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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
J.T. Realmuto Note
J.T. Realmuto photo 1. J.T. Realmuto PHI
Realmuto didn't quite live up to the lofty expectations last year but still managed to finish as the top catcher in fantasy baseball. He is a near-lock to again lead the position in steals and runs while providing 20+ homers, 75+ RBI and a solid batting average. His ceiling might not be as high as Gary Sanchez, but you know you are drafting a sure-fire top 100 player with Realmuto.
13 weeks ago
Gary Sanchez Note
Gary Sanchez photo 2. Gary Sanchez NYY
Yes, Sanchez did manage to swat 34 homers and has historical power potential for the position, but you are definitely going to take a hit at batting average if you draft him. With that said, hitting in the middle of the Yankees lineup should afford fantasy owners loads of RBIs and runs too.
13 weeks ago
Yasmani Grandal Note
Yasmani Grandal photo 3. Yasmani Grandal CWS
In terms of overall game, Grandal may be the best catcher in all of baseball, as his OBP will hover just south of .400 and he plays excellent defense but the BA will be closer to that .240 mark and his HRs, RBIs and runs should dip in the ballpark and lineup moves from MIL to CWS.
13 weeks ago
Willson Contreras Note
Willson Contreras photo 4. Willson Contreras CHC
Contreras is no doubt one of the best hitting catchers in baseball, with a .270+ average in three of four seasons, but his upside is capped by the fact that Chicago also has Caratini and is certain to get him 200+ PAs. Even so, Contreras should have no trouble reaching 20 HRs, 50 R and 60 RBIs once again.
13 weeks ago
Mitch Garver Note
Mitch Garver photo 5. Mitch Garver MIN
Garver may be the most difficult catcher to peg this season because his breakout was so extreme and such a surprise. He hit 31 homers in just 311 at-bats. Surely that rate will regress but he should also get more trips to the plate too so 35 HRs, .260 BA is not out of the question by any means.
13 weeks ago
Salvador Perez Note
Salvador Perez photo 6. Salvador Perez KC
Perez tested positive for COVID-19 early in July, but is reportedly asymptomatic. He'll need two negative tests to return to the team but, assuming that he does, he shouldn't need long to get ready for the season. For now, drop Perez down your board a tad but don't run from him.
3 weeks ago
Wilson Ramos Note
Wilson Ramos photo 7. Wilson Ramos NYM
Since 2016, Ramos has batted a superb .294 and averages 16 homers per season with 64 RBIs. He doesn't possess the upside of a Contreras, Sanchez or Garver but in terms of consistency, he is as solid as you'll find. Ramos ends the tier of players you rely on to finish among the top ten catchers.
13 weeks ago
Will Smith Note
Will Smith photo 8. Will Smith LAD
Smith was among the biggest surprises last season, knocking 15 homers and 42 RBIs in just 170 at-bats. That's a full-season pace of 40 homers and a 120 RBIs. Granted, that won't happen, but the upside is clearly there for a special season. You'll have to decide if the hefty ADP is worth the risk.
13 weeks ago
Omar Narvaez Note
Omar Narvaez photo 9. Omar Narvaez MIL
Narvaez was exceptional last year in a breakout campaign with 22 bombs and a .278 average. While he may be due for some regression, moving from Seattle's pitcher park to Milwaukee's hitter park and a much stronger lineup could help him have another very useful offensive season.
13 weeks ago
Carson Kelly Note
Carson Kelly photo 10. Carson Kelly ARI
Kelly was on a roll last season before his injury but still managed to power up for 18 homers in just 314 at-bats. The batting average may end up below .240 but with a full season, 30 homers isn't out of the question for the youngster.
13 weeks ago
Christian Vazquez Note
Christian Vazquez photo 11. Christian Vazquez BOS
Vasquez is being drafted as the ninth catcher off the board this season but finished 2019 as the #4 catcher in fantasy with 23 homers and a solid .276 average. Playing in Boston's treacherous lineup certainly dosn't hurt either. His upside isn't as sexy but this is a good bat well worth using as a top 12 catcher.
13 weeks ago
Yadier Molina Note
Yadier Molina photo 12. Yadier Molina STL
Yadi isn't likely to knock 20 homers again at this point in his career, but he is a safe source of batting average and also provides a handful of steals every year as well. While he is healthy, batting in the middle of the lineup should provide plenty of RBIs and runs for fantasy owners too.
13 weeks ago
Jorge Alfaro Note
Jorge Alfaro photo 13. Jorge Alfaro MIA
Alfaro slowed down a bit at the end of the season but still finished with 18 homers and a .262 batting average. The youngster has some speed as well and that bat should continue to improve in just his third full season in the bigs this year.
