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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Christian Yelich Note
Christian Yelich photo 7. Christian Yelich LF
Yelich's 2020 season was, in a word, bizarre. After batting .327 combined from 2018-2019, his batting average dropped to a meager .205 last year. Although he hit the ball as hard as ever, setting career highs in average exit velocity and hard hit percentage, his strikeout rate ballooned more than 10 points to 30.8%. At the same time, Yelich's walk rate jumped up to 18.6%. Unsurprisingly, the reason for the jump in both Yelich's strikeouts and walks was that he simply swung less - just 34.6% of the time after his mark hovered above 44% the previous two seasons. If Yelich takes the same passive approach in 2021, then it's likely that his batting average will remain below what fantasy managers had come to expect. But considering that his season was so out of line with what he'd produced since coming to Milwaukee, fantasy managers should expect far more this season, and feel confident drafting him late in the first round.
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Keston Hiura Note
Keston Hiura photo 47. Keston Hiura 2B,DH
Hiura looked to be on the verge of superstardom heading into 2020, if he could just cut back on his bloated 30.7% strikeout rate. Instead, he struck out more than ever (34.6% of the time), en route to a league-leading 85 strikeouts. That led to a massive drop in production, notably in batting average, which fell from .303 in 2019 to .212 last year. Hiura was never a high-strikeout player in the minors. He never struck out more than 26.3% in any level and he had an overall strikeout rate of just 21%. If he can manage to cut down on the whiffs, he should be a top option at second base given his power and speed, but for now, drop him down your draft board a bit from where he was heading into 2020. He's still a borderline top-five option, especially since he will add first base eligibility after the Brewers signed Kolten Wong, but exercise more caution.
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Lorenzo Cain Note
Lorenzo Cain photo 124. Lorenzo Cain CF
Cain opted out of the season last year after just five games, but he'll play and bat near the top of the Brewers' lineup this year. His steals total dropped to just 18 in 2019, and his sprint speed has been declining in recent years. But he talked openly about wanting to try to steal more bases before he opted out last year, and he's still a safe bet for batting average and double-digit homers. He's been forgotten a bit in drafts this year, but he's a fine fifth outfielder in mixed leagues.
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Kolten Wong Note
Kolten Wong photo 158. Kolten Wong 2B
Avisail Garcia Note
Avisail Garcia photo 193. Avisail Garcia CF
Jackie Bradley Jr. Note
Jackie Bradley Jr. photo 206. Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Omar Narvaez Note
Omar Narvaez photo 240. Omar Narvaez C
Orlando Arcia Note
Orlando Arcia photo 271. Orlando Arcia SS
Luis Urias Note
Luis Urias photo 281. Luis Urias 2B,3B
Daniel Vogelbach Note
Daniel Vogelbach photo 283. Daniel Vogelbach DH
Travis Shaw Note
Travis Shaw photo 312. Travis Shaw 1B,3B
Jacob Nottingham Note
Jacob Nottingham photo 375. Jacob Nottingham C
Manny Pina Note
Manny Pina photo 380. Manny Pina C
Derek Fisher Note
Derek Fisher photo 398. Derek Fisher RF
Luke Maile Note
Luke Maile photo 478. Luke Maile C
Billy McKinney Note
Billy McKinney photo 516. Billy McKinney LF
Tim Lopes Note
Tim Lopes photo 523. Tim Lopes LF,RF,DH
Tyrone Taylor Note
Tyrone Taylor photo 534. Tyrone Taylor RF
Mark Mathias Note
Mark Mathias photo 553. Mark Mathias RF
Jace Peterson Note
Jace Peterson photo 565. Jace Peterson RF
Lucas Erceg Note
Lucas Erceg photo 594. Lucas Erceg 3B
Dustin Peterson Note
Dustin Peterson photo 629. Dustin Peterson LF
Zach Green Note
Zach Green photo 632. Zach Green 3B
Corey Ray Note
Corey Ray photo 646. Corey Ray CF