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2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Jacob deGrom Note
Jacob deGrom photo 1. Jacob deGrom NYM
Gerrit Cole Note
Gerrit Cole photo 2. Gerrit Cole NYY
Shane Bieber Note
Shane Bieber photo 3. Shane Bieber CLE
Yu Darvish Note
Yu Darvish photo 4. Yu Darvish SD
After a career year in 2020, Darvish moves to San Diego in a trade that shouldn't affect his strong 2021 outlook all that much. Despite his advancing age, Darvish built on the gains he had made over the second half of 2019, finishing with a 2.01 ER, a 0.96 WHIP, and a 31.3% strikeout rate. Darvish's walk rate has declined to a level once thought unattainable for the veteran, a mere 4.7%, which was in the top 8% of MLB in 2020. Although he'll be entering his age-35 season, there's simply nothing in Darvish's numbers, metrics, or statcast data that points to a decline. If you are desperate to find a negative, it's a move from the weak-hitting NL Central to the much stronger NL West, but that's hardly a reason to avoid Darvish. Draft him as an easy top-10 starter, and more like a top-5 option.
1 week ago
Walker Buehler Note
Walker Buehler photo 5. Walker Buehler LAD
Trevor Bauer Note
Trevor Bauer photo 6. Trevor Bauer FA
Aaron Nola Note
Aaron Nola photo 7. Aaron Nola PHI
Luis Castillo Note
Luis Castillo photo 8. Luis Castillo CIN
Max Scherzer Note
Max Scherzer photo 9. Max Scherzer WSH
Lucas Giolito Note
Lucas Giolito photo 10. Lucas Giolito CWS
Jack Flaherty Note
Jack Flaherty photo 11. Jack Flaherty STL
Clayton Kershaw Note
Clayton Kershaw photo 12. Clayton Kershaw LAD
Blake Snell Note
Blake Snell photo 13. Blake Snell SD
Snell moves to the Padres fresh off a solid year, in which he pitched to a 3.24 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP, with a memorable early exit in the World Series. Snell has a checkered injury history and has pitched just 157 innings over the past two years, so don't expect him to be a big innings-eater in 2021. And, although he'll escape the dreaded AL East, he'll get a downgrade in park and defense, which largely makes the move a neutral one. All that said, Snell has plenty of talent as he's shown throughout his career, and should be able to pile up wins and strikeouts pitching for a strong Padres team. Draft him as an SP2 with upside.
1 week ago
Lance Lynn Note
Lance Lynn photo 14. Lance Lynn CWS
Lynn turned in another stellar year in 2020, leading MLB with 84 innings pitched, striking out plenty of batters, and keeping his walk rate and overall numbers in check. But there are a few warning signs under the hood, including his 4.19 FIP, his 4.34 xFIP, and his career-high 79.4% LOB rate. Of bigger concern is his trade to the White Sox and hitter-friendly Guaranteed Rate Field, particularly because Lynn had a 38.3% fly-ball rate in 2019 and a 42.3% fly-ball rate last year. That led to the worst HR/9 rate of his career and second-worst HR/FB rate (13.8%) in 2020. Countering those troublesome warning signs, however, is the fact that he'll be caught by perhaps the best pitch framer in baseball in Yasmani Grandal, and that will generally help with his numbers which, again, were excellent last year. Add it all up and Lynn's ERA should likely increase simply because of the additional home runs he'll allow if he can't turn around his trend in fly-ball rate, but Grandal's presence and Lynn's general aptitude on the mound should allow for another strong season and make him worthy of a selection as an SP2.
