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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Starling Marte Note
Starling Marte photo 42. Starling Marte CF
Marte's getting a little old for a player to rely on for stolen bases, and although fantasy managers need to start lowering their expectations as he enters his age-32 season, there should be enough left in the tank for him to be productive. He ranked in the top 11% in sprint speed last year and was caught stealing just twice in 10 attempts. The quality of his contact declined fairly significantly, however, and considering he now plays in Miami, anything more than 15 home runs should be considered gravy. But he'll likely continue to chip in for all five rotisserie categories and be an asset in both stolen bases and batting average, two difficult categories to fill. Again, temper expectations a bit against his historical production, but fantasy managers can still draft him with confidence.
8 weeks ago
Pablo Lopez Note
Pablo Lopez photo 133. Pablo Lopez SP
Despite his 5.09 ERA and mediocre strikeout rate in 2019, there was some buzz about Lopez heading into last season because of his outstanding changeup and his ability to keep his WHIP in check. He justified the expectations, cutting his ERA to 3.61 and striking out about a batter and a half more per nine innings than he had previously. He's still volatile, as he has seemingly random games where he lacks command with his changeup and gets hit hard. And he needs another pitch to complement his fastball and changeup. But if he can continue to develop either his curveball or cutter, he could be a true breakout candidate. Draft him as an SP4 with upside for more if his other pitches continue to improve.
8 weeks ago
Sandy Alcantara Note
Sandy Alcantara photo 143. Sandy Alcantara SP
Alcantara continued to build on what was a pretty strong foundation heading into 2020. He lowered his ERA to 3.00 and his WHIP to 1.19, and improved in both his strikeout and walk rate while adding velocity. He pitched only 42 innings last year because of COVID-19 issues, but he dominated over the latter three-quarters of the season, pitching to a 2.30 ERA with 30 strikeouts over his final 31 1/3 innings. There's not a ton to dislike about Alcantara, and there's room for continued growth. Draft him as a fourth starter with upside for more.
8 weeks ago
Sixto Sanchez Note
Sixto Sanchez photo 150. Sixto Sanchez SP
Sanchez built on his strong 2019 season in Double-A with an excellent seven-start stretch in the majors, during which he put up a 3.46 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. Sanchez throws really hard (his fastball velocity is in the 98th percentile), but he doesn't put up a ton of strikeouts, either in the minors or during his stint in the majors last year. But his outstanding changeup (.148 BAA, .148 slugging against, .158 wOBA against) keeps hitters off balance, and allows him to avoid giving up too much hard contact. Combine that with his well above-average control and his almost comical ability to avoid giving up home runs, and you have a quality pitcher who can slide into the middle of your staff.
8 weeks ago
Brian Anderson Note
Brian Anderson photo 212. Brian Anderson 3B,RF
Elieser Hernandez Note
Elieser Hernandez photo 230. Elieser Hernandez SP,RP
Hernandez was excellent in his six starts last season, tallying a 3.16 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP, and a 32.1% strikeout rate. But he allowed a lot of hard contact along the way, including a 91.8 MPH average exit velocity (bottom three percent in the league). He worked on his changeup this offseason in an effort to add a reliable third pitch (he threw his fastball and slider 94% of the time last year), and it has gotten rave reviews in camp. He's fourth in the pecking order of the Marlins starters, but if his changeup can be an effective pitch, he might be the one to provide the most value given his extremely modest ADP.
8 weeks ago
Anthony Bass Note
Anthony Bass photo 277. Anthony Bass RP
Bass will likely be in the mix for saves with Yimi Garcia (and possibly Dylan Floro) after he signed a two-year deal with the Marlins. He lacks the typical strikeout stuff of most closers, but he's totaled 12 saves, a 3.54 ERA, and a 0.99 WHIP over the past two years. Bass is an extreme ground ball pitcher (62.3% ground ball rate last year), which is how he's able to survive without big time stuff. But Don Mattingly likely won't name a closer until the end of spring training, so draft Bass late for now, but have plenty of other bullpen options.
