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2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
J.D. Martinez Note
J.D. Martinez photo 17. J.D. Martinez LF,RF,DH
Martinez won't steal any bases but with 40 homers, 100+ RBIs and a .300 batting average every year, fantasy owners are getting an absolute steal at any point in the second round of drafts. Don't be scared off by his dip in production, as underlying metrics suggest he was among the most unlucky hitters in baseball.
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Rafael Devers Note
Rafael Devers photo 20. Rafael Devers 3B
Believe it or not, Devers managed to finish at the number one fantasy third basemen last year over Rendon, Arenado and Bregman. Batting in the middle of Boston's great lineup afforded him 129 runs and 115 RBIs which went a long way, but he contributed in all five categories and is young enough that he might do even better in 2020.
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Xander Bogaerts Note
Xander Bogaerts photo 28. Xander Bogaerts SS
Bogaerts had an outstanding 2019 season, obliterating his career-high in home runs and RBI and getting his batting average back over .300. But the thing is, his underlying metrics don't look all that different from his solid but unspectacular 2018 season. His strikeout rate, hard hit percentage, average exit velocity, and launch angle all remained nearly identical, while his steals (only four) continued to trend down to a now useless level from a fantasy perspective. Bogaerts is still a fine option but at a strong position and now batting in a weaker lineup, be careful not to waste too high a pick on him.
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Andrew Benintendi Note
Andrew Benintendi photo 95. Andrew Benintendi LF,CF
Benintendi had a disappointing offensive season in 2019, hitting just 13 homers with 10 steals and a .266 batting average. There is upside, sure, but if he repeats that production, he is barely worth drafting, let alone all the way up in the top 100 picks where his ADP currently is.
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Eduardo Rodriguez Note
Eduardo Rodriguez photo 118. Eduardo Rodriguez SP
Other than finally staying (almost entirely) healthy, Rodriguez didn't make many gains in 2019. His ERA remained in the high-3.00s, his WHIP and walk rate were career worsts, and his strikeout rate dipped. His 19 wins mask what was an otherwise mediocre season. There's plenty of room for Rodriguez on a fantasy staff. But not at the front end.
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Brandon Workman Note
Brandon Workman photo 150. Brandon Workman RP
Workman was never the guy for the Red Sox . . . until one day he just was. When he finally locked down the closer's role, he was fantastic, striking out batters at will and pitching to a 1.88 ERA. His WHIP hovered near 1.00 despite the fact that he walked more than 5.5 batters per nine innings, a feat which he's unlikely to duplicate. In short, while Workman will close for the Red Sox, he'll need to improve his control in order to hold the job for the whole year.
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Alex Verdugo Note
Alex Verdugo photo 199. Alex Verdugo LF,CF,RF
Verdugo finally got regular playing time last year, and turned it into a .294/.342/.475 season with 12 home runs in 106 games. Now ready to bat atop the Red Sox lineup, Verdugo should easily challenge a .300 batting average in Fenway Park. but with a reported stress fracture in his back and Opening Day looking doubtful, don't push Verdugo too far up your draft board.
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Christian Vazquez Note
Christian Vazquez photo 278. Christian Vazquez C,1B
Vasquez is being drafted as the ninth catcher off the board this season but finished 2019 as the #4 catcher in fantasy with 23 homers and a solid .276 average. Playing in Boston's treacherous lineup certainly dosn't hurt either. His upside isn't as sexy but this is a good bat well worth using as a top 12 catcher.
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Michael Chavis Note
Michael Chavis photo 281. Michael Chavis 1B,2B,3B
Chavis came out blazing after he made his MLB debut and many were calling him the next great star but he cooled off in a huge way and ended up only hitting .254 but with 18 homers in 347 at-bats. With multi-position eligibility, this is a premiere breakout candidate to target late in drafts.
