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2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Francisco Lindor Note
Francisco Lindor photo 6. Francisco Lindor SS
Lindor's 2019 season got off to a rocky start with a right calf strain in February followed by a sprained left ankle in March. But when he returned in late April, he didn't miss a beat, putting up a classic 30-20 season and contributing in all five categories. There were some minor negatives for Lindor - his strikeout rate went up, his walk rate went down, and he had an expected batting average of just .276, the lowest of his career. But Lindor's floor at this point is so enormously high that he's one of the few no-risk players, and he shouldn't slip past the top 10 in drafts or, frankly, the top seven.
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Jose Ramirez Note
Jose Ramirez photo 16. Jose Ramirez 3B
Ramirez's overall 2019 season was obviously subpar, as much as a 23-homer, 24-steal year can be. He batted just .218 in the first half with a mere seven home runs, and his fantasy value was saved only by his 18 first-half steals. But he looked closer to his old self in the second half, batting .327 with an 1.105 OPS. Whether it was him trying to do too much in the first half or something related to his newborn child (his surge happened to coincide with his return from paternity leave), Ramirez's return to normalcy in the second half should give you plenty of confidence in his 2020 outlook.
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Shane Bieber Note
Shane Bieber photo 29. Shane Bieber SP
Bieber was simply fantastic in 2019 and gave you everything you want from a stud pitcher. He was second in the league innings, had a 3.28 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP, and was top-10 in strikeout and walk rates. He gave up his fair share of home runs but, overall, there are next to no complaint about Bieber. Draft him with confidence as a low-end ace.
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Mike Clevinger Note
Mike Clevinger photo 44. Mike Clevinger SP
Clevinger sustained a partial medial meniscus tear in his left knee on February 14th and underwent surgery. Although his 6-8 week timetable made it highly unlikely that he'd be back for Opening Day, the postponement of the season means that Clevinger should be ready to go when the bell rings. That should make him a top-12 pitcher at worst.
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Brad Hand Note
Brad Hand photo 104. Brad Hand RP
Hand didn't have a bad year by any means, but there were two major areas of decline. The first was a cratering of his ground ball rate, and the second was that batters simply hit his fastball much, much better than in previous years. Hand is a reliever, which means volatility, and his strikeout rate remains well above-average. But with just a club option left on his deal, he could be a candidate to be dealt if the Indians struggle out of the gate.
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Carlos Santana Note
Carlos Santana photo 110. Carlos Santana 1B,DH
After a lousy 2018, it seemed Santana's bat had finally hit the end of career wall, but he bounced back to a tune of 34 homers, 110 runs and saw his batting average soar from .229 to .281. All are expected to regress in 2019, but not enough to make him worth passing on in the 12th round.
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Carlos Carrasco Note
Carlos Carrasco photo 113. Carlos Carrasco SP,RP
Carrasco was already dealing with plenty of question marks after losing much of last season to leukemia, and now has been diagnosed with a mild hip flexor. He's day-to-day but it's obviously not the start to the spring that Carrasco owners were hoping for. Continue to monitor his progress but he avoids setbacks, he represents a fairly steep bargain in fantasy drafts, given his past performance and the fact that last year can largely be written off to his illness.
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Franmil Reyes Note
Franmil Reyes photo 116. Franmil Reyes DH,RF
Franmil played most of his season with San Diego's pitcher-friendly park as his home venue but still managed 37 homers in just 494 total at-bats. The batting average will likely end up south of .270 but 50 homers is a possibility out of the 13th round, so you know what to do.
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Oscar Mercado Note
Oscar Mercado photo 122. Oscar Mercado CF,LF
Mercado impressed as a rookie, hitting 15 homers, stealing 15 bags and scoring 70 runs in just 115 games. His production slowed at the end of the year, though, and the overall batting average will likely dip so don't expect the same useful pace for all of 2020.
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Cesar Hernandez Note
Cesar Hernandez photo 240. Cesar Hernandez 2B
There is nothing sexy about grabbing Hernandez in the 22nd round as your #3 middle infielder but he has been as consistent as you'll find over the last few years. He is a safe bet for 15 homers, 10 steals and useful batting average while playing just about every game.
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Aaron Civale Note
Aaron Civale photo 267. Aaron Civale SP
Civale's stuff isn't particularly impressive, but he has a good minor league track record and had an impressive 10-start audition last year. He won't wow you with strikeouts, and his ERA is likely to be a run and a half higher than his 2.34 mark from 2019, but he should provide innings that help in AL-only leagues.
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Domingo Santana Note
Domingo Santana photo 318. Domingo Santana LF,RF
James Karinchak Note
James Karinchak photo 384. James Karinchak RP
Zach Plesac Note
Zach Plesac photo 392. Zach Plesac SP
Roberto Perez Note
Roberto Perez photo 405. Roberto Perez C
Perez managed to finish among the top 12 fantasy catchers last season, driving in 63 runs on 24 homers. The batting average ended up below .240 but with a low-end C2, that is just par for the course.
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Nick Wittgren Note
Nick Wittgren photo 477. Nick Wittgren RP
Emmanuel Clase Note
Emmanuel Clase photo 489. Emmanuel Clase
Jake Bauers Note
Jake Bauers photo 604. Jake Bauers 1B,DH,LF
Bauers has not produced at the level many prospect hounds expected but he does have upside to break out this year to a tune of 20 homers, 10 steals and a .250 batting average if he hangs onto the job.
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Jordan Luplow Note
Jordan Luplow photo 610. Jordan Luplow LF,RF
Oliver Perez Note
Oliver Perez photo 628. Oliver Perez RP
Adam Plutko Note
Adam Plutko photo 629. Adam Plutko SP
Logan Allen Note
Logan Allen photo 673. Logan Allen RP
Hunter Wood Note
Hunter Wood photo 680. Hunter Wood RP
Adam Cimber Note
Adam Cimber photo 690. Adam Cimber RP
Delino DeShields Note
Delino DeShields photo 740. Delino DeShields CF
Greg Allen Note
Greg Allen photo 766. Greg Allen LF
James Hoyt Note
James Hoyt photo 782. James Hoyt RP
Sandy Leon Note
Sandy Leon photo 812. Sandy Leon C
Bradley Zimmer Note
Bradley Zimmer photo 814. Bradley Zimmer RF
Triston McKenzie Note
Triston McKenzie photo 818. Triston McKenzie SP
Phil Maton Note
Phil Maton photo 927. Phil Maton SS
Scott Moss Note
Scott Moss photo 953. Scott Moss SP
Tyler Naquin Note
Tyler Naquin photo 989. Tyler Naquin RF
Christian Arroyo Note
Christian Arroyo photo 1028. Christian Arroyo 3B
Dominic Leone Note
Dominic Leone photo 1128. Dominic Leone RP
Jefry Rodriguez Note
Jefry Rodriguez photo 1183. Jefry Rodriguez SP
Beau Taylor Note
Beau Taylor photo 1388. Beau Taylor C
Nolan Jones Note
Nolan Jones photo 1453. Nolan Jones 3B
Yu Chang Note
Yu Chang photo 1462. Yu Chang 3B
Daniel Johnson Note
Daniel Johnson photo 1469. Daniel Johnson RF
Bobby Bradley Note
Bobby Bradley photo 1484. Bobby Bradley DH
Hanley Ramirez Note
Hanley Ramirez photo 1536. Hanley Ramirez DH
Mike Freeman Note
Mike Freeman photo 1595. Mike Freeman 2B
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