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2024 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Jose Ramirez Note
Jose Ramirez photo 1. Jose Ramirez CLE
Jose Ramirez turned in another stellar season in 2023, hitting 24 home runs and stealing 28 bases while slashing .282/.356/.475. His other counting stats took a hit due to a subpar lineup around him. He only knocked in 80 and scored 87 across 156 games. Ramirez will be in his age-31 season, typically a time when stolen bases begin to slow down, but his superb batting skills will continue to have high fantasy value. If Cleveland does not improve the lineup around him, he is a first-round talent in a later-round situation that will leave fantasy managers wanting more.
16 weeks ago
Austin Riley Note
Austin Riley photo 2. Austin Riley ATL
Austin Riley continued solidifying his position as the premier power-hitting third baseman in the National League during the 2023 season. He finished with a .281 batting average with 37 home runs and 97 RBIs. His slugging percentage stood at .516, contributing to an OPS of .861. Riley scored 27 more runs than the year before due to being in such a potent lineup. He doesn't walk much and strikes out more than we'd like. But Riley's ability to consistently hit for power while maintaining a reasonable batting average makes him a valuable asset in fantasy baseball, especially considering his position at third base.
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Rafael Devers Note
Rafael Devers photo 3. Rafael Devers BOS
At 27 years old, Rafael Devers remains a linchpin in the Red Sox lineup. His 2023 season saw him at the plate 656 times, where he notched 157 hits, including 33 home runs and 100 RBIs, and scored 90 runs. His performance slightly dropped in batting average to .271 from .295 in 2022. Still, he maintained a solid on-base percentage of .351 and a slugging percentage of .500. Devers always seems to be overlooked in fantasy drafts. Still, he is a set-and-forget third baseman who will play 150+ games.
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Gunnar Henderson Note
Gunnar Henderson photo 4. Gunnar Henderson BAL
Gunnar Henderson had an atrocious start to the 2023 season. He ended April with a .189 batting average and 29 strikeouts in 92 plate appearances, and May wasn't much better. In June, however, the stud prospect version appeared, and fantasy managers everywhere were rewarded for their patience. Henderson should continue his growth in his second full year in the majors, and a powerful Orioles lineup should keep his counting stats up. He is going to cost you, but the rewards could be league-winning.
16 weeks ago
Elly De La Cruz Note
Elly De La Cruz photo 5. Elly De La Cruz CIN
Elly De La Cruz might be the most exciting and riskiest player on the board. He has a ton of potential that he occasionally flashed in his rookie season. For instance, he stole 35 bases in only 98 games and is in the 100th percentile in sprint speed at 30.5. He also hit the ball hard... when he hit it. His K%, Whiff%, and Chase% are all in the "highly undesirable" range, which drove his OBP down to .300. The primary question for fantasy managers is: When do you believe he will figure out major league pitching? De La Cruz's minor league stats suggest that day will come, and as part of Cincinnati's wave of the future, the 21-year-old will have a very long leash to figure things out in 2024. If you want his potential on your fantasy team, you will have to grab him earlier than you probably want. I'd stay away from him until the fifth round in 2024.
16 weeks ago
Manny Machado Note
Manny Machado photo 6. Manny Machado SD
Manny Machado had a down year by his standards and by the standards of fantasy managers who took him early in 2023 drafts. In 138 games, he hit 30 home runs and drove in 91, which is in line with his career average. However, his batting average (.258) and OBP (.319) did not hold up their end of the bargain. Of course, neither did the Padres All-Star lineup. According to Statcast, he is right around average in Batting Run Value, which should drop his draft cost considerably, and his counting numbers may not hold steady with the departure of Juan Soto in the offseason. When you take into consideration the overall increase in talent at 3B and couple it with an aging Machado (he will turn 32 in July), there may be better value on the board in 2024.
