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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 25. 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 101. 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 124. 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 173. Shohei Ohtani SP,DH
Andrew Heaney Note
Andrew Heaney photo 182. Andrew Heaney SP
David Fletcher Note
David Fletcher photo 227. David Fletcher 2B,3B,SS,LF
Jared Walsh Note
Jared Walsh photo 230. Jared Walsh 1B
Griffin Canning Note
Griffin Canning photo 252. 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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Jo Adell Note
Jo Adell photo 301. Jo Adell RF
Justin Upton Note
Justin Upton photo 312. Justin Upton LF
Jose Iglesias Note
Jose Iglesias photo 384. Jose Iglesias SS,DH
Jose Quintana Note
Jose Quintana photo 393. Jose Quintana SP,RP
Max Stassi Note
Max Stassi photo 424. Max Stassi C
Mike Mayers Note
Mike Mayers photo 443. Mike Mayers RP
Kurt Suzuki Note
Kurt Suzuki photo 469. Kurt Suzuki C
Alex Cobb Note
Alex Cobb photo 502. Alex Cobb SP
Jack Kruger Note
Jack Kruger photo 542. Jack Kruger C
Albert Pujols Note
Albert Pujols photo 568. Albert Pujols 1B,DH
Dexter Fowler Note
Dexter Fowler photo 622. Dexter Fowler CF,RF
Ty Buttrey Note
Ty Buttrey photo 660. Ty Buttrey RP
Patrick Sandoval Note
Patrick Sandoval photo 670. Patrick Sandoval SP
Felix Pena Note
Felix Pena photo 701. Felix Pena SP,RP
Alex Claudio Note
Alex Claudio photo 715. Alex Claudio RP
Jaime Barria Note
Jaime Barria photo 732. Jaime Barria SP,RP
Taylor Ward Note
Taylor Ward photo 755. Taylor Ward LF,RF
Junior Guerra Note
Junior Guerra photo 773. Junior Guerra RP
Dillon Peters Note
Dillon Peters photo 827. Dillon Peters SP,RP
Packy Naughton Note
Packy Naughton photo 859. Packy Naughton SP
Brandon Marsh Note
Brandon Marsh photo 860. Brandon Marsh CF,RF
Jose Suarez Note
Jose Suarez photo 931. Jose Suarez SP
Franklin Barreto Note
Franklin Barreto photo 983. Franklin Barreto 2B
Gerardo Reyes Note
Gerardo Reyes photo 991. Gerardo Reyes RP
Luis Rengifo Note
Luis Rengifo photo 996. Luis Rengifo 2B,SS
Kyle Keller Note
Kyle Keller photo 1082. Kyle Keller RP
Jose Quijada Note
Jose Quijada photo 1111. Jose Quijada RP
Jesse Chavez Note
Jesse Chavez photo 1122. Jesse Chavez SP,RP
Brendan McCurry Note
Brendan McCurry photo 1125. Brendan McCurry RP
Aaron Slegers Note
Aaron Slegers photo 1162. Aaron Slegers RP
Jake Faria Note
Jake Faria photo 1200. Jake Faria SP,RP
Luke Bard Note
Luke Bard photo 1222. Luke Bard SP,RP
Anthony Bemboom Note
Anthony Bemboom photo 1329. Anthony Bemboom C
Phil Gosselin Note
Phil Gosselin photo 1372. Phil Gosselin 1B,DH,LF,RF
Matt Thaiss Note
Matt Thaiss photo 1416. Matt Thaiss 1B,3B
Jack Mayfield Note
Jack Mayfield photo 1456. Jack Mayfield 3B,SS
Scott Schebler Note
Scott Schebler photo 1462. Scott Schebler CF,RF