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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Mitch Haniger Note
Mitch Haniger photo 61. Mitch Haniger RF
Sports hernia surgery caused him to miss the 2020 season, but Haniger returned in a big way last year, posting career highs in home runs (39), RBI (100) and runs (110). There are some warning signs here, however. Haniger's strikeout rate has gone through the roof, and his on-base percentage has plummeted. His exit velocities suggest that he won't match last year's HR total. The good news is that Haniger's banner 2021 season hasn't driven his price sky-high. Still, some caution is warranted.
31 weeks ago
Jesse Winker Note
Jesse Winker photo 66. Jesse Winker LF
Winker's value drops with the move to Seattle, which has one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in MLB. He should still provide a solid batting average, but aspirations of 30 HR and 90 RBI now seem far-fetched. Winker is yet another player who deals with chronic injuries. He's a guy I usually pass on and regret it at least 21 nights of the season, but pat myself on the back the rest of the year.
29 weeks ago
Jarred Kelenic Note
Jarred Kelenic photo 94. Jarred Kelenic LF,CF,RF
Kelenic's season was shaping up to be an all-time disaster for a prospect, but a fairly strong final month, during which he hit seven homers and slashed .248/.331/.524, salvaged things a bit. He still batted just .180 on the year and struck out 28.1% of the time, but there's reason to believe he can put his year in the rear view mirror and start fresh. Kelenic has an advanced approach, and could pretty easily put up a 20-20 season without batting an eye if everything breaks right. With a stronger Mariners lineup batting behind him, Kelenic should be someone to target in fantasy drafts given his potential and strong close to the 2021 season.
28 weeks ago
Ty France Note
Ty France photo 104. Ty France 1B,2B,3B
Other than an awful May, during which he battled through a wrist injury and hit just .190, France had an outstanding 2021 season. He batted .291 overall and struck out just 16.3% of the time, all while putting up passable counting stats. There's a hard cap on France's value - he doesn't have a ton of power, he has no speed, and his expected stats say that he's due for a batting average correction. But absent an injury, there's pretty much no chance of the bottom dropping out, and he makes an ideal corner infielder who you can leave in your lineup without much concern.
29 weeks ago
Eugenio Suarez Note
Eugenio Suarez photo 131. Eugenio Suarez 3B,SS
Suarez has continued to hit for power but his batting average has fallen off a cliff the last two seasons to just .199. Other than the fact that he had shoulder surgery just before the 2020 season, there's nothing really to explain. Almost all of his underlying metrics and quality of contact data look nearly identical to how they have his whole career, and he's just entering his age-30 season. But whatever the reason, Suarez is now a batting average drain, and he'll likely hit fewer home runs after being traded to Seattle. There's still plenty of value there, as he should still be a plus contributor in homers and RBI. But hope for a .230 batting avaerage as his ceiling at this point.
28 weeks ago
Julio Rodriguez Note
Julio Rodriguez photo 148. Julio Rodriguez CF,RF
Kyle Lewis Note
Kyle Lewis photo 169. Kyle Lewis CF
Lewis is dealing with knee issues and likely won't be ready for Opening Day. When healthy, he's a talented but low-floor option, as he doesn't have a ton of speed or power and his strikeout rate (29.5% career) keeps his batting average in check. He's just 26 years old so, of course, there's upside for more. But the knee issues are enough of a reason to look elsewhere when you're considering a late-round outfielder.
26 weeks ago
Adam Frazier Note
Adam Frazier photo 175. Adam Frazier 2B,LF,RF
Jonathan Villar Note
Jonathan Villar photo 176. Jonathan Villar 2B,3B,SS
J.P. Crawford Note
J.P. Crawford photo 204. J.P. Crawford SS
Carlos Santana Note
Carlos Santana photo 212. Carlos Santana 1B
Abraham Toro Note
Abraham Toro photo 218. Abraham Toro 2B,3B
Luis Torrens Note
Luis Torrens photo 266. Luis Torrens C,1B
Dylan Moore Note
Dylan Moore photo 285. Dylan Moore 2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF
Tom Murphy Note
Tom Murphy photo 298. Tom Murphy C
Cal Raleigh Note
Cal Raleigh photo 335. Cal Raleigh C
Curt Casali Note
Curt Casali photo 348. Curt Casali C
Evan White Note
Evan White photo 434. Evan White 1B
Drew Ellis Note
Drew Ellis photo 444. Drew Ellis 3B
Taylor Trammell Note
Taylor Trammell photo 479. Taylor Trammell LF,CF,RF
Derek Hill Note
Derek Hill photo 520. Derek Hill CF
Forrest Wall Note
Forrest Wall photo 763. Forrest Wall 2B
Sam Haggerty Note
Sam Haggerty photo 764. Sam Haggerty LF,RF