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Royce Lewis Note
Royce Lewis photo 7. Royce Lewis MIN
Royce Lewis is the latest Minnesota Twin to offer superstar-level stats with an unfortunate injury-prone profile. In 58 games last season, Lewis smacked 15 home runs, drove in 52 runs, and slashed .309/.372/.548. His average was inflated (xBA .265), but the power is very real. The 24-year-old's xwOBACON is .410; even though his xSLG was lower, it was still .476. An entire season of Lewis has first-round upside, but fantasy managers should draft him expecting fewer games. With a bit of luck, Lewis avoids becoming Byron Buxton 2.0, and those who draft him will be rewarded handsomely.
16 weeks ago
Alex Bregman Note
Alex Bregman photo 8. Alex Bregman HOU
Alex Bregman will turn 30 in 2024, and yet, he just keeps plugging away at the hot corner in Houston. He actually improved on all of his 2022 stats last season, hitting 25 homers, knocking in 98, and crossing the plate 103 times. His consistency in ratios is impressive, and fantasy managers can expect numbers in the ballpark of .265/.365/.450. He doesn't strike out and mashes lefties. Bregman is the overlooked-because-he's-boring guy that you can steal in the ninth round or later, and he should be well worth the pick.
16 weeks ago
Nolan Arenado Note
Nolan Arenado photo 9. Nolan Arenado STL
Nolan Arenado hit 26 home runs in 2023, his first year below 30 since 2014 (excluding 2020). He also fell short of 100 RBIs for the first time since that year, too, coming in at 93. Essentially, Arenado showed signs of decline with an average slash line of .266/.315/.459. At age 32, it's difficult to know if this was the new normal or a perfect storm of unfortunate breaks that hit the Cardinals as a team. It is hard to justify passing on higher-upside players in the general vicinity of Arenado's ADP. However, he and Alex Bregman constitute the "boring veteran" section of the 3B position, and fantasy managers could certainly do worse.
16 weeks ago
Ha-Seong Kim Note
Ha-Seong Kim photo 10. Ha-Seong Kim SD
Entering the 2024 season, Ha-Seong Kim has established himself as a valuable asset for fantasy baseball managers. At 28 years old, Kim's versatility on the field is evident with his multi-positional eligibility. His performance in 2023 was impressive, as he racked up 84 runs, 140 hits, 17 home runs, and an exceptional 38 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the NL for steals. This was a significant increase from his 12 stolen bases in 2022. Kim had 626 plate appearances and 538 at-bats during the season, highlighting his consistent presence in the lineup. His advanced metrics indicate an increased comfort at the plate, reflected in his improved walk and strikeout rates and his on-base plus slugging (OPS) reaching .749. Kim's blend of speed, improving power, and position versatility make him a strong asset for fantasy teams. His growth at the plate and on the field suggests the potential for an even more impactful 2024 season.
16 weeks ago
Josh Jung Note
Josh Jung photo 11. Josh Jung TEX
Josh Jung played 121 games for the World Series champs in 2023, and he arrived in fashion. The 25-year-old hit 23 home runs, scored 75 runs, knocked in 70, and slashed .266/.316/.467. Jung is in the 98th percentile in Sweet-Spot% at 41.9, but he struggled in typical rookie fashion with strikeouts (29.3 K%) and plate discipline (5.8 BB%). If he can get to that 150-game mark, he will land in the ballpark of 30 home runs and 100 RBIs. Not too shabby for a third baseman currently going ninth round of drafts.
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Spencer Steer Note
Spencer Steer photo 12. Spencer Steer CIN
Spencer Steer is expected to be eligible for 1B/3B/OF, and possibly even 2B in some formats. With a solid 2023 season of 156 games, 23 homers, and 15 steals for the Reds, Steer is a promising fantasy pick. Batting in the middle of an exciting lineup with huge potential, he's on track to surpass his 86 RBI from last year. While not standing out in advanced metrics, Steer's consistent performance offers value in Round 9 and beyond, and the fact he plays half his games at Great American Ballpark is a plus for fantasy managers.
