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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Amir Garrett Note
Amir Garrett photo 21. Amir Garrett
Garrett cut way down on his walks in 2020 and had the best season of his career, striking out 37.7% of the batters he faced. He also retired the first batter he faced in every inning, and completely dominated against left-handed hitters. He's in the mix to be the Reds' closer with Lucas Sims and Sean Doolittle, and he's been vocal about wanting the job. He's probably the first reliever to draft out of Cincinnati until there's some clarity, but it's far from a sure thing that he'll be the everyday closer.
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Tejay Antone Note
Tejay Antone photo 52. Tejay Antone
Antone's role wasn't entirely clear at the outset of spring training, but he now looks destined for a starter's job, if he can stay healthy. With Sonny Gray and Wade Miley likely to begin the year on the IL, Antone should begin the year in the rotation, assuming he is healthy enough to do so. He's currently battling a groin strain, and his status is uncertain. When healthy, he's got a wipeout slider, enough to pile on the strikeouts, and has enough upside to be worth a late-round dart throw. Monitor his, Gray's, and Miley's health status closely heading into your drafts.
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Lucas Sims Note
Lucas Sims photo 54. Lucas Sims
Sims had a fine 2020, going 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA a 0.94 WHIP, and plenty of strikeouts. He'll be in the mix for the Reds' closer job with Amir Garrett and Sean Doolittle, though his early bout with elbow soreness this spring doesn't help him. Monitor the reports out of spring training, but he's a late-round speculative draft pick at best at the moment.
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Michael Lorenzen Note
Michael Lorenzen photo 76. Michael Lorenzen
Sean Doolittle Note
Sean Doolittle photo 78. Sean Doolittle
After missing most of 2020 with various injuries, Doolittle took a small one-year deal from the Reds in his hope of a bounceback season. He's been trending the wrong way for a couple of seasons now, but he did tally at least 24 saves in each season between 2017 and 2019. Doolittle is the only one in the Reds bullpen with much closing experience, so if he performs well this spring, he could win the ninth-inning job. But there's a ton of uncertainty, and given Doolittle's small contract, it's far from a sure thing that he sees any save opportunities in 2021.
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Cam Bedrosian Note
Cam Bedrosian photo 187. Cam Bedrosian
Jeff Hoffman Note
Jeff Hoffman photo 203. Jeff Hoffman
Heath Hembree Note
Heath Hembree photo 271. Heath Hembree
Brandon Finnegan Note
Brandon Finnegan photo 274. Brandon Finnegan
Jose De Leon Note
Jose De Leon photo 349. Jose De Leon
Cionel Perez Note
Cionel Perez photo 364. Cionel Perez
Joel Kuhnel Note
Joel Kuhnel photo 380. Joel Kuhnel
Ryan Hendrix Note
Ryan Hendrix photo 420. Ryan Hendrix
Art Warren Note
Art Warren photo 458. Art Warren
R.J. Alaniz Note
R.J. Alaniz photo 481. R.J. Alaniz
Braden Shipley Note
Braden Shipley photo 502. Braden Shipley
Shane Carle Note
Shane Carle photo 515. Shane Carle
Hector Perez Note
Hector Perez photo 527. Hector Perez
Edgar Garcia Note
Edgar Garcia photo 530. Edgar Garcia
Sal Romano Note
Sal Romano photo 547. Sal Romano
Josh Osich Note
Josh Osich photo 578. Josh Osich
Phillip Diehl Note
Phillip Diehl photo 601. Phillip Diehl
Carson Fulmer Note
Carson Fulmer photo 609. Carson Fulmer
Riley O'Brien Note
Riley O'Brien photo 617. Riley O'Brien