1 week ago
Zac Gallen Note
Zac Gallen photo 15. Zac Gallen ARI
Sonny Gray Note
Sonny Gray photo 16. Sonny Gray CIN
Stephen Strasburg Note
Stephen Strasburg photo 17. Stephen Strasburg WSH
Brandon Woodruff Note
Brandon Woodruff photo 18. Brandon Woodruff MIL
Kenta Maeda Note
Kenta Maeda photo 19. Kenta Maeda MIN
Dinelson Lamet Note
Dinelson Lamet photo 20. Dinelson Lamet SD
Zach Plesac Note
Zach Plesac photo 21. Zach Plesac CLE
Hyun Jin Ryu Note
Hyun Jin Ryu photo 22. Hyun Jin Ryu TOR
Zack Greinke Note
Zack Greinke photo 23. Zack Greinke HOU
Kyle Hendricks Note
Kyle Hendricks photo 24. Kyle Hendricks CHC
Zack Wheeler Note
Zack Wheeler photo 25. Zack Wheeler PHI
Carlos Carrasco Note
Carlos Carrasco photo 26. Carlos Carrasco NYM
Max Fried Note
Max Fried photo 27. Max Fried ATL
Patrick Corbin Note
Patrick Corbin photo 28. Patrick Corbin WSH
Tyler Glasnow Note
Tyler Glasnow photo 29. Tyler Glasnow TB
Chris Paddack Note
Chris Paddack photo 30. Chris Paddack SD
Jose Berrios Note
Jose Berrios photo 31. Jose Berrios MIN
Corbin Burnes Note
Corbin Burnes photo 32. Corbin Burnes MIL
Ian Anderson Note
Ian Anderson photo 33. Ian Anderson ATL
Lance McCullers Jr. Note
Lance McCullers Jr. photo 34. Lance McCullers Jr. HOU
Framber Valdez Note
Framber Valdez photo 35. Framber Valdez HOU
Dylan Bundy Note
Dylan Bundy photo 36. Dylan Bundy LAA
Pablo Lopez Note
Pablo Lopez photo 37. Pablo Lopez MIA
Jesus Luzardo Note
Jesus Luzardo photo 38. Jesus Luzardo OAK
Marco Gonzales Note
Marco Gonzales photo 39. Marco Gonzales SEA
Sixto Sanchez Note
Sixto Sanchez photo 40. Sixto Sanchez MIA
Charlie Morton Note
Charlie Morton photo 41. Charlie Morton ATL
Morton's 2020 numbers were poor, without question. He was limited to just 38 regular season innings because of a shoulder injury, and pitched to a 4.74 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. His velocity was way down early in the season (when he got hit hard) and trickled up after he returned, but he got back to his normal 95 MPH fastball in the postseason and totaled a 2.70 ERA. Now 37 and with the Braves, the question is whether fantasy managers can write off Morton's down 2020 season considering his sterling post-season, or whether his age and injury history means they should avoid him. In reality, the answer is neither. Morton should still have gas left in the tank considering his playoff run, but should only be drafted as a value, meaning no earlier than a low-end SP3. Grab him there, at which point the risk-reward balance should reach an equilibrium.
1 week ago
Mike Soroka Note
Mike Soroka photo 42. Mike Soroka ATL
Aaron Civale Note
Aaron Civale photo 43. Aaron Civale CLE
Chris Sale Note
Chris Sale photo 44. Chris Sale BOS
Joe Musgrove Note
Joe Musgrove photo 45. Joe Musgrove PIT
Sandy Alcantara Note
Sandy Alcantara photo 46. Sandy Alcantara MIA
David Price Note
David Price photo 47. David Price LAD
Frankie Montas Note
Frankie Montas photo 48. Frankie Montas OAK
Julio Urias Note
Julio Urias photo 49. Julio Urias LAD
Eduardo Rodriguez Note
Eduardo Rodriguez photo 50. Eduardo Rodriguez BOS
German Marquez Note
German Marquez photo 51. German Marquez COL
Shohei Ohtani Note
Shohei Ohtani photo 52. Shohei Ohtani LAA
Dustin May Note