16 weeks ago
Yandy Diaz Note
Yandy Diaz photo 13. Yandy Diaz TB
Yandy Diaz broke out of his power deficiency in a big way in 2023. After hitting only nine home runs in 2022, the 32-year-old smacked 22 dingers while slashing .330/.410/.522 in 2023. He rescued many fantasy managers who waited too long on 3B in drafts by setting career highs across 137 games. That's the good news. The bad news is that Diaz will probably return to his regularly scheduled self in 2024, and he no longer has 3B eligibility in most leagues, leaving him among the middle-rounds first basemen. Drafting him in the 12th round or beyond feels right for next year, but don't let him be your first 1B. He's not going to save fantasy managers two years in a row.
16 weeks ago
Jake Burger Note
Jake Burger photo 14. Jake Burger MIA
Alec Bohm Note
Alec Bohm photo 15. Alec Bohm PHI
Alec Bohm offers fantasy managers an intriguing later-round third-base option. He will help your team's batting average (.274 last year), provide a little pop (16-20 homers), and collect some RBIs along the way. With an ADP in the 150s, he shouldn't be your 3B1, but he can certainly fill a CI role at a difficult position.
16 weeks ago
Max Muncy Note
Max Muncy photo 16. Max Muncy LAD
Max Muncy will drag down your batting average (career BA .227), and you don't want him in leagues where strikeouts count heavily against you. Those are the two knocks on him, and early drafters are down on him for 2024. Take the discount if it's there. Muncy will bat in the middle of a Top 3 lineup, and he offers a ton of good things to fantasy managers. For instance, he hit 36 home runs last year and is in the 96th percentile in BB% at 14.7. He also scored 95 runs and knocked in 105. If you're looking for a 1B/3B in the 11th round or later, Muncy seems poised to do exactly what he's done every year since he has been with the Dodgers: Get on base and hit home runs. What else do you want?
16 weeks ago
Ke'Bryan Hayes Note
Ke'Bryan Hayes photo 17. Ke'Bryan Hayes PIT
Isaac Paredes Note
Isaac Paredes photo 18. Isaac Paredes TB
Nolan Gorman Note
Nolan Gorman photo 19. Nolan Gorman STL
Nolan Gorman offers the possibility of 30 home runs from the second base position, and you can have him past pick 180. The question is how many opportunities he will have, given that his K% is north of 30. Gorman feels like the type of fantasy player who hits most of his home runs while on your bench because you benched him after a week of 40 strikeouts. If your ratios are protected elsewhere, Gorman can provide pop in your MI slot.
16 weeks ago
Jeimer Candelario Note
Jeimer Candelario photo 20. Jeimer Candelario CIN
Matt Chapman Note
Matt Chapman photo 21. Matt Chapman SF
Maikel Garcia Note
Maikel Garcia photo 22. Maikel Garcia KC
Ryan McMahon Note
Ryan McMahon photo 23. Ryan McMahon COL
Jorge Polanco Note
Jorge Polanco photo 24. Jorge Polanco SEA
