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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2024 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Fernando Tatis Jr. Note
Fernando Tatis Jr. photo 7. Fernando Tatis Jr. RF
In 2023, Fernando Tatis Jr. showed a deceiving decline, batting .257/.322/.449 post-suspension. Yet, a deeper look reveals a promising expected slash line of .282/.332/.511, with a low BABIP (.299) impacting his performance. Tatis achieved a career-low strikeout rate (22.2%), hitting 25 homers and swiping 29 bases. A weaker team offense hinders him, so his overall stats don't reflect his potential. Avoiding off-field mishaps, Tatis, at 25, is a strong candidate for a significant rebound. He's a steal in drafts if available at a reduced price.
18 weeks ago
Manny Machado Note
Manny Machado photo 33. Manny Machado 3B,DH
Manny Machado had a down year by his standards and by the standards of fantasy managers who took him early in 2023 drafts. In 138 games, he hit 30 home runs and drove in 91, which is in line with his career average. However, his batting average (.258) and OBP (.319) did not hold up their end of the bargain. Of course, neither did the Padres All-Star lineup. According to Statcast, he is right around average in Batting Run Value, which should drop his draft cost considerably, and his counting numbers may not hold steady with the departure of Juan Soto in the offseason. When you take into consideration the overall increase in talent at 3B and couple it with an aging Machado (he will turn 32 in July), there may be better value on the board in 2024.
18 weeks ago
Xander Bogaerts Note
Xander Bogaerts photo 55. Xander Bogaerts 2B,SS
Xander Bogaerts signed an 11-year contract with the Padres to join what looked like a deep lineup but turned out to be disappointing. The 31-year-old had 19 home runs and 19 stolen bases (a career-high), but his other counting stats took a hit. He slashed .285/.350/.440, but his expected slash numbers were .255/.318/.401. Those red flags should steer fantasy managers off the shortstop until later rounds at the earliest. With news he will gain second-base eligibility in 2024, his value gets a slight boost, but only if he falls to you.
18 weeks ago
Ha-Seong Kim Note
Ha-Seong Kim photo 58. Ha-Seong Kim 2B,3B,SS
Entering the 2024 season, Ha-Seong Kim has established himself as a valuable asset for fantasy baseball managers. At 28 years old, Kim's versatility on the field is evident with his multi-positional eligibility. His performance in 2023 was impressive, as he racked up 84 runs, 140 hits, 17 home runs, and an exceptional 38 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the NL for steals. This was a significant increase from his 12 stolen bases in 2022. Kim had 626 plate appearances and 538 at-bats during the season, highlighting his consistent presence in the lineup. His advanced metrics indicate an increased comfort at the plate, reflected in his improved walk and strikeout rates and his on-base plus slugging (OPS) reaching .749. Kim's blend of speed, improving power, and position versatility make him a strong asset for fantasy teams. His growth at the plate and on the field suggests the potential for an even more impactful 2024 season.
18 weeks ago
Luis Arraez Note
Luis Arraez photo 85. Luis Arraez 1B,2B,DH
Last season was a landmark year for Luis Arraez. He became one of baseball's best hitters known for his exceptional contact skills, underlined by his .354 batting average, .393 on-base percentage, and .469 slugging percentage. He tallied 203 hits and 10 home runs over 617 plate appearances. Arraez's success is attributed to his elite strike-zone recognition and smart swing decisions. While chances are high that he won't hit .354 again, his xBA was still .325, and he is in the 100th percentile in K% and Whiff%. Arraez is THE stereotypical "empty batting average" player, but he is a nice offset to a power-only guy.
18 weeks ago
Luis Campusano Note
Luis Campusano photo 163. Luis Campusano C
Jake Cronenworth Note
Jake Cronenworth photo 183. Jake Cronenworth 1B,2B
Jackson Merrill Note
Jackson Merrill photo 191. Jackson Merrill SS,CF
Jurickson Profar Note
Jurickson Profar photo 337. Jurickson Profar LF,DH
Kyle Higashioka Note
Kyle Higashioka photo 358. Kyle Higashioka C
Tyler Wade Note
Tyler Wade photo 366. Tyler Wade 2B,3B,SS,LF
Jose Azocar Note
Jose Azocar photo 380. Jose Azocar LF,CF,RF
Graham Pauley Note
Graham Pauley photo 396. Graham Pauley 3B,DH
David Peralta Note
David Peralta photo 397. David Peralta LF,RF,DH
Donovan Solano Note
Donovan Solano photo 402. Donovan Solano 1B,2B,3B,DH
Eguy Rosario Note
Eguy Rosario photo 494. Eguy Rosario 3B
Cal Mitchell Note
Cal Mitchell photo 513. Cal Mitchell RF
Brett Sullivan Note
Brett Sullivan photo 523. Brett Sullivan C
Ethan Salas Note
Ethan Salas photo 551. Ethan Salas C
Matthew Batten Note
Matthew Batten photo 577. Matthew Batten 3B
Tucupita Marcano Note
Tucupita Marcano photo 583. Tucupita Marcano SS
Tim Locastro Note
Tim Locastro photo 634. Tim Locastro LF
Brad Miller Note
Brad Miller photo 635. Brad Miller DH
Oscar Mercado Note
Oscar Mercado photo 643. Oscar Mercado RF
Tirso Ornelas Note
Tirso Ornelas photo 694. Tirso Ornelas LF
Bryce Johnson Note
Bryce Johnson photo 736. Bryce Johnson CF,RF
Mason McCoy Note
Mason McCoy photo 756. Mason McCoy SS