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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Gerrit Cole Note
Gerrit Cole photo 7. 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.
21 weeks ago
Gleyber Torres Note
Gleyber Torres photo 33. Gleyber Torres 2B,SS
Aaron Judge Note
Aaron Judge photo 50. 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.
21 weeks ago
Giancarlo Stanton Note
Giancarlo Stanton photo 61. Giancarlo Stanton DH,LF
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.
21 weeks ago
DJ LeMahieu Note
DJ LeMahieu photo 77. DJ LeMahieu 1B,2B,3B
LeMahieu tested positive for COVID-19 and is asymptomatic, according to the Yankees. Assuming he rejoins the team by the start of the season - a big "if" but somewhat likely given his early positive test - then he should have little difficulty getting ready for the season.
14 weeks ago
Aroldis Chapman Note
Aroldis Chapman photo 96. Aroldis Chapman RP
It was announced that Chapman tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, July 11th. With less than two weeks left until the regular season, it seems unlikely that he'll begin the year on the active roster. With that said, it remains unclear exactly how long he'll miss and given Chapman's potential, he shouldn't slip beyond the top 10 closers in drafts.
15 weeks ago
Gary Sanchez Note
Gary Sanchez photo 101. Gary Sanchez C,DH
James Paxton Note
James Paxton photo 142. 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.
21 weeks ago
Masahiro Tanaka Note
Masahiro Tanaka photo 183. 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.
21 weeks ago
Luke Voit Note
Luke Voit photo 201. Luke Voit 1B,DH
Miguel Andujar Note
Miguel Andujar photo 222. Miguel Andujar 3B,DH,LF
Gio Urshela Note
Gio Urshela photo 231. Gio Urshela 3B
Brett Gardner Note
Brett Gardner photo 266. Brett Gardner CF,LF
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.
21 weeks ago
J.A. Happ Note
J.A. Happ photo 299. J.A. Happ SP
Adam Ottavino Note
Adam Ottavino photo 321. Adam Ottavino RP
Aaron Hicks Note
Aaron Hicks photo 326. Aaron Hicks CF
Jordan Montgomery Note
Jordan Montgomery photo 331. Jordan Montgomery SP
Zack Britton Note
Zack Britton photo 338. Zack Britton RP
Chad Green Note
Chad Green photo 363. Chad Green SP,RP
Mike Tauchman Note
Mike Tauchman photo 392. Mike Tauchman LF
Tommy Kahnle Note
Tommy Kahnle photo 452. Tommy Kahnle RP
Jonathan Loaisiga Note
Jonathan Loaisiga photo 470. Jonathan Loaisiga RP
Clint Frazier Note
Clint Frazier photo 505. Clint Frazier RF
Clarke Schmidt Note
Clarke Schmidt photo 669. Clarke Schmidt SP
Mike Ford Note
Mike Ford photo 677. Mike Ford 1B,DH
Michael King Note
Michael King photo 716. Michael King RP
Luis Cessa Note
Luis Cessa photo 759. Luis Cessa RP
Tyler Wade Note
Tyler Wade photo 765. Tyler Wade 2B
Ryan Buchter Note
Ryan Buchter photo 769. Ryan Buchter RP
Mike King Note
Mike King photo 809. Mike King
Deivi Garcia Note
Deivi Garcia photo 828. Deivi Garcia SP
Jonathan Holder Note
Jonathan Holder photo 858. Jonathan Holder RP
Ben Heller Note
Ben Heller photo 870. Ben Heller RP
Kyle Higashioka Note
Kyle Higashioka photo 884. Kyle Higashioka C
Thairo Estrada Note
Thairo Estrada photo 951. Thairo Estrada 2B,3B
Rob Brantly Note
Rob Brantly photo 982. Rob Brantly C
Matt Duffy Note
Matt Duffy photo 993. Matt Duffy 3B
Jordy Mercer Note
Jordy Mercer photo 1122. Jordy Mercer SS
Dan Otero Note
Dan Otero photo 1133. Dan Otero RP
Tyler Lyons Note
Tyler Lyons photo 1141. Tyler Lyons RP
Fernando Abad Note
Fernando Abad photo 1183. Fernando Abad RP
Brooks Kriske Note
Brooks Kriske photo 1247. Brooks Kriske RP
Erik Kratz Note
Erik Kratz photo 1339. Erik Kratz C
Josh Smith Note
Josh Smith photo 1372. Josh Smith RP
Estevan Florial Note
Estevan Florial photo 1491. Estevan Florial CF
Rosell Herrera Note
Rosell Herrera photo 1522. Rosell Herrera CF
Kaleb Cowart Note
Kaleb Cowart photo 1542. Kaleb Cowart 3B
Zack Granite Note
Zack Granite photo 1564. Zack Granite CF