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Orioles OF prospect Heston Kjerstad won't participate in the team's instructional league due to an "undisclosed medical, non-sports related reason." (Source: Jon Meoli on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kjerstad was the organization's first-round pick (second overall) in the 2020 amateur draft. It's disappointing that he won't get this extra work in, but the future remains bright for the former Arkansas Razorback.

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Renato Nunez went 2-for-4 on Sunday against the Blue Jays, taking a walk and hitting a single and a double. He scored a run and drove one in himself in the 8-5 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Nunez finishes 2020 with a .256 average, 12 homers, 29 runs, and 31 RBI. In other words, the exact season that Nunez was expected to have. Expect him to be drafted as a corner infielder in deeper leagues next year.

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DJ Stewart played right field and hit second in the season finale against the Blue Jays, going 1-for-4 with a single and a walk. The Orioles won, 7-5.

Fantasy Impact: Stewart had quite a two-week run in early September, but his overall slash line of .193/.355/.455 leaves something to be desired. He will battle for the left field job in 2021.

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Cedric Mullins played center field and hit ninth on Sunday against the Blue Jays, going 2-for-4 with two triples and two RBI. The Orioles won, 7-5.

Fantasy Impact: Mullins had a surprising season, finishing with a .271 average, .723 OPS, and seven stolen bases. He will battle for a fourth outfielder role in 2021, assuming that Ryan Mountcastle or DJ Stewart mans left field.

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Cesar Valdez pitched the ninth inning of the season finale against the Blue Jays, not allowing a runner en route to this third save. The Orioles won, 7-5.

Fantasy Impact: Valdez is a very interesting player, throwing a changeup 80%+ of the time. He finishes 2020 with a 1.26 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, and 12 strikeouts in 14 and 1/3 innings. As fun as this story is, he likely won't be fantasy relevant as we enter 2021.

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Keegan Akin gave up four runs on five hits and a walk over three innings against the Blue Jays on Sunday. Two of those hits were homers and accounted for three of the runs. The Orioles ended up winning 7-5, leaving Akin with a no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: Akin finishes 2020 with a 4.56 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 35 strikeouts in 25 and 2/3 innings. He showed promise towards the end of the year, and will likely be on and off the waiver wire in deeper leagues all next year.

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Cole Sulser relieved Hunter Harvey in the seventh inning of Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, getting two outs and striking out one. The Orioles lost, 5-2.

Fantasy Impact: Sulser had a very up-and-down season, and will likely finish 2020 with a 5.56 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 19 strikeouts in 22 and 2/3 innings. He will likely not be relevant in fantasy circles next year.

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Jose Iglesias went 2-for-4 on Saturday against the Blue Jays with two doubles. He scored a run and drove one in himself in the 5-2 defeat.

Fantasy Impact: Iglesias has been a solid piece of the otherwise decidedly average Orioles' lineup this year. After hitting .373 with a .956 OPS in 142 at-bats this year, he will be an interesting late-round depth piece in deeper leagues next year.

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Austin Hays hit leadoff on Saturday and went 3-for-4 against the Blue Jays with three singles. He scored once in the 5-2 defeat.

Fantasy Impact: Hays is on his revenge tour in September, coming off the IL September 14th and hitting .388 with a 182 wRC+ since then. He will be a popular late-round draft pick next year.

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Hunter Harvey relieved John Means in the seventh inning of Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, but he could only get one out. He first hit Teoscar Hernandez with a pitch, then Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had a throwing error, and then Randal Grichuk hit a three-run homer. He was relieved by Cole Sulser after giving up a single to Alejandro Kirk. The Orioles would go on to lose, 5-2.

Fantasy Impact: Harvey's struggles in this one makes his final 2020 line look bad, but he was actually pretty sharp over eight innings this year. He will have a shot at the closer gig next year, and will be one of the final relievers taken in drafts.

