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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Kirby Yates Note
Kirby Yates photo 2. Kirby Yates
Yate led the league in saves last year with 41, and continued to lower his already impressive ERA and WHIP. He has an elite strikeout rate and is outstanding at limiting home runs, which is everything you want in a closer. Josh Hader should be the first reliever taken but Yates should be a close second.
27 weeks ago
Roberto Osuna Note
Roberto Osuna photo 3. Roberto Osuna
Osuna may not be quite the pitcher he was in his absolute prime, but he's not far off. He has yet to have a season in the majors with a WHIP above 1.00, and his strikeout rate has rebounded to above-average, if not elite, levels. He has immense job security on an excellent team and should once again provide all the numbers you could want from a closer. Draft him with confidence.
27 weeks ago
Liam Hendriks Note
Liam Hendriks photo 5. Liam Hendriks
If Hendriks' 2019 performance doesn't convince you to wait on closers, nothing will. An afterthought in drafts pitching behind Blake Treinen, Hendriks not only took the closer's role for the A's but also developed into one of the best relievers in the game. A velocity bump made his fastball nearly unhittable and he rarely gave up home runs. He'll be given the chance to repeat his performance, but whether he can is an entirely open question.
27 weeks ago
Brad Hand Note
Brad Hand photo 7. Brad Hand
Hand didn't have a bad year by any means, but there were two major areas of decline. The first was a cratering of his ground ball rate, and the second was that batters simply hit his fastball much, much better than in previous years. Hand is a reliever, which means volatility, and his strikeout rate remains well above-average. But with just a club option left on his deal, he could be a candidate to be dealt if the Indians struggle out of the gate.
27 weeks ago
Ken Giles Note
Ken Giles photo 10. Ken Giles
Giles may have had the quietest 1.87 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in the history of baseball. Add to that a a 14.09/9 strikeout rate and Giles was one of the best relievers in baseball in 2019. He'll be a free agent after this year so it seems unlikely he holds down the closer's role in Toronto all year. But he'll certainly help your overall numbers in the first half of the season at least.
27 weeks ago
Brandon Workman Note
Brandon Workman photo 14. Brandon Workman
Workman was never the guy for the Red Sox . . . until one day he just was. When he finally locked down the closer's role, he was fantastic, striking out batters at will and pitching to a 1.88 ERA. His WHIP hovered near 1.00 despite the fact that he walked more than 5.5 batters per nine innings, a feat which he's unlikely to duplicate. In short, while Workman will close for the Red Sox, he'll need to improve his control in order to hold the job for the whole year.
27 weeks ago
Alex Colome Note
Alex Colome photo 17. Alex Colome
Few expected Colome to hold the closer role for the White Sox all season, but he did, totaling 30 saves in the process. His numbers were solid, though his FIP and xFIP were significantly higher than his ERA. The White Sox have big plans for the season so, if they're in contention, don't be surprised if they make a move for a more established reliever. But, in the meantime, Colome should provide plenty of saves in the first half of the season.
27 weeks ago
Sean Doolittle Note
Sean Doolittle photo 18. Sean Doolittle
Doolittle should likely close for the Nationals again in 2020, though Daniel Hudson's emergence in the late- and post-season last year could throw a wrench in Davey Martinez's plans. More concerning is Doolittle's dip in performance, as his ERA and WHIP were by far the worst of his career. A free agent next year, Doolittle's job security should be minimal, so don't target him as a closer in your fantasy drafts.
27 weeks ago
Mark Melancon Note
Mark Melancon photo 25. Mark Melancon
Despite Melancon plainly not being the best reliever on his team, he'll likely enter the 2020 season as the Braves' closer. Melancon still has decent control, but the days of being a lockdown option are long gone. Draft him as a back-end closer, and understand that Will Smith will be looking over his shoulder all year.
27 weeks ago
Keone Kela Note
Keone Kela photo 27. Keone Kela
As of July 11th, Kela has not reported to camp. It's unclear if he is dealing with COVID-19 or when he is planning to report, if at all. Kela is an above-average major league reliever and will start the year as the Pittsburgh closer if healthy. But for now, drop him down your draft board a few spots.
