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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Fernando Tatis Jr. Note
Fernando Tatis Jr. photo 1. Fernando Tatis Jr. SD
Tatis Jr. had an outstanding rookie year, but because he had outperformed his statcast data so significantly, many fantasy managers were worried that his numbers would regress in 2020. Although his batting average did come down (to a still respectable .277), he not only staved off regression, but he improved significantly in most areas. He cut his strikeout rate by 6%, upped his walk rate by 2.5%, and led the league in average exit velocity, hard-hit rate, and barrel percentage. The fact that he's likely to throw in 25-30 steals over the course of a full season is just the cherry on top of elite fantasy production. He's a top-five overall pick with little or no downside and massive upside even off his incredible 2020 numbers.
3 days ago
Trea Turner Note
Trea Turner photo 2. Trea Turner WSH
Turner was the best version of himself in 2020, slashing his strikeout rate to below 14% and setting career bests in batting average, OBP, slugging percentage, wOBA, and wRC+. Above all, Turner locks down two incredibly scarce categories for fantasy managers, stolen bases and batting average, while offering production in the other three hitting categories. Still just entering his age-28 season, Turner is in the prime of his career, and should continue to put up stellar numbers. He's a top-seven pick in rotisserie leagues.
3 days ago
Trevor Story Note
Trevor Story photo 3. Trevor Story COL
Francisco Lindor Note
Francisco Lindor photo 4. Francisco Lindor NYM
Xander Bogaerts Note
Xander Bogaerts photo 5. Xander Bogaerts BOS
Bo Bichette Note
Bo Bichette photo 6. Bo Bichette TOR
Adalberto Mondesi Note
Adalberto Mondesi photo 7. Adalberto Mondesi KC
Even in a shortened year, it was a tale of two seasons for Mondesi. In 35 games in July and August, he batted just .186 with 11 runs, two RBI, no home runs, and eight steals. In his final 24 games, he batted .356 with six home runs, 22 runs scored, 20 RBI, and 16 steals. In the end, Mondesi delivered exactly the type of season that fantasy managers have come to expect, and his 24 steals were eight more than the next highest total. Mondesi won't help in batting average and offers minimal power, but he's an unmatched source of steals. And given that much of his lackluster first month can probably be written off to offseason shoulder surgery, fantasy managers should be able to expect closer to the second-half version of Mondesi rather than the firs this year.
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Corey Seager Note
Corey Seager photo 8. Corey Seager LAD
Tim Anderson Note
Tim Anderson photo 9. Tim Anderson CWS
Javier Baez Note
Javier Baez photo 10. Javier Baez CHC
Gleyber Torres Note
Gleyber Torres photo 11. Gleyber Torres NYY
Carlos Correa Note
Carlos Correa photo 12. Carlos Correa HOU
Dansby Swanson Note
Dansby Swanson photo 13. Dansby Swanson ATL
Marcus Semien Note
Marcus Semien photo 14. Marcus Semien FA
Ketel Marte Note
Ketel Marte photo 15. Ketel Marte ARI
Manny Machado Note
Manny Machado photo 16. Manny Machado SD
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Note
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. photo 17. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. TOR
Alex Bregman Note
Alex Bregman photo 18. Alex Bregman HOU
Jonathan Villar Note
Jonathan Villar photo 19. Jonathan Villar FA
Jake Cronenworth Note
Jake Cronenworth photo 20. Jake Cronenworth SD
Tommy Edman Note
Tommy Edman photo 21. Tommy Edman STL
Ryan Mountcastle Note
Ryan Mountcastle photo 22. Ryan Mountcastle BAL
Mountcastle followed up a successful minor-league career with a strong 35-game stint in the majors last year. Not only did he bat .333 with an .878 OPS and a 139 wRC+, but he also walked 7.9% of the time, far above what he showed in the minors. The batting average is unsustainable - he was a .295 hitter in the minors and last year he relied on a .398 BABIP despite sub-par average exit velocity and a middling line drive rate. But playing in Camden Yards should certainly keep his production high, and batting in the middle of the Orioles lineup should lead to enough RBI chances to make him a rosterable, if not startable, fantasy option.
