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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 121. 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 DH,SP
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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Andrew Heaney Note
Andrew Heaney photo 180. Andrew Heaney SP
Heaney is a fine pitcher, but it feels like he has a lot more to him than his career 4.44 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. His fastball is hittable and he throws it often, and his curveball isn't quite good enough to offset the damage. He was outspoken about working this offseason to become less predictable, so hopefully that manifests itself in his 2021 performance. But there's no reason to draft him as anything but a pitcher who will give you decent strikeouts and mediocre ratios, hopefully as someone you can use on your bench and stream in the right matchup.
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Jared Walsh Note
Jared Walsh photo 228. Jared Walsh 1B,RF
David Fletcher Note
David Fletcher photo 235. David Fletcher 2B,SS
Griffin Canning Note
Griffin Canning photo 248. 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 306. Justin Upton LF
Jo Adell Note
Jo Adell photo 337. Jo Adell RF
Shohei Ohtani Note
Shohei Ohtani photo 393. Shohei Ohtani DH
Jose Iglesias Note
Jose Iglesias photo 400. Jose Iglesias SS
Jose Quintana Note
Jose Quintana photo 403. Jose Quintana RP
Max Stassi Note
Max Stassi photo 411. Max Stassi C
Kurt Suzuki Note
Kurt Suzuki photo 444. Kurt Suzuki C
Mike Mayers Note
Mike Mayers photo 453. Mike Mayers RP
Dexter Fowler Note
Dexter Fowler photo 532. Dexter Fowler RF
Felix Pena Note
Felix Pena photo 541. Felix Pena RP
Alex Cobb Note
Alex Cobb photo 564. Alex Cobb SP
Tony Watson Note
Tony Watson photo 600. Tony Watson RP
Jaime Barria Note
Jaime Barria photo 617. Jaime Barria SP
Steve Cishek Note
Steve Cishek photo 628. Steve Cishek RP
Brandon Marsh Note
Brandon Marsh photo 662. Brandon Marsh CF
Patrick Sandoval Note
Patrick Sandoval photo 678. Patrick Sandoval SP
Taylor Ward Note
Taylor Ward photo 687. Taylor Ward RF
Junior Guerra Note
Junior Guerra photo 692. Junior Guerra RP
Alex Claudio Note
Alex Claudio photo 741. Alex Claudio RP
Aaron Slegers Note
Aaron Slegers photo 757. Aaron Slegers RP
Albert Pujols Note
Albert Pujols photo 762. Albert Pujols 1B
Franklin Barreto Note
Franklin Barreto photo 763. Franklin Barreto 2B
James Hoyt Note
James Hoyt photo 851. James Hoyt RP
Dillon Peters Note
Dillon Peters photo 923. Dillon Peters SP
Packy Naughton Note
Packy Naughton photo 929. Packy Naughton SP
Gerardo Reyes Note
Gerardo Reyes photo 934. Gerardo Reyes RP
Luke Bard Note
Luke Bard photo 943. Luke Bard RP
Reid Detmers Note
Reid Detmers photo 946. Reid Detmers SP
Jose Suarez Note
Jose Suarez photo 977. Jose Suarez SP
Luis Rengifo Note
Luis Rengifo photo 1098. Luis Rengifo 2B
Chris Rodriguez Note
Chris Rodriguez photo 1116. Chris Rodriguez SP
Juan Lagares Note
Juan Lagares photo 1203. Juan Lagares CF
AJ Ramos Note
AJ Ramos photo 1216. AJ Ramos RP
Phil Gosselin Note
Phil Gosselin photo 1252. Phil Gosselin LF
Jose Quijada Note
Jose Quijada photo 1289. Jose Quijada RP
Jake Faria Note
Jake Faria photo 1335. Jake Faria RP
Jose Alberto Rivera Note
Jose Alberto Rivera photo 1342. Jose Alberto Rivera RP
Anthony Bemboom Note
Anthony Bemboom photo 1402. Anthony Bemboom C
Jack Mayfield Note
Jack Mayfield photo 1485. Jack Mayfield SS
Jose Rojas Note
Jose Rojas photo 1486. Jose Rojas 3B
Matt Thaiss Note
Matt Thaiss photo 1489. Matt Thaiss 1B
Jon Jay Note
Jon Jay photo 1503. Jon Jay RF
Scott Schebler Note
Scott Schebler photo 1548. Scott Schebler RF