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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Luis Castillo Note
Luis Castillo photo 13. Luis Castillo SP
Regression just never really hit for Castillo last year, despite a walk rate of 10.1%, fourth-worst in the league among qualified pitchers. There's no doubting Castillo's stuff, particularly his devastating changeup, and the Reds should be more competitive than they have been in years. But he simply has to cut down on the free passes if he wants to build on his breakout 2019. There's every reason to think he will as he continue to grow as a pitcher, and should make a reliable second fantasy starter.
22 weeks ago
Trevor Bauer Note
Trevor Bauer photo 24. Trevor Bauer SP
Bauer may be one of the most talented pitchers in baseball, but he has exactly one season with an ERA below 4.18, a WHIP below 1.25, or more than 12 wins. Even on an improved Cincinnati team, there's little reason to expect him to do much better than those numbers. Bauer will give you innings and plenty of strikeouts, but fantasy owners would do well to largely forget 2018, and draft him with closer to a 4.00 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in mind.
22 weeks ago
Sonny Gray Note
Sonny Gray photo 27. Sonny Gray SP
Gray talked about how he didn't like how the Yankees had forced him to use his slider and that he expected better results in 2019. Boy, did he get them with the Reds. His slider and curveball went from very good to great in 2019, and along with it improved all of his numbers. Armed now with a top-notch strikeout rate and peripherals that finally match his raw stuff, Gray should be drafted with confidence in 2020 as a reliable fantasy starter.
22 weeks ago
Raisel Iglesias Note
Raisel Iglesias photo 45. Raisel Iglesias RP
Iglesias walked fewer and struck out more batters than ever, winding up with 34 saves last year. And yet it always felt like he was on the precipice of losing his job as the closer, particularly in light of his whopping 12 losses. Iglesias is still under control for two more seasons and, so long as he can continue to pitch relatively effectively, should be able to hold down the ninth-inning job in 2020. But there should be at least some trepidation among fantasy owners in light of his ups and downs last year.
22 weeks ago
Archie Bradley Note
Archie Bradley photo 65. Archie Bradley RP
Once Greg Holland opened the door for Bradley to take over as the closer, Bradley tiptoed through the opening. Although he held down the role and put up save totals, it wasn't pretty, as he walked about 4.5 batters per nine innings. That's a dangerous recipe for a closer, particularly when the front office hasn't seemed particularly motivated to turn over the role to him. But, entering 2020, the closer's role is Bradley's, and if he can find his control from 2017-2018, he should have success.
22 weeks ago
Anthony DeSclafani Note
Anthony DeSclafani photo 95. Anthony DeSclafani SP
Desclafani quietly had a decent season in 2019, with a 3.89 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and more than a strikeout per inning. But his FIP and xFIP suggested he was lucky, and he lacks the upside of other late-round starters. In deeper mixed leagues where your rotation is solid and you just want someone to not hurt you, Desclafani is your guy. Otherwise, go for a higher ceiling.
22 weeks ago
Wade Miley Note
Wade Miley photo 169. Wade Miley SP
Michael Lorenzen Note
Michael Lorenzen photo 190. Michael Lorenzen CF,RP
Tyler Mahle Note
Tyler Mahle photo 200. Tyler Mahle SP
Amir Garrett Note
Amir Garrett photo 222. Amir Garrett RP
Robert Stephenson Note
Robert Stephenson photo 234. Robert Stephenson SP,RP
Lucas Sims Note
Lucas Sims photo 263. Lucas Sims SP,RP
Jose De Leon Note
Jose De Leon photo 472. Jose De Leon SP,RP
Nate Jones Note
Nate Jones photo 529. Nate Jones RP
Hunter Greene Note
Hunter Greene photo 534. Hunter Greene SP
Joel Kuhnel Note
Joel Kuhnel photo 679. Joel Kuhnel RP
Sal Romano Note
Sal Romano photo 683. Sal Romano SP,RP
Matt Bowman Note
Matt Bowman photo 706. Matt Bowman RP
Jay Jackson Note
Jay Jackson photo 726. Jay Jackson RP
Ryan Hendrix Note
Ryan Hendrix photo 731. Ryan Hendrix RP
Justin Miller Note
Justin Miller photo 759. Justin Miller RP
David Carpenter Note
David Carpenter photo 773. David Carpenter RP
Tyler Thornburg Note
Tyler Thornburg photo 779. Tyler Thornburg RP
R.J. Alaniz Note
R.J. Alaniz photo 782. R.J. Alaniz RP
Vladimir Gutierrez Note
Vladimir Gutierrez photo 880. Vladimir Gutierrez SP
Tony Santillan Note
Tony Santillan photo 906. Tony Santillan SP