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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Gerrit Cole Note
Gerrit Cole photo 8. Gerrit Cole SP
There are really no words for what Cole was able to do last year. He built on the massive gains he made from his first year with the Astros and lowered his ERA, WHIP, and walk rate to miniscule levels while totaling an outrageous 326 strikeouts. He'll move to the Yankees now, which is a mild downgrade given that the Yankees may slightly limit his innings in light of their long-term investment in Cole and their bullpen, and the opposing offenses and ballparks in the AL East compared to the AL West. But Cole's fastball and slider are beyond elite, and he should be the top pitcher taken in fantasy drafts.
1 week ago
Gleyber Torres Note
Gleyber Torres photo 34. Gleyber Torres 2B,SS
As a 22-year-old, Gleyber managed 38 homers, 96 runs and 91 RBIs with a .280 batting average. There is still room for more growth and it would no surprise if he became an MVP candidate this year as a 23-year-old. There isn't enough speed to make him the top fantasy second basemen yet though.
4 weeks ago
Aaron Judge Note
Aaron Judge photo 49. Aaron Judge RF
Judge has a stress fracture in his rib, which showed "slight improvement" based on a CT scan in mid-April. But he is also dealing with a collapsed lung, and there is still no timetable for when he may be ready for baseball activity. Even with the postponement of the season, there's no guarantee that Judge will be ready to play at any point this season. Draft him with a heavy dose of pessimism and you should be fine.
1 week ago
Giancarlo Stanton Note
Giancarlo Stanton photo 66. Giancarlo Stanton LF,RF
Stanton's Grade-1 hamstring strain was going to keep him out of action for Opening Day, but he now should be ready to go whenever the season begins. Stanton will always be an injury risk, but for now, view him as a healthy option heading into the season. His power potential therefore makes him an option in Round 3 or 4, depending on your risk tolerance.
1 week ago
DJ LeMahieu Note
DJ LeMahieu photo 70. DJ LeMahieu 1B,2B,3B
LeMahieu may have been the most shocking breakout last year, moving from a .276 hitter with limited power at Coors to all of a sudden 26 HRs, 102 RBIs and a .327 BA away from Coors. You can expect some regression but his 2019 campaign was just too great to discount him in the 6th or 7th round.
4 weeks ago
Aroldis Chapman Note
Aroldis Chapman photo 85. Aroldis Chapman RP
Chapman remains one of the best relievers in the game, but even his most ardent defenders have to admit there are signs of slippage. His velocity, which is still elite, continues to trend down, and he hasn't topped 60 innings since 2015. He's the unquestioned closer in the game, a top-three reliever, and will give you plenty of strikeouts. But he's no longer the top option in the fantasy game.
1 week ago
Gary Sanchez Note
Gary Sanchez photo 105. Gary Sanchez C
Yes, Sanchez did manage to swat 34 homers and has historical power potential for the position, but you are definitely going to take a hit at batting average if you draft him. With that said, hitting in the middle of the Yankees lineup should afford fantasy owners loads of RBIs and runs too.
4 weeks ago
Masahiro Tanaka Note
Masahiro Tanaka photo 177. Masahiro Tanaka SP
Tanaka had a bizarre year. On the negative side, his ERA soared to 4.45 and his WHIP and strikeout rate went to a career worst 1.24 and 7.37/9, respectively. Yet he slightly lowered his walk rate from the past two years, cut his HR/FB rate, and got batters to swing at pitches outside the zone more than almost any other pitcher in the second half of the season. At this point in his career, given his home park, there's little optimism that Tanaka can ever develop into the ace he appeared to be during his debut. Draft him as a back-end-of-the-rotation starter in deeper leagues but nothing more.
1 week ago
James Paxton Note
James Paxton photo 178. James Paxton SP
Paxton will be out until at least early May (and likely longer) after undergoing a microscopic lumbar discectomy with removal of a peridiscal cyst in early February. Although his talent is undeniable, this is yet another in a long list of injuries for Paxton, who has eight injured list stints since the beginning of the 2014 season. While early May is the front end of the three to four month timetable, expect Paxton's absence to last until at least June and possibly longer if he has any setbacks.
1 week ago
Luke Voit Note
Luke Voit photo 208. Luke Voit 1B,DH
Voit wasn't anything near the short sample-size explosion we saw in 2018 but he still managed 21 homers, 72 runs and 62 RBIs in just 118 games. While the batting average won't be ideal, you can certainly put up with 30 homers, 90/90 RBis and runs in the 17th round.
