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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.
37 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.
37 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.
37 weeks ago
Randy Dobnak Note
Randy Dobnak photo 176. Randy Dobnak SP,RP
Tyler Duffey Note
Tyler Duffey photo 181. Tyler Duffey RP
Cody Stashak Note
Cody Stashak photo 252. Cody Stashak RP
Jorge Alcala Note
Jorge Alcala photo 293. Jorge Alcala RP
Caleb Thielbar Note
Caleb Thielbar photo 347. Caleb Thielbar RP
Simeon Woods-Richardson Note
Simeon Woods-Richardson photo 388. Simeon Woods-Richardson SP
Jordan Balazovic Note
Jordan Balazovic photo 393. Jordan Balazovic SP
Devin Smeltzer Note
Devin Smeltzer photo 410. Devin Smeltzer SP,RP
Lewis Thorpe Note
Lewis Thorpe photo 460. Lewis Thorpe SP,RP
Jhoan Duran Note
Jhoan Duran photo 489. Jhoan Duran SP
Joe Ryan Note
Joe Ryan photo 504. Joe Ryan SP
Trevor Megill Note
Trevor Megill photo 710. Trevor Megill RP
Cory Gearrin Note
Cory Gearrin photo 737. Cory Gearrin RP
Ian Hamilton Note
Ian Hamilton photo 776. Ian Hamilton RP
Jharel Cotton Note
Jharel Cotton photo 904. Jharel Cotton SP,RP