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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Charlie Morton Note
Charlie Morton photo 12. Charlie Morton
Morton only got better after leaving the Astros, setting career bests in innings pitched, ERA, WHIP, and strikeout percentage. Batters simply don't hit his curveball, which he throws more than a third of the time, and his fastball is nearly equally as effective. In a dynasty or keeper format, things may be different, as Morton speaks of retirement often. For this year, however, there is zero reason for concern.
22 weeks ago
Trevor Bauer Note
Trevor Bauer photo 22. Trevor Bauer
Bauer may be one of the most talented pitchers in baseball, but he has exactly one season with an ERA below 4.18, a WHIP below 1.25, or more than 12 wins. Even on an improved Cincinnati team, there's little reason to expect him to do much better than those numbers. Bauer will give you innings and plenty of strikeouts, but fantasy owners would do well to largely forget 2018, and draft him with closer to a 4.00 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in mind.
22 weeks ago
James Paxton Note
James Paxton photo 35. James Paxton
Paxton will be out until at least early May (and likely longer) after undergoing a microscopic lumbar discectomy with removal of a peridiscal cyst in early February. Although his talent is undeniable, this is yet another in a long list of injuries for Paxton, who has eight injured list stints since the beginning of the 2014 season. While early May is the front end of the three to four month timetable, expect Paxton's absence to last until at least June and possibly longer if he has any setbacks.
22 weeks ago
Robbie Ray Note
Robbie Ray photo 43. Robbie Ray
While the overall numbers fluctuate, Ray is largely the same guy he's always been. He's going to amass a ton of strikeouts and he's going to hand out free passes like a doctor handing out lollipops. It is just impossible to rely on a starter who can't top 175 innings or keep his WHIP below 1.33. Ray is certainly rosterable but close your eyes when he's pitching.
22 weeks ago
Mike Minor Note
Mike Minor photo 45. Mike Minor
The Rangers pushed Minor to reach 200 strikeouts and, although his 3.59 ERA shows he surpassed expectations, there was really fairly little to get excited about. Minor's FIP and xFIP were substantially higher than his ERA, his WHIP was mediocre, and his strikeout rate hardly impressed. He's a pitcher you draft to solidify the back end of your rotation, but nothing more.
22 weeks ago
Jake Odorizzi Note
Jake Odorizzi photo 49. Jake Odorizzi
Odorizzi just refused to fail last year, and he was a reliable pitcher all year long. His continued gains in strikeouts and drop in walks, to go along with his 15 wins, led to a remarkably profitable season. But his xFIP remained at 4.33 and Odorizzi just never felt quite like a pitcher who was going to dominate every time out. Fortunately, you don't have to pay for his 2019 numbers given his ADP, so draft him at his price without much worry.
22 weeks ago
Masahiro Tanaka Note
Masahiro Tanaka photo 53. Masahiro Tanaka
Tanaka had a bizarre year. On the negative side, his ERA soared to 4.45 and his WHIP and strikeout rate went to a career worst 1.24 and 7.37/9, respectively. Yet he slightly lowered his walk rate from the past two years, cut his HR/FB rate, and got batters to swing at pitches outside the zone more than almost any other pitcher in the second half of the season. At this point in his career, given his home park, there's little optimism that Tanaka can ever develop into the ace he appeared to be during his debut. Draft him as a back-end-of-the-rotation starter in deeper leagues but nothing more.
22 weeks ago
Marcus Stroman Note
Marcus Stroman photo 60. Marcus Stroman
Stroman had an excellent 2019 season, though he struggled somewhat after his trade to the Mets. The one thing missing, however, finally arrived, as his strikeout rate popped to over one per inning when he got to New York. After spending all offseason strengthening his core and now in a contract year, Stroman should be in a position to provide plenty of value pitching with a full year in the National League.
22 weeks ago
Rich Hill Note
Rich Hill photo 64. Rich Hill
Hill is as predictable as they come nowadays. He'll give you outstanding innings with excellent strikeout numbers, but will top out at 135 innings and likely less. He'll likely be sidelined until June with his elbow injury but that may be just in time for the start of the season now. That should move Hill far up your draft boards, from afterthought to late-round sleeper.
22 weeks ago
Anthony DeSclafani Note
Anthony DeSclafani photo 66. Anthony DeSclafani
Desclafani quietly had a decent season in 2019, with a 3.89 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and more than a strikeout per inning. But his FIP and xFIP suggested he was lucky, and he lacks the upside of other late-round starters. In deeper mixed leagues where your rotation is solid and you just want someone to not hurt you, Desclafani is your guy. Otherwise, go for a higher ceiling.
