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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Gerrit Cole Note
Gerrit Cole photo 1. Gerrit Cole SP
There are really no words for what Cole was able to do last year. He built on the massive gains he made from his first year with the Astros and lowered his ERA, WHIP, and walk rate to miniscule levels while totaling an outrageous 326 strikeouts. He'll move to the Yankees now, which is a mild downgrade given that the Yankees may slightly limit his innings in light of their long-term investment in Cole and their bullpen, and the opposing offenses and ballparks in the AL East compared to the AL West. But Cole's fastball and slider are beyond elite, and he should be the top pitcher taken in fantasy drafts.
17 weeks ago
Aroldis Chapman Note
Aroldis Chapman photo 29. Aroldis Chapman RP
It was announced that Chapman tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, July 11th. With less than two weeks left until the regular season, it seems unlikely that he'll begin the year on the active roster. With that said, it remains unclear exactly how long he'll miss and given Chapman's potential, he shouldn't slip beyond the top 10 closers in drafts.
11 weeks ago
James Paxton Note
James Paxton photo 51. James Paxton SP
Paxton will be out until at least early May (and likely longer) after undergoing a microscopic lumbar discectomy with removal of a peridiscal cyst in early February. Although his talent is undeniable, this is yet another in a long list of injuries for Paxton, who has eight injured list stints since the beginning of the 2014 season. While early May is the front end of the three to four month timetable, expect Paxton's absence to last until at least June and possibly longer if he has any setbacks.
17 weeks ago
Masahiro Tanaka Note
Masahiro Tanaka photo 71. Masahiro Tanaka SP
Tanaka had a bizarre year. On the negative side, his ERA soared to 4.45 and his WHIP and strikeout rate went to a career worst 1.24 and 7.37/9, respectively. Yet he slightly lowered his walk rate from the past two years, cut his HR/FB rate, and got batters to swing at pitches outside the zone more than almost any other pitcher in the second half of the season. At this point in his career, given his home park, there's little optimism that Tanaka can ever develop into the ace he appeared to be during his debut. Draft him as a back-end-of-the-rotation starter in deeper leagues but nothing more.
17 weeks ago
J.A. Happ Note
J.A. Happ photo 125. J.A. Happ SP
Adam Ottavino Note
Adam Ottavino photo 132. Adam Ottavino RP
Jordan Montgomery Note
Jordan Montgomery photo 137. Jordan Montgomery SP
Zack Britton Note
Zack Britton photo 146. Zack Britton RP
Chad Green Note
Chad Green photo 155. Chad Green SP,RP
Tommy Kahnle Note
Tommy Kahnle photo 194. Tommy Kahnle RP
Jonathan Loaisiga Note
Jonathan Loaisiga photo 218. Jonathan Loaisiga SP,RP
Clarke Schmidt Note
Clarke Schmidt photo 331. Clarke Schmidt SP
Ryan Buchter Note
Ryan Buchter photo 333. Ryan Buchter RP
Michael King Note
Michael King photo 363. Michael King SP,RP
Luis Cessa Note
Luis Cessa photo 407. Luis Cessa RP
Deivi Garcia Note
Deivi Garcia photo 409. Deivi Garcia SP
Mike King Note
Mike King photo 425. Mike King SP
Jonathan Holder Note
Jonathan Holder photo 436. Jonathan Holder RP
Ben Heller Note
Ben Heller photo 485. Ben Heller RP
Dan Otero Note
Dan Otero photo 655. Dan Otero RP
Tyler Lyons Note
Tyler Lyons photo 664. Tyler Lyons RP
Fernando Abad Note
Fernando Abad photo 724. Fernando Abad RP
Brooks Kriske Note
Brooks Kriske photo 772. Brooks Kriske RP
Dan Jennings Note
Dan Jennings photo 852. Dan Jennings RP
Tony Zych Note
Tony Zych photo 855. Tony Zych RP
Jake Barrett Note
Jake Barrett photo 923. Jake Barrett RP