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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Marco Gonzales Note
Marco Gonzales photo 58. Marco Gonzales SP
If you want to buy into performances from the 2020 season, then you'll have Gonzales significantly higher than you would otherwise. He made major gains last year, including up his strikeout rate to a career-best 23.1% and lowering his walk rate to a career-best 2.5%. Bu even with the gains, Gonzales's swinging strike rate was only 8.4% (below his career average), and his fastball velocity is close to the worst in the league. As a pure back end of the rotation starter, he's fine, but do not expect anything close to a 3.10 ERA again, and bake in regression for his strikeouts.
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James Paxton Note
James Paxton photo 60. James Paxton SP
Paxton missed almost the entire 2020 season after straining a flexor in his pitching forearm. Any forearm injury is worrisome because of the connection to the elbow, and Paxton has hardly been the picture of health in his career. He'll try to jumpstart his career again back with the Mariners, and the reports from his workout, where he reportedly touched 94 MPH, were encouraging after his velocity drop last year. When he pitches, he's almost always effective, so he's worth a late-round pick for the potential upside. But the injury history should keep him relatively low on your draft board.
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Rafael Montero Note
Rafael Montero photo 70. Rafael Montero RP
Montero wound up closing for the Rangers and totaling eight saves in 2020, but it wasn't a particularly special season. His hard-hit rate and walk-rate increased from his strong 2019 season, and he totaled a 4.08 ERA. Now with Seattle, Montero's best asset may be his lack of competition for the closer's role, as Seattle has struggled for several seasons to find a reliable ninth-inning option. Draft Montero as a mid-tier closer, who you're taking more for his job security than his spectacular numbers.
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Yusei Kikuchi Note
Yusei Kikuchi photo 108. Yusei Kikuchi SP
Justus Sheffield Note
Justus Sheffield photo 120. Justus Sheffield SP
Justin Dunn Note
Justin Dunn photo 276. Justin Dunn SP
Logan Gilbert Note
Logan Gilbert photo 286. Logan Gilbert SP
Anthony Misiewicz Note
Anthony Misiewicz photo 298. Anthony Misiewicz RP
Chris Flexen Note
Chris Flexen photo 308. Chris Flexen RP
Keynan Middleton Note
Keynan Middleton photo 332. Keynan Middleton RP
Andres Munoz Note
Andres Munoz photo 333. Andres Munoz RP
Kendall Graveman Note
Kendall Graveman photo 359. Kendall Graveman RP
George Kirby Note
George Kirby photo 370. George Kirby SP
Emerson Hancock Note
Emerson Hancock photo 372. Emerson Hancock SP
Drew Steckenrider Note
Drew Steckenrider photo 387. Drew Steckenrider RP
Brandon Brennan Note
Brandon Brennan photo 421. Brandon Brennan RP
Matt Magill Note
Matt Magill photo 438. Matt Magill RP
Nick Margevicius Note
Nick Margevicius photo 439. Nick Margevicius SP
Erik Swanson Note
Erik Swanson photo 444. Erik Swanson RP
Ljay Newsome Note
Ljay Newsome photo 448. Ljay Newsome SP
Casey Sadler Note
Casey Sadler photo 502. Casey Sadler RP
Yohan Ramirez Note
Yohan Ramirez photo 602. Yohan Ramirez RP
Roenis Elias Note
Roenis Elias photo 637. Roenis Elias RP
Sam Delaplane Note
Sam Delaplane photo 672. Sam Delaplane RP
Wyatt Mills Note
Wyatt Mills photo 698. Wyatt Mills RP
Joey Gerber Note
Joey Gerber photo 738. Joey Gerber RP
Brady Lail Note
Brady Lail photo 754. Brady Lail RP
Aaron Fletcher Note
Aaron Fletcher photo 772. Aaron Fletcher RP
Will Vest Note
Will Vest photo 848. Will Vest RP
Robert Dugger Note
Robert Dugger photo 853. Robert Dugger SP
Paul Sewald Note
Paul Sewald photo 856. Paul Sewald RP
Domingo Tapia Note
Domingo Tapia photo 870. Domingo Tapia RP