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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

J.D. Martinez Note
J.D. Martinez photo 21. J.D. Martinez
Martinez had a disastrous 2020 season, during which he slashed just .213/.291/.389 and hit seven home runs. Martinez simply didn't hit the ball nearly as hard as he used to, and hit a ton of fly balls, the combination of which helped to drain his batting average significantly. There's a ton to dislike about last year, but given that Martinez has talked about how much he relies on watching video in-game, and his inability to do so last year because of COVID-19 protocols, it seems likely that you can write off last year to a slump that didn't have time to end. He'll be eligible at utility only, but there's a massive opportunity for profit if you are willing to largely look past 2020.
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Alex Verdugo Note
Alex Verdugo photo 34. Alex Verdugo
Verdugo's first season in Boston went about as well as you would have expected. He hit for a high average, scored plenty of runs, and added just a bit of power and speed. But under the hood, there were some concerning signs. Specifically, his quality of contact was generally below the MLB average in every notable measure, and his expected batting average was just .238, a full 70 points below his actual batting average. And his strikeout rate rose to 20.4%, a career worst. But, in the end, Verdugo is going to continue to lead off for the Red Sox and contribute in both batting average and runs scored even on his worst day, and he'll offer at least some production in the remaining categories. Nitpick if you must, but he'll be a valuable contributor overall, regardless of the Statcast data.
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Kyle Schwarber Note
Kyle Schwarber photo 54. Kyle Schwarber
Schwarber gave back many of his 2019 gains last year, seeing a rise in strikeout rate (29.5%) and his batting average dropping to an abysmal .188. But Schwarber's season was far from linear: over the first half of the season, he slashed .230/.343/.448, but those numbers dropped to .154/.279/.346 over the second half. At the same time, he continued to hit the ball extremely hard, with a 92.8 MPH average exit velocity, which was top 5% in the league. Given his consistently hard contact, the better course of action seems to forgive Schwarber for what amounted to an extremely poor 24-game stretch to close out the season. Now batting in the middle of the Nationals lineup with a fresh start and entering his age-28 season, Schwarber should rebound to somewhere between his 2018 and 2019 numbers.
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Hunter Renfroe Note
Hunter Renfroe photo 97. Hunter Renfroe
Kike Hernandez Note
Kike Hernandez photo 113. Kike Hernandez
Franchy Cordero Note
Franchy Cordero photo 114. Franchy Cordero
Danny Santana Note
Danny Santana photo 142. Danny Santana
Marwin Gonzalez Note
Marwin Gonzalez photo 146. Marwin Gonzalez
Jarren Duran Note
Jarren Duran photo 181. Jarren Duran
Chris Herrmann Note
Chris Herrmann photo 250. Chris Herrmann
Yairo Munoz Note
Yairo Munoz photo 251. Yairo Munoz