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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Kenta Maeda Note
Kenta Maeda photo 17. Kenta Maeda SP
Fantasy managers rejoiced when Maeda was traded from the Dodgers to the Twins, but he surpassed even the loftiest of expectations. In the short season, Maeda went 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA, a 0.73 WHIP, and a 32.3% strikeout rate. In addition to simply being let loose with his innings, Maeda made a tangible change to his pitch mix, throwing far fewer fastball and more sliders and changeups (though his fastball was as effective as it had ever been last year, too). Maeda surely won't be able to repeat his numbers from 2020, as he allowed just a .208 BABIP, had an 80.2% LOB rate, and benefited from being able to feast on solely the NL and AL Central lineups. But even with some regression, he should still be a rock solid SP2, and should be drafted as such.
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Jose Berrios Note
Jose Berrios photo 30. Jose Berrios SP
Berrios may not ever become the dominant pitcher many projected him to be, but he offers a strong floor for fantasy managers. Ignoring his 2016 cup of coffee, Berrios has pitched to a 3.89 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a strikeout per inning in his career. And although his walk rate went up a tad and he gave up a bit harder contact in 2020's shortened season, his numbers didn't vary from his usual output significantly. Bank on around a 4.00 ERA, a WHIP somewhere around 1.25, and plenty of strikeouts. In today's fantasy game, that's more than adequate for a strong fantasy staff.
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Taylor Rogers Note
Taylor Rogers photo 64. Taylor Rogers RP
Rogers has been the reliever to roster in Minnesota for the past two seasons, but he's totaled just 39 saves over that span. Even with the shortened 2020 season, that's just not the total you want to see from a reliever if you're relying on him as an RP1, especially when the Twins as a team have totaled 92 saves over the last two years. Rogers's lack of saves is all about Rocco Baldelli's philosophy, rather than Rogers's lack of effectiveness (he's totaled a 2.80 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, and a 10.8 K/9 over the last three years). Unfortunately, Baldelli is unlikely to abandon his committee approach with the additions of Alex Colome and Hansel Robles. Rogers is still a fine RP2, but certainly don't expect him to get every save chance in Minnesota.
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Alex Colome Note
Alex Colome photo 81. Alex Colome RP
Colome has been a quality major league reliever for year, but last year, managed to drop his ERA down to a silly 0.81 and his WHIP below 1.00 for the first time in his career. His success was largely on the back of increased movement on his cutter (which induced a ton of weak contact, but which was also less of a strikeout pitch, leading to a drop in strikeouts), as well as Yasmani Grandal's pitch-framing skills. He'll now move to Minnesota where he'll likely form some sort of committee with Taylor Rogers. He's worth drafting, but only very late, and with the expectation that he won't pile on a ton of saves.
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Michael Pineda Note
Michael Pineda photo 88. Michael Pineda SP
J.A. Happ Note
J.A. Happ photo 141. J.A. Happ SP
Matt Shoemaker Note
Matt Shoemaker photo 183. Matt Shoemaker SP
Tyler Duffey Note
Tyler Duffey photo 191. Tyler Duffey RP
Randy Dobnak Note
Randy Dobnak photo 202. Randy Dobnak SP
Hansel Robles Note
Hansel Robles photo 268. Hansel Robles RP
Jordan Balazovic Note
Jordan Balazovic photo 327. Jordan Balazovic SP
Cody Stashak Note
Cody Stashak photo 337. Cody Stashak RP
Jorge Alcala Note
Jorge Alcala photo 349. Jorge Alcala RP
Lewis Thorpe Note
Lewis Thorpe photo 363. Lewis Thorpe RP
Jhoan Duran Note
Jhoan Duran photo 378. Jhoan Duran
Devin Smeltzer Note
Devin Smeltzer photo 413. Devin Smeltzer RP
Caleb Thielbar Note
Caleb Thielbar photo 455. Caleb Thielbar RP
Dakota Chalmers Note
Dakota Chalmers photo 485. Dakota Chalmers SP
Brandon Waddell Note
Brandon Waddell photo 588. Brandon Waddell RP
Juan Minaya Note
Juan Minaya photo 608. Juan Minaya RP
Ian Hamilton Note
Ian Hamilton photo 632. Ian Hamilton RP
Derek Law Note
Derek Law photo 659. Derek Law RP
Luke Farrell Note
Luke Farrell photo 662. Luke Farrell RP
Danny Coulombe Note
Danny Coulombe photo 663. Danny Coulombe RP
Glenn Sparkman Note
Glenn Sparkman photo 672. Glenn Sparkman RP
Edwar Colina Note
Edwar Colina photo 675. Edwar Colina RP
Ian Gibaut Note
Ian Gibaut photo 758. Ian Gibaut RP
Shaun Anderson Note
Shaun Anderson photo 795. Shaun Anderson RP
Robinson Leyer Note
Robinson Leyer photo 810. Robinson Leyer RP