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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Nelson Cruz Note
Nelson Cruz photo 42. Nelson Cruz DH
If you ascribe to the "I'd rather jump off a year too early than too late" philosophy, then you probably haven't been drafting Cruz for the last several years. But if not, then you've not only drafted one of the most underrated fantasy bats in recent memory, but you're probably going to do so again this year. Cruz is back on a one-year deal with the Twins, and he's coming off another utterly dominant season. Fine, his strikeout rate rose again a bit, he didn't hit the ball quite as hard, and he's eligible at utility only. But other than the fact that he will be 41 years old this season, there's nothing in his profile that should cause you to expect significant decline. Prepare to be having the same debate next year, after Crus puts up another 35-homer season this year.
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Byron Buxton Note
Byron Buxton photo 79. Byron Buxton CF
Buxton has immense talent and upside, and it feel like he could be a fantasy superstar if he stays healthy. Limited to just 39 games last year, he hit 13 home runs, greatly increasing his barrel rate (13.5%), average exit velocity (91.2 MPH) and hard hit rate (47.9%). Although he only stole two base, his sprint speed ranked in the 99th percentile. The two things holding Buxton back are his health concerns - he has played more than 92 games just once in his career, and his .238 career batting average, which won't improve until he stops swinging so much, particularly at pitches outside of the zone. But he's still just 27 years old, and has the power and speed to deliver a 30-30 season in a perfect world. Just bake in some missed time into the draft capital you're willing to spend.
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Josh Donaldson Note
Josh Donaldson photo 97. Josh Donaldson 3B
Max Kepler Note
Max Kepler photo 101. Max Kepler RF
Miguel Sano Note
Miguel Sano photo 104. Miguel Sano 1B
Sano has always had one of the worst strikeout rates in the majors, but his 43.9% mark in 2020 was awful even by his standards. That's always the risk with Sano - that his strikeout rate is going to bring his batting average down to close to .200, where he'll almost single-handedly tank you in that category. The upside of course is that he absolutely crushes the ball, as evident by the fact that he was no worse than second in baseball in average exit velocity, hard-hit rate, and barrel rate last year. Sano's contract with the Twins shows they're committed to him, so he should hopefully be beyond concerns of getting sent down to the minors if he struggles. That puts Sano in the high-power, low-average bucket of sluggers, but one who goes much later in drafts than others who will provide similar production.
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Jorge Polanco Note
Jorge Polanco photo 117. Jorge Polanco SS
Polanco has generally been a bit underrated in his career, but the fantasy community seems to have abandoned him in full after 2020. But there's little reason to do so. Polanco should gain second base eligibility quickly this year, as he moves over to accommodate Andrelton Simmons at shortstop. Polanco's quality of contact isn't great, but he rarely strikes out, doesn't hurt you in batting average, and has enough speed to throw in a handful of steals. With soon-to-be multi-position eligibility, he's an ideal bench candidate.
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Mitch Garver Note
Mitch Garver photo 142. Mitch Garver C
Alex Kirilloff Note
Alex Kirilloff photo 173. Alex Kirilloff RF
Kirilloff's bat is probably major-league ready, but since he hasn't yet played above Double-A and his fielding is iffy at best, he's likely to start the year in the minors. But his .317/.365/.498 slash line in his minor league career suggests he'll hit upon his promotion, which will likely be in late-April once the Twins gain a year of control. Even though he's unlikely to begin the year with the big club, draft him on your bench. He'll be an expensive waiver wire pickup if you don't.
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Luis Arraez Note
Luis Arraez photo 203. Luis Arraez 2B
Andrelton Simmons Note
Andrelton Simmons photo 206. Andrelton Simmons SS
Ryan Jeffers Note
Ryan Jeffers photo 239. Ryan Jeffers C
Keon Broxton Note
Keon Broxton photo 403. Keon Broxton CF
Andrew Romine Note
Andrew Romine photo 404. Andrew Romine SS
Trevor Larnach Note
Trevor Larnach photo 407. Trevor Larnach RF
Royce Lewis Note
Royce Lewis photo 408. Royce Lewis SS
Jose Miranda Note
Jose Miranda photo 409. Jose Miranda
Jake Cave Note
Jake Cave photo 425. Jake Cave CF,RF
Willians Astudillo Note
Willians Astudillo photo 523. Willians Astudillo C
Brent Rooker Note
Brent Rooker photo 524. Brent Rooker RF
Nick Gordon Note
Nick Gordon photo 557. Nick Gordon SS
Kyle Garlick Note
Kyle Garlick photo 616. Kyle Garlick LF
Travis Blankenhorn Note
Travis Blankenhorn photo 662. Travis Blankenhorn 2B
Rob Refsnyder Note
Rob Refsnyder photo 708. Rob Refsnyder DH
Tzu-Wei Lin Note
Tzu-Wei Lin photo 727. Tzu-Wei Lin SS