Dustin May photo 53. Dustin May LAD
Tony Gonsolin Note
Tony Gonsolin photo 54. Tony Gonsolin LAD
Cristian Javier Note
Cristian Javier photo 55. Cristian Javier HOU
Kevin Gausman Note
Kevin Gausman photo 56. Kevin Gausman SF
Devin Williams Note
Devin Williams photo 57. Devin Williams MIL
Chris Bassitt Note
Chris Bassitt photo 58. Chris Bassitt OAK
Zach Eflin Note
Zach Eflin photo 59. Zach Eflin PHI
Andrew Heaney Note
Andrew Heaney photo 60. Andrew Heaney LAA
Dallas Keuchel Note
Dallas Keuchel photo 61. Dallas Keuchel CWS
Justus Sheffield Note
Justus Sheffield photo 62. Justus Sheffield SEA
Marcus Stroman Note
Marcus Stroman photo 63. Marcus Stroman NYM
Sean Manaea Note
Sean Manaea photo 64. Sean Manaea OAK
Triston McKenzie Note
Triston McKenzie photo 65. Triston McKenzie CLE
Brady Singer Note
Brady Singer photo 66. Brady Singer KC
Tyler Mahle Note
Tyler Mahle photo 67. Tyler Mahle CIN
Nate Pearson Note
Nate Pearson photo 68. Nate Pearson TOR
Jose Urquidy Note
Jose Urquidy photo 69. Jose Urquidy HOU
Drew Pomeranz Note
Drew Pomeranz photo 70. Drew Pomeranz SD
John Means Note
John Means photo 71. John Means BAL
James Paxton Note
James Paxton photo 72. James Paxton FA
Jameson Taillon Note
Jameson Taillon photo 73. Jameson Taillon PIT
Zach Davies Note
Zach Davies photo 74. Zach Davies CHC
Jordan Romano Note
Jordan Romano photo 75. Jordan Romano TOR
Ryan Yarbrough Note
Ryan Yarbrough photo 76. Ryan Yarbrough TB
MacKenzie Gore Note
MacKenzie Gore photo 77. MacKenzie Gore SD
Corey Kluber Note
Corey Kluber photo 78. Corey Kluber FA
Nathan Eovaldi Note
Nathan Eovaldi photo 79. Nathan Eovaldi BOS
Michael Pineda Note
Michael Pineda photo 80. Michael Pineda MIN
Michael Kopech Note
Michael Kopech photo 81. Michael Kopech CWS
Griffin Canning Note
Griffin Canning photo 82. Griffin Canning LAA
Elieser Hernandez Note
Elieser Hernandez photo 83. Elieser Hernandez MIA
Spencer Turnbull Note
Spencer Turnbull photo 84. Spencer Turnbull DET
Dane Dunning Note
Dane Dunning photo 85. Dane Dunning TEX
Dunning had an interesting seven-start run in 2020. He started out relying heavily on his outstanding slider and his fastball, which led to a strong swinging strike rate and plenty of punchouts in his first few starts. He then abandoned that approach to focus more on his changeup, which led to him missing fewer bats and being less successful. Now with the Rangers, Dunning should get a chance to compete for a rotation spot right out of the gate. He has the tools and skills necessary to be successful, and the draft capital necessary to acquire him should be minimal. He's worth a late-round pick in nearly all formats.
3 days ago
Mike Minor Note
Mike Minor photo 86. Mike Minor KC
Alex Reyes Note
Alex Reyes photo 87. Alex Reyes STL
Diego Castillo Note
Diego Castillo photo 88. Diego Castillo TB
Noah Syndergaard Note
Noah Syndergaard photo 89. Noah Syndergaard NYM
Masahiro Tanaka Note
Masahiro Tanaka photo 90. Masahiro Tanaka FA
Matthew Boyd Note
Matthew Boyd photo 91. Matthew Boyd DET
Brad Keller Note
Brad Keller photo 92. Brad Keller KC
Drew Smyly Note
Drew Smyly photo 93. Drew Smyly ATL
Jon Gray Note
Jon Gray photo 94. Jon Gray COL
Luis Severino Note
Luis Severino photo 95. Luis Severino NYY
Taijuan Walker Note
