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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Ketel Marte Note
Ketel Marte photo 67. Ketel Marte 2B,SS,CF
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.
4 weeks ago
Zac Gallen Note
Zac Gallen photo 120. Zac Gallen SP
Gallen has a hairline stress fracture of his right forearm at the radial head. He's reportedly going to be able to continue playing catch at a "low stress level" while recovering, though there's no indication of how much time he'll miss. When healthy, he's a solid SP2. He built on his excellent 2019 season with an even more impressive 2020 campaign. Not only did he drop his ERA slightly to 2.75, but he cut way down on his walks (10.8% to 8.6%), which led to a much-improved 1.11 WHIP. Gallen has a 28.5% strikeout rate in 152 MLB innings, and an excellent fastball, curveball, and changeup. There's just not much negative you can say about him when he's healthy other than he might again struggle for wins playing for a mediocre team in a good division. Because of the injury and surrounding uncertainty, you shouldn't draft him as anything higher than an SP4, but he should perform extremely well when he does recover.
4 weeks ago
Christian Walker Note
Christian Walker photo 164. Christian Walker 1B,DH
Walker's power waned last season and his barrel rate dropped precipitously, but there were still plenty of things to like about his 2020 campaign. Notably, he cut his strikeout rate to a career-best 20.6% while raising his average to a strong .271. Walker is not, and is probably never going to be, a superstar fantasy asset. But he is a quiet producer who should help in four of the five rotisserie categories and is often overlooked. He's an ideal corner infielder for a team that needs steady production.
4 weeks ago
Eduardo Escobar Note
Eduardo Escobar photo 208. Eduardo Escobar 2B,3B
David Peralta Note
David Peralta photo 233. David Peralta LF
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.
4 weeks ago
Joakim Soria Note
Joakim Soria photo 264. Joakim Soria RP
The Diamondbacks gave Soria a one-year, $3.5 million deal after his successful stint with the A's. Soria fixed his home run problem from 2019, which was an outlier for his career anyway, and his 2020 numbers looked much more in line with his typical output. Soria hasn't been named the closer, but given that he has totaled at least 16 saves in eight separate seasons, it's a strong bet that he'll begin the year in the ninth inning. The Diamondbacks aren't expected to be competitive, so if you do draft him, bank on him being traded to another team, and into another role, by mid-season.
4 weeks ago
Kole Calhoun Note
Kole Calhoun photo 278. Kole Calhoun RF
Calhoun tore his knee meniscus in early March, and has a 4-6 week timetable for his recovery. When healthy, he offers a fairly reliable baseline of production: he will hit plenty of homers and drain your batting average, while offering passable but unspectacular counting statistics otherwise. He's a fine bench outfielder who can always be a plug-in, and he'll likely be essentially free in drafts this year with the injury.
4 weeks ago
Carson Kelly Note
Carson Kelly photo 296. Carson Kelly C
After an impressive 2019 season during which he hit 18 home runs in just 111 games, Kelly had a down 2020, batting just .221 with five long balls. Kelly's walk rate regressed significantly to just 4.7%, and he showed little of the patience that brought him success in 2019. Daulton Varsho is a threat to his playing time, but it seems like Kelly will have the lead role behind the plate, with Varsho filling in and getting time at outfield. That should make Kelly a borderline startable catcher in most mixed leagues, assuming he can bounce back from his down 2020 campaign.
4 weeks ago
Daulton Varsho Note
Daulton Varsho photo 327. Daulton Varsho C,LF,CF
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.
3 weeks ago
Nick Ahmed Note
Nick Ahmed photo 341. Nick Ahmed SS
Madison Bumgarner Note
Madison Bumgarner photo 346. Madison Bumgarner SP
Stefan Crichton Note
Stefan Crichton photo 348. Stefan Crichton RP
Crichton filled in admirably for Archie Bradley after Bradley was traded last season. His strikeout numbers weren't particularly impressive, but he had a 2.42 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP, and tallied five saves. He doesn't have prototypical "closer's stuff," but he's more than capable of getting major league hitters out. The Diamondbacks signed Joakim Soria to a one-year deal (and added Tyler Clippard, too), so Crichton seems unlikely to begin the year as the closer, even though it's an open competition at the moment. He's not worth anything other than an extremely late-round pick as a speculative ninth-inning option.
