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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Cedric Mullins II Note
Cedric Mullins II photo 26. Cedric Mullins II CF
The city of Baltimore hasn't seen such an unexpectedly high HR total since Brady Anderson smacked 50 homers in 1996. Mullins had hit seven HRs in 374 career at-bats entering 2021. He cleared the fence 30 times last year and added 30 stolen bases for good measure. Mullins played the 2020 season with an undiagnosed case of Crohn's disease, which may have prevented us from seeing the "real" Cedric Mullins. Some pullback on the HR total is probably inevitable, but the speed and other plate skills should remain intact. Looks slightly overpriced at a third-round ADP.
30 weeks ago
Ryan Mountcastle Note
Ryan Mountcastle photo 72. Ryan Mountcastle 1B,LF
Mountcastle fully arrived in his age-24 season, shaking off a slow start to finish with 33 HR, 89 RBI, 77 runs and a reasonable .255 batting average. His .333 BA in the abbreviated 2020 season was a mirage, but Mountcastle's power is legit, with a .232 ISO in 2021 and home runs on 20% of his flyballs. There's a lot of swing-and-miss to Mountcastle's game, which could make him a BA risk, and he won't steal many bases. But the power profile is enticing, and it's a nice bonus that Mountcastle has dual eligibility as an outfielder and first baseman.
30 weeks ago
Austin Hays Note
Austin Hays photo 118. Austin Hays LF,RF
Hays finally made good on his prospect pedigree, hitting 22 home runs and topping 140 combined runs and RBI. It wasn't perfect - he walked only 5.3% of the time and his hard-hit rate and exit velocity were mediocre. But he had a strong close to th season with 12 home runs and 35 RBI over the final two months of the season. Just 26 years old, there's plenty of room for growth, though the new dimensions in Camden Yards may keep his power in check a bit. Buy him at his 2021 numbers and understand there's plenty of room for growth.
27 weeks ago
Jesus Aguilar Note
Jesus Aguilar photo 142. Jesus Aguilar 1B
Aguilar probably would have gotten to 100 RBI last year had he not dealt with knee inflammation at the end of last season. But other than that category, it just feels like he leaves a lot on the table. Despite prodigious power, last year was only the second in his career where he topped 20 home runs. He'll benefit from the addition of the DH this year, but the bottom line is that between the Marlins' lackluster lineup and Aguilar's lack of speed, he's going to offer little in many categories, including runs scored and stolen bases. He's a fine filler if you need RBI, but don't expect all that much production elsewhere given his home park and surrounding cast.
26 weeks ago
Anthony Santander Note
Anthony Santander photo 146. Anthony Santander LF,RF
Santander dealt with a litany of injuries last year to his lower body, so the fact that he still popped 18 home runs in 100 games is rather impressive. He's admitted he is not 100% healthy after last year, which is obviously concerning with the season on the verge of beginning. Nevertheless, given Santander's ADP, he's well worth drafting. He's got 25 home runs in his bat easily if he can remain healthy, and his defense is so strong that he'll remain in the lineup even if he struggles offensively to start as he finds his footing. He rarely walks and so his runs scored total will never help you, but he's fine as a cheap outfield bat that always gets overlooked in fantasy.
26 weeks ago
Adley Rutschman Note
Adley Rutschman photo 205. Adley Rutschman C
Jorge Mateo Note
Jorge Mateo photo 234. Jorge Mateo 2B,SS,CF
Ramon Urias Note
Ramon Urias photo 278. Ramon Urias 2B,3B,SS
Rougned Odor Note
Rougned Odor photo 281. Rougned Odor 2B,3B
DJ Stewart Note
DJ Stewart photo 325. DJ Stewart LF,RF
Robinson Chirinos Note
Robinson Chirinos photo 380. Robinson Chirinos C
Jacob Nottingham Note
Jacob Nottingham photo 385. Jacob Nottingham Util
Brett Phillips Note
Brett Phillips photo 443. Brett Phillips LF,CF,RF
Cam Gallagher Note
Cam Gallagher photo 455. Cam Gallagher C
Anthony Bemboom Note
Anthony Bemboom photo 473. Anthony Bemboom C
Brett Cumberland Note
Brett Cumberland photo 484. Brett Cumberland
Ryan McKenna Note
Ryan McKenna photo 566. Ryan McKenna LF,CF,RF
Richie Martin Note
Richie Martin photo 586. Richie Martin 2B,SS
Jonathan Arauz Note
Jonathan Arauz photo 592. Jonathan Arauz 2B,3B,SS
Tyler Nevin Note
Tyler Nevin photo 600. Tyler Nevin 1B,3B,LF
Yusniel Diaz Note
Yusniel Diaz photo 633. Yusniel Diaz CF
Kyle Stowers Note
Kyle Stowers photo 674. Kyle Stowers LF,RF