2021 Fantasy Baseball: Chicago White Sox Team Outlook - Big Free Agency Additions Will Create Dividends

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2021 Chicago White Sox

After seven straight losing seasons and no playoff appearance since 2008, the White Sox finished second in the AL Central while earning a Wild Card berth. They have three World Series titles (1906, 1917, and 2005) over the team’s 120-year history.

The starting rotation gains a veteran arm after acquiring SP Lance Lynn from the Rangers for SP Dane Dunning. The return of SP Michael Kopech potentially gives the White Sox a third ace. Chicago also tried to solidify the ninth inning by signing RP Liam Hendriks.

In late January, they re-signed SP Carlos Rodon. 

The core of the starting line is loaded with three potential stars – OF Eloy Jimenez (24), OF Luis Roberts (23), and 3B Yoan Moncada (25) while also owning three proven veteran bats (SS Tim Anderson, C Yasmani Grandal, and 1B Jose Abreu). Chicago added OF Adam Eaton via free agency. Top prospect 1B Andrew Vaughn might be a couple of months away from adding value to the DH role.

The only three name losses were OF Nomar Mazara, DH Edwin Encarnacion, and SP Carlos Rodon.

They look poised to fight for first place in the AL Central while having the aces to make a push to the World Series.

Chicago White Sox Jose Abreu

Starting Lineup

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1. OF Luis Robert

In his first major league season, Robert did a lot of things right. His biggest weakness was his high strikeout rate (32.2). He had better than a league-average walk rate (8.8) while showcasing strength in his average hit rate (1.872) and contact batting average (.364).

His season started with success over his first 121 at-bats (.298 with 10 home runs, 24 RBI, and four steals). Pitchers seem to catch up with him in September (.136 with one home run, seven RBI, and five stolen bases over 81 at-bats).

After a slow start to his career at the minors' lower levels in 2017 and 2018 (.281 with three HRs, 31 RBI, and 27 SBs over 270 at-bats), Robert turned into a beast in 2019 in his push through three levels of baseball. He hit .328 over 503 at-bats with 108 runs, 32 home runs, 92 RBI, and 36 stolen bases, with his best power coming at AAA (.297 with 16 HRs, 39 RBI, and seven SBs over 202 at-bats).

Robert finished with a fly-ball swing (42.7 percent) while flashing a favorable HR/FB rate (19.6).

This season he needs to improve his approach, and I’d like to see more chances on the base paths.

2021 Fantasy Outlook: Robert comes in 2021 with a third-round ADP (35) in the 12-team high-stakes. His power and speed combination should put him in the Fernando Tatis/Ronald Acuna conversation, but he looks a year away from being a lockdown first-round pick. On a path for a 30/30 season while adding value in both runs and RBI. Robert will pay off at a high level if he wins a top-two slot in the batting order.

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2. 3B Yoan Moncada

The excitement of Moncada reaching elite status as a hitter was short-lived. In 2019, he finished with an electric contact batting average (.451), which offset his improving but high strikeout rate (27.6). Last year Moncada lost almost 100 percentage points off his CTBA (.352) while adding more whiffs (31.2 percent) to his game.

His hard-hit rate (33.1) was well below his success in 2019 (47.9). Moncada didn’t attempt a steal while never finding his power stroke (six home runs and 24 RBI). His average hit rate (1.711) did fall in line with his previous two seasons (1.699 and 1.739) with the White Sox. He ended up with empty stats against lefties (.222 with one home run and three RBI over 36 at-bats).

Moncada added more loft to his swing (37.2 percent fly-ball rate), but his HR/FB rate (12.5) fell well short of 2019 (20.2).

Over his three full seasons with the White Sox, he hit .265 with 184 runs, 48 home runs, 164 RBI, and 22 steals over 1,289 at-bats. His walk rate has been an edge in two seasons (10.3 and 12.1 percent), but the dream of repeating his 2019 season in batting average (.315) can’t happen with his massive strikeout rate (30.8) over the past three years.

2021 Fantasy Outlook: The fight for Moncada in drafts will be a lot easier in 2021 when adding his sharp decline in batting average and emptiness in the speed column. His ADP (88) is 30 points lower than 2019, but Moncada still looks overpriced based on his production in the majors. He has the tools to be an 85/30/85/15 player with batting average having a wide range. The investment here is more of a bet on the White Sox’ offense than earning his price point within drafts. 

