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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Juan Soto Note
Juan Soto photo 2. Juan Soto RF
Ahh, the Juan Soto conundrum. Soto is one of the best hitters in baseball. At 23 years old, he's on a Hall of Fame trajectory. His raw power is astounding. But he plays for the suddenly terrible and powerless Washington Nationals. A few years removed from the World Series, the team is now a collection of "That guy is still playing?" and "Never heard of him" types. Soto's HR numbers will be huge, but his R and RBI numbers will take a big hit.
12 weeks ago
Nelson Cruz Note
Nelson Cruz photo 67. Nelson Cruz DH
This ageless wonder will turn 42 on July 1 but continues to mash. He'll do his mashing for the Nationals this year after signing a one-year deal. Cruz belted 32 home runs last year, which was actually his lowest total for a full season since 2013. He was batting .294 for Minnesota before being traded to Tampa, where he hit only .226 the rest of the way. At his age, the decline could come quickly, but exit velocity, barrel rate and other power peripherals say he's still going strong.
9 weeks ago
Josh Bell Note
Josh Bell photo 75. Josh Bell 1B,LF
Bell had a horrid .464 OPS in April, likely because his timing was off after missing time because of a COVID-19 diagnosis. But once he found his footing, he was everything that Nationals hoped he would be. He batted .277 with an .887 OPS in the second half, and even played plenty of outfield so Washington could keep his bat in the lineup even with Ryan Zimmerman playing well. His walk percentage and strikeout rate largely returned to their pre-2020 levels, and he got better and better as the season went along. With Zimmerman now retired and the DH in the National League, Bell's bat should remain in the lineup nearly every day, and the presence of Juan Soto and Nelson Cruz should offer him plenty of RBI opportunities. He's not a fantasy superstar, but he's a capable starter at first base for your fantasy team.
9 weeks ago
Keibert Ruiz Note
Keibert Ruiz photo 152. Keibert Ruiz C
Ruiz will be the starting catcher for the Nationals this year and will bat in the middle of the lineup. Ignore his mediocre numbers from last year, because he has the upside to be a top-5 catcher if everything breaks right. Ruiz's power hasn't quite developed as projected, but he hit 19 home runs in 81 games between the majors and minors last year. He has elite contact skills and rarely strikes out, so his batting average should be a plus, especially for a catcher. Don't be concerned to reach a bit given his upside.
8 weeks ago
Lane Thomas Note
Lane Thomas photo 190. Lane Thomas LF,CF,RF
Cesar Hernandez Note
Cesar Hernandez photo 193. Cesar Hernandez 2B
Victor Robles Note
Victor Robles photo 225. Victor Robles CF
Yadiel Hernandez Note
Yadiel Hernandez photo 280. Yadiel Hernandez LF,RF
Luis Garcia Note
Luis Garcia photo 308. Luis Garcia 2B,SS
Alcides Escobar Note
Alcides Escobar photo 325. Alcides Escobar 2B,SS
Maikel Franco Note
Maikel Franco photo 332. Maikel Franco 3B
Riley Adams Note
Riley Adams photo 349. Riley Adams C
Carter Kieboom Note
Carter Kieboom photo 370. Carter Kieboom 3B
Andrew Stevenson Note
Andrew Stevenson photo 413. Andrew Stevenson LF,CF,RF
Tres Barrera Note
Tres Barrera photo 463. Tres Barrera C
Ehire Adrianza Note
Ehire Adrianza photo 492. Ehire Adrianza 3B,LF,RF
Josh Palacios Note
Josh Palacios photo 614. Josh Palacios RF
Lucius Fox Note
Lucius Fox photo 617. Lucius Fox 2B,SS
Donovan Casey Note
Donovan Casey photo 627. Donovan Casey CF
Jake Noll Note
Jake Noll photo 676. Jake Noll 1B,2B,3B
Andrew Young Note
Andrew Young photo 678. Andrew Young 2B
Adrian Sanchez Note
Adrian Sanchez photo 706. Adrian Sanchez 2B
Dee Strange-Gordon Note
Dee Strange-Gordon photo 727. Dee Strange-Gordon 2B,SS,LF
Yasel Antuna Note
Yasel Antuna photo 740. Yasel Antuna SS
Richard Urena Note
Richard Urena photo 749. Richard Urena 2B,SS