13 weeks ago
Sean Murphy Note
Sean Murphy photo 14. Sean Murphy OAK
Murphy didn't show much in his September debut but he was a top prospect for a reason, hitting .293 with 20 extra-base hits in just 41 minor league games. Murphy should be in the lineup almost every day and can be expected to contribute in four categories.
13 weeks ago
Francisco Mejia Note
Francisco Mejia photo 15. Francisco Mejia SD
Mejia was a bit of a fantasy disappointment last year but that is often the case with young catchers. He should end up with much more than 226 at-bats this time around and if he does, you can expect 15+ homers to go with a useful batting average.
13 weeks ago
Danny Jansen Note
Danny Jansen photo 16. Danny Jansen TOR
Among the C2 options, no one has more upside, perhaps, than Jansen. He did only bat .208 last year but this was a very strong minor league hitter plus he has some pop.
13 weeks ago
Travis d'Arnaud Note
Travis d'Arnaud photo 17. Travis d'Arnaud ATL
d'Arnaud is not likely to help with batting average but as long as he can manage to stay healthy, fantasy owners can again expect 15+ homers with 60+ RBIs in this potent Atlanta offense.
13 weeks ago
Kurt Suzuki Note
Kurt Suzuki photo 18. Kurt Suzuki WSH
Suzuki's bat took off last year with 17 homers, 63 RBIs and a .264 BA in just 280 at-bats. It seems likely that Gomes will take more of a back seat this year which would make Suzuki a plenty useful offensive catcher for fantasy owners.
13 weeks ago
Robinson Chirinos Note
Robinson Chirinos photo 19. Robinson Chirinos TEX
Chirinos may be older and a batting average liability, but you can bet your bottom dollar that he'll provide 15+ homers and 50+ RBIs for fantasy owners as a strong C2 option.
13 weeks ago
Tom Murphy Note
Tom Murphy photo 20. Tom Murphy SEA
Murphy was quietly exceptional for the Mariners in just 260 at-bats, knocking 18 homers with 40 RBIs and a .269 BA. Now that Narvaez is out of his way and in Milwaukee, Murphy should add 200 trips to the plate and could approach 25 or perhaps even 30 homers for fantasy owners.
13 weeks ago
Roberto Perez Note
Roberto Perez photo 21. Roberto Perez CLE
Perez managed to finish among the top 12 fantasy catchers last season, driving in 63 runs on 24 homers. The batting average ended up below .240 but with a low-end C2, that is just par for the course.
13 weeks ago
Jason Castro Note
Jason Castro photo 22. Jason Castro LAA
Castro knocked 13 homers in just 237 at-bats last year and may end up with more playing time this year, but if he does, fantasy owners can expect a lackluster batting average.
13 weeks ago
Tucker Barnhart Note
Tucker Barnhart photo 23. Tucker Barnhart CIN
Barnhart is so great defensively that there is virtually no chance he'll lose his job so two-catcher leagues can expect 40+ runs and RBIs but the BA and power won't be all that useful.
13 weeks ago
Mike Zunino Note
Mike Zunino photo 24. Mike Zunino TB
Zunino's but was so bad last year with a .165 BA that he may end up losing his job altogether, but we know there is no other C3 with this kind of upside. It wouldn't surprise anyone if he knocked 30 homers this year.
13 weeks ago
Yan Gomes Note
Yan Gomes photo 25. Yan Gomes WSH
It was Kurt Suzuki who took the bull by the horns last year among the Nationals catchers, but Gomes still had more playing time. If that continues, he'll be a useful C2 source of RBIs and runs.
13 weeks ago
James McCann Note
James McCann photo 26. James McCann CWS
McCann was the #7 fantasy catcher in 2019, swatting 18 homers with a solid .276 average but Chicago went and acquired Grandal so you'd expect McCann sees less playing time this season.
13 weeks ago
Willians Astudillo Note
Willians Astudillo photo 27. Willians Astudillo MIN
If Astudillo gets more playing time this year, fantasy owners can expect a useful batting average but not much in the way of power or speed.
13 weeks ago
Austin Romine Note
Austin Romine photo 28. Austin Romine DET
Romine is expected to start for Detroit and should once again provide a solid batting average but he doesn't offer enough in terms of power to even be a C2 for fantasy teams.
13 weeks ago
Victor Caratini Note
Victor Caratini photo 29. Victor Caratini CHC
Caratini is almost certain to be the backup once again to Contreras this season, but should he suffer an injury or the Cubs trade him, Caratini would likely morph into a low-end C1 or high-end C2.
13 weeks ago
Chance Sisco Note
Chance Sisco photo 30. Chance Sisco BAL
If you are in a deeper league that starts two catchers and are looking for a potential breakout option, Sisco is a former top prospect who has flashed a great bat in stretches.
