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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Trevor Story Note
Trevor Story photo 8. Trevor Story SS
It's safe to say that Story's 2017 season was just an outlier, and he's established a fairly reliable 35-homer, 20-plus steal baseline. Pay no attention to Story's dramatically lower xBA - Coors Field will always inflate batting average and should keep Story's mark with roughly a .280 floor at worst. Even at a deep shortstop position, he's a unique five-category player, and is an easy first-round selection.
10 weeks ago
Nolan Arenado Note
Nolan Arenado photo 11. Nolan Arenado 3B
There's very little to say about Arenado at this point. He's batted between .287 and .315, hit between 37 and 42 home runs, and driven in between 97 and 116 runs in each of the last five years. Entering his age-29 season, there are simply no concerns about Arenado so long as he remains in Colorado all year, though that is admittedly a bit of a question mark at this point. But really, so long as you are comfortable that you won't get steals from your first-round pick, there's no reason to shy away from Arenado whatsoever.
10 weeks ago
Charlie Blackmon Note
Charlie Blackmon photo 36. Charlie Blackmon RF
Blackmon was one of the first players who was known to test positive for COVID-19. As of July 10, he still had not yet reported to Rockies camp. Given the lack of input into Blackmon's situation, it's certainly possible that he'll be healthy and ready to go by the time the season starts. But, for now, drop him at least a round or two in your rankings until you hear more.
3 weeks ago
David Dahl Note
David Dahl photo 115. David Dahl CF,LF,RF
Dahl has always had trouble staying healthy even while he is was in the minors but while he is on the field, you know you'll get strong production. Think of him in the same light as Michael Brantley, who should bat around .300 with about 20 homers and a handful of steals.
13 weeks ago
German Marquez Note
German Marquez photo 157. German Marquez SP
Although Marquez seemed like the rare pitcher who could conquer Coors Field, 2019 showed otherwise. Marquez pitched to a 3.67 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP on the road, but a 6.26 ERA and 1.55 WHIP at home. Can he overcome the thin air this year? It's possible, but history is littered with pitchers who managed to buck the trend for one year only to fail to do so again. Marquez has the skill, but his home park make it seem unlikely he can provide quality value.
10 weeks ago
Ryan McMahon Note
Ryan McMahon photo 195. Ryan McMahon 2B,3B
McMahon didn't play every day as some expected but he still managed 24 homers. With more playing time this year, that could spike to 30+ and his .250 BA is likely to improve as well considering his aptitude in that department throughout the minors.
13 weeks ago
Jon Gray Note
Jon Gray photo 209. Jon Gray SP
It would be interesting to see what Gray could do on a team other than the Rockies, but at least we pretty much know what he'll do in Colorado. Pitch to around a 4.00-4.50 ERA, have a WHIP in the 1.35 range, and strike out a batter per inning. Forget about the magical growth we keep waiting for. Draft him at this numbers, which work in an NL-only or deeper mixed league.
10 weeks ago
Daniel Murphy Note
Daniel Murphy photo 212. Daniel Murphy 1B
Murphy didn't do all that much either of the last two seasons with just 12 and 13 homers plus 90 missed games combined, but his batting average has still be reliably good. If he can manage to stay healthy, .315 and 20 HRs is not out of the question.
13 weeks ago
Garrett Hampson Note
Garrett Hampson photo 238. Garrett Hampson 2B,CF
Hampson was everyone's favorite late-round sleeper last year but the Rockies fiddled around with their lineup and he was only given 299 at-bats. In that time, he showed some power and great speed, but that batting average struggled. Unless they trade Arenado, he might struggle for playing time again.
13 weeks ago
Scott Oberg Note
Scott Oberg photo 280. Scott Oberg RP
Oberg turned in another stellar year despite pitching in Colorado, and took over for Wade Davis as the closer by the end of the year. Davis will enter the 2020 season as the closer, but given his performance last year, his leash is going to be fairly short. Oberg makes one of the better handcuffs to own, though it's more about his opportunity and less about his ratios.