20 weeks ago
Ian Kennedy Note
Ian Kennedy photo 30. Ian Kennedy
Kennedy was an afterthought on draft day last year, but a run of save chances in the middle of the summer boosted him to 30 saves. His peripherals didn't hurt fantasy owners and his strikeout numbers were solid, making Kennedy the poster child for the "wait on saves" crowd. In the final year of his deal, he'll again open as the closer for the Royals, but his chances of being dealt mid-season are extremely high. Draft him, of course, but don't bank on much more than 15 saves or so.
27 weeks ago
Brandon Kintzler Note
Brandon Kintzler photo 42. Brandon Kintzler
Kintzler will open the year as the Marlins' closer, and had a fine, bounceback season in 2019 with the Cubs. But his strikeout rate is poor and he'll be a prime candidate to get dealt at the trade deadline. With a shortened season, Kintzler's value is even lower than it otherwise would have been, which is not particularly high anyway.
27 weeks ago
Blake Treinen Note
Blake Treinen photo 46. Blake Treinen
Tony Watson Note
Tony Watson photo 53. Tony Watson
Yusmeiro Petit Note
Yusmeiro Petit photo 67. Yusmeiro Petit
Yoshi Hirano Note
Yoshi Hirano photo 82. Yoshi Hirano
Trevor May Note
Trevor May photo 83. Trevor May
Shane Greene Note
Shane Greene photo 86. Shane Greene
Pedro Baez Note
Pedro Baez photo 87. Pedro Baez
Joakim Soria Note
Joakim Soria photo 89. Joakim Soria
Sergio Romo Note
Sergio Romo photo 91. Sergio Romo
Nick Burdi Note
Nick Burdi photo 95. Nick Burdi
Tommy Kahnle Note
Tommy Kahnle photo 96. Tommy Kahnle
Brad Peacock Note
Brad Peacock photo 103. Brad Peacock
Pedro Strop Note
Pedro Strop photo 108. Pedro Strop
Chase Anderson Note
Chase Anderson photo 109. Chase Anderson
Steve Cishek Note
Steve Cishek photo 111. Steve Cishek
Justin Wilson Note
Justin Wilson photo 122. Justin Wilson
Trevor Rosenthal Note
Trevor Rosenthal photo 125. Trevor Rosenthal
Jeremy Jeffress Note
Jeremy Jeffress photo 127. Jeremy Jeffress
Michael Wacha Note
Michael Wacha photo 129. Michael Wacha
Anthony Bass Note
Anthony Bass photo 131. Anthony Bass
Oliver Drake Note
Oliver Drake photo 133. Oliver Drake
Cam Bedrosian Note
Cam Bedrosian photo 134. Cam Bedrosian
Sam Tuivailala Note
Sam Tuivailala photo 142. Sam Tuivailala
Junior Guerra Note
Junior Guerra photo 143. Junior Guerra
Hector Rondon Note
Hector Rondon photo 146. Hector Rondon
Andrew Chafin Note
Andrew Chafin photo 147. Andrew Chafin
Kelvin Herrera Note
Kelvin Herrera photo 152. Kelvin Herrera
Tyler Clippard Note
Tyler Clippard photo 158. Tyler Clippard
Drew Steckenrider Note
Drew Steckenrider photo 159. Drew Steckenrider
Brad Boxberger Note
Brad Boxberger photo 160. Brad Boxberger
Chris Devenski Note
Chris Devenski photo 162. Chris Devenski
Chaz Roe Note
Chaz Roe photo 166. Chaz Roe
Cody Allen Note
Cody Allen photo 167. Cody Allen
David Robertson Note
David Robertson photo 169. David Robertson
Tyler Chatwood Note
Tyler Chatwood photo 173. Tyler Chatwood
Brandon Morrow Note
Brandon Morrow photo 174. Brandon Morrow
Greg Holland Note
Greg Holland photo 177. Greg Holland
Oliver Perez Note
Oliver Perez photo 181. Oliver Perez
Andrew Kittredge Note
Andrew Kittredge photo 182. Andrew Kittredge
Darren O'Day Note
Darren O'Day photo 185. Darren O'Day
Jesse Chavez Note
Jesse Chavez photo 188. Jesse Chavez
Mike Montgomery Note
Mike Montgomery photo 190. Mike Montgomery
Roenis Elias Note
Roenis Elias photo 191. Roenis Elias
Sam Gaviglio Note
Sam Gaviglio photo 192. Sam Gaviglio
Blake Parker Note
Blake Parker photo 193. Blake Parker
Jeff Gray Note
Jeff Gray photo 197. Jeff Gray
Dan Wheeler Note
Dan Wheeler photo 198. Dan Wheeler
Chris Ray Note
Chris Ray photo 199. Chris Ray
Ubaldo Jimenez Note
Ubaldo Jimenez photo 201. Ubaldo Jimenez
Tommy Hunter Note
Tommy Hunter photo 204. Tommy Hunter
Mauricio Robles Note
Mauricio Robles photo 206. Mauricio Robles
Wilmer Font Note
Wilmer Font photo 208. Wilmer Font
Blake Wood Note
Blake Wood photo 212. Blake Wood
Pat Neshek Note
Pat Neshek photo 215. Pat Neshek
Zack Godley Note
Zack Godley photo 216. Zack Godley
Jose Alvarez Note
Jose Alvarez photo 218. Jose Alvarez
Adam Morgan Note
Adam Morgan photo 224. Adam Morgan
Wade LeBlanc Note
Wade LeBlanc photo 232. Wade LeBlanc
Luis Escobar Note
Luis Escobar photo 234. Luis Escobar
Austin Adams Note
Austin Adams photo 238. Austin Adams
Carl Edwards Jr. Note
Carl Edwards Jr. photo 248. Carl Edwards Jr.