4 weeks ago
Miguel Andujar Note
Miguel Andujar photo 228. Miguel Andujar 3B,DH
Andujar virtually missed the entire season so there is some risk in relying on a bounceback or even a full year of stats, but if we get it, we've seen the upside to be a .300 average with 25+ homers. With an ADP above 300, you should be able to get him super late in drafts.
4 weeks ago
Gio Urshela Note
Gio Urshela photo 233. Gio Urshela 3B
Urshela was among the most surprising breakouts in 2019, batting .315 with 21 homers for the Yankees. Although that isn't going to keep up, he earned playing time in New York and may prove worth of that 20th round ADP.
4 weeks ago
Brett Gardner Note
Brett Gardner photo 274. Brett Gardner LF,CF
Gardner has a little Rodney Dangerfield going on, in that he gets no respect from fantasy owners. Although he'll be entering his age-37 season, Gardner popped a career-high 28 home runs lat year. The power comes and goes, but he's stolen double-digit bases in every season of his career, and hasn't scored fewer than 80 runs in a full season since 2010. He lacks the upside of many other late-round outfielders but offers a higher floor.
1 week ago
J.A. Happ Note
J.A. Happ photo 302. J.A. Happ SP
Adam Ottavino Note
Adam Ottavino photo 322. Adam Ottavino RP
Chad Green Note
Chad Green photo 346. Chad Green SP,RP
Jordan Montgomery Note
Jordan Montgomery photo 351. Jordan Montgomery SP
Domingo German Note
Domingo German photo 357. Domingo German SP
Mike Tauchman Note
Mike Tauchman photo 371. Mike Tauchman LF,CF,RF
Zack Britton Note
Zack Britton photo 434. Zack Britton RP
Tommy Kahnle Note
Tommy Kahnle photo 441. Tommy Kahnle RP
Clint Frazier Note
Clint Frazier photo 452. Clint Frazier LF,RF
Jonathan Loaisiga Note
Jonathan Loaisiga photo 459. Jonathan Loaisiga SP,RP
Aaron Hicks Note
Aaron Hicks photo 520. Aaron Hicks CF
Mike Ford Note
Mike Ford photo 561. Mike Ford 1B
Ford hit 12 bombs in just 143 at-bats last year after destroying Triple-A pitching to open the year, but there doesn't seem to be a spot in the lineup for him versus righties.
4 weeks ago
Deivi Garcia Note
Deivi Garcia photo 694. Deivi Garcia SP
Clarke Schmidt Note
Clarke Schmidt photo 713. Clarke Schmidt SP
Adam Warren Note
Adam Warren photo 737. Adam Warren RP
Jonathan Holder Note
Jonathan Holder photo 747. Jonathan Holder RP
Kyle Higashioka Note
Kyle Higashioka photo 777. Kyle Higashioka C
Luis Cessa Note
Luis Cessa photo 840. Luis Cessa RP
Chris Iannetta Note
Chris Iannetta photo 898. Chris Iannetta C
Ben Heller Note
Ben Heller photo 945. Ben Heller RP
Thairo Estrada Note
Thairo Estrada photo 1017. Thairo Estrada 2B,SS
Tyler Wade Note
Tyler Wade photo 1019. Tyler Wade 2B,LF
Tyler Lyons Note
Tyler Lyons photo 1142. Tyler Lyons RP
Michael King Note
Michael King photo 1165. Michael King SP,RP
Dan Jennings Note
Dan Jennings photo 1193. Dan Jennings RP
David Hale Note
David Hale photo 1210. David Hale SP,RP
Luis Avilan Note
Luis Avilan photo 1216. Luis Avilan RP
Nick Tropeano Note
Nick Tropeano photo 1275. Nick Tropeano SP,RP
Josh Smith Note
Josh Smith photo 1319. Josh Smith SS
Chad Bettis Note
Chad Bettis photo 1321. Chad Bettis SP,RP
Erik Kratz Note
Erik Kratz photo 1393. Erik Kratz C
Chris Gittens Note
Chris Gittens photo 1425. Chris Gittens 1B
Estevan Florial Note
Estevan Florial photo 1482. Estevan Florial CF,RF
Zack Granite Note
Zack Granite photo 1494. Zack Granite LF,CF
Kaleb Cowart Note
Kaleb Cowart photo 1501. Kaleb Cowart 3B
Trey Amburgey Note
Trey Amburgey photo 1535. Trey Amburgey OF
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