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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Eddie Rosario Note
Eddie Rosario photo 71. Eddie Rosario LF
Josh Donaldson Note
Josh Donaldson photo 72. 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.
27 weeks ago
Jose Berrios Note
Jose Berrios photo 87. 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.
27 weeks ago
Taylor Rogers Note
Taylor Rogers photo 110. 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.
27 weeks ago
Max Kepler Note
Max Kepler photo 112. Max Kepler RF
Jorge Polanco Note
Jorge Polanco photo 115. Jorge Polanco SS
Kenta Maeda Note
Kenta Maeda photo 145. 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.
27 weeks ago
Miguel Sano Note
Miguel Sano photo 146. Miguel Sano 1B,3B
Sano tested positive for COVID-19, though he's asymptomatic. There have been few updates since his test in early July, and it's certainly possible that he'll return healthy before the start of the regular season. For now, drop him down your draft board a hair, but don't shy away entirely.
20 weeks ago
Mitch Garver Note
Mitch Garver photo 159. Mitch Garver C
Byron Buxton Note
Byron Buxton photo 160. Byron Buxton CF
Luis Arraez Note
Luis Arraez photo 270. Luis Arraez 2B
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.
27 weeks ago
Michael Pineda Note
Michael Pineda photo 297. 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.
27 weeks ago
Tyler Duffey Note
Tyler Duffey photo 446. Tyler Duffey RP
Randy Dobnak Note
Randy Dobnak photo 533. Randy Dobnak SP
Royce Lewis Note
Royce Lewis photo 628. Royce Lewis SS
Devin Smeltzer Note
Devin Smeltzer photo 707. Devin Smeltzer SP
Willians Astudillo Note
Willians Astudillo photo 718. Willians Astudillo C
Lewis Thorpe Note
Lewis Thorpe photo 762. Lewis Thorpe RP
Jake Cave Note
Jake Cave photo 841. Jake Cave CF,RF
Matt Wisler Note
Matt Wisler photo 895. Matt Wisler RP
Cody Stashak Note
Cody Stashak photo 922. Cody Stashak RP
Alex Kirilloff Note
Alex Kirilloff photo 973. Alex Kirilloff RF
Fernando Romero Note
Fernando Romero photo 996. Fernando Romero RP
Derek Law Note
Derek Law photo 1040. Derek Law RP
Cory Gearrin Note
Cory Gearrin photo 1177. Cory Gearrin RP
Jorge Alcala Note
Jorge Alcala photo 1216. Jorge Alcala RP
Ian Gibaut Note
Ian Gibaut photo 1243. Ian Gibaut RP
LaMonte Wade Jr. Note
LaMonte Wade Jr. photo 1391. LaMonte Wade Jr. CF
Travis Blankenhorn Note
Travis Blankenhorn photo 1435. Travis Blankenhorn 2B
Nick Gordon Note
Nick Gordon photo 1442. Nick Gordon SS
Tomas Telis Note
Tomas Telis photo 1480. Tomas Telis C
Gilberto Celestino Note
Gilberto Celestino photo 1481. Gilberto Celestino CF
Brent Rooker Note
Brent Rooker photo 1494. Brent Rooker LF