Jake Faria Note
Jake Faria photo 250. Jake Faria
Zack Littell Note
Zack Littell photo 252. Zack Littell
Heath Hembree Note
Heath Hembree photo 254. Heath Hembree
Hunter Wood Note
Hunter Wood photo 258. Hunter Wood
Brian Johnson Note
Brian Johnson photo 261. Brian Johnson
Andrew Triggs Note
Andrew Triggs photo 262. Andrew Triggs
Derek Holland Note
Derek Holland photo 265. Derek Holland
Ryan Buchter Note
Ryan Buchter photo 266. Ryan Buchter
Trevor Cahill Note
Trevor Cahill photo 270. Trevor Cahill
Bo Takahashi Note
Bo Takahashi photo 277. Bo Takahashi
Shelby Miller Note
Shelby Miller photo 281. Shelby Miller
Luke Farrell Note
Luke Farrell photo 291. Luke Farrell
Adam Warren Note
Adam Warren photo 292. Adam Warren
Matt Moore Note
Matt Moore photo 301. Matt Moore
Robbie Erlin Note
Robbie Erlin photo 303. Robbie Erlin
David Phelps Note
David Phelps photo 309. David Phelps
Jake McGee Note
Jake McGee photo 316. Jake McGee
Sean Gilmartin Note
Sean Gilmartin photo 322. Sean Gilmartin
Tommy Milone Note
Tommy Milone photo 326. Tommy Milone
T.J. McFarland Note
T.J. McFarland photo 327. T.J. McFarland
Manny Banuelos Note
Manny Banuelos photo 332. Manny Banuelos
Tim Melville Note
Tim Melville photo 338. Tim Melville
Bryan Shaw Note
Bryan Shaw photo 341. Bryan Shaw
Yohander Mendez Note
Yohander Mendez photo 343. Yohander Mendez
Edinson Volquez Note
Edinson Volquez photo 345. Edinson Volquez
Luis Perdomo Note
Luis Perdomo photo 350. Luis Perdomo
Randy Rosario Note
Randy Rosario photo 355. Randy Rosario
Dovydas Neverauskas Note
Dovydas Neverauskas photo 359. Dovydas Neverauskas
Nate Jones Note
Nate Jones photo 360. Nate Jones
Odrisamer Despaigne Note
Odrisamer Despaigne photo 361. Odrisamer Despaigne
Nestor Cortes Jr. Note
Nestor Cortes Jr. photo 365. Nestor Cortes Jr.
