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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Kenta Maeda Note
Kenta Maeda photo 16. Kenta Maeda SP,RP
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.
18 weeks ago
Jose Berrios Note
Jose Berrios photo 25. 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.
18 weeks ago
Alex Colome Note
Alex Colome photo 74. 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.
18 weeks ago
Taylor Rogers Note
Taylor Rogers photo 79. 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.
18 weeks ago
Michael Pineda Note
Michael Pineda photo 84. Michael Pineda SP
J.A. Happ Note
J.A. Happ photo 140. J.A. Happ SP
Randy Dobnak Note
Randy Dobnak photo 176. Randy Dobnak SP,RP
Tyler Duffey Note
Tyler Duffey photo 181. Tyler Duffey RP
Matt Shoemaker Note
Matt Shoemaker photo 203. Matt Shoemaker SP
Cody Stashak Note
Cody Stashak photo 252. Cody Stashak RP
Jorge Alcala Note
Jorge Alcala photo 292. Jorge Alcala RP
Caleb Thielbar Note
Caleb Thielbar photo 347. Caleb Thielbar RP
Hansel Robles Note
Hansel Robles photo 364. Hansel Robles RP
Jordan Balazovic Note
Jordan Balazovic photo 389. Jordan Balazovic SP
Devin Smeltzer Note
Devin Smeltzer photo 411. Devin Smeltzer SP,RP
Lewis Thorpe Note
Lewis Thorpe photo 461. Lewis Thorpe SP,RP
Jhoan Duran Note
Jhoan Duran photo 488. Jhoan Duran SP
Joe Ryan Note
Joe Ryan photo 504. Joe Ryan SP
Nick Vincent Note
Nick Vincent photo 697. Nick Vincent RP
Luke Farrell Note
Luke Farrell photo 728. Luke Farrell RP
Cory Gearrin Note
Cory Gearrin photo 737. Cory Gearrin RP
Derek Law Note
Derek Law photo 751. Derek Law SP,RP
Edwar Colina Note
Edwar Colina photo 760. Edwar Colina RP
Ian Hamilton Note
Ian Hamilton photo 776. Ian Hamilton RP
Ian Gibaut Note
Ian Gibaut photo 819. Ian Gibaut RP
Robinson Leyer Note
Robinson Leyer photo 821. Robinson Leyer RP
Juan Minaya Note
Juan Minaya photo 825. Juan Minaya RP
Kyle Barraclough Note
Kyle Barraclough photo 843. Kyle Barraclough RP
Beau Burrows Note
Beau Burrows photo 864. Beau Burrows RP
Joe Harvey Note
Joe Harvey photo 869. Joe Harvey RP
Danny Coulombe Note
Danny Coulombe photo 906. Danny Coulombe RP