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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Tyler Glasnow Note
Tyler Glasnow photo 52. Tyler Glasnow SP
Glasnow is really a fascinating case study. He followed up an incredible 60-inning stretch in 2019 (1.78 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 33% strikeout rate) with a bit of a step back last year (4.08 ERA and 1.13 WHIP). But his xFIP in 2020 (2.75) was actually lower than in 2019 (2.94), and his strikeout rate jumped to a whopping 38.2%. The real issue for Glasnow is that he's a two-pitch pitcher, and although both his fastball and curveball are outstanding, they need to be superb at all times for him to have a dominant season. And last year, they were both just a bit worse than the season prior, particularly his fastball. With enormous strikeout upside and a spot in the rotation of one of the best and most pitching-savvy teams in the Rays, Glasnow makes a fine SP2 for a fantasy team. But his injury history, and his lack of a third pitch, make him a bit riskier than others going in his range.
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Randy Arozarena Note
Randy Arozarena photo 54. Randy Arozarena LF
Fantasy managers will likely remember Arozarena's remarkable postseason, when he slashed .377/.442/.831. But his regular season (.281/.382/.641) would make him a strong fantasy asset if he could repeat hit. Arozarena wasn't looked at as a high impact prospect, but he put on significant muscle before last year and it manifested itself in his power production. There's a 25-homer bat in his skill set, and the fact that he'll likely throw in 15-20 steals should give him a high floor regardless. Don't pay for the postseason, of course, but Arozarena should be a rock solid fantasy outfielder in 2021.
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Brandon Lowe Note
Brandon Lowe photo 76. Brandon Lowe 1B,2B,RF
Lowe actually lost a point on his batting average from 2019 (.269 from .270), but his profile looked far better in 2020. He cut his strikeout rate from 34.6% to 25.9%, and his swinging strike rate from 19.1% to 15.4%. Despite barreling the ball a whopping 17.5% of the time (top 2 percent in baseball), his average dropped a point because, well, he just didn't have an outrageously lucky BABIP like he did in 2019 (.377). Lowe improved his ISO and HR/FB rate, and was generally the best version of himself in 2020. Even mashing together his 2019 and 2020 seasons, Lowe has hit 31 homers and stole eight bases over 138 games. Batting near the top of a strong lineup, he should deliver another solid season at the thin second base position.
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Austin Meadows Note
Austin Meadows photo 80. Austin Meadows LF,RF
Meadows missed time with an oblique injury last year, and, more importantly, because of complications from COVID-19. Meadows's strikeout rate ballooned to 32.9% and his average fell to just .205 in 2020. Even if you expected regression from his 2019 season, he's just much better than a player who put up the 87 wRC+ and .292 wOBA we saw last year. Though it's absolutely fair to write off Meadows's season entirely, it's a bit worrisome that he struggled so much against lefties (.143 batting average), as that could potentially open him up to a platoon situation if he struggles against them out of the gate. The best course of action is to discount him from his numbers in 2019 for certain, but still buy him as a strong third outfielder, which should bake in the risk of any continued struggles against his upside.
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Nick Anderson Note
Nick Anderson photo 156. Nick Anderson RP
Anderson more than lived up to the hype during the regular season in 2020, locking down six saves while putting up a silly 0.55 ERA, 0.49 WHIP, and a 44.8% strikeout rate. But he fell apart during the playoffs, pitching to a 5.52 ERA with a meager 14.2% strikeout rate, and allowing at least one run in each of his last seven appearances. Instead, Pete Fairbanks, who had nary a save in the regular season, saved three games in the postseason. Anderson spoke openly of his fatigue, both mental and physical, after the playoffs, and it seems that there's little reason to pay his poor performance much mind. Draft him for his strong ratios and his handful of saves, though don't expect him to operate like a traditional closer given how Tampa Bay generally operates.
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Ryan Yarbrough Note
Ryan Yarbrough photo 248. Ryan Yarbrough SP,RP
Yarbrough doesn't get a ton of respect in the fantasy community because he doesn't strike out a ton of batters, but he's quietly put together an excellent career. He's practically a wizard at limiting hard contact (he has allowed an average exit velocity of 84.8 MPH and an average hard hit rate of 26.3%, both remarkably low numbers), and he rarely issues free passes or home runs. In other words, it's really difficult to string together big innings against Yarbrough, especially as he's continued to use his excellent changeup more and more. The Rays will probably let him go a little more this year with their rotation, but even if they keep his usage the same, he'll be an excellent addition to the back end of a fantasy staff.
