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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Francisco Lindor Note
Francisco Lindor photo 1. Francisco Lindor CLE
Lindor's 2019 season got off to a rocky start with a right calf strain in February followed by a sprained left ankle in March. But when he returned in late April, he didn't miss a beat, putting up a classic 30-20 season and contributing in all five categories. There were some minor negatives for Lindor - his strikeout rate went up, his walk rate went down, and he had an expected batting average of just .276, the lowest of his career. But Lindor's floor at this point is so enormously high that he's one of the few no-risk players, and he shouldn't slip past the top 10 in drafts or, frankly, the top seven.
26 weeks ago
Trevor Story Note
Trevor Story photo 2. Trevor Story COL
It's safe to say that Story's 2017 season was just an outlier, and he's established a fairly reliable 35-homer, 20-plus steal baseline. Pay no attention to Story's dramatically lower xBA - Coors Field will always inflate batting average and should keep Story's mark with roughly a .280 floor at worst. Even at a deep shortstop position, he's a unique five-category player, and is an easy first-round selection.
26 weeks ago
Trea Turner Note
Trea Turner photo 3. Trea Turner WSH
It just feels like there's a 60-steal season waiting in Turner's future, and you simply can't say that about too many other players in the game at this point. With stolen bases as a whole on the decline, Turner has an absolute floor of 40 (barring injury) and a much higher ceiling. Add to that the fact that he should help fantasy owners in three other categories and be neutral in the fourth (RBI), and he should be taken in the first round of all rotisserie leagues.
26 weeks ago
Alex Bregman Note
Alex Bregman photo 4. Alex Bregman HOU
Fernando Tatis Jr. Note
Fernando Tatis Jr. photo 5. Fernando Tatis Jr. SD
Javier Baez Note
Javier Baez photo 6. Javier Baez CHC
Xander Bogaerts Note
Xander Bogaerts photo 7. Xander Bogaerts BOS
Bogaerts had an outstanding 2019 season, obliterating his career-high in home runs and RBI and getting his batting average back over .300. But the thing is, his underlying metrics don't look all that different from his solid but unspectacular 2018 season. His strikeout rate, hard hit percentage, average exit velocity, and launch angle all remained nearly identical, while his steals (only four) continued to trend down to a now useless level from a fantasy perspective. Bogaerts is still a fine option but at a strong position and now batting in a weaker lineup, be careful not to waste too high a pick on him.
26 weeks ago
Gleyber Torres Note
Gleyber Torres photo 8. Gleyber Torres NYY
Adalberto Mondesi Note
Adalberto Mondesi photo 9. Adalberto Mondesi KC
Manny Machado Note
Manny Machado photo 10. Manny Machado SD
Bo Bichette Note
Bo Bichette photo 11. Bo Bichette TOR
Jonathan Villar Note
Jonathan Villar photo 12. Jonathan Villar FA
Ketel Marte Note
Ketel Marte photo 13. Ketel Marte ARI
Marte suddenly went from being a career .263 hitter with 22 home runs in 1,548 plate appearances to batting .329 with 32 home runs in 628 plate appearances. And while he made many overall gains, such as a massive increase in launch angle, his expected batting average was just .299 and that .030 difference was 10th-highest in MLB. He also upped his pull percentage by a significant amount, and pulled all but one of his home runs, which should be something that pitchers can exploit in 2020. Buy some of the gains, but consider Marte closer to a .290-25 type of hitter.
26 weeks ago
Marcus Semien Note
Marcus Semien photo 14. Marcus Semien FA
Tim Anderson Note
Tim Anderson photo 15. Tim Anderson CWS
Carlos Correa Note
Carlos Correa photo 16. Carlos Correa HOU
Jorge Polanco Note
Jorge Polanco photo 17. Jorge Polanco MIN
Corey Seager Note
Corey Seager photo 18. Corey Seager LAD
Amed Rosario Note
Amed Rosario photo 19. Amed Rosario NYM
Elvis Andrus Note
Elvis Andrus photo 20. Elvis Andrus TEX
Paul DeJong Note
Paul DeJong photo 21. Paul DeJong STL
Jean Segura Note
Jean Segura photo 22. Jean Segura PHI
You know who didn't love stolen bases? Gabe Kapler. You know who isn't the manager of the Phillies anymore? Gabe Kapler. Segura's numbers stayed relatively consistent last year, except his stolen base totals dropped from the 20-30 range to just 10. But with Kapler out of town, there's every reason to expect the 30-year-old Segura to return to being a 20-steal player with a plus batting average who will chip in everywhere. With dual-eligibility coming, Segura shouldn't be forgotten on draft day.
