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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Edwin Diaz Note
Edwin Diaz photo 4. Edwin Diaz
Diaz's overall numbers bounced back in a monstrous way last season. He dropped his ERA from a bloated 5.59 in 2019 to a 1.75, and upped his strikeout rate to a career-best 45.5%. He was among the league leaders in nearly every expected statistic (batting average, slugging percentage wOBA, and ERA), and he cut his HR/9 rate from 2.33 to just 0.70. Diaz's walk rate actually regressed, however, as he issued free passes to nearly five batters per nine innings. That's not often a recipe for success from a closer, but Diaz can survive at that rate if he continues to keep the strikeouts up and limit the long balls. In the end, Diaz does carry some risk given his history, but he should be drafted as one of the upper echelon closers in the game, if not a touch behind the truly elite options.
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Carlos Carrasco Note
Carlos Carrasco photo 27. Carlos Carrasco
Carrasco suffered a serious hamstring strain in mid-March which is likely to keep him out 6-8 weeks. It's a devastating blow to the veteran who returned strong from his battle with leukemia in 2019 to post a 2.91 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 2020. There was plenty to like about Carrasco in New York, including that the Mets will provide him with a better chance at wins, their infield defense should be above average, and Carrasco will play in a more favorable park. But at this point, he's nothing more than a bench starter for your fantasy team given his injury.
18 weeks ago
Seth Lugo Note
Seth Lugo photo 56. Seth Lugo
Trevor May Note
Trevor May photo 60. Trevor May
Dellin Betances Note
Dellin Betances photo 129. Dellin Betances
Aaron Loup Note
Aaron Loup photo 166. Aaron Loup
Miguel Castro Note
Miguel Castro photo 171. Miguel Castro
Jeurys Familia Note
Jeurys Familia photo 263. Jeurys Familia
Robert Stock Note
Robert Stock photo 266. Robert Stock
Robert Gsellman Note
Robert Gsellman photo 322. Robert Gsellman
Anthony Banda Note
Anthony Banda photo 386. Anthony Banda
Arodys Vizcaino Note
Arodys Vizcaino photo 405. Arodys Vizcaino
Drew Smith Note
Drew Smith photo 412. Drew Smith
Nick Tropeano Note
Nick Tropeano photo 422. Nick Tropeano
Jerry Blevins Note
Jerry Blevins photo 436. Jerry Blevins
Corey Oswalt Note
Corey Oswalt photo 440. Corey Oswalt
Sean Reid-Foley Note
Sean Reid-Foley photo 447. Sean Reid-Foley
Yennsy Diaz Note
Yennsy Diaz photo 478. Yennsy Diaz
Franklyn Kilome Note
Franklyn Kilome photo 551. Franklyn Kilome
Geoff Hartlieb Note
Geoff Hartlieb photo 565. Geoff Hartlieb