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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

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.
17 weeks ago
Jose Ramirez Note
Jose Ramirez photo 13. 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.
17 weeks ago
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.
17 weeks ago
Brad Hand Note
Brad Hand photo 103. 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.
17 weeks ago
Carlos Santana Note
Carlos Santana photo 106. Carlos Santana 1B
Franmil Reyes Note
Franmil Reyes photo 111. Franmil Reyes RF
Carlos Carrasco Note
Carlos Carrasco photo 118. 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.
17 weeks ago
Oscar Mercado Note
Oscar Mercado photo 123. Oscar Mercado LF,CF,RF
Cesar Hernandez Note
Cesar Hernandez photo 217. Cesar Hernandez 2B
Aaron Civale Note
Aaron Civale photo 263. 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.
17 weeks ago
Domingo Santana Note
Domingo Santana photo 307. Domingo Santana LF,RF
James Karinchak Note
James Karinchak photo 375. James Karinchak RP
Zach Plesac Note
Zach Plesac photo 394. Zach Plesac SP
Roberto Perez Note
Roberto Perez photo 416. Roberto Perez C
Nick Wittgren Note
Nick Wittgren photo 478. Nick Wittgren RP
Jake Bauers Note
Jake Bauers photo 551. Jake Bauers 1B,LF
Josh Naylor Note
Josh Naylor photo 602. Josh Naylor LF,RF
Oliver Perez Note
Oliver Perez photo 604. Oliver Perez RP
Logan Allen Note
Logan Allen photo 625. Logan Allen SP,RP
Emmanuel Clase Note
Emmanuel Clase photo 647. Emmanuel Clase RP
Cal Quantrill Note
Cal Quantrill photo 670. Cal Quantrill SP,RP
Adam Plutko Note
Adam Plutko photo 684. Adam Plutko SP,RP
Hunter Wood Note
Hunter Wood photo 704. Hunter Wood RP
Delino DeShields Note
Delino DeShields photo 727. Delino DeShields CF
DeShields tested positive for COVID-19, but returned to the Indians on July 11. On July 13, however, the team placed him on the IL for undisclosed reasons, which suggests that he has not fully cleared protocol. For now, avoid drafting DeShields, who doesn't appear to have a place to play in any event.
11 weeks ago
Jordan Luplow Note
Jordan Luplow photo 761. Jordan Luplow LF,RF
Triston McKenzie Note
Triston McKenzie photo 767. Triston McKenzie SP
Austin Hedges Note
Austin Hedges photo 772. Austin Hedges C
Adam Cimber Note
Adam Cimber photo 781. Adam Cimber RP
Scott Moss Note
Scott Moss photo 844. Scott Moss SP
Logan Allen Note
Logan Allen photo 906. Logan Allen
Phil Maton Note
Phil Maton photo 935. Phil Maton RP
Sandy Leon Note
Sandy Leon photo 945. Sandy Leon C
Tyler Naquin Note
Tyler Naquin photo 961. Tyler Naquin LF,RF
Dominic Leone Note
Dominic Leone photo 1027. Dominic Leone RP
Bradley Zimmer Note
Bradley Zimmer photo 1037. Bradley Zimmer CF
Jefry Rodriguez Note
Jefry Rodriguez photo 1081. Jefry Rodriguez SP
Daniel Johnson Note
Daniel Johnson photo 1145. Daniel Johnson CF
David Hernandez Note
David Hernandez photo 1161. David Hernandez RP
Beau Taylor Note
Beau Taylor photo 1334. Beau Taylor C
Bobby Bradley Note
Bobby Bradley photo 1384. Bobby Bradley 1B
Mike Freeman Note
Mike Freeman photo 1419. Mike Freeman 2B,3B,SS
Yu Chang Note
Yu Chang photo 1422. Yu Chang 3B
Nolan Jones Note
Nolan Jones photo 1537. Nolan Jones 3B
Hanley Ramirez Note
Hanley Ramirez photo 1544. Hanley Ramirez Util
Owen Miller Note
Owen Miller photo 1572. Owen Miller SS