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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Ketel Marte Note
Ketel Marte photo 37. Ketel Marte 2B,CF
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.
27 weeks ago
Eduardo Escobar Note
Eduardo Escobar photo 120. Eduardo Escobar 3B
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.
27 weeks ago
Madison Bumgarner Note
Madison Bumgarner photo 132. 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.
27 weeks ago
Luke Weaver Note
Luke Weaver photo 178. 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.
27 weeks ago
Christian Walker Note
Christian Walker photo 188. Christian Walker 1B
David Peralta Note
David Peralta photo 191. David Peralta LF
Caleb Smith Note
Caleb Smith photo 193. Caleb Smith SP
Smith really fell apart over the second half of the season, as his ERA was almost two runs higher than in his first half. His overall numbers seem pedestrian, but his strikeout rate and improving control offer upside. If he can control his home runs allowed, he should be able to provide enough value to warrant placement on a fantasy staff.
27 weeks ago
Carson Kelly Note
Carson Kelly photo 271. Carson Kelly C
Kole Calhoun Note
Kole Calhoun photo 323. Kole Calhoun RF
Calhoun had returned to camp after originally testing positive for COVID-19, but had yet to play in an intrasquad game when he was again missing from camp. It's unclear if Calhoun's absence is again related to COVID-19 but, at this point, it's best to look elsewhere for a late-round outfielder unless there is further news.
20 weeks ago
Nick Ahmed Note
Nick Ahmed photo 342. Nick Ahmed SS
Merrill Kelly Note
Merrill Kelly photo 415. Merrill Kelly SP
Kevin Ginkel Note
Kevin Ginkel photo 455. Kevin Ginkel RP
Josh Rojas Note
Josh Rojas photo 525. Josh Rojas 2B,DH,LF
Stephen Vogt Note
Stephen Vogt photo 570. Stephen Vogt C
Miller Diaz Note
Miller Diaz photo 583. Miller Diaz SP
Alex Young Note
Alex Young photo 595. Alex Young SP
Rogelio Armenteros Note
Rogelio Armenteros photo 654. Rogelio Armenteros RP
Yoan Lopez Note
Yoan Lopez photo 663. Yoan Lopez RP
Jon Duplantier Note
Jon Duplantier photo 698. Jon Duplantier RP
Corbin Martin Note
Corbin Martin photo 720. Corbin Martin SP
Tim Locastro Note
Tim Locastro photo 758. Tim Locastro CF,LF,RF
Josh VanMeter Note
Josh VanMeter photo 788. Josh VanMeter LF
Stefan Crichton Note
Stefan Crichton photo 797. Stefan Crichton RP
Taylor Widener Note
Taylor Widener photo 866. Taylor Widener SP,RP
J.B. Bukauskas Note
J.B. Bukauskas photo 984. J.B. Bukauskas SP
Taylor Guilbeau Note
Taylor Guilbeau photo 997. Taylor Guilbeau RP
Taylor Clarke Note
Taylor Clarke photo 1010. Taylor Clarke SP
Daulton Varsho Note
Daulton Varsho photo 1019. Daulton Varsho C
Domingo Leyba Note
Domingo Leyba photo 1089. Domingo Leyba 2B
Edwin Jackson Note
Edwin Jackson photo 1175. Edwin Jackson SP
Travis Bergen Note
Travis Bergen photo 1291. Travis Bergen RP
Keury Mella Note
Keury Mella photo 1309. Keury Mella RP
Trayce Thompson Note
Trayce Thompson photo 1421. Trayce Thompson RF
Andy Young Note
Andy Young photo 1451. Andy Young 2B
Wyatt Mathisen Note
Wyatt Mathisen photo 1458. Wyatt Mathisen 3B
Christian Lopes Note
Christian Lopes photo 1467. Christian Lopes 2B
Dan Robertson Note
Dan Robertson photo 1511. Dan Robertson RF
Seth Beer Note
Seth Beer photo 1518. Seth Beer 1B