26 weeks ago
Didi Gregorius Note
Didi Gregorius photo 23. Didi Gregorius FA
Eduardo Escobar Note
Eduardo Escobar photo 24. Eduardo Escobar ARI
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Note
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. photo 25. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. TOR
Danny Santana Note
Danny Santana photo 26. Danny Santana TEX
Tommy Edman Note
Tommy Edman photo 27. Tommy Edman STL
Edman had a tidy little rookie season for the Cardinals, as he batted over .300 and put up 11 home runs and 15 steals in 92 games. He looks destined for a super-utility role in 2020, but that should still mean plenty of playing time. With batting average and steals at a premium, Edman is a solid target as you get into the double-digit rounds.
26 weeks ago
Kevin Newman Note
Kevin Newman photo 28. Kevin Newman PIT
A leadoff hitter who bat .308 last year with 12 home runs and 16 steals in just 130 games? What's not to like? Fine, he is one of the worst in the league in terms of barrel percentage and hard hit rate but even still, he had an expected batting average of .291 last year. Newman won't blow you away, but he'll chip in everywhere, especially the scarce categories. Don't forget about him on draft day.
26 weeks ago
Scott Kingery Note
Scott Kingery photo 29. Scott Kingery PHI
Kingery has reported to camp after initially dealing with COVID-19. He says that he's still dealing with his recovery, including some shortness of breath, but it appears likely that he'll be ready to go when the season begins.
20 weeks ago
Dansby Swanson Note
Dansby Swanson photo 30. Dansby Swanson ATL
Willy Adames Note
Willy Adames photo 31. Willy Adames TB
Gavin Lux Note
Gavin Lux photo 32. Gavin Lux LAD
Garrett Hampson Note
Garrett Hampson photo 33. Garrett Hampson COL
Andrelton Simmons Note
Andrelton Simmons photo 34. Andrelton Simmons FA
Carter Kieboom Note
Carter Kieboom photo 35. Carter Kieboom WSH
Niko Goodrum Note
Niko Goodrum photo 36. Niko Goodrum DET
Nick Ahmed Note
Nick Ahmed photo 37. Nick Ahmed ARI
Jon Berti Note
Jon Berti photo 38. Jon Berti MIA
Luis Urias Note
Luis Urias photo 39. Luis Urias MIL
Urias tested positive for COVID-19, but is reportedly asymptomatic. Nevertheless, he remains in quarantine and can only rejoin the team after two positive tests. Urias has upside, but given his performance and current health situation, there's almost no reason to bother drafting him in anything but deep NL-only leagues.
20 weeks ago
Nick Madrigal Note
Nick Madrigal photo 40. Nick Madrigal CWS
Mauricio Dubon Note
Mauricio Dubon photo 41. Mauricio Dubon SF
Jurickson Profar Note
Jurickson Profar photo 42. Jurickson Profar FA
Jose Peraza Note
Jose Peraza photo 43. Jose Peraza NYM
Freddy Galvis Note
Freddy Galvis photo 44. Freddy Galvis FA
Hanser Alberto Note
Hanser Alberto photo 45. Hanser Alberto BAL
David Fletcher Note
David Fletcher photo 46. David Fletcher LAA
Asdrubal Cabrera Note
Asdrubal Cabrera photo 47. Asdrubal Cabrera FA
Nico Hoerner Note
Nico Hoerner photo 48. Nico Hoerner CHC
Jose Iglesias Note
Jose Iglesias photo 49. Jose Iglesias BAL
J.P. Crawford Note
