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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Byron Buxton Note
Byron Buxton photo 33. Byron Buxton
Buxton has immense talent and upside, and it feel like he could be a fantasy superstar if he stays healthy. Limited to just 39 games last year, he hit 13 home runs, greatly increasing his barrel rate (13.5%), average exit velocity (91.2 MPH) and hard hit rate (47.9%). Although he only stole two base, his sprint speed ranked in the 99th percentile. The two things holding Buxton back are his health concerns - he has played more than 92 games just once in his career, and his .238 career batting average, which won't improve until he stops swinging so much, particularly at pitches outside of the zone. But he's still just 27 years old, and has the power and speed to deliver a 30-30 season in a perfect world. Just bake in some missed time into the draft capital you're willing to spend.
37 weeks ago
Max Kepler Note
Max Kepler photo 46. Max Kepler
Kepler isn't a fancy player, but he's the kind of depth piece that fantasy managers need to survive a long season. The 36-homer season in 2019 is likely a mirage, as his barrel rate and hard-hit percentage were way out of line with his typical production. But he should be a fairly reliable 25-homer bat who will put up 150-160 combined runs and RBI with the occasional steal thrown in. His career batting average is just .237 but his xBA over the last two years is .257, so he shouldn't actively hurt you. Shrug your shoulders, draft him late, and take the reliable production.
37 weeks ago
Alex Kirilloff Note
Alex Kirilloff photo 88. Alex Kirilloff
Kirilloff's bat is probably major-league ready, but since he hasn't yet played above Double-A and his fielding is iffy at best, he's going to begin the year at the Twins' alternate site. But his .317/.365/.498 slash line in his minor league career suggests he'll hit upon his promotion, which will likely be in late-April once the Twins gain a year of control. Even though he won't begin the year with the big club, draft him for your bench. He'll be an expensive waiver wire pickup if you don't.
36 weeks ago
Luis Arraez Note
Luis Arraez photo 112. Luis Arraez
Jake Cave Note
Jake Cave photo 177. Jake Cave
Brent Rooker Note
Brent Rooker photo 192. Brent Rooker
Trevor Larnach Note
Trevor Larnach photo 197. Trevor Larnach
Misael Urbina Note
Misael Urbina photo 243. Misael Urbina
Kyle Garlick Note
Kyle Garlick photo 285. Kyle Garlick