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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Ketel Marte Note
Ketel Marte photo 29. Ketel Marte
Most fantasy managers expected regression from Marte after his breakout 2019 season, but few saw last year coming. Marte hit two homeruns in his 45 games, and contributed minimally elsewhere other than batting average. His walk rate dropped to a miniscule 3.6%, and although he struck out less than ever, the quality of his contact was overwhelmingly poor. Truth be told, both 2019 and 2020 are probably outliers for Marte, and the truth probably lies somewhere between his 2018 (.260/.332/.437) and 2019 (.329/.389/.592) seasons. Those numbers will play at second base, especially given Marte's draft cost, but give up dreams of him hitting 32 home runs ever again.
36 weeks ago
David Peralta Note
David Peralta photo 72. David Peralta
Peralta is entering his age-34 season and coming off a season during which he hit just five home runs, but he still makes a fairly reliable late-round selection. His career batting average is .291 (and he hit .300 last year), and his 162-game pace is roughly 20 home runs and 160 combined runs and RBI. Even if his steals are gone, there's still plenty of production left in the bat for someone who will be drafted well beyond the top 200 picks, and who had shoulder surgery prior to the 2020 season which likely affected his production. The upside isn't there anymore, but safe and boring can sometimes be the right move.
36 weeks ago
Daulton Varsho Note
Daulton Varsho photo 106. Daulton Varsho
Varsho was optioned to Triple-A, which was mildly surprising, though not entirely unexpected. He saw plenty of action between catcher and the outfield last year for the Diamondbacks, and although he batted just .188, he hit three home runs and stole three bases. That may not sound like much but for a catcher-eligible player in 37 games, it's plenty. Varsho was optioned less because of his talent level and more because the Diamondbacks' roster is pretty full, especially with the signing of Asdrubal Cabrera,. There's a ton of potential for Varsho, given that he was a high-average hitter during his minor-league career, but fantasy managers will need to wait a bit longer for him to become someone to start in fantasy leagues.
35 weeks ago
Josh Rojas Note
Josh Rojas photo 124. Josh Rojas
Corbin Carroll Note
Corbin Carroll photo 195. Corbin Carroll
Kristian Robinson Note
Kristian Robinson photo 196. Kristian Robinson
Alek Thomas Note
Alek Thomas photo 200. Alek Thomas
Seth Beer Note
Seth Beer photo 223. Seth Beer
Josh VanMeter Note
Josh VanMeter photo 241. Josh VanMeter
Stuart Fairchild Note
Stuart Fairchild photo 294. Stuart Fairchild
Nick Heath Note
Nick Heath photo 304. Nick Heath