10 weeks ago
Sam Hilliard Note
Sam Hilliard photo 295. Sam Hilliard CF
With the addition of the designated hitter and with Ian Desmond opting out of playing in 2020, Hilliard should see everyday at-bats with the Rockies. In Triple-A last year, Hilliard hit 35 home runs and stole 22 bases in just 126 games, and he popped seven home runs in 27 MLB games. That's a player who you should have been grabbing at the end of every one of your drafts given his enormous upside, and should now be moving fast up your draft board.
5 weeks ago
Wade Davis Note
Wade Davis photo 323. Wade Davis RP
Davis had a disastrous 2019 season, pitching to an 8.65 ERA and losing his closer's job. He'll enter 2020 back in the ninth-inning role but his leash will certainly be short with Scott Oberg waiting in the wings. Davis should likely be the last "closer" drafted.
10 weeks ago
Raimel Tapia Note
Raimel Tapia photo 440. Raimel Tapia LF
Brendan Rodgers Note
Brendan Rodgers photo 503. Brendan Rodgers 2B
Rodgers hasn't shown it at the big league level yet but there is a reason he has been a top 20 prospect for four straight years. His bat should provide a strong batting average with sufficient power but that won't happen until the Rockies finally give him some playing time.
13 weeks ago
Jairo Diaz Note
Jairo Diaz photo 527. Jairo Diaz RP
Kyle Freeland Note
Kyle Freeland photo 528. Kyle Freeland SP
Matt Kemp Note
Matt Kemp photo 575. Matt Kemp DH,LF
Carlos Estevez Note
Carlos Estevez photo 583. Carlos Estevez RP
Tony Wolters Note
Tony Wolters photo 595. Tony Wolters C
Antonio Senzatela Note
Antonio Senzatela photo 761. Antonio Senzatela SP
Dom Nunez Note
Dom Nunez photo 825. Dom Nunez C
James Pazos Note
James Pazos photo 832. James Pazos RP
Josh Fuentes Note
Josh Fuentes photo 842. Josh Fuentes 1B
Jose Mujica Note
Jose Mujica photo 876. Jose Mujica
Elias Diaz Note
Elias Diaz photo 902. Elias Diaz C
Ashton Goudeau Note
Ashton Goudeau photo 951. Ashton Goudeau SP
Drew Butera Note
Drew Butera photo 963. Drew Butera C
Jeff Hoffman Note
Jeff Hoffman photo 981. Jeff Hoffman SP
Peter Lambert Note
Peter Lambert photo 999. Peter Lambert SP
Ryan Castellani Note
Ryan Castellani photo 1078. Ryan Castellani SP
Mike Gerber Note
Mike Gerber photo 1195. Mike Gerber RP
Chi Chi Gonzalez Note
Chi Chi Gonzalez photo 1221. Chi Chi Gonzalez SP
Yonathan Daza Note
Yonathan Daza photo 1281. Yonathan Daza CF
Chris Owings Note
Chris Owings photo 1283. Chris Owings 2B
Ben Bowden Note
Ben Bowden photo 1294. Ben Bowden RP
Colton Welker Note
Colton Welker photo 1318. Colton Welker 3B
Tyler Nevin Note
Tyler Nevin photo 1351. Tyler Nevin 1B
Phillip Diehl Note
Phillip Diehl photo 1362. Phillip Diehl RP
Yency Almonte Note
Yency Almonte photo 1376. Yency Almonte RP
Tim Collins Note
Tim Collins photo 1420. Tim Collins RP
Tyler Kinley Note
Tyler Kinley photo 1435. Tyler Kinley RP
Wes Parsons Note
Wes Parsons photo 1448. Wes Parsons RP
Jesus Tinoco Note
Jesus Tinoco photo 1450. Jesus Tinoco RP
Daniel Bard Note
Daniel Bard photo 1451. Daniel Bard RP
Joe Harvey Note
Joe Harvey photo 1511. Joe Harvey RP
Harrison Musgrave Note
Harrison Musgrave photo 1526. Harrison Musgrave RP
Zac Rosscup Note
Zac Rosscup photo 1527. Zac Rosscup RP
Mark Reynolds Note
Mark Reynolds photo 1556. Mark Reynolds 1B
Alexander Guillen Note
Alexander Guillen photo 1595. Alexander Guillen RP
Eric Stamets Note
Eric Stamets photo 1629. Eric Stamets SS