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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Nelson Cruz Note
Nelson Cruz photo 45. Nelson Cruz DH
If you removed Cruz's age from the equation, he'd be a top pick in fantasy. Despite missing nearly a quarter of the season to injury last year, he again put up elite numbers, topping 40 home runs and 100 RBI while batting .311. Cruz will be 40 this year, never plays the field and is starting to miss more time to injuries. But he's essentially forgotten in most drafts and has shown very little skills decline. Don't shy away from him on draft day even though he clogs your utility spot.
1 week ago
Eddie Rosario Note
Eddie Rosario photo 71. Eddie Rosario LF,RF
Even despite missing 25 games, Rosario still drove in 109 runs thanks to 32 homers. With a full season and his steady .280 batting average, drafting him at his eighth-round ADP is pure thievery. He won't steal any bags but there is certainly something to be said for his consistent bat.
4 weeks ago
Josh Donaldson Note
Josh Donaldson photo 74. Josh Donaldson 3B
Donaldson played it right, betting on himself with a one-year deal and turning in a patented monstrous power season with the Braves. He'll now move on to the Twins where you can expect more of the same. Not only do the Twins boast one of the best all-around lineups in baseball, but park factors actually favor Target Field over Truist Park for home runs and doubles. Expect a repeat of 2019, with perhaps a little more.
1 week ago
Jose Berrios Note
Jose Berrios photo 88. Jose Berrios SP
Berrios reached 200 innings but didn't really take the step forward that most fantasy owners had hoped for. His strikeout rate dropped, his WHIP increased, and batters made better contact. Still, Berrios was a pitcher who fantasy owners could start each and every time out, contributed well in wins, and rarely walked batters. When you add it all up, Berrios remains a starter that fantasy owners should covet, but perhaps temper expectations until he shows that he's ready to take that next step.
1 week ago
Jorge Polanco Note
Jorge Polanco photo 108. Jorge Polanco SS
Polanco picked up where he left off after the 2018 suspension by batting nearly .300 with over 100 runs and 22 homers. His speed is gone but for his 11th round price tag, that is a plenty useful stat line even if you have to use him in the utility spot instead of shortstop.
4 weeks ago
Taylor Rogers Note
Taylor Rogers photo 112. Taylor Rogers RP
Rogers didn't have the Twins' closer role at the outset of the season, but he proved himself as Minnesota's best reliever pretty quickly. He built on his strong gains in 2018, further upping his strikeout rate and lowering his walk rate. He likely won't see all of the save chances this year for the Twins, but he should lead the way in opportunities. That, along with his strong overall numbers, makes him a reliever to target in fantasy.
1 week ago
Max Kepler Note
Max Kepler photo 125. Max Kepler CF,RF
Most seem to recall Kepler knocking 36 homers but did you realize he did it while missing 30 games. The batting average will almost definitely be under .260 but if he plays the full season, you can bet on 90+ runs and 90+ RBIs this season.
4 weeks ago
Miguel Sano Note
Miguel Sano photo 132. Miguel Sano 1B,3B
Sano missed over 50 games but still hit 34 homers and drove in 79 runs. With a full season, 50/110/110 is a real possibility but let's not pretend that he hasn't let fantasy owners down a number of times so there is most definitely some risk as well.
4 weeks ago
Kenta Maeda Note
Kenta Maeda photo 152. Kenta Maeda SP,RP
Maeda should be the rare pitcher who benefits from a move to the American League. The Dodgers have moved him back and forth from the bullpen to the starting rotation to manipulate his innings and avoid paying him bonuses for years. Now, he should stick in the Twins' rotation, and approach the 175 innings he threw in 2016. Given that he had the highest swinging strike rate (14.6%) and chase rate (34.8%) of his career last year and will be moving to a division that saw three of the other four teams rank in the bottom seven in runs scored in 2019, consider the needle on Maeda moving up.
1 week ago
Mitch Garver Note
Mitch Garver photo 166. Mitch Garver C
Garver may be the most difficult catcher to peg this season because his breakout was so extreme and such a surprise. He hit 31 homers in just 311 at-bats. Surely that rate will regress but he should also get more trips to the plate too so 35 HRs, .260 BA is not out of the question by any means.
4 weeks ago
Byron Buxton Note
Byron Buxton photo 167. Byron Buxton CF
Buxton has never managed to stay healthy for a full season but while he is healthy, fantasy owners get a source of power and great speed. Should he finally stay on the field all year, fantasy owners could receive 20 homers, 25 steals and a decent batting average out of the 14th round.
4 weeks ago
Jake Odorizzi Note
Jake Odorizzi photo 170. Jake Odorizzi SP
Odorizzi just refused to fail last year, and he was a reliable pitcher all year long. His continued gains in strikeouts and drop in walks, to go along with his 15 wins, led to a remarkably profitable season. But his xFIP remained at 4.33 and Odorizzi just never felt quite like a pitcher who was going to dominate every time out. Fortunately, you don't have to pay for his 2019 numbers given his ADP, so draft him at his price without much worry.