3 days ago
Didi Gregorius Note
Didi Gregorius photo 23. Didi Gregorius FA
Jorge Polanco Note
Jorge Polanco photo 24. Jorge Polanco MIN
Jean Segura Note
Jean Segura photo 25. Jean Segura PHI
Nick Madrigal Note
Nick Madrigal photo 26. Nick Madrigal CWS
David Fletcher Note
David Fletcher photo 27. David Fletcher LAA
Wander Franco Note
Wander Franco photo 28. Wander Franco TB
Dylan Moore Note
Dylan Moore photo 29. Dylan Moore SEA
Ha-seong Kim Note
Ha-seong Kim photo 30. Ha-seong Kim SD
Kim joins a loaded Padres team after a successful career in the KBO. He had a particularly strong 2020 season, slashing .306/.397/.523 with 30 home runs and 23 steals. Although he split time between shortstop and third base in the KBO, he'll man second for the Padres, which is better for his fantasy value given the relative lack of strength of the position. Kim is younger than most hitters coming over from the KBO - only 25 - and he has the speed and power to reach double digits in steals and homers pretty easily. But he's more of a 15-15 type of player, rather than the potential 30-25 he was last year, and he'll likely bat near the bottom of the order, limiting his plate appearance and runs and RBI opportunities. Draft him as a middle infield option, but with upside.
3 days ago
Paul DeJong Note
Paul DeJong photo 31. Paul DeJong STL
Chris Taylor Note
Chris Taylor photo 32. Chris Taylor LAD
Gavin Lux Note
Gavin Lux photo 33. Gavin Lux LAD
Amed Rosario Note
Amed Rosario photo 34. Amed Rosario CLE
Willi Castro Note
Willi Castro photo 35. Willi Castro DET
Jurickson Profar Note
Jurickson Profar photo 36. Jurickson Profar FA
Andres Gimenez Note
Andres Gimenez photo 37. Andres Gimenez CLE
Eduardo Escobar Note
Eduardo Escobar photo 38. Eduardo Escobar ARI
Garrett Hampson Note
Garrett Hampson photo 39. Garrett Hampson COL
Willy Adames Note
Willy Adames photo 40. Willy Adames TB
Jon Berti Note
Jon Berti photo 41. Jon Berti MIA
Jose Iglesias Note
Jose Iglesias photo 42. Jose Iglesias LAA
Mauricio Dubon Note
Mauricio Dubon photo 43. Mauricio Dubon SF
Joey Wendle Note
Joey Wendle photo 44. Joey Wendle TB
Elvis Andrus Note
Elvis Andrus photo 45. Elvis Andrus TEX
Scott Kingery Note
Scott Kingery photo 46. Scott Kingery PHI
Nick Ahmed Note
Nick Ahmed photo 47. Nick Ahmed ARI
Miguel Rojas Note
Miguel Rojas photo 48. Miguel Rojas MIA
Niko Goodrum Note
Niko Goodrum photo 49. Niko Goodrum DET
Nico Hoerner Note
Nico Hoerner photo 50. Nico Hoerner CHC
Donovan Solano Note
Donovan Solano photo 51. Donovan Solano SF
J.P. Crawford Note
J.P. Crawford photo 52. J.P. Crawford SEA
Kevin Newman Note
Kevin Newman photo 53. Kevin Newman PIT
Jazz Chisholm Note
Jazz Chisholm photo 54. Jazz Chisholm MIA
Luis Garcia Note
Luis Garcia photo 55. Luis Garcia WSH
Myles Straw Note
Myles Straw photo 56. Myles Straw HOU
Danny Santana Note
Danny Santana photo 57. Danny Santana FA
Hanser Alberto Note
Hanser Alberto photo 58. Hanser Alberto FA
Luis Urias Note
Luis Urias photo 59. Luis Urias MIL
Brendan Rodgers Note
Brendan Rodgers photo 60. Brendan Rodgers COL
Anderson Tejada Note
Anderson Tejada photo 61. Anderson Tejada TEX
Andrelton Simmons Note
Andrelton Simmons photo 62. Andrelton Simmons FA
Jeter Downs Note
Jeter Downs photo 63. Jeter Downs BOS
Carter Kieboom Note
Carter Kieboom photo 64. Carter Kieboom WSH
Brandon Crawford Note
Brandon Crawford photo 65. Brandon Crawford SF
Asdrubal Cabrera Note
Asdrubal Cabrera photo 66. Asdrubal Cabrera FA
Orlando Arcia Note
Orlando Arcia photo 67. Orlando Arcia MIL
Kike Hernandez Note
Kike Hernandez photo 68. Kike Hernandez FA
Jose Garcia Note
Jose Garcia photo 69. Jose Garcia CIN
Isaac Paredes Note
Isaac Paredes photo 70. Isaac Paredes DET
Royce Lewis Note
Royce Lewis photo 71. Royce Lewis MIN
Marwin Gonzalez Note
Marwin Gonzalez photo 72. Marwin Gonzalez FA
Thairo Estrada Note
Thairo Estrada photo 73. Thairo Estrada NYY
Anderson Tejeda Note
Anderson Tejeda photo 74. Anderson Tejeda TEX
Jose Peraza Note
Jose Peraza photo 75. Jose Peraza NYM