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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Starling Marte Note
Starling Marte photo 45. 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.
3 days ago
Sixto Sanchez Note
Sixto Sanchez photo 136. 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.
2 days ago
Pablo Lopez Note
Pablo Lopez photo 138. 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.
3 days ago
Sandy Alcantara Note
Sandy Alcantara photo 152. 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.
3 days ago
Brian Anderson Note
Brian Anderson photo 213. Brian Anderson 3B
Elieser Hernandez Note
Elieser Hernandez photo 260. Elieser Hernandez SP
Jesus Aguilar Note
Jesus Aguilar photo 262. Jesus Aguilar 1B,DH
Jon Berti Note
Jon Berti photo 285. Jon Berti 2B,CF
Jorge Alfaro Note
Jorge Alfaro photo 315. Jorge Alfaro C
Corey Dickerson Note
Corey Dickerson photo 321. Corey Dickerson LF
Anthony Bass Note
Anthony Bass photo 335. 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.
3 days ago
Yimi Garcia Note
Yimi Garcia photo 354. 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.
3 days ago
Adam Duvall Note
Adam Duvall photo 357. Adam Duvall LF,RF
Miguel Rojas Note
Miguel Rojas photo 374. Miguel Rojas SS
Garrett Cooper Note
Garrett Cooper photo 400. Garrett Cooper 1B,DH
Trevor Rogers Note
Trevor Rogers photo 415. Trevor Rogers SP
Jazz Chisholm Note
Jazz Chisholm photo 469. Jazz Chisholm SS
Gio Gonzalez Note
Gio Gonzalez photo 500. Gio Gonzalez SP,RP
Isan Diaz Note
Isan Diaz photo 568. Isan Diaz 2B
Monte Harrison Note
Monte Harrison photo 621. Monte Harrison CF,RF
John Curtiss Note
John Curtiss photo 631. John Curtiss SP,RP
Lewis Brinson Note
Lewis Brinson photo 645. Lewis Brinson LF,RF
Lewin Diaz Note
Lewin Diaz photo 651. Lewin Diaz 1B
Edward Cabrera Note
Edward Cabrera photo 740. Edward Cabrera SP
Dan Castano Note
Dan Castano photo 767. Dan Castano SP
Paul Campbell Note
Paul Campbell photo 780. Paul Campbell SP
Braxton Garrett Note
Braxton Garrett photo 820. Braxton Garrett SP
Magneuris Sierra Note
Magneuris Sierra photo 840. Magneuris Sierra CF
Dylan Floro Note
Dylan Floro photo 855. Dylan Floro RP
Richard Bleier Note
Richard Bleier photo 897. Richard Bleier RP
James Hoyt Note
James Hoyt photo 968. James Hoyt RP
Jeff Brigham Note
Jeff Brigham photo 1014. Jeff Brigham RP
Pat Venditte Note
Pat Venditte photo 1069. Pat Venditte RP
Adam Cimber Note
Adam Cimber photo 1074. Adam Cimber RP
Zach Pop Note
Zach Pop photo 1170. Zach Pop RP
Jordan Holloway Note
Jordan Holloway photo 1237. Jordan Holloway RP
Ross Detwiler Note
Ross Detwiler photo 1245. Ross Detwiler RP
Chad Wallach Note
Chad Wallach photo 1275. Chad Wallach C
Nick Neidert Note
Nick Neidert photo 1281. Nick Neidert RP
Jorge Guzman Note
Jorge Guzman photo 1286. Jorge Guzman RP
Brian Navarreto Note
Brian Navarreto photo 1346. Brian Navarreto C
JJ Bleday Note
JJ Bleday photo 1382. JJ Bleday RF
Jesus Sanchez Note
Jesus Sanchez photo 1424. Jesus Sanchez RF
Eddy Alvarez Note
Eddy Alvarez photo 1519. Eddy Alvarez 2B