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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Whit Merrifield Note
Whit Merrifield photo 41. Whit Merrifield 2B,CF,RF
Merrifield has established an extremely strong floor, as he'll almost always be an asset in batting average, steals, and runs scored, and chip in for the remaining categories. There were some concern after his steals dropped to just 20 in 2019, but he bounced back to a 32-steal pace last year while also seeing a power spike. Merrifield is 32 years old and does not hit the ball particularly hard, but that's really irrelevant at this point. He is what he is, and with multi-position eligibility, what he is a major asset in fantasy and one of the top second basemen in fantasy.
8 weeks ago
Adalberto Mondesi Note
Adalberto Mondesi photo 45. Adalberto Mondesi SS
Mondesi will begin the year on the 10-day IL with a strained oblique. When healthy, however, there's no reason to doubt his performance. Even in a shortened year, it was a tale of two seasons for Mondesi. In 35 games in July and August, he batted just .186 with 11 runs, two RBI, no home runs, and eight steals. In his final 24 games, he batted .356 with six home runs, 22 runs scored, 20 RBI, and 16 steals. In the end, Mondesi delivered exactly the type of season that fantasy managers have come to expect, and his 24 steals were eight more than the next highest total. Mondesi won't help in batting average and offers minimal power, but he's an unmatched source of steals. And given that much of his lackluster first month can probably be written off to offseason shoulder surgery, fantasy managers should be able to expect closer to the second-half version of Mondesi rather than the first this year.
7 weeks ago
Salvador Perez Note
Salvador Perez photo 106. Salvador Perez C
Perez returned from missing all of the 2019 season to put up monstrous numbers. He batted .333 with 11 home runs in just 37 games. Sure, his meager walk rate became even worst and he struck out more than ever, but his strong numbers were absolutely earned. He had an expected batting average of .325, an expected slugging percentage of .624, and barreled baseballs at a significantly higher rate than he ever had before. Perez will be 31 years old this year this year but considering that he's had just 156 plate appearances combined over the past two years (after having one of the heaviest workloads for a catcher over the previous six seasons), he should have some gas left in the tank. Draft him as a top-three catcher without hesitation.
8 weeks ago
Jorge Soler Note
Jorge Soler photo 119. Jorge Soler RF
Soler's injury-shortened 2020 season didn't live up to his massive 2019 campaign, but he did show that a lot of his gains were legitimate. Yes, it was more of a 30-homer pace, but his barrel rate, average exit velocity, and hard hit rate were all elite, as they were the prior year. Soler struck out way too much (34.5% of the time), and if he can't fix that, then his average will suffer as it did last year. But, his walk rate remains high and the power is going to be there with how hard he hits the ball. He's a source of cheap power you can grab later than other similarly-profiled bats going several rounds earlier.
8 weeks ago
Andrew Benintendi Note
Andrew Benintendi photo 196. Andrew Benintendi LF,CF
Benintendi will get a fresh start with the Royals in 2021, and if any player ever needed a change of scenery, it's him. After looking like a perennial 20-20 player with a solid batting average, Benintendi has fallen off a cliff the last two years. To the extent you could boil his struggles down to something simple, it was that he appeared to get too homer-happy in 2019. Despite making better contact when he did hit the ball, his swinging strike rate jumped by four points to 11.6%, and his fly ball percentage and launch angle skyrocketed. Things didn't look much better in his brief 2020 season, which was cut short by a rib injury. Benintendi is still young, and out of the spotlight of the Boston media, might be able to return to what made him an impact player prior to 2019. You won't need to spend a ton to find out, thankfully, and he's worth a late-round pick in all formats.
8 weeks ago
Carlos Santana Note
Carlos Santana photo 199. Carlos Santana 1B
Hunter Dozier Note
Hunter Dozier photo 216. Hunter Dozier 1B,3B,RF
Dozier is almost entirely off the fantasy radar this year, but that feels like an overreaction to 2020. Yes, his poor performance last year makes his breakout 2019 performance seem like an outlier, but really, it seems like 2020, rather than 2019, should be discounted. Dozier's quality of contact was awful last year, but it was out of character for him over the previous two seasons, and was more likely the result of him having tested positive for COVID-19 rather than from a sudden loss of skills. The Royals' lineup is sneaky deep, and Dozier will start at third base this season, giving him eligibility at three positions. Considering he's free in drafts, there is every reason to scoop him up with a late-round pick.
