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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.
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Alex Colome Note
Alex Colome photo 19. Alex Colome
Colome has been a quality major league reliever for year, but last year, managed to drop his ERA down to a silly 0.81 and his WHIP below 1.00 for the first time in his career. His success was largely on the back of increased movement on his cutter (which induced a ton of weak contact, but which was also less of a strikeout pitch, leading to a drop in strikeouts), as well as Yasmani Grandal's pitch-framing skills. He'll now move to Minnesota where he'll likely form some sort of committee with Taylor Rogers. He's worth drafting, but only very late, and with the expectation that he won't pile on a ton of saves.
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Taylor Rogers Note
Taylor Rogers photo 24. 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.
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Tyler Duffey Note
Tyler Duffey photo 75. Tyler Duffey
Cody Stashak Note
Cody Stashak photo 145. Cody Stashak
Hansel Robles Note
Hansel Robles photo 149. Hansel Robles
Jorge Alcala Note
Jorge Alcala photo 151. Jorge Alcala
Caleb Thielbar Note
Caleb Thielbar photo 248. Caleb Thielbar
Lewis Thorpe Note
Lewis Thorpe photo 254. Lewis Thorpe
Devin Smeltzer Note
Devin Smeltzer photo 290. Devin Smeltzer
Shaun Anderson Note
Shaun Anderson photo 337. Shaun Anderson
Glenn Sparkman Note
Glenn Sparkman photo 345. Glenn Sparkman
Luke Farrell Note
Luke Farrell photo 454. Luke Farrell
Cory Gearrin Note
Cory Gearrin photo 463. Cory Gearrin
Derek Law Note
Derek Law photo 477. Derek Law
Edwar Colina Note
Edwar Colina photo 486. Edwar Colina
Ian Hamilton Note
Ian Hamilton photo 500. Ian Hamilton
Ian Gibaut Note
Ian Gibaut photo 543. Ian Gibaut
Robinson Leyer Note
Robinson Leyer photo 545. Robinson Leyer
Juan Minaya Note
Juan Minaya photo 549. Juan Minaya
Brandon Waddell Note
Brandon Waddell photo 565. Brandon Waddell
Danny Coulombe Note
Danny Coulombe photo 628. Danny Coulombe