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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Nelson Cruz Note
Nelson Cruz photo 42. 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.
17 weeks ago
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.
17 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.
17 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.
17 weeks ago
Max Kepler Note
Max Kepler photo 112. Max Kepler CF,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.
17 weeks ago
Miguel Sano Note
Miguel Sano photo 146. Miguel Sano 3B,1B
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.
10 weeks ago
Mitch Garver Note
Mitch Garver photo 159. Mitch Garver C
Byron Buxton Note
Byron Buxton photo 160. Byron Buxton CF
Jake Odorizzi Note
Jake Odorizzi photo 176. 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.
17 weeks ago
Rich Hill Note
Rich Hill photo 239. 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.
17 weeks ago
Luis Arraez Note
Luis Arraez photo 270. Luis Arraez 2B,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.
17 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.
17 weeks ago
Trevor May Note
Trevor May photo 417. Trevor May RP
Homer Bailey Note
Homer Bailey photo 426. Homer Bailey SP
Tyler Duffey Note
Tyler Duffey photo 446. Tyler Duffey RP
Marwin Gonzalez Note
Marwin Gonzalez photo 458. Marwin Gonzalez 1B,3B,RF,2B
Sergio Romo Note
Sergio Romo photo 461. Sergio Romo RP
Randy Dobnak Note
Randy Dobnak photo 533. Randy Dobnak SP
Tyler Clippard Note
Tyler Clippard photo 620. Tyler Clippard RP,SP
Royce Lewis Note
Royce Lewis photo 628. Royce Lewis SS
Zack Littell Note
Zack Littell photo 676. Zack Littell RP
Devin Smeltzer Note
Devin Smeltzer photo 707. Devin Smeltzer SP,RP
Willians Astudillo Note
Willians Astudillo photo 718. Willians Astudillo C
Lewis Thorpe Note
Lewis Thorpe photo 762. Lewis Thorpe RP
Alex Avila Note
Alex Avila photo 775. Alex Avila C
Ehire Adrianza Note
Ehire Adrianza photo 789. Ehire Adrianza 1B,3B,SS,2B
Jake Cave Note
Jake Cave photo 841. Jake Cave CF,RF,LF
Matt Wisler Note
Matt Wisler photo 895. Matt Wisler SP,RP
Cody Stashak Note
Cody Stashak photo 922. Cody Stashak RP
Alex Kirilloff Note
Alex Kirilloff photo 973. Alex Kirilloff RF,1B
Fernando Romero Note
Fernando Romero photo 996. Fernando Romero RP
Sean Poppen Note
Sean Poppen photo 1022. Sean Poppen RP
Cory Gearrin Note
Cory Gearrin photo 1177. Cory Gearrin RP
Blaine Hardy Note
Blaine Hardy photo 1178. Blaine Hardy RP
Jorge Alcala Note
Jorge Alcala photo 1216. Jorge Alcala SP,RP
LaMonte Wade Jr. Note
LaMonte Wade Jr. photo 1391. LaMonte Wade Jr. LF
Travis Blankenhorn Note
Travis Blankenhorn photo 1435. Travis Blankenhorn 2B,3B
Nick Gordon Note
Nick Gordon photo 1442. Nick Gordon SS
Juan Graterol Note
Juan Graterol photo 1471. Juan Graterol C
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
Lane Adams Note
Lane Adams photo 1574. Lane Adams RF