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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Zac Gallen Note
Zac Gallen photo 16. Zac Gallen SP
Gallen 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 other than he might again struggle for wins playing for a mediocre team in a good division. But, as always, wins are fickle in fantasy baseball, and he should be drafted as a strong SP2.
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Joakim Soria Note
Joakim Soria photo 117. 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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Madison Bumgarner Note
Madison Bumgarner photo 137. Madison Bumgarner SP
Stefan Crichton Note
Stefan Crichton photo 139. 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.
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Caleb Smith Note
Caleb Smith photo 142. Caleb Smith SP
Luke Weaver Note
Luke Weaver photo 155. Luke Weaver SP
Merrill Kelly Note
Merrill Kelly photo 212. Merrill Kelly SP
Keury Mella Note
Keury Mella photo 249. Keury Mella RP
Kevin Ginkel Note
Kevin Ginkel photo 255. Kevin Ginkel RP
Tyler Clippard Note
Tyler Clippard photo 264. Tyler Clippard RP
Corbin Martin Note
Corbin Martin photo 302. Corbin Martin SP
Taylor Widener Note
Taylor Widener photo 345. Taylor Widener SP,RP
Alex Young Note
Alex Young photo 386. Alex Young SP,RP
Humberto Mejia Note
Humberto Mejia photo 503. Humberto Mejia SP
Chris Devenski Note
Chris Devenski photo 558. Chris Devenski RP
Ben Heller Note
Ben Heller photo 562. Ben Heller RP
Riley Smith Note
Riley Smith photo 563. Riley Smith RP
Ryan Buchter Note
Ryan Buchter photo 565. Ryan Buchter RP
J.B. Bukauskas Note
J.B. Bukauskas photo 566. J.B. Bukauskas SP
Matt Peacock Note
Matt Peacock photo 596. Matt Peacock RP
Taylor Clarke Note
Taylor Clarke photo 597. Taylor Clarke SP,RP
Humberto Castellanos Note
Humberto Castellanos photo 675. Humberto Castellanos RP
Jeremy Beasley Note
Jeremy Beasley photo 694. Jeremy Beasley RP
Joe Mantiply Note
Joe Mantiply photo 697. Joe Mantiply RP
Taylor Guilbeau Note
Taylor Guilbeau photo 735. Taylor Guilbeau RP
Yoan Lopez Note
Yoan Lopez photo 759. Yoan Lopez RP
Jon Duplantier Note
Jon Duplantier photo 800. Jon Duplantier RP