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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Mike Trout Note
Mike Trout photo 5. Mike Trout CF
For one of the first times since he took the league by storm, Trout is not the consensus top pick this year. It's hardly his fault, though it's fair to point out some of the negatives with his 2020 season. He batted a career-low .281, and posted his worst walk- and strikeout-rates since 2015. He also stole only one base. But Trout's move down the overall baseball rankings is due more to his competition for the top spot, rather than his numbers. He was still among the league leaders in quality of contact and every expected statcast metric, and was on pace to hit 50 home runs over the course of a full season. Trout is entering his age-30 season, so although we've seen him rebound from poor stolen base years before, it now seems unlikely that he'll ever get back to much past low-double digits. That keeps him out of the top spot in rotisserie rankings, but his incredibly high floor makes him a top-five overall draft pick.
36 weeks ago
Anthony Rendon Note
Anthony Rendon photo 17. Anthony Rendon 3B
Rendon's stock feels like it has dropped dramatically, but there's really nothing in the small sample size of the 2020 season that should alter your outlook much on him. Yes, he didn't hit the ball as hard consistently, but he walked more than ever, maintained his elite strikeout rate, and still put up a roughly 30-homer, 100-RBI pace. Still just 31 years old, there should be plenty left in the tank this season for the veteran, and he should once again be a strong four-category contributor, with a small bit of speed thrown in for good measure.
36 weeks ago
Jared Walsh Note
Jared Walsh photo 136. Jared Walsh 1B,RF
David Fletcher Note
David Fletcher photo 145. David Fletcher 2B,SS
Justin Upton Note
Justin Upton photo 184. Justin Upton LF
Jo Adell Note
Jo Adell photo 202. Jo Adell RF,LF
Shohei Ohtani Note
Shohei Ohtani photo 245. Shohei Ohtani DH
Max Stassi Note
Max Stassi photo 247. Max Stassi C
Shohei Ohtani Note
Shohei Ohtani photo 293. Shohei Ohtani DH,SP
Depending on your league settings, Ohtani has the potential to be a dominant force in 2021. There has never been any doubt about his talent, and he looks fantastic in the spring, hitting home runs at will and pumping in high-90s fastballs when on the mound. He's been batting on days he pitches, and Joe Maddon has suggested that he's going to throw out the old rules that led to Ohtani's decreased playing time. If you can move him between hitter and pitcher on a daily basis, then move him up your board significantly. Even if not, he should provide plenty of value when healthy as either a hitter or a pitcher, so make sure he's on your radar as you move into the double-digit rounds.
36 weeks ago
Chad Wallach Note
Chad Wallach photo 336. Chad Wallach C
Brandon Marsh Note
Brandon Marsh photo 424. Brandon Marsh CF
Taylor Ward Note
Taylor Ward photo 447. Taylor Ward LF,RF,CF
Tyler Wade Note
Tyler Wade photo 524. Tyler Wade 2B,SS,3B,CF
Jordyn Adams Note
Jordyn Adams photo 538. Jordyn Adams CF
Jeremiah Jackson Note
Jeremiah Jackson photo 569. Jeremiah Jackson SS
Luis Rengifo Note
Luis Rengifo photo 576. Luis Rengifo 2B,RF,3B,SS
Phil Gosselin Note
Phil Gosselin photo 632. Phil Gosselin LF,RF,DH,3B,1B
Andrew Velazquez Note
Andrew Velazquez photo 669. Andrew Velazquez SS
Jack Mayfield Note
Jack Mayfield photo 694. Jack Mayfield 3B,SS
Jose Rojas Note
Jose Rojas photo 695. Jose Rojas 2B,3B,RF
Matt Thaiss Note
Matt Thaiss photo 698. Matt Thaiss 1B
Aaron Whitefield Note
Aaron Whitefield photo 794. Aaron Whitefield CF