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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Corey Seager Note
Corey Seager photo 27. Corey Seager SS
2020 was essentially a perfect season for Seager. More than a year removed from Tommy John surgery, he morphed into the player that most people expected him to be at this stage of his career. Seager increased his barrel rate from 7.3% to 15.8%, his average exit velocity from 88.8 MPH to 93.2 MPH, and his hard hit percentage from 38.2% to a remarkable 55.9%. Seager's 2020 season does not look fluky, but rather the product of a highly-touted prospect being fully recovered from injury and entering his prime. Seager may not reach the nearly 50-homers he was on pace to hit last year, but a 30-homer season with above a .300 average is well within reach. In other words, his performance over the shortened season is not one to write off.
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Marcus Semien Note
Marcus Semien photo 108. Marcus Semien 2B,SS
Semien looked like he had made some major and sustainable gains in 2019, cutting his strikeout rate way down and being far more selective, which led to better contact. Unfortunately, Semien looked a lot like the old version of himself in 2020, with a strikeout rate over 20% and similar mediocre contact to that which he had made consistently prior to 2019. He signed a one-year deal with the Blue Jays, which is a great landing spot for him, as he'll likely bat near the top of a strong lineup, see an upgrade in home park, and earn second base eligibility. That makes Semien far more enticing as a potential draft-day target, but he should still be considered only a middle infield option in mixed leagues.
37 weeks ago
Nick Solak Note
Nick Solak photo 177. Nick Solak 2B
Solak hasn't shown a ton of power in the majors so far (just seven home runs in 91 career games), but he makes consistently strong contact and always had pop in the minors. His more than reasonable strikeout rate should generally keep his batting average in check, and his stolen base acuity (nine stolen bases in the majors, 91% in sprint speed) makes him a potential five-category player. Add to that multi-position eligibility, especially at the thin second base position, and he's an excellent mid-to-late round draft pick that should fill up the stat sheet without costing you as much as his numbers say he should.
37 weeks ago
Leody Taveras Note
Leody Taveras photo 229. Leody Taveras CF
Taveras should be a cheap source of speed for fantasy managers this year, as he's set to lead off for the Rangers. He stole 32 bases across 131 minor league games in 2019 and eight last year in 33 games. He won't do a ton else for your fantasy team, but given that he ranked in the 96th percentile in sprint speed last year, his contributions in the stolen base category should more than make up for his lack of production in others.
37 weeks ago
Kole Calhoun Note
Kole Calhoun photo 275. Kole Calhoun RF
Calhoun tore his knee meniscus in early March, and has a 4-6 week timetable for his recovery. When healthy, he offers a fairly reliable baseline of production: he will hit plenty of homers and drain your batting average, while offering passable but unspectacular counting statistics otherwise. He's a fine bench outfielder who can always be a plug-in, and he'll likely be essentially free in drafts this year with the injury.
37 weeks ago
Isiah Kiner-Falefa Note
Isiah Kiner-Falefa photo 309. Isiah Kiner-Falefa SS
Dane Dunning Note
Dane Dunning photo 310. Dane Dunning SP
Dunning had an interesting seven-start run in 2020. He started out relying heavily on his outstanding slider and his fastball, which led to a strong swinging strike rate and plenty of punchouts in his first few starts. He then abandoned that approach to focus more on his changeup, which led to him missing fewer bats and being less successful. Now with the Rangers, Dunning should get a chance to compete for a rotation spot right out of the gate. He has the tools and skills necessary to be successful, and the draft capital necessary to acquire him should be minimal. He's worth a late-round pick in nearly all formats.
37 weeks ago
Nathaniel Lowe Note
Nathaniel Lowe photo 334. Nathaniel Lowe 1B
Willie Calhoun Note
Willie Calhoun photo 351. Willie Calhoun DH,LF
Calhoun was set to build on his breakout 2019 season when an errant pitch fractured his jaw in spring training. Even with the delayed season, he was never able to fully recover, at least not mentally, and he had a lost campaign. He's now back and focused, particularly after working with a hitting coach in the offseason. He will likely earn everyday at-bats splitting time between DH and the outfield, but a low grade groin strain is going to keep him out of action for a couple of weeks. His draft price is negligible, so feel free to stash him with one of your last picks, and hopefully reap the rewards after the first week or two of the season.
37 weeks ago
Spencer Howard Note
Spencer Howard photo 404. Spencer Howard SP
Sam Huff Note
Sam Huff photo 497. Sam Huff C
Jonathan Hernandez Note
Jonathan Hernandez photo 506. Jonathan Hernandez RP
Jose Trevino Note
Jose Trevino photo 560. Jose Trevino C
Jon Gray Note
Jon Gray photo 561. Jon Gray SP
Chase Anderson Note
Chase Anderson photo 568. Chase Anderson SP
Taylor Hearn Note
Taylor Hearn photo 578. Taylor Hearn SP,RP
Kohei Arihara Note
Kohei Arihara photo 581. Kohei Arihara SP
Brett Martin Note
Brett Martin photo 648. Brett Martin RP
Kyle Cody Note
Kyle Cody photo 691. Kyle Cody SP
Jonah Heim Note
Jonah Heim photo 705. Jonah Heim C
Kolby Allard Note
Kolby Allard photo 729. Kolby Allard SP,RP
Brock Burke Note
Brock Burke photo 879. Brock Burke SP
Josh Sborz Note
Josh Sborz photo 884. Josh Sborz RP
Demarcus Evans Note
Demarcus Evans photo 942. Demarcus Evans RP
Wes Benjamin Note
Wes Benjamin photo 962. Wes Benjamin
Tyson Ross Note
Tyson Ross photo 1000. Tyson Ross SP
John King Note
John King photo 1031. John King RP
Meibrys Viloria Note
Meibrys Viloria photo 1067. Meibrys Viloria C
Tyson Miller Note
Tyson Miller photo 1075. Tyson Miller SP
Edubray Ramos Note
Edubray Ramos photo 1113. Edubray Ramos RP
Dennis Santana Note
Dennis Santana photo 1164. Dennis Santana RP
Eli White Note
Eli White photo 1169. Eli White CF,LF
Edwar Colina Note
Edwar Colina photo 1238. Edwar Colina RP
Josh Jung Note
Josh Jung photo 1258. Josh Jung 3B
Spencer Patton Note
Spencer Patton photo 1285. Spencer Patton RP
Jesus Tinoco Note
Jesus Tinoco photo 1387. Jesus Tinoco RP
Adolis Garcia Note
Adolis Garcia photo 1442. Adolis Garcia CF,LF
Andy Ibanez Note
Andy Ibanez photo 1450. Andy Ibanez 2B
DJ Peters Note
DJ Peters photo 1487. DJ Peters CF
Zach Reks Note
Zach Reks photo 1512. Zach Reks LF
Sherten Apostel Note
Sherten Apostel photo 1527. Sherten Apostel 1B