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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Ryan Pressly Note
Ryan Pressly photo 6. Ryan Pressly
Pressly had his usual solid season, but got the benefit of closing for the Astros after Roberto Osuna's injury. His numbers fell off a bit from the previous two years (his 1.33 WHIP was particularly out of character), but he will almost certainly rebound from the .365 BABIP he allowed. He's slated to again be the Astros' closer, and as such, should provide plenty of saves while giving fantasy managers positive value in ratios. That makes him one of the few reliable closers worth drafting at more than a late-round price.
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Rafael Montero Note
Rafael Montero photo 15. Rafael Montero
Montero wound up closing for the Rangers and totaling eight saves in 2020, but it wasn't a particularly special season. His hard-hit rate and walk-rate increased from his strong 2019 season, and he totaled a 4.08 ERA. Now with Seattle, Montero's best asset may be his lack of competition for the closer's role, as Seattle has struggled for several seasons to find a reliable ninth-inning option. Draft Montero as a mid-tier closer, who you're taking more for his job security than his spectacular numbers.
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Yimi Garcia Note
Yimi Garcia photo 47. Yimi Garcia
Garcia was the favorite for saves in Miami until the team signed Anthony Bass, and now his exact role in the bullpen is unclear. He struck out 31.7% of the batter he faced last year, and put up a 0.80 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. He's got more prototypical "closer's stuff" than Bass does, and he has a lengthy relationship with Don Mattingly dating back to their Dodgers days. Draft Garcia late and hope he wins the job, but make sure you have other options.
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Framber Valdez Note
Framber Valdez photo 50. Framber Valdez
Valdez was shaping up to be a fine sleeper this year, after he had a highly successful stint in the Astros rotation last year. But he fractured his finger early in spring training and the expectation is that he'll miss significant time, though recent reports are far more optimistic than the initial season-ending variety. Drop him down a ton from where you initially had him ranked, but draft him toward the back end of your rotation where the risk/reward balance should equalize.
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Pedro Baez Note
Pedro Baez photo 111. Pedro Baez
Enoli Paredes Note
Enoli Paredes photo 120. Enoli Paredes
Phil Maton Note
Phil Maton photo 143. Phil Maton
Luis Garcia Note
Luis Garcia photo 156. Luis Garcia
Kendall Graveman Note
Kendall Graveman photo 174. Kendall Graveman
Josh James Note
Josh James photo 184. Josh James
Tyler Ivey Note
Tyler Ivey photo 215. Tyler Ivey
Blake Taylor Note
Blake Taylor photo 226. Blake Taylor
Ryne Stanek Note
Ryne Stanek photo 253. Ryne Stanek
Bryan Abreu Note
Bryan Abreu photo 263. Bryan Abreu
Brooks Raley Note
Brooks Raley photo 269. Brooks Raley
Andre Scrubb Note
Andre Scrubb photo 337. Andre Scrubb
Brandon Bielak Note
Brandon Bielak photo 343. Brandon Bielak
Kent Emanuel Note
Kent Emanuel photo 396. Kent Emanuel