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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Javier Baez Note
Javier Baez photo 46. Javier Baez 2B,SS,DH
The free-swinging middle infielder signed a six-year, $140 million contract with the Tigers. Baez led the NL with 184 strikeouts last year but also belted 31 homers, had 87 RBI and 80 runs, and batted a respectable .265. This is a strange, volatile skill set, but Baez can usually be counted on to provide help with the counting stats. He won't hurt you in leagues that use batting average, but his unwillingness to take a walk becomes a liability in OBP leagues.
39 weeks ago
Austin Meadows Note
Austin Meadows photo 81. Austin Meadows LF,DH,RF
On the one hand, Meadows largely bounced back from the horror story that was the abbreviated 2020 season. His strikeout rate normalized, his power returned, and his playing time stabilized. The glaring exception was that he could not correct his sudden struggles against lefties. In 2019, Meadows slashed .275/.316/.521 against southpaws. Last year, he slashed just .198/.270/.293 against them. Even if Meadows's overall numbers are passable, it seems unlikely that a team like the Rays are going to let a player who is merely an average defender continue to keep an everyday job when he's virtually useless against left-handed throwers. That would still leave Meadows on the strong side of a platoon, but if he does begin to sit more regularly, his counting stats will take a hit, and fantasy managers should be aware of that before they select him in their drafts.
37 weeks ago
Akil Baddoo Note
Akil Baddoo photo 113. Akil Baddoo LF,CF
Baddoo wasn't expected to contribute much in the majors last year, but he came on strong and ultimately played in 124 games, hitting 13 home runs and stealing 18 bases while batting .259. The speed is legtimate, as he ranked in the 91st percentile in sprint speed last season, but he's going to significantly improve on his .523 OPS against lefties if he's going to find success this year. Baddoo should begin the year batting leadoff in front of an improved Tigers lineup, so if he can just maintain his performance against righties and improve against lefties somewhat, a 20-20 season coul be in the cards. If not, then he'll likely bat in the lower third of the order and lose much of his value.
36 weeks ago
Jonathan Schoop Note
Jonathan Schoop photo 141. Jonathan Schoop 1B,2B,DH
Schoop is rarely talked about during prep season, but he has hit at least 21 home runs in each of his last five full seasons. That doesn't sound overly impressive, but that level of consistency in power from a second baseman is unusual and impressive. As usual, Schop was again among the league leaders in maximum exit velocity (117.1 MPH, a career high), and his hard hit rate was nearly five percentage points higher than his career average. The Tigers' lineup should be stronger this year with the addition of Javier Baez, and considering that Schoop is just 30 years old and has shown no signs of decline, there's every reason to expect his boring but stealthily productive numbers once again.
36 weeks ago
Spencer Torkelson Note
Spencer Torkelson photo 144. Spencer Torkelson 1B
Torkelson looks poised to start the year in the majors with the Tigers at first base, and there is a lot of reason to be excited after he blazed through three levels of the minors last year. He likely won't hit for much average, but he's got an exceptional eye at the plate (his lowest walk rate at any level last was 13%) and he hit 30 home runs in 121 games total in 2021. He's just 22 years old so don't be surprised if he struggles at first. But particularly in keeper formats, and even in redraft leagues, the upside is so strong that he should be a late-round target everywhere.
35 weeks ago
Eric Haase Note
Eric Haase photo 237. Eric Haase C,LF,DH
Riley Greene Note
Riley Greene photo 240. Riley Greene CF
Miguel Cabrera Note
Miguel Cabrera photo 263. Miguel Cabrera 1B,DH
Andy Ibanez Note
Andy Ibanez photo 288. Andy Ibanez 2B,1B,3B,DH
Jack Lopez Note
Jack Lopez photo 389. Jack Lopez 2B
Jake Rogers Note
Jake Rogers photo 458. Jake Rogers C
Zack Short Note
Zack Short photo 577. Zack Short SS
Kody Clemens Note
Kody Clemens photo 640. Kody Clemens 2B,1B,3B,RP
Ryan Kreidler Note
Ryan Kreidler photo 708. Ryan Kreidler SS,3B
Steele Walker Note
Steele Walker photo 761. Steele Walker RF