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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Zac Gallen Note
Zac Gallen photo 49. Zac Gallen SP
Gallen 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 other than he might again struggle for wins playing for a mediocre team in a good division. But, as always, wins are fickle in fantasy baseball, and he should be drafted as a strong SP2.
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Ketel Marte Note
Ketel Marte photo 77. 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.
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Christian Walker Note
Christian Walker photo 168. Christian Walker 1B
Eduardo Escobar Note
Eduardo Escobar photo 216. Eduardo Escobar 2B,3B
Kole Calhoun Note
Kole Calhoun photo 231. Kole Calhoun RF
David Peralta Note
David Peralta photo 242. 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.
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Daulton Varsho Note
Daulton Varsho photo 249. Daulton Varsho C,LF,CF
Varsho 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. The problem for Varsho is that the Diamondbacks' roster looks pretty full, especially with the signing of Asdrubal Cabrera, and there's a good chance he begins the year in the minors. There's a ton of potential for Varsho, given that he was a high-average hitter during his minor-league career, but it seems increasingly likely that fantasy managers will need to wait a bit longer for him to become someone to start in fantasy leagues.
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Joakim Soria Note
Joakim Soria photo 288. 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.
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Carson Kelly Note
Carson Kelly photo 294. Carson Kelly C
Stefan Crichton Note
Stefan Crichton photo 339. 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.
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Madison Bumgarner Note
Madison Bumgarner photo 341. Madison Bumgarner SP
Nick Ahmed Note
Nick Ahmed photo 349. Nick Ahmed SS
Caleb Smith Note
Caleb Smith photo 352. Caleb Smith SP
Luke Weaver Note
Luke Weaver photo 389. Luke Weaver SP
Merrill Kelly Note
Merrill Kelly photo 461. Merrill Kelly SP
Keury Mella Note
Keury Mella photo 493. Keury Mella RP
Tyler Clippard Note
Tyler Clippard photo 583. Tyler Clippard SP,RP
Asdrubal Cabrera Note
Asdrubal Cabrera photo 621. Asdrubal Cabrera 1B,2B,3B
Josh Rojas Note
Josh Rojas photo 636. Josh Rojas 2B,LF,RF
Kevin Ginkel Note
Kevin Ginkel photo 652. Kevin Ginkel RP
Corbin Martin Note
Corbin Martin photo 661. Corbin Martin SP
Taylor Widener Note
Taylor Widener photo 662. Taylor Widener RP
Tim Locastro Note
Tim Locastro photo 703. Tim Locastro LF,CF,RF
Alex Young Note
Alex Young photo 719. Alex Young SP,RP
Pavin Smith Note
Pavin Smith photo 739. Pavin Smith 1B
Stephen Vogt Note
Stephen Vogt photo 853. Stephen Vogt C,LF
Humberto Mejia Note
Humberto Mejia photo 916. Humberto Mejia SP
Chris Devenski Note
Chris Devenski photo 1001. Chris Devenski RP
Ben Heller Note
Ben Heller photo 1005. Ben Heller RP
Riley Smith Note
Riley Smith photo 1006. Riley Smith RP
Ryan Buchter Note
Ryan Buchter photo 1008. Ryan Buchter RP
J.B. Bukauskas Note
J.B. Bukauskas photo 1009. J.B. Bukauskas SP
Matt Peacock Note
Matt Peacock photo 1039. Matt Peacock SP
Taylor Clarke Note
Taylor Clarke photo 1040. Taylor Clarke SP,RP
Humberto Castellanos Note
Humberto Castellanos photo 1120. Humberto Castellanos RP
Jeremy Beasley Note
Jeremy Beasley photo 1139. Jeremy Beasley RP
Joe Mantiply Note
Joe Mantiply photo 1142. Joe Mantiply RP
Taylor Guilbeau Note
Taylor Guilbeau photo 1181. Taylor Guilbeau RP
Yoan Lopez Note
Yoan Lopez photo 1206. Yoan Lopez RP
Jon Duplantier Note
Jon Duplantier photo 1247. Jon Duplantier SP,RP
Wyatt Mathisen Note
Wyatt Mathisen photo 1356. Wyatt Mathisen 3B
Andy Young Note
Andy Young photo 1372. Andy Young Util
Seth Beer Note
Seth Beer photo 1375. Seth Beer LF
Stuart Fairchild Note
Stuart Fairchild photo 1435. Stuart Fairchild LF
Trayce Thompson Note
Trayce Thompson photo 1484. Trayce Thompson CF,RF
Domingo Leyba Note
Domingo Leyba photo 1510. Domingo Leyba SS