2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit

2020 Fantasy Baseball Breakout Candidates

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A breakout candidate is someone in Fantasy who’s stats will increase this season to the next level. Whether it is because of improved play or an increased role.

Sometimes breakout players are obvious and sometimes they come from almost nowhere.

This article will include some currently established MLB players that I expect to take their game to another level in 2020.

I also share some prospects that I expect to jump up the rankings lists.

2020 Fantasy Baseball Breakout Candidates

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Current MLB Players

Carter Kieboom, IF, Washington Nationals

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He lost a lot of his luster after a poor performance during his brief sample size at the Big League level in 2019. But let’s not forget this guy is not far removed from being a consensus top 10 prospect in the game.

With an opening at 3B after the departure of Anthony Rendon, Kieboom has the skills and the opportunity to be a huge breakout player in 2020.  I could see him going .280/.340/.450 with 20 home runs, knocking in 65 guys and scoring 75 runs in 2020 with a full season of at-bats.  Which still leaves him room to grow as he matures to his prime.

He currently slots in at 172 in my Dynasty Baseball Rankings.

Willie Calhoun, OF, Texas Rangers

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He is a former highly regarded prospect that had a down 2019 season. I am still very intrigued by his unique contact and power profile.

2020 is the year when Calhoun starts to figure it out at the MLB level. I could see him going .270/.330/.450 with 20 Home Runs while knocking in 70 guys and crossing the plate 65 times.

He currently slots in at 228 in my Dynasty Baseball Rankings.

Dakota Hudson, SP, St. Louis Cardinals

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Hudson finished 5th in the NL Rookie of the Year voting after having a solid year posting a 3.35 ERA, 1.41WHIP and striking out 136 guys in 174.2 IP.

His sinker generates a lot of ground balls which is good but especially effective given the age of launch angle. His command in 2019 left a lot to be desired and those walks drove up his WHIP.

One big reason for him being a breakout candidate for me is I don’t expect his 2019 elevated walk levels to continue. While he will never be a massive strikeout guy I think you will see his overall numbers improve to the point in 2020 where he becomes a breakout player.  I project him to have a 3.75 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and strike out 150 guys in 178 IP.

He currently slots in at 515 in my Dynasty Baseball Rankings.

Prospects

Shane Baz, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

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He spent all of 2019 at the A-Ball with Bowling Green in the Midwest League. Baz posted a 2.99 ERA, 1.23 WHIP while striking out 87 guys in 81 1/3 innings.

While he can hit triple digits with his four-seam fastball he typically sits around 94-96. He compliments his fastball with a truly plus swing and miss slider, average but developing change piece and a curveball. I believe Baz is going to be the breakout prospect of 2020 and will shoot up prospect rankings in quick order.

He currently slots in at 308 in my Dynasty Baseball Rankings.

Edward Cabrera, SP, Miami Marlins

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If Shane Baz isn’t the 2020 breakout prospect then Cabrera is very much the next guy on my radar. Between High A and AA in 2019 he posted a 2.23 ERA, 0.99 WHIP while striking out 116 guys over 96.2 IP.  He also held hitters to a very impressive .190 batting average.

Like Baz, he also features a heater that can reach triple digits but it sits slightly higher at 95-97. Because of his stature on the mound, it comes in as a heavy pitch with a plane that generates a lot of ground balls.

If you remember me writing about Hudson above, I think that plays very well in today’s game. The rest of his arsenal consists of an enticing slider that has the chance to reach plus level and as with most young pitchers, he has a developing changeup.

Unlike the other prospects on this list, Cabrera will likely make it to the Big League level at some point in 2020.  This is your last chance to get in on him before his value skyrockets.

He currently slots in at 422 in my Dynasty Baseball Rankings.

Diego Cartaya, C, Los Angeles Dodgers

Cartaya will likely stay behind the dish as he is quite agile and handles his body well. His strong and accurate arm also increases these chances.

All of this makes him intriguing as he has a very orgasmic (yes, you heard what I said) bat that should produce both average and power. That raw power and chart-topping bat speed led him to be one of the top-rated international amateurs of the 2018 class.

On top of it all, he has advanced barrel control and a feel for the strike zone. He is not shy about going to the opposite field and has shown the ability to recognizes pitches well.

At this point in his development, he is more contact overpower but as he matures I expect that to shift.  Don’t let that fool you, however, I still think he will complement his 20 home runs with a batting average hovering in the .270 – .280 range.

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He currently slots in at 665 in my Dynasty Baseball Rankings.


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About Dave Eddy

Dave covers the Detroit Tigers over at Prospects1500.com Feel free to reach out to him anytime on twitter @CorporalEddy

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