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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Kenley Jansen Note
Kenley Jansen photo 7. Kenley Jansen
It feels like Jansen has been on the verge of losing his job at several points over the last two seasons, but he continues to receive nearly every save opportunity for the Dodgers. But Jansen is far from the dominant reliever he was in his prime, as his patented cutter has gone from 94 MPH in 2016 to just 90.9 MPH last year. The Dodgers have plenty of depth behind Jansen, including Blake Treinen, Brusdar Graterol, Joe Kelly, and Corey Knebel, so Jansen's leash probably won't be all that long. At the same time, Jansen will certainly be the closer coming into the season and has a lengthy track record and a large contract. In today's day and age, that makes him a fairly desirable fantasy closer, despite the concerns.
37 weeks ago
Brad Hand Note
Brad Hand photo 8. Brad Hand
Hand joins the Nationals on a one-year deal after Cleveland declined his option. His velocity declined a bit last season, but the league's collective lack of interest in Hand is surprising, given that he's coming off one of the best seasons of his career, led the league in saves, has been a top-10 reliever over the last five seasons, and is a lefty. Dave Martinez wants Hand to be the Nationals' closer based on his comments, but it's unclear whether he'll be the sole option. The Nationals barely have another lefty reliever in their bullpen, let alone a reliable one, so chances are that Hand will be deployed earlier in the game if the opposing team has multiple left-handed hitters due up. All that to say that Hand is a reliable reliever who you should draft for his overall numbers, but he may provide fewer saves than most traditional closers.
37 weeks ago
Trevor Rosenthal Note
Trevor Rosenthal photo 10. Trevor Rosenthal
After missing the 2018 season and most of the 2019 season, Rosenthal bounced back in a huge way last year. He stepped in as the Royals' closer, notching seven saves, and then was unhittable with the Padres after a mid-year trade. He parlayed his success into a one-year contract with the A's, where all signs point to him being the undisputed closer. Rosenthal was an outstanding reliever in his prime and once had back-to-back 45-save (or better) seasons. And his raw stuff looked excellent last year, as he totaled the best strikeout rate of his career. If he stays healthy, he has a shot at being a top-5 closer, but you can draft him a little later than that and likely make a profit.
37 weeks ago
Alex Colome Note
Alex Colome photo 19. Alex Colome
Colome has been a quality major league reliever for year, but last year, managed to drop his ERA down to a silly 0.81 and his WHIP below 1.00 for the first time in his career. His success was largely on the back of increased movement on his cutter (which induced a ton of weak contact, but which was also less of a strikeout pitch, leading to a drop in strikeouts), as well as Yasmani Grandal's pitch-framing skills. He'll now move to Minnesota where he'll likely form some sort of committee with Taylor Rogers. He's worth drafting, but only very late, and with the expectation that he won't pile on a ton of saves.
37 weeks ago
Richard Rodriguez Note
Richard Rodriguez photo 22. Richard Rodriguez
So long as he remains with the Pirates, Rodriguez is likely to be the closer after locking down four saves last year. He's been a quality reliever for a few years in a row now, including last year when he put up a 2.70 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP with plenty of strikeouts. There's been speculation that the Pirates will look to deal Rodriguez before the season begins. But until and unless they do, he's a decent late-round selection who will likely total a handful of saves until he's inevitably dealt mid-season.
37 weeks ago
Greg Holland Note
Greg Holland photo 32. Greg Holland
Holland re-signed with the Royals after an outstanding season, during which he put up an ERA under 2.00 and a WHIP below 1.00 for the first time since 2014. He'll almost certainly begin the year as the closer, but he's unlikely to stay in the role for the entire season. Even if he's not dealt to a contender by the trade deadline, his walk rate is surely to be closer to the 5.3/9 innings that he put up his previous four seasons, rather than the 2.22 he managed last year. Draft Holland late as someone who can chip in saves early, but be prepared to hit the waiver wire later in the year.