Francisco Liriano Note
Francisco Liriano photo 368. Francisco Liriano
Andrew Cashner Note
Andrew Cashner photo 369. Andrew Cashner
Aaron Brooks Note
Aaron Brooks photo 378. Aaron Brooks
Joe Biagini Note
Joe Biagini photo 381. Joe Biagini
Brett Cecil Note
Brett Cecil photo 383. Brett Cecil
Shawn Kelley Note
Shawn Kelley photo 387. Shawn Kelley
Kohl Stewart Note
Kohl Stewart photo 388. Kohl Stewart
Matt Reynolds Note
Matt Reynolds photo 389. Matt Reynolds
Jared Hughes Note
Jared Hughes photo 393. Jared Hughes
Juan Nicasio Note
Juan Nicasio photo 395. Juan Nicasio
Drew VerHagen Note
Drew VerHagen photo 397. Drew VerHagen
Sam Dyson Note
Sam Dyson photo 404. Sam Dyson
Ross Detwiler Note
Ross Detwiler photo 407. Ross Detwiler
Matt Albers Note
Matt Albers photo 412. Matt Albers
David Hess Note
David Hess photo 417. David Hess
Luis Garcia Note
Luis Garcia photo 418. Luis Garcia
Tony Cingrani Note
Tony Cingrani photo 419. Tony Cingrani
Zac Grotz Note
Zac Grotz photo 423. Zac Grotz
Fernando Rodney Note
Fernando Rodney photo 432. Fernando Rodney
Aaron Loup Note
Aaron Loup photo 434. Aaron Loup
Brian Moran Note
Brian Moran photo 435. Brian Moran
James Sherfy Note
James Sherfy photo 436. James Sherfy
Wei-Yin Chen Note
Wei-Yin Chen photo 438. Wei-Yin Chen
Jake Petricka Note
Jake Petricka photo 440. Jake Petricka
Jacob Rhame Note
Jacob Rhame photo 444. Jacob Rhame
Cy Sneed Note
Cy Sneed photo 445. Cy Sneed
Jerry Blevins Note
Jerry Blevins photo 448. Jerry Blevins
David Hernandez Note
David Hernandez photo 450. David Hernandez
Dan Otero Note
Dan Otero photo 454. Dan Otero
Enderson Franco Note
Enderson Franco photo 455. Enderson Franco
Nick Ramirez Note
Nick Ramirez photo 456. Nick Ramirez
Luis Avilan Note
Luis Avilan photo 460. Luis Avilan
Nick Vincent Note
Nick Vincent photo 464. Nick Vincent
Jay Jackson Note
Jay Jackson photo 465. Jay Jackson
Blaine Hardy Note
Blaine Hardy photo 468. Blaine Hardy
Tyler Olson Note
Tyler Olson photo 469. Tyler Olson
Addison Reed Note
Addison Reed photo 470. Addison Reed
Fernando Abad Note
Fernando Abad photo 471. Fernando Abad
Bud Norris Note
Bud Norris photo 474. Bud Norris
Kevin Quackenbush Note
Kevin Quackenbush photo 482. Kevin Quackenbush
Zach Duke Note
Zach Duke photo 483. Zach Duke
Trevor Hildenberger Note
Trevor Hildenberger photo 485. Trevor Hildenberger
Edubray Ramos Note
Edubray Ramos photo 490. Edubray Ramos
Matt Grace Note
Matt Grace photo 491. Matt Grace
Jonny Venters Note
Jonny Venters photo 492. Jonny Venters
Justin Miller Note
Justin Miller photo 493. Justin Miller
Alex Wilson Note
Alex Wilson photo 496. Alex Wilson
Mike Shawaryn Note
Mike Shawaryn photo 498. Mike Shawaryn
Justin Shafer Note
Justin Shafer photo 499. Justin Shafer
Adalberto Mejia Note
Adalberto Mejia photo 501. Adalberto Mejia
Xavier Cedeno Note
Xavier Cedeno photo 503. Xavier Cedeno
Chad Bettis Note
Chad Bettis photo 507. Chad Bettis
Austen Williams Note
Austen Williams photo 508. Austen Williams
Fernando Salas Note
Fernando Salas photo 509. Fernando Salas
Kyle Barraclough Note
Kyle Barraclough photo 512. Kyle Barraclough
AJ Ramos Note
AJ Ramos photo 513. AJ Ramos
James Bourque Note
James Bourque photo 514. James Bourque
Victor Alcantara Note
Victor Alcantara photo 515. Victor Alcantara
Cody Anderson Note
Cody Anderson photo 523. Cody Anderson
Lucas Luetge Note
Lucas Luetge photo 525. Lucas Luetge
