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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Salvador Perez Note
Salvador Perez photo 1. Salvador Perez KC
Perez tied for the MLB lead with 48 home runs in 2021 and had a league-leading 121 RBI. After missing the entire 2019 season due to Tommy John surgery and playing 37 of 60 games in 2020, Perez played 161 games last year (40 as a DH) and went to the plate 665 times. He's bound to get fewer PAs this season, and some HR pullback is probably inevitable, but the Statcast numbers show that Perez crushes the ball when he makes contact. His career batting averages have been all over the map, and he doesn't run, but the power and run production are legit. Perez deserves to be the first catcher off the board, but he might be drafted too early after last season's homer-fest.
41 weeks ago
J.T. Realmuto Note
J.T. Realmuto photo 2. J.T. Realmuto PHI
Some of us still want to think of the 28-year-old Realmuto, who was the best catcher in baseball. But he's entering his age-31 season and is likely on the downside of his career. Catchers tend to fall off precipitously after age 30, so Realmuto will have to stave off Father Time. Double-digit steals from the catcher slot are always a bonus for fantasy managers, but Realmuto is no longer a catcher for whom you should reach. The Phillies' lineup is full of holes and won't provide much support outside of Bryce Harper. However, the universal DH rule adds to Realmuto's value. He'll get more at bats and more rest for his legs. He's still a great option at catcher. Just don't reach.
41 weeks ago
Will Smith Note
Will Smith photo 3. Will Smith LAD
If you were targeting J.T. Realmuto and he gets snapped up, take Smith with your next pick. He has the goods to become the best catcher in the game, and with the universal DH now the law of the land, Smith becomes even more valuable. Now that he'll get at-bats as a designated hitter, a 30 HR, 90 RBI season isn't out of the question. Getting that kind of elite production from your catcher spot anchors your offense and allows you all kinds of trade flexibility down the road.
41 weeks ago
Yasmani Grandal Note
Yasmani Grandal photo 4. Yasmani Grandal CWS
Grandal played in only 93 games last year because of a knee injury but still hit 23 home runs with 122 combined runs and RBI. His walk rate (23.2%) was comically high, but it obviously didn't impact any of his other numbers, and his strikeout rate was the lowest it has been in years. Don't extrapolate his home run numbers - he's not going to his 40 - but mid-20s with solid runs and RBI totals are in the bank. That's gold for a catcher.
38 weeks ago
Willson Contreras Note
Willson Contreras photo 5. Willson Contreras STL
Contreras isn't quite the fantasy superstar that he looked like he might be when he broke in, but he's still an excellent option at a weak position. He's hit at least 21 homers in three of his last four full seasons and chips in roughly 120 combined runs and RBI. That doesn't sound like much, particularly with a batting average that seems likely to hover at around .240 at this stage in his career, but it's more than enough for a catcher. He should see some extra at-bats this year with the DH in the National League, and that should only help his value.
38 weeks ago
Daulton Varsho Note
Daulton Varsho photo 6. Daulton Varsho ARI
Varsho has bounced around from catcher to the outfield so far in his major league career, but he is penned in as the everyday center fielder in 2022. His bat is solid, not necessarily elite, and if he was only outfield eligible, he'd probably be a fifth outfielder or high-end bench piece. But his projected 15-10 line plays incredibly well at catcher, where he retains eligibility, and he'll likely bat in the middle of the lineup which should help buoy his counting stats, even in Arizona's lineup. He's a rock solid starting catcher for fantasy purposes, but don't play to play him in the outfield.
38 weeks ago
Keibert Ruiz Note
Keibert Ruiz photo 7. Keibert Ruiz WSH
Ruiz will be the starting catcher for the Nationals this year and will bat in the middle of the lineup. Ignore his mediocre numbers from last year, because he has the upside to be a top-5 catcher if everything breaks right. Ruiz's power hasn't quite developed as projected, but he hit 19 home runs in 81 games between the majors and minors last year. He has elite contact skills and rarely strikes out, so his batting average should be a plus, especially for a catcher. Don't be concerned to reach a bit given his upside.
