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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Luis Castillo Note
Luis Castillo photo 10. 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.
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Trevor Bauer Note
Trevor Bauer photo 25. 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.
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Sonny Gray Note
Sonny Gray photo 28. 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.
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Raisel Iglesias Note
Raisel Iglesias photo 49. 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.
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Anthony DeSclafani Note
Anthony DeSclafani photo 93. 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.
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Wade Miley Note
Wade Miley photo 164. Wade Miley SP
Tyler Mahle Note
Tyler Mahle photo 183. Tyler Mahle SP
Michael Lorenzen Note
Michael Lorenzen photo 190. Michael Lorenzen CF,RP
Pedro Strop Note
Pedro Strop photo 213. Pedro Strop RP
Amir Garrett Note
Amir Garrett photo 216. Amir Garrett RP
Robert Stephenson Note
Robert Stephenson photo 252. Robert Stephenson SP,RP
Cody Reed Note
Cody Reed photo 360. Cody Reed RP
Lucas Sims Note
Lucas Sims photo 370. Lucas Sims SP,RP
Hunter Greene Note
Hunter Greene photo 467. Hunter Greene SP
Jose De Leon Note
Jose De Leon photo 537. Jose De Leon SP,RP
Nate Jones Note
Nate Jones photo 608. Nate Jones RP
Josh D. Smith Note
Josh D. Smith photo 636. Josh D. Smith P
Sal Romano Note
Sal Romano photo 639. Sal Romano SP,RP
Matt Bowman Note
Matt Bowman photo 661. Matt Bowman RP
Vladimir Gutierrez Note
Vladimir Gutierrez photo 673. Vladimir Gutierrez SP
Justin Shafer Note
Justin Shafer photo 678. Justin Shafer RP
Joel Kuhnel Note
Joel Kuhnel photo 681. Joel Kuhnel RP
Ryan Hendrix Note
Ryan Hendrix photo 701. Ryan Hendrix RP
David Carpenter Note
David Carpenter photo 713. David Carpenter RP
Tyler Thornburg Note
Tyler Thornburg photo 732. Tyler Thornburg RP
R.J. Alaniz Note
R.J. Alaniz photo 780. R.J. Alaniz RP
Jesse Biddle Note
Jesse Biddle photo 791. Jesse Biddle RP
Tony Santillan Note
Tony Santillan photo 875. Tony Santillan SP
Keury Mella Note
Keury Mella photo 908. Keury Mella SP,RP