2019 Fantasy Baseball Player Profiles
The most important MLB player profiles you need to study for the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Season, brought to you by Howard Bender, Greg Jewett and Colby Conway.
In your more traditional fantasy baseball magazines, you get a section that offers player capsules on anywhere from 500 to 1,500 major league ballplayers. Each capsule offers a short write-up of what the player did last season, something about his skill-set, potential role with the team and maybe even some projections for the upcoming season. Sounds great, right? Sort of.
We’ve already established that this is not your traditional fantasy baseball guide. It’s better. Why? Well, let’s just take Manny Machado, for example. Scan through any 2019 fantasy magazine and Machado is listed as a free agent. You get a brief synopsis of what he did last year, an assessment of the 26-year old’s skill set and his projections for 2019. The first two sound fine, but how are those projections correct? They may have been a nice attempt when the capsule was first written, but where he ultimately signs certainly alters that projection. We’re talking about a new team, a new lineup, a new division and a new ballpark for starters. Those are some serious changes. Traditional magazines can’t keep up. We can.
As of December 30, 2018, there are still well over 120 free agents yet to sign as well as a number of trades which are still in the works according to recent reports. The player movement we’re going to witness between now and Opening Day is going to be abundant.
In addition to that, we also don’t feel the need to waste your time with player capsules you’re never going to need. It’s nice to advertise that you’re writing up 1,000 MLB players for your magazine, but how many fantasy baseball owners need to know or even care about what Nestor Cortes or Luis Sardinas are going to do this season? These are not players who are going to win you a championship. They are filler, some of whom will never see a spot on anyone’s roster, no matter how deep the league may be. We’d rather focus on players with actual fantasy relevance.
But we know you like your player capsules. We know you want to be able to look up certain players and see what we expect them to do in the upcoming season and that’s where this Player Profile series comes in. We may not be writing up 1,000 major leaguers, but you can bet we’ll break down the ones you need to know. Whether it’s a rookie set to make his debut in 2019 or a player who finds himself on his fourth team in five years, we’ll be diving deep into the analysis to offer you the most insightful opinions to take you into your draft as well as to reference throughout the regular season. Yeah, that’s right. It doesn’t end on Draft Day. The Fantasy Alarm Living Draft Guide will be a fantastic in-season tool as well.
The players you see below is our initial list of Player Profiles you can expect to see over the next two months. Some are marquee names while others are more of the role-player variety. We’ll break down their history, their skill-sets, their current situations and, of course, what we believe you can expect from them in the 2019 season. The profiles will be much more in-depth than what you’ll see in a traditional magazine. Why? Well, because you deserve more, but also, because we’re not limited by print space.
And because we believe you deserve more, this is also going to be an interactive list. That’s right. If there’s a specific player you don’t see listed but would like to learn more about, we’ll happily take your suggestion and add him to our list. Just email your desired Player Profile to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to meet as many requests as possible.
