Bogaerts had an outstanding 2019 season, obliterating his career-high in home runs and RBI and getting his batting average back over .300. If there's a knock on Bellinger's season, it's that so much of his production came in the first half, and particularly in March where he batted .431 with 14 home runs. That should make him a top-12 pitcher at worst. At this point in his career, given his home park, there's little optimism that Tanaka can ever develop into the ace he appeared to be during his debut. McCutchen's career with the Phillies was off to a promising start until he tore his ACL running the bases. Still, Berrios was a pitcher who fantasy owners could start each and every time out, contributed well in wins, and rarely walked batters.
But owners used to fall all over themselves to draft Billy Hamilton because he could single-handedly keep a fantasy team competitive in steals. But his xFIP remained at 4.33 and Odorizzi just never felt quite like a pitcher who was going to dominate every time out. There's risk from the injury and he may be rusty, but McCullers offers rare upside. An afterthought in drafts pitching behind Blake Treinen, Hendriks not only took the closer's role for the A's but also developed into one of the best relievers in the game. Montas was one of the best starters in baseball until his season ended prematurely thanks to a PED suspension. In the final year of his deal, he'll again open as the closer for the Royals, but his chances of being dealt mid-season are extremely high. But that's all window dressing on a truly special player who is obviously a top-three pick at worst.
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Although Jimenez's numbers weren't pretty in 2019, he actually performed fairly well once the Tigers turned over the closer role to him. Beginning in June, he batted .280 or lower in each month, and he batted just .261 in the second half. He opted to rehab it, which immediately places a cloud over his 2020 outlook given the uncertainty that comes along with such an injury. Samardzija had an impressive 3.52 ERA and 1.11 WHIP last year, but that's where the good news ended. Despite his upside, with the developments, Canning shouldn't be drafted in fantasy leagues until one of the very last picks, if at all. Now in a strong White Sox lineup, he should have every opportunity to finally surpass the 20-homer barrier and hopefully be a late-round outfielder who can fill a starting spot in your deeper mixed league lineup. But if 2020 is as good for him as 2019 was, Kennedy should spark some July trade deadline interest–by then, the Royals will have paid about half of that $16.5 million, making a deal more palatable. His secondary stuff seems good enough to succeed, and yet the Marlins do not seem particularly high on him. Gallen was so absurdly dominant in Triple-A in 2019 that his MLB performance, while highly impressive, felt slightly disappointing. Soroka wasn't even necessarily supposed to begin 2019 in the Braves rotation but quickly developed into an ace. 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. Otherwise, go for a higher ceiling. Smith tested positive for COVID-19 and has not been at Braves camp yet as of mid-July. Before then, he had used added velocity and improved control to lower is ERA to 2.63 and tally nine wins in just 16 starts.