Joe Sheehan's 2020 Picks and Pans
Joe Sheehan's 2020 Picks and Pans

Welcome to a list of guys who will be hurt or demoted by June.


I kid, of course, but if you read this piece in last year's edition of the RotoWire Fantasy Baseball magazine, well, thanks for reading it again. While I pegged Rafael Devers as a pick and Craig Kimbrel as a pan, the lists were among the weakest in the decade I've been writing this article. I'm inclined to blame the late offseason a year ago, in which so much playing time and context was unknown as late as the new year. Really, though, I just made some bad calls. Time to get up, knock the dirt off and do better.

OVERPERFORMERS

Here are my fantasy picks – guys who will outperform their preseason ADPs and auction values in 2020.

Kolby Allard - P, RANGERS

Traded from Atlanta at last year's deadline, the 14th pick of the 2015 draft gets to Texas just in time for the new, more pitcher-friendly ballpark to open. Allard doesn't blow you away with his fastball, which sits 93, but his cutter and changeup both work and give him options against opposite-handed batters. The Rangers' additions of Corey Kluber, Kyle Gibson and Jordan Lyles complicate Allard's path early in the season, but the lefty should be the first guy in line once someone gets hurt or knocked around.

Franchy Cordero - OF, PADRES 

Cordero had a moment back in 2017, blowing up Statcast with his exceptional speed and power. Unfortunately, he has

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Joe Sheehan
Joe Sheehan is a contributor to Sports Illustrated and runs his own newsletter at JoeSheehan.com. Previously, he was a founding member of Baseball Prospectus. He's been a contributing writer to RotoWire since its inception and can frequently be heard as a guest on RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius XM Radio.
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