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3. 1B Jose Abreu

Last year Abreu led the American League in hits (76) and RBI (60 – second straight season). His final stats projected over his 2019 at-bats (634) would come to 114 runs, 50 home runs, and 159 RBI, which would be career-highs in all areas.

His power and batting average growth was tied to a jump in his contact batting average (.420 – .373 in 2019) and his average hit rate (1.947 – 1.772 in 2019). Abreu continues to improve his RBI rate (23), helped by his improving supporting cast. His strikeout rate (22.5) was a career-high while regressing in each of the last three seasons.

He finished 4th and 3rd in balls hit over 95 MPH over the last two seasons. His hard-hit rate (53.3) was the 10th highest in 2020. Abreu set a career-high in his HR/FB rate (32.8 – 20.0 in his career), but he continues to have a low fly-ball rate (31.9).

2021 Fantasy Outlook: If the baseball season was 162 games in 2020 and Abreu continued his success all year, his ADP (37) would be much higher this draft season. His foundation has settled into a 90/30/100 area with help as well in batting average. Chicago has improved talent around him, but regression is some key stat areas should be expected. Buy the floor while offering minimal downside risk.

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4. OF Eloy Jimenez

The middle of the White Sox starting lineup will be in good hands with Jose Abreu, and Jimenez set to deliver 20+ RBI rates. This combination sets the stage for potentially impact RBI totals if the top two batters in Chicago's lineup get on base over 450 times.

Jimenez showcased an impactful contact batting average (.401), which fell in line with his minor league resume. Simultaneously, his average hit rate (1.889) looks to be a path for 40+ home runs over a full season of at-bats.

His 2020 final stats projected over 550 at-bats would come to 67 runs, 36 home runs, and 106 RBI. Jimenez does need to lower his strikeout rate (24.8). If it gets to about the league average, his foundation in batting average will be well over .300 annually. Over two seasons with the White Sox, Jimenez has an elite HR/FB rate (27.2 and 31.1), but his swing path does deliver too many ground balls (49.2 percent) with a low fly-ball rate (28.5 in 2020).

2021 Fantasy Outlook: There is a lot to like here as Jimenez has the tools to be a foundation high average bat with an edge in power and RBI. He’s dead in the water in speed. His run production falls on the strength of the batting order behind him and his ability to drive himself in with a high number of home runs. Let’s set the bar at .320 with 40 home runs and 120 RBI with a favorable ADP (33) in the 12-team high-stakes market in mid-January.

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5. SS Tim Anderson

Over the last two seasons, Anderson showed the power of having an elite contact batting average (.429 and .424). He hit .258 over his first 1,564 at-bats with a much lower CTBA (.355). His improved ability to make hard contact led to a .331 batting average over his last 706 at-bats with 126 runs, 28 home runs, 77 RBI, and 22 steals.

In his career with the White Sox, Anderson has weakness in his RBI rate (12.2) in almost every season. His strikeout rate (22.6) has been at about the league average over the past two years, but he continues to have a low walk rate (4.5 – 3.4 in his career).

Anderson drilled lefties in 2020 (.449 with six home runs and 12 RBI over 49 at-bats). Over the last two seasons, his swing path produced a low fly-ball rate (27.6 and 26.4), restricting his power upside. On the positive side, in 2020, Anderson did post the highest HR/FB rate (23.8 – 15.4 in his career).

His direction in stolen bases is disappointing, but it is more reflective of a team philosophy (Chicago only stole 20 bases last year – 22nd).

2021 Fantasy Outlook: The coin flip again for Anderson this season is where he will hit in the batting order. In 2020, the White Sox had him at the top of the batting order for all of his at-bats. His 2021 opportunity will hinge on the growth of Luis Robert and Anderson’s ability to maintain his high contact batting average. Anderson is the 9th shortstop drafted with an ADP of 45. With 20+ steals, he’ll earn his draft value even with a pullback in batting average—next step: .290 with 100 runs, 25 home runs, 70 RBI, and 20 steals.

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6. C Yasmani Grandal

Grandal has hit under .250 in each of his last eight seasons. In 2020, his contact batting average (.359) came in at his highest level over the past five seasons, but he finished with a spike in his strikeout rate (29.9 – 23.3 in his career). Grandal continues to take a high number of walks (15.5 percent).

His regression last year came against right-handed pitching (.218 with six home runs and 19 RBI over 133 at-bats). Grandal battled a back injury in August while also missing sometime late in September with a hand issue.

