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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Note
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. photo 4. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B,DH
The young slugger put it all together in 2021, tying for the MLB lead in HRs and leading the AL in runs, OBP and slugging percentage in his age-22 season. Statcast numbers and other peripherals fully supported the gaudy surface stats. Guerrero alleviated concerns that he hit the ball on the ground too much by cutting his ground-ball rate from 55% to 44%. Vladito doesn't steal bases, but he gives you everything else. And unlike his famous dad, he's actually willing to take a walk. Guerrero deserves to be taken in the top half of the first round.
23 weeks ago
Bo Bichette Note
Bo Bichette photo 5. Bo Bichette DH,SS
The future is bright for this young star as he enters his age-24 season. Bichette broke out in 2021 with an AL-high 191 hits and proved himself to be a true five-category performer. His dad Dante once hit 40 HRs for the Rockies, and Bo seemingly has room for growth in the power department with some launch-angle adjustments, since his ground ball rate last season was just shy of 50%. Bichette doesn't like to take walks, but he hits the ball hard to all fields. Playing in one of MLB's best lineups should help keep his run and RBI totals robust. His 2021 season will be a tough act to follow, but this is a first-round profile.
23 weeks ago
Teoscar Hernandez Note
Teoscar Hernandez photo 22. Teoscar Hernandez DH,LF,RF
It would normally make sense to be wary of a late-ish bloomer who has a breakout year at age 28. Hernandez established new career highs in basically every offensive category last year, batting .296, belting 32 HRs, driving in 116 runs, scoring 92 times and doubling his previous season high in stolen bases with 12. But the peripheral numbers back it all up. Statcast absolutely loves Hernandez, even backing up the SB breakout by putting him in the 85th percentile for sprint speed. He'll bat cleanup in a stacked Blue Jays lineup and should get ample opportunities to drive in runs. A full repeat of his 2021 numbers might be a stretch, but Hernandez should be able to come close.
23 weeks ago
Whit Merrifield Note
Whit Merrifield photo 27. Whit Merrifield 2B,CF,RF
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.
23 weeks ago
George Springer Note
George Springer photo 34. George Springer CF,DH,RF
Quad and knee injuries limited Springer to 78 games in his first season with the Blue Jays, but he mashed when healthy, with 22 HRs, 50 RBI and 59 runs in just 299 at-bats. Springer has consistently posted batting averages in the .260s or higher during his career, and he'll steal a handful of bases for you. Batting leadoff with Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero and Teoscar Hernandez behind him, Springer has a great chance to score 100 or more runs. He'll turn 33 in August, but he seems to be aging gracefully. Springer is a solid investment.
23 weeks ago
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Note
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. photo 85. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 1B,DH,LF
Gurriel cut his strikeout rate to a career-best 18.9%, but that's pretty much where the good news ends. His quality of contact dropped significantly (at least in some part due to a knee injury he played through), resulting in a sharp downturn in both his home runs and slugging percentage. Playing for a ridiculously strong Toronto offense will keep his counting stats relatively afloat, and he may bat higher in the order with Marcus Semien in Texas now. And he's entering his age-28 season so perhaps there's a power bump coming. But Gurriel looks much more like a player who you draft because he won't hurt you, not because he'll help you a ton.
21 weeks ago
Matt Chapman Note
Matt Chapman photo 91. Matt Chapman 3B
Chapman get a massive upgrade moving from Oakland to Toronto, both in terms of home park and surrounding lineup. He's coming off an incredible disappointing year in which he hit only .210, but it's worth remembering that he had major surgery the prior offseason. As we saw with Buster Posey, players often take a full season to recover, so it's a good bet that you can write Chapman's 2021 off to his recovery. Even so, he hit 27 home runs last year, so if he can just get his strikeout rate back down to the 23% range he had shown in his career rather than the 33% range he's had the last two seasons, he could be in for a monstrous year.
20 weeks ago
Raimel Tapia Note
Raimel Tapia photo 162. Raimel Tapia CF,LF,RF
Tapia moves from Colorado to Toronto, and although that's an obvious downgrade in terms of home park, it's pretty much as neutral a change as Tapia could have hoped for. He'll still play his home games in an extreme hitter-friendly environment, and he'll see a major upgrade in his surrounding lineup. The problem for Tapia, however, remains the same. He has extremely meager power numbers, and not enough speed to be a true difference-maker in the stolen base category (though he did swipe 20 last year). He'll almost certainly bat in the lower third of the lineup with Toronto, as he likely would have with the Rockies anyway, and his probable increase in runs scored should be canceled out by his likely drop in batting average (his xBA has been in the .250s in each of the last three seasons). There's little upside with Tapia, but he won't hurt you, so he's a decent bench option if you're light on steals.
20 weeks ago
Cavan Biggio Note
Cavan Biggio photo 175. Cavan Biggio 1B,2B,3B,RF
Alejandro Kirk Note
Alejandro Kirk photo 182. Alejandro Kirk C,DH
Danny Jansen Note
Danny Jansen photo 236. Danny Jansen C
Bradley Zimmer Note
Bradley Zimmer photo 261. Bradley Zimmer CF,RF
Jackie Bradley Jr. Note
Jackie Bradley Jr. photo 333. Jackie Bradley Jr. LF,CF,RF
Santiago Espinal Note
Santiago Espinal photo 341. Santiago Espinal 2B,3B,SS
Zack Collins Note
Zack Collins photo 366. Zack Collins C,DH
Gabriel Moreno Note
Gabriel Moreno photo 418. Gabriel Moreno C
Otto Lopez Note
Otto Lopez photo 612. Otto Lopez 2B,SS
Logan Warmoth Note
Logan Warmoth photo 714. Logan Warmoth 2B,SS