22 weeks ago
Garrett Richards Note
Garrett Richards photo 68. Garrett Richards
Alex Wood Note
Alex Wood photo 75. Alex Wood
Wood will be in the Dodgers' rotation to start the year, and there's some reason for optimism. After an offseason spent with Driveline Baseball, Wood saw a velocity bump in the spring, and that usually portends better things for the veteran throughout his career. Don't go crazy with Wood, but he's fine as a late-round pick with upside.
22 weeks ago
Ian Kennedy Note
Ian Kennedy photo 76. Ian Kennedy
Kennedy was an afterthought on draft day last year, but a run of save chances in the middle of the summer boosted him to 30 saves. His peripherals didn't hurt fantasy owners and his strikeout numbers were solid, making Kennedy the poster child for the "wait on saves" crowd. In the final year of his deal, he'll again open as the closer for the Royals, but his chances of being dealt mid-season are extremely high. Draft him, of course, but don't bank on much more than 15 saves or so.
22 weeks ago
Jose Quintana Note
Jose Quintana photo 81. Jose Quintana
Quintana went from a solid, low-3.00 ERA pitcher with the White Sox to an unreliable pitcher with over a 4.00 ERA in his time with the Cubs. His strikeout rate continues to trend down, and despite pitching at least 171 innings in each of the past seven seasons, he's never won more than 13 games. A low-upside, low-floor play, Quintana is just NL-only material.
22 weeks ago
Cole Hamels Note
Cole Hamels photo 82. Cole Hamels
Hamels kept up his strikeout rate last year with the cubs, but his control waned, and he had the worst walk rate of his career. He's dealing with a shoulder injury in the spring and there's currently no timetable for his return. Add it all up and Hamels is only barely worth drafting until or unless we get some positive news.
22 weeks ago
J.A. Happ Note
J.A. Happ photo 87. J.A. Happ
Rick Porcello Note
Rick Porcello photo 89. Rick Porcello
Porcello's move to the National League makes him somewhat intriguing. His middling strikeout rate (17.4% career) will likely take a jump, and his overall numbers should improve with a move out of the AL East. Even with improvement, however, there's a long way to go before Porcello is contributing to a fantasy team. His biggest asset - his ability to consistently throw innings - will be far less useful with the postponement of Opening Day. He's a late-round filler for a deep pitching staff but little more.
22 weeks ago
Jeff Samardzija Note
Jeff Samardzija photo 90. Jeff Samardzija
Samardzija had an impressive 3.52 ERA and 1.11 WHIP last year, but that's where the good news ended. His strikeout rate is at the point where it actively hurts fantasy owners, and his win potential is capped by pitching for the Giants. There are better pitchers to consider late in your draft.
22 weeks ago
Anibal Sanchez Note
Anibal Sanchez photo 95. Anibal Sanchez
Kevin Gausman Note
Kevin Gausman photo 96. Kevin Gausman
Julio Teheran Note
Julio Teheran photo 98. Julio Teheran
Jon Lester Note
Jon Lester photo 99. Jon Lester
Mike Fiers Note
Mike Fiers photo 102. Mike Fiers
Matt Shoemaker Note
Matt Shoemaker photo 113. Matt Shoemaker
Jake Arrieta Note
Jake Arrieta photo 126. Jake Arrieta
Homer Bailey Note
Homer Bailey photo 137. Homer Bailey
Chase Anderson Note
Chase Anderson photo 139. Chase Anderson
Brad Peacock Note
Brad Peacock photo 143. Brad Peacock
Taijuan Walker Note
Taijuan Walker photo 144. Taijuan Walker
Adam Wainwright Note
Adam Wainwright photo 145. Adam Wainwright
Drew Smyly Note
Drew Smyly photo 156. Drew Smyly
Michael Wacha Note
Michael Wacha photo 162. Michael Wacha
Tyler Skaggs Note
Tyler Skaggs photo 185. Tyler Skaggs
Brett Anderson Note
Brett Anderson photo 189. Brett Anderson
Tyler Chatwood Note
Tyler Chatwood photo 194. Tyler Chatwood
Austin Adams Note
Austin Adams photo 195. Austin Adams
