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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Sixto Sanchez Note
Sixto Sanchez photo 48. Sixto Sanchez SP
Sanchez built on his strong 2019 season in Double-A with an excellent seven-start stretch in the majors, during which he put up a 3.46 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. Sanchez throws really hard (his fastball velocity is in the 98th percentile), but he doesn't put up a ton of strikeouts, either in the minors or during his stint in the majors last year. But his outstanding changeup (.148 BAA, .148 slugging against, .158 wOBA against) keeps hitters off balance, and allows him to avoid giving up too much hard contact. Combine that with his well above-average control and his almost comical ability to avoid giving up home runs, and you have a quality pitcher who can slide into the middle of your staff.
2 days ago
Pablo Lopez Note
Pablo Lopez photo 49. Pablo Lopez SP
Despite his 5.09 ERA and mediocre strikeout rate in 2019, there was some buzz about Lopez heading into last season because of his outstanding changeup and his ability to keep his WHIP in check. He justified the expectations, cutting his ERA to 3.61 and striking out about a batter and a half more per nine innings than he had previously. He's still volatile, as he has seemingly random games where he lacks command with his changeup and gets hit hard. And he needs another pitch to complement his fastball and changeup. But if he can continue to develop either his curveball or cutter, he could be a true breakout candidate. Draft him as an SP4 with upside for more if his other pitches continue to improve.
3 days ago
Sandy Alcantara Note
Sandy Alcantara photo 57. Sandy Alcantara SP
Alcantara continued to build on what was a pretty strong foundation heading into 2020. He lowered his ERA to 3.00 and his WHIP to 1.19, and improved in both his strikeout and walk rate while adding velocity. He pitched only 42 innings last year because of COVID-19 issues, but he dominated over the latter three-quarters of the season, pitching to a 2.30 ERA with 30 strikeouts over his final 31 1/3 innings. There's not a ton to dislike about Alcantara, and there's room for continued growth. Draft him as a fourth starter with upside for more.
3 days ago
Elieser Hernandez Note
Elieser Hernandez photo 102. Elieser Hernandez SP
Anthony Bass Note
Anthony Bass photo 134. Anthony Bass RP
Bass will likely be in the mix for saves with Yimi Garcia (and possibly Dylan Floro) after he signed a two-year deal with the Marlins. He lacks the typical strikeout stuff of most closers, but he's totaled 12 saves, a 3.54 ERA, and a 0.99 WHIP over the past two years. Bass is an extreme ground ball pitcher (62.3% ground ball rate last year), which is how he's able to survive without big time stuff. But Don Mattingly likely won't name a closer until the end of spring training, so draft Bass late for now, but have plenty of other bullpen options.
3 days ago
Yimi Garcia Note
Yimi Garcia photo 149. Yimi Garcia RP
Garcia was the favorite for saves in Miami until the team signed Anthony Bass, and now his exact role in the bullpen is unclear. He struck out 31.7% of the batter he faced last year, and put up a 0.80 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. He's got more prototypical "closer's stuff" than Bass does, and he has a lengthy relationship with Don Mattingly dating back to their Dodgers days. Draft Garcia late and hope he wins the job, but make sure you have other options.
3 days ago
Trevor Rogers Note
Trevor Rogers photo 189. Trevor Rogers SP
John Curtiss Note
John Curtiss photo 320. John Curtiss RP
Edward Cabrera Note
Edward Cabrera photo 354. Edward Cabrera SP
Gio Gonzalez Note
Gio Gonzalez photo 398. Gio Gonzalez RP
Dan Castano Note
Dan Castano photo 400. Dan Castano SP
Paul Campbell Note
Paul Campbell photo 409. Paul Campbell SP
Braxton Garrett Note
Braxton Garrett photo 435. Braxton Garrett SP
Dylan Floro Note
Dylan Floro photo 460. Dylan Floro RP
Richard Bleier Note
Richard Bleier photo 479. Richard Bleier RP
James Hoyt Note
James Hoyt photo 524. James Hoyt RP
Jeff Brigham Note
Jeff Brigham photo 565. Jeff Brigham RP
Pat Venditte Note
Pat Venditte photo 619. Pat Venditte RP
Adam Cimber Note
Adam Cimber photo 623. Adam Cimber RP
Zach Pop Note
Zach Pop photo 718. Zach Pop RP
Jordan Holloway Note
Jordan Holloway photo 788. Jordan Holloway RP
Ross Detwiler Note
Ross Detwiler photo 796. Ross Detwiler RP
Nick Neidert Note
Nick Neidert photo 824. Nick Neidert RP
Jorge Guzman Note
Jorge Guzman photo 828. Jorge Guzman RP