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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 48. Keston Hiura 2B,DH,1B
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 135. 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 139. Kolten Wong 2B
Wong lands in a great situation with the Brewers, where he's expected to lead off in front of a strong lineup. His quality of contact is incredibly poor, but in Miller Park, he should be a good bet for 10-15 homers, and he'll throw in 15-20 steals despite having a fairly average sprint speed. There's not a ton of upside for Wong, but absent injury, there's not a whole lot of downside for him in Milwaukee either. He's not a startable second baseman in mixed leagues, but he's a fine middle infielder or bench option.
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Willy Adames Note
Willy Adames photo 158. Willy Adames SS
Avisail Garcia Note
Avisail Garcia photo 194. Avisail Garcia CF,RF
Jackie Bradley Jr. Note
Jackie Bradley Jr. photo 195. Jackie Bradley Jr. CF,LF
Omar Narvaez Note
Omar Narvaez photo 236. Omar Narvaez C
Luis Urias Note
Luis Urias photo 257. Luis Urias 2B,3B,SS
Travis Shaw Note
Travis Shaw photo 308. Travis Shaw 1B,3B
Daniel Vogelbach Note
Daniel Vogelbach photo 317. Daniel Vogelbach DH,1B
Manny Pina Note
Manny Pina photo 345. Manny Pina C
Mark Mathias Note
Mark Mathias photo 402. Mark Mathias RF
Tim Lopes Note
Tim Lopes photo 409. Tim Lopes LF,RF,DH
Garrett Mitchell Note
Garrett Mitchell photo 424. Garrett Mitchell CF
Derek Fisher Note
Derek Fisher photo 471. Derek Fisher RF
Hedbert Perez Note
Hedbert Perez photo 519. Hedbert Perez CF
Daniel Robertson Note
Daniel Robertson photo 554. Daniel Robertson SS,3B
Luke Maile Note
Luke Maile photo 587. Luke Maile C
Logan Forsythe Note
Logan Forsythe photo 599. Logan Forsythe 2B
Jace Peterson Note
Jace Peterson photo 633. Jace Peterson RF,2B
Tyrone Taylor Note
Tyrone Taylor photo 636. Tyrone Taylor RF,LF
Hernan Perez Note
Hernan Perez photo 652. Hernan Perez 1B
Zach Green Note
Zach Green photo 718. Zach Green 3B
Dustin Peterson Note
Dustin Peterson photo 726. Dustin Peterson LF
Corey Ray Note
Corey Ray photo 732. Corey Ray CF
Pablo Reyes Note
Pablo Reyes photo 774. Pablo Reyes LF,3B
Lucas Erceg Note
Lucas Erceg photo 798. Lucas Erceg 3B