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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Whit Merrifield Note
Whit Merrifield photo 29. Whit Merrifield 2B,CF,RF
Merrifield has established an extremely strong floor, as he'll almost always be an asset in batting average, steals, and runs scored, and chip in for the remaining categories. There were some concern after his steals dropped to just 20 in 2019, but he bounced back to a 32-steal pace last year while also seeing a power spike. Merrifield is 32 years old and does not hit the ball particularly hard, but that's really irrelevant at this point. He is what he is, and with multi-position eligibility, what he is a major asset in fantasy and one of the top second basemen in fantasy.
26 weeks ago
Adalberto Mondesi Note
Adalberto Mondesi photo 31. Adalberto Mondesi 3B,SS
Mondesi will begin the year on the 10-day IL with a strained oblique. When healthy, however, there's no reason to doubt his performance. Even in a shortened year, it was a tale of two seasons for Mondesi. In 35 games in July and August, he batted just .186 with 11 runs, two RBI, no home runs, and eight steals. In his final 24 games, he batted .356 with six home runs, 22 runs scored, 20 RBI, and 16 steals. In the end, Mondesi delivered exactly the type of season that fantasy managers have come to expect, and his 24 steals were eight more than the next highest total. Mondesi won't help in batting average and offers minimal power, but he's an unmatched source of steals. And given that much of his lackluster first month can probably be written off to offseason shoulder surgery, fantasy managers should be able to expect closer to the second-half version of Mondesi rather than the first this year.
25 weeks ago
Salvador Perez Note
Salvador Perez photo 69. Salvador Perez C
Perez returned from missing all of the 2019 season to put up monstrous numbers. He batted .333 with 11 home runs in just 37 games. Sure, his meager walk rate became even worst and he struck out more than ever, but his strong numbers were absolutely earned. He had an expected batting average of .325, an expected slugging percentage of .624, and barreled baseballs at a significantly higher rate than he ever had before. Perez will be 31 years old this year this year but considering that he's had just 156 plate appearances combined over the past two years (after having one of the heaviest workloads for a catcher over the previous six seasons), he should have some gas left in the tank. Draft him as a top-three catcher without hesitation.
26 weeks ago
Carlos Santana Note
Carlos Santana photo 123. Carlos Santana 1B
Andrew Benintendi Note
Andrew Benintendi photo 125. Andrew Benintendi LF,CF
Benintendi will get a fresh start with the Royals in 2021, and if any player ever needed a change of scenery, it's him. After looking like a perennial 20-20 player with a solid batting average, Benintendi has fallen off a cliff the last two years. To the extent you could boil his struggles down to something simple, it was that he appeared to get too homer-happy in 2019. Despite making better contact when he did hit the ball, his swinging strike rate jumped by four points to 11.6%, and his fly ball percentage and launch angle skyrocketed. Things didn't look much better in his brief 2020 season, which was cut short by a rib injury. Benintendi is still young, and out of the spotlight of the Boston media, might be able to return to what made him an impact player prior to 2019. You won't need to spend a ton to find out, thankfully, and he's worth a late-round pick in all formats.
26 weeks ago
Hunter Dozier Note
Hunter Dozier photo 134. Hunter Dozier 1B,3B,LF,RF
Dozier is almost entirely off the fantasy radar this year, but that feels like an overreaction to 2020. Yes, his poor performance last year makes his breakout 2019 performance seem like an outlier, but really, it seems like 2020, rather than 2019, should be discounted. Dozier's quality of contact was awful last year, but it was out of character for him over the previous two seasons, and was more likely the result of him having tested positive for COVID-19 rather than from a sudden loss of skills. The Royals' lineup is sneaky deep, and Dozier will start at third base this season, giving him eligibility at three positions. Considering he's free in drafts, there is every reason to scoop him up with a late-round pick.
26 weeks ago
Hanser Alberto Note
Hanser Alberto photo 278. Hanser Alberto 2B,3B,SS
Michael A. Taylor Note
Michael A. Taylor photo 291. Michael A. Taylor LF,CF,RF
Bobby Witt Jr. Note
Bobby Witt Jr. photo 297. Bobby Witt Jr. SS
Edward Olivares Note
Edward Olivares photo 312. Edward Olivares LF,CF,RF
Kyle Isbel Note
Kyle Isbel photo 355. Kyle Isbel CF,RF
Nicky Lopez Note
Nicky Lopez photo 366. Nicky Lopez 2B,SS
Cam Gallagher Note
Cam Gallagher photo 400. Cam Gallagher C
Erick Pena Note
Erick Pena photo 432. Erick Pena CF
Meibrys Viloria Note
Meibrys Viloria photo 480. Meibrys Viloria C
Ryan O'Hearn Note
Ryan O'Hearn photo 492. Ryan O'Hearn 1B,RF
Ryan McBroom Note
Ryan McBroom photo 544. Ryan McBroom 1B,RF
Bubba Starling Note
Bubba Starling photo 580. Bubba Starling CF,RF
Lucius Fox Note
Lucius Fox photo 642. Lucius Fox SS
Erick Mejia Note
Erick Mejia photo 664. Erick Mejia CF
Jeison Guzman Note
Jeison Guzman photo 791. Jeison Guzman SS