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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Kyle Lewis Note
Kyle Lewis photo 165. Kyle Lewis CF,RF
Even in a shortened year, Lewis managed to have two distinctively different seasons en route to the AL Rookie of the Year Award. In the first half, he hit .368 with seven home runs. In the second half, he hit just .150 with four home runs. Lewis has plenty of tools but needs to cut back on his strikeouts if he's going to avoid the ups and downs he saw last year. His average is likely to hurt you, but he has 25-homer pop, and can throw in a handful of steals. Despite his rookie of the year award, there's not a ton of buzz on Lewis after his late-season slide, so he'll likely come at a discount.
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Marco Gonzales Note
Marco Gonzales photo 166. Marco Gonzales SP
If you want to buy into performances from the 2020 season, then you'll have Gonzales significantly higher than you would otherwise. He made major gains last year, including up his strikeout rate to a career-best 23.1% and lowering his walk rate to a career-best 2.5%. Bu even with the gains, Gonzales's swinging strike rate was only 8.4% (below his career average), and his fastball velocity is close to the worst in the league. As a pure back end of the rotation starter, he's fine, but do not expect anything close to a 3.10 ERA again, and bake in regression for his strikeouts.
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James Paxton Note
James Paxton photo 169. James Paxton SP
Paxton missed almost the entire 2020 season after straining a flexor in his pitching forearm. Any forearm injury is worrisome because of the connection to the elbow, and Paxton has hardly been the picture of health in his career. He'll try to jumpstart his career again back with the Mariners, and the reports from his workout, where he reportedly touched 94 MPH, were encouraging after his velocity drop last year. When he pitches, he's almost always effective, so he's worth a late-round pick for the potential upside. But the injury history should keep him relatively low on your draft board.
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Dylan Moore Note
Dylan Moore photo 175. Dylan Moore 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF
Moore hit .255 with eight home runs and 12 stolen bases in just 38 games last year. Despite not having an abundance of speed, Moore's stolen base prowess is real, as he stole 96 bases over 447 minor league games at a 77% clip and ranked in the 71st percentile in sprint speed last year. And he cut his strikeout rate to a high but manageable 27% last year, and his barrel rate, hard hit percentage, and average exit velocity were all well above average. But Moore has struggled against righties for much of his time in the majors, and despite his success last year, is unlikely to have a long leash with Shed Long waiting in the wings. Moore has upside and multi-position eligibility to go along with his power and speed. Just have a backup plan ready to go.
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Rafael Montero Note
Rafael Montero photo 189. Rafael Montero RP
Montero wound up closing for the Rangers and totaling eight saves in 2020, but it wasn't a particularly special season. His hard-hit rate and walk-rate increased from his strong 2019 season, and he totaled a 4.08 ERA. Now with Seattle, Montero's best asset may be his lack of competition for the closer's role, as Seattle has struggled for several seasons to find a reliable ninth-inning option. Draft Montero as a mid-tier closer, who you're taking more for his job security than his spectacular numbers.
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Mitch Haniger Note
Mitch Haniger photo 197. Mitch Haniger CF,RF
Haniger hasn't played since June of 2019, and his career has been riddled with injuries. But he's shown his potential in his lone healthy season, and he certainly has 25-homer pop in his bat. The question, as usual, is health, and for now, he remains ready to go for the season. If things remain that way, draft him as a bench player with upside.
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Kyle Seager Note
Kyle Seager photo 223. Kyle Seager 3B
Jarred Kelenic Note
Jarred Kelenic photo 240. Jarred Kelenic CF
Kelenic was assigned to the Mariners' Minor League camp on March 26th, which wasn't much of a surprise after he suffered a knee injury that cost him time this spring. He looked more than ready for the big club in his 23 plate appearances, however, hitting two home runs with a 1.256 OPS. Kelenic likely won't be down for too long (perhaps just long enough for the team to gain an extra year of control), so fantasy managers can still draft him late and wait a bit to reap the rewards.
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Yusei Kikuchi Note
Yusei Kikuchi photo 267. Yusei Kikuchi SP
Ty France Note
Ty France photo 280. Ty France 2B,3B
Justus Sheffield Note
Justus Sheffield photo 301. Justus Sheffield SP
Evan White Note
Evan White photo 340. Evan White 1B
Tom Murphy Note
Tom Murphy photo 379. Tom Murphy C
J.P. Crawford Note
J.P. Crawford photo 432. J.P. Crawford SS
Taylor Trammell Note
Taylor Trammell photo 486. Taylor Trammell LF,CF
Luis Torrens Note
Luis Torrens photo 576. Luis Torrens C
Anthony Misiewicz Note
Anthony Misiewicz photo 592. Anthony Misiewicz RP
Andres Munoz Note
Andres Munoz photo 616. Andres Munoz RP
Keynan Middleton Note
Keynan Middleton photo 623. Keynan Middleton RP
Chris Flexen Note
Chris Flexen photo 637. Chris Flexen SP,RP
Justin Dunn Note
Justin Dunn photo 642. Justin Dunn SP
Brandon Brennan Note
Brandon Brennan photo 701. Brandon Brennan RP
Jose Marmolejos Note
Jose Marmolejos photo 714. Jose Marmolejos 1B,LF
Julio Rodriguez Note
Julio Rodriguez photo 722. Julio Rodriguez RF
Logan Gilbert Note
Logan Gilbert photo 744. Logan Gilbert SP
Casey Sadler Note
Casey Sadler photo 747. Casey Sadler RP
Matt Magill Note
Matt Magill photo 759. Matt Magill RP
Ljay Newsome Note
Ljay Newsome photo 775. Ljay Newsome SP
Kendall Graveman Note
Kendall Graveman photo 868. Kendall Graveman RP
Sam Haggerty Note
Sam Haggerty photo 881. Sam Haggerty LF
Erik Swanson Note
Erik Swanson photo 912. Erik Swanson SP,RP
Nick Margevicius Note
Nick Margevicius photo 942. Nick Margevicius SP,RP
Yohan Ramirez Note
Yohan Ramirez photo 974. Yohan Ramirez RP
Shed Long Jr. Note
Shed Long Jr. photo 1017. Shed Long Jr. 2B,LF
Roenis Elias Note
Roenis Elias photo 1019. Roenis Elias RP
Jake Fraley Note
Jake Fraley photo 1020. Jake Fraley CF,RF
Drew Steckenrider Note
Drew Steckenrider photo 1102. Drew Steckenrider RP
Sam Delaplane Note
Sam Delaplane photo 1114. Sam Delaplane RP
Wyatt Mills Note
Wyatt Mills photo 1148. Wyatt Mills RP
Joey Gerber Note
Joey Gerber photo 1206. Joey Gerber RP
Brady Lail Note
Brady Lail photo 1230. Brady Lail RP
Aaron Fletcher Note
Aaron Fletcher photo 1260. Aaron Fletcher RP
Braden Bishop Note
Braden Bishop photo 1268. Braden Bishop CF,RF
Will Vest Note
Will Vest photo 1353. Will Vest RP
Robert Dugger Note
Robert Dugger photo 1359. Robert Dugger SP
Paul Sewald Note
Paul Sewald photo 1362. Paul Sewald RP
Domingo Tapia Note
Domingo Tapia photo 1376. Domingo Tapia RP
Cal Raleigh Note
Cal Raleigh photo 1403. Cal Raleigh C
Donovan Walton Note
Donovan Walton photo 1502. Donovan Walton Util
Sam Travis Note
Sam Travis photo 1506. Sam Travis 1B,LF