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Diego Castillo Note
Diego Castillo photo 278. Diego Castillo SP,RP
Willy Adames Note
Willy Adames photo 280. Willy Adames SS
Wander Franco Note
Wander Franco photo 283. Wander Franco SS
Manuel Margot Note
Manuel Margot photo 291. Manuel Margot LF,CF,RF
Pete Fairbanks Note
Pete Fairbanks photo 342. Pete Fairbanks RP
Joey Wendle Note
Joey Wendle photo 345. Joey Wendle 2B,3B,SS
Rich Hill Note
Rich Hill photo 378. Rich Hill SP
Kevin Kiermaier Note
Kevin Kiermaier photo 410. Kevin Kiermaier CF
Chris Archer Note
Chris Archer photo 420. Chris Archer SP
Yandy Diaz Note
Yandy Diaz photo 427. Yandy Diaz 1B,3B
Francisco Mejia Note
Francisco Mejia photo 456. Francisco Mejia C
Josh Fleming Note
Josh Fleming photo 473. Josh Fleming SP
Brendan McKay Note
Brendan McKay photo 484. Brendan McKay SP,DH
Ji-Man Choi Note
Ji-Man Choi photo 489. Ji-Man Choi 1B
Yoshi Tsutsugo Note
Yoshi Tsutsugo photo 509. Yoshi Tsutsugo 3B,LF,DH
Brent Honeywell Jr. Note
Brent Honeywell Jr. photo 536. Brent Honeywell Jr. SP
Mike Zunino Note
Mike Zunino photo 542. Mike Zunino C
Luis Patino Note
Luis Patino photo 547. Luis Patino RP
Mike Brosseau Note
Mike Brosseau photo 564. Mike Brosseau 1B,2B,3B
Collin McHugh Note
Collin McHugh photo 644. Collin McHugh SP,RP
Joe Ryan Note
Joe Ryan photo 666. Joe Ryan SP
Josh Lowe Note
Josh Lowe photo 685. Josh Lowe 3B,CF
Vidal Brujan Note
Vidal Brujan photo 697. Vidal Brujan 2B
Michael Wacha Note
Michael Wacha photo 719. Michael Wacha SP,RP
Cody Reed Note
Cody Reed photo 755. Cody Reed RP
Trevor Richards Note
Trevor Richards photo 786. Trevor Richards SP,RP
Shane McClanahan Note
Shane McClanahan photo 799. Shane McClanahan SP,RP
Chaz Roe Note
Chaz Roe photo 801. Chaz Roe RP
Ryan Thompson Note
Ryan Thompson photo 836. Ryan Thompson RP
Chris Mazza Note
Chris Mazza photo 915. Chris Mazza SP,RP
Oliver Drake Note
Oliver Drake photo 918. Oliver Drake RP
Andrew Kittredge Note
Andrew Kittredge photo 930. Andrew Kittredge SP,RP
Ryan Sherriff Note
Ryan Sherriff photo 934. Ryan Sherriff RP
Brett Phillips Note
Brett Phillips photo 939. Brett Phillips CF,RF
Colin Poche Note
Colin Poche photo 1023. Colin Poche RP
David Hess Note
David Hess photo 1057. David Hess SP,RP
Jalen Beeks Note
Jalen Beeks photo 1058. Jalen Beeks SP,RP
Jeffrey Springs Note
Jeffrey Springs photo 1060. Jeffrey Springs RP
Yacksel Rios Note
Yacksel Rios photo 1226. Yacksel Rios RP
Kevan Smith Note
Kevan Smith photo 1304. Kevan Smith C
Joseph Odom Note
Joseph Odom photo 1336. Joseph Odom C
Taylor Walls Note
Taylor Walls photo 1508. Taylor Walls SS
Esteban Quiroz Note
Esteban Quiroz photo 1520. Esteban Quiroz 2B,SS