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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Josh Bell Note
Josh Bell photo 75. Josh Bell 1B
Bell had a true breakout season in 2019, improving drastically in pretty much every measurable category. His increases in exit velocity (2.3 mph), launch angle (3.8 degrees), and barrels per plate appearance (3.8%) showed that his gains were not fluky, and he even recovered from what looked to be a second-half collapse with a .927 OPS in August. The issue for Bell is that even with the improvements, a first baseman who bats .277 and slugs 37 home runs is not blowing the fantasy world away. Buy many of the gains, but don't go crazy on draft day.
10 weeks ago
Bryan Reynolds Note
Bryan Reynolds photo 172. Bryan Reynolds LF,CF,RF
Reynolds was an excellent surprise last year as a rookie, batting .316 with 16 homers and 83 runs despite being down in the minors for the first month of the season. There is some risk in drafting him but more than likely, this is a solid source of batting average in the middle of your draft.
13 weeks ago
Joe Musgrove Note
Joe Musgrove photo 174. Joe Musgrove SP
Musgrove started out the season hot but cratered in May, pitching to an 8.10 ERA in the month. His overall numbers (4.44 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) won't blow you away, but Musgrove saw major velocity gains on his fastball and cutter over the second half of the season. Wins will always be an issue but if he can continue to build on his velocity increases, he could find his way into being a back-end starter for your fantasy team.
10 weeks ago
Kevin Newman Note
Kevin Newman photo 194. Kevin Newman 2B,SS
A leadoff hitter who bat .308 last year with 12 home runs and 16 steals in just 130 games? What's not to like? Fine, he is one of the worst in the league in terms of barrel percentage and hard hit rate but even still, he had an expected batting average of .291 last year. Newman won't blow you away, but he'll chip in everywhere, especially the scarce categories. Don't forget about him on draft day.
10 weeks ago
Keone Kela Note
Keone Kela photo 200. Keone Kela RP
As of July 11th, Kela has not reported to camp. It's unclear if he is dealing with COVID-19 or when he is planning to report, if at all. Kela is an above-average major league reliever and will start the year as the Pittsburgh closer if healthy. But for now, drop him down your draft board a few spots.
4 weeks ago
Mitch Keller Note
Mitch Keller photo 203. Mitch Keller SP
Keller's time in the majors last year was . . . sub-optimal, to say the least. Other than his elite strikeout rate, pretty much nothing went right for the youngster in his brief time with the Pirates. But when your FIP is FOUR runs lower than your ERA, chances are pretty good you're due for a rebound. Keller has an excellent fastball with an above-average slider and a decent curveball, more than enough to succeed in getting major league hitters out. If he can manage to limit his awful first innings of games with more consistency, he could provide plenty of value.
10 weeks ago
Gregory Polanco Note
Gregory Polanco photo 281. Gregory Polanco RF
Polanco was never able to fully recover from his 2018 shoulder surgery, playing in only 42 games last year. He has seemed on the cusp of a breakout for years, but the bottom line is that he has never hit better than .258 or slugged more than 23 homers. He's expected to be ready for the start of the season, whenever that is, and there is still untapped potential, meaning you should draft Polanco late and hope everything finally comes together.
10 weeks ago
Adam Frazier Note
Adam Frazier photo 374. Adam Frazier 2B
Kyle Crick Note
Kyle Crick photo 386. Kyle Crick RP
Colin Moran Note
Colin Moran photo 436. Colin Moran 2B,3B
Jarrod Dyson Note
Jarrod Dyson photo 477. Jarrod Dyson LF,CF,RF
Nick Burdi Note
Nick Burdi photo 508. Nick Burdi RP
Jacob Stallings Note
Jacob Stallings photo 532. Jacob Stallings C
Trevor Williams Note
Trevor Williams photo 536. Trevor Williams SP
Cole Tucker Note
Cole Tucker photo 555. Cole Tucker SS
Michael Feliz Note
Michael Feliz photo 590. Michael Feliz RP
Richard Rodriguez Note
Richard Rodriguez photo 604. Richard Rodriguez RP
Jose Osuna Note
Jose Osuna photo 651. Jose Osuna 1B,3B,RF
Chad Kuhl Note
Chad Kuhl photo 670. Chad Kuhl SP
Steven Brault Note
Steven Brault photo 739. Steven Brault SP,RP
Derek Holland Note
Derek Holland photo 781. Derek Holland SP,RP
Chris Stratton Note
Chris Stratton photo 784. Chris Stratton SP,RP
Guillermo Heredia Note
Guillermo Heredia photo 799. Guillermo Heredia LF,CF,RF
Ke'Bryan Hayes Note
Ke'Bryan Hayes photo 803. Ke'Bryan Hayes 3B
Robbie Erlin Note
Robbie Erlin photo 833. Robbie Erlin RP
Nik Turley Note
Nik Turley photo 855. Nik Turley SP,RP
JT Brubaker Note
JT Brubaker photo 857. JT Brubaker SP
James Marvel Note
James Marvel photo 862. James Marvel SP
Kevin Kramer Note
Kevin Kramer photo 869. Kevin Kramer 3B,LF,RF
Cody Ponce Note
Cody Ponce photo 877. Cody Ponce SP,RP
Clay Holmes Note
Clay Holmes photo 895. Clay Holmes SP,RP
Luke Maile Note
Luke Maile photo 960. Luke Maile C
Jared Oliva Note
Jared Oliva photo 989. Jared Oliva LF,CF
Dovydas Neverauskas Note
Dovydas Neverauskas photo 1003. Dovydas Neverauskas RP
Edgar Santana Note
Edgar Santana photo 1058. Edgar Santana RP
JT Riddle Note
JT Riddle photo 1116. JT Riddle SS,CF
Pablo Reyes Note
Pablo Reyes photo 1137. Pablo Reyes LF,CF,RF
Erik Gonzalez Note
Erik Gonzalez photo 1143. Erik Gonzalez 2B,3B,SS
John Ryan Murphy Note
John Ryan Murphy photo 1159. John Ryan Murphy C
Andrew Susac Note
Andrew Susac photo 1174. Andrew Susac C
Wei-Chung Wang Note
Wei-Chung Wang photo 1210. Wei-Chung Wang RP
Sam Howard Note
Sam Howard photo 1214. Sam Howard SP,RP
Geoff Hartlieb Note
Geoff Hartlieb photo 1234. Geoff Hartlieb RP
Jason Martin Note
Jason Martin photo 1241. Jason Martin LF,CF
Socrates Brito Note
Socrates Brito photo 1341. Socrates Brito RF
Tyler Bashlor Note
Tyler Bashlor photo 1365. Tyler Bashlor RP
Blake Cederlind Note
Blake Cederlind photo 1372. Blake Cederlind RP
Yacksel Rios Note
Yacksel Rios photo 1382. Yacksel Rios RP
Will Craig Note
Will Craig photo 1412. Will Craig 1B,3B
Oneil Cruz Note
Oneil Cruz photo 1497. Oneil Cruz SS
Phillip Evans Note
Phillip Evans photo 1502. Phillip Evans 3B,SS
Montana DuRapau Note
Montana DuRapau photo 1603. Montana DuRapau RP