37 weeks ago
Joakim Soria Note
Joakim Soria photo 35. Joakim Soria
The Diamondbacks gave Soria a one-year, $3.5 million deal after his successful stint with the A's. Soria fixed his home run problem from 2019, which was an outlier for his career anyway, and his 2020 numbers looked much more in line with his typical output. Soria hasn't been named the closer, but given that he has totaled at least 16 saves in eight separate seasons, it's a strong bet that he'll begin the year in the ninth inning. The Diamondbacks aren't expected to be competitive, so if you do draft him, bank on him being traded to another team, and into another role, by mid-season.
37 weeks ago
Archie Bradley Note
Archie Bradley photo 38. Archie Bradley
Bradley joined the Phillies on a one-year deal after a successful 2020 season with Arizona and Philadelphia. He performed admirably over the past two seasons as the Diamondbacks' closer, and last year put up a very solid 2.95 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 24.7% strikeout rate. The Phillies were open about their desire to add some velocity to their bullpen and Bradley does just that. But although Joe Girardi has indicated he'd like set roles for the Phillies' bullpen, those roles may not be decided until close to the end of spring training. Bradley is worth drafting, but only late, as he may go back to his former role as a setup man.
37 weeks ago
Chris Martin Note
Chris Martin photo 42. Chris Martin
Adam Ottavino Note
Adam Ottavino photo 51. Adam Ottavino
Nick Wittgren Note
Nick Wittgren photo 53. Nick Wittgren
Kwang Hyun Kim Note
Kwang Hyun Kim photo 54. Kwang Hyun Kim
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.
37 weeks ago
Jake Diekman Note
Jake Diekman photo 59. Jake Diekman
Ian Kennedy Note
Ian Kennedy photo 63. Ian Kennedy
Garrett Richards Note
Garrett Richards photo 70. Garrett Richards
Rafael Dolis Note
Rafael Dolis photo 72. Rafael Dolis
Carlos Martinez Note
Carlos Martinez photo 75. Carlos Martinez
Reyes Moronta Note
Reyes Moronta photo 80. Reyes Moronta
Matt Bush Note
Matt Bush photo 81. Matt Bush
Sean Doolittle Note
Sean Doolittle photo 83. 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.
37 weeks ago
Brandon Workman Note
Brandon Workman photo 84. Brandon Workman
Brandon Kintzler Note
Brandon Kintzler photo 88. Brandon Kintzler
Keone Kela Note
Keone Kela photo 89. Keone Kela
Daniel Ponce de Leon Note
Daniel Ponce de Leon photo 95. Daniel Ponce de Leon
Andrew Miller Note
Andrew Miller photo 98. Andrew Miller
Yusmeiro Petit Note
Yusmeiro Petit photo 104. Yusmeiro Petit
Roberto Osuna Note
Roberto Osuna photo 106. Roberto Osuna
Kyle Crick Note
Kyle Crick photo 110. Kyle Crick
Mychal Givens Note
Mychal Givens photo 111. Mychal Givens
Evan Marshall Note
Evan Marshall photo 122. Evan Marshall
Matt Strahm Note
Matt Strahm photo 125. Matt Strahm
John Gant Note
John Gant photo 126. John Gant
