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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.
26 weeks ago
Brad Hand Note
Brad Hand photo 8. Brad Hand
Hand joins the Nationals on a one-year deal after Cleveland declined his option. His velocity declined a bit last season, but the league's collective lack of interest in Hand is surprising, given that he's coming off one of the best seasons of his career, led the league in saves, has been a top-10 reliever over the last five seasons, and is a lefty. Dave Martinez wants Hand to be the Nationals' closer based on his comments, but it's unclear whether he'll be the sole option. The Nationals barely have another lefty reliever in their bullpen, let alone a reliable one, so chances are that Hand will be deployed earlier in the game if the opposing team has multiple left-handed hitters due up. All that to say that Hand is a reliable reliever who you should draft for his overall numbers, but he may provide fewer saves than most traditional closers.
26 weeks ago
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.
26 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 130. Dellin Betances
Aaron Loup Note
Aaron Loup photo 167. Aaron Loup
Miguel Castro Note
Miguel Castro photo 172. Miguel Castro
Jeurys Familia Note
Jeurys Familia photo 264. Jeurys Familia
Robert Stock Note
Robert Stock photo 267. Robert Stock
Heath Hembree Note
Heath Hembree photo 270. Heath Hembree
Robert Gsellman Note
Robert Gsellman photo 323. Robert Gsellman
Arodys Vizcaino Note
Arodys Vizcaino photo 406. Arodys Vizcaino
Drew Smith Note
Drew Smith photo 413. Drew Smith
Jerry Blevins Note
Jerry Blevins photo 437. Jerry Blevins
Corey Oswalt Note
Corey Oswalt photo 441. Corey Oswalt
Sean Reid-Foley Note
Sean Reid-Foley photo 448. Sean Reid-Foley
Yennsy Diaz Note
Yennsy Diaz photo 479. Yennsy Diaz
Franklyn Kilome Note
Franklyn Kilome photo 552. Franklyn Kilome