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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Eugenio Suarez Note
Eugenio Suarez photo 41. Eugenio Suarez 3B,SS
Suarez's power numbers were again strong in last year's shortened season, but his batting average plummeted to just .202. He hit the ball as hard as ever, however, and ranked in the top 9% of the league in average exit velocity. Suarez's BABIP was just .214 (he has a .310 mark), and although he hit more fly balls than usual, there's nothing to suggest that his batting average should have fallen off a cliff. In other words, there's plenty of reason to expect Suarez to hit closer to his .261 career batting average this year. Add to that his potential for 40 home runs and 200 combined runs and RBI, and he'll likely be a value in this year's draft.
18 weeks ago
Nick Castellanos Note
Nick Castellanos photo 45. Nick Castellanos LF,RF
Castellanos hit for plenty of power last season with the Reds, but it was far from the full breakout season many expected. His strikeout rate jumped to 28.5%, his batting average cratered to a career-low .225, and his wOBA was his worst mark since 2015. But Castellanos was also the victim of some pretty terrible luck, given that he had an expected batting average of .273 and a strong 46.7% hard-hit rate. With a full year in Great American Ballpark, Castellanos should fully live up to the hype he had coming into the 2020 season if he can just have even normal luck. Draft him with confidence as a likely strong four-category contributor.
18 weeks ago
Mike Moustakas Note
Mike Moustakas photo 72. Mike Moustakas 1B,2B,3B
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.
18 weeks ago
Jesse Winker Note
Jesse Winker photo 112. Jesse Winker LF,CF,RF
Winker had a quietly strong 2020 season, getting on base at a .388 clip and hitting 12 home runs in 54 games. He hit the ball hard consistently and walked an impressive 15.3% of the time, which help to offset his rise in strikeout rate (25.1%, well above his career mark). He'll likely bat leadoff for the Reds, and should be an asset in both home runs and runs scored. That's not a profile that blows you away, but it's enough for you to use as a fifth outfielder.
18 weeks ago
Nick Senzel Note
Nick Senzel photo 131. Nick Senzel 2B,CF
Joey Votto Note
Joey Votto photo 155. Joey Votto 1B
Jonathan India Note
Jonathan India photo 219. Jonathan India 2B,3B
Tucker Barnhart Note
Tucker Barnhart photo 259. Tucker Barnhart C
Shogo Akiyama Note
Shogo Akiyama photo 267. Shogo Akiyama LF,CF
Tyler Stephenson Note
Tyler Stephenson photo 277. Tyler Stephenson C,1B
Aristides Aquino Note
Aristides Aquino photo 326. Aristides Aquino LF,RF
Jose Barrero Note
Jose Barrero photo 381. Jose Barrero SS
Mike Freeman Note
Mike Freeman photo 392. Mike Freeman 2B,3B,SS
Kyle Farmer Note
Kyle Farmer photo 427. Kyle Farmer C,1B,2B,3B,SS
Austin Hendrick Note
Austin Hendrick photo 433. Austin Hendrick RF
Beau Taylor Note
Beau Taylor photo 479. Beau Taylor C
Tyler Naquin Note
Tyler Naquin photo 518. Tyler Naquin LF,CF,RF
Mallex Smith Note
Mallex Smith photo 521. Mallex Smith CF,RF
Ryan Lavarnway Note
Ryan Lavarnway photo 607. Ryan Lavarnway C
Scott Heineman Note
Scott Heineman photo 622. Scott Heineman CF
Alex Blandino Note
Alex Blandino photo 631. Alex Blandino 1B,2B,3B
Mark Payton Note
Mark Payton photo 643. Mark Payton LF
Max Schrock Note
Max Schrock photo 659. Max Schrock Util
Alfredo Rodriguez Note
Alfredo Rodriguez photo 770. Alfredo Rodriguez SS
TJ Friedl Note
TJ Friedl photo 782. TJ Friedl LF