Branden Kline Note
Branden Kline photo 534. Branden Kline
Chris Rusin Note
Chris Rusin photo 540. Chris Rusin
Ryan Dull Note
Ryan Dull photo 543. Ryan Dull
Ryan Cook Note
Ryan Cook photo 545. Ryan Cook
David Carpenter Note
David Carpenter photo 546. David Carpenter
David Carpenter Note
David Carpenter photo 548. David Carpenter
Brian Duensing Note
Brian Duensing photo 549. Brian Duensing
Mike Dunn Note
Mike Dunn photo 550. Mike Dunn
Tyler Thornburg Note
Tyler Thornburg photo 551. Tyler Thornburg
Danny Hultzen Note
Danny Hultzen photo 552. Danny Hultzen
Javy Guerra Note
Javy Guerra photo 554. Javy Guerra
Brian Flynn Note
Brian Flynn photo 556. Brian Flynn
Heath Fillmyer Note
Heath Fillmyer photo 559. Heath Fillmyer
Jesse Biddle Note
Jesse Biddle photo 563. Jesse Biddle
Kyle Bird Note
Kyle Bird photo 564. Kyle Bird
Rex Brothers Note
Rex Brothers photo 565. Rex Brothers
Donnie Hart Note
Donnie Hart photo 567. Donnie Hart
Justin Grimm Note
Justin Grimm photo 574. Justin Grimm
Aaron Wilkerson Note
Aaron Wilkerson photo 582. Aaron Wilkerson
Sam Freeman Note
Sam Freeman photo 590. Sam Freeman
Tim Collins Note
Tim Collins photo 592. Tim Collins
JC Ramirez Note
JC Ramirez photo 594. JC Ramirez
Wes Parsons Note
Wes Parsons photo 595. Wes Parsons
Drew Rucinski Note
Drew Rucinski photo 598. Drew Rucinski
Yefry Ramirez Note
Yefry Ramirez photo 600. Yefry Ramirez
Caleb Frare Note
Caleb Frare photo 602. Caleb Frare
Joe Harvey Note
Joe Harvey photo 604. Joe Harvey
Ben Lively Note
Ben Lively photo 605. Ben Lively
Gabriel Ynoa Note
Gabriel Ynoa photo 607. Gabriel Ynoa
Zac Rosscup Note
Zac Rosscup photo 609. Zac Rosscup
Tim Peterson Note
Tim Peterson photo 613. Tim Peterson
Drew Storen Note
Drew Storen photo 614. Drew Storen
Tony Zych Note
Tony Zych photo 615. Tony Zych
Carlos Torres Note
Carlos Torres photo 616. Carlos Torres
Brooks Pounders Note
Brooks Pounders photo 618. Brooks Pounders
Locke St. John Note
Locke St. John photo 619. Locke St. John
Neil Ramirez Note
Neil Ramirez photo 620. Neil Ramirez
Adonis Rosa Note
Adonis Rosa photo 621. Adonis Rosa
Reymin Guduan Note
Reymin Guduan photo 622. Reymin Guduan
Taylor Guerrieri Note
Taylor Guerrieri photo 623. Taylor Guerrieri
J.T. Chargois Note
J.T. Chargois photo 627. J.T. Chargois
Jaime Schultz Note
Jaime Schultz photo 629. Jaime Schultz
Erasmo Ramirez Note
Erasmo Ramirez photo 636. Erasmo Ramirez
Brock Stewart Note
Brock Stewart photo 639. Brock Stewart
Christian Bethancourt Note
Christian Bethancourt photo 640. Christian Bethancourt
Luiz Gohara Note
Luiz Gohara photo 642. Luiz Gohara
Tony Barnette Note
Tony Barnette photo 644. Tony Barnette
Artie Lewicki Note
Artie Lewicki photo 650. Artie Lewicki
Thyago Vieira Note
Thyago Vieira photo 652. Thyago Vieira
Nick Rumbelow Note
Nick Rumbelow photo 655. Nick Rumbelow
Ryan Garton Note
Ryan Garton photo 656. Ryan Garton
Chris Ellis Note
Chris Ellis photo 657. Chris Ellis
Shane Carle Note
Shane Carle photo 658. Shane Carle
Jimmy Yacabonis Note
Jimmy Yacabonis photo 660. Jimmy Yacabonis
Michael Blazek Note
Michael Blazek photo 661. Michael Blazek
Preston Guilmet Note
Preston Guilmet photo 662. Preston Guilmet
Braden Shipley Note
Braden Shipley photo 663. Braden Shipley
Rookie Davis Note
Rookie Davis photo 664. Rookie Davis
Sandy Baez Note
Sandy Baez photo 666. Sandy Baez
Mike Wright Note
Mike Wright photo 667. Mike Wright