This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
Now that the fantasy season is over, it is time for my annual exercise in public accountability as the final installments of 2021 Collette Calls before I transition into working full-time on the annual draft guide. I'll begin with the 30 hitters and express a varying amount of thoughts on each and how the prediction has worked out this year. I'll assign each prediction a grade on the 20-80 scouting scale and let you agree or disagree with me in the comments. Even better, if any of you will be at First Pitch Arizona later this month, we can discuss them over your choice of beverage.
Any reference to rankings is based on our Earned Auction Value calculator In a standard 12-team mixed league format.
Yuli Gurriel finishes as a top-20 first baseman (grade = 70). Gurriel will finish the season as the 13th-best first baseman this season, mostly built on the strength of his .317 batting average at a time when the league hits roughly 70 points lower. Gurriel has done enough compiling in other areas, scoring 80 and as well as driving in 80 runs while hitting enough homers to stay honest at the position. He was barely in the top 25 at the position during draft season and has significantly improved his stock over this season with only one stint on the injured list making him quite the bargain on the season.
Justin Upton finishes as a top-60 outfielder (grade = 20). Upton got off to a