Would you consider this a high-octane, high-offense, get-high-in-48-of-50-states-but-watch-your-stash-in-Alaska-type of environs? Present day baseball, I’m saying. Would you consider it a home run happy environment? Not to answer, but to nod along like you know where I’m going but will be surprised anyway. You would, right? I would, so it’s okay to think it. Okay, without looking up for the answer, how would you hit a home run? Trick question! You have to look up for the answer. It’s fly balls. You hit fly balls and you have a chance for home runs. What’s the opposite of fly balls? Okay, stop looking up, it’s ground balls. The lowest ground ball rates for qualified hitters last year:  Mike Trout (25.2%), Joey Gallo (26.6%), Adam Duvall (29.2%), Trevor Story (29.7%), Jose Ramirez (30.1%), and Freddie Freeman (31.6%). Just avoiding ground balls isn’t some kind of magic elixir, or Magik if a mutant is reading. You also need to hit the ball hard, like, say, Nick Castellanos, the Greek God of Hard Contact, who had a 26% line drive rate. Imagine someone hit fewer ground balls than Mike Trout, but more line drives than Castellanos, would that kind of magic interest you? Enter, stage right: The Amazing Anthony Santander…*Santander struggles to find an opening in the curtains, ruining his entrance*…The Amazing Santander! The Amazing…Will someone please help him with that stupid curtain? *watches as the curtain falls on him* Okay, we’re gonna fix that and the show will continue. So, what can we expect from Anthony Santander for 2021 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

As directly alluded to in the opening, Anthony Santander’s fly ball, ground ball and line drive rates were 49.6%, 23.6% and 26.8%, respectively. Or disrespectively, eat a D all you haters! Last year was a super small sample — that’s what she said derisively — for Santander. More so than other players, because an oblique (vague!) sidelined him, and he only had 153 ABs in 37 games. Those 153 ABs were commensurate with some of the best players in baseball last year. He had 7.9% barrels per plate appearance, which was same as Acuña. His year over year (though, clearly, it’s more like year over a month-plus) shows Santander in the top 10 for his increase in Hard Hit percentage. That drove other gains, and he went from a .264 xBA to .286 xBA, a rate increase nearly the same as Ozuna and Treat Urner, and top 30 overall. His Sweet Spot% was 40.6 and 15th overall, and 8th best increase from 2019. There’s not a ton of “bad” names in these lists where Santander is sitting.

You should be convinced by now that Santander was good last year, but are you coyly batting your eyelashes, wondering if he can be good in 2021? Why the hell would I be 500 words into a post about him if I didn’t believe? We wasting each other’s time for s’s and g’s? His Launch Angle last year was 24.7. That’s basically dragging the bat head on the ground and swinging straight up like you’re hammering something into the ceiling. My only actual concern is he becomes Joey Gallo and Rhys Hoskins, hitting a 50% Fly Ball rate and .240, due to a shizzton of 370-foot fly ball outs. The bright side is Santander has a .261 average two years running and a 15.2% strikeout rate last year. So, Santander might hit .240, but it’s going to come off of bad BABIP luck, or a ton of weak contact fly balls. It’s not going to come from strikeouts. The worst case scenario comp is Kyle Seager, who also hits fly balls and doesn’t strike out, but hits .240. Of course, Camdentown is better than Seattle’s Best Coffee and No Homer Park. Also, Seager is 33 years old, and Santander is 26, and entering his prime. Right now, Anthony Santander is going around 165th overall, and is an absolute steal. To give you a better, more realistic comp, Santander does what you want from Michael Conforto, and his top 75 overall price tag. For 2021, I’ll give Anthony Santander projections of 82/32/93/.271/2 in 567 ABs with a chance for more.

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Nightpandas
Nightpandas
1 year ago

December Grey,

Say hi to November Grey, we talked a while back…

Obp league keepers rounding into form

Likely

Olson Albies Suarez Tatis SMarte Merrifield Mondesi
Buehler Maeda Carrasco and 2 of Greinke/KHendricks/Pressley

Got offered Torenado and Lynn for Buehler and Suarez…hurting my pitching too much ? 15 team keep 11 forever

The Great Knoche
1 year ago

That was for CoolWhip.

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Exactly. Hoping last year was mostly injury and see a slightly lesser form of 2019 Garver.

Plus my queue is so meh. Need to get to the picks in the 500s where I can get excited about the prospect of finding someone who might land a rotation spot.

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yeah, when I took Barnes I looked for first time at team situations.

