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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Shane Bieber Note
Shane Bieber photo 3. Shane Bieber
Bieber took the huge gains he had made in 2019 and kicked the into hyperdrive en route to a Cy Young season. He had a miniscule 1.63 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP, and took his strikeout percentage to 41.1%, which ranked first among qualified starters. Everything was exceptional for Bieber, as he held batters to just a .167 batting average, barely allowed home runs, and earned eight wins in just 12 starts. He may struggle to again find wins given the Indians' depleted lineup, but there is nothing else to think twice about with Bieber. He's part of the ultra-elite tier in starting pitching with Jacob deGrom and Gerrit Cole, and should be a first-round selection, especially since he seems to have had no ill effects from his battle with COVID-19.
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Zach Plesac Note
Zach Plesac photo 30. Zach Plesac
Plesac is getting a ton of love for his eight excellent starts in 2020, but there's plenty of reason to be cautious. His FIP, xFIP, xERA, and SIERA were all more than a run higher than his ERA, and both his strikeout rate and walk rate significantly outproduced what he showed he could do in the minors. Yes, Plesac altered his pitch mix, throwing fewer fastballs and instead more sliders and changeups, so if you're looking for a reason to buy the gains, you have one. But he had a ridiculous 91.7% LOB rate, and even with his ability to limit hard contact, his BABIP against should rise from the .224 mark last year. Plesac can help a fantasy staff, but manage expectations significantly.
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Triston McKenzie Note
Triston McKenzie photo 52. Triston McKenzie
Aaron Civale Note
Aaron Civale photo 54. Aaron Civale
Cal Quantrill Note
Cal Quantrill photo 156. Cal Quantrill
Trevor Stephan Note
Trevor Stephan photo 232. Trevor Stephan
Adam Plutko Note
Adam Plutko photo 252. Adam Plutko
Logan Allen Note
Logan Allen photo 269. Logan Allen
Scott Moss Note
Scott Moss photo 300. Scott Moss
Eli Morgan Note
Eli Morgan photo 303. Eli Morgan
Josh Wolf Note
Josh Wolf photo 313. Josh Wolf
Sam Hentges Note
Sam Hentges photo 346. Sam Hentges