J.P. Crawford photo 50. J.P. Crawford SEA
Chris Taylor Note
Chris Taylor photo 51. Chris Taylor LAD
Brandon Crawford Note
Brandon Crawford photo 52. Brandon Crawford SF
Marwin Gonzalez Note
Marwin Gonzalez photo 53. Marwin Gonzalez FA
Brendan Rodgers Note
Brendan Rodgers photo 54. Brendan Rodgers COL
Nicky Lopez Note
Nicky Lopez photo 55. Nicky Lopez KC
Johan Camargo Note
Johan Camargo photo 56. Johan Camargo ATL
Ryan Mountcastle Note
Ryan Mountcastle photo 57. Ryan Mountcastle BAL
Miguel Rojas Note
Miguel Rojas photo 58. Miguel Rojas MIA
Kike Hernandez Note
Kike Hernandez photo 59. Kike Hernandez FA
Orlando Arcia Note
Orlando Arcia photo 60. Orlando Arcia MIL
Leury Garcia Note
Leury Garcia photo 61. Leury Garcia CWS
Eric Sogard Note
Eric Sogard photo 62. Eric Sogard FA
Jorge Mateo Note
Jorge Mateo photo 63. Jorge Mateo SD
Joey Wendle Note
Joey Wendle photo 64. Joey Wendle TB
Cole Tucker Note
Cole Tucker photo 65. Cole Tucker PIT
Wander Franco Note
Wander Franco photo 66. Wander Franco TB
Aledmys Diaz Note
Aledmys Diaz photo 67. Aledmys Diaz HOU
Myles Straw Note
Myles Straw photo 68. Myles Straw HOU
Royce Lewis Note
Royce Lewis photo 69. Royce Lewis MIN
Luis Rengifo Note
Luis Rengifo photo 70. Luis Rengifo LAA
Brock Holt Note
Brock Holt photo 71. Brock Holt FA
Richard Rodriguez Note
Richard Rodriguez photo 72. Richard Rodriguez FA
Addison Russell Note
Addison Russell photo 73. Addison Russell FA
Willi Castro Note
Willi Castro photo 74. Willi Castro DET
Isaac Paredes Note
Isaac Paredes photo 75. Isaac Paredes DET
Luis Guillorme Note
Luis Guillorme photo 76. Luis Guillorme NYM
Ehire Adrianza Note
Ehire Adrianza photo 77. Ehire Adrianza FA
Harold Castro Note
Harold Castro photo 78. Harold Castro DET
Josh Smith Note
Josh Smith photo 79. Josh Smith NYY
Donovan Solano Note
Donovan Solano photo 80. Donovan Solano SF
Vimael Machin Note
Vimael Machin photo 81. Vimael Machin OAK
Thairo Estrada Note
Thairo Estrada photo 82. Thairo Estrada NYY
Ronny Rodriguez Note
Ronny Rodriguez photo 83. Ronny Rodriguez FA
Adeiny Hechavarria Note
Adeiny Hechavarria photo 84. Adeiny Hechavarria FA
Jordy Mercer Note
Jordy Mercer photo 85. Jordy Mercer NYY
Daniel Robertson Note
Daniel Robertson photo 86. Daniel Robertson SF
Tim Beckham Note
Tim Beckham photo 87. Tim Beckham CWS
Ildemaro Vargas Note
Ildemaro Vargas photo 88. Ildemaro Vargas CHC
Logan Forsythe Note
Logan Forsythe photo 89. Logan Forsythe FA
Andrew Velazquez Note
Andrew Velazquez photo 90. Andrew Velazquez FA
Jose Garcia Note
Jose Garcia photo 91. Jose Garcia CIN
Erik Gonzalez Note
Erik Gonzalez photo 92. Erik Gonzalez PIT
Hernan Perez Note
Hernan Perez photo 93. Hernan Perez CHC
Jonathan Arauz Note
Jonathan Arauz photo 94. Jonathan Arauz BOS
Eli White Note
Eli White photo 95. Eli White TEX
Tzu-Wei Lin Note
Tzu-Wei Lin photo 96. Tzu-Wei Lin FA
Edmundo Sosa Note
Edmundo Sosa photo 97. Edmundo Sosa STL
Yairo Munoz Note
Yairo Munoz photo 98. Yairo Munoz BOS
Danny Mendick Note
Danny Mendick photo 99. Danny Mendick CWS
Donovan Walton Note
Donovan Walton photo 100. Donovan Walton SEA
JT Riddle Note
JT Riddle photo 101. JT Riddle FA
Charlie Culberson Note
