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2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Ronald Acuna Jr. Note
Ronald Acuna Jr. photo 1. Ronald Acuna Jr. LF,CF,RF
We knew Acuna would develop into an elite fantasy option one day, but few saw it happening this quickly. He combined power (41 homers), speed (37 stolen bases), and his spot batting atop an outstanding lineup (127 runs, 101 RBI) to put up one of the all-around great seasons. He'll stick in the leadoff spot this year, which should ensure that he continues to run early and often, and there's little reason to expect his numbers to dip much from last year. In points leagues, where his strikeout rate is a bit of a negative, his stock falls just a tad, but otherwise, no one would fault you if you made him the top pick in the draft.
2 weeks ago
Freddie Freeman Note
Freddie Freeman photo 13. Freddie Freeman 1B
There's no reason to doubt Freeman's outstanding performance when healthy, but the fact that he's already dealing with elbow soreness after purportedly fighting through it last year is a bit discouraging. Unless Freeman's injury lingers deep into the spring, don't knock him too much, as his combination of batting average, power, and overall safety is rare. But for now, it's worth dropping him closer to the back end of the second round than the front.
2 weeks ago
Ozzie Albies Note
Ozzie Albies photo 35. Ozzie Albies 2B
Albies was remarkable last year with a .295 batting average to go with 24 homers, 15 steals and over 100 runs. He did all of that as a 22-year-old so you'd have to think there is room for even more growth in 2020. He is well worth a fourth-round pick at this point.
2 weeks ago
Marcell Ozuna Note
Marcell Ozuna photo 72. Marcell Ozuna LF
Ozuna didn't have a terrible 2019, but his .241 batting average and injuries certainly put a damper on his year. And although he was due for a rebound anyway (his .259 BABIP was preposterously low), moving to the Braves on a one-year deal should be just what the doctor ordered. Not only will he be batting in the middle of an incredible strong lineup. but he'll also be playing in a much more favorable home park. With plenty of motivation as he looks for a multi-year deal, expect a big season from Ozuna.
2 weeks ago
Mike Soroka Note
Mike Soroka photo 103. Mike Soroka SP
Soroka wasn't even necessarily supposed to begin 2019 in the Braves rotation but quickly developed into an ace. Although there's little reason to knock his year, his 7.32/9 strikeout rate ranked 49th out of 61 qualified starters. With an xFIP more than a run higher than his 2.68 ERA, there's every reason to expect regression. Still, there's room Soroka to continue to be an excellent fantasy option despite a step back, so don't avoid him during your draft.
2 weeks ago
Max Fried Note
Max Fried photo 132. Max Fried SP,RP
Fried's 2019 was positive, but his 4.02 ERA and 1.33 WHIP left a lot to be desired. His 17 wins and solid strikeout rate masked some of the issues, but he certainly doesn't look like a pitcher ready to jump into the upper echelon. Still, Fried's FIP and xFIP were lower than his ERA, and his expected stats showed he had some bad luck. Put it all together and Fried's a decent option with upside, but not one who you should expect to lead your fantasy rotation in 2020.
2 weeks ago
Mike Foltynewicz Note
Mike Foltynewicz photo 183. Mike Foltynewicz SP
Foltynewicz was on nearly everyone's bust list, and his awful return from an injury only confirmed everyone's intuitions. But he really turned it on in the latter half of the season, pitching to a 2.65 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in the second half. No, he might not be the 2018 version of himself this year, but he certainly has more to offer than his overall 2019 numbers.
2 weeks ago
Will Smith Note
Will Smith photo 196. Will Smith RP
Smith somehow stayed in San Francisco all season and held the closer's role all year, putting up his usual terrific numbers. He'll now move to Atlanta where early indications are that he'll set up for Mark Melancon. Smith's numbers and potential opportunity to close down the line make him worth drafting in all formats, though again, don't expect him to close right away.
2 weeks ago
Mark Melancon Note
Mark Melancon photo 208. Mark Melancon RP
Despite Melancon plainly not being the best reliever on his team, he'll likely enter the 2020 season as the Braves' closer. Melancon still has decent control, but the days of being a lockdown option are long gone. Draft him as a back-end closer, and understand that Will Smith will be looking over his shoulder all year.