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John Means started Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, giving up one run on a solo homer to Cavan Biggio. He finished the day allowing just that one hit, a walk, and struck out nine over six innings. The Orioles lost, 5-2, dropping Means's record to 2-4.

Fantasy Impact: Means was on his revenge tour in September, allowing one run in every start since September 2nd. He finishes 2020 with a 4.53 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 42 strikeouts in 43 and 2/3 innings. He will likely be drafted around the same spot that he was last year.

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Chance Sisco played catcher and hit seventh on Friday against the Blue Jays, striking out three times and hitting a single. The Orioles lost, 10-5.

Fantasy Impact: Sisco has simply been awful lately, hitting .163/.281/.204 in his last 15 games. Keep him on the waiver wire this weekend.

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Ryan Mountcastle went 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk on Friday against the Blue Jays. The Orioles lost, 10-5.

Fantasy Impact: Mountcastle's power has dipped a bit since coming onto the scene, but his overall .333/.389/.504 line is helping fantasy players in all leagues. He will likely be a top-175 pick next year.

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Thomas Eshelman relieved Jorge Lopez on Friday after Lopez gave up eight runs in two innings. Eshelman only gave up two runs on six hits over four innings while striking out one. The Orioles lost, 10-5.

Fantasy Impact: Eshelman finishes 2020 with a 3.89 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and just 16 strikeouts in 34 and 2/3 innings. He will likely be on the Orioles' roster as a long reliever next year, but remains irrelevant in fantasy circles.

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Jorge Lopez started Friday's game against the Blue Jays, but didn't last long. He gave up eight runs on nine hits, a wild pitch, a hit-by-pitch, and a walk while striking out just one. He was singled to death, as just two of those hits were extra bases. The Orioles lost, 10-5.

Fantasy Impact: Lopez finishes his 2020 on a sour note. He compiled a 6.69 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, and 28 strikeouts in 39 innings. He will be battling to be on someone's roster next year, but remains irrelevant in fantasy.

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Ramon Urias started at shortstop and went 3-for-4 on Thursday against the Red Sox. Two of those hits were doubles, and he finished the day with two runs and two RBI. The Orioles won, 13-1.

Fantasy Impact: Urias is hitting .412 with a 1.003 OPS through 17 at-bats. FanGraphs has Urias ranked as the Orioles' number 31 prospect, and he should end up with a solid hit tool with league-average power. He will be battling for a bench spot next year.

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Rio Ruiz went 3-for-5 on Thursday against the Red Sox, hitting two doubles and a single. He finished the day with three runs and two RBI in the 13-1 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Ruiz's season has been in line with expectations. He's hitting to a 92 wRC+, spearheaded by some homers, but dragged down by a low average. He continues to be a deep-league play, which won't change next year.

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Pat Valaika started at first base on Thursday against the Pirates, going 3-for-5 with a solo homer and two singles against the Red Sox. He finished the day with three runs and an RBI in the 13-1 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Valaika continues to impress, and his seasonal slash line is now up to .275/.310/.478 this season. As the Orioles get better, he likely won't be fantasy relevant in any leagues next year.

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Hanser Alberto hit leadoff against lefty Martin Perez and went 2-for-4 with a single and a double, driving in three runs. He also got hit by a pitch, stole a base, and scored a run in the 13-1 victory over the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Alberto finally broke out of his slump, as he was hitting just .261/.283/.313 over the last month. If you need a batting average boost in this final weekend, scoop Alberto up off the waiver wire if he's still there.

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Alex Cobb turned in a sterling performance on Thursday against the Red Sox, giving up just one run over seven innings. He scattered six hits and two walks while striking out four. The Orioles won, 13-1, upping Cobb's record to 2-5.

Fantasy Impact: Cobb had his splitter working last night, getting eight whiffs on 18 swings. He finishes 2020 with a 4.30 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 38 strikeouts in 52 and 1/3 innings. He has the potential to be a reserve piece next year and will be drafted in the later rounds of deeper leagues.

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