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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Randy Arozarena Note
Randy Arozarena photo 37. Randy Arozarena DH,LF,RF
Fantasy managers will likely remember Arozarena's remarkable postseason, when he slashed .377/.442/.831. But his regular season (.281/.382/.641) would make him a strong fantasy asset if he could repeat hit. Arozarena wasn't looked at as a high impact prospect, but he put on significant muscle before last year and it manifested itself in his power production. There's a 25-homer bat in his skill set, and the fact that he'll likely throw in 15-20 steals should give him a high floor regardless. Don't pay for the postseason, of course, but Arozarena should be a rock solid fantasy outfielder in 2021.
30 weeks ago
Nelson Cruz Note
Nelson Cruz photo 43. 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.
30 weeks ago
Austin Meadows Note
Austin Meadows photo 51. Austin Meadows DH,LF
Meadows missed time with an oblique injury last year, and, more importantly, because of complications from COVID-19. Meadows's strikeout rate ballooned to 32.9% and his average fell to just .205 in 2020. Even if you expected regression from his 2019 season, he's just much better than a player who put up the 87 wRC+ and .292 wOBA we saw last year. Though it's absolutely fair to write off Meadows's season entirely, it's a bit worrisome that he struggled so much against lefties (.143 batting average), as that could potentially open him up to a platoon situation if he struggles against them out of the gate. The best course of action is to discount him from his numbers in 2019 for certain, but still buy him as a strong third outfielder, which should bake in the risk of any continued struggles against his upside.
30 weeks ago
Brandon Lowe Note
Brandon Lowe photo 55. Brandon Lowe 2B
Lowe actually lost a point on his batting average from 2019 (.269 from .270), but his profile looked far better in 2020. He cut his strikeout rate from 34.6% to 25.9%, and his swinging strike rate from 19.1% to 15.4%. Despite barreling the ball a whopping 17.5% of the time (top 2 percent in baseball), his average dropped a point because, well, he just didn't have an outrageously lucky BABIP like he did in 2019 (.377). Lowe improved his ISO and HR/FB rate, and was generally the best version of himself in 2020. Even mashing together his 2019 and 2020 seasons, Lowe has hit 31 homers and stole eight bases over 138 games. Batting near the top of a strong lineup, he should deliver another solid season at the thin second base position.
30 weeks ago
Manuel Margot Note
Manuel Margot photo 159. Manuel Margot CF,LF,RF
Wander Franco Note
Wander Franco photo 175. Wander Franco SS
Joey Wendle Note
Joey Wendle photo 217. Joey Wendle 2B,3B,SS
Kevin Kiermaier Note
Kevin Kiermaier photo 241. Kevin Kiermaier CF
Yandy Diaz Note
Yandy Diaz photo 252. Yandy Diaz 1B,3B,DH
Francisco Mejia Note
Francisco Mejia photo 273. Francisco Mejia C
Ji-Man Choi Note
Ji-Man Choi photo 281. Ji-Man Choi 1B
Mike Zunino Note
Mike Zunino photo 287. Mike Zunino C
Mike Brosseau Note
Mike Brosseau photo 300. Mike Brosseau 1B,2B,3B
Jordan Luplow Note
Jordan Luplow photo 374. Jordan Luplow CF,LF,RF
Vidal Brujan Note
Vidal Brujan photo 378. Vidal Brujan 2B
Carlos Colmenarez Note
Carlos Colmenarez photo 481. Carlos Colmenarez SS
Heriberto Hernandez Note
Heriberto Hernandez photo 485. Heriberto Hernandez RF
Xavier Edwards Note
Xavier Edwards photo 487. Xavier Edwards 2B
Greg Jones Note
Greg Jones photo 510. Greg Jones SS
Josh Lowe Note
Josh Lowe photo 514. Josh Lowe CF
Brett Phillips Note
Brett Phillips photo 553. Brett Phillips CF,RF
David Freitas Note
David Freitas photo 606. David Freitas C
Taylor Walls Note
Taylor Walls photo 729. Taylor Walls SS
Esteban Quiroz Note
Esteban Quiroz photo 804. Esteban Quiroz SS