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2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Starling Marte Note
Starling Marte photo 24. Starling Marte CF
Marte set career-highs in home runs, runs scored, RBI, and slugging percentage in 2019, and now gets an upgrade in supporting cast and home park with the move to the Diamondbacks. The Pirates ranked 20th in 2019 in runs scored, while the Diamondbacks ranked 11th, and PNC Park was one of the worst parks for righty batters last season. Marte may not be able to grow his 2019 numbers at this point given his age, but his change in teams certainly doesn't hurt.
1 week ago
Ketel Marte Note
Ketel Marte photo 38. Ketel Marte 2B,SS,OF
Marte suddenly went from being a career .263 hitter with 22 home runs in 1,548 plate appearances to batting .329 with 32 home runs in 628 plate appearances. And while he made many overall gains, such as a massive increase in launch angle, his expected batting average was just .299 and that .030 difference was 10th-highest in MLB. He also upped his pull percentage by a significant amount, and pulled all but one of his home runs, which should be something that pitchers can exploit in 2020. Buy some of the gains, but consider Marte closer to a .290-25 type of hitter.
1 week ago
Eduardo Escobar Note
Eduardo Escobar photo 117. Eduardo Escobar 2B,3B,SS
Escobar had a heck of a breakout season, driving in 118 RBIs thanks to 35 homers. The batting average will never be great but he certainly won't hurt you in that category. What's more, is that he'll qualify for 2B and 3B so that you can slide him around during the week.
4 weeks ago
Madison Bumgarner Note
Madison Bumgarner photo 123. Madison Bumgarner SP
Bumgarner's ERA approached 4.00 last year, but he stayed healthy all year and saw a velocity bump after two injury-plagued years. The move to Arizona is a downgrade considering the park change, but it's not quite as drastic as it would have been without the humidor. Still, Bumgarner's numbers were significantly worse away from Oracle Park last year (2.93 ERA at home, 5.29 away), so it's fair to exercise caution with Bumgarner. But, so long as you recognize him for what he is at this point in his career, he'll likely give you what you expect.
1 week ago
Zac Gallen Note
Zac Gallen photo 128. Zac Gallen SP
Gallen was so absurdly dominant in Triple-A in 2019 that his MLB performance, while highly impressive, felt slightly disappointing. But his fastball, curveball, and changeup were all plus pitches in the majors, and there's every reason to expect him to continue to grow as a pitcher. There's somehow some question mark around his rotation spot, but cream usually rises to the top, and he should not only be one of the Diamondbacks' five starters, but he should excel. Expect excellent overall numbers and draft him accordingly.
1 week ago
Robbie Ray Note
Robbie Ray photo 143. Robbie Ray SP
While the overall numbers fluctuate, Ray is largely the same guy he's always been. He's going to amass a ton of strikeouts and he's going to hand out free passes like a doctor handing out lollipops. It is just impossible to rely on a starter who can't top 175 innings or keep his WHIP below 1.33. Ray is certainly rosterable but close your eyes when he's pitching.
1 week ago
Archie Bradley Note
Archie Bradley photo 169. Archie Bradley RP
Once Greg Holland opened the door for Bradley to take over as the closer, Bradley tiptoed through the opening. Although he held down the role and put up save totals, it wasn't pretty, as he walked about 4.5 batters per nine innings. That's a dangerous recipe for a closer, particularly when the front office hasn't seemed particularly motivated to turn over the role to him. But, entering 2020, the closer's role is Bradley's, and if he can find his control from 2017-2018, he should have success.
1 week ago
Luke Weaver Note
Luke Weaver photo 179. Luke Weaver SP
Weaver was having an excellent 2019 season before forearm tightness essentially ended his season. He opted to rehab it, which immediately places a cloud over his 2020 outlook given the uncertainty that comes along with such an injury. His best case scenario likely includes some sort of innings limit with solid, but perhaps not league-winning numbers. That's a pitcher to take in the mid-teens rounds and hope everything falls in place.
1 week ago
Christian Walker Note
Christian Walker photo 197. Christian Walker 1B
Walker finished as a top 15 first basemen with a near-identical stat-line to Paul Goldschmidt. He slowed down in the second half and the batting average won't be useful but unless Seth Beer forces Arizona's hand, Walker should again get 25+ homers for fantasy owners this year.