Sergio Romo Note
Sergio Romo photo 127. Sergio Romo
Cesar Valdez Note
Cesar Valdez photo 129. Cesar Valdez
Jesse Hahn Note
Jesse Hahn photo 130. Jesse Hahn
Dellin Betances Note
Dellin Betances photo 131. Dellin Betances
Vince Velasquez Note
Vince Velasquez photo 135. Vince Velasquez
Andrew Chafin Note
Andrew Chafin photo 145. Andrew Chafin
Ty Buttrey Note
Ty Buttrey photo 148. Ty Buttrey
Joe Smith Note
Joe Smith photo 149. Joe Smith
Hansel Robles Note
Hansel Robles photo 150. Hansel Robles
Collin McHugh Note
Collin McHugh photo 151. Collin McHugh
Tyler Clippard Note
Tyler Clippard photo 158. Tyler Clippard
Felix Pena Note
Felix Pena photo 159. Felix Pena
John Curtiss Note
John Curtiss photo 163. John Curtiss
Shane Greene Note
Shane Greene photo 164. Shane Greene
Tony Watson Note
Tony Watson photo 166. Tony Watson
Jairo Diaz Note
Jairo Diaz photo 169. Jairo Diaz
Austin Adams Note
Austin Adams photo 172. Austin Adams
Jason Adam Note
Jason Adam photo 180. Jason Adam
Pedro Strop Note
Pedro Strop photo 183. Pedro Strop
Cam Bedrosian Note
Cam Bedrosian photo 188. Cam Bedrosian
Kyle McGowin Note
Kyle McGowin photo 189. Kyle McGowin
Aaron Sanchez Note
Aaron Sanchez photo 190. Aaron Sanchez
Joe Kelly Note
Joe Kelly photo 191. Joe Kelly
Trevor Cahill Note
Trevor Cahill photo 192. Trevor Cahill
Chaz Roe Note
Chaz Roe photo 195. Chaz Roe
Steve Cishek Note
Steve Cishek photo 196. Steve Cishek
Jeremy Jeffress Note
Jeremy Jeffress photo 198. Jeremy Jeffress
Tyler Chatwood Note
Tyler Chatwood photo 199. Tyler Chatwood
Blake Parker Note
Blake Parker photo 207. Blake Parker
Josh Tomlin Note
Josh Tomlin photo 208. Josh Tomlin
Steven Brault Note
Steven Brault photo 209. Steven Brault
Bud Norris Note
Bud Norris photo 212. Bud Norris
Wander Suero Note
Wander Suero photo 215. Wander Suero
Ryan Tepera Note
Ryan Tepera photo 217. Ryan Tepera
Brad Peacock Note
Brad Peacock photo 220. Brad Peacock
Cody Reed Note
Cody Reed photo 223. Cody Reed
Jose Urena Note
Jose Urena photo 225. Jose Urena
Carl Edwards Jr. Note
Carl Edwards Jr. photo 231. Carl Edwards Jr.
Kyle Zimmer Note
Kyle Zimmer photo 234. Kyle Zimmer
Grant Dayton Note
Grant Dayton photo 235. Grant Dayton
David Hale Note
David Hale photo 236. David Hale
Tyler Webb Note
Tyler Webb photo 245. Tyler Webb
Zack Godley Note
Zack Godley photo 247. Zack Godley
Junior Guerra Note
Junior Guerra photo 251. Junior Guerra
Hunter Wood Note
Hunter Wood photo 254. Hunter Wood
Chasen Shreve Note
Chasen Shreve photo 257. Chasen Shreve
Daniel Norris Note
Daniel Norris photo 258. Daniel Norris
Shawn Armstrong Note
Shawn Armstrong photo 259. Shawn Armstrong
Rogelio Armenteros Note
Rogelio Armenteros photo 264. Rogelio Armenteros
Jeurys Familia Note
Jeurys Familia photo 265. Jeurys Familia
Robert Stock Note
Robert Stock photo 267. Robert Stock
Heath Hembree Note
Heath Hembree photo 269. Heath Hembree
Adam Plutko Note
