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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Dylan Bundy Note
Dylan Bundy photo 36. Dylan Bundy
Bundy largely made good on the enormous amount of buzz that surrounded him after he moved from the Orioles to the Angels. He set career bests in ERA (3.29), WHIP (1.04), strikeout rate (27%), and walk rate (6.4%). Bundy's fastball, though it continued to trend down in velocity, was more effective than in years' past, in part because he cut way down on his usage of the pitch (just 33.6%, after throwing it at least 42.4% of the time in every previous season). His slider remained one of the best pitches in the game, and his remaining secondary pitches improved, too. At some point, Bundy's fastball velocity is going to become an issue, but there's little reason to expect that to come in 2021. Draft him as as an SP3.
7 weeks ago
Shohei Ohtani Note
Shohei Ohtani photo 51. Shohei Ohtani
Depending on your league settings, Ohtani has the potential to be a dominant force in 2021. There has never been any doubt about his talent, and he looks fantastic in the spring, hitting home runs at will and pumping in high-90s fastballs when on the mound. He's been batting on days he pitches, and Joe Maddon has suggested that he's going to throw out the old rules that led to Ohtani's decreased playing time. If you can move him between hitter and pitcher on a daily basis, then move him up your board significantly. Even if not, he should provide plenty of value when healthy as either a hitter or a pitcher, so make sure he's on your radar as you move into the double-digit rounds.
7 weeks ago
Andrew Heaney Note
Andrew Heaney photo 54. Andrew Heaney
Heaney is a fine pitcher, but it feels like he has a lot more to him than his career 4.44 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. His fastball is hittable and he throws it often, and his curveball isn't quite good enough to offset the damage. He was outspoken about working this offseason to become less predictable, so hopefully that manifests itself in his 2021 performance. But there's no reason to draft him as anything but a pitcher who will give you decent strikeouts and mediocre ratios, hopefully as someone you can use on your bench and stream in the right matchup.
7 weeks ago
Griffin Canning Note
Griffin Canning photo 76. Griffin Canning
It's mostly about health with Canning, who offers a great deal of stability when he's on the mound. You can expect at worst a low 4.00 ERA, about a 1.30 WHIP, and roughly a strikeout per inning. But he did close last season notably strong, pitching to a 3.14 ERA, and a 1.19 WHIP, with a 14.5% swinging strike rate and a 10.4 K/9 mark over his final five starts. That's probably his ceiling, but it shows what he's capable of when he is healthy and gets into a groove. He's a fine pick at his cost (which is minimal), but bake in some injury risk.
7 weeks ago
Jose Quintana Note
Jose Quintana photo 120. Jose Quintana
Alex Cobb Note
Alex Cobb photo 157. Alex Cobb
Patrick Sandoval Note
Patrick Sandoval photo 177. Patrick Sandoval
Jaime Barria Note
Jaime Barria photo 178. Jaime Barria
Felix Pena Note
Felix Pena photo 188. Felix Pena
Reid Detmers Note
Reid Detmers photo 280. Reid Detmers
Luke Bard Note
Luke Bard photo 283. Luke Bard
Dillon Peters Note
Dillon Peters photo 340. Dillon Peters
Packy Naughton Note
Packy Naughton photo 343. Packy Naughton
Jose Suarez Note
Jose Suarez photo 374. Jose Suarez
Chris Rodriguez Note
Chris Rodriguez photo 402. Chris Rodriguez
Jake Faria Note
Jake Faria photo 426. Jake Faria
Jose Alberto Rivera Note
Jose Alberto Rivera photo 428. Jose Alberto Rivera