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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Mike Trout Note
Mike Trout photo 2. Mike Trout CF
Trout may not be the clear-cut number one player in fantasy this year, but that's of no fault of his own, as he's coming off one of his best seasons ever, with a career-high 45 home runs in just 134 games. If you were desperate to find a knock on Trout, it's that he hasn't topped 140 games in any of his last three seasons, and his 11 stolen bases last year tied his low in a single season. But that's all window dressing on a truly special player who is obviously a top-three pick at worst.
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Anthony Rendon Note
Anthony Rendon photo 22. Anthony Rendon 3B
Rendon finally put it all together last year, setting career-highs in batting average (.319), home runs (34), runs scored (117), and RBI (126). He'll now move to Anaheim where he'll see a downgrade in park, but an upgrade in lineup by the sheer presence of Mike Trout. In the end, Rendon's move is a neutral one, and to the extent you trust him to stay healthy again, he's a rock-solid second round pick.
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Shohei Ohtani Note
Shohei Ohtani photo 117. Shohei Ohtani DH,SP
Ohtani didn't pitch at all in 2019 and likely won't do so until mid-May in 2020. But his bat looked just fine last year, proving that his 2018 skills he showed as a hitter were not a fluke. He'll likely settle back into a part-time DH role with the Angels, and if you can choose to deploy him as both a pitcher and a hitter in any given week, Ohtani should provide immense value as a fantasy player. Even if not, he should contribute on either end of the spectrum, so draft him with a high degree of confidence.
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Hansel Robles Note
Hansel Robles photo 157. Hansel Robles RP
The regression never came for Robles last year, as he somehow managed to avoid walks despite struggling with them his entire career. He'll enter the year as the Angels' closer but it's a big gamble to think lightning will strike twice with such a mercurial pitcher. The safer bet is that Robles' walk and home run rates will return to his career levels, making him a closer unlikely to hold his job all year.
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Andrew Heaney Note
Andrew Heaney photo 159. Andrew Heaney SP
Heaney's 14.2% swinging strike rate was elite last year. But, as usual, he just couldn't put it all together. There's a monster somewhere inside Heaney - a 3.50 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 200 strikeout season lurks within. But it's still a mystery as to whether fantasy owners will ever see it. Draft him for his potential and hope to see it this year, but don't bank on the production.
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Justin Upton Note
Justin Upton photo 170. Justin Upton LF
It seems strange to call a veteran like Upton a sleeper, but that's exactly what his ADP shows he is. Throw out last year where he battled a toe injury early and was limited to just 63 mediocre games. Prior to last year, he had hit at least 30 home runs and stolen eight bases in three straight seasons. With Anthony Rendon in tow, there should be even more RBI opportunities for Upton. Still just 32 years old, there's plenty left in the tank.
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Dylan Bundy Note
Dylan Bundy photo 225. Dylan Bundy SP
Griffin Canning Note
Griffin Canning photo 256. Griffin Canning SP
Canning has UCL damage, and although Tommy John surgery isn't currently on the table, it certainly seems like a possibility. Despite his upside, with the developments, Canning shouldn't be drafted in fantasy leagues until one of the very last picks, if at all.
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Tommy La Stella Note
Tommy La Stella photo 286. Tommy La Stella 2B,3B
After hitting 1 homer in 123 games during the 2018 season, La Stella completely changed his game and caught fire in 2019. He swatted 16 of them in just 292 at-bats and prior to injury, he was batting .295 as well. There is a chance he continues that performance over a full season this year.
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Jo Adell Note
Jo Adell photo 288. Jo Adell RF
Adell might just have the brightest future of any prospect in baseball, but he is nowhere near as polished as someone like Luis Robert. Rather, the power may take some time to develop and he'll never be a source of steals. You can stash him, but he isn't expected to be a star right away.
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Andrelton Simmons Note
Andrelton Simmons photo 291. Andrelton Simmons SS
Simmons will never hit 20 homers nor should we expect him to return to the 19 steals we saw in 2017, but this is a reliable source of decent numbers at all five primary hitting categories. You can grab him in the very last round of your draft if you need a middle infielder.