Adam Plutko photo 270. Adam Plutko
Wade Davis Note
Wade Davis photo 271. Wade Davis
Matt Andriese Note
Matt Andriese photo 272. Matt Andriese
Brandon Finnegan Note
Brandon Finnegan photo 273. Brandon Finnegan
Eric Yardley Note
Eric Yardley photo 275. Eric Yardley
Keury Mella Note
Keury Mella photo 278. Keury Mella
Anthony Swarzak Note
Anthony Swarzak photo 280. Anthony Swarzak
Jace Fry Note
Jace Fry photo 286. Jace Fry
Marcus Walden Note
Marcus Walden photo 287. Marcus Walden
Jason Vargas Note
Jason Vargas photo 299. Jason Vargas
Buck Farmer Note
Buck Farmer photo 300. Buck Farmer
Clayton Richard Note
Clayton Richard photo 303. Clayton Richard
Jasseel De La Cruz Note
Jasseel De La Cruz photo 304. Jasseel De La Cruz
Ariel Jurado Note
Ariel Jurado photo 306. Ariel Jurado
Ryan Weber Note
Ryan Weber photo 310. Ryan Weber
James Hoyt Note
James Hoyt photo 311. James Hoyt
Chris Mazza Note
Chris Mazza photo 315. Chris Mazza
Dan Winkler Note
Dan Winkler photo 316. Dan Winkler
Derek Holland Note
Derek Holland photo 319. Derek Holland
Andrew Cashner Note
Andrew Cashner photo 320. Andrew Cashner
Jimmy Nelson Note
Jimmy Nelson photo 322. Jimmy Nelson
Robert Gsellman Note
Robert Gsellman photo 323. Robert Gsellman
Tommy Milone Note
Tommy Milone photo 324. Tommy Milone
Ross Detwiler Note
Ross Detwiler photo 325. Ross Detwiler
Yency Almonte Note
Yency Almonte photo 326. Yency Almonte
Edwin Jackson Note
Edwin Jackson photo 329. Edwin Jackson
David Robertson Note
David Robertson photo 332. David Robertson
Nate Jones Note
Nate Jones photo 338. Nate Jones
Shun Yamaguchi Note
Shun Yamaguchi photo 341. Shun Yamaguchi
Glenn Sparkman Note
Glenn Sparkman photo 345. Glenn Sparkman
Travis Bergen Note
Travis Bergen photo 346. Travis Bergen
Shelby Miller Note
Shelby Miller photo 347. Shelby Miller
Burch Smith Note
Burch Smith photo 350. Burch Smith
Wade LeBlanc Note
Wade LeBlanc photo 351. Wade LeBlanc
Yoshi Hirano Note
Yoshi Hirano photo 355. Yoshi Hirano
Kelvin Herrera Note
Kelvin Herrera photo 356. Kelvin Herrera
Scott Alexander Note
Scott Alexander photo 358. Scott Alexander
Colin Rea Note
Colin Rea photo 360. Colin Rea
Austin Brice Note
Austin Brice photo 361. Austin Brice
Dan Altavilla Note
Dan Altavilla photo 365. Dan Altavilla
Jake Newberry Note
Jake Newberry photo 371. Jake Newberry
Tommy Hunter Note
Tommy Hunter photo 372. Tommy Hunter
Nik Turley Note
Nik Turley photo 375. Nik Turley
Joe Palumbo Note
Joe Palumbo photo 376. Joe Palumbo
Oliver Drake Note
Oliver Drake photo 378. Oliver Drake
Colten Brewer Note
Colten Brewer photo 379. Colten Brewer
Taylor Williams Note
Taylor Williams photo 390. Taylor Williams
Ryan Buchter Note
Ryan Buchter photo 396. Ryan Buchter
Sam Delaplane Note
Sam Delaplane photo 401. Sam Delaplane
Tony Cingrani Note
Tony Cingrani photo 402. Tony Cingrani
Dillon Maples Note
Dillon Maples photo 403. Dillon Maples
Arodys Vizcaino Note
Arodys Vizcaino photo 406. Arodys Vizcaino
