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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Kenta Maeda Note
Kenta Maeda photo 16. Kenta Maeda
Fantasy managers rejoiced when Maeda was traded from the Dodgers to the Twins, but he surpassed even the loftiest of expectations. In the short season, Maeda went 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA, a 0.73 WHIP, and a 32.3% strikeout rate. In addition to simply being let loose with his innings, Maeda made a tangible change to his pitch mix, throwing far fewer fastball and more sliders and changeups (though his fastball was as effective as it had ever been last year, too). Maeda surely won't be able to repeat his numbers from 2020, as he allowed just a .208 BABIP, had an 80.2% LOB rate, and benefited from being able to feast on solely the NL and AL Central lineups. But even with some regression, he should still be a rock solid SP2, and should be drafted as such.
36 weeks ago
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.
36 weeks ago
Randy Dobnak Note
Randy Dobnak photo 129. Randy Dobnak
Devin Smeltzer Note
Devin Smeltzer photo 208. Devin Smeltzer
Simeon Woods-Richardson Note
Simeon Woods-Richardson photo 259. Simeon Woods-Richardson
Jordan Balazovic Note
Jordan Balazovic photo 262. Jordan Balazovic
Joe Ryan Note
Joe Ryan photo 297. Joe Ryan
Jhoan Duran Note
Jhoan Duran photo 319. Jhoan Duran
Jharel Cotton Note
Jharel Cotton photo 443. Jharel Cotton