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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Stephen Strasburg Note
Stephen Strasburg photo 20. Stephen Strasburg
Strasburg was limited to just five innings in 2020, with an injury that eventually required carpal tunnel syndrome. Although that's a minor surgery, the truth is that fantasy managers have very little data as to the impact and/or successful recovery rate after that surgery for pitchers. Strasburg's a tricky draft pick in any given year - he always provides strong value when he's on the mound, but has only topped 200 innings pitched twice in his career. Now entering his age-33 season, Strasburg will likely again provide excellent overall numbers assuming he is healthy. He looks great in the spring, though he's currently battling a minor calf injury, though it shouldn't keep him out for long. Draft him as an SP2, but anything more than 160 innings is gravy.
36 weeks ago
Patrick Corbin Note
Patrick Corbin photo 37. Patrick Corbin
Corbin had a disastrous 2020 season, during which he went 2-7 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. His strikeout rate plummeted, and his velocity dropped significantly, with his fastball seeing a dip of almost two miles per hour. Corbin leans heavily into his slider, and he needs it to be pristine to be an effective pitcher. And although it wasn't a terrible pitch in 2020, the swinging strike rate on it dropped from 28.1% to 21.2%, and the whiff rate from 52% to just 38.2%. If the loss in velocity and effectiveness of his slider were entirely due to the oddities of the shortened season, then Corbin is going to be a major value in drafts this year. But if not, then his days as a "set it and forget it" starter are likely over. Monitor Corbin's performance this spring, particularly with his velocity. If it's back up to prior levels, then push him up your board significantly.
36 weeks ago
Joe Ross Note
Joe Ross photo 246. Joe Ross
Austin Voth Note
Austin Voth photo 248. Austin Voth
Erick Fedde Note
Erick Fedde photo 270. Erick Fedde
Josiah Gray Note
Josiah Gray photo 277. Josiah Gray
Cade Cavalli Note
Cade Cavalli photo 301. Cade Cavalli
Jackson Rutledge Note
Jackson Rutledge photo 322. Jackson Rutledge
Jefry Rodriguez Note
Jefry Rodriguez photo 382. Jefry Rodriguez
Paolo Espino Note
Paolo Espino photo 426. Paolo Espino
Ben Braymer Note
Ben Braymer photo 429. Ben Braymer