I count 17 teams with either a committee or someone who ended as closer last year due to an injury or a trade. Gonna be a lot of shakeups between now and April and more teams I think will go the Tampa route.

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

You are right on. It is a mess. That’s why I haven’t taken a true closer yet. I missed the run and can’t get myself to pull the trigger on a question mark.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Its really just guess work and gambling. I figured I’d take Mayers 225ish because he may have value with or without saves. No need to overpay on question marks. I’d rather gamble on him than Will Smith dethroning Melancon or whatever…

Jayj
Jayj
1 year ago

16 man dynasty. Bellinger or grisham and javier baez 2020.
Also, soler or laureano. Thanks.

Jayj
Jayj
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Shoulder problem doesnt worry you? Also how close is it. Bellinger trade.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
1 year ago

Did I earn a Fuck you Knoche with the Happ pick?

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I almost took Muncy the last time through too. Wish I would have now.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Makes you feel better I wanted Berrios.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Hahaha. You’re up. Don’t take…..

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Right. already looking at the options for SP4 and SP5 and saying look at this shit…..

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
1 year ago

Hey, just gotta trade offer

I get
Domingo German

I trade
Robbie Ray
Adbert Alzolay

Whacha think

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Cool thanks

Dave D
Dave D
1 year ago

Here I was thinking this morning I was reading “Dear Santa,…dear” and I got my kids Christmas list all jumbled up. Not since “Rob Deer pulled the sleigh” have I misconstrued a holiday fantasy baseball sleeper post so badly.

I was suprised to see you pick Kyle Lewis. I thought you’d take Ardolis there, but KL seems to be a good value there.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yeah, totally. I think I’ll be adding to my OF soon as well. Only one so far.

Hernan
Hernan
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Super interesting so far, this draft, who would’ve thought Yelich and Bellinger would end up in same team…, how the mighty have fallen…, in just 2 months of baseball….

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I am right before him. Was deciding between Yelich and Story and went with Story. Would have taken Bellinger if he didn’t. I am fine with starting Story/Harper.

Hernan
Hernan
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yeah, as crazy as it sounds, we wanted Giolito in Bellinger’s spot, I always lean towards anchoring pitching categories( although you can always run into a Verlander, Sale, Strasbourg situation ), guy took Buehler in 1st, doubled with Giolito right before us…, , heard it here first, Trent Grisham is going to lead NL in steals…

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Hernan
1 year ago

Like Grisham a lot and once again, he was the top of my queue and taken the pick before me. Bergman is a douche bag but if he hits then I can overlook it.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Just my 2 euros, but there shud have been a few better SPs than Gio lite, if you’re gonna go SP in the 2nd

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I just can’t get myself to take a pitcher in the first two rounds. I see all of the juicy hitters available and can’t help myself. It is mental block, like watching Mackey Sasser trying the throw the ball back to the pitcher back in the day.

Smitty
Reply to  Hernan
1 year ago

Happen to knoe Yelich is on a mission. Your 1-2 is awfully tough – tres bien Hombre!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks, yeah, so far so good. You and Hernan ate both looking solid as expected. I might have to start picking your sleepers soon since people are stealing all the other OF’s I like not named Verdugo…

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yeah, I did a similar thing on my next pick with Moose. He and Muncy have many similarities.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I wasnt intending to draft a 3rd SS so early but couldnt pass there on DiDi. Hes my UT guy I guess…

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Dave D
1 year ago

Jansen is your guy!!! It looks like a handcuff on him this year would be wise.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Btw, I totally knew you were going Solak there. Good pick!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

You and Hunter are BFF’s!!!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Indeed. Solid pick. Better than my Hampson pick. Im hoping reports on Mancini translate to full return to form.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Oh, definitely. Im far from done. Remember Im the guy who drafted Dylan Moore in round 45 last year. Im good at panning for gold

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks. Ef yeah!!! I’m so glad he was still available.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Pearson over Gore, interesting… bold move. Maybe clearer path to starts off the bat though…

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
1 year ago

Hello, is there anybody out there, just nod if you can hear me.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

That’s from a Pink Floyd song, but I figure you know that. Slow day at the office

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I’ll have to see if I have prime and I’ll check it out. Thanks

phil
phil
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Oh my there are so many and I had no idea! Any ones really recommended? There are 20 I’ve added to my watch list

NCPhilly
NCPhilly
1 year ago

This post has the kind of headline that I consider skipping over “Anthony Santander? Boring”, but benefit greatly from reading.