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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Mike Trout Note
Mike Trout photo 5. Mike Trout CF
For one of the first times since he took the league by storm, Trout is not the consensus top pick this year. It's hardly his fault, though it's fair to point out some of the negatives with his 2020 season. He batted a career-low .281, and posted his worst walk- and strikeout-rates since 2015. He also stole only one base. But Trout's move down the overall baseball rankings is due more to his competition for the top spot, rather than his numbers. He was still among the league leaders in quality of contact and every expected statcast metric, and was on pace to hit 50 home runs over the course of a full season. Trout is entering his age-30 season, so although we've seen him rebound from poor stolen base years before, it now seems unlikely that he'll ever get back to much past low-double digits. That keeps him out of the top spot in rotisserie rankings, but his incredibly high floor makes him a top-five overall draft pick.
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Anthony Rendon Note
Anthony Rendon photo 26. Anthony Rendon 3B
Rendon's stock feels like it has dropped dramatically, but there's really nothing in the small sample size of the 2020 season that should alter your outlook much on him. Yes, he didn't hit the ball as hard consistently, but he walked more than ever, maintained his elite strikeout rate, and still put up a roughly 30-homer, 100-RBI pace. Still just 31 years old, there should be plenty left in the tank this season for the veteran, and he should once again be a strong four-category contributor, with a small bit of speed thrown in for good measure.
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Raisel Iglesias Note
Raisel Iglesias photo 97. Raisel Iglesias RP
Iglesias bounced back from a sub-par 2019 to post an excellent 2020 season, with a 2.74 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP, and the lowest walk rate of his career. He'll now move to the Angels where he'll keep his role as a closer. Iglesias's numbers should be solid as usual, and his precise value should hinge on whether the Angels use him in more of a multi-inning role like the Reds historically did (which limited Iglesias's save totals), or deploy him as a more traditional ninth-inning option. Either way, Iglesias will be the Angels' stopper, and hence, should be drafted as a strong top-10 RP option.
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Dylan Bundy Note
Dylan Bundy photo 122. Dylan Bundy SP
Bundy largely made good on the enormous amount of buzz that surrounded him after he moved from the Orioles to the Angels. He set career bests in ERA (3.29), WHIP (1.04), strikeout rate (27%), and walk rate (6.4%). Bundy's fastball, though it continued to trend down in velocity, was more effective than in years' past, in part because he cut way down on his usage of the pitch (just 33.6%, after throwing it at least 42.4% of the time in every previous season). His slider remained one of the best pitches in the game, and his remaining secondary pitches improved, too. At some point, Bundy's fastball velocity is going to become an issue, but there's little reason to expect that to come in 2021. Draft him as as an SP3.
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Shohei Ohtani Note
Shohei Ohtani photo 154. Shohei Ohtani SP,DH
Depending on your league settings, Ohtani has the potential to be a dominant force in 2021. There has never been any doubt about his talent, and he looks fantastic in the spring, hitting home runs at will and pumping in high-90s fastballs when on the mound. He's been batting on days he pitches, and Joe Maddon has suggested that he's going to throw out the old rules that led to Ohtani's decreased playing time. If you can move him between hitter and pitcher on a daily basis, then move him up your board significantly. Even if not, he should provide plenty of value when healthy as either a hitter or a pitcher, so make sure he's on your radar as you move into the double-digit rounds.
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Jared Walsh Note
Jared Walsh photo 225. Jared Walsh 1B,RF
David Fletcher Note
David Fletcher photo 234. David Fletcher 2B,3B,SS,LF
Griffin Canning Note
Griffin Canning photo 246. Griffin Canning SP
It's mostly about health with Canning, who offers a great deal of stability when he's on the mound. You can expect at worst a low 4.00 ERA, about a 1.30 WHIP, and roughly a strikeout per inning. But he did close last season notably strong, pitching to a 3.14 ERA, and a 1.19 WHIP, with a 14.5% swinging strike rate and a 10.4 K/9 mark over his final five starts. That's probably his ceiling, but it shows what he's capable of when he is healthy and gets into a groove. He's a fine pick at his cost (which is minimal), but bake in some injury risk.
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Justin Upton Note
Justin Upton photo 307. Justin Upton LF
Jo Adell Note
Jo Adell photo 331. Jo Adell LF,RF
Shohei Ohtani Note
Shohei Ohtani photo 398. Shohei Ohtani DH
Max Stassi Note
Max Stassi photo 413. Max Stassi C
Mike Mayers Note
Mike Mayers photo 443. Mike Mayers RP
Kurt Suzuki Note
Kurt Suzuki photo 446. Kurt Suzuki C
Dexter Fowler Note
Dexter Fowler photo 531. Dexter Fowler CF,RF
Alex Cobb Note
Alex Cobb photo 566. Alex Cobb SP
Sam Selman Note
Sam Selman photo 600. Sam Selman RP
Jaime Barria Note
Jaime Barria photo 620. Jaime Barria SP,RP
Steve Cishek Note
Steve Cishek photo 633. Steve Cishek RP
Brandon Marsh Note
Brandon Marsh photo 660. Brandon Marsh CF,RF
Patrick Sandoval Note
Patrick Sandoval photo 684. Patrick Sandoval SP
Taylor Ward Note
Taylor Ward photo 685. Taylor Ward CF,LF,RF
Chad Wallach Note
Chad Wallach photo 688. Chad Wallach C
Junior Guerra Note
Junior Guerra photo 695. Junior Guerra RP
Franklin Barreto Note
Franklin Barreto photo 763. Franklin Barreto 2B
James Hoyt Note
James Hoyt photo 866. James Hoyt RP
Packy Naughton Note
Packy Naughton photo 931. Packy Naughton SP
Gerardo Reyes Note
Gerardo Reyes photo 936. Gerardo Reyes RP
Luke Bard Note
Luke Bard photo 945. Luke Bard SP,RP
Reid Detmers Note
Reid Detmers photo 948. Reid Detmers SP
Jose Suarez Note
Jose Suarez photo 979. Jose Suarez RP,SP
Luis Rengifo Note
Luis Rengifo photo 1098. Luis Rengifo 2B,3B,RF,SS
Chris Rodriguez Note
Chris Rodriguez photo 1116. Chris Rodriguez RP,SP
Juan Lagares Note
Juan Lagares photo 1202. Juan Lagares CF,LF,RF
AJ Ramos Note
AJ Ramos photo 1215. AJ Ramos RP
Phil Gosselin Note
Phil Gosselin photo 1251. Phil Gosselin 1B,3B,DH,LF,RF
Jose Quijada Note
Jose Quijada photo 1288. Jose Quijada RP
Jose Alberto Rivera Note
Jose Alberto Rivera photo 1341. Jose Alberto Rivera RP,SP
Jimmy Herget Note
Jimmy Herget photo 1372. Jimmy Herget RP
Jack Mayfield Note
Jack Mayfield photo 1484. Jack Mayfield 2B,3B,SS
Jose Rojas Note
Jose Rojas photo 1485. Jose Rojas 2B,3B,LF,RF
Matt Thaiss Note
Matt Thaiss photo 1488. Matt Thaiss 1B,3B