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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Hyun Jin Ryu Note
Hyun Jin Ryu photo 21. Hyun Jin Ryu SP
Fantasy managers expected some regression from Ryu after his career season in 2019 and with him moving to the Blue Jays, but it really didn't come. He continued to be among the best in the game at limiting opposing batters' quality of contact, and upped his strikeout rate to 26.2%, second best of his career. Ryu's 2.69 ERA was a bit higher than the 2.32 mark he put up in in 2019, but his FIP, xFIP, SIERA, and xERA were all the same or better than the previous year. In short, other than the potential for injury, which hasn't been a factor in the last two seasons, there's no reason to doubt Ryu at this point.
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Jose Berrios Note
Jose Berrios photo 25. Jose Berrios SP
Berrios may not ever become the dominant pitcher many projected him to be, but he offers a strong floor for fantasy managers. Ignoring his 2016 cup of coffee, Berrios has pitched to a 3.89 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a strikeout per inning in his career. And although his walk rate went up a tad and he gave up a bit harder contact in 2020's shortened season, his numbers didn't vary from his usual output significantly. Bank on around a 4.00 ERA, a WHIP somewhere around 1.25, and plenty of strikeouts. In today's fantasy game, that's more than adequate for a strong fantasy staff.
37 weeks ago
Kevin Gausman Note
Kevin Gausman photo 48. Kevin Gausman SP
Gausman had the best season of his career with the Giants last season, and accepted a qualifying offer to remain in San Francisco. Gausman not only put up an impressive 3.62 ERA, but he upped his strikeout rate by about nine points to 32.2%. He saw a nice velocity bump on his fastball and leaned into his excellent splitter a bit more than usual. The downside for Gausman is that he really is mostly a fastball/splitter pitcher, meaning that when his splitter isn't working, he's likely to get hit hard. But, we've now at least seen the upside over a full season, and he's a pretty ideal SP4/SP5 if you can get him in that range.
37 weeks ago
Jordan Romano Note
Jordan Romano photo 78. Jordan Romano RP
Romano is poised to serve as the Blue Jays' closer after Kirby Yates suffered an elbow injury which will cost him the season. Romano's stuff isn't special, but he had a very solid 2020 campaign, and should see plenty of save chances with Toronto, assuming he's officially named the closer. The relief pitcher landscape for fantasy gets cloudy quickly, so despite the lack of certainty, Romano makes a decent option for your second reliever. Bump him higher if he's officially named the closer before the season.
37 weeks ago
Nate Pearson Note
Nate Pearson photo 121. Nate Pearson SP,RP
Pearson is oozing with talent, but he just can't seem to stay healthy. Whether it was elbow soreness last year or the groin strain that is now going to keep him out of action for a bit, something seem to crop up to delay his success in the majors. He wound up pitching just 18 innings overall last year, but the stuff is there, without question. His fastball reaches triple digits, his slider is dominant, and his curveball and changeup are far above average. There's always a bit more uncertainty with young power pitchers, particularly when they've had elbow injuries like Pearson has. And, after trading for Steven Matz, the Blue Jays have plenty of rotation depth and shouldn't feel pressured into rushing Pearson back from injury. In keeper and dynasty formats, he's still a buy, but in redraft leagues, he's probably not worth a pick at this point.
37 weeks ago
Yimi Garcia Note
Yimi Garcia photo 154. Yimi Garcia RP
Garcia was the favorite for saves in Miami until the team signed Anthony Bass, and now his exact role in the bullpen is unclear. He struck out 31.7% of the batter he faced last year, and put up a 0.80 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. He's got more prototypical "closer's stuff" than Bass does, and he has a lengthy relationship with Don Mattingly dating back to their Dodgers days. Draft Garcia late and hope he wins the job, but make sure you have other options.
37 weeks ago
Ross Stripling Note
Ross Stripling photo 178. Ross Stripling SP,RP
David Phelps Note
David Phelps photo 298. David Phelps RP
Julian Merryweather Note
Julian Merryweather photo 375. Julian Merryweather SP,RP
Alek Manoah Note
Alek Manoah photo 421. Alek Manoah SP
Ryan Borucki Note
Ryan Borucki photo 465. Ryan Borucki RP
Adam Cimber Note
Adam Cimber photo 476. Adam Cimber RP
Thomas Hatch Note
Thomas Hatch photo 481. Thomas Hatch RP
Anthony Kay Note
Anthony Kay photo 483. Anthony Kay RP,SP
Adam Kloffenstein Note
Adam Kloffenstein photo 508. Adam Kloffenstein SP
Shaun Anderson Note
Shaun Anderson photo 525. Shaun Anderson RP
Trent Thornton Note
Trent Thornton photo 533. Trent Thornton SP,RP
Trevor Richards Note
Trevor Richards photo 550. Trevor Richards SP,RP
Jose De Leon Note
Jose De Leon photo 612. Jose De Leon RP
Tim Mayza Note
Tim Mayza photo 657. Tim Mayza RP
Jeremy Beasley Note
Jeremy Beasley photo 740. Jeremy Beasley RP
Anthony Castro Note
Anthony Castro photo 773. Anthony Castro RP