37 weeks ago
Mitch Garver Note
Mitch Garver photo 8. Mitch Garver TEX
Garver moved to Texas this offseason and even though he'll play at least half his games in a pitcher-friendly park, it's still a great move for his value. Garver has never had more than 359 plate appearances in a season, but he should easily top 400 this year, and he's going to bat behind Marcus Semien and Corey Seager. Garver doesn't strike out a ton for a catcher and has as much power as nearly anyone at the position, so 20 home runs should be the bare minimum if he stays healthy. Draft him late but fully understand that he has top-five catcher upside.
37 weeks ago
Tyler Stephenson Note
Tyler Stephenson photo 9. Tyler Stephenson CIN
With Tucker Barnhart out of town, Stephenson will get his shot as the primary catcher for the Reds. He was extremely productive last year with a .797 OPS and 10 home runs in just 102 games, all while batting .286. Don't expect him to continue with his pace, as catchers often get overexposed when they take on more playing time. But he'll bat in the middle of the Cincinnati lineup, and when you're looking for a backstop who won't cost you anything but should give you fairly reliable production for the position, Stephenson is your guy.
36 weeks ago
Travis d'Arnaud Note
Travis d'Arnaud photo 10. Travis d'Arnaud ATL
d'Arnaud has plenty of offensive talent, but he's now 33 years old and coming off an injury-plagued season that limited him to just 60 games. That's been the bugaboo for d'Arnaud throughout his career, as he's never had more than 391 plate appearances in a season. If you could guarantee his health, then his power upside and strong supporting cast would likely be enough to make him a top-12 catcher. But there's no way to bank on that, so outside of NL-only or two-catcher formats, don't bother with him in fantasy.
36 weeks ago
Christian Vazquez Note
Christian Vazquez photo 11. Christian Vazquez FA
Vazquez's power fell off a cliff last year, as his barrel percentage and hard-hit rate plummeted to some of the worst in the league. He's 31 years old now, about the time that a catcher begins to head downhill, so expecting a rebound is probably overly optimistic. He'll likely still have decent runs and RBI for a catcher just by virtue of playing for the Red Sox, but he's no longer someone to draft as your starting backstop in a one-catcher league.
36 weeks ago
Gary Sanchez Note
Gary Sanchez photo 12. Gary Sanchez FA
Sean Murphy Note
Sean Murphy photo 13. Sean Murphy OAK
Omar Narvaez Note
Omar Narvaez photo 14. Omar Narvaez FA
Alejandro Kirk Note
Alejandro Kirk photo 15. Alejandro Kirk TOR
Mike Zunino Note
Mike Zunino photo 16. Mike Zunino FA
Carson Kelly Note
Carson Kelly photo 17. Carson Kelly ARI
Elias Diaz Note
Elias Diaz photo 18. Elias Diaz COL
Adley Rutschman Note
Adley Rutschman photo 19. Adley Rutschman BAL
Yadier Molina Note
Yadier Molina photo 20. Yadier Molina FA
Max Stassi Note
Max Stassi photo 21. Max Stassi LAA
James McCann Note
James McCann photo 22. James McCann NYM
Joey Bart Note
Joey Bart photo 23. Joey Bart SF
Austin Nola Note
Austin Nola photo 24. Austin Nola SD
Eric Haase Note
