2021 Fantasy Baseball: This Year’s Luke Voit

by Jason Croft
2021 Fantasy Baseball: This year's Luke Voit

In this article, we will be looking at players that could break out for big power this season similar to Luke Voit last year. Some of the more obvious guys include Kyle Tucker and Yordan Alvarez, but those types have an ADP to where you have to invest early.

Let’s look at some guys that could have a power break out with “late” ADPs and become this year’s Luke Voit in 2021 Fantasy Baseball. One big commonality between these guys is that they all have good average exit velocities, but some may also have a chance to break out due to a possible increase in playing time or a slight decrease in their strikeout rate among other factors.

2021 Fantasy Baseball: This Year’s Luke Voit

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Bobby Dalbec, 3B, Boston Red Sox

This kid has big-time power, but big-time strikeout issues. Think of a younger Joey Gallo (Gallo still has bad strikeout issues, unfortunately). He has the power profile to hit 40 home runs, yet he may strike out 200 times.

With the way Fenway Park is setup, Dalbec should have no issues putting up big home run numbers. In his rookie season, Dalbec had an average exit velocity of 89.9 mph with an average launch angle of 14.8 degrees. That is a nice combo that should improve as long as Dalbec continues to work hard.

Evan White, 1B, Seattle Mariners

Evan White had a tough rookie season. He had a K% of 41.6% which is astronomically bad, similar to Dalbec, but I expect it to improve this season. White’s exit velocity is 91.7 mph with a launch angle of 13.7 degrees. Again, a good combination for a lot of dingers.

White should see plenty of playing time this year as the Mariners starting first baseman. He had good hard-hit rates to go along with his power, so when he limits the whiff issues, White should be a good candidate for a power breakout.

Edwin Rios, 3B, Los Angeles Dodgers

Edwin Rios has plenty of power but may have playing time issues with the Dodgers. The Dodgers are stacked with talent, so they platoon a ton.

Rios has a good power profile, so if he gets the opportunity, we could see plenty of dingers from this kid. Last year, Rios had an average exit velocity of 91.5 mph with an average launch angle of 14.5 degrees.

Rowdy Tellez, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays

Rowdy Tellez has been going off in Spring Training this season. He may be on the way to earning himself consistent playing time.

Similar to Rios, Tellez has his biggest question mark dealing with playing time. The Blue Jays are stacked on the offensive end, but if Tellez gets his at-bats, this kid could hit a good amount of home runs. His average exit velocity last year was 90.7 mph with a launch angle of 10.6 degrees.

Joc Pederson, OF, Chicago Cubs

Joc Pederson never truly got consistent at-bats with the Dodgers but has always had a good power profile. He has plenty of power with an average exit velocity last year of 93 mph with an average launch angle last year of 12.5 degrees.

Joc should get his at-bats with the Cubs. With more at-bats this season, Joc could be a good sleeper candidate to hit a lot of home runs.

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