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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Mark Melancon Note
Mark Melancon photo 40. Mark Melancon
Melancon had another fine year as the Braves' closer, and now joins the back end of the Padres bullpen. It's unclear if he'll serve as the closer, a Drew Pomeranz and Emilio Pagan also may have a claim to the role. Melancon is entering his age-36 season and his strikeout rate is mediocre at best. Although he is still performing well, his lack of pure stuff suggests that the wheels could come off at any moment. That said, he'll have plenty of value if he can earn the ninth-inning role, so monitor the reports out of spring, and draft him late until and unless he's officially ruled out for the role.
37 weeks ago
Stefan Crichton Note
Stefan Crichton photo 49. Stefan Crichton
Crichton filled in admirably for Archie Bradley after Bradley was traded last season. His strikeout numbers weren't particularly impressive, but he had a 2.42 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP, and tallied five saves. He doesn't have prototypical "closer's stuff," but he's more than capable of getting major league hitters out. The Diamondbacks signed Joakim Soria to a one-year deal (and added Tyler Clippard, too), so Crichton seems unlikely to begin the year as the closer, even though it's an open competition at the moment. He's not worth anything other than an extremely late-round pick as a speculative ninth-inning option.
37 weeks ago
J.B. Wendelken Note
J.B. Wendelken photo 100. J.B. Wendelken
Kevin Ginkel Note
Kevin Ginkel photo 114. Kevin Ginkel
Keynan Middleton Note
Keynan Middleton photo 187. Keynan Middleton
Noe Ramirez Note
Noe Ramirez photo 250. Noe Ramirez
Chris Devenski Note
Chris Devenski photo 313. Chris Devenski
Taylor Widener Note
Taylor Widener photo 339. Taylor Widener
Riley Smith Note
Riley Smith photo 362. Riley Smith
Kyle Nelson Note
Kyle Nelson photo 398. Kyle Nelson
Ben Heller Note
Ben Heller photo 405. Ben Heller
Humberto Castellanos Note
Humberto Castellanos photo 453. Humberto Castellanos
Ty Tice Note
Ty Tice photo 493. Ty Tice
Matt Peacock Note
Matt Peacock photo 494. Matt Peacock
Shane Carle Note
Shane Carle photo 515. Shane Carle
Joe Mantiply Note
Joe Mantiply photo 526. Joe Mantiply
Sean Poppen Note
Sean Poppen photo 532. Sean Poppen
Jordan Weems Note
Jordan Weems photo 538. Jordan Weems
Zack Burdi Note
Zack Burdi photo 574. Zack Burdi
Brett de Geus Note
Brett de Geus photo 597. Brett de Geus