Taijuan Walker photo 96. Taijuan Walker FA
Rich Hill Note
Rich Hill photo 97. Rich Hill FA
Mitch Keller Note
Mitch Keller photo 98. Mitch Keller PIT
Jordan Montgomery Note
Jordan Montgomery photo 99. Jordan Montgomery NYY
Madison Bumgarner Note
Madison Bumgarner photo 100. Madison Bumgarner ARI
Miles Mikolas Note
Miles Mikolas photo 101. Miles Mikolas STL
Casey Mize Note
Casey Mize photo 102. Casey Mize DET
Justin Verlander Note
Justin Verlander photo 103. Justin Verlander HOU
Tarik Skubal Note
Tarik Skubal photo 104. Tarik Skubal DET
Tanner Houck Note
Tanner Houck photo 105. Tanner Houck BOS
Spencer Howard Note
Spencer Howard photo 106. Spencer Howard PHI
Yusei Kikuchi Note
Yusei Kikuchi photo 107. Yusei Kikuchi SEA
Deivi Garcia Note
Deivi Garcia photo 108. Deivi Garcia NYY
Jose Leclerc Note
Jose Leclerc photo 109. Jose Leclerc TEX
Gregory Soto Note
Gregory Soto photo 110. Gregory Soto DET
Dean Kremer Note
Dean Kremer photo 111. Dean Kremer BAL
Freddy Peralta Note
Freddy Peralta photo 112. Freddy Peralta MIL
Adam Wainwright Note
Adam Wainwright photo 113. Adam Wainwright FA
Dylan Cease Note
Dylan Cease photo 114. Dylan Cease CWS
Robbie Ray Note
Robbie Ray photo 115. Robbie Ray TOR
Alec Mills Note
Alec Mills photo 116. Alec Mills CHC
Caleb Smith Note
Caleb Smith photo 117. Caleb Smith ARI
Dakota Hudson Note
Dakota Hudson photo 118. Dakota Hudson STL
A.J. Puk Note
A.J. Puk photo 119. A.J. Puk OAK
Jake Odorizzi Note
Jake Odorizzi photo 120. Jake Odorizzi FA
Ross Stripling Note
Ross Stripling photo 121. Ross Stripling TOR
Hunter Harvey Note
Hunter Harvey photo 122. Hunter Harvey BAL
Josh Lindblom Note
Josh Lindblom photo 123. Josh Lindblom MIL
Domingo German Note
Domingo German photo 124. Domingo German NYY
Chad Green Note
Chad Green photo 125. Chad Green NYY
Keegan Akin Note
Keegan Akin photo 126. Keegan Akin BAL
Rick Porcello Note
Rick Porcello photo 127. Rick Porcello FA
Austin Gomber Note
Austin Gomber photo 128. Austin Gomber STL
Luke Weaver Note
Luke Weaver photo 129. Luke Weaver ARI
Garrett Richards Note
Garrett Richards photo 130. Garrett Richards FA
Daniel Bard Note
Daniel Bard photo 131. Daniel Bard COL
Kyle Wright Note
Kyle Wright photo 132. Kyle Wright ATL
Carlos Martinez Note
Carlos Martinez photo 133. Carlos Martinez STL
Brusdar Graterol Note
Brusdar Graterol photo 134. Brusdar Graterol LAD
Tejay Antone Note
Tejay Antone photo 135. Tejay Antone CIN
David Peterson Note
David Peterson photo 136. David Peterson NYM
Danny Duffy Note
Danny Duffy photo 137. Danny Duffy KC
Forrest Whitley Note
Forrest Whitley photo 138. Forrest Whitley HOU
Adbert Alzolay Note
Adbert Alzolay photo 139. Adbert Alzolay CHC
Brendan McKay Note
Brendan McKay photo 140. Brendan McKay TB
Johnny Cueto Note
Johnny Cueto photo 141. Johnny Cueto SF
Jonathan Hernandez Note
Jonathan Hernandez photo 142. Jonathan Hernandez TEX
Matt Manning Note
Matt Manning photo 143. Matt Manning DET
Adrian Houser Note
Adrian Houser photo 144. Adrian Houser MIL
Tyler Matzek Note
Tyler Matzek photo 145. Tyler Matzek ATL
Lucas Sims Note
Lucas Sims photo 146. Lucas Sims CIN
Luis Patino Note
Luis Patino photo 147. Luis Patino TB
Anthony DeSclafani Note
Anthony DeSclafani photo 148. Anthony DeSclafani SF
Kyle Freeland Note
