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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Raisel Iglesias Note
Raisel Iglesias photo 34. Raisel Iglesias RP
Iglesias bounced back from a sub-par 2019 to post an excellent 2020 season, with a 2.74 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP, and the lowest walk rate of his career. He'll now move to the Angels where he'll keep his role as a closer. Iglesias's numbers should be solid as usual, and his precise value should hinge on whether the Angels use him in more of a multi-inning role like the Reds historically did (which limited Iglesias's save totals), or deploy him as a more traditional ninth-inning option. Either way, Iglesias will be the Angels' stopper, and hence, should be drafted as a strong top-10 RP option.
3 days ago
Dylan Bundy Note
Dylan Bundy photo 48. Dylan Bundy SP
Bundy largely made good on the enormous amount of buzz that surrounded him after he moved from the Orioles to the Angels. He set career bests in ERA (3.29), WHIP (1.04), strikeout rate (27%), and walk rate (6.4%). Bundy's fastball, though it continued to trend down in velocity, was more effective than in years' past, in part because he cut way down on his usage of the pitch (just 33.6%, after throwing it at least 42.4% of the time in every previous season). His slider remained one of the best pitches in the game, and his remaining secondary pitches improved, too. At some point, Bundy's fastball velocity is going to become an issue, but there's little reason to expect that to come in 2021. Draft him as as an SP3.
2 days ago
Andrew Heaney Note
Andrew Heaney photo 66. Andrew Heaney SP
Shohei Ohtani Note
Shohei Ohtani photo 71. Shohei Ohtani SP,DH
Griffin Canning Note
Griffin Canning photo 97. Griffin Canning SP
It's mostly about health with Canning, who offers a great deal of stability when he's on the mound. You can expect at worst a low 4.00 ERA, about a 1.30 WHIP, and roughly a strikeout per inning. But he did close last season notably strong, pitching to a 3.14 ERA, and a 1.19 WHIP, with a 14.5% swinging strike rate and a 10.4 K/9 mark over his final five starts. That's probably his ceiling, but it shows what he's capable of when he is healthy and gets into a groove. He's a fine pick at his cost (which is minimal), but bake in some injury risk.
3 days ago
Jose Quintana Note
Jose Quintana photo 166. Jose Quintana SP,RP
Mike Mayers Note
Mike Mayers photo 195. Mike Mayers RP
Alex Cobb Note
Alex Cobb photo 224. Alex Cobb SP
Dillon Peters Note
Dillon Peters photo 288. Dillon Peters SP,RP
Jesse Chavez Note
Jesse Chavez photo 289. Jesse Chavez SP,RP
Junior Guerra Note
Junior Guerra photo 290. Junior Guerra RP
Patrick Sandoval Note
Patrick Sandoval photo 359. Patrick Sandoval SP
Ty Buttrey Note
Ty Buttrey photo 373. Ty Buttrey RP
Felix Pena Note
Felix Pena photo 389. Felix Pena SP,RP
Jaime Barria Note
Jaime Barria photo 401. Jaime Barria SP,RP
Alex Claudio Note
Alex Claudio photo 405. Alex Claudio RP
Packy Naughton Note
Packy Naughton photo 489. Packy Naughton SP
Jose Suarez Note
Jose Suarez photo 523. Jose Suarez SP
Gerardo Reyes Note
Gerardo Reyes photo 559. Gerardo Reyes RP
Kyle Keller Note
Kyle Keller photo 633. Kyle Keller RP
Jose Quijada Note
Jose Quijada photo 657. Jose Quijada RP
Brendan McCurry Note
Brendan McCurry photo 670. Brendan McCurry RP
Aaron Slegers Note
Aaron Slegers photo 707. Aaron Slegers RP
Jake Faria Note
Jake Faria photo 744. Jake Faria SP,RP
Luke Bard Note
Luke Bard photo 763. Luke Bard SP,RP