Eugenio Suarez Note
Eugenio Suarez photo 25. Eugenio Suarez ARI
Justin Turner Note
Justin Turner photo 26. Justin Turner TOR
Luis Rengifo Note
Luis Rengifo photo 27. Luis Rengifo LAA
Junior Caminero Note
Junior Caminero photo 28. Junior Caminero TB
Jordan Westburg Note
Jordan Westburg photo 29. Jordan Westburg BAL
Colt Keith Note
Colt Keith photo 30. Colt Keith DET
DJ LeMahieu Note
DJ LeMahieu photo 31. DJ LeMahieu NYY
Brett Baty Note
Brett Baty photo 32. Brett Baty NYM
Willi Castro Note
Willi Castro photo 33. Willi Castro MIN
Michael Busch Note
Michael Busch photo 34. Michael Busch CHC
Yoan Moncada Note
Yoan Moncada photo 35. Yoan Moncada CWS
Wilmer Flores Note
Wilmer Flores photo 36. Wilmer Flores SF
Anthony Rendon Note
Anthony Rendon photo 37. Anthony Rendon LAA
Noelvi Marte Note
Noelvi Marte photo 38. Noelvi Marte CIN
Ezequiel Duran Note
Ezequiel Duran photo 39. Ezequiel Duran TEX
Chris Taylor Note
Chris Taylor photo 40. Chris Taylor LAD
J.D. Davis Note
J.D. Davis photo 41. J.D. Davis NYY
Jon Berti Note
Jon Berti photo 42. Jon Berti NYY
Elehuris Montero Note
Elehuris Montero photo 43. Elehuris Montero COL
Tyler Black Note
Tyler Black photo 44. Tyler Black MIL
Zach McKinstry Note
Zach McKinstry photo 45. Zach McKinstry DET
Matt Vierling Note
Matt Vierling photo 46. Matt Vierling DET
Josh Rojas Note
Josh Rojas photo 47. Josh Rojas SEA
Nick Senzel Note
Nick Senzel photo 48. Nick Senzel FA
Curtis Mead Note
Curtis Mead photo 49. Curtis Mead TB
Geraldo Perdomo Note
Geraldo Perdomo photo 50. Geraldo Perdomo ARI
Jared Triolo Note
Jared Triolo photo 51. Jared Triolo PIT
Oswald Peraza Note
Oswald Peraza photo 52. Oswald Peraza NYY
Patrick Wisdom Note
Patrick Wisdom photo 53. Patrick Wisdom CHC
Coby Mayo Note
Coby Mayo photo 54. Coby Mayo BAL
Cavan Biggio Note
Cavan Biggio photo 55. Cavan Biggio LAD
Luis Urias Note
Luis Urias photo 56. Luis Urias SEA
Brayan Rocchio Note
Brayan Rocchio photo 57. Brayan Rocchio CLE
Gio Urshela Note
Gio Urshela photo 58. Gio Urshela DET
Isiah Kiner-Falefa Note
Isiah Kiner-Falefa photo 59. Isiah Kiner-Falefa TOR
Mark Vientos Note
Mark Vientos photo 60. Mark Vientos NYM
Kyle Farmer Note
Kyle Farmer photo 61. Kyle Farmer MIN
Jose Miranda Note
Jose Miranda photo 62. Jose Miranda MIN
Taylor Walls Note
Taylor Walls photo 63. Taylor Walls TB
Kike Hernandez Note
Kike Hernandez photo 64. Kike Hernandez LAD
Justin Foscue Note
Justin Foscue photo 65. Justin Foscue TEX
Graham Pauley Note
Graham Pauley photo 66. Graham Pauley SD
Nick Madrigal Note
Nick Madrigal photo 67. Nick Madrigal CHC
Oswaldo Cabrera Note
Oswaldo Cabrera photo 68. Oswaldo Cabrera NYY
Andruw Monasterio Note
Andruw Monasterio photo 69. Andruw Monasterio MIL
Gabriel Arias Note
Gabriel Arias photo 70. Gabriel Arias CLE
Ronny Mauricio Note
Ronny Mauricio photo 71. Ronny Mauricio NYM
Thomas Saggese Note
Thomas Saggese photo 72. Thomas Saggese STL
Justyn-Henry Malloy Note
