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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 55. 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 2B
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
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 153. 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 250. Ryan Yarbrough SP
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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Wander Franco Note
Wander Franco photo 276. Wander Franco SS
Willy Adames Note
Willy Adames photo 279. Willy Adames SS
Manuel Margot Note
Manuel Margot photo 284. Manuel Margot CF
Diego Castillo Note
Diego Castillo photo 291. Diego Castillo RP
Joey Wendle Note
Joey Wendle photo 344. Joey Wendle 2B,3B
Pete Fairbanks Note
Pete Fairbanks photo 346. Pete Fairbanks RP
Rich Hill Note
Rich Hill photo 389. Rich Hill SP
Kevin Kiermaier Note
Kevin Kiermaier photo 410. Kevin Kiermaier CF
Yandy Diaz Note
Yandy Diaz photo 430. Yandy Diaz 3B
Francisco Mejia Note
Francisco Mejia photo 453. Francisco Mejia C
Chris Archer Note
Chris Archer photo 457. Chris Archer SP
Josh Fleming Note
Josh Fleming photo 475. Josh Fleming
Brendan McKay Note
Brendan McKay photo 487. Brendan McKay DH,SP
Ji-Man Choi Note
Ji-Man Choi photo 493. Ji-Man Choi 1B
Yoshi Tsutsugo Note
Yoshi Tsutsugo photo 512. Yoshi Tsutsugo DH,LF
Brent Honeywell Jr. Note
Brent Honeywell Jr. photo 547. Brent Honeywell Jr. SP
Mike Zunino Note
Mike Zunino photo 551. Mike Zunino C
Luis Patino Note
Luis Patino photo 559. Luis Patino RP
Mike Brosseau Note
Mike Brosseau photo 579. Mike Brosseau 1B
Collin McHugh Note
Collin McHugh photo 655. Collin McHugh RP
Joe Ryan Note
Joe Ryan photo 677. Joe Ryan
Josh Lowe Note
Josh Lowe photo 696. Josh Lowe CF
Vidal Brujan Note
Vidal Brujan photo 708. Vidal Brujan 2B
Michael Wacha Note
Michael Wacha photo 730. Michael Wacha SP
Cody Reed Note
Cody Reed photo 766. Cody Reed RP
Trevor Richards Note
Trevor Richards photo 796. Trevor Richards RP
Shane McClanahan Note
Shane McClanahan photo 808. Shane McClanahan RP
Chaz Roe Note
Chaz Roe photo 810. Chaz Roe RP
Ryan Thompson Note
Ryan Thompson photo 844. Ryan Thompson RP
Chris Mazza Note
Chris Mazza photo 920. Chris Mazza SP
Oliver Drake Note
Oliver Drake photo 923. Oliver Drake RP
Andrew Kittredge Note
Andrew Kittredge photo 935. Andrew Kittredge RP
Ryan Sherriff Note
Ryan Sherriff photo 939. Ryan Sherriff RP
Brett Phillips Note
Brett Phillips photo 944. Brett Phillips CF
Colin Poche Note
Colin Poche photo 1026. Colin Poche RP
David Hess Note
David Hess photo 1060. David Hess RP
Jalen Beeks Note
Jalen Beeks photo 1061. Jalen Beeks RP
Jeffrey Springs Note
Jeffrey Springs photo 1063. Jeffrey Springs RP
Yacksel Rios Note
Yacksel Rios photo 1229. Yacksel Rios RP
Kevan Smith Note
Kevan Smith photo 1306. Kevan Smith C
Joseph Odom Note
Joseph Odom photo 1338. Joseph Odom C
Taylor Walls Note
Taylor Walls photo 1510. Taylor Walls SS
Esteban Quiroz Note
Esteban Quiroz photo 1522. Esteban Quiroz SS