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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Hyun Jin Ryu Note
Hyun Jin Ryu photo 19. Hyun Jin Ryu
Fantasy managers expected some regression from Ryu after his career season in 2019 and with him moving to the Blue Jays, but it really didn't come. He continued to be among the best in the game at limiting opposing batters' quality of contact, and upped his strikeout rate to 26.2%, second best of his career. Ryu's 2.69 ERA was a bit higher than the 2.32 mark he put up in in 2019, but his FIP, xFIP, SIERA, and xERA were all the same or better than the previous year. In short, other than the potential for injury, which hasn't been a factor in the last two seasons, there's no reason to doubt Ryu at this point.
37 weeks ago
Jose Berrios Note
Jose Berrios photo 22. Jose Berrios
Berrios may not ever become the dominant pitcher many projected him to be, but he offers a strong floor for fantasy managers. Ignoring his 2016 cup of coffee, Berrios has pitched to a 3.89 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a strikeout per inning in his career. And although his walk rate went up a tad and he gave up a bit harder contact in 2020's shortened season, his numbers didn't vary from his usual output significantly. Bank on around a 4.00 ERA, a WHIP somewhere around 1.25, and plenty of strikeouts. In today's fantasy game, that's more than adequate for a strong fantasy staff.
37 weeks ago
Kevin Gausman Note
Kevin Gausman photo 40. Kevin Gausman
Gausman had the best season of his career with the Giants last season, and accepted a qualifying offer to remain in San Francisco. Gausman not only put up an impressive 3.62 ERA, but he upped his strikeout rate by about nine points to 32.2%. He saw a nice velocity bump on his fastball and leaned into his excellent splitter a bit more than usual. The downside for Gausman is that he really is mostly a fastball/splitter pitcher, meaning that when his splitter isn't working, he's likely to get hit hard. But, we've now at least seen the upside over a full season, and he's a pretty ideal SP4/SP5 if you can get him in that range.
37 weeks ago
Nate Pearson Note
Nate Pearson photo 92. Nate Pearson
Pearson is oozing with talent, but he just can't seem to stay healthy. Whether it was elbow soreness last year or the groin strain that is now going to keep him out of action for a bit, something seem to crop up to delay his success in the majors. He wound up pitching just 18 innings overall last year, but the stuff is there, without question. His fastball reaches triple digits, his slider is dominant, and his curveball and changeup are far above average. There's always a bit more uncertainty with young power pitchers, particularly when they've had elbow injuries like Pearson has. And, after trading for Steven Matz, the Blue Jays have plenty of rotation depth and shouldn't feel pressured into rushing Pearson back from injury. In keeper and dynasty formats, he's still a buy, but in redraft leagues, he's probably not worth a pick at this point.
37 weeks ago
Ross Stripling Note
Ross Stripling photo 117. Ross Stripling
Julian Merryweather Note
Julian Merryweather photo 196. Julian Merryweather
Shaun Anderson Note
Shaun Anderson photo 230. Shaun Anderson
Trevor Richards Note
Trevor Richards photo 251. Trevor Richards
Alek Manoah Note
Alek Manoah photo 292. Alek Manoah
Trent Thornton Note
Trent Thornton photo 302. Trent Thornton
Adam Kloffenstein Note
Adam Kloffenstein photo 325. Adam Kloffenstein
Eric Pardinho Note
Eric Pardinho photo 346. Eric Pardinho