Justyn-Henry Malloy photo 73. Justyn-Henry Malloy DET
Orelvis Martinez Note
Orelvis Martinez photo 74. Orelvis Martinez TOR
Nicky Lopez Note
Nicky Lopez photo 75. Nicky Lopez CWS
Tyler Freeman Note
Tyler Freeman photo 76. Tyler Freeman CLE
Owen Miller Note
Owen Miller photo 77. Owen Miller MIL
Ramon Urias Note
Ramon Urias photo 78. Ramon Urias BAL
Andy Ibanez Note
Andy Ibanez photo 79. Andy Ibanez DET
Zach Dezenzo Note
Zach Dezenzo photo 80. Zach Dezenzo HOU
Trey Lipscomb Note
Trey Lipscomb photo 81. Trey Lipscomb WSH
Jean Segura Note
Jean Segura photo 82. Jean Segura FA
Josh Donaldson Note
Josh Donaldson photo 83. Josh Donaldson FA
Edmundo Sosa Note
Edmundo Sosa photo 84. Edmundo Sosa PHI
Brady House Note
Brady House photo 85. Brady House WSH
Evan Longoria Note
Evan Longoria photo 86. Evan Longoria FA
Sterlin Thompson Note
Sterlin Thompson photo 87. Sterlin Thompson COL
Jordan Diaz Note
Jordan Diaz photo 88. Jordan Diaz OAK
Brock Wilken Note
Brock Wilken photo 89. Brock Wilken MIL
Santiago Espinal Note
Santiago Espinal photo 90. Santiago Espinal CIN
Aledmys Diaz Note
Aledmys Diaz photo 91. Aledmys Diaz FA
Abraham Toro Note
Abraham Toro photo 92. Abraham Toro OAK
Casey Schmitt Note
Casey Schmitt photo 93. Casey Schmitt SF
Deyvison De Los Santos Note
Deyvison De Los Santos photo 94. Deyvison De Los Santos ARI
Juan Brito Note
Juan Brito photo 95. Juan Brito CLE
Jace Peterson Note
Jace Peterson photo 96. Jace Peterson FA
Emmanuel Rivera Note
Emmanuel Rivera photo 97. Emmanuel Rivera MIA
Brian Anderson Note
Brian Anderson photo 98. Brian Anderson ATL
Donovan Solano Note
Donovan Solano photo 99. Donovan Solano SD
Eguy Rosario Note
Eguy Rosario photo 100. Eguy Rosario SD
Lenyn Sosa Note
Lenyn Sosa photo 101. Lenyn Sosa CWS
Carter Kieboom Note
Carter Kieboom photo 102. Carter Kieboom WSH
Josh Smith Note
Josh Smith photo 103. Josh Smith TEX
Eduardo Escobar Note
Eduardo Escobar photo 104. Eduardo Escobar FA
Ildemaro Vargas Note
Ildemaro Vargas photo 105. Ildemaro Vargas WSH
Addison Barger Note
Addison Barger photo 106. Addison Barger TOR
Mike Moustakas Note
Mike Moustakas photo 107. Mike Moustakas FA
Rodolfo Castro Note
Rodolfo Castro photo 108. Rodolfo Castro PHI
Bryan Ramos Note
Bryan Ramos photo 109. Bryan Ramos CWS
Osleivis Basabe Note
Osleivis Basabe photo 110. Osleivis Basabe TB
Michael Stefanic Note
Michael Stefanic photo 111. Michael Stefanic LAA
Austin Shenton Note
Austin Shenton photo 112. Austin Shenton TB
Nick Maton Note
Nick Maton photo 113. Nick Maton BAL
Alan Trejo Note
Alan Trejo photo 114. Alan Trejo FA
Zack Short Note
Zack Short photo 115. Zack Short ATL
Jonathan Schoop Note
Jonathan Schoop photo 116. Jonathan Schoop FA
James Triantos Note
James Triantos photo 117. James Triantos CHC
Harold Castro Note
Harold Castro photo 118. Harold Castro FA
Miles Mastrobuoni Note
Miles Mastrobuoni photo 119. Miles Mastrobuoni CHC
Damiano Palmegiani Note
