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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Anthony Santander Note
Anthony Santander photo 146. Anthony Santander DH,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.
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Ryan Mountcastle Note
Ryan Mountcastle photo 147. 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.
37 weeks ago
Trey Mancini Note
Trey Mancini photo 158. Trey Mancini 1B,DH,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.
37 weeks ago
John Means Note
John Means photo 195. 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.
37 weeks ago
Austin Hays Note
Austin Hays photo 251. Austin Hays LF,RF
Tanner Scott Note
Tanner Scott photo 338. Tanner Scott RP
Renato Nunez Note
Renato Nunez photo 382. Renato Nunez 1B
Jose Iglesias Note
Jose Iglesias photo 389. Jose Iglesias SS
Cedric Mullins II Note
Cedric Mullins II photo 461. Cedric Mullins II CF
Dean Kremer Note
Dean Kremer photo 470. Dean Kremer SP
Rougned Odor Note
Rougned Odor photo 483. Rougned Odor 2B,3B
DJ Stewart Note
DJ Stewart photo 491. DJ Stewart LF,RF
Keegan Akin Note
Keegan Akin photo 535. Keegan Akin SP
Cole Sulser Note
Cole Sulser photo 646. Cole Sulser RP
Paul Fry Note
Paul Fry photo 649. Paul Fry RP
Dillon Tate Note
Dillon Tate photo 677. Dillon Tate RP
Adley Rutschman Note
Adley Rutschman photo 716. Adley Rutschman C
Cionel Perez Note
Cionel Perez photo 782. Cionel Perez RP
DL Hall Note
DL Hall photo 810. DL Hall SP
Jordan Lyles Note
Jordan Lyles photo 817. Jordan Lyles SP
Alex Wells Note
Alex Wells photo 877. Alex Wells SP
Grayson Rodriguez Note
Grayson Rodriguez photo 885. Grayson Rodriguez SP
Zac Lowther Note
Zac Lowther photo 891. Zac Lowther SP
Jorge Lopez Note
Jorge Lopez photo 896. Jorge Lopez SP
Tyler Wells Note
Tyler Wells photo 934. Tyler Wells RP
Jahmai Jones Note
Jahmai Jones photo 965. Jahmai Jones 2B
Chris Davis Note
Chris Davis photo 1076. Chris Davis 1B
Jorge Mateo Note
Jorge Mateo photo 1078. Jorge Mateo CF
Richie Martin Note
Richie Martin photo 1081. Richie Martin SS
Travis Lakins Sr. Note
Travis Lakins Sr. photo 1082. Travis Lakins Sr. RP
Mike Baumann Note
Mike Baumann photo 1124. Mike Baumann RP
Yusniel Diaz Note
Yusniel Diaz photo 1129. Yusniel Diaz RF
Bruce Zimmermann Note
Bruce Zimmermann photo 1139. Bruce Zimmermann SP
Rylan Bannon Note
Rylan Bannon photo 1192. Rylan Bannon 3B
Isaac Mattson Note
Isaac Mattson photo 1326. Isaac Mattson RP
Kohl Stewart Note
Kohl Stewart photo 1343. Kohl Stewart RP
Ramon Urias Note
Ramon Urias photo 1396. Ramon Urias 2B,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 LF
Richard Urena Note
Richard Urena photo 1537. Richard Urena SS
Dwight Smith Jr. Note
Dwight Smith Jr. photo 1540. Dwight Smith Jr. LF
Ryan McKenna Note
Ryan McKenna photo 1544. Ryan McKenna LF