He continues to have a balanced swing path, and his HR/FB rate has been in a tight area over the past four seasons (17.7, 18.0, 19.6, and 18.6).

2021 Fantasy Outlook: Based on his last five seasons, Grandal has a floor of 20 home runs if he gets 450 at-bats. Both his runs and RBI should rank in the top seven at the catcher position. He has an ADP of 126 as the fifth catcher drafted. Think steady while understanding his batting average risk.

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7. OF Adam Eaton

Eaton played well in 2019 while showing a rebound in power despite no real growth in his average hit rate (1.532). He set a career-high in runs (103) and home runs (15). His walk rate (9.9) had a top of the order value while lowering his strikeout rate (16.2). Eaton struggled with runners on base (RBI rate – 12) with fade in his CTBA (.343).

Last year he finished with a disappointing season while missing the final two weeks with a broken finger. Eaton had a shape decline in his contact batting average (.283) while taking fewer walks (6.8 percent – 9.0 in his career). His strikeout rate (18.2) was his highest since 2015. He had no value vs. left-handed pitching (.103 with one home run and three RBI over 39 at-bats).

2021 Fantasy Outlook: Eaton has never reached his expected ceiling in his major league career. His play in 2019 gives him a chance to hit much higher in the White Sox starting lineup while being only a 15/15 type player if Chicago lets him run. Eaton will be a liability in RBI with a chance at neutral value in runs. He is only a fifth outfielder in deep leagues with an ADP of 375.

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8. OF Leury Garcia

Garcia saw starting at-bats for most of 2019, which led to setting career highs across the board. He hit .279 with 93 runs, eight home runs, 40 RBI, and 15 stolen bases over 577 at-bats.

Last year his season started with 16 hits over 59 at-bats with three home runs and eight RBI before on the injured list with a sprained left thumb. He tends to have a high strikeout rate (24.1 in his career) with minimal value in walks (3.8 percent).

Over ten years in the minors, Garcia hit .274 with 24 home runs, 219 RBI, and 206 steals over 2,510 at-bats. With Luis Robert ready to steal the centerfield job, Garcia will have a considerable step back in playing time in 2020.

2021 Fantasy Outlook: Garcia projects as a bench player once the White Sox add another bat via free agency. He’ll chip in speed if given starting at-bats as an injury replacement.

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9. 2B Nick Madrigal

Madrigal failed to make the White Sox opening day roster when the lights went on in late July. Chicago called him up eight games into the season. He suffered a left shoulder injury after five games, leading to 21 missed games. 

Over the final month, Madrigal hit .349 with six runs, no home runs, 10 RBI, and two steals over 86 at-bats. His average hit rate (1.086) came in below Judy status while posting a low strikeout rate (6.4).

In mid-October, he had left shoulder surgery, which will take the full offseason to recover.

When I read Madrigal's scouting report, my first thought was that he might be the next Jose Altuve. Unfortunately, his swing looks miles away from 20 home runs based on his AVH (1.289) in the minors and college (1.389).

In 2019 between High A and AAA, he hit .311 with four home runs, 71 RBI, and 35 stolen bases over 473 at-bats. Considering the length of his hits, Madrigal played well with runners on base. Over 628 at-bats in the minors, he struck out only 21 times (2.9 percent – 5.2 percent in college). His walk rate (7.2) in the minors rank below the league average.

2021 Fantasy Outlook: Madrigal has the bat control to be in the majors while being a frustrating player to get out with runners on base. His value in steals may look better than his true speed based on his success rate (70.8 in the minors and 61.0 percent in college). In today’s power game, Madrigal projects as a significant liability in two categories (HRs and RBI), and I don’t see him running as much in the majors. Avoid the temptation as he’s overpriced (ADP – 198) until he gets stronger.

Bench Options

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1B Andrew Vaughn

The White Sox snatched up Vaughn with the third overall pick in the 2019 June Amateur Draft. Over three seasons at California, he hit .374 with 145 runs, 50 home runs, 163 RBI, and seven steals over 596 at-bats. His highlight year came in 2018 (.402 with 23 home runs and 63 RBI over 199 at-bats). His approach was exceptional over his final two seasons in college (strikeout rate – 10.2 and walk rate – 20.8).

Over a half year in the minors in 2019, Vaughn played at three different levels (RK, A, and A+) while hitting .278 with six home runs and 36 RBI over 205 at-bats. He finished with 30 walks and 38 strikeouts.