4 weeks ago
Luke Weaver Note
Luke Weaver photo 357. Luke Weaver SP
Caleb Smith Note
Caleb Smith photo 365. Caleb Smith SP
Josh Rojas Note
Josh Rojas photo 394. Josh Rojas 2B,LF,RF,SS
Merrill Kelly Note
Merrill Kelly photo 418. Merrill Kelly SP
Kevin Ginkel Note
Kevin Ginkel photo 493. Kevin Ginkel RP
Tyler Clippard Note
Tyler Clippard photo 546. Tyler Clippard SP,RP
Stephen Vogt Note
Stephen Vogt photo 577. Stephen Vogt C,LF
Asdrubal Cabrera Note
Asdrubal Cabrera photo 602. Asdrubal Cabrera 1B,2B,3B,DH
Tim Locastro Note
Tim Locastro photo 677. Tim Locastro LF,CF,RF
Chris Devenski Note
Chris Devenski photo 735. Chris Devenski RP
Alex Young Note
Alex Young photo 737. Alex Young SP,RP
Taylor Clarke Note
Taylor Clarke photo 767. Taylor Clarke SP,RP
Corbin Martin Note
Corbin Martin photo 768. Corbin Martin SP
J.B. Bukauskas Note
J.B. Bukauskas photo 838. J.B. Bukauskas SP
Pavin Smith Note
Pavin Smith photo 840. Pavin Smith 1B,RF
Yoan Lopez Note
Yoan Lopez photo 878. Yoan Lopez RP
Keury Mella Note
Keury Mella photo 895. Keury Mella RP
Anthony Swarzak Note
Anthony Swarzak photo 900. Anthony Swarzak RP
Heath Fillmyer Note
Heath Fillmyer photo 903. Heath Fillmyer SP,RP
Riley Smith Note
Riley Smith photo 959. Riley Smith RP
Humberto Mejia Note
Humberto Mejia photo 962. Humberto Mejia SP
Taylor Widener Note
Taylor Widener photo 982. Taylor Widener SP,RP
Jon Duplantier Note
Jon Duplantier photo 1004. Jon Duplantier SP,RP
Josh Reddick Note
Josh Reddick photo 1006. Josh Reddick LF,CF,RF
Ryan Buchter Note
Ryan Buchter photo 1097. Ryan Buchter RP
Ben Heller Note
Ben Heller photo 1119. Ben Heller RP
Josh VanMeter Note
Josh VanMeter photo 1138. Josh VanMeter 1B,2B,LF
Humberto Castellanos Note
Humberto Castellanos photo 1189. Humberto Castellanos RP
Jeremy Beasley Note
Jeremy Beasley photo 1209. Jeremy Beasley RP
Andrew Young Note
Andrew Young photo 1215. Andrew Young 2B
Taylor Guilbeau Note
Taylor Guilbeau photo 1245. Taylor Guilbeau RP
Trayce Thompson Note
Trayce Thompson photo 1249. Trayce Thompson CF,LF,RF
Matt Peacock Note
Matt Peacock photo 1256. Matt Peacock SP,RP
Wyatt Mathisen Note
Wyatt Mathisen photo 1263. Wyatt Mathisen 3B
Seth Frankoff Note
Seth Frankoff photo 1264. Seth Frankoff RP
Stuart Fairchild Note
Stuart Fairchild photo 1267. Stuart Fairchild LF,CF
Joe Mantiply Note
Joe Mantiply photo 1305. Joe Mantiply RP
Bryan Holaday Note
Bryan Holaday photo 1400. Bryan Holaday C
Seth Beer Note
Seth Beer photo 1444. Seth Beer 1B,LF
Nick Heath Note
Nick Heath photo 1454. Nick Heath CF
Domingo Leyba Note
Domingo Leyba photo 1537. Domingo Leyba 2B,SS