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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.
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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.
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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.
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Mike Moustakas Note
Mike Moustakas photo 93. Mike Moustakas 2B,3B
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.
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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.
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Archie Bradley Note
Archie Bradley photo 172. Archie Bradley RP
Once Greg Holland opened the door for Bradley to take over as the closer, Bradley tiptoed through the opening. Although he held down the role and put up save totals, it wasn't pretty, as he walked about 4.5 batters per nine innings. That's a dangerous recipe for a closer, particularly when the front office hasn't seemed particularly motivated to turn over the role to him. But, entering 2020, the closer's role is Bradley's, and if he can find his control from 2017-2018, he should have success.
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Nick Senzel Note
Nick Senzel photo 215. Nick Senzel 2B,CF
Joey Votto Note
Joey Votto photo 219. Joey Votto 1B
Shogo Akiyama Note
Shogo Akiyama photo 257. 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.
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Aristides Aquino Note
Aristides Aquino photo 284. Aristides Aquino RF
Jesse Winker Note
Jesse Winker photo 333. Jesse Winker LF,CF,RF
Wade Miley Note
Wade Miley photo 403. Wade Miley SP
Tyler Mahle Note
Tyler Mahle photo 444. Tyler Mahle SP
Michael Lorenzen Note
Michael Lorenzen photo 451. Michael Lorenzen CF,RP
Amir Garrett Note
Amir Garrett photo 486. Amir Garrett RP
Tucker Barnhart Note
Tucker Barnhart photo 495. Tucker Barnhart C
Lucas Sims Note
Lucas Sims photo 549. Lucas Sims SP,RP
Brian Goodwin Note
Brian Goodwin photo 569. Brian Goodwin LF,CF,RF
Curt Casali Note
Curt Casali photo 725. Curt Casali C
Jose De Leon Note
Jose De Leon photo 853. Jose De Leon SP,RP
Jeff Hoffman Note
Jeff Hoffman photo 896. Jeff Hoffman SP
Hunter Greene Note
Hunter Greene photo 1013. Hunter Greene SP
Jose Garcia Note
Jose Garcia photo 1034. Jose Garcia SS
Brandon Bailey Note
Brandon Bailey photo 1048. Brandon Bailey RP
Kyle Farmer Note
Kyle Farmer photo 1071. Kyle Farmer C,1B,2B,3B
Tyler Stephenson Note
Tyler Stephenson photo 1086. Tyler Stephenson C
Joel Kuhnel Note
Joel Kuhnel photo 1132. Joel Kuhnel RP
Matt Bowman Note
Matt Bowman photo 1193. Matt Bowman RP
Ryan Hendrix Note
Ryan Hendrix photo 1212. Ryan Hendrix RP
R.J. Alaniz Note
R.J. Alaniz photo 1224. R.J. Alaniz RP
Sal Romano Note
Sal Romano photo 1248. Sal Romano SP,RP
Mark Payton Note
Mark Payton photo 1368. Mark Payton LF,CF
Alex Blandino Note
Alex Blandino photo 1376. Alex Blandino 2B
Ryan Lavarnway Note
Ryan Lavarnway photo 1468. Ryan Lavarnway C
Jonathan India Note
Jonathan India photo 1509. Jonathan India 3B