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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Franmil Reyes Note
Franmil Reyes photo 58. Franmil Reyes RF,DH
Reyes crushes the ball and has the potential to become one of MLB's elite power hitters. The problem is that he hits the ball on the ground way too often. He had a 46% groundball rate in 2021 and a 36% flyball rate. That's a low flyball rate for a power hitter, and yet it's the highest of Reyes's four-year career. His 64% contact rate last year suggests there's worrisome BA downside here. Reyes doesn't steal bases. His run totals have been unimpressive and don't figure to improve with the bottom of the Cleveland batting order looking so anemic. And Reyes is only DH-eligible in most leagues. Reyes could lead the AL in homers if he makes launch-angle adjustments, but let someone else chase that dream.
30 weeks ago
Willson Contreras Note
Willson Contreras photo 100. Willson Contreras C,DH
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.
27 weeks ago
Seiya Suzuki Note
Seiya Suzuki photo 107. Seiya Suzuki LF,RF
Suzuki signed with the Cubs this offseason, and will come over from the Hiroshima Toyo Carp after dominating last year in Japan. He hit 38 home runs and had a 1.073 OPS, and he has a career .315 batting average and .985 OPS in the NPS. Projecting players coming over from Japan is fraught with difficulties, but the general consensus is that Suzuki has 30-homer power with the ability to hit for average and steal double-digit bases. Whether that manifests itself in his first year remains to be seen, but there are few players with similar upside going at his ADP. Draft him as a fourth outfielder, but hope he plays like a second or third option.
27 weeks ago
Ian Happ Note
Ian Happ photo 114. Ian Happ CF,DH,LF,RF
There was a lot of good with Happ's 2021 season. He reached a career-high in home runs, runs scored, and stolen bases, and he kept his walk rate in the double digits. But he also batted a career worst .226 and ranked in the bottom nine percent of the league with a 29.2% strikeout rate. Happ should be a starter for the Cubs, of course, but with the addition of Seiya Suzuki and with Clint Frazier on board, Chicago may be a little less patient with his slumps. Make sure you're taken care of in batting average and have depth if you draft Happ, because with his production come some pretty glaring risks.
27 weeks ago
Nick Madrigal Note
Nick Madrigal photo 172. Nick Madrigal 2B
Patrick Wisdom Note
Patrick Wisdom photo 177. Patrick Wisdom 1B,3B,LF,RF
Rafael Ortega Note
Rafael Ortega photo 206. Rafael Ortega CF,DH,LF,RF
Yan Gomes Note
Yan Gomes photo 256. Yan Gomes C
Jackson Frazier Note
Jackson Frazier photo 262. Jackson Frazier LF,RF
Nico Hoerner Note
Nico Hoerner photo 269. Nico Hoerner 2B,SS
Jason Heyward Note
Jason Heyward photo 331. Jason Heyward CF,RF
Brennen Davis Note
Brennen Davis photo 398. Brennen Davis CF
David Bote Note
David Bote photo 433. David Bote 2B,3B
Zach McKinstry Note
Zach McKinstry photo 460. Zach McKinstry 2B,3B,LF,RF,SS
P.J. Higgins Note
P.J. Higgins photo 497. P.J. Higgins 1B,C
Tyler Payne Note
Tyler Payne photo 499. Tyler Payne C
John Hicks Note
John Hicks photo 504. John Hicks C
Erick Castillo Note
Erick Castillo photo 535. Erick Castillo C
Michael Hermosillo Note
Michael Hermosillo photo 537. Michael Hermosillo CF,RF
Alfonso Rivas Note
Alfonso Rivas photo 591. Alfonso Rivas 1B,LF,RF
Nelson Velazquez Note
Nelson Velazquez photo 623. Nelson Velazquez CF,LF,RF
Trent Giambrone Note
Trent Giambrone photo 635. Trent Giambrone 2B