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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Anthony Santander Note
Anthony Santander photo 144. Anthony Santander CF,DH,LF,RF
Santander has quietly turned into a strong power bat, but few fantasy managers seem to give him credit. A .476 slugging percentage with 20 home runs in 93 games in 2019, followed by a .575 slugging percentage and 11 home runs in 37 games in 2020. There's nothing particularly fluky about his power output - it's just a young hitter coming into his own and making better contact. He did seem to sell out a bit for power last year, upping his launch angle and fly ball rate significantly. And yet he hit .261, the same mark as in 2019, and his xBA was .286. In other words, there's plenty to like about Santander, who is going well behind other hitters who offer similar production. He should be a value in drafts this year.
30 weeks ago
Ryan Mountcastle Note
Ryan Mountcastle photo 146. Ryan Mountcastle 1B,DH,LF
Mountcastle followed up a successful minor-league career with a strong 35-game stint in the majors last year. Not only did he bat .333 with an .878 OPS and a 139 wRC+, but he also walked 7.9% of the time, far above what he showed in the minors. The batting average is unsustainable - he was a .295 hitter in the minors and last year he relied on a .398 BABIP despite sub-par average exit velocity and a middling line drive rate. But playing in Camden Yards should certainly keep his production high, and batting in the middle of the Orioles lineup should lead to enough RBI chances to make him a rosterable, if not startable, fantasy option.
30 weeks ago
Trey Mancini Note
Trey Mancini photo 157. Trey Mancini 1B,DH,LF,RF
Mancini missed all of the 2020 season after being diagnosed with cancer, but appears to be healthy as we head into 2021. He had a breakout 2019 season during which he hit 35 home runs and slashed .291/.364/.535, and there's every reason to think that production is sustainable. Mancini had hit 24 home runs in each of the two previous seasons, and other than being a bit more selective at the plate, made few changes that suggest his 2019 production was fluky. Instead, it appeared to be the natural progression of a hitter improving on his already strong foundation. Batting in a great home park, Mancini should again be a four-category producer, and his ADP should rise if he shows he's fully healthy throughout the spring.
30 weeks ago
John Means Note
John Means photo 196. John Means SP
Means's 4.53 ERA and grotesque home run rate are probably going to scare the casual fantasy manager away, but there is a ton to like about him heading into 2021. First, Means had a weird year last season, as he dealt with arm fatigue early and then his father passed away, so his schedule was certainly thrown up into the air at the start. Probably because of those difficulties, his outstanding changeup wasn't effective earlier in the season, but it was back to being his money pitch by season's end. Add to that Means' increase in velocity, his strong finish (1.52 ERA, 30 strikeouts over his last four starts), and his excellent command, and there's a breakout waiting to happen, despite the tough division.
30 weeks ago
Austin Hays Note
Austin Hays photo 253. Austin Hays CF,LF,RF
Tanner Scott Note
Tanner Scott photo 346. Tanner Scott RP
Renato Nunez Note
Renato Nunez photo 393. Renato Nunez 1B,3B,DH
Jose Iglesias Note
Jose Iglesias photo 402. Jose Iglesias 2B,DH,SS
Pedro Severino Note
Pedro Severino photo 411. Pedro Severino C,DH
Cedric Mullins II Note
Cedric Mullins II photo 460. Cedric Mullins II CF
Dean Kremer Note
Dean Kremer photo 469. Dean Kremer SP
DJ Stewart Note
DJ Stewart photo 491. DJ Stewart DH,LF,RF
Keegan Akin Note
Keegan Akin photo 535. Keegan Akin RP,SP
Hunter Harvey Note
Hunter Harvey photo 553. Hunter Harvey RP
Harvey strained his oblique in spring training and was placed on the 60-day IL, meaning he's unlikely to contribute as the Orioles' designated closer, which was unlikely anyway with Brandon Hyde as the manager. Harvey had a ton of buzz heading into last season, but a strained forearm ultimately limited him to just 8 2/3 innings. He's got a dominant fastball that can reach triple digits, but his injury history has been a roadblock to him becoming a regular and reliable reliever. Hyde likes to go by committee anyway, and Harvey's injury should give him the chance to do just that again. Perhaps spend a last-round pick on Harvey, but better yet, leave him undrafted.
31 weeks ago
Cole Sulser Note
Cole Sulser photo 644. Cole Sulser RP
Paul Fry Note
Paul Fry photo 647. Paul Fry RP
Dillon Tate Note
Dillon Tate photo 675. Dillon Tate RP
Adley Rutschman Note
Adley Rutschman photo 714. Adley Rutschman C
Pat Valaika Note
Pat Valaika photo 806. Pat Valaika 1B,2B,SS
DL Hall Note
DL Hall photo 808. DL Hall SP
Alex Wells Note
Alex Wells photo 875. Alex Wells SP
Grayson Rodriguez Note
Grayson Rodriguez photo 883. Grayson Rodriguez SP
Zac Lowther Note
Zac Lowther photo 889. Zac Lowther SP
Jorge Lopez Note
Jorge Lopez photo 894. Jorge Lopez SP,RP
Tyler Wells Note
Tyler Wells photo 932. Tyler Wells RP,SP
Mickey Jannis Note
Mickey Jannis photo 945. Mickey Jannis RP,SP
Jahmai Jones Note
Jahmai Jones photo 963. Jahmai Jones 2B
Conner Greene Note
Conner Greene photo 990. Conner Greene RP,SP
Gray Fenter Note
Gray Fenter photo 1031. Gray Fenter SP
Matt Harvey Note
Matt Harvey photo 1071. Matt Harvey SP
Chris Davis Note
Chris Davis photo 1076. Chris Davis 1B
Jorge Mateo Note
Jorge Mateo photo 1078. Jorge Mateo 2B,3B,CF,LF,RF,SS
Richie Martin Note
Richie Martin photo 1081. Richie Martin SS
Travis Lakins Sr. Note
Travis Lakins Sr. photo 1082. Travis Lakins Sr. SP,RP
Mike Baumann Note
Mike Baumann photo 1124. Mike Baumann SP
Yusniel Diaz Note
Yusniel Diaz photo 1129. Yusniel Diaz CF,RF
Bruce Zimmermann Note
Bruce Zimmermann photo 1139. Bruce Zimmermann SP
Fernando Abad Note
Fernando Abad photo 1191. Fernando Abad RP
Rylan Bannon Note
Rylan Bannon photo 1192. Rylan Bannon 3B
Brooks Kriske Note
Brooks Kriske photo 1240. Brooks Kriske RP
Isaac Mattson Note
Isaac Mattson photo 1326. Isaac Mattson RP
Thomas Eshelman Note
Thomas Eshelman photo 1386. Thomas Eshelman SP,RP
Ramon Urias Note
Ramon Urias photo 1396. Ramon Urias 2B,3B,SS
Austin Wynns Note
Austin Wynns photo 1420. Austin Wynns C
Kelvin Gutierrez Note
Kelvin Gutierrez photo 1496. Kelvin Gutierrez 3B
Tyler Nevin Note
Tyler Nevin photo 1523. Tyler Nevin 1B,3B
Richard Urena Note
Richard Urena photo 1537. Richard Urena 2B,SS
Dwight Smith Jr. Note
Dwight Smith Jr. photo 1540. Dwight Smith Jr. LF
Ryan McKenna Note
Ryan McKenna photo 1544. Ryan McKenna CF,LF,RF