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Kevin Pillar Note
Kevin Pillar photo 304. Kevin Pillar CF,RF
Nathan Eovaldi Note
Nathan Eovaldi photo 309. Nathan Eovaldi SP,RP
Jackie Bradley Jr. Note
Jackie Bradley Jr. photo 358. Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Matt Barnes Note
Matt Barnes photo 376. Matt Barnes RP
Jose Peraza Note
Jose Peraza photo 398. Jose Peraza 2B,SS,LF
Peraza is a long way removed from batting .234 as a rookie with 21 steals in half a season, but he is very young still and should start in Boston's great offense so don't be surprised if he breaks out in 2020.
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Collin McHugh Note
Collin McHugh photo 428. Collin McHugh SP,RP
Mitch Moreland Note
Mitch Moreland photo 455. Mitch Moreland 1B
Moreland has never been a source of batting average but he does offer power and last year it was plus power with 19 homers in just 91 games. That could become 30-35 with a full season of health this year.
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Marcus Walden Note
Marcus Walden photo 607. Marcus Walden RP
Josh Taylor Note
Josh Taylor photo 615. Josh Taylor RP
Darwinzon Hernandez Note
Darwinzon Hernandez photo 621. Darwinzon Hernandez SP,RP
Martin Perez Note
Martin Perez photo 643. Martin Perez SP
Kevin Plawecki Note
Kevin Plawecki photo 665. Kevin Plawecki C
Ryan Weber Note
Ryan Weber photo 684. Ryan Weber SP,RP
Heath Hembree Note
Heath Hembree photo 696. Heath Hembree RP
Austin Brice Note
Austin Brice photo 735. Austin Brice RP
Matt Hall Note
Matt Hall photo 790. Matt Hall RP
Triston Casas Note
Triston Casas photo 793. Triston Casas 1B,3B
Ryan Brasier Note
Ryan Brasier photo 810. Ryan Brasier RP
Colten Brewer Note
Colten Brewer photo 833. Colten Brewer RP
Jeffrey Springs Note
Jeffrey Springs photo 845. Jeffrey Springs RP
Bobby Dalbec Note
Bobby Dalbec photo 879. Bobby Dalbec 3B
Jonathan Lucroy Note
Jonathan Lucroy photo 1006. Jonathan Lucroy C
Tanner Houck Note
Tanner Houck photo 1051. Tanner Houck SP
Jonathan Arauz Note
Jonathan Arauz photo 1052. Jonathan Arauz 2B,SS
Tzu-Wei Lin Note
Tzu-Wei Lin photo 1053. Tzu-Wei Lin 2B,SS
Kyle Hart Note
Kyle Hart photo 1068. Kyle Hart SP
Chris Mazza Note
Chris Mazza photo 1142. Chris Mazza RP
Trevor Hildenberger Note
Trevor Hildenberger photo 1249. Trevor Hildenberger RP
Bobby Poyner Note
Bobby Poyner photo 1330. Bobby Poyner RP
Josh Osich Note
Josh Osich photo 1337. Josh Osich RP
Phillips Valdez Note
Phillips Valdez photo 1353. Phillips Valdez SP,RP
Mike Shawaryn Note
Mike Shawaryn photo 1382. Mike Shawaryn SP,RP
Brian Johnson Note
Brian Johnson photo 1391. Brian Johnson SP,RP
Yairo Munoz Note
Yairo Munoz photo 1406. Yairo Munoz 3B,SS,LF,RF
Juan Centeno Note
Juan Centeno photo 1411. Juan Centeno C
Jett Bandy Note
Jett Bandy photo 1439. Jett Bandy C
Josh Ockimey Note
Josh Ockimey photo 1501. Josh Ockimey 1B
Marco Hernandez Note
Marco Hernandez photo 1533. Marco Hernandez 2B,3B
C.J. Chatham Note
C.J. Chatham photo 1553. C.J. Chatham SS
Rusney Castillo Note
Rusney Castillo photo 1602. Rusney Castillo LF,CF,RF
Cesar Puello Note
Cesar Puello photo 1607. Cesar Puello LF,CF,RF
Dustin Pedroia Note
Dustin Pedroia photo 1624. Dustin Pedroia 2B
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