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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Eddie Rosario Note
Eddie Rosario photo 25. Eddie Rosario
Rosario stays in the AL Central, signing a one-year deal with the Indians after a successful tenure with the Twins. He's established a fairly reliable power baseline at this point, and he usually offers some batting average to go with it. Last year, however, his batting average dipped to just .257, in part because he became much more passive (8.2% walk rate, 51.2% Swing%, both far out of character for his career). The bigger issue was that Rosario largely cut down on his swing percentage on pitches in the strike zone, but continued to swing at pitches out of the zone at a 41.2% clip. That likely explains his lower than usual average exit velocity and barrel rate, and it's something that's easily correctable if he just goes back to his previous approach. At the very least, Rosario should chip in 25 home runs at least, while helping out in runs and RBI, and he's a fine third outfielder in mixed leagues.
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Franmil Reyes Note
Franmil Reyes photo 43. Franmil Reyes
Reyes didn't quite live up to his power potential last year with just nine home runs in 59 games, and his 50.3% ground ball rate certainly didn't help. His Statcast data waned a bit from his monstrous 2019 season, but his 92.4 mile per hour average exit velocity was in the top two percent in baseball. There's just not a ton to dislike about Reyes, other than he offers nothing in the way of speed. On his absolute worst day, he's a 30-homer bat with a batting average that won't kill you. On his best day, he's a lite version of a healthy Aaron Judge. Expect at least three-category production, and make it four if he can maintain the 10% walk rate he showed in 2020.
13 weeks ago
Josh Naylor Note
Josh Naylor photo 106. Josh Naylor
Oscar Mercado Note
Oscar Mercado photo 120. Oscar Mercado
Jordan Luplow Note
Jordan Luplow photo 171. Jordan Luplow
Daniel Johnson Note
Daniel Johnson photo 180. Daniel Johnson
Bradley Zimmer Note
Bradley Zimmer photo 197. Bradley Zimmer
George Valera Note
George Valera photo 208. George Valera
Harold Ramirez Note
Harold Ramirez photo 209. Harold Ramirez