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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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Edwin Diaz Note
Edwin Diaz photo 30. 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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Carlos Carrasco Note
Carlos Carrasco photo 33. Carlos Carrasco SP,RP
Seth Lugo Note
Seth Lugo photo 81. Seth Lugo SP,RP
Marcus Stroman Note
Marcus Stroman photo 88. Marcus Stroman SP
Noah Syndergaard Note
Noah Syndergaard photo 134. Noah Syndergaard SP
David Peterson Note
David Peterson photo 172. David Peterson SP
Trevor May Note
Trevor May photo 185. Trevor May RP
Joey Lucchesi Note
Joey Lucchesi photo 220. Joey Lucchesi SP
Steven Matz Note
Steven Matz photo 252. Steven Matz SP