13 weeks ago
Isiah Kiner-Falefa Note
Isiah Kiner-Falefa photo 31. Isiah Kiner-Falefa TEX
Tyler Flowers Note
Tyler Flowers photo 32. Tyler Flowers ATL
Jacob Stallings Note
Jacob Stallings photo 33. Jacob Stallings PIT
Pedro Severino Note
Pedro Severino photo 34. Pedro Severino BAL
Austin Hedges Note
Austin Hedges photo 35. Austin Hedges SD
Stephen Vogt Note
Stephen Vogt photo 36. Stephen Vogt ARI
Martin Maldonado Note
Martin Maldonado photo 37. Martin Maldonado HOU
Reese McGuire Note
Reese McGuire photo 38. Reese McGuire TOR
Austin Barnes Note
Austin Barnes photo 39. Austin Barnes LAD
Francisco Cervelli Note
Francisco Cervelli photo 40. Francisco Cervelli MIA
Manny Pina Note
Manny Pina photo 41. Manny Pina MIL
Tony Wolters Note
Tony Wolters photo 42. Tony Wolters COL
Austin Nola Note
Austin Nola photo 43. Austin Nola SEA
Alex Avila Note
Alex Avila photo 44. Alex Avila MIN
Elias Diaz Note
Elias Diaz photo 45. Elias Diaz COL
Jonathan Lucroy Note
Jonathan Lucroy photo 46. Jonathan Lucroy BOS
Joey Bart Note
Joey Bart photo 47. Joey Bart SF
Austin Allen Note
Austin Allen photo 48. Austin Allen OAK
Curt Casali Note
Curt Casali photo 49. Curt Casali CIN
Andrew Knizner Note
Andrew Knizner photo 50. Andrew Knizner STL
John Hicks Note
John Hicks photo 51. John Hicks ARI
Chris Iannetta Note
Chris Iannetta photo 52. Chris Iannetta NYY
Matt Wieters Note
Matt Wieters photo 53. Matt Wieters STL
Grayson Greiner Note
Grayson Greiner photo 54. Grayson Greiner DET
Max Stassi Note
Max Stassi photo 55. Max Stassi LAA
Michael Perez Note
Michael Perez photo 56. Michael Perez TB
Daulton Varsho Note
Daulton Varsho photo 57. Daulton Varsho ARI
Zack Collins Note
Zack Collins photo 58. Zack Collins CWS
Kevin Plawecki Note
Kevin Plawecki photo 59. Kevin Plawecki BOS
Kyle Higashioka Note
Kyle Higashioka photo 60. Kyle Higashioka NYY
Rob Brantly Note
Rob Brantly photo 61. Rob Brantly SF
Tyler Heineman Note
Tyler Heineman photo 62. Tyler Heineman SF
Garrett Stubbs Note
Garrett Stubbs photo 63. Garrett Stubbs HOU
Josh Phegley Note
Josh Phegley photo 64. Josh Phegley CHC
Sandy Leon Note
Sandy Leon photo 65. Sandy Leon CLE
Russell Martin Note
Russell Martin photo 66. Russell Martin FA
Brian McCann Note
Brian McCann photo 67. Brian McCann FA
Dustin Garneau Note
Dustin Garneau photo 68. Dustin Garneau HOU
Tomas Nido Note
Tomas Nido photo 69. Tomas Nido NYM
Adley Rutschman Note
Adley Rutschman photo 70. Adley Rutschman BAL
Cam Gallagher Note
Cam Gallagher photo 71. Cam Gallagher KC
Spencer Kieboom Note
Spencer Kieboom photo 72. Spencer Kieboom FA
Tyler Stephenson Note
Tyler Stephenson photo 73. Tyler Stephenson CIN
Luke Maile Note
Luke Maile photo 74. Luke Maile PIT
Drew Butera Note
Drew Butera photo 75. Drew Butera COL
Keibert Ruiz Note
Keibert Ruiz photo 76. Keibert Ruiz LAD
Chris Herrmann Note
Chris Herrmann photo 77. Chris Herrmann SF
Kevan Smith Note
Kevan Smith photo 78. Kevan Smith TB
Andrew Knapp Note
Andrew Knapp photo 79. Andrew Knapp PHI
Kyle Farmer Note
Kyle Farmer photo 80. Kyle Farmer CIN
Blake Swihart Note
Blake Swihart photo 81. Blake Swihart TEX
Jose Trevino Note
Jose Trevino photo 82. Jose Trevino TEX
Dom Nunez Note
Dom Nunez photo 83. Dom Nunez COL
Jeff Mathis Note
Jeff Mathis photo 84. Jeff Mathis TEX
Meibrys Viloria Note
Meibrys Viloria photo 85. Meibrys Viloria KC
Jake Rogers Note
Jake Rogers photo 86. Jake Rogers DET
Michael Barash Note
Michael Barash photo 87. Michael Barash LAA
