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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Mike Trout Note
Mike Trout photo 8. Mike Trout CF
He's destined to end up in Cooperstown, but Trout has been plagued by injuries in what should be the prime of his career. He hasn't played more than 140 games in a season since 2016, and a calf injury last year limited him to just 117 at-bats. If he can stay healthy, he'll hit a bunch of bombs and make major contributions in runs, RBI and batting average. Trout once stole 49 bases, but that was a long time ago, and the SBs might not come back now that he's in his 30s. You're bound to get an injury discount on Trout, and with good reason - the risk of continued health problems is very real. But if you're lucky enough to get 150+ games out of him, you're going to turn a big profit.
39 weeks ago
Shohei Ohtani Note
Shohei Ohtani photo 17. Shohei Ohtani DH,SP
He's Japan's greatest gift to MLB since Ichiro, and he offers the greatest combination of hitting and pitching since Babe Ruth. Ohtani's 9.1 WAR in 2021 was more than a full win higher than anyone else's. It's unfortunate that the rules in most fantasy leagues make it impossible for investors to fully tap all of Ohtani's skills. As a hitter, he provides prodigious power, scores runs in bunches and makes meaningful SB contributions. He batted .257 last year, but would it shock anyone if he gave us a .300 season? As a pitcher, Ohtani got his walks under control, struck out 10.8 batters per nine innings, and posted a 9-2 record. It's a dazzling skill set, and if Ohtani stays healthy, he's likely to return something close to first-round value as a hitter. He's a valuable pitcher, too, but to most fantasy owners that's just gravy.
39 weeks ago
Anthony Rendon Note
Anthony Rendon photo 64. Anthony Rendon 3B
A medley of injuries limited Rendon to 58 games and 249 plate appearances in 2021. He batted over .300 in each of his last three seasons with the Nationals, but Rendon's BA slipped to .286 in the COVID-shortened 2020 season and bottomed out at a career-low .240 last year. When he's at his best, Rendon is a choosy hitter who racks up extra-base hits and makes significant contributions in every category except stolen bases. He's slightly past prime age, but we should still expect a bounce-back season from Rendon, and he's very affordable in drafts.
39 weeks ago
Jared Walsh Note
Jared Walsh photo 69. Jared Walsh 1B,RF
Walsh was outstanding in his rookie year, blasting 29 home runs and batting .277. His expected batting average (.257) and slugging percentage (.436) lagged significantly behind his actual numbers, but his 114.8 MPH maximum exit velocity was in the top six percent of MLB and suggests his power is real. Walsh couldn't hit a lick against lefties last year, as he batted just .170 against them with a .565 OPS. But, even if he loses time against them, his success against righties should be more than enough to keep him relevant. Buy him as a 30-homer bat but take at least 10 to 20 points off his batting average from last year.
37 weeks ago
Hunter Renfroe Note
Hunter Renfroe photo 88. Hunter Renfroe RF
Renfroe has always had power but put it all together last year for Boston and became one of their most reliable and dependable bats.He cut his strikeout rate to just 22.7% and although he was still much better against lefties, he made major gains against righties such that he went far beyond potentially being placed in a platoon situation. Moving to the Brewers can only help his power, so bank on 30 home runs with helpful counting stats everywhere but steals.
36 weeks ago
Jo Adell Note
Jo Adell photo 121. Jo Adell LF,RF
Adell has massive power but hit just four home runs in 35 games in the majors last year. But his strikeout rate was a very manageable 22.9% after it was an incredibly bloated 41.7% in 2020, and that generally bodes well for a prospect. He worked on a swing change this offseason and looks much, much more comfortable in the spring. As fantasy managers know, prospect growth is not linear, so Adell's mediocre performance in the majors to this point shouldn't give you much pause. You'll have to pay more for him than his numbers suggest you should, be he's got the type of upside that should make the price worth it.
36 weeks ago
Gio Urshela Note
Gio Urshela photo 166. Gio Urshela 3B,SS
Urshela was moved to Minnesota this offseason where he'll man third base and likely bat in the bottom third of the order. When healthy, he's a high-average, 20-homer bat who will chip in everywhere but steals. But his margin for error is fairly thin given how mediocre his quality of contact is and with his poor walk rate. Given that his surrounding llineup and home park took a pretty drastic step down, he's really just an AL-only option at this point.
34 weeks ago
David Fletcher Note
David Fletcher photo 200. David Fletcher 2B,SS
Max Stassi Note
Max Stassi photo 216. Max Stassi C
Mickey Moniak Note
Mickey Moniak photo 409. Mickey Moniak CF,LF
Taylor Ward Note
Taylor Ward photo 417. Taylor Ward RF
Chad Wallach Note
Chad Wallach photo 472. Chad Wallach C
Matt Thaiss Note
Matt Thaiss photo 502. Matt Thaiss 1B,C
Luis Rengifo Note
Luis Rengifo photo 514. Luis Rengifo SS,2B,3B
Andrew Velazquez Note
Andrew Velazquez photo 541. Andrew Velazquez SS
Jack Mayfield Note
Jack Mayfield photo 542. Jack Mayfield 3B,SS,2B
Michael Stefanic Note
Michael Stefanic photo 593. Michael Stefanic 2B
Kean Wong Note
Kean Wong photo 697. Kean Wong 2B