Twins Starting Fantasy Positional Breakdown for 2021

C: Ryan Jeffers/Mitch Garver 2020 notes

Garver had outstanding numbers that don’t seem real. He did not fare well at all in his previous rookie season in any stat whatsoever. He has the hard contact % to make him an interesting upside candidate. Jeffers is basically a back stop defensive player in the making.

For 2021: Not much excitement here unless Garver finds his way as he could also be used at DH vs. Lefties, as he could not get anything going, as we likely won’t see another 2019 like season from him.

2B: Miquel Sano 2020 notes

Sano goes up and down in terms of BAPIP and HR/FB ratio every year. He is due for a down year. Last year’s numbers were surprisingly good as I never seemed to hit on the right days as he brings XSLG, Exit Velo, & Barrel at times that are unpredictable.

For 2021: Not much has changed as he strikes out about %40 of time which is among highest even with the near avg. highest exit velocity of 95.2. He is struggling with breaking balls.

3B: Josh Donaldson no 2020 notes

For 2021: The steady decline of Donaldson is referenced by his inability to hit fly balls anymore. Hits it very hard for the time being at +%50. Maybe this can be used for extend his career, as he hits well on the ground.

OF: Max Kepler 2020 notes

It would appear he still has some room to improve his game but I would rather expect a regression towards his mean in slugging and HR/FB. He still has some of the upside as I see in the barrels he gets.

For 2021: Elevating his fastballs gets a lot of extra base hits, and is even a good fielder as a mainstay in the lineup.

OF: Byron Buxton no 2020 notes

Crushing sliders and getting barrel on fastballs at an aggressive rate this center fielder is starting to live up to great potential. The downside is he’s not getting on base.

OF: Jake Cave/Brent Rooker/Alex Kirilloff no 2020 notes

Cave has the least upside but still has stack upside at times in this lineups. Looking for Brent Rooker (nice power potential) to spot start in situations depending on matchup as well as Kirilloff who a strong young lefty who can hit all over the field and play DH.

SS: Jorge Polanco 2020 notes

I would also expect regression towards the mean overall with his hitting. A switch hitter that is better vs. Righties with .891 vs. in OPS.

For 2021: The ankle trouble did not help his case last year as predictably he regressed. His switch hitting is ineffective with a drop in OPS.

DH: Nelson Cruz

Loved his power hitting last year with some of the best ISO and Slugging. In 2015 he had the same BABIP, hit more HR’s with less ISO. Amazing! As I find it hard to believe his particular numbers will come down much. Also with hard % of 52%, he may hit more homers then last year!

For 2021: Ok, so we start to see a decline in Cruz due to age, hell hold off a couple prospects for a while doing well in ST batting practice.

IF: Andrelton Simmons 2020 notes

Rounding it out here, seems like they have had the same lineup for few years as we could see Simmons do well when up in the lineup. Rendon was a nice upgrade over Calhoun in the batting order. His 99th percentile SO% makes him unique for a DFS play.

For 2021: Simmons to actually push Polanco with an average hitting skillset.

2B: Luis Arraez 2020 notes

On on base type guy. Not very exciting in any stat cast metric. I am looking for guys like these only if I can get more stolen base upside. Not with Luis.

For 2021: Arraez has elite hitting skills, lack of power but improved there. Hits lot of ground ball. Looking to take batting crown by leading off.

SP1: Kenta Meada RHP

Maeda didn’t need to throw the fastball much to dominate as he used the changeup and slider more often. That fastball is rarely hit hard. He gets them right where he wants them, as he’s the master of making hitters chase outside the zone resulting in a contender again for the Cy Young award.

SP2: Jose Barrios RHP

Super effective vs. lefties with his elite curve, setting up for success in his prime, also adding in a plus changeup. He should also offer up a 94 mph fastball on the regular. I’m personally a bit reluctant of drafting him because of lack of consistency in 2019.

SP3: Michael Pineda RHP

Improved his slider, throwing lots of strikes, gets ahead of count. The PEDS held him back. He needs to avoid getting hurt as usual last couple yrs.

SP4: Randy Dobnak RHP

Dobnak is maybe the best in league at coming in for his 4 innings and letting a loaded BP set up the win. A GB pitcher due to the nice sinker. 3.12 ERA for his career, its very difficult to get fly balls.

P4: JA Happ 37 L 5.3 IP 2020 notes

Attack with Righties, gave up 28 homers last year very inconsistent

More 2020 notes

Happ turned heads within the Yankees organization for his performance this spring, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports. Yankees vice president of baseball operations Tim Naehring raved about Happ’s showing in Grapefruit League play in an interview with Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network on Wednesday. “Thought he picked up where he left off the last six or seven weeks of last season,” Naehring said. “Thought he came in with what looked to be great laser focus, crisp stuff.” The accolades are no surprise given Happ’s numbers this spring: a 2-0 record, 1.38 ERA and 16:1 K:BB over 13 innings. The southpaw is a lock for a spot in the Yankees’ rotation when the 2020 season gets underway.

SP5: Devin Smeltzer LHP

Velocity is not very high but can also throw a decent changeup for a few innings.


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