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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2024 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Corbin Burnes Note
Corbin Burnes photo 19. Corbin Burnes SP
Corbin Burnes is in the last year of his contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, and it would be somewhat surprising if he still plays for them at the end of the year. The important thing to note is that his pending free agency makes him an even better draft pick in 2024 than usual. And his "usual" is still elite. Burnes landed at 200 strikeouts in 193 2/3 innings with a 3.39 ERA and microscopic 1.07 WHIP. Hitters struggle to make good contact on Burnes's pitches (avgEV of 86.4), but his K% dropped five percent to 25.5. As the third pitcher in Tier 1, he has the most to gain in 2024 and will make an excellent SP1 in fantasy.
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Gunnar Henderson Note
Gunnar Henderson photo 31. Gunnar Henderson 3B,SS
Gunnar Henderson had an atrocious start to the 2023 season. He ended April with a .189 batting average and 29 strikeouts in 92 plate appearances, and May wasn't much better. In June, however, the stud prospect version appeared, and fantasy managers everywhere were rewarded for their patience. Henderson should continue his growth in his second full year in the majors, and a powerful Orioles lineup should keep his counting stats up. He is going to cost you, but the rewards could be league-winning.
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Adley Rutschman Note
Adley Rutschman photo 57. Adley Rutschman C
Adley Rutschman arrived in 2023 in a big way. He slashed .277/.374/.435 and hit 20 home runs, drove in 80, and scored 84 times. The upstart Orioles offense is loaded with weapons, and the 26-year-old should continue to bat at the top of it. He will never steal bases, but he will protect your ratios better than any other catcher on the board. Don't be surprised when he is the first backstop drafted in 2024.
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Grayson Rodriguez Note
Grayson Rodriguez photo 65. Grayson Rodriguez SP
I think it's fair to say that Grayson Rodriguez stumbled onto the scene in 2023. In the first half of the season, the rookie threw 45 1/3 innings and gave up 13 home runs and 21 walks on his way to a 7.35 ERA and a trip back to Triple-A. When he returned, the prospect everyone wanted to see arrived. He allowed only three home runs over his final 76 2/3 innings and finished that half with a 2.58 ERA. The good news is that the 24-year-old's second season should be more in line with the latter half of 2023. With a 94th percentile (97.4 mph) fastball velocity, Rodriguez is best considered an SP3 with an SP2 upside in 2024.
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Anthony Santander Note
Anthony Santander photo 123. Anthony Santander 1B,RF
In 2023, Anthony Santander's performance was a blend of pros and cons. While his home run tally dipped and strikeout rate rose, he improved his batting average to .257 and saw an uptick in key statistics. Heading into 2024, the 29-year-old faces more potential risks than gains. With Baltimore's wealth of emerging prospects, Santander's role could be at risk if he doesn't start strong.
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Cedric Mullins II Note
Cedric Mullins II photo 131. Cedric Mullins II CF
In 2023, by April's end, Cedric Mullins kicked off the season with 11 stolen bases. However, persistent injuries hampered his performance, resulting in a modest .233/.305/.416 and only 19 steals. If healthy, Mullins has the potential for 30 steals in 2024, but his poor batting may relegate him lower in the lineup of the promising Orioles team. His position may not be as secure as it has been in the past because of the wealth of talent in the Baltimore pipeline.
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Craig Kimbrel Note
Craig Kimbrel photo 152. Craig Kimbrel RP
Ryan Mountcastle Note
Ryan Mountcastle photo 197. Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Jackson Holliday Note
Jackson Holliday photo 222. Jackson Holliday 2B,SS
Austin Hays Note
Austin Hays photo 267. Austin Hays LF,CF
Austin Hays, at 28, is a versatile yet unspectacular outfielder. He delivered 16 home runs, 67 RBIs, 76 runs, and five steals with a .275/.325/.444 batting line last season. Ideal as an OF5, Hays offers a reliable base for your roster without being a priority pick during the draft.