Eric Haase photo 25. Eric Haase DET
Danny Jansen Note
Danny Jansen photo 26. Danny Jansen TOR
Jorge Alfaro Note
Jorge Alfaro photo 27. Jorge Alfaro FA
Jacob Stallings Note
Jacob Stallings photo 28. Jacob Stallings MIA
Tucker Barnhart Note
Tucker Barnhart photo 29. Tucker Barnhart FA
Kyle Higashioka Note
Kyle Higashioka photo 30. Kyle Higashioka NYY
Yan Gomes Note
Yan Gomes photo 31. Yan Gomes CHC
Luis Torrens Note
Luis Torrens photo 32. Luis Torrens FA
Ryan Jeffers Note
Ryan Jeffers photo 33. Ryan Jeffers MIN
Francisco Mejia Note
Francisco Mejia photo 34. Francisco Mejia TB
Jonah Heim Note
Jonah Heim photo 35. Jonah Heim TEX
Roberto Perez Note
Roberto Perez photo 36. Roberto Perez FA
Tom Murphy Note
Tom Murphy photo 37. Tom Murphy SEA
Victor Caratini Note
Victor Caratini photo 38. Victor Caratini MIL
Pedro Severino Note
Pedro Severino photo 39. Pedro Severino FA
Martin Maldonado Note
Martin Maldonado photo 40. Martin Maldonado HOU
Cal Raleigh Note
Cal Raleigh photo 41. Cal Raleigh SEA
MJ Melendez Note
MJ Melendez photo 42. MJ Melendez KC
William Contreras Note
William Contreras photo 43. William Contreras ATL
Zack Collins Note
Zack Collins photo 44. Zack Collins CWS
Manny Pina Note
Manny Pina photo 45. Manny Pina ATL
Austin Barnes Note
Austin Barnes photo 46. Austin Barnes LAD
Kurt Suzuki Note
Kurt Suzuki photo 47. Kurt Suzuki FA
Jose Trevino Note
Jose Trevino photo 48. Jose Trevino NYY
Tomas Nido Note
Tomas Nido photo 49. Tomas Nido NYM
Jason Castro Note
Jason Castro photo 50. Jason Castro FA
Austin Hedges Note
Austin Hedges photo 51. Austin Hedges FA
Dom Nunez Note
Dom Nunez photo 52. Dom Nunez FA
Gabriel Moreno Note
Gabriel Moreno photo 53. Gabriel Moreno TOR
Robinson Chirinos Note
Robinson Chirinos photo 54. Robinson Chirinos FA
Ben Rortvedt Note
Ben Rortvedt photo 55. Ben Rortvedt NYY
Kevin Plawecki Note
Kevin Plawecki photo 56. Kevin Plawecki FA
Curt Casali Note
Curt Casali photo 57. Curt Casali FA
Luis Campusano Note
Luis Campusano photo 58. Luis Campusano SD
Jake Rogers Note
Jake Rogers photo 59. Jake Rogers DET
Riley Adams Note
Riley Adams photo 60. Riley Adams WSH
Aramis Garcia Note
Aramis Garcia photo 61. Aramis Garcia FA
Andrew Knizner Note
Andrew Knizner photo 62. Andrew Knizner STL
Reese McGuire Note
Reese McGuire photo 63. Reese McGuire BOS
Austin Allen Note
Austin Allen photo 64. Austin Allen MIA
Stephen Vogt Note
Stephen Vogt photo 65. Stephen Vogt FA
Korey Lee Note
Korey Lee photo 66. Korey Lee HOU
Carlos Martinez Note
Carlos Martinez photo 67. Carlos Martinez FA
Wilson Ramos Note
Wilson Ramos photo 68. Wilson Ramos FA
Michael Perez Note
Michael Perez photo 69. Michael Perez NYM
Cooper Hummel Note
Cooper Hummel photo 70. Cooper Hummel SEA
Sam Huff Note
Sam Huff photo 71. Sam Huff TEX
Sandy Leon Note
Sandy Leon photo 72. Sandy Leon FA
Andrew Knapp Note
Andrew Knapp photo 73. Andrew Knapp FA
Willians Astudillo Note
Willians Astudillo photo 74. Willians Astudillo FA
Nick Fortes Note
Nick Fortes photo 75. Nick Fortes MIA
Alex Jackson Note
Alex Jackson photo 76. Alex Jackson MIL
Seby Zavala Note
Seby Zavala photo 77. Seby Zavala CWS
Cam Gallagher Note
Cam Gallagher photo 78. Cam Gallagher FA
