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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Byron Buxton Note
Byron Buxton photo 33. Byron Buxton CF,DH
Get a season of reasonably good health out of Buxton and you're likely to run a profit, probably a big one. But what are the chances he'll play 150 or more games? In the five non-COVID years that he's been on the Twins' Opening Day roster, Buxton has averaged 81.6 games played and 271.2 at-bats. In 2021, Buxton missed 39 games with a strained hip, then broke his hand after being hit with a pitch in his third game back, causing him to miss another month. When healthy, Buxton will steal a lot of bases and score plenty of runs. He's added power, too, and he batted .306 over 61 games last year. Still only 28, Buxton has upside galore, but the risk level here is enormous.
41 weeks ago
Jorge Polanco Note
Jorge Polanco photo 52. Jorge Polanco 2B,SS
Polanco enjoyed the finest season of his career in 2021, batting .269 with 33 HRs, 98 RBI, 97 runs and 11 SBs. He went nuclear after the All-Star break, batting .287 with 21 homers. Could it be that Polanco feels less pressure as a second baseman than as a shortstop, and his hitting has benefitted as a result? Polanco has always been a line drive machine, so even if the power gains don't stick (and there's a good chance they won't), he should still deliver a healthy batting average. Dual 2B-SS eligibility is a plus. Polanco is a worthy investment, but don't pay for a full repeat of the power.
41 weeks ago
Alex Kirilloff Note
Alex Kirilloff photo 110. Alex Kirilloff 1B,RF,LF
Kirilloff had a poor 2021 season, ultimately succumbing to wrist surgery to fix an injury that has reportedly bothered him off and on for a few years at this point. Long-term, there's plenty of reason for optimism given his pedigree and strong minor league numbers. But for this year, he's more of a middling outfield filler. His quality of contact and home park aren't favorable enough to lead to a major outburst in power, and his surrounding lineup isn't strong enough to offer a favorable environment for counting stats. Kirilloff probably won't hurt you in batting average and he'll hit about 20 home runs, but players like that are a dime a dozen in redraft leagues. Take him late as a filler, but still view him as a target in keeper and dynasty formats.
38 weeks ago
Max Kepler Note
Max Kepler photo 147. Max Kepler CF,RF
Kepler's expected stats suggest he got pretty unlucky last year, as they looked a lot like his 2019 season where he hit 38 home runs and batted .252. On the plus side, he did swipe 10 bases, the first time he had reached double digits in that category in his career. His true outcome likely lies somewhere between his 2019 season and last year's numbers, and he's more of a .240, 20-homer bat. The bigger problem this year is that the Twins' lineup likely won't be strong, and his counting stats will take a hit. Kepler can fill in for you, just don't rely on him as a starter.
37 weeks ago
Luis Arraez Note
Luis Arraez photo 221. Luis Arraez 2B,3B,LF,1B,DH
Kyle Farmer Note
Kyle Farmer photo 252. Kyle Farmer SS,3B,DH
Ryan Jeffers Note
Ryan Jeffers photo 267. Ryan Jeffers C
Jose Miranda Note
Jose Miranda photo 268. Jose Miranda 3B,1B,DH
Trevor Larnach Note
Trevor Larnach photo 338. Trevor Larnach LF,RF
Nick Gordon Note
Nick Gordon photo 354. Nick Gordon CF,2B,SS,LF
Chance Sisco Note
Chance Sisco photo 468. Chance Sisco C
Kyle Garlick Note
Kyle Garlick photo 574. Kyle Garlick RF,LF
Gilberto Celestino Note
Gilberto Celestino photo 583. Gilberto Celestino CF,LF
Royce Lewis Note
Royce Lewis photo 631. Royce Lewis SS
Tyler White Note
Tyler White photo 711. Tyler White 1B
Andrew Bechtold Note
Andrew Bechtold photo 728. Andrew Bechtold 3B
Austin Martin Note
Austin Martin photo 754. Austin Martin CF