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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 14. 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 28. Dinelson Lamet
Chris Paddack Note
Chris Paddack photo 33. Chris Paddack
Joe Musgrove Note
Joe Musgrove photo 39. Joe Musgrove
Musgrove has been a popular sleeper the last two seasons and now that he's been traded to the Padres, his ADP is surely going to rise. In 2019, Musgrove continued to improve as a pitcher, upping his strikeout rate and adding velocity. But his 2020 season looked like a step back, until he returned from the IL strong, including finishing his season with back-to-back scoreless outings while getting back some of the lost zip on his fastball. Overall, Musgrove's 2020 numbers suggest a breakout waiting to happen, as he built significantly on his gains in 2019, increasing his strikeout rate to 33.1%. His chances for wins should improve dramatically in San Diego, and he's a fine fourth starter with upside.
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Drew Pomeranz Note
Drew Pomeranz photo 80. Drew Pomeranz
MacKenzie Gore Note
MacKenzie Gore photo 92. MacKenzie Gore
Adrian Morejon Note
Adrian Morejon photo 155. Adrian Morejon
Matt Strahm Note
Matt Strahm photo 172. Matt Strahm
Mike Clevinger Note
Mike Clevinger photo 195. Mike Clevinger
Anderson Espinoza Note
Anderson Espinoza photo 286. Anderson Espinoza
Ryan Weathers Note
Ryan Weathers photo 310. Ryan Weathers
Jose Castillo Note
Jose Castillo photo 335. Jose Castillo
Michel Baez Note
Michel Baez photo 373. Michel Baez