Bryan Lavastida Note
Bryan Lavastida photo 79. Bryan Lavastida CLE
Rafael Marchan Note
Rafael Marchan photo 80. Rafael Marchan PHI
Garrett Stubbs Note
Garrett Stubbs photo 81. Garrett Stubbs PHI
Luke Maile Note
Luke Maile photo 82. Luke Maile CIN
Dustin Garneau Note
Dustin Garneau photo 83. Dustin Garneau FA
Austin Romine Note
Austin Romine photo 84. Austin Romine FA
Payton Henry Note
Payton Henry photo 85. Payton Henry MIL
Tres Barrera Note
Tres Barrera photo 86. Tres Barrera WSH
Grayson Greiner Note
Grayson Greiner photo 87. Grayson Greiner ARI
Jose Herrera Note
Jose Herrera photo 88. Jose Herrera ARI
Patrick Mazeika Note
Patrick Mazeika photo 89. Patrick Mazeika SF
Chance Sisco Note
Chance Sisco photo 90. Chance Sisco MIN
Jose Godoy Note
Jose Godoy photo 91. Jose Godoy FA
Connor Wong Note
Connor Wong photo 92. Connor Wong BOS
Chad Wallach Note
Chad Wallach photo 93. Chad Wallach LAA
Mario Feliciano Note
Mario Feliciano photo 94. Mario Feliciano MIL
Anthony Bemboom Note
Anthony Bemboom photo 95. Anthony Bemboom BAL
Mark Kolozsvary Note
Mark Kolozsvary photo 96. Mark Kolozsvary BAL
Ali Sanchez Note
Ali Sanchez photo 97. Ali Sanchez ARI
Drew Butera Note
Drew Butera photo 98. Drew Butera FA
Brett Cumberland Note
Brett Cumberland photo 99. Brett Cumberland BAL
Sebastian Rivero Note
Sebastian Rivero photo 100. Sebastian Rivero FA
Webster Rivas Note
Webster Rivas photo 101. Webster Rivas SD
Rene Pinto Note
Rene Pinto photo 102. Rene Pinto TB
Jose Lobaton Note
Jose Lobaton photo 103. Jose Lobaton FA
Taylor Davis Note
Taylor Davis photo 104. Taylor Davis FA
Chadwick Tromp Note
Chadwick Tromp photo 105. Chadwick Tromp ATL
Guillermo Quiroz Note
Guillermo Quiroz photo 106. Guillermo Quiroz FA
Brian Serven Note
Brian Serven photo 107. Brian Serven COL
John Hicks Note
John Hicks photo 108. John Hicks PHI
Tony Wolters Note
Tony Wolters photo 109. Tony Wolters LAD
Austin Wynns Note
Austin Wynns photo 110. Austin Wynns SF
Jamie Ritchie Note
Jamie Ritchie photo 111. Jamie Ritchie PIT
P.J. Higgins Note
P.J. Higgins photo 112. P.J. Higgins CHC
Rob Brantly Note
Rob Brantly photo 113. Rob Brantly NYY
Tyler Payne Note
Tyler Payne photo 114. Tyler Payne CHC
Collin Theroux Note
Collin Theroux photo 115. Collin Theroux FA
Hunter Feduccia Note
Hunter Feduccia photo 116. Hunter Feduccia LAD
Meibrys Viloria Note
Meibrys Viloria photo 117. Meibrys Viloria CLE
Beau Taylor Note
Beau Taylor photo 118. Beau Taylor OAK
Nick Ciuffo Note
Nick Ciuffo photo 119. Nick Ciuffo CWS
Tomas Telis Note
Tomas Telis photo 120. Tomas Telis LAD
Jack Kruger Note
Jack Kruger photo 121. Jack Kruger FA
Ryan Lavarnway Note
Ryan Lavarnway photo 122. Ryan Lavarnway CIN
Alex Avila Note
Alex Avila photo 123. Alex Avila FA
Jose Briceno Note
Jose Briceno photo 124. Jose Briceno FA
Erick Castillo Note
Erick Castillo photo 125. Erick Castillo CHC
Brett Sullivan Note
Brett Sullivan photo 126. Brett Sullivan SD
David Freitas Note
David Freitas photo 127. David Freitas FA
Ivan Herrera Note
Ivan Herrera photo 128. Ivan Herrera STL
Francisco Pena Note
Francisco Pena photo 129. Francisco Pena FA
Tyler Heineman Note
Tyler Heineman photo 130. Tyler Heineman FA