Damiano Palmegiani photo 120. Damiano Palmegiani TOR
Andres Chaparro Note
Andres Chaparro photo 121. Andres Chaparro ARI
Oliver Dunn Note
Oliver Dunn photo 122. Oliver Dunn MIL
Luis Guillorme Note
Luis Guillorme photo 123. Luis Guillorme LAA
Michael Chavis Note
Michael Chavis photo 124. Michael Chavis CWS
Matthew Batten Note
Matthew Batten photo 125. Matthew Batten SD
Tyler Nevin Note
Tyler Nevin photo 126. Tyler Nevin OAK
Ivan Melendez Note
Ivan Melendez photo 127. Ivan Melendez ARI
Josh Harrison Note
Josh Harrison photo 128. Josh Harrison FA
Hunter Dozier Note
Hunter Dozier photo 129. Hunter Dozier FA
Zach Remillard Note
Zach Remillard photo 130. Zach Remillard CWS
Hanser Alberto Note
Hanser Alberto photo 131. Hanser Alberto FA
Christian Arroyo Note
Christian Arroyo photo 132. Christian Arroyo MIL
Jonah Bride Note
Jonah Bride photo 133. Jonah Bride MIA
Leury Garcia Note
Leury Garcia photo 134. Leury Garcia ATL
Kevin Newman Note
Kevin Newman photo 135. Kevin Newman ARI
Matt Duffy Note
Matt Duffy photo 136. Matt Duffy FA
Nate Eaton Note
Nate Eaton photo 137. Nate Eaton KC
Kevin Smith Note
Kevin Smith photo 138. Kevin Smith NYY
Jeter Downs Note
Jeter Downs photo 139. Jeter Downs NYY
David Villar Note
David Villar photo 140. David Villar SF
Grae Kessinger Note
Grae Kessinger photo 141. Grae Kessinger HOU
Mike Brosseau Note
Mike Brosseau photo 142. Mike Brosseau NYM
Brad Miller Note
Brad Miller photo 143. Brad Miller SD
Danny Mendick Note
Danny Mendick photo 144. Danny Mendick CWS
Jose Fermin Note
Jose Fermin photo 145. Jose Fermin STL
Angel Martinez Note
Angel Martinez photo 146. Angel Martinez CLE
Jonathan Arauz Note
Jonathan Arauz photo 147. Jonathan Arauz FA
Jhonkensy Noel Note
Jhonkensy Noel photo 148. Jhonkensy Noel CLE
Charles Leblanc Note
Charles Leblanc photo 149. Charles Leblanc LAA
Aaron Schunk Note
Aaron Schunk photo 150. Aaron Schunk COL
Andre Lipcius Note
Andre Lipcius photo 151. Andre Lipcius LAD
Jordan Groshans Note
Jordan Groshans photo 152. Jordan Groshans OAK
Livan Soto Note
Livan Soto photo 153. Livan Soto CIN
Vinny Capra Note
Vinny Capra photo 154. Vinny Capra MIL
Ehire Adrianza Note
Ehire Adrianza photo 155. Ehire Adrianza FA
Yunior Severino Note
Yunior Severino photo 156. Yunior Severino MIN
Tim Elko Note
Tim Elko photo 157. Tim Elko CWS
Irving Lopez Note
Irving Lopez photo 158. Irving Lopez FA
Daniel Schneemann Note
Daniel Schneemann photo 159. Daniel Schneemann CLE
Tristan Gray Note
Tristan Gray photo 160. Tristan Gray MIA
Adam Kennedy Note
Adam Kennedy photo 161. Adam Kennedy FA
David Bote Note
David Bote photo 162. David Bote CHC
Brett Harris Note
Brett Harris photo 163. Brett Harris OAK
Alejo Lopez Note
Alejo Lopez photo 164. Alejo Lopez ATL
Yonny Hernandez Note
Yonny Hernandez photo 165. Yonny Hernandez MIL
Maikel Franco Note
Maikel Franco photo 166. Maikel Franco FA
Phillip Evans Note
Phillip Evans photo 167. Phillip Evans FA