Last year he should have transitioned to AA and AAA, but the Covid shutdown led to no playing time at any level.

2021 Fantasy Outlook: Vaughn should be a fast mover in the minors in 2021 while owning dynasty keeper value in the fantasy market. Batters with strength in their approach tend to play well out of the gate. He is a must-follow this spring as the White Sox may hand him a starting job over the second half of the season.

Zack Collins (C): Collins played at first base and catcher in 2019 at AAA while coming through the minors after being selected in the first round in 2016.

Over four seasons in the minors, he hit .244 with 59 home runs and 213 RBI over 1,218 at-bats. His defense won’t be an asset behind the plate, which pushes him toward the first base position. Collins will take plenty of walks (18.5 percent), but he lacks the foundation skill set to drive the ball out of his base approach. His power has a high upside once Collins learns to see and react rather than load and attack, which creates lag and lousy timing on gas on the inner half of the plate.

2021 Fantasy Outlook: Only bench hitter if Collins makes the team out of spring training. Over two seasons with limited at-bats (102), he hit .167 with three home runs and 12 RBI.

Danny Mendick (2B): Mendick flashed power (31 home runs) and speed (39 steals) in 2018 and 2019 over 1,079 at-bats at AA and AAA, but he only hit .254. He took his fair share of walks (11.2 percent) with a better than a league-average strikeout rate (17.1).

Over his two experiences in the majors, Mendick hit .260 with 17 runs, five home runs, and 10 RBI over 146 at-bats.

2021 Fantasy Outlook: If Nick Madrigal isn’t ready for opening day, Mendick may be a bridge player with a sneaky combination of home runs and stolen bases.

Adam Engel (OF): Engel hit .222 over 1,045 career at-bats with the White Sox while delivering 120 runs, 21 home runs, 88 RBI, and 28 steals. His strikeout rate (20.4 – 30.1) did improve in limited at-bats (88) in 2020 while continuing to have a short walk rate (4.7).

2021 Fantasy Outlook: Engel has no draftable fantasy value. He may offer flash value as an injury cover if he’s playing well and stealing bases.

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Starting Pitching

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1. SP Lucas Giolito

Giolito stumbled out of the gate in his opening day start (seven runs, nine baserunners, and two home runs over 3.2 innings). Over his next 11 games, he went 4-2 with a 2.75 ERA, 1.72 BAA, and 94 strikeouts over 68.2 innings.

His stuff had an edge over RH (.190 BAA) and LH (.180 BAA) batters. Giolito had a regression in his walk rate (3.5 – 2.9 in 2019) while maintaining an elite strikeout rate (12.1). He lost a tick off his AFB (94.3 MPH), but all three of his top pitches (four-seam fastball – .188 BAA, changeup – .163 BAA, and slider – .171 BAA) created a winning edge.

Over his last 41 starts, Giolito went 18-12 with a 3.43 ERA and 325 strikeouts over 249 innings. His next area of improvement will be his first strike rate (59).

2021 Fantasy Outlook: The White Sox franchise is on the move in the AL Central standings, giving Giolito an excellent opportunity to produce an edge in wins, ERA, WHIP, and strikeouts. His next step looks to be a sub-3.00 ERA with 15+ wins and 250+ strikeouts with improvement in his command. He will be the sixth pitcher drafted in 2021 with an ADP of 18.

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2. SP Lance Lynn

Over the last two seasons, Lynn turned into a workhorse arm. He broke through in 2019 (16-11 with a 3.67 ERA and 246 strikeouts over 208.1 innings).

He led the American League in innings pitched (84) in 2020 while being the toughest to hit (.206 BAA) since his rookie season. His only negative was a jump in home runs allowed (1.4 per nine). Lynn pitched a minimum of six innings in 11 of his 13 starts. As great as he pitched in 2020, Lynn did end the year with a disaster showing (nine runs and 14 baserunners over 5.2 innings), raising his ERA from 2.53 to 3.32.

His AFB (94.6) was slightly lower last year. Lynn offers an edge with his four-seam fastball (.201 BAA), curveball – .111 BAA, and cutter – .194 BAA).

He went 22-14 over his last 46 starts with a 3.57 ERA and 335 strikeouts over 292.1 innings.

2021 Fantasy Outlook: Lynn has an ADP of 51 in the early draft season as an SP2. In a changing fantasy baseball market, the length of innings pitched can lead to an edge in wins and strikeouts as long as they are good innings. Lynn will rank at the top of the league in starts and innings pitched, leading to 15+ wins with a 3.25 ERA and 225+ strikeouts.

