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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Juan Soto Note
Juan Soto photo 6. Juan Soto LF,DH,RF
There aren't enough superlatives in the English language to describe what Soto has done in his career given his young age. Had he merely repeated his incredible 2019 numbers last season, fantasy managers would have been ecstatic. Instead, he upped his walk rate from an elite 16.4% to a truly remarkable 20.9%, cut his strikeout rate down to just 14.3%, and batted .351. Soto does not have the speed or baserunning chops to steal 30 bases in a season, which is the only thing keeping him from being considered worthy of drafting first overall. But given what he's accomplished through his age-21 season, it's truly scary to think of how high his ceiling may be. Draft him as a top-five pick and enjoy the ridiculous production.
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Trea Turner Note
Trea Turner photo 9. Trea Turner SS
Max Scherzer Note
Max Scherzer photo 20. Max Scherzer SP
Stephen Strasburg Note
Stephen Strasburg photo 56. Stephen Strasburg SP
Patrick Corbin Note
Patrick Corbin photo 80. Patrick Corbin SP
Victor Robles Note
Victor Robles photo 138. Victor Robles CF
There were plenty of warning signs with Robles' batted-ball data heading into 2020, and they're only greater now after an abysmal season during which he slashed .220/.293/.315. The MLB average in barrel rate and average exit velocity are 6.4% and 88.3 MPH, respectively. Robles clocked in at 4.8% and 83.3 MPH in 2019, and then fell to a ridiculous 1.7% and 82.2 MPH in 2020. His continously poor contact limits any upside, but it's worth noting that he still hit 17 homers and stole 28 bases in 2019 despite it all. Robles is still just entering his age-24 season, so massive long-term growth is still certainly on the table. But for now, it's impossible to justify drafting him as anything more than a fifth outfielder in mixed leagues.
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Josh Bell Note
Josh Bell photo 144. Josh Bell 1B,DH
Bell looked like a superstar in the making in the first half of 2019, but struggled for much of the second half of the season and then fell off a cliff in 2020. He slashed a mere .226/.305/.364 and hit only eight home runs. His strikeout and ground ball rates took massive jumps, while his walk rate and launch angle plummeted. Bell blamed his struggles on his swing getting long, and you could tell by how often he changed his stance and swing last year that he simply could not figure things out. Now with the Nationals, the 29-year-old Bell will have a chance to revive his career. We've seen the upside, so he's certainly worth drafting at a discount, but he's much more of a borderline corner infielder than a starting-caliber first baseman.
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Kyle Schwarber Note
Kyle Schwarber photo 172. Kyle Schwarber LF,DH
Schwarber gave back many of his 2019 gains last year, seeing a rise in strikeout rate (29.5%) and his batting average dropping to an abysmal .188. But Schwarber's season was far from linear: over the first half of the season, he slashed .230/.343/.448, but those numbers dropped to .154/.279/.346 over the second half. At the same time, he continued to hit the ball extremely hard, with a 92.8 MPH average exit velocity, which was top 5% in the league. Given his consistently hard contact, the better course of action seems to forgive Schwarber for what amounted to an extremely poor 24-game stretch to close out the season. Now batting in the middle of the Nationals lineup with a fresh start and entering his age-28 season, Schwarber should rebound to somewhere between his 2018 and 2019 numbers.
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Daniel Hudson Note
Daniel Hudson photo 315. Daniel Hudson RP
Tanner Rainey Note
Tanner Rainey photo 385. Tanner Rainey RP
Starlin Castro Note
Starlin Castro photo 390. Starlin Castro 2B,3B
Andrew Stevenson Note
Andrew Stevenson photo 471. Andrew Stevenson LF
Carter Kieboom Note
Carter Kieboom photo 474. Carter Kieboom SS,3B
Yan Gomes Note
Yan Gomes photo 487. Yan Gomes C
Luis Garcia Note
Luis Garcia photo 541. Luis Garcia SS,2B
Austin Voth Note
Austin Voth photo 612. Austin Voth SP