1 week ago
Luis Arraez Note
Luis Arraez photo 269. Luis Arraez 2B,3B,LF
Arraez came to the majors and did exactly what he has done throughout his minor-league career. He hit for a high average (.334), rarely struck out (7.9%), and offered nearly no power or speed. Even though his expected batting average was nearly 45 points lower than his actual average, he still should be a major contributor in the category. Is that worth the complete lack of production he offers in three other categories? All depends on your team construction.
1 week ago
Michael Pineda Note
Michael Pineda photo 276. Michael Pineda SP
Pineda will miss the first 39 games of the 2020 season as he finishes serving his PED suspension. When he does pitch, he'll offer roughly a 4.00 ERA, a decent WHIP, and slightly below average strikeout numbers. On a good Minnesota team, wins may be his best attribute, but he's hardly a pitcher to target in fantasy.
1 week ago
Rich Hill Note
Rich Hill photo 283. Rich Hill SP
Hill is as predictable as they come nowadays. He'll give you outstanding innings with excellent strikeout numbers, but will top out at 135 innings and likely less. He'll likely be sidelined until June with his elbow injury but that may be just in time for the start of the season now. That should move Hill far up your draft boards, from afterthought to late-round sleeper.
1 week ago
Tyler Duffey Note
Tyler Duffey photo 436. Tyler Duffey RP
Trevor May Note
Trevor May photo 440. Trevor May RP
Homer Bailey Note
Homer Bailey photo 470. Homer Bailey SP
Sergio Romo Note
Sergio Romo photo 478. Sergio Romo RP
Marwin Gonzalez Note
Marwin Gonzalez photo 486. Marwin Gonzalez 1B,3B,SS,LF,RF
Marwin is a long way removed from batting .303 with 90 RBIs for the Astros in the now infamous 2017 Astros' season, but he still has 20 homer power if he can stay on the field and the batting average shouldn't hurt.
4 weeks ago
Randy Dobnak Note
Randy Dobnak photo 506. Randy Dobnak SP,RP
Jimmy Kerrigan Note
Jimmy Kerrigan photo 572. Jimmy Kerrigan OF
Devin Smeltzer Note
Devin Smeltzer photo 611. Devin Smeltzer SP,RP
Tyler Clippard Note
Tyler Clippard photo 613. Tyler Clippard SP,RP
Alex Avila Note
Alex Avila photo 623. Alex Avila C
Willians Astudillo Note
Willians Astudillo photo 636. Willians Astudillo C,1B,3B
If Astudillo gets more playing time this year, fantasy owners can expect a useful batting average but not much in the way of power or speed.
4 weeks ago
Jake Cave Note
Jake Cave photo 646. Jake Cave LF,CF,RF
Jhoulys Chacin Note
Jhoulys Chacin photo 658. Jhoulys Chacin SP
Zack Littell Note
Zack Littell photo 758. Zack Littell SP,RP
Lewis Thorpe Note
Lewis Thorpe photo 766. Lewis Thorpe SP,RP
Alex Kirilloff Note
Alex Kirilloff photo 806. Alex Kirilloff 1B,RF
Matt Wisler Note
Matt Wisler photo 892. Matt Wisler SP,RP
Cody Stashak Note
Cody Stashak photo 942. Cody Stashak RP
Ehire Adrianza Note
Ehire Adrianza photo 1035. Ehire Adrianza 1B,2B,3B,SS,RF
Blaine Hardy Note
Blaine Hardy photo 1202. Blaine Hardy RP
Cory Gearrin Note
Cory Gearrin photo 1240. Cory Gearrin RP
Sean Poppen Note
Sean Poppen photo 1250. Sean Poppen RP
Jorge Alcala Note
Jorge Alcala photo 1252. Jorge Alcala SP,RP
Fernando Romero Note
Fernando Romero photo 1257. Fernando Romero SP,RP
Tomas Telis Note
Tomas Telis photo 1355. Tomas Telis C
Juan Graterol Note
Juan Graterol photo 1399. Juan Graterol C
Gilberto Celestino Note
Gilberto Celestino photo 1497. Gilberto Celestino CF
LaMonte Wade Jr. Note
LaMonte Wade Jr. photo 1510. LaMonte Wade Jr. LF,CF
Trevor Larnach Note
Trevor Larnach photo 1522. Trevor Larnach RF
Brent Rooker Note
Brent Rooker photo 1547. Brent Rooker 1B,LF
Royce Lewis Note
Royce Lewis photo 1597. Royce Lewis SS
Nick Gordon Note
Nick Gordon photo 1607. Nick Gordon SS
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