Brandon Morrow Note
Brandon Morrow photo 409. Brandon Morrow
Ryne Harper Note
Ryne Harper photo 411. Ryne Harper
Brad Boxberger Note
Brad Boxberger photo 417. Brad Boxberger
Stephen Tarpley Note
Stephen Tarpley photo 418. Stephen Tarpley
Blaine Hardy Note
Blaine Hardy photo 419. Blaine Hardy
Adam Morgan Note
Adam Morgan photo 422. Adam Morgan
Nick Tropeano Note
Nick Tropeano photo 423. Nick Tropeano
Andrew Triggs Note
Andrew Triggs photo 424. Andrew Triggs
Nick Vincent Note
Nick Vincent photo 425. Nick Vincent
DJ Johnson Note
DJ Johnson photo 429. DJ Johnson
Nick Ramirez Note
Nick Ramirez photo 430. Nick Ramirez
Austin Pruitt Note
Austin Pruitt photo 432. Austin Pruitt
Daniel Zamora Note
Daniel Zamora photo 433. Daniel Zamora
Steven Fuentes Note
Steven Fuentes photo 439. Steven Fuentes
Corey Oswalt Note
Corey Oswalt photo 441. Corey Oswalt
Reymin Guduan Note
Reymin Guduan photo 443. Reymin Guduan
Edgar Santana Note
Edgar Santana photo 444. Edgar Santana
Silvino Bracho Note
Silvino Bracho photo 446. Silvino Bracho
Brendan McCurry Note
Brendan McCurry photo 447. Brendan McCurry
Luke Farrell Note
Luke Farrell photo 454. Luke Farrell
Fernando Abad Note
Fernando Abad photo 455. Fernando Abad
Wei-Yin Chen Note
Wei-Yin Chen photo 456. Wei-Yin Chen
Jacob Rhame Note
Jacob Rhame photo 457. Jacob Rhame
Branden Kline Note
Branden Kline photo 459. Branden Kline
Fernando Romero Note
Fernando Romero photo 461. Fernando Romero
Francis Martes Note
Francis Martes photo 465. Francis Martes
Dovydas Neverauskas Note
Dovydas Neverauskas photo 467. Dovydas Neverauskas
Jesse Chavez Note
Jesse Chavez photo 468. Jesse Chavez
AJ Ramos Note
AJ Ramos photo 470. AJ Ramos
Adam Warren Note
Adam Warren photo 471. Adam Warren
A.J. Cole Note
A.J. Cole photo 472. A.J. Cole
Aaron Barrett Note
Aaron Barrett photo 475. Aaron Barrett
Derek Law Note
Derek Law photo 477. Derek Law
Brady Lail Note
Brady Lail photo 480. Brady Lail
R.J. Alaniz Note
R.J. Alaniz photo 481. R.J. Alaniz
Hunter Strickland Note
Hunter Strickland photo 483. Hunter Strickland
Ricardo Sanchez Note
Ricardo Sanchez photo 484. Ricardo Sanchez
Neftali Feliz Note
Neftali Feliz photo 487. Neftali Feliz
Brooks Kriske Note
Brooks Kriske photo 488. Brooks Kriske
Gabriel Ynoa Note
Gabriel Ynoa photo 489. Gabriel Ynoa
Taylor Guilbeau Note
Taylor Guilbeau photo 491. Taylor Guilbeau
Sam Freeman Note
Sam Freeman photo 492. Sam Freeman
Ben Taylor Note
Ben Taylor photo 495. Ben Taylor
Seth Frankoff Note
Seth Frankoff photo 498. Seth Frankoff
Nick Goody Note
Nick Goody photo 499. Nick Goody
Braden Shipley Note
Braden Shipley photo 502. Braden Shipley
Wily Peralta Note
Wily Peralta photo 503. Wily Peralta
Matt Hall Note
Matt Hall photo 504. Matt Hall
Jason Hammel Note
Jason Hammel photo 506. Jason Hammel
Edinson Volquez Note
Edinson Volquez photo 513. Edinson Volquez
Cody Carroll Note
Cody Carroll photo 516. Cody Carroll