8 weeks ago
Brady Singer Note
Brady Singer photo 232. Brady Singer SP
Greg Holland Note
Greg Holland photo 254. Greg Holland RP
Holland re-signed with the Royals after an outstanding season, during which he put up an ERA under 2.00 and a WHIP below 1.00 for the first time since 2014. He'll almost certainly begin the year as the closer, but he's unlikely to stay in the role for the entire season. Even if he's not dealt to a contender by the trade deadline, his walk rate is surely to be closer to the 5.3/9 innings that he put up his previous four seasons, rather than the 2.22 he managed last year. Draft Holland late as someone who can chip in saves early, but be prepared to hit the waiver wire later in the year.
8 weeks ago
Mike Minor Note
Mike Minor photo 271. Mike Minor SP
Brad Keller Note
Brad Keller photo 333. Brad Keller SP
Josh Staumont Note
Josh Staumont photo 433. Josh Staumont RP
Danny Duffy Note
Danny Duffy photo 438. Danny Duffy SP
Scott Barlow Note
Scott Barlow photo 474. Scott Barlow RP
Hanser Alberto Note
Hanser Alberto photo 489. Hanser Alberto 2B,3B
Michael A. Taylor Note
Michael A. Taylor photo 507. Michael A. Taylor LF,CF,RF
Jesse Hahn Note
Jesse Hahn photo 522. Jesse Hahn RP
Bobby Witt Jr. Note
Bobby Witt Jr. photo 538. Bobby Witt Jr. SS
Kris Bubic Note
Kris Bubic photo 614. Kris Bubic SP
Edward Olivares Note
Edward Olivares photo 667. Edward Olivares LF,CF,RF
Kyle Zimmer Note
Kyle Zimmer photo 681. Kyle Zimmer RP
Jakob Junis Note
Jakob Junis photo 708. Jakob Junis SP,RP
Nicky Lopez Note
Nicky Lopez photo 770. Nicky Lopez 2B,SS
Richard Lovelady Note
Richard Lovelady photo 779. Richard Lovelady RP
Jake Newberry Note
Jake Newberry photo 811. Jake Newberry RP
Wade Davis Note
Wade Davis photo 817. Wade Davis RP
Daniel Lynch Note
Daniel Lynch photo 910. Daniel Lynch SP
Jackson Kowar Note
Jackson Kowar photo 956. Jackson Kowar SP
Ryan O'Hearn Note
Ryan O'Hearn photo 961. Ryan O'Hearn 1B
Cam Gallagher Note
Cam Gallagher photo 997. Cam Gallagher C
Ronald Bolanos Note
Ronald Bolanos photo 1023. Ronald Bolanos
Ryan McBroom Note
Ryan McBroom photo 1034. Ryan McBroom 1B,RF
Carlos Hernandez Note
Carlos Hernandez photo 1051. Carlos Hernandez SP
Jarrod Dyson Note
Jarrod Dyson photo 1056. Jarrod Dyson LF,CF,RF
Meibrys Viloria Note
Meibrys Viloria photo 1067. Meibrys Viloria C
Bubba Starling Note
Bubba Starling photo 1100. Bubba Starling CF,RF
Ervin Santana Note
Ervin Santana photo 1110. Ervin Santana SP,RP
Tyler Zuber Note
Tyler Zuber photo 1135. Tyler Zuber RP
Gabe Speier Note
Gabe Speier photo 1243. Gabe Speier RP
Asa Lacy Note
Asa Lacy photo 1254. Asa Lacy RP
Lucius Fox Note
Lucius Fox photo 1271. Lucius Fox SS
Carlos Sanabria Note
Carlos Sanabria photo 1338. Carlos Sanabria RP
Scott Blewett Note
Scott Blewett photo 1353. Scott Blewett RP
Chance Adams Note
Chance Adams photo 1367. Chance Adams RP
Erick Mejia Note
Erick Mejia photo 1452. Erick Mejia CF
Kelvin Gutierrez Note
Kelvin Gutierrez photo 1496. Kelvin Gutierrez 3B