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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Jordan Hicks Note
Jordan Hicks photo 26. Jordan Hicks
Hicks is likely to serve as the Cardinals' closer this year if he can show that he has fully recovered from Tommy John surgery. He totaled 20 saves from 2018-2019 before hurting his elbow, and then opted out of last season, in part because of setbacks in his recovery. Early reports from the spring are promising, and it seems that the Cardinals want him and his 100+ MPH fastball to lead the way in the ninth inning. Monitor his health in the spring, but draft him late for now and expect saves so long as he is healthy.
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Giovanny Gallegos Note
Giovanny Gallegos photo 30. Giovanny Gallegos
Gallegos pitched well last year with the Cardinals despite seeing limited innings because of his difficulty in getting to the states in the middle of a pandemic. But he was effective when he pithed, and owns a career 3.06 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 31.6% strikeout rate. The Cardinals want Jordan Hicks to be their closer, but Gallegos will undoubtedly be in the mix should Hick prove ineffective or suffer a setback in his return from Tommy John surgery.
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Kwang Hyun Kim Note
Kwang Hyun Kim photo 54. Kwang Hyun Kim
If you want upside with a late-round pitcher, you're looking in the wrong place with Kim. Although he put up a 1.62 ERA and 1.07 WHIP last year, his xFIP and SIERA were each about three runs higher than his ERA. He also struck out just 5.54 batters per nine innings, and never showed much strikeout potential in the KBO. That said, for a pitcher who is basically free in drafts, he offers some decent stability, and is worth taking late if you have an otherwise strong staff, particularly with strikeouts. Back tightness may put him on the IL to start the year, but there does not appear to be any long-term concerns.
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Alex Reyes Note
Alex Reyes photo 65. Alex Reyes
Carlos Martinez Note
Carlos Martinez photo 73. Carlos Martinez
Andrew Miller Note
Andrew Miller photo 98. Andrew Miller
Genesis Cabrera Note
Genesis Cabrera photo 182. Genesis Cabrera
Ryan Helsley Note
Ryan Helsley photo 262. Ryan Helsley
Kodi Whitley Note
Kodi Whitley photo 332. Kodi Whitley
Wade LeBlanc Note
Wade LeBlanc photo 352. Wade LeBlanc
Seth Elledge Note
Seth Elledge photo 441. Seth Elledge
Junior Fernandez Note
Junior Fernandez photo 453. Junior Fernandez
Johan Quezada Note
Johan Quezada photo 506. Johan Quezada
Brandon Waddell Note
Brandon Waddell photo 566. Brandon Waddell
T.J. McFarland Note
T.J. McFarland photo 572. T.J. McFarland
Jake Woodford Note
Jake Woodford photo 605. Jake Woodford
T.J. Zeuch Note
T.J. Zeuch photo 612. T.J. Zeuch