Fantasy Baseball Draft Picks: With baseball season right around the corner and spring training underway, fantasy managers are looking to create their best team for this exciting 2021 season. Let’s take a look at the best player from each position for fantasy and talk about why they are there.

Pitcher:

Let’s start with the pitching position. My pick would be New York Mets Pitcher Jacob Degrom. Degrom last year just missed earning his third Cy Young Award but still put on a very dominant season.

He finished for the 3rd straight with a WHIP under 1.00, an ERA of 2.38, 104 strikeouts, and a win/loss record of 4-2.

Compared to other pitchers in the MLB DeGrom has not thrown nearly as many pitches as them since he became a pitcher late in college and was hurt in the minors for a while. DeGrom is healthy and has a lot of stamina.

Catcher:

Former Miami Marlin and current Philidelphia Phillie J.T. Realmuto would be my pick for the catcher position. Last season JT hit .266 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI’s.

Realmuto may miss opening day due to a thumb injury suffered in February but when he is healthy he is an elite catcher both defensively and offensively.

He has shown no decline at age 30 which around when catchers begin that dreadful descent. He is the only catcher worth drafting before the 6th round.

1st Base:

They have Freddie Freeman ranked above Cody Bellinger but I disagree and I would take Bellinger as my first baseman. He is a young 25-year-old with a lot of experience and a ring. He hit .239 last season with 12 home runs and 30 RBI’s.

I understand those stats aren’t like his great 2019 breakout season but don’t expect him to do something like that again.

He got shoulder surgery in the offseason which is worrisome for many managers but last year was a down season for him and he still put up numbers so expect to see those numbers grow.

2nd Base:

DJ Lemahieu was an easy choice for the second base position. In the 2020 season, he hit an incredible .364 with 10 runs, 27 RBI’s, and an OPS of 1.011.

He just signed a six-year deal with the Yankees for $90 million. He is a multi-position player being able to play 1st, 2nd, and 3rd making him a big asset for all fantasy teams. He will get drafted before the third round as he is the best 2nd baseman in fantasy.

Shortstop:

Fernando Tatis Jr. is an easy choice for the shortstop position. He just signed the third-largest deal in MLB history for a reason. In 2020 he hit .277 with 17 home runs and 45 RBI’s.

He had an amazing rookie season and people thought since his numbers were so high he would decline in the 2020 season.

Although his batting average dropped that season everything else that is important went in the upward direction. He cut his strikeout rate by 6% and brought his walk rate up 2.5%. He also is very fast so expect to see between 20-30 this season.

3rd Base:

Tatis Jr’s teammate Manny Machado would be my go-to for many reasons. He hit .304 with 16 home runs and 47 RBI’s last year. Machado set career bests in strikeout and walk rate and what all fantasy managers care about most batting average.

Expect his batting average to be lower this year but he will be elite in every other category and let’s not forget about the arm strength this man provides in the hot corner.

Right Field:

Mookie Betts is my guy. He hit .292 with 16 home runs and 39 RBI’s. Betts will give fantasy teams strong productions in all 5 categories as he is hitting in the top lineup in baseball right now. Betts should be in your top 3 picks, he is a safe pick and there is no downside to picking him up.

Left Field:

In left field, I want the 22-year-old Juan Soto who hit .351 with 13 home runs and 37 RBI’s. Soto upped his walk rate from 16.4% to 20.9% and cut his strikeout rate to 14.3%. Soto only lacks speed which is what has stopped him from being the number 1 pick.

This kid has the confidence of a veteran and the sky is the limit for him he will continue to get better so you want him in your top 5 picks of the draft.

Center Field:

Ronald Alcuna Jr. would be my pick. He missed some of last season and only hit .250. That’s the only negative thing to be said about this player. His walk rate was an incredible 18.8% and had a .406 OBP.

He was a league leader in quality of contact and he isn’t afraid to run when he is on base. He is an elite fantasy player and will be the first pick in many leagues and to top it off he is only 23 years old.

This is the best Fantasy baseball you could put together and if your a manager who can put this squad together then you just won your league.

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My name is Asa Agnoli. Miami has always been my home. I’m a senior University of Miami and I live and breathe all things sports. I played sports throughout my whole life. This semester I’ll be a writing intern with Knup solutions learning how to write creative content for the esports and I-gaming industries. In the Spring I graduate from the University of Miami with a degree in Sports Administration, minoring in Sports Medicine.