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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Ryan Mountcastle Note
Ryan Mountcastle photo 92. Ryan Mountcastle 1B,LF
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.
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Anthony Santander Note
Anthony Santander photo 98. Anthony Santander RF
Santander has quietly turned into a strong power bat, but few fantasy managers seem to give him credit. A .476 slugging percentage with 20 home runs in 93 games in 2019, followed by a .575 slugging percentage and 11 home runs in 37 games in 2020. There's nothing particularly fluky about his power output - it's just a young hitter coming into his own and making better contact. He did seem to sell out a bit for power last year, upping his launch angle and fly ball rate significantly. And yet he hit .261, the same mark as in 2019, and his xBA was .286. In other words, there's plenty to like about Santander, who is going well behind other hitters who offer similar production. He should be a value in drafts this year.
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Trey Mancini Note
Trey Mancini photo 111. Trey Mancini RF
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.
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Austin Hays Note
Austin Hays photo 155. Austin Hays LF,CF
Renato Nunez Note
Renato Nunez photo 196. Renato Nunez 1B,DH
Pedro Severino Note
Pedro Severino photo 225. Pedro Severino C,DH
DJ Stewart Note
DJ Stewart photo 256. DJ Stewart LF,RF
Freddy Galvis Note
Freddy Galvis photo 265. Freddy Galvis 2B,SS
Rio Ruiz Note
Rio Ruiz photo 271. Rio Ruiz 3B
Chance Sisco Note
Chance Sisco photo 293. Chance Sisco C
Adley Rutschman Note
Adley Rutschman photo 337. Adley Rutschman C
Cedric Mullins II Note
Cedric Mullins II photo 377. Cedric Mullins II CF
Mason McCoy Note
Mason McCoy photo 378. Mason McCoy
Taylor Davis Note
Taylor Davis photo 380. Taylor Davis C
Chris Shaw Note
Chris Shaw photo 381. Chris Shaw 1B
Malquin Canelo Note
Malquin Canelo photo 382. Malquin Canelo SS
Brett Cumberland Note
Brett Cumberland photo 385. Brett Cumberland
Jahmai Jones Note
Jahmai Jones photo 423. Jahmai Jones 2B
Yolmer Sanchez Note
Yolmer Sanchez photo 444. Yolmer Sanchez 3B
Yusniel Diaz Note
Yusniel Diaz photo 452. Yusniel Diaz RF
Pat Valaika Note
Pat Valaika photo 481. Pat Valaika 1B,2B,SS
Chris Davis Note
Chris Davis photo 508. Chris Davis 1B
Richie Martin Note
Richie Martin photo 520. Richie Martin SS
Austin Wynns Note
Austin Wynns photo 572. Austin Wynns C
Nick Ciuffo Note
Nick Ciuffo photo 577. Nick Ciuffo C
Rylan Bannon Note
Rylan Bannon photo 597. Rylan Bannon 3B
Ramon Urias Note
Ramon Urias photo 632. Ramon Urias SS
Dwight Smith Jr. Note
Dwight Smith Jr. photo 656. Dwight Smith Jr. LF
Ryan McKenna Note
Ryan McKenna photo 687. Ryan McKenna CF
Tyler Nevin Note
Tyler Nevin photo 689. Tyler Nevin 1B
Stevie Wilkerson Note
Stevie Wilkerson photo 701. Stevie Wilkerson CF
Richard Urena Note
Richard Urena photo 714. Richard Urena SS
Jose Rondon Note
Jose Rondon photo 727. Jose Rondon 2B