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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Jacob deGrom Note
Jacob deGrom photo 1. Jacob deGrom SP
deGrom barely missed out on winning his third straight Cy Young Award last year, but it was yet another dominant season. For the third straight year, he came in with a WHIP under 1.00, an ERA under 2.50, and a strikeout percentage above 31%. deGrom is getting up there in age, but it's worth remembering that he has fewer miles on his arm than most pitcher entering their age-33 season, given that he didn't transition to pitching until late in his college career and missed significant time with injuries during his time in the minors. deGrom has shown no decline in his game, and should hopefully (finally) begin to pile on more wins this year pitching for a better team in front of an improved bullpen. He should be the first or second starting pitcher taken and is an obvious first-round pick.
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Carlos Carrasco Note
Carlos Carrasco photo 23. Carlos Carrasco SP
Carrasco returned strong from his battle with leukemia in 2019 to post a 2.91 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 2020. Pretty much everything was back to normal with Carrasco's production other than his walk rate, where he went from several years under 6% to a 9.6% mark in 2020. That's likely just the oddities of a shortened season, however, and now that Carrasco is with the Mets, his stock should only go up. Not only should the Mets provide him with a better chance at wins, but their infield defense should be above average and Carrasco will play in a more favorable park. In other words, it's all gravy for Carrasco, and he can be drafted as an SP2.
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Edwin Diaz Note
Edwin Diaz photo 28. Edwin Diaz RP
Diaz's overall numbers bounced back in a monstrous way last season. He dropped his ERA from a bloated 5.59 in 2019 to a 1.75, and upped his strikeout rate to a career-best 45.5%. He was among the league leaders in nearly every expected statistic (batting average, slugging percentage wOBA, and ERA), and he cut his HR/9 rate from 2.33 to just 0.70. Diaz's walk rate actually regressed, however, as he issued free passes to nearly five batters per nine innings. That's not often a recipe for success from a closer, but Diaz can survive at that rate if he continues to keep the strikeouts up and limit the long balls. In the end, Diaz does carry some risk given his history, but he should be drafted as one of the upper echelon closers in the game, if not a touch behind the truly elite options.
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Marcus Stroman Note
Marcus Stroman photo 76. Marcus Stroman SP
Stroman missed the entire 2020 season after battling a calf injury and then opting out, but he'll return to the Mets after accepting the team's qualifying offer. Stroman's strikeout rate jumped after his trade to the National League, but with a career 58.7% ground ball rate, he'll need the Mets' infield defense to be better than it was in 2019. The trade for Francisco Lindor should help, as should his reported development of both a new split changeup and four-seam fastball. Stroman has always had a decent floor, but now out of the AL East and with some tweaks to his arsenal coming, he possesses plenty of upside as a late-round draft pick.
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Noah Syndergaard Note
Noah Syndergaard photo 113. Noah Syndergaard SP
Taijuan Walker Note
Taijuan Walker photo 116. Taijuan Walker SP
Seth Lugo Note
Seth Lugo photo 132. Seth Lugo SP,RP
David Peterson Note
David Peterson photo 165. David Peterson SP
Trevor May Note
Trevor May photo 166. Trevor May RP
Joey Lucchesi Note
Joey Lucchesi photo 193. Joey Lucchesi SP
Dellin Betances Note
Dellin Betances photo 254. Dellin Betances RP
Aaron Loup Note
Aaron Loup photo 371. Aaron Loup RP
Jeurys Familia Note
Jeurys Familia photo 375. Jeurys Familia RP
Sam McWilliams Note
Sam McWilliams photo 419. Sam McWilliams SP
Robert Gsellman Note
Robert Gsellman photo 430. Robert Gsellman SP
Jordan Yamamoto Note
Jordan Yamamoto photo 435. Jordan Yamamoto SP
Thomas Szapucki Note
Thomas Szapucki photo 448. Thomas Szapucki SP
Tommy Hunter Note
Tommy Hunter photo 452. Tommy Hunter RP
Miguel Castro Note
Miguel Castro photo 470. Miguel Castro RP
Jacob Barnes Note
Jacob Barnes photo 535. Jacob Barnes RP
Corey Oswalt Note
Corey Oswalt photo 555. Corey Oswalt RP
Arodys Vizcaino Note
Arodys Vizcaino photo 600. Arodys Vizcaino RP
Jerry Blevins Note
Jerry Blevins photo 606. Jerry Blevins RP
Drew Smith Note
Drew Smith photo 608. Drew Smith RP
Daniel Zamora Note
Daniel Zamora photo 642. Daniel Zamora RP
Sean Reid-Foley Note
Sean Reid-Foley photo 644. Sean Reid-Foley RP
Stephen Tarpley Note
Stephen Tarpley photo 646. Stephen Tarpley RP
Yennsy Diaz Note
Yennsy Diaz photo 697. Yennsy Diaz RP
Franklyn Kilome Note
Franklyn Kilome photo 741. Franklyn Kilome RP
Mike Montgomery Note
Mike Montgomery photo 813. Mike Montgomery RP