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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Fernando Tatis Jr. Note
Fernando Tatis Jr. photo 18. Fernando Tatis Jr. SS
Tatis was sensational in his half of season with 22 homers, 16 steals and a .317 batting average but every underlying metric available to us screams significant regression. He is a strong source of power and speed but expect the BA to plummet.
13 weeks ago
Manny Machado Note
Manny Machado photo 47. Manny Machado 3B,SS
Machado now has five consecutive seasons with 30+ homers, 80+ runs and 80+ RBIs. Yes, he struggled last year in batting average but this is a durable player with a great floor and Round 1 upside should he decide to steal 15 bags again like we've seen a few times.
13 weeks ago
Chris Paddack Note
Chris Paddack photo 56. Chris Paddack SP
Paddack earned his "biggest spring training breakout" award with an outstanding season, albeit one capped with an innings limit. The reins should be taken off a bit this year, which should allow Paddack to remain in a groove and build on his outstanding 2019 numbers. His fastball and changeup are simpy elite, and if he can continue to refine his curveball, he could develop into a true fantasy ace.
10 weeks ago
Tommy Pham Note
Tommy Pham photo 67. Tommy Pham LF,CF,DH
Pham tested positive for COVID-19 but has since cleared protocol with two negative tests and has rejoined his team. He was reportedly asymptomatic in any event, and it does not appear that he'll have limitations heading into the season.
3 weeks ago
Kirby Yates Note
Kirby Yates photo 82. Kirby Yates RP
Yate led the league in saves last year with 41, and continued to lower his already impressive ERA and WHIP. He has an elite strikeout rate and is outstanding at limiting home runs, which is everything you want in a closer. Josh Hader should be the first reliever taken but Yates should be a close second.
10 weeks ago
Dinelson Lamet Note
Dinelson Lamet photo 130. Dinelson Lamet SP
Lamet is a popular breakout candidate this year, after he returned from Tommy John surgery to throw 73 innings of solid baseball last year. Lamet is still much more potential than numbers - he hasn't dominated a level above A-ball and has questionable control. But his raw stuff, particularly his slider and curveball, are impressive, and he can miss bats with the best of them. They'll be no discount for Lamet this year, but if you're looking for upside, he's worth the gamble.
10 weeks ago
Joey Lucchesi Note
Joey Lucchesi photo 204. Joey Lucchesi SP
Lucchesi's a fine pitcher, but he really only has two pitches - a fine fastball and an above-average changeup. Although he dabbles with a cutter, it's much more of a show-me pitch, and batters hit .291 last year against it anyway with an xBA of 3.10. It's unlikely he'll make many significant gains, but there's room on your roster for a low-4.00 ERA pitcher with nearly a strikeout per inning. Just make sure it's toward the back end of your rotation.
10 weeks ago
Eric Hosmer Note
Eric Hosmer photo 210. Eric Hosmer 1B
Since Hosmer went to San Diego, his batting average hasn't been anywhere near as reliable as it once was. The power is still in the 20 homer per season range but his primary calling card is the durability that affords fantasy owners 90+ RBIs per season and plenty of runs.
13 weeks ago
Garrett Richards Note
Garrett Richards photo 223. Garrett Richards SP
Wil Myers Note
Wil Myers photo 241. Wil Myers 1B,3B,LF,CF
The 29-year-old Myers has been disappointing each of the last two seasons but let's not forget that he is not far removed from 58 HRs and 48 SBs in two seasons combined. The average will never be there but the power/speed combo is worth a late-round gamble.
13 weeks ago
Emilio Pagan Note
Emilio Pagan photo 244. Emilio Pagan RP
Pagan had a dynamic season with the Rays, racking up 20 saves and offering excellent ratios. But a move to the Padres takes him out of the closer's role behind Kirby Yates. He's still ownable for his pitching numbers and as a handcuff to Yates, but don't expect many saves absent an injury.
10 weeks ago
Trent Grisham Note
Trent Grisham photo 254. Trent Grisham LF,CF,RF
Grisham wasn't overly impressive in his 51-game cameo with the Brewers last season, but his minor league track record suggests he has a lot more in the tank. Now with the Padres and with a clear path to the starting center fielder job, Grisham makes an intriguing fantasy option.He has enough speed and power to matter in fantasy, and is the exact type of upside player to snag at the end of your drafts.
10 weeks ago
MacKenzie Gore Note
MacKenzie Gore photo 338. MacKenzie Gore SP
Jurickson Profar Note
Jurickson Profar photo 339. Jurickson Profar 2B,SS,LF
Profar may have batted .218 but he is still young enough that we can expect some improvement. Even if we don't get it, he is strong enough in the other four categories that you can use a late-round pick on him knowing you'll get steady production.
13 weeks ago
Francisco Mejia Note
Francisco Mejia photo 354. Francisco Mejia C
Mejia was a bit of a fantasy disappointment last year but that is often the case with young catchers. He should end up with much more than 226 at-bats this time around and if he does, you can expect 15+ homers to go with a useful batting average.
13 weeks ago
Drew Pomeranz Note
Drew Pomeranz photo 379. Drew Pomeranz SP,RP
Andres Munoz Note
Andres Munoz photo 394. Andres Munoz RP
Matt Strahm Note
Matt Strahm photo 434. Matt Strahm SP,RP
Zach Davies Note
Zach Davies photo 452. Zach Davies SP
Craig Stammen Note
Craig Stammen photo 480. Craig Stammen RP
Josh Naylor Note
Josh Naylor photo 553. Josh Naylor LF,RF
Pierce Johnson Note
Pierce Johnson photo 653. Pierce Johnson RP
Cal Quantrill Note
Cal Quantrill photo 661. Cal Quantrill SP,RP
Tim Hill Note
Tim Hill photo 664. Tim Hill RP
Jorge Mateo Note
Jorge Mateo photo 690. Jorge Mateo SS
Austin Hedges Note
Austin Hedges photo 691. Austin Hedges C
Jose Castillo Note
Jose Castillo photo 696. Jose Castillo RP
Ty France Note
Ty France photo 720. Ty France 2B,3B
Luis Patino Note
Luis Patino photo 728. Luis Patino SP
Adrian Morejon Note
Adrian Morejon photo 771. Adrian Morejon SP,RP
Edward Olivares Note
Edward Olivares photo 915. Edward Olivares CF,RF
Gerardo Reyes Note
Gerardo Reyes photo 933. Gerardo Reyes RP
Trey Wingenter Note
Trey Wingenter photo 962. Trey Wingenter RP
Luis Perdomo Note
Luis Perdomo photo 985. Luis Perdomo SP,RP
Jerad Eickhoff Note
Jerad Eickhoff photo 1009. Jerad Eickhoff SP
Pedro Avila Note
Pedro Avila photo 1034. Pedro Avila SP
Greg Garcia Note
Greg Garcia photo 1041. Greg Garcia 2B,3B
Michel Baez Note
Michel Baez photo 1046. Michel Baez SP,RP
David Bednar Note
David Bednar photo 1135. David Bednar RP
Luis Torrens Note
Luis Torrens photo 1228. Luis Torrens C
Taylor Trammell Note
Taylor Trammell photo 1258. Taylor Trammell LF,CF
Miguel Diaz Note
Miguel Diaz photo 1375. Miguel Diaz RP
Abraham Almonte Note
Abraham Almonte photo 1422. Abraham Almonte CF,RF
Jake Cronenworth Note
Jake Cronenworth photo 1449. Jake Cronenworth 2B,SS
Owen Miller Note
Owen Miller photo 1614. Owen Miller SS