Kyle Keller Note
Kyle Keller photo 519. Kyle Keller
Chad Sobotka Note
Chad Sobotka photo 520. Chad Sobotka
Hector Perez Note
Hector Perez photo 527. Hector Perez
Sam Gaviglio Note
Sam Gaviglio photo 528. Sam Gaviglio
Jesse Biddle Note
Jesse Biddle photo 529. Jesse Biddle
Edgar Garcia Note
Edgar Garcia photo 530. Edgar Garcia
Mike Kickham Note
Mike Kickham photo 531. Mike Kickham
Cy Sneed Note
Cy Sneed photo 533. Cy Sneed
Francisco Liriano Note
Francisco Liriano photo 534. Francisco Liriano
Tyler Bashlor Note
Tyler Bashlor photo 539. Tyler Bashlor
Jacob Waguespack Note
Jacob Waguespack photo 540. Jacob Waguespack
Ian Gibaut Note
Ian Gibaut photo 543. Ian Gibaut
Patrick Weigel Note
Patrick Weigel photo 544. Patrick Weigel
Robinson Leyer Note
Robinson Leyer photo 545. Robinson Leyer
Sal Romano Note
Sal Romano photo 547. Sal Romano
Juan Minaya Note
Juan Minaya photo 549. Juan Minaya
Ramon Rosso Note
Ramon Rosso photo 551. Ramon Rosso
Franklyn Kilome Note
Franklyn Kilome photo 552. Franklyn Kilome
Juan Nicasio Note
Juan Nicasio photo 553. Juan Nicasio
Dakota Bacus Note
Dakota Bacus photo 557. Dakota Bacus
Carlos Sanabria Note
Carlos Sanabria photo 558. Carlos Sanabria
Ian Krol Note
Ian Krol photo 564. Ian Krol
Kyle Barraclough Note
Kyle Barraclough photo 567. Kyle Barraclough
Jose Mujica Note
Jose Mujica photo 569. Jose Mujica
Scott Blewett Note
Scott Blewett photo 573. Scott Blewett
Josh Osich Note
Josh Osich photo 578. Josh Osich
James Pazos Note
James Pazos photo 579. James Pazos
Javy Guerra Note
Javy Guerra photo 584. Javy Guerra
Chance Adams Note
Chance Adams photo 586. Chance Adams
Kevin McCarthy Note
Kevin McCarthy photo 587. Kevin McCarthy
Joe Biagini Note
Joe Biagini photo 589. Joe Biagini
Brad Brach Note
Brad Brach photo 590. Brad Brach
Erasmo Ramirez Note
Erasmo Ramirez photo 592. Erasmo Ramirez
Joe Harvey Note
Joe Harvey photo 593. Joe Harvey
Luke Bard Note
Luke Bard photo 596. Luke Bard
Joe Gatto Note
Joe Gatto photo 599. Joe Gatto
Bryan Shaw Note
Bryan Shaw photo 600. Bryan Shaw
Jorge Guzman Note
Jorge Guzman photo 602. Jorge Guzman
Thomas Eshelman Note
Thomas Eshelman photo 605. Thomas Eshelman
Steven Wright Note
Steven Wright photo 608. Steven Wright
Dereck Rodriguez Note
Dereck Rodriguez photo 612. Dereck Rodriguez
Justin Grimm Note
Justin Grimm photo 613. Justin Grimm
Phil Pfeifer Note
Phil Pfeifer photo 615. Phil Pfeifer
Josh D. Smith Note
Josh D. Smith photo 618. Josh D. Smith
Tayron Guerrero Note
Tayron Guerrero photo 619. Tayron Guerrero
Jimmy Cordero Note
Jimmy Cordero photo 620. Jimmy Cordero
Matt Reynolds Note
Matt Reynolds photo 621. Matt Reynolds
Dan Otero Note
Dan Otero photo 622. Dan Otero
Mike Shawaryn Note
Mike Shawaryn photo 623. Mike Shawaryn
Artie Lewicki Note
Artie Lewicki photo 624. Artie Lewicki
Jared Hughes Note
Jared Hughes photo 626. Jared Hughes
Andrew Suarez Note
Andrew Suarez photo 628. Andrew Suarez