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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Ryan Mountcastle Note
Ryan Mountcastle photo 145. Ryan Mountcastle 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.
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Anthony Santander Note
Anthony Santander photo 150. Anthony Santander 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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Trey Mancini Note
Trey Mancini photo 173. Trey Mancini 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.
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John Means Note
John Means photo 207. 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.
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Austin Hays Note
Austin Hays photo 253. Austin Hays CF
Renato Nunez Note
Renato Nunez photo 332. Renato Nunez 1B,DH
Hunter Harvey Note
Hunter Harvey photo 353. Hunter Harvey RP
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. Brandon Hyde hasn't named a closer yet and may in fact go by committee with Harvey, Tanner Scott, and Cesar Valdez. But the uncertainty makes Harvey basically free in drafts, and he's worth an extremely late round pick in deeper leagues in case he wins the job.
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Pedro Severino Note
Pedro Severino photo 376. Pedro Severino C
Dean Kremer Note
Dean Kremer photo 424. Dean Kremer SP
Keegan Akin Note
Keegan Akin photo 432. Keegan Akin SP
DJ Stewart Note
DJ Stewart photo 455. DJ Stewart RF
Freddy Galvis Note
Freddy Galvis photo 542. Freddy Galvis SS
Rio Ruiz Note
Rio Ruiz photo 546. Rio Ruiz 3B
Cedric Mullins II Note
Cedric Mullins II photo 556. Cedric Mullins II CF
Chance Sisco Note
Chance Sisco photo 572. Chance Sisco C
Tanner Scott Note
Tanner Scott photo 589. Tanner Scott RP
Adley Rutschman Note
Adley Rutschman photo 599. Adley Rutschman C
Pat Valaika Note
Pat Valaika photo 724. Pat Valaika SS
Cesar Valdez Note
Cesar Valdez photo 762. Cesar Valdez RP
Jahmai Jones Note
Jahmai Jones photo 806. Jahmai Jones 2B
Tyler Wells Note
Tyler Wells photo 808. Tyler Wells SP
Yolmer Sanchez Note
Yolmer Sanchez photo 817. Yolmer Sanchez 3B
Felix Hernandez Note
Felix Hernandez photo 871. Felix Hernandez SP
Matt Harvey Note
Matt Harvey photo 895. Matt Harvey SP
Mac Sceroler Note
Mac Sceroler photo 908. Mac Sceroler SP
Chris Davis Note
Chris Davis photo 923. Chris Davis 1B
Richie Martin Note
Richie Martin photo 938. Richie Martin SS
Dillon Tate Note
Dillon Tate photo 944. Dillon Tate RP
Cole Sulser Note
Cole Sulser photo 959. Cole Sulser RP
Shawn Armstrong Note
Shawn Armstrong photo 1004. Shawn Armstrong RP
Zac Lowther Note
Zac Lowther photo 1011. Zac Lowther SP
DL Hall Note
DL Hall photo 1030. DL Hall SP
Isaac Mattson Note
Isaac Mattson photo 1079. Isaac Mattson RP
Fernando Abad Note
Fernando Abad photo 1085. Fernando Abad RP
Ashton Goudeau Note
Ashton Goudeau photo 1162. Ashton Goudeau RP
Jorge Lopez Note
Jorge Lopez photo 1185. Jorge Lopez SP
Travis Lakins Sr. Note
Travis Lakins Sr. photo 1228. Travis Lakins Sr. RP
Wade LeBlanc Note
Wade LeBlanc photo 1244. Wade LeBlanc SP
Yusniel Diaz Note
Yusniel Diaz photo 1249. Yusniel Diaz RF
Bruce Zimmermann Note
Bruce Zimmermann photo 1268. Bruce Zimmermann SP
Evan Phillips Note
Evan Phillips photo 1271. Evan Phillips RP
Michael Baumann Note
Michael Baumann photo 1274. Michael Baumann SP
Thomas Eshelman Note
Thomas Eshelman photo 1275. Thomas Eshelman RP
Austin Wynns Note
Austin Wynns photo 1337. Austin Wynns C
Nick Ciuffo Note
Nick Ciuffo photo 1343. Nick Ciuffo C
Rylan Bannon Note
Rylan Bannon photo 1367. Rylan Bannon 3B
Ramon Urias Note
Ramon Urias photo 1405. Ramon Urias SS
Chris Shaw Note
Chris Shaw photo 1432. Chris Shaw 1B
Dwight Smith Jr. Note
Dwight Smith Jr. photo 1438. Dwight Smith Jr. LF
Ryan McKenna Note
Ryan McKenna photo 1470. Ryan McKenna CF
Tyler Nevin Note
Tyler Nevin photo 1472. Tyler Nevin 1B
Stevie Wilkerson Note
Stevie Wilkerson photo 1486. Stevie Wilkerson CF
Richard Urena Note
Richard Urena photo 1506. Richard Urena SS
Jose Rondon Note
Jose Rondon photo 1523. Jose Rondon 2B