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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Raisel Iglesias Note
Raisel Iglesias photo 32. 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.
18 weeks ago
Dylan Bundy Note
Dylan Bundy photo 43. 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.
18 weeks ago
Shohei Ohtani Note
Shohei Ohtani photo 54. Shohei Ohtani SP
Depending on your league settings, Ohtani has the potential to be a dominant force in 2021. There has never been any doubt about his talent, and he looks fantastic in the spring, hitting home runs at will and pumping in high-90s fastballs when on the mound. He's been batting on days he pitches, and Joe Maddon has suggested that he's going to throw out the old rules that led to Ohtani's decreased playing time. If you can move him between hitter and pitcher on a daily basis, then move him up your board significantly. Even if not, he should provide plenty of value when healthy as either a hitter or a pitcher, so make sure he's on your radar as you move into the double-digit rounds.
18 weeks ago
Andrew Heaney Note
Andrew Heaney photo 66. Andrew Heaney SP
Heaney is a fine pitcher, but it feels like he has a lot more to him than his career 4.44 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. His fastball is hittable and he throws it often, and his curveball isn't quite good enough to offset the damage. He was outspoken about working this offseason to become less predictable, so hopefully that manifests itself in his 2021 performance. But there's no reason to draft him as anything but a pitcher who will give you decent strikeouts and mediocre ratios, hopefully as someone you can use on your bench and stream in the right matchup.
18 weeks ago
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.
18 weeks ago
Jose Quintana Note
Jose Quintana photo 161. Jose Quintana SP
Mike Mayers Note
Mike Mayers photo 197. Mike Mayers RP
Alex Cobb Note
Alex Cobb photo 228. Alex Cobb SP
Felix Pena Note
Felix Pena photo 271. Felix Pena SP,RP
Jaime Barria Note
Jaime Barria photo 282. Jaime Barria SP,RP
Steve Cishek Note
Steve Cishek photo 324. Steve Cishek RP
Patrick Sandoval Note
Patrick Sandoval photo 339. Patrick Sandoval SP
Tony Watson Note
Tony Watson photo 350. Tony Watson RP
Junior Guerra Note
Junior Guerra photo 390. Junior Guerra RP
Reid Detmers Note
Reid Detmers photo 407. Reid Detmers SP
Alex Claudio Note
Alex Claudio photo 421. Alex Claudio RP
James Hoyt Note
James Hoyt photo 471. James Hoyt RP
Gerardo Reyes Note
Gerardo Reyes photo 487. Gerardo Reyes RP
Luke Bard Note
Luke Bard photo 501. Luke Bard SP,RP
Aaron Slegers Note
Aaron Slegers photo 527. Aaron Slegers RP
Packy Naughton Note
Packy Naughton photo 571. Packy Naughton SP
Jose Suarez Note
Jose Suarez photo 613. Jose Suarez SP,RP
Chris Rodriguez Note
Chris Rodriguez photo 674. Chris Rodriguez SP,RP
AJ Ramos Note
AJ Ramos photo 744. AJ Ramos RP
Jose Quijada Note
Jose Quijada photo 788. Jose Quijada RP
Jose Alberto Rivera Note
Jose Alberto Rivera photo 837. Jose Alberto Rivera