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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Yu Darvish Note
Yu Darvish photo 4. Yu Darvish
After a career year in 2020, Darvish moves to San Diego in a trade that shouldn't affect his strong 2021 outlook all that much. Despite his advancing age, Darvish built on the gains he had made over the second half of 2019, finishing with a 2.01 ER, a 0.96 WHIP, and a 31.3% strikeout rate. Darvish's walk rate has declined to a level once thought unattainable for the veteran, a mere 4.7%, which was in the top 8% of MLB in 2020. Although he'll be entering his age-35 season, there's simply nothing in Darvish's numbers, metrics, or statcast data that points to a decline. If you are desperate to find a negative, it's a move from the weak-hitting NL Central to the much stronger NL West, but that's hardly a reason to avoid Darvish. Draft him as an easy top-10 starter, and more like a top-5 option.
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Blake Snell Note
Blake Snell photo 13. Blake Snell
Snell moves to the Padres fresh off a solid year, in which he pitched to a 3.24 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP, with a memorable early exit in the World Series. Snell has a checkered injury history and has pitched just 157 innings over the past two years, so don't expect him to be a big innings-eater in 2021. And, although he'll escape the dreaded AL East, he'll get a downgrade in park and defense, which largely makes the move a neutral one. All that said, Snell has plenty of talent as he's shown throughout his career, and should be able to pile up wins and strikeouts pitching for a strong Padres team. Draft him as an SP2 with upside.
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Dinelson Lamet Note
Dinelson Lamet photo 20. Dinelson Lamet
Chris Paddack Note
Chris Paddack photo 30. Chris Paddack
Drew Pomeranz Note
Drew Pomeranz photo 70. Drew Pomeranz
MacKenzie Gore Note
MacKenzie Gore photo 77. MacKenzie Gore
Mike Clevinger Note
Mike Clevinger photo 156. Mike Clevinger
Adrian Morejon Note
Adrian Morejon photo 157. Adrian Morejon
Joey Lucchesi Note
Joey Lucchesi photo 160. Joey Lucchesi
Matt Strahm Note
Matt Strahm photo 187. Matt Strahm
Anderson Espinoza Note
Anderson Espinoza photo 214. Anderson Espinoza
Ryan Weathers Note
Ryan Weathers photo 244. Ryan Weathers