Kyle Freeland photo 149. Kyle Freeland COL
Ian Kennedy Note
Ian Kennedy photo 150. Ian Kennedy FA
Randy Dobnak Note
Randy Dobnak photo 151. Randy Dobnak MIN
Jesse Hahn Note
Jesse Hahn photo 152. Jesse Hahn KC
Kyle Gibson Note
Kyle Gibson photo 153. Kyle Gibson TEX
Kris Bubic Note
Kris Bubic photo 154. Kris Bubic KC
JT Brubaker Note
JT Brubaker photo 155. JT Brubaker PIT
Mike Clevinger Note
Mike Clevinger photo 156. Mike Clevinger SD
Adrian Morejon Note
Adrian Morejon photo 157. Adrian Morejon SD
Mike Foltynewicz Note
Mike Foltynewicz photo 158. Mike Foltynewicz FA
Corbin Martin Note
Corbin Martin photo 159. Corbin Martin ARI
Joey Lucchesi Note
Joey Lucchesi photo 160. Joey Lucchesi SD
Josh James Note
Josh James photo 161. Josh James HOU
Steven Matz Note
Steven Matz photo 162. Steven Matz NYM
Alex Wood Note
Alex Wood photo 163. Alex Wood SF
Antonio Senzatela Note
Antonio Senzatela photo 164. Antonio Senzatela COL
Merrill Kelly Note
Merrill Kelly photo 165. Merrill Kelly ARI
Cole Hamels Note
Cole Hamels photo 166. Cole Hamels FA
Yonny Chirinos Note
Yonny Chirinos photo 167. Yonny Chirinos TB
J.A. Happ Note
J.A. Happ photo 168. J.A. Happ FA
Jose Quintana Note
Jose Quintana photo 169. Jose Quintana FA
Jeff Samardzija Note
Jeff Samardzija photo 170. Jeff Samardzija FA
Chad Kuhl Note
Chad Kuhl photo 171. Chad Kuhl PIT
Anibal Sanchez Note
Anibal Sanchez photo 172. Anibal Sanchez FA
Jonathan Loaisiga Note
Jonathan Loaisiga photo 173. Jonathan Loaisiga NYY
Clarke Schmidt Note
Clarke Schmidt photo 174. Clarke Schmidt NYY
Reynaldo Lopez Note
Reynaldo Lopez photo 175. Reynaldo Lopez CWS
Daniel Ponce de Leon Note
Daniel Ponce de Leon photo 176. Daniel Ponce de Leon STL
Julio Teheran Note
Julio Teheran photo 177. Julio Teheran FA
Jon Lester Note
Jon Lester photo 178. Jon Lester FA
Cal Quantrill Note
Cal Quantrill photo 179. Cal Quantrill CLE
Mike Fiers Note
Mike Fiers photo 180. Mike Fiers FA
Bryse Wilson Note
Bryse Wilson photo 181. Bryse Wilson ATL
Tanner Roark Note
Tanner Roark photo 182. Tanner Roark TOR
Logan Gilbert Note
Logan Gilbert photo 183. Logan Gilbert SEA
Matt Shoemaker Note
Matt Shoemaker photo 184. Matt Shoemaker FA
Jordan Yamamoto Note
Jordan Yamamoto photo 185. Jordan Yamamoto MIA
Daniel Norris Note
Daniel Norris photo 186. Daniel Norris DET
Matt Strahm Note
Matt Strahm photo 187. Matt Strahm SD
Brent Suter Note
Brent Suter photo 188. Brent Suter MIL
Carlos Rodon Note
Carlos Rodon photo 189. Carlos Rodon FA
Logan Webb Note
Logan Webb photo 190. Logan Webb SF
Trevor Rogers Note
Trevor Rogers photo 191. Trevor Rogers MIA
Justin Dunn Note
Justin Dunn photo 192. Justin Dunn SEA
Edward Cabrera Note
Edward Cabrera photo 193. Edward Cabrera MIA
Trevor Williams Note
Trevor Williams photo 194. Trevor Williams FA
Enoli Paredes Note
Enoli Paredes photo 195. Enoli Paredes HOU
Tyler Anderson Note
Tyler Anderson photo 196. Tyler Anderson FA
Scott Barlow Note
Scott Barlow photo 197. Scott Barlow KC
Darwinzon Hernandez Note
Darwinzon Hernandez photo 198. Darwinzon Hernandez BOS
Nick Pivetta Note
Nick Pivetta photo 199. Nick Pivetta BOS
Steven Brault Note
Steven Brault photo 200. Steven Brault PIT
Michael King Note
Michael King photo 201. Michael King NYY
Felix Pena Note
Felix Pena photo 202. Felix Pena LAA