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3. SP Michael Kopech

Over five seasons in the minors, Kopech has a 3.05 ERA with 514 strikeouts in 395.2 innings. His walk rate (4.4) is well below major league ready, with strength in his K rate (11.7).

In 2017, he dominated at AA (2.87 ERA with 155 strikeouts over 119.1 innings) while making strides in 2018 at AAA (3.70 ERA and 170 strikeouts over 126.1 innings). He pitched well in his first three appearances in the majors (0.82 and nine strikeouts over 11 innings), but his season ended on September 5th in 2018 after a disastrous start (seven runs, 10 baserunners, and four home runs over 3.1 innings) with a right elbow injury that required TJ surgery.

Last year Kopech drew positive reports in spring training, but he decided to opt-out in 2020.

2021 Fantasy Outlook: With plenty of time to recover from his elbow injury, Kopech should be ready to go in 2020. His fastball can reach triple digits while his curveball still needs better command, and his changeup is a work in progress. His ADP (292) will rise in spring training once Kopech dazzles on the mound. Must follow, but his innings could be limited to 130 to 150 in 2021 with some WHIP risk until he cleans up his command.

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4. SP Dallas Keuchel

Keuchel worked his magic over 11 starts in 2020, leading to his career's lowest ERA (1.99). He regained his edge in his command (2.4 walk rate), but his strikeout rate (6.0) doesn’t support continued success.

Over the previous seven seasons, he went 81-55 with a 3.25 ERA and 917 strikeouts over 1,126.1 innings. Batters hit .218 against him last year, which improved over 2018 (.263 BAA) and 2019 (.265 BAA).

His AFB (88.6) had the lowest velocity since his rookie season (87.5 in 2011). Keuchel offered three plus pitches (cutter – .185 BAA, changeup – .164 BAA, and slider – .133 BAA).

2021 Fantasy Outlook: When in top form, Keuchel has been a gamer while having the ability to rise to the occasion. His short sample size isn’t repeatable, but he will log close to six innings a start with double wins. I expect a sharp decline in his ERA and WHIP, highlighting his fading first-pitch strike rate (55). Keuchel has an early ADP of 187.

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5. SP Dylan Cease

Over his first 10 starts, Cease gave a developing arm's appearance based on his ERA (3.20) and batting average against (.241 BAA). He drilled fantasy teams in his final two starts (eight runs, 14 baserunners, and three home runs over 7.2 innings) due to regression in his command (14 walks issued over his 12.1 innings).

Cease led the American League in walks allowed (34 – 5.2 per nine) while lacking a swing and miss pitch (strikeout rate – 6.8). He also served up 12 home runs over 58.1 innings (27 allowed over 131.1 innings in his career). Lefties remain a massive problem (.256 BAA with 20 walks and 20 strikeouts over 125 at-bats). 

His AFB (97.7) is dominant in velocity, and his slider (.175 BAA) and curveball (.091 BAA) grade well. Cease hasn’t figured out how to command his changeup (.308 BAA) or locate his four-seamer (21 strikeouts and 25 walks) over 123 at-bats.

He has a 3.02 ERA over five seasons in the minors with 450 Ks over 354.1 innings.

2021 Fantasy Outlook: Cease looks to be battling his confidence, which takes away his edge. He needs more time to develop, but it all starts by throwing more strikes. I see tons of WHIP risk while also understanding the attraction of his electric fastball and minor league resume. A short-lease player with a low enough ADP (368) to throw a dart if he comes out of the gate throwing strikes and getting swings and misses.

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SP Reynaldo Lopez

Lopez looked on the rise in 2018 when he tossed a career-high 188.2 innings with growth in his ERA (3.91). His walk rate (3.6) remained a liability restricting his strikeouts value (7.2 per nine).

Over the last two seasons, he went 11-18 with a 5.52 ERA and 193 strikeouts over 210.1 innings. Lopez allowed the most runs (110) in the American League in 2019 while losing his command last year (5.1 walks per nine).

After his first start in 2020 (four runs and five base runners over two-thirds of an inning), Lopez landed on the injured list with a bum right shoulder. He did pitch much better over his next six games (3.33 ERA and 21 strikeouts over 24.1 innings) after missing about four weeks of action. His season ended with a disaster showing (six runs and seven baserunners over 1.1 innings).

