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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Kyle Tucker Note
Kyle Tucker photo 10. Kyle Tucker RF
This former uber-prospect didn't disappoint in his first full MLB season, delivering the goods in five categories. There's room for more, as Tucker played 140 games and was typically slotted in the bottom half of the Astros' batting order. Tucker's contact rate is on the rise, he makes plenty of hard contact, and his flyball rate is what you're looking for in a power hitter. Tucker will probably never bee among the stolen base leaders, but he swiped 14 bags last year and has 20 SB upside. Tucker might just be scratching the surface of his talents. He figures to go somewhere close to the first-round/second-round turn, but he's destined to be a perennial first-rounder.
41 weeks ago
Yordan Alvarez Note
Yordan Alvarez photo 16. Yordan Alvarez LF
Power is his calling card, and Alvarez didn't disappoint in that department last year, mashing 33 HRs with 104 RBI. He had a healthy .277 batting average in 2021 and has a career mark of .290, so the power doesn't come at the expense of BA. The power peripherals are outstanding - he's in the 97th percentile in average exit velocity, maximum exit velocity and hard hit percentage. There could be a 50 HR season lurking here. Alvarez has just one SB in 233 career games, and he's had surgery on both knees. But if those granddad knees hold up, you're likely to be please with your return on investment.
41 weeks ago
Jose Altuve Note
Jose Altuve photo 39. Jose Altuve 2B
After a forgettable short season in 2020, Altuve tied a career high with 31 home runs last year, scored a career-high 117 runs and had 83 RBI despite hitting in the leadoff spot. The peripherals suggest that Altuve's 2021 HR total was somewhat fluky and park-aided. Altuve used to be good for 30+ stolen bases a season, but he's had 11 SBs in his last two full seasons combined. The days of .300 batting averages may be gone, too. Altuve has been below .300 in each of the last three seasons and has batted .277 over that span. We should at least be able to count on a lot of runs with Altuve batting at the top of a stacked lineup, but the ceiling here isn't what it used to be. Exercise caution as Altuve enters his age-32 season.
41 weeks ago
Jose Abreu Note
Jose Abreu photo 42. Jose Abreu 1B
The White Sox slugger continues to be one of the most reliable investments in fantasy baseball. He hit 30 homers last year, with 117 RBI and 86 runs. In seven full MLB seasons, Abreu has produced 30 or more HRs five times and 100 or more RBI six times. His .261 batting average last season was the lowest of his career, but he batted .280 from July 1 on. His exit velocities and hard-hit percentage say that he still crushes baseballs with authority. If you get an age discount, pounce.
41 weeks ago
Alex Bregman Note
Alex Bregman photo 54. Alex Bregman 3B
After his monster 2019 season (.296, 41 HRs, 112 RBI), Bregman's last two campaigns have been disappointing. Quad and hamstring issues limited him to .348 ABs last season, and he batted .270 with 12 HRs, 55 RBI and 54 runs. Uninspiring Statcast numbers suggest that another 40 HR season isn't in the cards. Bregman is a career .281 hitter, however, and he'll make worthwhile contributions in RBI and runs. Just don't pay for the Bregman of 2018-2019.
41 weeks ago
Trey Mancini Note
Trey Mancini photo 97. Trey Mancini 1B,LF,RF
Mancini was one of the best baseball stories of 2021 as he returned from missing the 2020 season due to cancer to put up a productive year. He dipped significantly from his outstanding 2019 numbers (.291/.364/.535), but his underlying metrics largely held firm. The truth is that Mancini was just a bit lucky in 2019, as he outperformed his expected numbers in nearly every category, and was comparably unlucky in 2021, underperforming those same numbers by similar amounts. His true version likely lies somewhere in between, and that's not a bad thing. Expect an improvement from most of his numbers last year, but bank on 25 homers, rather than the 34 he totaled in 2019, particularly with the new dimensions in left field in Camden Yards.
38 weeks ago
Jeremy Pena Note
Jeremy Pena photo 195. Jeremy Pena SS
Chas McCormick Note
Chas McCormick photo 270. Chas McCormick LF,CF,RF
Martin Maldonado Note
Martin Maldonado photo 291. Martin Maldonado C
Jake Meyers Note
Jake Meyers photo 306. Jake Meyers CF
Mauricio Dubon Note
Mauricio Dubon photo 425. Mauricio Dubon 2B,3B,SS,LF,CF
Korey Lee Note
Korey Lee photo 482. Korey Lee C
Rylan Bannon Note
Rylan Bannon photo 519. Rylan Bannon 3B
Pedro Leon Note
Pedro Leon photo 643. Pedro Leon CF