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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Adalberto Mondesi Note
Adalberto Mondesi photo 27. Adalberto Mondesi SS
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 firs this year.
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Whit Merrifield Note
Whit Merrifield photo 44. 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.
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Salvador Perez Note
Salvador Perez photo 102. 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.
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Jorge Soler Note
Jorge Soler photo 117. Jorge Soler RF
Andrew Benintendi Note
Andrew Benintendi photo 195. 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.
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Carlos Santana Note
Carlos Santana photo 205. Carlos Santana 1B
Brady Singer Note
Brady Singer photo 220. Brady Singer SP
Hunter Dozier Note
Hunter Dozier photo 236. 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.
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Greg Holland Note
Greg Holland photo 276. 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.
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Mike Minor Note
Mike Minor photo 284. Mike Minor SP
Brad Keller Note
Brad Keller photo 319. Brad Keller SP
Kris Bubic Note
Kris Bubic photo 438. Kris Bubic SP
Josh Staumont Note
Josh Staumont photo 442. Josh Staumont RP
Danny Duffy Note
Danny Duffy photo 475. Danny Duffy SP
Michael A. Taylor Note
Michael A. Taylor photo 543. Michael A. Taylor LF,CF,RF
Scott Barlow Note
Scott Barlow photo 550. Scott Barlow RP
Hanser Alberto Note
Hanser Alberto photo 567. Hanser Alberto 2B,3B
Jakob Junis Note
Jakob Junis photo 569. Jakob Junis SP
Jesse Hahn Note
Jesse Hahn photo 588. Jesse Hahn RP
Edward Olivares Note
Edward Olivares photo 626. Edward Olivares LF,CF,RF
Nicky Lopez Note
Nicky Lopez photo 670. Nicky Lopez 2B,SS
Wade Davis Note
Wade Davis photo 705. Wade Davis RP
Daniel Lynch Note
Daniel Lynch photo 716. Daniel Lynch SP
Ryan O'Hearn Note
Ryan O'Hearn photo 741. Ryan O'Hearn 1B
Jackson Kowar Note
Jackson Kowar photo 761. Jackson Kowar SP
Bobby Witt Jr. Note
Bobby Witt Jr. photo 833. Bobby Witt Jr. SS
Ryan McBroom Note
Ryan McBroom photo 873. Ryan McBroom 1B,RF
Ronald Bolanos Note
Ronald Bolanos photo 894. Ronald Bolanos
Ervin Santana Note
Ervin Santana photo 902. Ervin Santana SP
Carlos Hernandez Note
Carlos Hernandez photo 964. Carlos Hernandez SP
Bubba Starling Note
Bubba Starling photo 969. Bubba Starling CF,RF
Kyle Zimmer Note
Kyle Zimmer photo 986. Kyle Zimmer RP
Tyler Zuber Note
Tyler Zuber photo 996. Tyler Zuber RP
Richard Lovelady Note
Richard Lovelady photo 1037. Richard Lovelady RP
Brad Brach Note
Brad Brach photo 1175. Brad Brach RP
Carlos Sanabria Note
Carlos Sanabria photo 1210. Carlos Sanabria RP
Jake Newberry Note
Jake Newberry photo 1238. Jake Newberry RP
Scott Blewett Note
Scott Blewett photo 1246. Scott Blewett RP
Chance Adams Note
Chance Adams photo 1264. Chance Adams RP
Cam Gallagher Note
Cam Gallagher photo 1287. Cam Gallagher C
Meibrys Viloria Note
Meibrys Viloria photo 1317. Meibrys Viloria C
Nick Heath Note
Nick Heath photo 1363. Nick Heath Util
Kelvin Gutierrez Note
Kelvin Gutierrez photo 1428. Kelvin Gutierrez 3B
Lucius Fox Note
Lucius Fox photo 1457. Lucius Fox SS
Erick Mejia Note
Erick Mejia photo 1496. Erick Mejia CF