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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Liam Hendriks Note
Liam Hendriks photo 30. Liam Hendriks RP
If Hendriks' 2019 performance doesn't convince you to wait on closers, nothing will. An afterthought in drafts pitching behind Blake Treinen, Hendriks not only took the closer's role for the A's but also developed into one of the best relievers in the game. A velocity bump made his fastball nearly unhittable and he rarely gave up home runs. He'll be given the chance to repeat his performance, but whether he can is an entirely open question.
17 weeks ago
Frankie Montas Note
Frankie Montas photo 40. Frankie Montas SP
Montas was one of the best starters in baseball until his season ended prematurely thanks to a PED suspension. Before then, he had used added velocity and improved control to lower is ERA to 2.63 and tally nine wins in just 16 starts. There's always a question of how a player coming off a PED suspension will perform the following year but, for the most part, they are often able to maintain much of their performance. Draft Montas expecting solid overall numbers, though expect an ERA in the 3.00s, rather than the 2.00s.
17 weeks ago
Mike Minor Note
Mike Minor photo 56. Mike Minor SP
The Rangers pushed Minor to reach 200 strikeouts and, although his 3.59 ERA shows he surpassed expectations, there was really fairly little to get excited about. Minor's FIP and xFIP were substantially higher than his ERA, his WHIP was mediocre, and his strikeout rate hardly impressed. He's a pitcher you draft to solidify the back end of your rotation, but nothing more.
17 weeks ago
Jesus Luzardo Note
Jesus Luzardo photo 57. Jesus Luzardo SP,RP
Luzardo has tested positive for COVID-19, though there have been few details as to his reported symptoms (or lack thereof). A prime breakout candidate, especially given the delay and the lack of an innings limit, Luzardo's fantasy stock is now in a bit of a grey area. Monitor the reports but be prepared to knock him down a few pegs in your draft absent positive reports on his health.
10 weeks ago
Sean Manaea Note
Sean Manaea photo 69. Sean Manaea SP
After various delays, Manaea made a successful return from shoulder surgery, winning four of his five starts and pitching to a sterling 1.21 ERA and 0.78 WHIP with solid strikeout numbers. The sample is too small to know if Manaea really took a step forward, particularly given his significantly higher FIP and xFIP. But it should give fantasy owners confidence that Manaea can contribute all year long to a fantasy rotation.
17 weeks ago
Chris Bassitt Note
Chris Bassitt photo 116. Chris Bassitt SP
A.J. Puk Note
A.J. Puk photo 121. A.J. Puk SP,RP
Mike Fiers Note
Mike Fiers photo 154. Mike Fiers SP
Yusmeiro Petit Note
Yusmeiro Petit photo 163. Yusmeiro Petit RP
Joakim Soria Note
Joakim Soria photo 196. Joakim Soria RP
Jake Diekman Note
Jake Diekman photo 257. Jake Diekman RP
Lou Trivino Note
Lou Trivino photo 309. Lou Trivino RP
J.B. Wendelken Note
J.B. Wendelken photo 335. J.B. Wendelken RP
Daniel Mengden Note
Daniel Mengden photo 399. Daniel Mengden SP
Grant Holmes Note
Grant Holmes photo 430. Grant Holmes SP
T.J. McFarland Note
T.J. McFarland photo 471. T.J. McFarland RP
Daulton Jefferies Note
Daulton Jefferies photo 476. Daulton Jefferies SP
James Kaprielian Note
James Kaprielian photo 518. James Kaprielian SP
Paul Blackburn Note
Paul Blackburn photo 540. Paul Blackburn SP,RP
Tanner Anderson Note
Tanner Anderson photo 549. Tanner Anderson SP,RP
Burch Smith Note
Burch Smith photo 571. Burch Smith SP,RP
Marco Estrada Note
Marco Estrada photo 713. Marco Estrada SP
Lucas Luetge Note
Lucas Luetge photo 789. Lucas Luetge RP
Donnie Hart Note
Donnie Hart photo 802. Donnie Hart RP
Parker Dunshee Note
Parker Dunshee photo 850. Parker Dunshee P
Jaime Schultz Note
Jaime Schultz photo 885. Jaime Schultz RP
Brian Howard Note
Brian Howard photo 904. Brian Howard P
Brian Schlitter Note
Brian Schlitter photo 918. Brian Schlitter RP
Miguel Romero Note
Miguel Romero photo 933. Miguel Romero P
Ben Bracewell Note
Ben Bracewell photo 934. Ben Bracewell P