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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Javier Baez Note
Javier Baez photo 56. Javier Baez 2B,SS
Everything went wrong for Baez in 2020. His already high strikeout rate increased to 31.9%. His already low walk rated fell to an abysmal 3.0%. He swung less, made contact less, and did not hit the ball as hard as he used to. In the end, Baez earned every bit of his .203 batting average and poor counting stats. But how much weight do you put into a 59-game stretch for a veteran like Baez, particularly when he complained that his inability to watch video between at-bats affected his overall performance. The answer is a little, but not all that much. Baez had a stellar three-year run as a reliable power-speed combination, and he'll be just 28 years old this season. The Cubs lineup won't be overly strong, but Baez should certainly put up numbers closer to his 2017-2019 totals than those he put up in 2020.
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Eduardo Rodriguez Note
Eduardo Rodriguez photo 195. Eduardo Rodriguez SP
Rodriguez missed the entire 2020 season because of serious complications from a heart conditions caused by COVID-19, but he looks to be healthy heading into 2021. Assuming he doesn't have any setbacks, he should be considered one of the safest pitchers in the game. You know what you're going to get from Rodriguez: an ERA around 4.00, a WHIP around 1.30, and solid strikeouts. Those numbers won't wow you, but Rodriguez has consistently limited hard contact throughout his career, so he should retain what amounts to a fairly high floor. Plus, the usual innings concerns shouldn't be as much of a factor for him, considering nearly every pitcher has similar concerns after 2020. For a late-round pitcher, he's hardly an upside play, but he should be someone you can stick in the back end of your rotation and not think much about it.
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Willi Castro Note
Willi Castro photo 257. Willi Castro 2B,3B,SS,LF
Jeimer Candelario Note
Jeimer Candelario photo 260. Jeimer Candelario 1B,3B
Candelario isn't going to wow you with his numbers, but he'll bat in the middle of the Tigers' order, has eligibility at first and third base, and improved his quality of contact greatly last year. You can try to write off his 2020 production as a product of the shortened season, but given his solid 2018 campaign, it looks more like 2019, and not 2020, was the outlier. Candelario probably tops out at 20 homers, but he should provide a decent average and be a fine bench player for most fantasy leagues.
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Victor Reyes Note
Victor Reyes photo 274. Victor Reyes LF,CF,RF
Tarik Skubal Note
Tarik Skubal photo 305. Tarik Skubal SP
Jonathan Schoop Note
Jonathan Schoop photo 316. Jonathan Schoop 1B,2B
Robbie Grossman Note
Robbie Grossman photo 357. Robbie Grossman LF,RF
Spencer Turnbull Note
Spencer Turnbull photo 368. Spencer Turnbull SP
Casey Mize Note
Casey Mize photo 370. Casey Mize SP
Miguel Cabrera Note
Miguel Cabrera photo 386. Miguel Cabrera 1B
Gregory Soto Note
Gregory Soto photo 425. Gregory Soto SP,RP
Bryan Garcia Note
Bryan Garcia photo 449. Bryan Garcia RP
Garcia is the favorite for the closer's role in Detroit, but don't be fooled by his 1.66 ERA last year, as it came with a 5.74 xFIP and a 4.98 K/9 mark. His minor league career has been fairly stellar (2.50 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 11.5 K/9), and he has extensive experience as a closer from both college and the minors. If you're drafting a Tigers reliever, it should be Garcia, but only at a bargain-basement price.
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Tucker Barnhart Note
Tucker Barnhart photo 483. Tucker Barnhart C
Matt Manning Note
Matt Manning photo 530. Matt Manning SP
Akil Baddoo Note
Akil Baddoo photo 556. Akil Baddoo LF,CF
Spencer Torkelson Note
Spencer Torkelson photo 562. Spencer Torkelson 3B
Jose Cisnero Note
Jose Cisnero photo 563. Jose Cisnero RP
Tyler Alexander Note
Tyler Alexander photo 606. Tyler Alexander SP,RP
Joe Jimenez Note
Joe Jimenez photo 645. Joe Jimenez RP
Isaac Paredes Note
Isaac Paredes photo 675. Isaac Paredes 2B,3B
Jacob Barnes Note
Jacob Barnes photo 726. Jacob Barnes RP
Michael Fulmer Note
Michael Fulmer photo 832. Michael Fulmer SP,RP
Joey Wentz Note
Joey Wentz photo 841. Joey Wentz SP
Jake Rogers Note
Jake Rogers photo 1015. Jake Rogers C
Daz Cameron Note
Daz Cameron photo 1033. Daz Cameron CF,RF
Harold Castro Note
Harold Castro photo 1233. Harold Castro 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF
Nolan Blackwood Note
Nolan Blackwood photo 1237. Nolan Blackwood RP
Nivaldo Rodriguez Note
Nivaldo Rodriguez photo 1340. Nivaldo Rodriguez RP
David McKay Note
David McKay photo 1350. David McKay RP
Will Vest Note
Will Vest photo 1352. Will Vest RP
Jason Foley Note
Jason Foley photo 1363. Jason Foley RP
Kyle Funkhouser Note
Kyle Funkhouser photo 1378. Kyle Funkhouser RP
Rony Garcia Note
Rony Garcia photo 1393. Rony Garcia RP
Dustin Garneau Note
Dustin Garneau photo 1404. Dustin Garneau C
Eric Haase Note
Eric Haase photo 1410. Eric Haase C,LF
Zack Short Note
Zack Short photo 1524. Zack Short SS
Kody Clemens Note
Kody Clemens photo 1526. Kody Clemens 2B
Derek Hill Note
Derek Hill photo 1553. Derek Hill CF