Fantasy Baseball Player Notes
2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
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.

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 aboveaverage, 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.

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.

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 aboveaverage. 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.

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.

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.

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.

18.
Sean Doolittle
Doolittle should likely close for the Nationals again in 2020, though Daniel Hudson's emergence in the late and postseason 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.

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 backend closer, and understand that Will Smith will be looking over his shoulder all year.

27.
Keone Kela
As of July 11th, Kela has not reported to camp. It's unclear if he is dealing with COVID19 or when he is planning to report, if at all. Kela is an aboveaverage 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.

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 midseason are extremely high. Draft him, of course, but don't bank on much more than 15 saves or so.

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.

46.
Blake Treinen

53.
Tony Watson

67.
Yusmeiro Petit

82.
Yoshi Hirano

83.
Trevor May

86.
Shane Greene

87.
Pedro Baez

89.
Joakim Soria

91.
Sergio Romo

95.
Nick Burdi

96.
Tommy Kahnle

103.
Brad Peacock

108.
Pedro Strop

109.
Chase Anderson

111.
Steve Cishek

122.
Justin Wilson

125.
Trevor Rosenthal

127.
Jeremy Jeffress

129.
Michael Wacha

131.
Anthony Bass

133.
Oliver Drake

134.
Cam Bedrosian

142.
Sam Tuivailala

143.
Junior Guerra

146.
Hector Rondon

147.
Andrew Chafin

152.
Kelvin Herrera

158.
Tyler Clippard

159.
Drew Steckenrider

160.
Brad Boxberger

162.
Chris Devenski

166.
Chaz Roe

167.
Cody Allen

169.
David Robertson

173.
Tyler Chatwood

174.
Brandon Morrow

177.
Greg Holland

181.
Oliver Perez

182.
Andrew Kittredge

185.
Darren O'Day

188.
Jesse Chavez

190.
Mike Montgomery

191.
Roenis Elias

192.
Sam Gaviglio

193.
Blake Parker

197.
Jeff Gray

198.
Dan Wheeler

199.
Chris Ray

201.
Ubaldo Jimenez

204.
Tommy Hunter

206.
Mauricio Robles

208.
Wilmer Font

212.
Blake Wood

215.
Pat Neshek

216.
Zack Godley

218.
Jose Alvarez

224.
Adam Morgan

232.
Wade LeBlanc

234.
Luis Escobar

238.
Austin Adams

248.
Carl Edwards Jr.

250.
Jake Faria

252.
Zack Littell

254.
Heath Hembree

258.
Hunter Wood

261.
Brian Johnson

262.
Andrew Triggs

265.
Derek Holland

266.
Ryan Buchter

270.
Trevor Cahill

277.
Bo Takahashi

281.
Shelby Miller

291.
Luke Farrell

292.
Adam Warren

301.
Matt Moore

303.
Robbie Erlin

309.
David Phelps

316.
Jake McGee

322.
Sean Gilmartin

326.
Tommy Milone

327.
T.J. McFarland

332.
Manny Banuelos

338.
Tim Melville

341.
Bryan Shaw

343.
Yohander Mendez

345.
Edinson Volquez

350.
Luis Perdomo

355.
Randy Rosario

359.
Dovydas Neverauskas

360.
Nate Jones

361.
Odrisamer Despaigne

365.
Nestor Cortes Jr.

368.
Francisco Liriano

369.
Andrew Cashner

378.
Aaron Brooks

381.
Joe Biagini

383.
Brett Cecil

387.
Shawn Kelley

388.
Kohl Stewart

389.
Matt Reynolds

393.
Jared Hughes

395.
Juan Nicasio

397.
Drew VerHagen

404.
Sam Dyson

407.
Ross Detwiler

412.
Matt Albers

417.
David Hess

418.
Luis Garcia

419.
Tony Cingrani

423.
Zac Grotz

432.
Fernando Rodney

434.
Aaron Loup

435.
Brian Moran

436.
James Sherfy

438.
WeiYin Chen

440.
Jake Petricka

444.
Jacob Rhame

445.
Cy Sneed

448.
Jerry Blevins

450.
David Hernandez

454.
Dan Otero

455.
Enderson Franco

456.
Nick Ramirez

460.
Luis Avilan

464.
Nick Vincent

465.
Jay Jackson

468.
Blaine Hardy

469.
Tyler Olson

470.
Addison Reed

471.
Fernando Abad

474.
Bud Norris

482.
Kevin Quackenbush

483.
Zach Duke

485.
Trevor Hildenberger

490.
Edubray Ramos

491.
Matt Grace

492.
Jonny Venters

493.
Justin Miller

496.
Alex Wilson

498.
Mike Shawaryn

499.
Justin Shafer

501.
Adalberto Mejia

503.
Xavier Cedeno

507.
Chad Bettis

508.
Austen Williams

509.
Fernando Salas

512.
Kyle Barraclough

513.
AJ Ramos

514.
James Bourque

515.
Victor Alcantara

523.
Cody Anderson

525.
Lucas Luetge

534.
Branden Kline

540.
Chris Rusin

543.
Ryan Dull

545.
Ryan Cook

546.
David Carpenter

548.
David Carpenter

549.
Brian Duensing

550.
Mike Dunn

551.
Tyler Thornburg

552.
Danny Hultzen

554.
Javy Guerra

556.
Brian Flynn

559.
Heath Fillmyer

563.
Jesse Biddle

564.
Kyle Bird

565.
Rex Brothers

567.
Donnie Hart

574.
Justin Grimm

582.
Aaron Wilkerson

590.
Sam Freeman

592.
Tim Collins

594.
JC Ramirez

595.
Wes Parsons

598.
Drew Rucinski

600.
Yefry Ramirez

602.
Caleb Frare

604.
Joe Harvey

605.
Ben Lively

607.
Gabriel Ynoa

609.
Zac Rosscup

613.
Tim Peterson

614.
Drew Storen

615.
Tony Zych

616.
Carlos Torres

618.
Brooks Pounders

619.
Locke St. John

620.
Neil Ramirez

621.
Adonis Rosa

622.
Reymin Guduan

623.
Taylor Guerrieri

627.
J.T. Chargois

629.
Jaime Schultz

636.
Erasmo Ramirez

639.
Brock Stewart

640.
Christian Bethancourt

642.
Luiz Gohara

644.
Tony Barnette

650.
Artie Lewicki

652.
Thyago Vieira

655.
Nick Rumbelow

656.
Ryan Garton

657.
Chris Ellis

658.
Shane Carle

660.
Jimmy Yacabonis

661.
Michael Blazek

662.
Preston Guilmet

663.
Braden Shipley

664.
Rookie Davis

666.
Sandy Baez

667.
Mike Wright
