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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Zac Gallen Note
Zac Gallen photo 41. Zac Gallen SP
Gallen has a hairline stress fracture of his right forearm at the radial head. He's reportedly going to be able to continue playing catch at a "low stress level" while recovering, though there's no indication of how much time he'll miss. When healthy, he's a solid SP2. He built on his excellent 2019 season with an even more impressive 2020 campaign. Not only did he drop his ERA slightly to 2.75, but he cut way down on his walks (10.8% to 8.6%), which led to a much-improved 1.11 WHIP. Gallen has a 28.5% strikeout rate in 152 MLB innings, and an excellent fastball, curveball, and changeup. There's just not much negative you can say about him when he's healthy other than he might again struggle for wins playing for a mediocre team in a good division. Because of the injury and surrounding uncertainty, you shouldn't draft him as anything higher than an SP4, but he should perform extremely well when he does recover.
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Joakim Soria Note
Joakim Soria photo 108. Joakim Soria RP
The Diamondbacks gave Soria a one-year, $3.5 million deal after his successful stint with the A's. Soria fixed his home run problem from 2019, which was an outlier for his career anyway, and his 2020 numbers looked much more in line with his typical output. Soria hasn't been named the closer, but given that he has totaled at least 16 saves in eight separate seasons, it's a strong bet that he'll begin the year in the ninth inning. The Diamondbacks aren't expected to be competitive, so if you do draft him, bank on him being traded to another team, and into another role, by mid-season.
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Stefan Crichton Note
Stefan Crichton photo 135. Stefan Crichton RP
Crichton filled in admirably for Archie Bradley after Bradley was traded last season. His strikeout numbers weren't particularly impressive, but he had a 2.42 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP, and tallied five saves. He doesn't have prototypical "closer's stuff," but he's more than capable of getting major league hitters out. The Diamondbacks signed Joakim Soria to a one-year deal (and added Tyler Clippard, too), so Crichton seems unlikely to begin the year as the closer, even though it's an open competition at the moment. He's not worth anything other than an extremely late-round pick as a speculative ninth-inning option.
12 weeks ago
Madison Bumgarner Note
Madison Bumgarner photo 138. Madison Bumgarner SP
Caleb Smith Note
Caleb Smith photo 144. Caleb Smith RP,SP
Luke Weaver Note
Luke Weaver photo 145. Luke Weaver SP
Merrill Kelly Note
Merrill Kelly photo 180. Merrill Kelly SP
Kevin Ginkel Note
Kevin Ginkel photo 237. Kevin Ginkel RP
Tyler Clippard Note
Tyler Clippard photo 287. Tyler Clippard SP,RP
Corbin Martin Note
Corbin Martin photo 355. Corbin Martin SP
Alex Young Note
Alex Young photo 369. Alex Young SP,RP
Taylor Clarke Note
Taylor Clarke photo 396. Taylor Clarke SP,RP
Blake Walston Note
Blake Walston photo 427. Blake Walston SP
Chris Devenski Note
Chris Devenski photo 447. Chris Devenski RP
Keury Mella Note
Keury Mella photo 466. Keury Mella RP
Bryce Jarvis Note
Bryce Jarvis photo 515. Bryce Jarvis SP
Riley Smith Note
Riley Smith photo 557. Riley Smith RP,SP
Dario Agrazal Note
Dario Agrazal photo 573. Dario Agrazal SP
J.B. Bukauskas Note
J.B. Bukauskas photo 574. J.B. Bukauskas RP,SP
Taylor Widener Note
Taylor Widener photo 586. Taylor Widener SP,RP
Jon Duplantier Note
Jon Duplantier photo 598. Jon Duplantier SP,RP
Humberto Mejia Note
Humberto Mejia photo 600. Humberto Mejia SP
Ryan Buchter Note
Ryan Buchter photo 666. Ryan Buchter RP
Ben Heller Note
Ben Heller photo 677. Ben Heller RP
Humberto Castellanos Note
Humberto Castellanos photo 727. Humberto Castellanos RP
Matt Peacock Note
Matt Peacock photo 770. Matt Peacock SP,RP
Seth Frankoff Note
Seth Frankoff photo 774. Seth Frankoff RP,SP
Joe Mantiply Note
Joe Mantiply photo 802. Joe Mantiply RP