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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2024 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Tyler Glasnow Note
Tyler Glasnow photo 9. Tyler Glasnow SP
Tyler Glasnow returned with a vengeance in 2023. Upon his return from Tommy John surgery, he threw 120 innings and struck out 162 batters. His 33.4 K% is in the 97th percentile, and his fastball velocity sat in the 96-mph range. His ERA was 3.53, but his xFIP was 2.75, suggesting that he dealt with some bad luck. (And if you know Glasnow, you know that he has dealt with a lot of bad luck in his career.) His WHIP also remained low at 1.08. Now, he joins a burgeoning SuperTeam in the Dodgers, where he will remain for the foreseeable future. He offers so much strikeout upside that it doesn't really matter where he plays. He would be in my Tier 1 of pitchers except for his injury history, which knocks him down ever so slightly.
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Yoshinobu Yamamoto Note
Yoshinobu Yamamoto photo 12. Yoshinobu Yamamoto SP
Yoshinobu Yamamoto will arrive in MLB with the powerhouse Dodgers in 2024, and while there may be an adjustment period for the 25-year-old, it shouldn't last too long. Yamamoto should come close to 200 strikeouts, though his ERA is projected to be near 4.00. However, as with all pitchers on outstanding teams, he does have slightly more win equity than others. As part of the $1 billion package that Los Angeles dropped on Yamamoto and Shohei Ohtani, the former's ADP seems somewhat inflated for a pitcher who has yet to face MLB hitters. He will cost you a sixth-round draft pick, and there may be better value elsewhere that early.
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Bobby Miller Note
Bobby Miller photo 25. Bobby Miller SP
Bobby Miller throws hard. He has a fastball velocity in the 98th percentile (98.9 mph), and the speed did not transfer to a high Whiff%. The 24-year-old started 22 games for the Dodgers, and he should have no issue sliding into their 2024 rotation. And it won't be hard to justify anyone wearing a Dodgers uniform this year. His ERA is projected to sit around 4.00, but the win equity and solid pitching organization give him slightly more upside. If you feel the need for speed, he's your guy. But if you feel the need for strikeouts, he doesn't offer a ton. He slots in as an SP3/4.
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Evan Phillips Note
Evan Phillips photo 36. Evan Phillips RP
Evan Phillips appeared in 62 games for the Dodgers in 2023. He struck out 66 in 61 1/3 innings and finished with a sparkling 2.05 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. While his xFIP of 3.37 suggests he benefited from some luck, his 28.2 K% also says he is good in his role. While it seems appealing to grab the L.A. closer, beware of the "Blowout Wins" issue that sometimes drags down save totals. Still, Phillips isn't going to hurt you as a second closer on your roster.
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Walker Buehler Note
Walker Buehler photo 67. Walker Buehler SP
Walker Buehler missed all of the 2023 following Tommy John surgery. He is a question mark heading into 2024. In 2021, he looked like the dominant pitcher everyone expected him to be, only to crater in 2022 with the injury. The argument for drafting Buehler as an SP3 is that he pitches for the Dodgers (stadium + team = good things) and becomes a free agent after the season. Many pitchers experience a "honeymoon" period following TJ surgery, and it could be a savvy move to grab him in the mid-rounds. The knock against him is that he will turn 30 in July, and his track record has been anything but consistent. It is a dice roll that can pay off for the right price.
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Emmet Sheehan Note
Emmet Sheehan photo 113. Emmet Sheehan SP
Gavin Stone Note
Gavin Stone photo 122. Gavin Stone SP
James Paxton Note
James Paxton photo 123. James Paxton SP
Clayton Kershaw Note
Clayton Kershaw photo 159. Clayton Kershaw SP
Brusdar Graterol Note
Brusdar Graterol photo 192. Brusdar Graterol RP
Daniel Hudson Note
Daniel Hudson photo 234. Daniel Hudson SP,RP
Joe Kelly Note
Joe Kelly photo 291. Joe Kelly RP
Alex Vesia Note
Alex Vesia photo 319. Alex Vesia RP
Kyle Hurt Note
Kyle Hurt photo 336. Kyle Hurt SP,RP
Dustin May Note
Dustin May photo 348. Dustin May SP
Michael Grove Note
Michael Grove photo 375. Michael Grove SP,RP
Ryan Brasier Note
Ryan Brasier photo 379. Ryan Brasier RP
Ryan Yarbrough Note
Ryan Yarbrough photo 386. Ryan Yarbrough SP,RP
Blake Treinen Note
Blake Treinen photo 393. Blake Treinen RP
J.P. Feyereisen Note
J.P. Feyereisen photo 426. J.P. Feyereisen RP
River Ryan Note
River Ryan photo 470. River Ryan SP
Connor Brogdon Note
Connor Brogdon photo 503. Connor Brogdon RP
Nick Ramirez Note
Nick Ramirez photo 531. Nick Ramirez RP
Nick Frasso Note
Nick Frasso photo 630. Nick Frasso SP
Landon Knack Note
Landon Knack photo 643. Landon Knack SP
Elieser Hernandez Note
Elieser Hernandez photo 688. Elieser Hernandez SP,RP
Braydon Fisher Note
Braydon Fisher photo 735. Braydon Fisher RP
Yohan Ramirez Note
Yohan Ramirez photo 736. Yohan Ramirez RP
Jesse Hahn Note
Jesse Hahn photo 767. Jesse Hahn RP
Matt Gage Note
Matt Gage photo 792. Matt Gage RP
Ricky Vanasco Note
Ricky Vanasco photo 795. Ricky Vanasco RP
Anthony Banda Note
Anthony Banda photo 838. Anthony Banda RP
Dinelson Lamet Note
Dinelson Lamet photo 874. Dinelson Lamet RP
Gus Varland Note
Gus Varland photo 886. Gus Varland RP