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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Randy Arozarena Note
Randy Arozarena photo 38. Randy Arozarena LF
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.
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Brandon Lowe Note
Brandon Lowe photo 51. 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.
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Austin Meadows Note
Austin Meadows photo 57. Austin Meadows 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.
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Willy Adames Note
Willy Adames photo 160. Willy Adames SS
Manuel Margot Note
Manuel Margot photo 167. Manuel Margot CF
Wander Franco Note
Wander Franco photo 169. Wander Franco SS
Joey Wendle Note
Joey Wendle photo 204. Joey Wendle 2B,3B
Yandy Diaz Note
Yandy Diaz photo 242. Yandy Diaz 3B
Kevin Kiermaier Note
Kevin Kiermaier photo 250. Kevin Kiermaier CF
Ji-Man Choi Note
Ji-Man Choi photo 251. Ji-Man Choi 1B
Yoshi Tsutsugo Note
Yoshi Tsutsugo photo 290. Yoshi Tsutsugo DH,LF
Francisco Mejia Note
Francisco Mejia photo 306. Francisco Mejia C
Mike Brosseau Note
Mike Brosseau photo 314. Mike Brosseau 1B
Vidal Brujan Note
Vidal Brujan photo 325. Vidal Brujan 2B
Mike Zunino Note
Mike Zunino photo 330. Mike Zunino C
Josh Lowe Note
Josh Lowe photo 345. Josh Lowe CF
Kevan Smith Note
Kevan Smith photo 468. Kevan Smith C
Brett Phillips Note
Brett Phillips photo 470. Brett Phillips CF
Joseph Odom Note
Joseph Odom photo 507. Joseph Odom C
Taylor Walls Note
Taylor Walls photo 675. Taylor Walls SS
Esteban Quiroz Note
Esteban Quiroz photo 687. Esteban Quiroz SS