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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2024 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Tyler Glasnow Note
Tyler Glasnow photo 9. Tyler Glasnow
Tyler Glasnow returned with a vengeance in 2023. Upon his return from Tommy John surgery, he threw 120 innings and struck out 162 batters. His 33.4 K% is in the 97th percentile, and his fastball velocity sat in the 96-mph range. His ERA was 3.53, but his xFIP was 2.75, suggesting that he dealt with some bad luck. (And if you know Glasnow, you know that he has dealt with a lot of bad luck in his career.) His WHIP also remained low at 1.08. Now, he joins a burgeoning SuperTeam in the Dodgers, where he will remain for the foreseeable future. He offers so much strikeout upside that it doesn't really matter where he plays. He would be in my Tier 1 of pitchers except for his injury history, which knocks him down ever so slightly.
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Yoshinobu Yamamoto Note
Yoshinobu Yamamoto photo 12. Yoshinobu Yamamoto
Yoshinobu Yamamoto will arrive in MLB with the powerhouse Dodgers in 2024, and while there may be an adjustment period for the 25-year-old, it shouldn't last too long. Yamamoto should come close to 200 strikeouts, though his ERA is projected to be near 4.00. However, as with all pitchers on outstanding teams, he does have slightly more win equity than others. As part of the $1 billion package that Los Angeles dropped on Yamamoto and Shohei Ohtani, the former's ADP seems somewhat inflated for a pitcher who has yet to face MLB hitters. He will cost you a sixth-round draft pick, and there may be better value elsewhere that early.
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Bobby Miller Note
Bobby Miller photo 21. Bobby Miller
Bobby Miller throws hard. He has a fastball velocity in the 98th percentile (98.9 mph), and the speed did not transfer to a high Whiff%. The 24-year-old started 22 games for the Dodgers, and he should have no issue sliding into their 2024 rotation. And it won't be hard to justify anyone wearing a Dodgers uniform this year. His ERA is projected to sit around 4.00, but the win equity and solid pitching organization give him slightly more upside. If you feel the need for speed, he's your guy. But if you feel the need for strikeouts, he doesn't offer a ton. He slots in as an SP3/4.
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Walker Buehler Note
Walker Buehler photo 48. Walker Buehler
Walker Buehler missed all of the 2023 following Tommy John surgery. He is a question mark heading into 2024. In 2021, he looked like the dominant pitcher everyone expected him to be, only to crater in 2022 with the injury. The argument for drafting Buehler as an SP3 is that he pitches for the Dodgers (stadium + team = good things) and becomes a free agent after the season. Many pitchers experience a "honeymoon" period following TJ surgery, and it could be a savvy move to grab him in the mid-rounds. The knock against him is that he will turn 30 in July, and his track record has been anything but consistent. It is a dice roll that can pay off for the right price.
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Emmet Sheehan Note
Emmet Sheehan photo 87. Emmet Sheehan
James Paxton Note
James Paxton photo 91. James Paxton
Clayton Kershaw Note
Clayton Kershaw photo 103. Clayton Kershaw
Gavin Stone Note
Gavin Stone photo 115. Gavin Stone
Dustin May Note
Dustin May photo 194. Dustin May
Daniel Hudson Note
Daniel Hudson photo 201. Daniel Hudson
Michael Grove Note
Michael Grove photo 215. Michael Grove
Ryan Yarbrough Note
Ryan Yarbrough photo 218. Ryan Yarbrough
Kyle Hurt Note
Kyle Hurt photo 242. Kyle Hurt
Landon Knack Note
Landon Knack photo 331. Landon Knack
Nick Frasso Note
Nick Frasso photo 334. Nick Frasso
River Ryan Note
River Ryan photo 343. River Ryan
Elieser Hernandez Note
Elieser Hernandez photo 348. Elieser Hernandez
Braydon Fisher Note
Braydon Fisher photo 382. Braydon Fisher
Jesse Hahn Note
Jesse Hahn photo 402. Jesse Hahn
Ricky Vanasco Note
Ricky Vanasco photo 412. Ricky Vanasco
Dinelson Lamet Note
Dinelson Lamet photo 442. Dinelson Lamet