Austin Voth Note
Austin Voth photo 203. Austin Voth WSH
Ryan Helsley Note
Ryan Helsley photo 204. Ryan Helsley STL
Jaime Barria Note
Jaime Barria photo 205. Jaime Barria LAA
Brent Honeywell Jr. Note
Brent Honeywell Jr. photo 206. Brent Honeywell Jr. TB
Robert Stephenson Note
Robert Stephenson photo 207. Robert Stephenson COL
Asher Wojciechowski Note
Asher Wojciechowski photo 208. Asher Wojciechowski BAL
Nick Kingham Note
Nick Kingham photo 209. Nick Kingham TOR
Tyler Beede Note
Tyler Beede photo 210. Tyler Beede SF
Vince Velasquez Note
Vince Velasquez photo 211. Vince Velasquez PHI
Logan Verrett Note
Logan Verrett photo 212. Logan Verrett BAL
Touki Toussaint Note
Touki Toussaint photo 213. Touki Toussaint ATL
Anderson Espinoza Note
Anderson Espinoza photo 214. Anderson Espinoza SD
John Gant Note
John Gant photo 215. John Gant STL
Michael Fulmer Note
Michael Fulmer photo 216. Michael Fulmer DET
Sean Newcomb Note
Sean Newcomb photo 217. Sean Newcomb ATL
Kolby Allard Note
Kolby Allard photo 218. Kolby Allard TEX
Jeff Hoffman Note
Jeff Hoffman photo 219. Jeff Hoffman CIN
Carson Fulmer Note
Carson Fulmer photo 220. Carson Fulmer PIT
Brady Aiken Note
Brady Aiken photo 221. Brady Aiken CLE
Erick Fedde Note
Erick Fedde photo 222. Erick Fedde WSH
Yadier Alvarez Note
Yadier Alvarez photo 223. Yadier Alvarez LAD
Eric Lauer Note
Eric Lauer photo 224. Eric Lauer MIL
Riley Pint Note
Riley Pint photo 225. Riley Pint COL
Sean Reid-Foley Note
Sean Reid-Foley photo 226. Sean Reid-Foley TOR
Adam Plutko Note
Adam Plutko photo 227. Adam Plutko CLE
Jorge Guzman Note
Jorge Guzman photo 228. Jorge Guzman MIA
Jakob Junis Note
Jakob Junis photo 229. Jakob Junis KC
Braxton Garrett Note
Braxton Garrett photo 230. Braxton Garrett MIA
Chance Adams Note
Chance Adams photo 231. Chance Adams KC
Franklin Perez Note
Franklin Perez photo 232. Franklin Perez DET
J.B. Bukauskas Note
J.B. Bukauskas photo 233. J.B. Bukauskas ARI
Nick Neidert Note
Nick Neidert photo 234. Nick Neidert MIA
Anthony Kay Note
Anthony Kay photo 235. Anthony Kay TOR
Jon Duplantier Note
Jon Duplantier photo 236. Jon Duplantier ARI
Trevor Richards Note
Trevor Richards photo 237. Trevor Richards TB
Ranger Suarez Note
Ranger Suarez photo 238. Ranger Suarez PHI
Dennis Santana Note
Dennis Santana photo 239. Dennis Santana LAD
Eric Pardinho Note
Eric Pardinho photo 240. Eric Pardinho TOR
Logan Allen Note
Logan Allen photo 241. Logan Allen CLE
Matt Liberatore Note
Matt Liberatore photo 242. Matt Liberatore STL
Peter Lambert Note
Peter Lambert photo 243. Peter Lambert COL
Ryan Weathers Note
Ryan Weathers photo 244. Ryan Weathers SD
Taylor Clarke Note
Taylor Clarke photo 245. Taylor Clarke ARI
Trent Thornton Note
Trent Thornton photo 246. Trent Thornton TOR
Cole Winn Note
Cole Winn photo 247. Cole Winn TEX
Dereck Rodriguez Note
Dereck Rodriguez photo 248. Dereck Rodriguez COL
Patrick Sandoval Note
Patrick Sandoval photo 249. Patrick Sandoval LAA
Devin Smeltzer Note
Devin Smeltzer photo 250. Devin Smeltzer MIN
Josiah Gray Note
Josiah Gray photo 251. Josiah Gray LAD
Mick Abel Note
Mick Abel photo 252. Mick Abel PHI
Simeon Woods-Richardson Note
Simeon Woods-Richardson photo 253. Simeon Woods-Richardson TOR
Asa Lacy Note
Asa Lacy photo 254. Asa Lacy KC