8 weeks ago
Jesus Aguilar Note
Jesus Aguilar photo 288. Jesus Aguilar 1B,DH
Jon Berti Note
Jon Berti photo 312. Jon Berti 2B,3B,SS,CF,RF
Corey Dickerson Note
Corey Dickerson photo 315. Corey Dickerson LF
Jorge Alfaro Note
Jorge Alfaro photo 318. Jorge Alfaro C
Alfaro batted just .226 in 2020, but he hit .262 from 2018-2019, along with 28 home runs in 238 games. He has been criticized for his defense, but he reportedly worked on it during the offseason and has received some praise this spring. After flirting with trade talk, the Marlins look like they'll stick with Alfaro, and his bat plays well enough to make him a high-end second catcher in mixed leagues. The stardom that some projected may never come, but he'll likely be fantasy-relevant in 2020.
8 weeks ago
Trevor Rogers Note
Trevor Rogers photo 320. Trevor Rogers SP
Adam Duvall Note
Adam Duvall photo 361. Adam Duvall CF,LF,RF
Jazz Chisholm Jr. Note
Jazz Chisholm Jr. photo 371. Jazz Chisholm Jr. 2B,SS
Yimi Garcia Note
Yimi Garcia photo 385. Yimi Garcia RP
Garcia was the favorite for saves in Miami until the team signed Anthony Bass, and now his exact role in the bullpen is unclear. He struck out 31.7% of the batter he faced last year, and put up a 0.80 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. He's got more prototypical "closer's stuff" than Bass does, and he has a lengthy relationship with Don Mattingly dating back to their Dodgers days. Draft Garcia late and hope he wins the job, but make sure you have other options.
8 weeks ago
Miguel Rojas Note
Miguel Rojas photo 392. Miguel Rojas SS
Garrett Cooper Note
Garrett Cooper photo 407. Garrett Cooper 1B,RF,DH
Dylan Floro Note
Dylan Floro photo 531. Dylan Floro RP
John Curtiss Note
John Curtiss photo 635. John Curtiss SP,RP
Richard Bleier Note
Richard Bleier photo 671. Richard Bleier RP
Chad Wallach Note
Chad Wallach photo 690. Chad Wallach C
Lewin Diaz Note
Lewin Diaz photo 694. Lewin Diaz 1B
Edward Cabrera Note
Edward Cabrera photo 728. Edward Cabrera SP,RP
Isan Diaz Note
Isan Diaz photo 758. Isan Diaz 2B
Daniel Castano Note
Daniel Castano photo 812. Daniel Castano SP
Paul Campbell Note
Paul Campbell photo 832. Paul Campbell SP,RP
Lewis Brinson Note
Lewis Brinson photo 835. Lewis Brinson LF,CF,RF
Monte Harrison Note
Monte Harrison photo 836. Monte Harrison CF,RF
Max Meyer Note
Max Meyer photo 843. Max Meyer SP
Adam Cimber Note
Adam Cimber photo 855. Adam Cimber RP
Ross Detwiler Note
Ross Detwiler photo 886. Ross Detwiler SP,RP
Braxton Garrett Note
Braxton Garrett photo 971. Braxton Garrett SP
Magneuris Sierra Note
Magneuris Sierra photo 1025. Magneuris Sierra CF
Sandy Leon Note
Sandy Leon photo 1073. Sandy Leon C
Nick Neidert Note
Nick Neidert photo 1080. Nick Neidert RP,SP
Zach Pop Note
Zach Pop photo 1118. Zach Pop RP
Pat Venditte Note
Pat Venditte photo 1154. Pat Venditte RP
Mike Morin Note
Mike Morin photo 1175. Mike Morin RP
Jeff Brigham Note
Jeff Brigham photo 1184. Jeff Brigham RP
Sterling Sharp Note
Sterling Sharp photo 1287. Sterling Sharp RP
Jordan Holloway Note
Jordan Holloway photo 1355. Jordan Holloway RP
Jorge Guzman Note
Jorge Guzman photo 1383. Jorge Guzman RP
Brian Navarreto Note
Brian Navarreto photo 1430. Brian Navarreto C
JJ Bleday Note
JJ Bleday photo 1466. JJ Bleday RF
Jesus Sanchez Note
Jesus Sanchez photo 1521. Jesus Sanchez RF
Eddy Alvarez Note
Eddy Alvarez photo 1550. Eddy Alvarez 2B