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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Jose Ramirez Note
Jose Ramirez photo 9. 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.
18 weeks ago
Eddie Rosario Note
Eddie Rosario photo 60. Eddie Rosario LF,RF
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.
18 weeks ago
Franmil Reyes Note
Franmil Reyes photo 78. Franmil Reyes RF
Reyes didn't quite live up to his power potential last year with just nine home runs in 59 games, and his 50.3% ground ball rate certainly didn't help. His Statcast data waned a bit from his monstrous 2019 season, but his 92.4 mile per hour average exit velocity was in the top two percent in baseball. There's just not a ton to dislike about Reyes, other than he offers nothing in the way of speed. On his absolute worst day, he's a 30-homer bat with a batting average that won't kill you. On his best day, he's a lite version of a healthy Aaron Judge. Expect at least three-category production, and make it four if he can maintain the 10% walk rate he showed in 2020.
18 weeks ago
Andres Gimenez Note
Andres Gimenez photo 118. Andres Gimenez 2B,3B,SS
Gimenez was one of the main pieces in the Francisco Lindor/Carlos Carrasco trade, and he looks like he'll be the starting shortstop for Cleveland on Opening Day. There's not a ton of power in his bat, but he has a ton of speed. He ranked in the 94th percentile in sprint speed last season, and stole eight bases in 49 games in 2020 and 28 in 117 games in Triple-A the year before. His ADP is rising as his job security grows, but it's worth it for the steals he will provide.
18 weeks ago
Cesar Hernandez Note
Cesar Hernandez photo 177. Cesar Hernandez 2B
Amed Rosario Note
Amed Rosario photo 178. Amed Rosario SS,CF
Wilson Ramos Note
Wilson Ramos photo 193. Wilson Ramos C
Josh Naylor Note
Josh Naylor photo 213. Josh Naylor 1B,LF,RF
Oscar Mercado Note
Oscar Mercado photo 266. Oscar Mercado LF,CF,RF
Roberto Perez Note
Roberto Perez photo 279. Roberto Perez C
Austin Hedges Note
Austin Hedges photo 343. Austin Hedges C
Jordan Luplow Note
Jordan Luplow photo 374. Jordan Luplow LF,CF,RF
Nolan Jones Note
Nolan Jones photo 390. Nolan Jones 3B
Harold Ramirez Note
Harold Ramirez photo 393. Harold Ramirez LF,CF,RF
George Valera Note
George Valera photo 439. George Valera CF
Bradley Zimmer Note
Bradley Zimmer photo 450. Bradley Zimmer CF
Aaron Bracho Note
Aaron Bracho photo 456. Aaron Bracho SS
Bobby Bradley Note
Bobby Bradley photo 465. Bobby Bradley 1B
Daniel Johnson Note
Daniel Johnson photo 472. Daniel Johnson RF
Brayan Rocchio Note
Brayan Rocchio photo 483. Brayan Rocchio SS
Tyler Freeman Note
Tyler Freeman photo 498. Tyler Freeman SS
Yu Chang Note
Yu Chang photo 653. Yu Chang 1B,3B
Owen Miller Note
Owen Miller photo 728. Owen Miller SS
Ernie Clement Note
Ernie Clement photo 775. Ernie Clement 2B,3B,SS