4 weeks ago
David Peralta Note
David Peralta photo 209. David Peralta LF
Peralta missed 70 games last year but still hit 12 homers with 57 RBIs and a strong batting average. If he can stay healthy the full year, fantasy owners may see a return to that great 2018 line of 30 homers, 87 RBIs and a .293 batting average. In round 20, he's an absolute steal.
4 weeks ago
Carson Kelly Note
Carson Kelly photo 277. Carson Kelly C
Kelly was on a roll last season before his injury but still managed to power up for 18 homers in just 314 at-bats. The batting average may end up below .240 but with a full season, 30 homers isn't out of the question for the youngster.
4 weeks ago
Kole Calhoun Note
Kole Calhoun photo 303. Kole Calhoun RF
Nick Ahmed Note
Nick Ahmed photo 325. Nick Ahmed SS
Prior to the last year, Ahmed was merely a fringe starter who might bop 15 homers, but was going to kill your batting average and not accomplish much else. He kicked it up in 2019, though to 19 homers, 82 RBIs and 79 runs with a batting average north of .250. If that all returns, he'll be a nice late round value.
4 weeks ago
Merrill Kelly Note
Merrill Kelly photo 398. Merrill Kelly SP
Mike Leake Note
Mike Leake photo 433. Mike Leake SP
Kevin Ginkel Note
Kevin Ginkel photo 439. Kevin Ginkel RP
Josh Rojas Note
Josh Rojas photo 481. Josh Rojas 2B,LF,RF
Jake Lamb Note
Jake Lamb photo 517. Jake Lamb 1B,3B
Andrew Chafin Note
Andrew Chafin photo 546. Andrew Chafin RP
Wyatt Mathisen Note
Wyatt Mathisen photo 562. Wyatt Mathisen 2B,3B
Emilio Vargas Note
Emilio Vargas photo 568. Emilio Vargas SP,RP
Kevin Cron Note
Kevin Cron photo 577. Kevin Cron 1B,3B
Yoan Lopez Note
Yoan Lopez photo 598. Yoan Lopez RP
Junior Guerra Note
Junior Guerra photo 627. Junior Guerra SP,RP
Hector Rondon Note
Hector Rondon photo 686. Hector Rondon RP
Alex Young Note
Alex Young photo 687. Alex Young SP
Jon Duplantier Note
Jon Duplantier photo 723. Jon Duplantier SP,RP
Stephen Vogt Note
Stephen Vogt photo 728. Stephen Vogt C,LF
Tim Locastro Note
Tim Locastro photo 787. Tim Locastro LF,CF,RF
Stefan Crichton Note
Stefan Crichton photo 791. Stefan Crichton RP
Taylor Widener Note
Taylor Widener photo 831. Taylor Widener SP
Bo Takahashi Note
Bo Takahashi photo 848. Bo Takahashi SP,RP
Corbin Martin Note
Corbin Martin photo 933. Corbin Martin SP
Taylor Clarke Note
Taylor Clarke photo 953. Taylor Clarke SP,RP
Ildemaro Vargas Note
Ildemaro Vargas photo 1020. Ildemaro Vargas 2B,3B,SS
Domingo Leyba Note
Domingo Leyba photo 1049. Domingo Leyba 2B
Edwin Jackson Note
Edwin Jackson photo 1067. Edwin Jackson SP,RP
Joel Payamps Note
Joel Payamps photo 1116. Joel Payamps SP,RP
Jimmie Sherfy Note
Jimmie Sherfy photo 1121. Jimmie Sherfy RP
Silvino Bracho Note
Silvino Bracho photo 1133. Silvino Bracho RP
Matt Koch Note
Matt Koch photo 1245. Matt Koch SP,RP
John Hicks Note
John Hicks photo 1358. John Hicks C,1B
Daulton Varsho Note
Daulton Varsho photo 1367. Daulton Varsho C
Dan Robertson Note
Dan Robertson photo 1424. Dan Robertson LF,RF
Jon Jay Note
Jon Jay photo 1440. Jon Jay LF,RF
Seth Beer Note
Seth Beer photo 1481. Seth Beer 1B,LF
Andy Young Note
Andy Young photo 1598. Andy Young 2B,3B
Yasmany Tomas Note
Yasmany Tomas photo 1600. Yasmany Tomas LF,DH
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