Rene Rivera Note
Rene Rivera photo 88. Rene Rivera NYM
Jordan Weems Note
Jordan Weems photo 89. Jordan Weems OAK
Deivy Grullon Note
Deivy Grullon photo 90. Deivy Grullon PHI
Tres Barrera Note
Tres Barrera photo 91. Tres Barrera WSH
John Ryan Murphy Note
John Ryan Murphy photo 92. John Ryan Murphy PIT
Bryan Holaday Note
Bryan Holaday photo 93. Bryan Holaday BAL
Yermin Mercedes Note
Yermin Mercedes photo 94. Yermin Mercedes CWS
Andrew Susac Note
Andrew Susac photo 95. Andrew Susac PIT
Jose Briceno Note
Jose Briceno photo 96. Jose Briceno LAA
David Freitas Note
David Freitas photo 97. David Freitas MIL
Jacob Nottingham Note
Jacob Nottingham photo 98. Jacob Nottingham MIL
Juan Centeno Note
Juan Centeno photo 99. Juan Centeno BOS
Aramis Garcia Note
Aramis Garcia photo 100. Aramis Garcia SF
Eric Haase Note
Eric Haase photo 101. Eric Haase DET
Cal Raleigh Note
Cal Raleigh photo 102. Cal Raleigh SEA
Jonah Heim Note
Jonah Heim photo 103. Jonah Heim OAK
Austin Wynns Note
Austin Wynns photo 104. Austin Wynns BAL
Alex Jackson Note
Alex Jackson photo 105. Alex Jackson ATL
Raudy Read Note
Raudy Read photo 106. Raudy Read WSH
Luis Torrens Note
Luis Torrens photo 107. Luis Torrens SD
Seby Zavala Note
Seby Zavala photo 108. Seby Zavala CWS
Jett Bandy Note
Jett Bandy photo 109. Jett Bandy BOS
Joe Hudson Note
Joe Hudson photo 110. Joe Hudson SEA
Jamie Ritchie Note
Jamie Ritchie photo 111. Jamie Ritchie HOU
Anthony Bemboom Note
Anthony Bemboom photo 112. Anthony Bemboom LAA
Beau Taylor Note
Beau Taylor photo 113. Beau Taylor CLE
Erik Kratz Note
Erik Kratz photo 114. Erik Kratz NYY
Caleb Joseph Note
Caleb Joseph photo 115. Caleb Joseph TOR
Miguel Amaya Note
Miguel Amaya photo 116. Miguel Amaya CHC
Chad Wallach Note
Chad Wallach photo 117. Chad Wallach MIA
Oscar Hernandez Note
Oscar Hernandez photo 118. Oscar Hernandez KC
Brian O'Keefe Note
Brian O'Keefe photo 119. Brian O'Keefe SEA
Ronaldo Hernandez Note
Ronaldo Hernandez photo 120. Ronaldo Hernandez TB
Julio Rodriguez Note
Julio Rodriguez photo 121. Julio Rodriguez STL
William Contreras Note
William Contreras photo 122. William Contreras ATL
Rocky Gale Note
Rocky Gale photo 123. Rocky Gale LAD
Ali Sanchez Note
Ali Sanchez photo 124. Ali Sanchez NYM
Ryan Lavarnway Note
Ryan Lavarnway photo 125. Ryan Lavarnway CIN
Nick Dini Note
Nick Dini photo 126. Nick Dini KC
Juan Graterol Note
Juan Graterol photo 127. Juan Graterol MIN
Tim Federowicz Note
Tim Federowicz photo 128. Tim Federowicz TEX
Taylor Davis Note
Taylor Davis photo 129. Taylor Davis BAL
Jesus Sucre Note
Jesus Sucre photo 130. Jesus Sucre FA
Tomas Telis Note
Tomas Telis photo 131. Tomas Telis MIN
Nick Ciuffo Note
Nick Ciuffo photo 132. Nick Ciuffo TEX
Wilkin Castillo Note
Wilkin Castillo photo 133. Wilkin Castillo MIA
Roldani Baldwin Note
Roldani Baldwin photo 134. Roldani Baldwin BOS
Riley Adams Note
Riley Adams photo 135. Riley Adams TOR
Steve Baron Note
Steve Baron photo 136. Steve Baron CLE
Francisco Pena Note
Francisco Pena photo 137. Francisco Pena CIN
Christian Kelley Note
Christian Kelley photo 138. Christian Kelley PIT
Ian Rice Note
Ian Rice photo 139. Ian Rice FA
Nick Hundley Note
Nick Hundley photo 140. Nick Hundley FA
Carlos Paulino Note
Carlos Paulino photo 141. Carlos Paulino MIA
Bobby Wilson Note
Bobby Wilson photo 142. Bobby Wilson FA
Austin Bossart Note
Austin Bossart photo 143. Austin Bossart NYM
Jose Lobaton Note
Jose Lobaton photo 144. Jose Lobaton CHC