wire pickup if you don't.
36 weeks ago
Colin Moran Note
Colin Moran photo 53. Colin Moran PIT
Miguel Cabrera Note
Miguel Cabrera photo 54. Miguel Cabrera DET
Wilmer Flores Note
Wilmer Flores photo 55. Wilmer Flores SF
Garrett Cooper Note
Garrett Cooper photo 56. Garrett Cooper MIA
Renato Nunez Note
Renato Nunez photo 57. Renato Nunez BAL
Austin Slater Note
Austin Slater photo 58. Austin Slater SF
Mitch Moreland Note
Mitch Moreland photo 59. Mitch Moreland FA
Yandy Diaz Note
Yandy Diaz photo 60. Yandy Diaz TB
Edwin Rios Note
Edwin Rios photo 61. Edwin Rios LAD
Joshua Fuentes Note
Joshua Fuentes photo 62. Joshua Fuentes FA
Niko Goodrum Note
Niko Goodrum photo 63. Niko Goodrum FA
Asdrubal Cabrera Note
Asdrubal Cabrera photo 64. Asdrubal Cabrera FA
Ji-Man Choi Note
Ji-Man Choi photo 65. Ji-Man Choi TB
Michael Chavis Note
Michael Chavis photo 66. Michael Chavis PIT
Ronald Guzman Note
Ronald Guzman photo 67. Ronald Guzman FA
Daniel Vogelbach Note
Daniel Vogelbach photo 68. Daniel Vogelbach FA
Victor Caratini Note
Victor Caratini photo 69. Victor Caratini SD
Albert Pujols Note
Albert Pujols photo 70. Albert Pujols FA
Edwin Encarnacion Note
Edwin Encarnacion photo 71. Edwin Encarnacion FA
Mike Brosseau Note
Mike Brosseau photo 72. Mike Brosseau MIL
Jay Bruce Note
Jay Bruce photo 73. Jay Bruce FA
Marwin Gonzalez Note
Marwin Gonzalez photo 74. Marwin Gonzalez FA
Travis Shaw Note
Travis Shaw photo 75. Travis Shaw FA
Jake Bauers Note
Jake Bauers photo 76. Jake Bauers FA
Rio Ruiz Note
Rio Ruiz photo 77. Rio Ruiz FA
Spencer Torkelson Note
Spencer Torkelson photo 78. Spencer Torkelson DET
Danny Santana Note
Danny Santana photo 79. Danny Santana FA
Bobby Bradley Note
Bobby Bradley photo 80. Bobby Bradley CLE
Matt Beaty Note
Matt Beaty photo 81. Matt Beaty LAD
Lewin Diaz Note
Lewin Diaz photo 82. Lewin Diaz MIA
Pat Valaika Note
Pat Valaika photo 83. Pat Valaika FA
Aledmys Diaz Note
Aledmys Diaz photo 84. Aledmys Diaz HOU
Mike Ford Note
Mike Ford photo 85. Mike Ford WSH
Pavin Smith Note
Pavin Smith photo 86. Pavin Smith ARI
Triston Casas Note
Triston Casas photo 87. Triston Casas BOS
Michael Toglia Note
Michael Toglia photo 88. Michael Toglia COL
Jake Lamb Note
Jake Lamb photo 89. Jake Lamb FA
Seth Beer Note
Seth Beer photo 90. Seth Beer ARI
Aaron Sabato Note
Aaron Sabato photo 91. Aaron Sabato MIN
Pablo Sandoval Note
Pablo Sandoval photo 92. Pablo Sandoval FA
Willians Astudillo Note
Willians Astudillo photo 93. Willians Astudillo FA
Sherten Apostel Note
Sherten Apostel photo 94. Sherten Apostel TEX
Todd Frazier Note
Todd Frazier photo 95. Todd Frazier PIT
Seth Brown Note
Seth Brown photo 96. Seth Brown OAK
Kyle Farmer Note
Kyle Farmer photo 97. Kyle Farmer CIN
Daniel Murphy Note
Daniel Murphy photo 98. Daniel Murphy FA
Ryan McBroom Note
Ryan McBroom photo 99. Ryan McBroom FA
Ryan Zimmerman Note
Ryan Zimmerman photo 100. Ryan Zimmerman FA
Bryce Ball Note
Bryce Ball photo 101. Bryce Ball CHC
Justin Smoak Note
Justin Smoak photo 102. Justin Smoak FA
Ehire Adrianza Note
Ehire Adrianza photo 103. Ehire Adrianza FA
Jedd Gyorko Note
Jedd Gyorko photo 104. Jedd Gyorko FA
Chris Davis Note
Chris Davis photo 105. Chris Davis BAL
Brock Holt Note
Brock Holt photo 106. Brock Holt FA
Ryan O'Hearn Note
Ryan O'Hearn photo 107. Ryan O'Hearn KC
Josh VanMeter Note
Josh VanMeter photo 108. Josh VanMeter ARI
Logan Morrison Note
Logan Morrison photo 109. Logan Morrison FA
Charlie Culberson Note
Charlie Culberson photo 110. Charlie Culberson FA
John Hicks Note
John Hicks photo 111. John Hicks FA
Brandon Drury Note
Brandon Drury photo 112. Brandon Drury FA
Greg Bird Note
Greg Bird photo 113. Greg Bird FA
Logan Forsythe Note
Logan Forsythe photo 114. Logan Forsythe MIL
Gerardo Parra Note
Gerardo Parra photo 115. Gerardo Parra FA
Matt Adams Note
Matt Adams photo 116. Matt Adams FA
Justin Bour Note
Justin Bour photo 117. Justin Bour FA
Neil Walker Note
Neil Walker photo 118. Neil Walker FA
Hernan Perez Note
Hernan Perez photo 119. Hernan Perez FA
Phil Gosselin Note
Phil Gosselin photo 120. Phil Gosselin LAA
Jordy Mercer Note
Jordy Mercer photo 121. Jordy Mercer FA
John Nogowski Note
John Nogowski photo 122. John Nogowski SF
Derek Dietrich Note
Derek Dietrich photo 123. Derek Dietrich FA
Josh Ockimey Note
Josh Ockimey photo 124. Josh Ockimey FA
Gavin Sheets Note
Gavin Sheets photo 125. Gavin Sheets CWS
Darick Hall Note
Darick Hall photo 126. Darick Hall PHI
Austin Listi Note
Austin Listi photo 127. Austin Listi FA
Jake Noll Note
Jake Noll photo 128. Jake Noll WSH
Matt Thaiss Note
Matt Thaiss photo 129. Matt Thaiss LAA
Sam Travis Note
Sam Travis photo 130. Sam Travis FA
Will Craig Note
Will Craig photo 131. Will Craig FA
Tyler Nevin Note
Tyler Nevin photo 132. Tyler Nevin BAL
Tyler White Note
Tyler White photo 133. Tyler White FA
Patrick Wisdom Note
Patrick Wisdom photo 134. Patrick Wisdom CHC
Colton Shaver Note
Colton Shaver photo 135. Colton Shaver HOU
Cheslor Cuthbert Note
Cheslor Cuthbert photo 136. Cheslor Cuthbert FA
Patrick Kivlehan Note
Patrick Kivlehan photo 137. Patrick Kivlehan FA
Drew Ward Note
Drew Ward photo 138. Drew Ward FA
Chris Shaw Note
Chris Shaw photo 139. Chris Shaw FA
Juan Rivera Note
Juan Rivera photo 140. Juan Rivera FA