His AFB (94.5) was the lowest of his career (96.0 MPH in 2018). His changeup (.191 BAA) and slider (.235 BAA) were assets other than the four home runs allowed over 34 at-bats off his slider.

2021 Fantasy Outlook: I won’t say he’s dead in the water as he did enough for a month last year to give him a chance at a much better season if his shoulder injury has cleared up. I’ll put Lopez in the risk/ reward column while looking undraftable until he shows a pulse in spring training.

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SP Jonathan Stiever

Stiever finished his college career with a 10-11 record with a 3.56 ERA and 184 strikeouts over 217.2 innings. His walk rate (1.9) was a strength while seeing a bump in his strikeout rate (8.7) in 2018.

Over his first two minor league seasons, Stiever posted a 3.59 ERA with 193 strikeouts over 173 innings while throwing best at High A in 2019 (6-4 with a 2.15 ERA and 77 strikeouts over 71 innings).

The White Sox gave him two starts in 2020 despite not pitching an inning over High A. Stiever served up four home runs over 6.1 innings with four walks and three strikeouts. His AFB (92.6) came in shorter than expected while offering a slider, changeup, and curveball.

2021 Fantasy Outlook: Not ready for prime time, and Stiever should start the year at AA. Without developing an off-speed pitch, he may end up in the bullpen with possible closer upside. His fastball has an upper 90s upside while showing the ability to throw strikes.

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CL Liam Hendriks

After delivering back-to-back elite seasons (7-5 with a 1.79 ERA, 161 strikeouts, and 39 saves over 110.1 innings), the White Sox signed Hendriks to a three-year $54 million deal.

His rise to stardom came from an improved command (2.0 walks per nine), leading to a surge in his strikeout rate (13.1). Hendrik added more velocity to his fastball in 2019 (96.8 MPH) and 2020 (96.5 MPH). He relies on a slider (.150 BAA) while adding a low volume curveball (.077 BAA).

Over the last five seasons, Hendriks went 19-27 with a 3.05 ERA, 403 strikeouts, and 40 saves over 327.2 innings.

2021 Fantasy Outlook: Chicago has a high-scoring offense, and their pitching staff will keep them in many games. Hendriks should be the second closer drafted with an ADP of 58 in 12-team leagues. With 70 innings pitched, he should save 40+ games with an edge in ERA and WHIP with over 100 strikeouts.

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RP Aaron Bummer

Bummer started the year with one run allowed over 7.1 innings with 12 strikeouts, but he landed on the injured list for six weeks with a left biceps issue. His season ended with two shutout innings late in September.

Over the last two seasons, Bummer posted a 1.99 ERA with 74 strikeouts over 77 innings. His next step is lowering his walk rate (3.4), which will add value to his strikeout rate (8.6).

He throws a mid-90s sinker (.192 BAA) as his best pitch while also mixing in a plus slider and cutter.

2021 Fantasy Outlook: Bummer has a developing lefty arm, who owns an edge against both RH and LH batters. Only a low-level handcuff for Liam Hendriks.

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RP Codi Heuer

After an unimpressive college career (9-8 with a 5.17 ERA and 144 strikeouts over 142.2 innings) over three seasons at Wichita State, he struggled over 14 starts at rookie ball (4.74 ERA) in 2018.

The following season Chicago shifted him to the bullpen, leading to a much better arm (6-4 with a 2.39 ERA, 65 strikeouts, and 11 saves).

The White Sox called him up to the majors in 2020 despite not pitching above AA in his career. Over 21 appearances, Heuer went 3-0 with a 1.52 ERA and 25 strikeouts over 23.2 innings. His walk rate (3.4) still needs work.

His AFB (97.8) was elite while owning a plus slider (.050 BAA) and show-me changeup (no hits over seven at-bats).

2021 Fantasy Outlook: His chance of closing ended when the White Sox signed Liam Hendriks. Heuer has the fastball and secondary pitches to earn a future role in the ninth inning down the road. A live arm a fantasy owner needs to pay attention to as potential closer in waiting. 


2021 Fantasy Baseball Team Outlooks

American League

East: BAL / BOS / NYY / TAM / TOR
Central: CWS / CLE / DET / KC / MIN
West: HOU / LAA / OAK / SEA / TEX

National League

East: ATL / MIA / NYM / PHI / WAS
Central: CHC / CIN / MIL / PIT / STL
West: ARI / COL / LAD / SD / SF