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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Whit Merrifield Note
Whit Merrifield photo 27. Whit Merrifield 2B
This late bloomer has been fantasy gold for the last five years. Merrifield stole 40 bases last season at age 32. Durability is a big plus: Merrifield hasn't missed a game in the last three years. But there are some worrisome signs of slippage. His line drive rate has been steadily dropping over the last few seasons, and he hit only two home runs last season from July 1 on. Merrifield has been a terrific value for years, but it's possible he'll be slightly overpriced in 2022 drafts.
13 weeks ago
Salvador Perez Note
Salvador Perez photo 32. Salvador Perez C,DH
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.
13 weeks ago
Adalberto Mondesi Note
Adalberto Mondesi photo 49. Adalberto Mondesi 3B
If only we could transfer this skill set to a more durable body. Mondesi is a stolen base machine with some surprising pop in his bat, but he hasn't played in more than 102 games or made more than 443 plate appearances in any season, and he's played more than 75 games only once. Leg and foot injuries limited him to only 35 games last year, yet Mondesi still managed to swipe 15 bags and belt six home runs. He strikes out a ton, doesn't take walks and has a .249 career batting average, but his contributions in the counting categories (especially steals) more than make up for it. This is all about risk tolerance, and you're obligated to bake some missed games into Mondesi's price.
13 weeks ago
Bobby Witt Jr. Note
Bobby Witt Jr. photo 59. Bobby Witt Jr. SS
Witt was drafted everywhere after buzz in the spring suggested that he'd be up in the majors before long. "Before long" became never, as Witt spent the entire year in Double-A and Triple-A, admittedly showing why he's such a valued prospect. In 123 games combined between the levels, he hit 33 home runs and stole 29 bases, all with a plus average. Witt should begin the year in the majors (or be up shortly after the start of the season), and he'll almost certainly play third base, giving him dual-eligibility. He may struggle early on, but he's too talented to let it continue for long. At a barren third base position, he could be one of the most impactful players in fantasy baseball this year based on his ADP.
10 weeks ago
Andrew Benintendi Note
Andrew Benintendi photo 107. Andrew Benintendi LF
Benintendi was the classic "needs a change of scenery" player and got relatively back on track with the Royals. He looked almost identical to the disappointing but absolutely usable version of himself that he showed in 2019, and his underlying rates were nearly identical. He did walk at a career-worst rate but he also got his strikeout rate down under control, and had he avoided injury, he surely would have put up a 20-10 season. There's every reason to expct him to be able to do that again, but expect his other counting stats to remain mediocre with Kansas City's lineup.
10 weeks ago
Nicky Lopez Note
Nicky Lopez photo 165. Nicky Lopez 2B,SS
If they gave out fantasy points for soft contact, Lopez would be one of your leaders. He has five home runs in three combined seasons, and his career high in RBI is 43. He has some speed, as his 22 stolen bases showed last year, and he shouldn't hurt you in batting average. But batting ninth in a mediocre Kansas City lineup, with zero power upside, is just not a formula for success. There are better places to spend your late-round draft capital.
8 weeks ago
Carlos Santana Note
Carlos Santana photo 214. Carlos Santana 1B
Hunter Dozier Note
Hunter Dozier photo 226. Hunter Dozier 1B,3B,DH,RF
Michael A. Taylor Note
Michael A. Taylor photo 244. Michael A. Taylor CF
Kyle Isbel Note
Kyle Isbel photo 258. Kyle Isbel RF
MJ Melendez Note
MJ Melendez photo 321. MJ Melendez C
Edward Olivares Note
Edward Olivares photo 344. Edward Olivares RF
Nick Pratto Note
Nick Pratto photo 415. Nick Pratto 1B
Cam Gallagher Note
Cam Gallagher photo 455. Cam Gallagher C
Sebastian Rivero Note
Sebastian Rivero photo 481. Sebastian Rivero C
Jose Briceno Note
Jose Briceno photo 534. Jose Briceno C
Ryan O'Hearn Note
Ryan O'Hearn photo 546. Ryan O'Hearn 1B,DH,RF
Emmanuel Rivera Note
Emmanuel Rivera photo 553. Emmanuel Rivera 3B
JaCoby Jones Note
JaCoby Jones photo 692. JaCoby Jones CF
Ivan Castillo Note
Ivan Castillo photo 699. Ivan Castillo 2B
Clay Dungan Note
Clay Dungan photo 705. Clay Dungan SS