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Kyle Bradish Note
Kyle Bradish photo 269. Kyle Bradish SP
**The Orioles announced on February 15 that Bradish will open the season on the IL with a UCL sprain** Kyle Bradish had an excellent 2023 campaign. He struck out 168 batters in 168 2/3 innings, with a beautiful 2.83 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He should come with a bit of a warning for 2024, though. His xERA was 3.82, and a low .270 BABIP added a heavy filter to his Insta-worthy stats. Bradish's four-seam fastball got lit up by batters (.563 SLG), and he will need that to improve to accompany his elite slider, which induced a 36.4 Whiff%. With the injury, fantasy managers in redraft leagues should avoid the 27-year-old, only taking him as a flier in the late rounds.
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Jordan Westburg Note
Jordan Westburg photo 302. Jordan Westburg 2B,3B
Dean Kremer Note
Dean Kremer photo 333. Dean Kremer SP
Tyler Wells Note
Tyler Wells photo 335. Tyler Wells SP
John Means Note
John Means photo 336. John Means SP
Yennier Cano Note
Yennier Cano photo 360. Yennier Cano RP
Colton Cowser Note
Colton Cowser photo 372. Colton Cowser LF,CF,RF
Ryan O'Hearn Note
Ryan O'Hearn photo 407. Ryan O'Hearn 1B,RF
Heston Kjerstad Note
Heston Kjerstad photo 440. Heston Kjerstad OF
Jorge Mateo Note
Jorge Mateo photo 492. Jorge Mateo 2B,SS
Cole Irvin Note
Cole Irvin photo 520. Cole Irvin SP,RP
Danny Coulombe Note
Danny Coulombe photo 587. Danny Coulombe RP
Kyle Stowers Note
Kyle Stowers photo 608. Kyle Stowers RF
Coby Mayo Note
Coby Mayo photo 637. Coby Mayo 3B
Dillon Tate Note
Dillon Tate photo 732. Dillon Tate RP
Connor Norby Note
Connor Norby photo 774. Connor Norby 2B
Keegan Akin Note
Keegan Akin photo 777. Keegan Akin RP
Bryan Baker Note
Bryan Baker photo 799. Bryan Baker RP
James McCann Note
James McCann photo 807. James McCann C
Chayce McDermott Note
Chayce McDermott photo 811. Chayce McDermott SP
Cionel Perez Note
Cionel Perez photo 813. Cionel Perez RP
Ramon Urias Note
Ramon Urias photo 827. Ramon Urias 1B,2B,3B
Nick Vespi Note
Nick Vespi photo 881. Nick Vespi RP
Albert Suarez Note
Albert Suarez photo 901. Albert Suarez SP
Mike Baumann Note
Mike Baumann photo 966. Mike Baumann RP
Cade Povich Note
Cade Povich photo 968. Cade Povich SP
Jacob Webb Note
Jacob Webb photo 993. Jacob Webb RP
Samuel Basallo Note
Samuel Basallo photo 1163. Samuel Basallo C
Bruce Zimmermann Note
Bruce Zimmermann photo 1253. Bruce Zimmermann RP
Justin Armbruester Note
Justin Armbruester photo 1284. Justin Armbruester SP
Matt Krook Note
Matt Krook photo 1342. Matt Krook RP
Corbin Martin Note
Corbin Martin photo 1361. Corbin Martin SP,RP
Kaleb Ort Note
Kaleb Ort photo 1366. Kaleb Ort RP
Tucker Davidson Note
Tucker Davidson photo 1381. Tucker Davidson SP,RP
Jonathan Heasley Note
Jonathan Heasley photo 1466. Jonathan Heasley RP
Michael Perez Note
Michael Perez photo 1540. Michael Perez C
Ryan McKenna Note
Ryan McKenna photo 1583. Ryan McKenna LF,CF,RF
Nick Maton Note
Nick Maton photo 1598. Nick Maton 2B,3B
Terrin Vavra Note
Terrin Vavra photo 1646. Terrin Vavra 2B,LF,RF