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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

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.
41 weeks ago
Adalberto Mondesi Note
Adalberto Mondesi photo 49. Adalberto Mondesi 3B,SS
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.
41 weeks ago
Bobby Witt Jr. Note
Bobby Witt Jr. photo 59. Bobby Witt Jr. SS,3B
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.
38 weeks ago
Nicky Lopez Note
Nicky Lopez photo 165. Nicky Lopez SS,2B,3B
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.
36 weeks ago
Hunter Dozier Note
Hunter Dozier photo 226. Hunter Dozier 3B,RF,1B,LF,DH
Michael A. Taylor Note
Michael A. Taylor photo 244. Michael A. Taylor CF
Kyle Isbel Note
Kyle Isbel photo 258. Kyle Isbel RF,CF,LF
MJ Melendez Note
MJ Melendez photo 321. MJ Melendez C,DH,RF,LF
Edward Olivares Note
Edward Olivares photo 345. Edward Olivares RF,LF
Drew Waters Note
Drew Waters photo 347. Drew Waters LF,RF,CF
Nick Pratto Note
Nick Pratto photo 418. Nick Pratto 1B
Ryan O'Hearn Note
Ryan O'Hearn photo 546. Ryan O'Hearn 1B,RF,DH
Clay Dungan Note
Clay Dungan photo 705. Clay Dungan 2B