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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Mike Soroka Note
Mike Soroka photo 36. Mike Soroka SP
Soroka wasn't even necessarily supposed to begin 2019 in the Braves rotation but quickly developed into an ace. Although there's little reason to knock his year, his 7.32/9 strikeout rate ranked 49th out of 61 qualified starters. With an xFIP more than a run higher than his 2.68 ERA, there's every reason to expect regression. Still, there's room Soroka to continue to be an excellent fantasy option despite a step back, so don't avoid him during your draft.
21 weeks ago
Max Fried Note
Max Fried photo 53. Max Fried SP
Fried's 2019 was positive, but his 4.02 ERA and 1.33 WHIP left a lot to be desired. His 17 wins and solid strikeout rate masked some of the issues, but he certainly doesn't look like a pitcher ready to jump into the upper echelon. Still, Fried's FIP and xFIP were lower than his ERA, and his expected stats showed he had some bad luck. Put it all together and Fried's a decent option with upside, but not one who you should expect to lead your fantasy rotation in 2020.
21 weeks ago
Mike Foltynewicz Note
Mike Foltynewicz photo 74. Mike Foltynewicz SP
Foltynewicz was on nearly everyone's bust list, and his awful return from an injury only confirmed everyone's intuitions. But he really turned it on in the latter half of the season, pitching to a 2.65 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in the second half. No, he might not be the 2018 version of himself this year, but he certainly has more to offer than his overall 2019 numbers.
21 weeks ago
Will Smith Note
Will Smith photo 75. Will Smith RP
Smith tested positive for COVID-19 and has not been at Braves camp yet as of mid-July. When healthy, he'll be the prime handcuff for Mark Melancon, but with a shortened season and with his health concerns, there's little reason to draft him at the moment.
15 weeks ago
Mark Melancon Note
Mark Melancon photo 79. Mark Melancon RP
Despite Melancon plainly not being the best reliever on his team, he'll likely enter the 2020 season as the Braves' closer. Melancon still has decent control, but the days of being a lockdown option are long gone. Draft him as a back-end closer, and understand that Will Smith will be looking over his shoulder all year.
21 weeks ago
Cole Hamels Note
Cole Hamels photo 108. Cole Hamels SP
Hamels kept up his strikeout rate last year with the cubs, but his control waned, and he had the worst walk rate of his career. He's dealing with a shoulder injury in the spring and there's currently no timetable for his return. Add it all up and Hamels is only barely worth drafting until or unless we get some positive news.
21 weeks ago
Luke Jackson Note
Luke Jackson photo 173. Luke Jackson RP
Shane Greene Note
Shane Greene photo 179. Shane Greene RP
Sean Newcomb Note
Sean Newcomb photo 192. Sean Newcomb RP,SP
Chris Martin Note
Chris Martin photo 216. Chris Martin RP
Kyle Wright Note
Kyle Wright photo 227. Kyle Wright SP
Bryse Wilson Note
Bryse Wilson photo 256. Bryse Wilson SP,RP
Jhoulys Chacin Note
Jhoulys Chacin photo 303. Jhoulys Chacin SP
A.J. Minter Note
A.J. Minter photo 308. A.J. Minter RP
Darren O'Day Note
Darren O'Day photo 326. Darren O'Day RP
Ian Anderson Note
Ian Anderson photo 328. Ian Anderson SP
Tucker Davidson Note
Tucker Davidson photo 439. Tucker Davidson SP
Grant Dayton Note
Grant Dayton photo 479. Grant Dayton RP
Touki Toussaint Note
Touki Toussaint photo 488. Touki Toussaint RP,SP
Patrick Weigel Note
Patrick Weigel photo 498. Patrick Weigel SP
Josh Tomlin Note
Josh Tomlin photo 577. Josh Tomlin RP,SP
Jacob Webb Note
Jacob Webb photo 589. Jacob Webb RP
Chad Sobotka Note
Chad Sobotka photo 654. Chad Sobotka RP
Huascar Ynoa Note
Huascar Ynoa photo 662. Huascar Ynoa SP,RP
Phil Pfeifer Note
Phil Pfeifer photo 707. Phil Pfeifer RP
Jeremy Walker Note
Jeremy Walker photo 741. Jeremy Walker RP
Chris Rusin Note
Chris Rusin photo 768. Chris Rusin SP
Miguel Socolovich Note
Miguel Socolovich photo 770. Miguel Socolovich RP