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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Jose Ramirez Note
Jose Ramirez photo 8. Jose Ramirez 3B
If you throw out the first half of his 2019 season, then Ramirez has been a dominant force in fantasy baseball for the last five years. He was as good as ever in 2020, setting career highs in slugging percentage (.607), wOBA (.415) and wRC+ (164). To the extent there are question marks about Ramirez, they're about his supporting cast, as Cleveland's lineup should be one of the weaker ones in the league now that the team has jettisoned Francisco Lindor. But a hitter's lineup is often overvalued by fantasy managers, particularly with a player like Ramirez who adds in value with stolen bases. He comes with little to no risk, and should be the first third baseman drafted, and a first round pick, in all formats.
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Eddie Rosario Note
Eddie Rosario photo 63. Eddie Rosario LF
Rosario stays in the AL Central, signing a one-year deal with the Indians after a successful tenure with the Twins. He's established a fairly reliable power baseline at this point, and he usually offers some batting average to go with it. Last year, however, his batting average dipped to just .257, in part because he became much more passive (8.2% walk rate, 51.2% Swing%, both far out of character for his career). The bigger issue was that Rosario largely cut down on his swing percentage on pitches in the strike zone, but continued to swing at pitches out of the zone at a 41.2% clip. That likely explains his lower than usual average exit velocity and barrel rate, and it's something that's easily correctable if he just goes back to his previous approach. At the very least, Rosario should chip in 25 home runs at least, while helping out in runs and RBI, and he's a fine third outfielder in mixed leagues.
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Franmil Reyes Note
Franmil Reyes photo 81. Franmil Reyes DH
Andres Gimenez Note
Andres Gimenez photo 154. Andres Gimenez SS
Amed Rosario Note
Amed Rosario photo 168. Amed Rosario SS
Cesar Hernandez Note
Cesar Hernandez photo 188. Cesar Hernandez 2B
Oscar Mercado Note
Oscar Mercado photo 209. Oscar Mercado CF
Josh Naylor Note
Josh Naylor photo 215. Josh Naylor LF
Roberto Perez Note
Roberto Perez photo 328. Roberto Perez C
Owen Miller Note
Owen Miller photo 356. Owen Miller SS
Mike Freeman Note
Mike Freeman photo 358. Mike Freeman 3B
Billy Hamilton Note
Billy Hamilton photo 362. Billy Hamilton CF
Ben Gamel Note
Ben Gamel photo 363. Ben Gamel RF
Tyler Krieger Note
Tyler Krieger photo 364. Tyler Krieger 3B
Alex Call Note
Alex Call photo 367. Alex Call CF
Jake Bauers Note
Jake Bauers photo 382. Jake Bauers LF
Nolan Jones Note
Nolan Jones photo 411. Nolan Jones 3B
Daniel Johnson Note
Daniel Johnson photo 422. Daniel Johnson RF
Harold Ramirez Note
Harold Ramirez photo 448. Harold Ramirez RF
Austin Hedges Note
Austin Hedges photo 465. Austin Hedges C
Jordan Luplow Note
Jordan Luplow photo 470. Jordan Luplow LF
Bradley Zimmer Note
Bradley Zimmer photo 494. Bradley Zimmer LF
Beau Taylor Note
Beau Taylor photo 566. Beau Taylor C
Bobby Bradley Note
Bobby Bradley photo 625. Bobby Bradley DH
Yu Chang Note
Yu Chang photo 652. Yu Chang SS
Tyler Freeman Note
Tyler Freeman photo 697. Tyler Freeman SS
Ernie Clement Note
Ernie Clement photo 723. Ernie Clement SS