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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Jesus Luzardo Note
Jesus Luzardo photo 16. Jesus Luzardo
Luzardo's 2020 campaign wasn't terrible, but it certainly left fantasy managers wanting more. The strikeouts were there, but not quite at the level that was expected. He rarely went deep into games. And he was just more hittable than he ever was in the minors or in his brief time as a reliever in 2019. Luzardo throws four quality pitches and is working to improve his arsenal as we head into the 2021 season, so there's little reason to downgrade your opinion of him too much from where it was prior to the 2020 campaign because of one nine-start stretch. He's an incredibly high-upside pitcher who carries with him plenty of injury risk, and the combination leaves him as a solid SP3 for fantasy leagues.
37 weeks ago
Anthony Bass Note
Anthony Bass photo 34. Anthony Bass
Bass will likely be in the mix for saves with Yimi Garcia (and possibly Dylan Floro) after he signed a two-year deal with the Marlins. He lacks the typical strikeout stuff of most closers, but he's totaled 12 saves, a 3.54 ERA, and a 0.99 WHIP over the past two years. Bass is an extreme ground ball pitcher (62.3% ground ball rate last year), which is how he's able to survive without big time stuff. But Don Mattingly likely won't name a closer until the end of spring training, so draft Bass late for now, but have plenty of other bullpen options.
37 weeks ago
Elieser Hernandez Note
Elieser Hernandez photo 36. Elieser Hernandez
Hernandez was excellent in his six starts last season, tallying a 3.16 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP, and a 32.1% strikeout rate. But he allowed a lot of hard contact along the way, including a 91.8 MPH average exit velocity (bottom three percent in the league). He worked on his changeup this offseason in an effort to add a reliable third pitch (he threw his fastball and slider 94% of the time last year), and it has gotten rave reviews in camp. He's fourth in the pecking order of the Marlins starters, but if his changeup can be an effective pitch, he might be the one to provide the most value given his extremely modest ADP.
37 weeks ago
Dylan Floro Note
Dylan Floro photo 138. Dylan Floro
Edward Cabrera Note
Edward Cabrera photo 170. Edward Cabrera
Richard Bleier Note
Richard Bleier photo 243. Richard Bleier
Paul Campbell Note
Paul Campbell photo 301. Paul Campbell
Nick Neidert Note
Nick Neidert photo 389. Nick Neidert
Zach Pop Note
Zach Pop photo 404. Zach Pop
Pat Venditte Note
Pat Venditte photo 431. Pat Venditte
Mike Morin Note
Mike Morin photo 445. Mike Morin
Jeff Brigham Note
Jeff Brigham photo 450. Jeff Brigham
Sterling Sharp Note
Sterling Sharp photo 511. Sterling Sharp
Jordan Holloway Note
Jordan Holloway photo 575. Jordan Holloway