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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Jack Flaherty Note
Jack Flaherty photo 26. Jack Flaherty SP
If ever there were a tale of two halves, it was Flaherty's 2019 season. A 4.64 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP in the first half, followed by a preposterous 0.91 ERA and 0.71 WHIP in the second half. His strikeout rate jumped, his walk rate dropped, and he saw a gain of almost a mile per hour on his fastball. The real Flaherty likely lies somewhere in between his first and second halves, but that should be a top-10 pitcher in 2020.
10 weeks ago
Paul Goldschmidt Note
Paul Goldschmidt photo 53. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
Goldschmidt's batting average may have dipped thanks to a slow start but he finished with 30+ homers for the third consecutive season and very nearly went for 100 runs and 100 RBIs. More than likely, that batting average will end up north of .280 again too which would make him a steal at the end of the fifth round.
13 weeks ago
Paul DeJong Note
Paul DeJong photo 162. Paul DeJong SS
Although DeJong hit so poorly at the end of the season, he has no chance of losing playing time because he is so great in the field. Even with his rough stretch to close things, DeJong finished with 30 homers and 97 runs. He is expected to do much of the same this year.
13 weeks ago
Tommy Edman Note
Tommy Edman photo 177. Tommy Edman 2B,3B
Edman had a tidy little rookie season for the Cardinals, as he batted over .300 and put up 11 home runs and 15 steals in 92 games. He looks destined for a super-utility role in 2020, but that should still mean plenty of playing time. With batting average and steals at a premium, Edman is a solid target as you get into the double-digit rounds.
10 weeks ago
Carlos Martinez Note
Carlos Martinez photo 187. Carlos Martinez RP
Martinez's shoulder weakness pushed him to the bullpen, where he eventually successfully took over for Jordan Hicks as the closer for the Cardinals. His 2020 role remains in flux, as it appears he'll be given an opportunity to win back the starting role he so covets, but his success is far from assured. Martinez should provide value in the rotation or the bullpen, so given that you won't need to spend much draft capital to get him anyway, don't shy away.
10 weeks ago
Giovanny Gallegos Note
Giovanny Gallegos photo 211. Giovanny Gallegos RP
There's no denying Gallegos' talent, and if he gets the job as the Cardinals' closer, he has the legitimate upside to be a top-five closer if everything goes right. Unfortunately, we're a long way away from there, as the St. Louis bullpen situation is a giant question mark at the moment given Carlos Martinez and Alex Reyes. Draft Gallegos for the ratios and hope for more, but don't yet think you've got a solid closer.
10 weeks ago
Kolten Wong Note
Kolten Wong photo 220. Kolten Wong 2B
Don't look now, but Wong was actually great last year, hitting .285 with 24 steals and a dozen homers. While he hasn't exactly been consistent in his career, repeating those type of numbers would make him a downright steal late in drafts.
13 weeks ago
Miles Mikolas Note
Miles Mikolas photo 234. Miles Mikolas SP
Mikolas took a step back from his stellar 2018 season, adding more than a run onto his ERA and 0.15 onto his WHIP. With an extremely low strikeout rate, his numbers (4.16 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) don't warrant a roster spot. Add to that his forearm injury that will likely sideline him into May, and Mikolas can be off the fantasy radar.
10 weeks ago
Yadier Molina Note
Yadier Molina photo 284. Yadier Molina C
Yadi isn't likely to knock 20 homers again at this point in his career, but he is a safe source of batting average and also provides a handful of steals every year as well. While he is healthy, batting in the middle of the lineup should provide plenty of RBIs and runs for fantasy owners too.
13 weeks ago
Matt Carpenter Note
Matt Carpenter photo 300. Matt Carpenter 3B
Carpenter was a major disappointment in 2019 for fantasy owners but let's not forget that he was an MVP candidate just 18 months ago. There is a chance he gets healthy all season and posts another 30+ homers with 100+ runs for fantasy owners.
13 weeks ago
Dakota Hudson Note
Dakota Hudson photo 315. Dakota Hudson SP
Dylan Carlson Note
Dylan Carlson photo 318. Dylan Carlson CF
Kwang Hyun Kim Note
Kwang Hyun Kim photo 336. Kwang Hyun Kim SP
Ryan Helsley Note
Ryan Helsley photo 366. Ryan Helsley RP
Harrison Bader Note
Harrison Bader photo 380. Harrison Bader CF
Tyler O'Neill Note
Tyler O'Neill photo 383. Tyler O'Neill LF
Andrew Miller Note
Andrew Miller photo 392. Andrew Miller RP
Dexter Fowler Note
Dexter Fowler photo 459. Dexter Fowler CF,RF
Adam Wainwright Note
Adam Wainwright photo 473. Adam Wainwright SP
John Gant Note
John Gant photo 481. John Gant RP
Jordan Hicks Note
Jordan Hicks photo 499. Jordan Hicks RP
Alex Reyes Note
Alex Reyes photo 517. Alex Reyes RP
With Miles Mikolas now dealing with a forearm injury, it seems likely that he will miss some time or even be shut down. That leaves the final spot up for grabs between Kwang-Hyun Kim, Reyes, and Daniel Ponce de Leon. Among them, Kim is considered the frontrunner, but Reyes is far and away the most talented. In fact, he has been receiving rave reviews from the coaching staff already and they've said all winter that they'd love to have him in the rotation if he was healthy and his velocity was back to where it should be. If Reyes wins this job, he could be the breakout ace of the year for fantasy teams.
13 weeks ago
Daniel Ponce de Leon Note
Daniel Ponce de Leon photo 531. Daniel Ponce de Leon SP
John Brebbia Note
John Brebbia photo 547. John Brebbia RP
Austin Dean Note
Austin Dean photo 718. Austin Dean LF
Andrew Knizner Note
Andrew Knizner photo 724. Andrew Knizner C
Matt Wieters Note
Matt Wieters photo 780. Matt Wieters C
Tyler Webb Note
Tyler Webb photo 840. Tyler Webb RP
Austin Gomber Note
Austin Gomber photo 856. Austin Gomber RP
Alvaro Seijas Note
Alvaro Seijas photo 913. Alvaro Seijas SP
Lane Thomas Note
Lane Thomas photo 961. Lane Thomas CF
Brad Miller Note
Brad Miller photo 969. Brad Miller 3B
Rangel Ravelo Note
Rangel Ravelo photo 1117. Rangel Ravelo 1B
Junior Fernandez Note
Junior Fernandez photo 1150. Junior Fernandez RP
Edmundo Sosa Note
Edmundo Sosa photo 1151. Edmundo Sosa 2B
Genesis Cabrera Note
Genesis Cabrera photo 1180. Genesis Cabrera RP
Elehuris Montero Note
Elehuris Montero photo 1380. Elehuris Montero 3B
Seth Elledge Note
Seth Elledge photo 1409. Seth Elledge RP
Kodi Whitley Note
Kodi Whitley photo 1428. Kodi Whitley RP
Justin Williams Note
Justin Williams photo 1446. Justin Williams RF
Luke Gregerson Note
Luke Gregerson photo 1461. Luke Gregerson RP
Max Schrock Note
Max Schrock photo 1509. Max Schrock 3B
Ricardo Sanchez Note
Ricardo Sanchez photo 1593. Ricardo Sanchez SP
Jake Woodford Note
Jake Woodford photo 1594. Jake Woodford SP