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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Jose Berrios Note
Jose Berrios photo 21. Jose Berrios
Berrios reached 200 innings but didn't really take the step forward that most fantasy owners had hoped for. His strikeout rate dropped, his WHIP increased, and batters made better contact. Still, Berrios was a pitcher who fantasy owners could start each and every time out, contributed well in wins, and rarely walked batters. When you add it all up, Berrios remains a starter that fantasy owners should covet, but perhaps temper expectations until he shows that he's ready to take that next step.
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Kenta Maeda Note
Kenta Maeda photo 38. Kenta Maeda
Maeda should be the rare pitcher who benefits from a move to the American League. The Dodgers have moved him back and forth from the bullpen to the starting rotation to manipulate his innings and avoid paying him bonuses for years. Now, he should stick in the Twins' rotation, and approach the 175 innings he threw in 2016. Given that he had the highest swinging strike rate (14.6%) and chase rate (34.8%) of his career last year and will be moving to a division that saw three of the other four teams rank in the bottom seven in runs scored in 2019, consider the needle on Maeda moving up.
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Jake Odorizzi Note
Jake Odorizzi photo 50. 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.
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Rich Hill Note
Rich Hill photo 65. 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.
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Michael Pineda Note
Michael Pineda photo 104. Michael Pineda
Pineda will miss the first 39 games of the 2020 season as he finishes serving his PED suspension. When he does pitch, he'll offer roughly a 4.00 ERA, a decent WHIP, and slightly below average strikeout numbers. On a good Minnesota team, wins may be his best attribute, but he's hardly a pitcher to target in fantasy.
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Homer Bailey Note
Homer Bailey photo 136. Homer Bailey
Randy Dobnak Note
Randy Dobnak photo 169. Randy Dobnak
Tyler Clippard Note
Tyler Clippard photo 202. Tyler Clippard
Devin Smeltzer Note
Devin Smeltzer photo 230. Devin Smeltzer
Zack Littell Note
Zack Littell photo 249. Zack Littell
Lewis Thorpe Note
Lewis Thorpe photo 284. Lewis Thorpe
Matt Wisler Note
Matt Wisler photo 335. Matt Wisler
Fernando Romero Note
Fernando Romero photo 343. Fernando Romero
Jorge Alcala Note
Jorge Alcala photo 412. Jorge Alcala
Chase De Jong Note
Chase De Jong photo 467. Chase De Jong