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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2024 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Elly De La Cruz Note
Elly De La Cruz photo 36. Elly De La Cruz 3B,SS
Elly De La Cruz might be the most exciting and riskiest player on the board. He has a ton of potential that he occasionally flashed in his rookie season. For instance, he stole 35 bases in only 98 games and is in the 100th percentile in sprint speed at 30.5. He also hit the ball hard... when he hit it. His K%, Whiff%, and Chase% are all in the "highly undesirable" range, which drove his OBP down to .300. The primary question for fantasy managers is: When do you believe he will figure out major league pitching? De La Cruz's minor league stats suggest that day will come, and as part of Cincinnati's wave of the future, the 21-year-old will have a very long leash to figure things out in 2024. If you want his potential on your fantasy team, you will have to grab him earlier than you probably want. I'd stay away from him until the fifth round in 2024.
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Alexis Diaz Note
Alexis Diaz photo 91. Alexis Diaz RP
Alexis Diaz finished second in the National League with 37 saves and had a 3.07 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. He also struck out 86 batters in 67 1/3 innings, and he held opponents to an xBA of .192. The knocks against Diaz are that he was in the sixth percentile in BB% at 12.6, and he pitches in Cincinnati, which always feels like playing with fire. The 27-year-old is a step away from being in the upper tier of closers, but he will provide plenty of saves if you can tolerate the walks.
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Spencer Steer Note
Spencer Steer photo 111. Spencer Steer 1B,2B,3B,LF
Spencer Steer is expected to be eligible for 1B/3B/OF, and possibly even 2B in some formats. With a solid 2023 season of 156 games, 23 homers, and 15 steals for the Reds, Steer is a promising fantasy pick. Batting in the middle of an exciting lineup with huge potential, he's on track to surpass his 86 RBI from last year. While not standing out in advanced metrics, Steer's consistent performance offers value in Round 9 and beyond, and the fact he plays half his games at Great American Ballpark is a plus for fantasy managers.
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Christian Encarnacion-Strand Note
Christian Encarnacion-Strand photo 126. Christian Encarnacion-Strand 1B
Christian Encarnacion-Strand got 241 plate appearances for Cincinnati in 2023, hitting 13 home runs and slashing .270/.328/.477. The acquisition of Jeimer Candelario leaves the 24-year-old without a regular position other than DH, but that's all fantasy managers will need him for. CES has the profile to become a very helpful fantasy bat and can slot in as a corner infielder in lineups nicely.
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Hunter Greene Note
Hunter Greene photo 133. Hunter Greene SP
Jeimer Candelario Note
Jeimer Candelario photo 186. Jeimer Candelario 1B,3B
Jonathan India Note
Jonathan India photo 188. Jonathan India 2B
TJ Friedl Note
TJ Friedl photo 235. TJ Friedl LF,CF
In 2023, TJ Friedl surpassed projections, but a decline is likely ahead. His actual stats were .255/.335/.429, higher than his predicted .240/.290/.321. With 18 home runs and over 20 steals, his potential remains if he keeps leading the batting order, possibly yielding 80 runs. His strong Whiff% and K% don't guarantee an improved OBP. Caution against valuing him based on his 2023 performance; expect lesser results in 2024.
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Nick Lodolo Note
Nick Lodolo photo 242. Nick Lodolo SP
Jake Fraley Note
Jake Fraley photo 245. Jake Fraley LF,RF
Matt McLain Note
Matt McLain photo 268. Matt McLain 2B,SS
Tyler Stephenson Note
Tyler Stephenson photo 270. Tyler Stephenson C
Andrew Abbott Note
Andrew Abbott photo 273. Andrew Abbott SP
Will Benson Note
Will Benson photo 278. Will Benson LF,CF,RF
Noelvi Marte Note
Noelvi Marte photo 323. Noelvi Marte 3B
Frankie Montas Note
Frankie Montas photo 341. Frankie Montas SP,RP
Graham Ashcraft Note
Graham Ashcraft photo 422. Graham Ashcraft SP
Nick Martinez Note
Nick Martinez photo 504. Nick Martinez SP,RP
Connor Phillips Note
Connor Phillips photo 569. Connor Phillips SP
Emilio Pagan Note
Emilio Pagan photo 619. Emilio Pagan RP
Rhett Lowder Note
Rhett Lowder photo 642. Rhett Lowder SP
Brandon Williamson Note
Brandon Williamson photo 692. Brandon Williamson SP
Lucas Sims Note
Lucas Sims photo 718. Lucas Sims RP
Fernando Cruz Note
Fernando Cruz photo 766. Fernando Cruz RP
Blake Dunn Note
Blake Dunn photo 786. Blake Dunn OF
Santiago Espinal Note
Santiago Espinal photo 793. Santiago Espinal 2B,3B,SS
Stuart Fairchild Note
Stuart Fairchild photo 825. Stuart Fairchild LF,CF,RF
Luke Maile Note
Luke Maile photo 870. Luke Maile C
Sam Moll Note
Sam Moll photo 896. Sam Moll RP
Jacob Hurtubise Note
Jacob Hurtubise photo 947. Jacob Hurtubise LF
Ian Gibaut Note
Ian Gibaut photo 952. Ian Gibaut RP
Brooks Kriske Note
Brooks Kriske photo 1105. Brooks Kriske RP
Nick Martini Note
Nick Martini photo 1168. Nick Martini LF
Tejay Antone Note
Tejay Antone photo 1225. Tejay Antone SP,RP
Brent Suter Note
Brent Suter photo 1226. Brent Suter RP
Yosver Zulueta Note
Yosver Zulueta photo 1232. Yosver Zulueta SP
Justin Bruihl Note
Justin Bruihl photo 1275. Justin Bruihl RP
Alan Busenitz Note
Alan Busenitz photo 1312. Alan Busenitz RP
Christian Roa Note
Christian Roa photo 1321. Christian Roa SP
Alex Young Note
Alex Young photo 1339. Alex Young RP
Buck Farmer Note
Buck Farmer photo 1350. Buck Farmer RP
Justin Wilson Note
Justin Wilson photo 1376. Justin Wilson RP
Lyon Richardson Note
Lyon Richardson photo 1384. Lyon Richardson SP
Casey Legumina Note
Casey Legumina photo 1438. Casey Legumina RP
Connor Overton Note
Connor Overton photo 1444. Connor Overton SP
Carson Spiers Note
Carson Spiers photo 1480. Carson Spiers SP
Tony Santillan Note
Tony Santillan photo 1500. Tony Santillan RP
Austin Wynns Note
Austin Wynns photo 1517. Austin Wynns C
Mike Ford Note
Mike Ford photo 1571. Mike Ford 1B
Bubba Thompson Note
Bubba Thompson photo 1613. Bubba Thompson LF,CF
Mark Mathias Note
Mark Mathias photo 1656. Mark Mathias 2B
Conner Capel Note
Conner Capel photo 1657. Conner Capel LF,RF
P.J. Higgins Note
P.J. Higgins photo 1669. P.J. Higgins C,1B
Peyton Burdick Note
Peyton Burdick photo 1697. Peyton Burdick RF
Livan Soto Note
Livan Soto photo 1701. Livan Soto SS
Rece Hinds Note
Rece Hinds photo 1722. Rece Hinds OF
Erik Gonzalez Note
Erik Gonzalez photo 1741. Erik Gonzalez Util