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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Kenta Maeda Note
Kenta Maeda photo 11. Kenta Maeda
Fantasy managers rejoiced when Maeda was traded from the Dodgers to the Twins, but he surpassed even the loftiest of expectations. In the short season, Maeda went 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA, a 0.73 WHIP, and a 32.3% strikeout rate. In addition to simply being let loose with his innings, Maeda made a tangible change to his pitch mix, throwing far fewer fastball and more sliders and changeups (though his fastball was as effective as it had ever been last year, too). Maeda surely won't be able to repeat his numbers from 2020, as he allowed just a .208 BABIP, had an 80.2% LOB rate, and benefited from being able to feast on solely the NL and AL Central lineups. But even with some regression, he should still be a rock solid SP2, and should be drafted as such.
37 weeks ago
Taylor Rogers Note
Taylor Rogers photo 23. Taylor Rogers
Rogers has been the reliever to roster in Minnesota for the past two seasons, but he's totaled just 39 saves over that span. Even with the shortened 2020 season, that's just not the total you want to see from a reliever if you're relying on him as an RP1, especially when the Twins as a team have totaled 92 saves over the last two years. Rogers's lack of saves is all about Rocco Baldelli's philosophy, rather than Rogers's lack of effectiveness (he's totaled a 2.80 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, and a 10.8 K/9 over the last three years). Unfortunately, Baldelli is unlikely to abandon his committee approach with the additions of Alex Colome and Hansel Robles. Rogers is still a fine RP2, but certainly don't expect him to get every save chance in Minnesota.
37 weeks ago
Tyler Duffey Note
Tyler Duffey photo 77. Tyler Duffey
Cody Stashak Note
Cody Stashak photo 146. Cody Stashak
Jorge Alcala Note
Jorge Alcala photo 152. Jorge Alcala
Caleb Thielbar Note
Caleb Thielbar photo 246. Caleb Thielbar
Lewis Thorpe Note
Lewis Thorpe photo 253. Lewis Thorpe
Devin Smeltzer Note
Devin Smeltzer photo 290. Devin Smeltzer
Trevor Megill Note
Trevor Megill photo 436. Trevor Megill
Cory Gearrin Note
Cory Gearrin photo 463. Cory Gearrin
Ian Hamilton Note
Ian Hamilton photo 500. Ian Hamilton
Jharel Cotton Note
Jharel Cotton photo 625. Jharel Cotton