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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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Jordan Romano Note
Jordan Romano photo 76. 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.
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Nate Pearson Note
Nate Pearson photo 122. Nate Pearson SP
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.
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Robbie Ray Note
Robbie Ray photo 130. Robbie Ray SP
Rafael Dolis Note
Rafael Dolis photo 177. Rafael Dolis RP
Ross Stripling Note
Ross Stripling photo 178. Ross Stripling SP,RP
Steven Matz Note
Steven Matz photo 238. Steven Matz SP
David Phelps Note
David Phelps photo 299. David Phelps RP
Tyler Chatwood Note
Tyler Chatwood photo 322. Tyler Chatwood SP,RP
Tanner Roark Note
Tanner Roark photo 367. Tanner Roark SP
Julian Merryweather Note
Julian Merryweather photo 375. Julian Merryweather SP,RP
Simeon Woods-Richardson Note
Simeon Woods-Richardson photo 388. Simeon Woods-Richardson SP
Alek Manoah Note
Alek Manoah photo 425. Alek Manoah SP
Ryan Borucki Note
Ryan Borucki photo 455. Ryan Borucki RP
Tom Hatch Note
Tom Hatch photo 481. Tom Hatch RP
Anthony Kay Note
Anthony Kay photo 483. Anthony Kay RP
Adam Kloffenstein Note
Adam Kloffenstein photo 508. Adam Kloffenstein SP
Travis Bergen Note
Travis Bergen photo 517. Travis Bergen RP
Trent Thornton Note
Trent Thornton photo 533. Trent Thornton SP
Tommy Milone Note
Tommy Milone photo 582. Tommy Milone SP,RP
Tim Mayza Note
Tim Mayza photo 657. Tim Mayza RP
Patrick Murphy Note
Patrick Murphy photo 660. Patrick Murphy RP
Joel Payamps Note
Joel Payamps photo 679. Joel Payamps RP
A.J. Cole Note
A.J. Cole photo 746. A.J. Cole RP
Dany Jimenez Note
Dany Jimenez photo 748. Dany Jimenez RP
Ty Tice Note
Ty Tice photo 768. Ty Tice RP
Anthony Castro Note
Anthony Castro photo 773. Anthony Castro RP
Jacob Waguespack Note
Jacob Waguespack photo 816. Jacob Waguespack SP,RP
T.J. Zeuch Note
T.J. Zeuch photo 886. T.J. Zeuch SP