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2020 Fantasy Baseball Bold Predictions

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Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Baseball Bold predictions article! It’s a yearly tradition for the writers here at Fantasy Six Pack to put themselves on the line and make outlandish predictions that look like genius fortune-telling if they’re correct.

This year, the bold predictions range from broken records to prospects finally filling their potential.

If you’re in the mood to look into the future, let’s get into the 2020 Fantasy Baseball Bold Predictions. If you want to argue any of this with the writers, their name and Twitter handles are included beside their prediction.

2020 Fantasy Baseball Bold Predictions

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Chris Davis will hit 40+ home runs – Joe Bond (@F6P_Joe)

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After hitting 223 home runs between the 2012 and 2017 seasons (5.3 seasons worth of games played) Davis took a nosedive and fast. In the last two seasons, he has hit 16 and 12 home runs. He also saw his strikeout rate climb to almost 40%. This led to a .168 and .179 batting averages in those seasons.

Before this season Davis put on 25 pounds… of muscle. I was skeptical and still sort of am of what that would mean for his game. However, his Spring Training results have been positive. In 23 plate appearances, he has hit three home runs for nine RBI already. Probably the most promising part is he is making good contact, going 7-23 (.538 average) with only two strikeouts.

I know its a long shot, hey this is Bold Predictions right?, But, if he can keep the strikeouts in check and start making more contact, 40 home runs are in the cards easily for him. Perhaps the extra muscle is exactly what he needed.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will finish as a top-12 bat – Jonathan Chan (@jchan_811)

The hype surrounding Guerrero going into last season was overwhelming. Without a single at-bat in the majors, a 20-year old was being taken in the fourth round. People were waiting for a historic season that didn’t happen.

The second-generation star stumbled out of the gate, hitting just .250 in the first two months (203 AB) of his career. Guerrero was also streaky. He did not hit a homer for the first 13 games of his career, which he then followed up with five over his next eight games. The power dried up into the summer, as he knocked just three home runs between May 23 and July 19.

A lot went wrong for Vlad last season, but the only thing you need to know about his potential can be seen below.

Obviously, the Home Run Derby isn’t the best scouting tool but Guerrero showed that the 80-grade power he showed off in the minors was no fluke. His batted-ball metrics were very average in 2019 when you would expect someone with his power to have a superb hard-hit percentage and exit velocity.

His biggest downfall was his 6.7° launch angle, which ranked 149th out of 156 qualified batters. Fortunately, the slugger is aware of the issue and has been working with hitting coach Guillermo Martinez on getting more air under the ball.

Guerrero already has the tools to be a premier power hitter in the game. His bat speed is elite and he’s already shown the plate discipline, and zone coverage necessary to be successful in the majors.

Without an injury to throw him off rhythm to start the year, Guerrero has the potential to hit 40 home runs as the cleanup hitter for the Jays. If everything falls into place, why can’t he do exactly what Nolan Arenado did in 2018? 38 home runs, 110 RBI and a .297/.374/.561 slash line put Arenado as a first-round bat in last year’s drafts.

If the Blue Jays’ third baseman can make the necessary adjustments in his second season, the hype can finally be realized.

Nick Anderson Will Be the Most Dominant Relief Pitcher in the AL East This Year – Michael Sollicito (@mikesollicito1)

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Last season, the Rays swung a trade with the Marlins, sending Nick Anderson and Trevor Richards to the Rays in exchange for Jesus Sanchez, an outfield prospect, and Ryne Stanek. Once on the Rays, all Anderson did was dominate the competition.

His ridiculous stats on the Rays are as follows. Anderson had a 2.11 ERA over 21.1 innings appearing in 23 total games. His FIP was 1.62, which was backed up with a .66 WHIP and an absurd 17.3 K/9.

Usually, we say anything over a nine K/9 is relatively solid. Anderson had nearly double that. That’s how good he can be. While it’s not likely he’ll put up identical numbers, that’s just a glimpse of the upside this guy brings.

After dealing Emilio Pagan to the Padres earlier in the offseason, Nick Anderson is one of three names in contention for the closer’s role. He will be competing with Jose Alvarado and Diego Castillo.

If Anderson wins that role, that only raises his already skyrocketing fantasy value. And if he gets those saves, we will see Nick Anderson finish the season as the most valuable relief pitcher in the AL East.

That’s right, better than players like Aroldis Chapman, Adam Ottavino, Zack Britton, and Brandon Workman.

For the 3rd year in a row, the Team Single-Season Homerun Record will be broken – Josh Mantel (@MantelJosh)

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In 2018 the New York Yankees broke a 21-year record held by the ’97 Mariners by hitting 306 home runs. One year later, the Minnesota Twins squeaked by the Bronx Bombers to set a new record at 307. I think the record will fall for a third straight year.

Teams most likely to beat the record:

Minnesota Twins: The current record holders brought in Josh Donaldson to “bring the rain” in an already powerful lineup. Having kept most of the lineup pieces from last year, they have a good chance of surpassing their own record.

Houston Astros: Although they won’t know what pitch is coming (or will they?), they still have an experienced and dynamic lineup. Young power hitters such as Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker add to an already impressive lineup. Expect them to bang out (get it?) some nice power numbers.

New York Yankees: If Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez stay healthy, the Yankees will have a great chance to take their record back. Adding two 40 home run guys to a lineup that already includes Gleyber Torres, Aaron Judge, and D.J. LeMahieu means all opposing pitchers need to look out.

Los Angeles Dodgers: What more do I have to say about the Dodgers? Every batter in that lineup can hit. From the reigning NL MVP in Cody Bellinger to newcomer and former AL MVP Mookie Betts, to breakout star Max Muncy. If you are an opposing pitcher all I have to say is “good luck”.


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Kyle Tucker will finally reward his patient owners – Dennis Sosic (@CALL_ME_SOS)

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Tucker has nothing left to prove at Triple-A after posting a 30 HR/30 SB season before his callup in September. He played 22 games with the Astros last season, contributing four homers and five steals along with a .857 OPS in 72 at-bats.

The Astros will be under the baseball microscope this season and the best way to keep everyone quiet is to continue winning. Tucker helps the Astros win by taking over full time in right field over Josh Reddick, who has had consecutive seasons with WAR below 2.0. The left-handed-hitting Tucker assists Fantasy owners in winning their leagues by hitting 25 homers and stealing 25 bases in 2020.

About Jonathan Chan

Winning fantasy leagues since 2004. Losing them for much longer. Follow Jonathan on twitter @jchan_811 and he'll be ready for all your questions!

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