2 weeks ago
Dansby Swanson Note
Dansby Swanson photo 238. Dansby Swanson SS
Swanson's statcast metrics were shockingly good so even though he broke out to a clip of 17 homers and 10 steals in just 127 games, there could be more under the surface that fantasy owners end up with this year from the Braves' shortstop.
2 weeks ago
Cole Hamels Note
Cole Hamels photo 242. Cole Hamels SP
Hamels kept up his strikeout rate last year with the cubs, but his control waned, and he had the worst walk rate of his career. He's dealing with a shoulder injury in the spring and there's currently no timetable for his return. Add it all up and Hamels is only barely worth drafting until or unless we get some positive news.
2 weeks ago
Austin Riley Note
Austin Riley photo 293. Austin Riley 3B,LF
Riley has impressive power without question, hitting 18 homers in just half a season but the batting average will kill fantasy owners if he doesn't cut down on the strikeouts. Still, you could do worse than a lottery ticket in the last rounds.
2 weeks ago
Travis d'Arnaud Note
Travis d'Arnaud photo 371. Travis d'Arnaud C,1B
d'Arnaud is not likely to help with batting average but as long as he can manage to stay healthy, fantasy owners can again expect 15+ homers with 60+ RBIs in this potent Atlanta offense.
2 weeks ago
Ender Inciarte Note
Ender Inciarte photo 396. Ender Inciarte CF
Nick Markakis Note
Nick Markakis photo 424. Nick Markakis LF,RF
Luke Jackson Note
Luke Jackson photo 431. Luke Jackson RP
Sean Newcomb Note
Sean Newcomb photo 450. Sean Newcomb SP,RP
Shane Greene Note
Shane Greene photo 463. Shane Greene RP
Chris Martin Note
Chris Martin photo 500. Chris Martin RP
Kyle Wright Note
Kyle Wright photo 545. Kyle Wright SP
Darren O'Day Note
Darren O'Day photo 572. Darren O'Day RP
Johan Camargo Note
Johan Camargo photo 579. Johan Camargo 3B,SS,LF,RF
Ian Anderson Note
Ian Anderson photo 589. Ian Anderson SP
Tyler Flowers Note
Tyler Flowers photo 618. Tyler Flowers C
Bryse Wilson Note
Bryse Wilson photo 701. Bryse Wilson SP
Cristian Pache Note
Cristian Pache photo 710. Cristian Pache CF
A.J. Minter Note
A.J. Minter photo 720. A.J. Minter RP
Felix Hernandez Note
Felix Hernandez photo 746. Felix Hernandez SP
Adam Duvall Note
Adam Duvall photo 785. Adam Duvall LF
Patrick Weigel Note
Patrick Weigel photo 796. Patrick Weigel SP,RP
Grant Dayton Note
Grant Dayton photo 802. Grant Dayton RP
Touki Toussaint Note
Touki Toussaint photo 848. Touki Toussaint SP,RP
Drew Waters Note
Drew Waters photo 913. Drew Waters LF,CF
Jacob Webb Note
Jacob Webb photo 931. Jacob Webb RP
Adeiny Hechavarria Note
Adeiny Hechavarria photo 1037. Adeiny Hechavarria 2B,3B,SS
Charlie Culberson Note
Charlie Culberson photo 1074. Charlie Culberson 1B,SS,LF,RF
Chad Sobotka Note
Chad Sobotka photo 1094. Chad Sobotka RP
Jeremy Walker Note
Jeremy Walker photo 1141. Jeremy Walker RP
Josh Tomlin Note
Josh Tomlin photo 1174. Josh Tomlin RP
Miguel Socolovich Note
Miguel Socolovich photo 1256. Miguel Socolovich RP
Phil Pfeifer Note
Phil Pfeifer photo 1287. Phil Pfeifer RP
Chris Rusin Note
Chris Rusin photo 1299. Chris Rusin RP
Huascar Ynoa Note
Huascar Ynoa photo 1366. Huascar Ynoa SP,RP
Alex Jackson Note
Alex Jackson photo 1421. Alex Jackson C
Yonder Alonso Note
Yonder Alonso photo 1474. Yonder Alonso 1B,DH
Rafael Ortega Note
Rafael Ortega photo 1480. Rafael Ortega LF,RF
Yangervis Solarte Note
Yangervis Solarte photo 1573. Yangervis Solarte 2B
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