|Catcher||1st Base||2nd Base||3rd Base||Shortstop||DH||Outfield||Starting Pitcher||Relief Pitcher|
|Wilson Ramos||Freddie Freeman||Javier Baez (FREE)||Jose Ramirez||Francisco Lindor||Nelson Cruz||Mookie Betts (FREE)||Jacob deGrom||Blake Treinen|
|J.T. Realmuto||Paul Goldschmidt||Whit Merrifield||Nolan Arenado||Trevor Story||Shohei Ohtani||Christian Yelich||Max Scherzer||Edwin Diaz|
|Yasmani Grandal||Matt Carpenter||Scooter Gennett||Alex Bregman||Manny Machado (FREE)||Kendrys Morales||J.D. Martinez||Justin Verlander||Josh Hader|
|Yadier Molina||Jesus Aguilar||Ozzie Albies||Eugenio Suarez||Trea Turner (FREE)||Khris Davis||Mike Trout||Blake Snell||Craig Kimbrel|
|Yan Gomes||Anthony Rizzo||Jose Altuve||Anthony Rendon||Xander Bogaerts||Charlie Blackmon||Chris Sale||Roberto Osuna|
|Francsico Cervelli||Cody Bellinger||Daniel Murphy||Miguel Andujar||Didi Gregorius||Giancarlo Stanton||Aaron Nola||Aroldis Chapman|
|Willson Contreras||Edwin Encarnacion||Rougned Odor||Matt Chapman||Jean Segura||Andrew Benintendi||Corey Kluber||Kenley Jansen|
|Gary Sanchez||Max Muncy||Travis Shaw||Eduardo Escobar||Jose Peraza||Bryce Harper||Gerit Cole||Kirby Yates|
|Tucker Barnhart||Ian Desmond||Cesar Hernandez||Mike Moustakas||Tim Anderson||Starling Marte||Trevor Bauer||Raisel Iglesias|
|Jorge Alfaro||Joey Gallo||DJ LeMahieu||Josh Donaldson||Andrelton Simmons||Ronald Acuna Jr||David Price||Brad Hand|
|Austin Hedges||Yulieski Gurriel||Jonathan Villar||Brian Anderson||Marcus Semien||Mitch Haniger||Patrick Corbin||Jose LeClerc|
|Omar Narvaez||Matt Olson||Gleyber Torres||Justin Turner||Amed Rosario||Michael Brantley||Mike Foltynewicz||Felipe Vazquez|
|Austin Barnes||Carlos Santana||Brian Dozier||Maikel Franco||Adalberto Mondesi||David Peralta||Walker Buehler||Wade Davis|
|Danny Jansen||Yonder Alonso||Dee Gordon||Rafael Devers||Ketel Marte||Tommy Pham||Zack Greinke||Adam Ottavino|
|Willians Astudillo||Eric Hosmer||Yoan Moncada||Kris Bryant||Paul DeJong||Lorenzo Cain||Carlos Carrasco||Sean Doolittle|
|Mitch Garver||Justin Smoak||Joey Wendle||Wil Myers||Carlos Correa||Aaron Hicks||Luis Severino||David Robertson|
|Francisco Mejia||C.J. Cron||Jonathan Schoop||Vlad Guerrero Jr||Jorge Polanco||George Springer||Clayton Kershaw||Seranthony Dominguez|
|Isiah Kiner-Falefa||Luke Voit||Robinson Cano||Miguel Sano||Corey Seager||Stephen Piscotty||Charlie Morton||Will Smith|
|Welington Castillo||Peter Alonso||Garrett Hampson||Willy Adames||Marcell Ozuna||Mike Clevinger||Jeremy Jeffress|
|Ryan O'Hearn||Adam Frazier||Aaron Judge||Hyun-Jin Ryu||Cody Allen|
|Jose Abreu||Juan Soto||JA Happ||Corey Knebel|
|Jake Bauers||Mallex Smith||Kyle Freeland||Ryan Pressly|
|Michael Conforto||Miles Mikolas||Diego Castillo|
|Yasiel Puig||James Paxton||Jose Alvarado|
|A.J. Pollock||Zack Wheeler||Will Smith|
|Andrew McCutchen||Jameson Taillon||Jordan Hicks|
|Hunter Renfroe||Jack Flaherty||Trevor May|
|Rhys Hoskins||Ross Stripling||Pedro Strop|
|Harrison Bader||German Marquez||Trevor Rosenthal|
|David Dahl||Andrew Heaney||Joe Jimenez|
|Victor Robles||Shane Bieber||
|Franmil Reyes||Nathan Eovaldi|
|Eloy Jimenez||Jose Berrios|
|Austin Meadows||Stephen Strasburg (FREE)|
|Cedric Mullins||Anibal Sanchez|
|Brandon Nimmo||Tyler Glasnow|
|Randal Grichuk||Josh James|