Charlie Culberson photo 102. Charlie Culberson FA
Wilmer Difo Note
Wilmer Difo photo 103. Wilmer Difo WSH
Chris Owings Note
Chris Owings photo 104. Chris Owings FA
Dylan Moore Note
Dylan Moore photo 105. Dylan Moore SEA
Sean Rodriguez Note
Sean Rodriguez photo 106. Sean Rodriguez FA
Santiago Espinal Note
Santiago Espinal photo 107. Santiago Espinal TOR
Jung Ho Kang Note
Jung Ho Kang photo 108. Jung Ho Kang FA
Jack Mayfield Note
Jack Mayfield photo 109. Jack Mayfield ATL
C.J. Chatham Note
C.J. Chatham photo 110. C.J. Chatham BOS
Andres Gimenez Note
Andres Gimenez photo 111. Andres Gimenez NYM
Sergio Alcantara Note
Sergio Alcantara photo 112. Sergio Alcantara DET
Jeter Downs Note
Jeter Downs photo 113. Jeter Downs BOS
Yu Chang Note
Yu Chang photo 114. Yu Chang CLE
Arquimedes Gamboa Note
Arquimedes Gamboa photo 115. Arquimedes Gamboa PHI
Richard Urena Note
Richard Urena photo 116. Richard Urena FA
Ryan Goins Note
Ryan Goins photo 117. Ryan Goins CWS
Jazz Chisholm Note
Jazz Chisholm photo 118. Jazz Chisholm MIA
Mike Freeman Note
Mike Freeman photo 119. Mike Freeman FA
Jake Cronenworth Note
Jake Cronenworth photo 120. Jake Cronenworth SD
Lucius Fox Note
Lucius Fox photo 121. Lucius Fox KC
Ryan Court Note
Ryan Court photo 122. Ryan Court FA
Nick Gordon Note
Nick Gordon photo 123. Nick Gordon MIN
Anderson Tejeda Note
Anderson Tejeda photo 124. Anderson Tejeda TEX
Abiatal Avelino Note
Abiatal Avelino photo 125. Abiatal Avelino CHC
Gordon Beckham Note
Gordon Beckham photo 126. Gordon Beckham FA
Ronald Torreyes Note
Ronald Torreyes photo 127. Ronald Torreyes PHI
Humberto Arteaga Note
Humberto Arteaga photo 128. Humberto Arteaga FA
Esteban Quiroz Note
Esteban Quiroz photo 129. Esteban Quiroz TB
Max Moroff Note
Max Moroff photo 130. Max Moroff FA
Christian Lopes Note
Christian Lopes photo 131. Christian Lopes MIA
Yadiel Rivera Note
Yadiel Rivera photo 132. Yadiel Rivera FA
Zach McKinstry Note
Zach McKinstry photo 133. Zach McKinstry LAD
Jose Rondon Note
Jose Rondon photo 134. Jose Rondon FA
Zack Short Note
Zack Short photo 135. Zack Short DET
Oneil Cruz Note
Oneil Cruz photo 136. Oneil Cruz PIT
Elliot Soto Note
Elliot Soto photo 137. Elliot Soto FA
Nick Allen Note
Nick Allen photo 138. Nick Allen OAK
Jeison Guzman Note
Jeison Guzman photo 139. Jeison Guzman KC
Owen Miller Note
Owen Miller photo 140. Owen Miller CLE
Eric Stamets Note
Eric Stamets photo 141. Eric Stamets COL
Deven Marrero Note
Deven Marrero photo 142. Deven Marrero FA
Andy Burns Note
Andy Burns photo 143. Andy Burns FA
Arismendy Alcantara Note
Arismendy Alcantara photo 144. Arismendy Alcantara FA
Gift Ngoepe Note
Gift Ngoepe photo 145. Gift Ngoepe PHI
Mitch Walding Note
Mitch Walding photo 146. Mitch Walding FA
Phillip Evans Note
Phillip Evans photo 147. Phillip Evans PIT
Allen Cordoba Note
Allen Cordoba photo 148. Allen Cordoba SD
Ben Deluzio Note
Ben Deluzio photo 149. Ben Deluzio FA
Ruben Tejada Note
Ruben Tejada photo 150. Ruben Tejada FA
Blake Trahan Note
Blake Trahan photo 151. Blake Trahan FA
Tyler Saladino Note
Tyler Saladino photo 152. Tyler Saladino FA
Troy Tulowitzki Note
Troy Tulowitzki photo 153. Troy Tulowitzki FA