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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Luis Castillo Note
Luis Castillo photo 45. Luis Castillo SP
Regression just never really hit for Castillo last year, despite a walk rate of 10.1%, fourth-worst in the league among qualified pitchers. There's no doubting Castillo's stuff, particularly his devastating changeup, and the Reds should be more competitive than they have been in years. But he simply has to cut down on the free passes if he wants to build on his breakout 2019. There's every reason to think he will as he continue to grow as a pitcher, and should make a reliable second fantasy starter.
10 weeks ago
Eugenio Suarez Note
Eugenio Suarez photo 62. Eugenio Suarez 3B
Few hitters benefited as much from the postponement of the season as did Suarez, whose shoulder woes made his availability for Opening Day questionable. He'll now likely be at or close to full strength when the season begins. Whether he can repeat his near-50 homer performance is another question (he likely can't), but you should draft him as you would few to no health concerns.
10 weeks ago
Nick Castellanos Note
Nick Castellanos photo 76. Nick Castellanos LF,RF
Castellanos' numbers were continually deflated batting in the middle of a bad Tigers lineup and in a home park that greatly depressed power numbers. A move to Cincinnati should be just what the doctor ordered, and allow Castellanos to continue to build on his monster finish with the Cubs last year. While he may not hit the 50 homers he was on pace for with the Cubs or total the same 1.000 OPS, his numbers should look much closer to his 2019 second half than his first.
10 weeks ago
Trevor Bauer Note
Trevor Bauer photo 90. Trevor Bauer SP
Bauer may be one of the most talented pitchers in baseball, but he has exactly one season with an ERA below 4.18, a WHIP below 1.25, or more than 12 wins. Even on an improved Cincinnati team, there's little reason to expect him to do much better than those numbers. Bauer will give you innings and plenty of strikeouts, but fantasy owners would do well to largely forget 2018, and draft him with closer to a 4.00 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in mind.
10 weeks ago
Mike Moustakas Note
Mike Moustakas photo 93. Mike Moustakas 2B,3B
Moustakas is a virtual lock to hit 30+ homers with 80+ RBIs but he doesn't steal any bags and with the power will likely come a sub-optimal batting average. You could do worse in the 9th round, however, because at the very least, he is a reliable three-category contributor.
13 weeks ago
Sonny Gray Note
Sonny Gray photo 95. Sonny Gray SP
Gray talked about how he didn't like how the Yankees had forced him to use his slider and that he expected better results in 2019. Boy, did he get them with the Reds. His slider and curveball went from very good to great in 2019, and along with it improved all of his numbers. Armed now with a top-notch strikeout rate and peripherals that finally match his raw stuff, Gray should be drafted with confidence in 2020 as a reliable fantasy starter.
10 weeks ago
Raisel Iglesias Note
Raisel Iglesias photo 133. Raisel Iglesias RP
Iglesias walked fewer and struck out more batters than ever, winding up with 34 saves last year. And yet it always felt like he was on the precipice of losing his job as the closer, particularly in light of his whopping 12 losses. Iglesias is still under control for two more seasons and, so long as he can continue to pitch relatively effectively, should be able to hold down the ninth-inning job in 2020. But there should be at least some trepidation among fantasy owners in light of his ups and downs last year.
10 weeks ago
Nick Senzel Note
Nick Senzel photo 215. Nick Senzel 2B,CF
Senzel was expected to be an immediate five-category contributor but has run into some injury issues then struggled with a .256 batting average. The upside is still there but compared to others being drafted in the 15th round, he comes with more risk.
13 weeks ago
Joey Votto Note
Joey Votto photo 219. Joey Votto 1B
It has now been two seasons since Votto has displayed any power, and his batting average has dropped quite a bit each of the last two years. He might not be helpful in fantasy whatsoever, but there is, of course, a chance that he bounces back to become a top 12 first basemen once again.
13 weeks ago
Anthony DeSclafani Note
Anthony DeSclafani photo 227. Anthony DeSclafani SP
Desclafani quietly had a decent season in 2019, with a 3.89 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and more than a strikeout per inning. But his FIP and xFIP suggested he was lucky, and he lacks the upside of other late-round starters. In deeper mixed leagues where your rotation is solid and you just want someone to not hurt you, Desclafani is your guy. Otherwise, go for a higher ceiling.