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Julio Teheran Note
Julio Teheran photo 315. Julio Teheran SP
David Fletcher Note
David Fletcher photo 375. David Fletcher 2B,3B,LF,SS
It is clear that Fletcher won't provide much in the way of homers or RBIs but this a guy who should boost your BA and provide 75+ runs in the final few rounds while playing multiple positions.
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Shohei Ohtani Note
Shohei Ohtani photo 387. Shohei Ohtani DH
Ty Buttrey Note
Ty Buttrey photo 411. Ty Buttrey RP
Albert Pujols Note
Albert Pujols photo 422. Albert Pujols 1B,DH
Pujols is nowhere near where he once was and has some durability concerns but this is still a 20+ homer hitter for the end of your bench with a BA that won't entirely kill you.
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Jason Castro Note
Jason Castro photo 458. Jason Castro C
Castro knocked 13 homers in just 237 at-bats last year and may end up with more playing time this year, but if he does, fantasy owners can expect a lackluster batting average.
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Brian Goodwin Note
Brian Goodwin photo 531. Brian Goodwin CF,LF
Keynan Middleton Note
Keynan Middleton photo 573. Keynan Middleton RP
Cam Bedrosian Note
Cam Bedrosian photo 578. Cam Bedrosian SP,RP
Patrick Sandoval Note
Patrick Sandoval photo 583. Patrick Sandoval SP
Noe Ramirez Note
Noe Ramirez photo 589. Noe Ramirez SP,RP
Matt Andriese Note
Matt Andriese photo 591. Matt Andriese RP
Ryan Buchter Note
Ryan Buchter photo 638. Ryan Buchter RP
Jose Suarez Note
Jose Suarez photo 757. Jose Suarez SP
Max Stassi Note
Max Stassi photo 780. Max Stassi C
Felix Pena Note
Felix Pena photo 826. Felix Pena SP,RP
Mike Mayers Note
Mike Mayers photo 852. Mike Mayers RP
Justin Anderson Note
Justin Anderson photo 863. Justin Anderson RP
Jose Soriano Note
Jose Soriano photo 899. Jose Soriano SP
Jaime Barria Note
Jaime Barria photo 906. Jaime Barria SP
Taylor Cole Note
Taylor Cole photo 929. Taylor Cole SP,RP
Luis Rengifo Note
Luis Rengifo photo 966. Luis Rengifo 2B
Dillon Peters Note
Dillon Peters photo 969. Dillon Peters SP
Michael Hermosillo Note
Michael Hermosillo photo 1053. Michael Hermosillo LF
Jose Quijada Note
Jose Quijada photo 1122. Jose Quijada RP
Kyle Keller Note
Kyle Keller photo 1125. Kyle Keller RP
Jacob Barnes Note
Jacob Barnes photo 1144. Jacob Barnes RP
Parker Markel Note
Parker Markel photo 1163. Parker Markel RP
Luke Bard Note
Luke Bard photo 1171. Luke Bard RP
Neil Ramirez Note
Neil Ramirez photo 1211. Neil Ramirez RP
Hoby Milner Note
Hoby Milner photo 1217. Hoby Milner RP
JC Ramirez Note
JC Ramirez photo 1284. JC Ramirez RP
Anthony Bemboom Note
Anthony Bemboom photo 1368. Anthony Bemboom C
Matt Thaiss Note
Matt Thaiss photo 1410. Matt Thaiss 3B
Jared Walsh Note
Jared Walsh photo 1438. Jared Walsh 1B
Taylor Ward Note
Taylor Ward photo 1454. Taylor Ward LF
Brandon Marsh Note
Brandon Marsh photo 1565. Brandon Marsh CF
Dustin Peterson Note
Dustin Peterson photo 1579. Dustin Peterson LF
Jahmai Jones Note
Jahmai Jones photo 1603. Jahmai Jones 2B
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