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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Jack Flaherty Note
Jack Flaherty photo 10. Jack Flaherty SP
Flaherty ended up with a 4.91 ERA, but that hardly represents his actual performance, given that he allowed nine runs in a three-inning start in September. If you take out that outing, Flaherty had just a 3.13 ERA, and he didn't allow more than three earned runs in any of his eight other starts. Given that Flaherty's season was shorter than most due to the Cardinals' COVID-19 issues, it's fair to essentially throw out at that one abysmal outing, considering his other numbers were relatively consistent from 2019. Indeed, his swinging strike rate improved, as did his K/9 rate and ground ball percentage. With his devastating slider, Flaherty should still be considered one of the top pitchers in the real and fantasy game, and is capable of fronting a fantasy staff.
30 weeks ago
Jordan Hicks Note
Jordan Hicks photo 99. Jordan Hicks RP
Hicks is likely to serve as the Cardinals' closer this year if he can show that he has fully recovered from Tommy John surgery. He totaled 20 saves from 2018-2019 before hurting his elbow, and then opted out of last season, in part because of setbacks in his recovery. Early reports from the spring are promising, and it seems that the Cardinals want him and his 100+ MPH fastball to lead the way in the ninth inning. Monitor his health in the spring, but draft him late for now and expect saves so long as he is healthy.
30 weeks ago
Giovanny Gallegos Note
Giovanny Gallegos photo 106. Giovanny Gallegos RP
Gallegos pitched well last year with the Cardinals despite seeing limited innings because of his difficulty in getting to the states in the middle of a pandemic. But he was effective when he pithed, and owns a career 3.06 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 31.6% strikeout rate. The Cardinals want Jordan Hicks to be their closer, but Gallegos will undoubtedly be in the mix should Hick prove ineffective or suffer a setback in his return from Tommy John surgery.
30 weeks ago
Kwang Hyun Kim Note
Kwang Hyun Kim photo 127. Kwang Hyun Kim RP,SP
If you want upside with a late-round pitcher, you're looking in the wrong place with Kim. Although he put up a 1.62 ERA and 1.07 WHIP last year, his xFIP and SIERA were each about three runs higher than his ERA. He also struck out just 5.54 batters per nine innings, and never showed much strikeout potential in the KBO. That said, for a pitcher who is basically free in drafts, he offers some decent stability, and is worth taking late if you have an otherwise strong staff, particularly with strikeouts. Back tightness may put him on the IL to start the year, but there does not appear to be any long-term concerns.
30 weeks ago
J.A. Happ Note
J.A. Happ photo 140. J.A. Happ SP
Miles Mikolas Note
Miles Mikolas photo 149. Miles Mikolas SP
Alex Reyes Note
Alex Reyes photo 157. Alex Reyes RP
Adam Wainwright Note
Adam Wainwright photo 159. Adam Wainwright SP
Carlos Martinez Note
Carlos Martinez photo 162. Carlos Martinez SP,RP
Andrew Miller Note
Andrew Miller photo 216. Andrew Miller RP
Jon Lester Note
Jon Lester photo 261. Jon Lester SP
Genesis Cabrera Note
Genesis Cabrera photo 293. Genesis Cabrera RP
Dakota Hudson Note
Dakota Hudson photo 300. Dakota Hudson SP
Ryan Helsley Note
Ryan Helsley photo 362. Ryan Helsley RP
Matt Liberatore Note
Matt Liberatore photo 400. Matt Liberatore SP
Kodi Whitley Note
Kodi Whitley photo 480. Kodi Whitley RP
Angel Rondon Note
Angel Rondon photo 563. Angel Rondon SP
Wade LeBlanc Note
Wade LeBlanc photo 614. Wade LeBlanc SP,RP
Johan Oviedo Note
Johan Oviedo photo 642. Johan Oviedo SP
Seth Elledge Note
Seth Elledge photo 714. Seth Elledge RP
Junior Fernandez Note
Junior Fernandez photo 726. Junior Fernandez RP
Johan Quezada Note
Johan Quezada photo 781. Johan Quezada RP
Brandon Waddell Note
Brandon Waddell photo 841. Brandon Waddell RP
T.J. McFarland Note
T.J. McFarland photo 847. T.J. McFarland RP
Jake Woodford Note
Jake Woodford photo 879. Jake Woodford RP,SP
T.J. Zeuch Note
T.J. Zeuch photo 886. T.J. Zeuch SP,RP