10 weeks ago
Shogo Akiyama Note
Shogo Akiyama photo 261. Shogo Akiyama LF,CF
Akiyama should represent a fairly high-floor outfield option that you can get at a bargain basement price. He'll likely bat leadoff for the Reds, potentially hit 20 home runs and steal 10 bases, and pile on the runs scored. There's no Shohei Ohtani upside with the bat, particularly given Akiyama's age, but he'll likely be a decent five-category contributor who is basically free in drafts.
10 weeks ago
Aristides Aquino Note
Aristides Aquino photo 285. Aristides Aquino RF
Aquino came out of the gate absolutely blazing but came to a screeching halt. Even so, he finished the year with 19 homers and 7 steals in just 56 games played. His ceiling is obviously immense but if he doesn't hit from the start, he may end up back in the minors before long.
13 weeks ago
Jesse Winker Note
Jesse Winker photo 330. Jesse Winker LF,CF,RF
Freddy Galvis Note
Freddy Galvis photo 397. Freddy Galvis 2B,SS
Galvis is quietly one of the most consistent offensive shortstops. His upside is limited, of course, but you can count on him for 20 homers, 65 runs, 65 RBIs and a decent average.
13 weeks ago
Wade Miley Note
Wade Miley photo 402. Wade Miley SP
Tyler Mahle Note
Tyler Mahle photo 438. Tyler Mahle SP
Michael Lorenzen Note
Michael Lorenzen photo 449. Michael Lorenzen CF,RP
Amir Garrett Note
Amir Garrett photo 479. Amir Garrett RP
Tucker Barnhart Note
Tucker Barnhart photo 486. Tucker Barnhart C
Barnhart is so great defensively that there is virtually no chance he'll lose his job so two-catcher leagues can expect 40+ runs and RBIs but the BA and power won't be all that useful.
13 weeks ago
Pedro Strop Note
Pedro Strop photo 505. Pedro Strop RP
Robert Stephenson Note
Robert Stephenson photo 522. Robert Stephenson SP,RP
Lucas Sims Note
Lucas Sims photo 566. Lucas Sims SP,RP
Curt Casali Note
Curt Casali photo 657. Curt Casali C
Cody Reed Note
Cody Reed photo 663. Cody Reed RP
Josh VanMeter Note
Josh VanMeter photo 689. Josh VanMeter 1B,2B,3B,LF
Jose De Leon Note
Jose De Leon photo 818. Jose De Leon SP,RP
Robel Garcia Note
Robel Garcia photo 859. Robel Garcia 2B,3B
Nate Jones Note
Nate Jones photo 938. Nate Jones RP
Phillip Ervin Note
Phillip Ervin photo 982. Phillip Ervin LF,CF,RF
Hunter Greene Note
Hunter Greene photo 1030. Hunter Greene SP
Jose Garcia Note
Jose Garcia photo 1052. Jose Garcia SS
Kyle Farmer Note
Kyle Farmer photo 1074. Kyle Farmer C,1B,2B,3B
Tyler Stephenson Note
Tyler Stephenson photo 1109. Tyler Stephenson C
Joel Kuhnel Note
Joel Kuhnel photo 1154. Joel Kuhnel RP
Matt Bowman Note
Matt Bowman photo 1251. Matt Bowman RP
Ryan Hendrix Note
Ryan Hendrix photo 1282. Ryan Hendrix RP
R.J. Alaniz Note
R.J. Alaniz photo 1300. R.J. Alaniz RP
Alex Blandino Note
Alex Blandino photo 1325. Alex Blandino 2B
Sal Romano Note
Sal Romano photo 1345. Sal Romano SP,RP
Jesse Biddle Note
Jesse Biddle photo 1350. Jesse Biddle RP
Travis Jankowski Note
Travis Jankowski photo 1370. Travis Jankowski RF
Jonathan India Note
Jonathan India photo 1425. Jonathan India 3B
Tyler Thornburg Note
Tyler Thornburg photo 1431. Tyler Thornburg RP
Matt Davidson Note
Matt Davidson photo 1496. Matt Davidson 1B,3B,DH
Ryan Lavarnway Note
Ryan Lavarnway photo 1539. Ryan Lavarnway C
Tony Santillan Note
Tony Santillan photo 1597. Tony Santillan SP
Brooks Raley Note
Brooks Raley photo 1638. Brooks Raley RP