Jesse Chavez Note
Jesse Chavez photo 199. Jesse Chavez
Mark Rogers Note
Mark Rogers photo 202. Mark Rogers
Derek Holland Note
Derek Holland photo 205. Derek Holland
Zack Godley Note
Zack Godley photo 207. Zack Godley
Aaron Sanchez Note
Aaron Sanchez photo 208. Aaron Sanchez
Ubaldo Jimenez Note
Ubaldo Jimenez photo 213. Ubaldo Jimenez
Mauricio Robles Note
Mauricio Robles photo 214. Mauricio Robles
Sam Gaviglio Note
Sam Gaviglio photo 215. Sam Gaviglio
Mike Montgomery Note
Mike Montgomery photo 217. Mike Montgomery
Harold Ramirez Note
Harold Ramirez photo 218. Harold Ramirez
Andrew Kittredge Note
Andrew Kittredge photo 219. Andrew Kittredge
Ivan Nova Note
Ivan Nova photo 221. Ivan Nova
Trevor Cahill Note
Trevor Cahill photo 223. Trevor Cahill
Tyler Clippard Note
Tyler Clippard photo 225. Tyler Clippard
Braden Shipley Note
Braden Shipley photo 232. Braden Shipley
Wade LeBlanc Note
Wade LeBlanc photo 248. Wade LeBlanc
Andrew Triggs Note
Andrew Triggs photo 254. Andrew Triggs
Daniel Gossett Note
Daniel Gossett photo 265. Daniel Gossett
Jake Faria Note
Jake Faria photo 267. Jake Faria
Jordan Zimmermann Note
Jordan Zimmermann photo 270. Jordan Zimmermann
Wilmer Font Note
Wilmer Font photo 273. Wilmer Font
Jharel Cotton Note
Jharel Cotton photo 277. Jharel Cotton
Brian Johnson Note
Brian Johnson photo 278. Brian Johnson
Wei-Yin Chen Note
Wei-Yin Chen photo 300. Wei-Yin Chen
Edinson Volquez Note
Edinson Volquez photo 319. Edinson Volquez
Danny Salazar Note
Danny Salazar photo 324. Danny Salazar
Matt Moore Note
Matt Moore photo 332. Matt Moore
Tommy Milone Note
Tommy Milone photo 334. Tommy Milone
Nestor Cortes Jr. Note
Nestor Cortes Jr. photo 350. Nestor Cortes Jr.
Francisco Liriano Note
Francisco Liriano photo 352. Francisco Liriano
Chandler Shepherd Note
Chandler Shepherd photo 357. Chandler Shepherd
Andrew Cashner Note
Andrew Cashner photo 358. Andrew Cashner
David Hess Note
David Hess photo 364. David Hess
Manny Banuelos Note
Manny Banuelos photo 369. Manny Banuelos
Matt Harvey Note
Matt Harvey photo 372. Matt Harvey
Tony Cingrani Note
Tony Cingrani photo 376. Tony Cingrani
Tim Melville Note
Tim Melville photo 377. Tim Melville
Tyson Ross Note
Tyson Ross photo 381. Tyson Ross
Odrisamer Despaigne Note
Odrisamer Despaigne photo 395. Odrisamer Despaigne
Jason Vargas Note
Jason Vargas photo 397. Jason Vargas
Mike Shawaryn Note
Mike Shawaryn photo 402. Mike Shawaryn
Clay Buchholz Note
Clay Buchholz photo 404. Clay Buchholz
Aaron Brooks Note
Aaron Brooks photo 408. Aaron Brooks
Bud Norris Note
Bud Norris photo 413. Bud Norris
Ross Detwiler Note
Ross Detwiler photo 417. Ross Detwiler
Adalberto Mejia Note
Adalberto Mejia photo 421. Adalberto Mejia
Chad Bettis Note
Chad Bettis photo 423. Chad Bettis
Cody Anderson Note
Cody Anderson photo 425. Cody Anderson
Heath Fillmyer Note
Heath Fillmyer photo 430. Heath Fillmyer
Ervin Santana Note
Ervin Santana photo 431. Ervin Santana
Drew Gagnon Note
Drew Gagnon photo 437. Drew Gagnon
Yefry Ramirez Note
Yefry Ramirez photo 444. Yefry Ramirez
Ben Lively Note
Ben Lively photo 446. Ben Lively
Gabriel Ynoa Note
Gabriel Ynoa photo 447. Gabriel Ynoa
Pedro Payano Note
Pedro Payano photo 457. Pedro Payano
Dan Straily Note
Dan Straily photo 460. Dan Straily
Erasmo Ramirez Note
Erasmo Ramirez photo 467. Erasmo Ramirez
Brock Stewart Note
Brock Stewart photo 468. Brock Stewart
Alex White Note
Alex White photo 470. Alex White
James Shields Note
James Shields photo 477. James Shields
Jeremy Hellickson Note
Jeremy Hellickson photo 479. Jeremy Hellickson
Luiz Gohara Note
Luiz Gohara photo 480. Luiz Gohara
Artie Lewicki Note
Artie Lewicki photo 482. Artie Lewicki
Chris Ellis Note
Chris Ellis photo 483. Chris Ellis
Jimmy Yacabonis Note
Jimmy Yacabonis photo 484. Jimmy Yacabonis
Rookie Davis Note
Rookie Davis photo 485. Rookie Davis
Luis Escobar Note
Luis Escobar photo 486. Luis Escobar