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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.
13 weeks ago
Edwin Diaz Note
Edwin Diaz photo 26. 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.
13 weeks ago
Carlos Carrasco Note
Carlos Carrasco photo 58. Carlos Carrasco SP
Carrasco suffered a serious hamstring strain in mid-March which is likely to keep him out 6-8 weeks. It's a devastating blow to the veteran who returned strong from his battle with leukemia in 2019 to post a 2.91 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 2020. There was plenty to like about Carrasco in New York, including that the Mets will provide him with a better chance at wins, their infield defense should be above average, and Carrasco will play in a more favorable park. But at this point, he's nothing more than a bench starter for your fantasy team given his injury.
13 weeks ago
Marcus Stroman Note
Marcus Stroman photo 60. 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.
13 weeks ago
Taijuan Walker Note
Taijuan Walker photo 114. Taijuan Walker SP
Noah Syndergaard Note
Noah Syndergaard photo 120. Noah Syndergaard SP
Trevor May Note
Trevor May photo 150. Trevor May RP
Seth Lugo Note
Seth Lugo photo 166. Seth Lugo SP,RP
David Peterson Note
David Peterson photo 194. David Peterson SP
Joey Lucchesi Note
Joey Lucchesi photo 208. Joey Lucchesi SP
Dellin Betances Note
Dellin Betances photo 251. Dellin Betances RP
Aaron Loup Note
Aaron Loup photo 272. Aaron Loup RP
Miguel Castro Note
Miguel Castro photo 274. Miguel Castro RP
Jeurys Familia Note
Jeurys Familia photo 437. Jeurys Familia RP
Matt Allan Note
Matt Allan photo 500. Matt Allan SP
Thomas Szapucki Note
Thomas Szapucki photo 554. Thomas Szapucki SP
Jordan Yamamoto Note
Jordan Yamamoto photo 566. Jordan Yamamoto SP
Robert Gsellman Note
Robert Gsellman photo 579. Robert Gsellman SP
Tommy Hunter Note
Tommy Hunter photo 644. Tommy Hunter RP
Arodys Vizcaino Note
Arodys Vizcaino photo 678. Arodys Vizcaino RP
Drew Smith Note
Drew Smith photo 685. Drew Smith RP
Stephen Tarpley Note
Stephen Tarpley photo 690. Stephen Tarpley RP
Nick Tropeano Note
Nick Tropeano photo 695. Nick Tropeano RP
Jerry Blevins Note
Jerry Blevins photo 711. Jerry Blevins RP
Corey Oswalt Note
Corey Oswalt photo 715. Corey Oswalt RP
Sean Reid-Foley Note
Sean Reid-Foley photo 722. Sean Reid-Foley RP
Yennsy Diaz Note
Yennsy Diaz photo 753. Yennsy Diaz RP
Franklyn Kilome Note
Franklyn Kilome photo 828. Franklyn Kilome RP
Jerad Eickhoff Note
Jerad Eickhoff photo 893. Jerad Eickhoff SP