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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Juan Soto Note
Juan Soto photo 1. Juan Soto SD
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.
39 weeks ago
Bryce Harper Note
Bryce Harper photo 2. Bryce Harper PHI
Mr. Consistency. Draft Harper somewhere between 6 and 10 in the first round, leave him in the lineup and count your blessings. In one of the quietest MVP campaigns in recent memory, Harper did Harper-like things in 2021, with 35 homers, 101 runs, 84 RBI and 13 stolen bases. With the Phillies adding Nick Castellanos to provide Harper with some lineup protection, a 100 RBI season with 110 runs is probably Harper's floor.
35 weeks ago
Mookie Betts Note
Mookie Betts photo 3. Mookie Betts LAD
If Betts is healthy, he's an automatic NL MVP candidate. He played through back and hip injuries last year that limited his effectiveness. Reports are that Betts is healthy and ready to resume his spot amongst the game's elite. If he has 2B eligibility in your league, he's even more valuable. If Betts slides to 8, 9, 10 in the first round, snatch him up. If he adds 20 steals to his usually impressive R/HR/RBI tallies, he's going to be in the running for the overall No. 1 player at season's end.
39 weeks ago
Mike Trout Note
Mike Trout photo 4. Mike Trout LAA
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
Kyle Tucker Note
Kyle Tucker photo 5. Kyle Tucker HOU
This former uber-prospect didn't disappoint in his first full MLB season, delivering the goods in five categories. There's room for more, as Tucker played 140 games and was typically slotted in the bottom half of the Astros' batting order. Tucker's contact rate is on the rise, he makes plenty of hard contact, and his flyball rate is what you're looking for in a power hitter. Tucker will probably never bee among the stolen base leaders, but he swiped 14 bags last year and has 20 SB upside. Tucker might just be scratching the surface of his talents. He figures to go somewhere close to the first-round/second-round turn, but he's destined to be a perennial first-rounder.
39 weeks ago
Ronald Acuna Jr. Note
Ronald Acuna Jr. photo 6. Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL
In any other year, Acuna, Jr. is an easy top-five pick. The five-category star is a set-it-and-forget-it roster heavyweight. But coming off a gruesome mid-summer ACL tear, he's likely to miss most of April and possibly some of May, and Acuna is unlikely to wreak havoc on the basepaths for the first couple months. He's going to rake once he's healthy, but you might want to pass on Acuna unless you get a significant discount on him.
35 weeks ago
Luis Robert Note
Luis Robert photo 7. Luis Robert CWS
The young White Sox slugger missed more than three months after straining his hip flexor trying to leg out an infield single but went nuclear upon his return, batting .350 with 12 HRs and 35 RBI over his final 43 games. Robert runs, too, with 15 SBs in 124 career games. There's legitimate 30-30 potential here, and it's not hard to imagine Robert producing a 40 HR season at cozy Guaranteed Rate Field. A ridiculous .394 BABIP fueled last year's .338 batting average, so there's bound to be some major recoil in that category. Health is a concern as well, as Robert experienced leg tightness in the playoffs. There's a lot to like here, but a second-round ADP seems a bit rich for a 24-year-old who has yet to play a full season.
39 weeks ago
Yordan Alvarez Note
Yordan Alvarez photo 8. Yordan Alvarez HOU
Power is his calling card, and Alvarez didn't disappoint in that department last year, mashing 33 HRs with 104 RBI. He had a healthy .277 batting average in 2021 and has a career mark of .290, so the power doesn't come at the expense of BA. The power peripherals are outstanding - he's in the 97th percentile in average exit velocity, maximum exit velocity and hard hit percentage. There could be a 50 HR season lurking here. Alvarez has just one SB in 233 career games, and he's had surgery on both knees. But if those granddad knees hold up, you're likely to be please with your return on investment.
39 weeks ago
Aaron Judge Note
Aaron Judge photo 9. Aaron Judge FA
All rise! His Honor enjoyed a season of reasonably good health in 2021 and posted a career-high .269 BA to go along with 39 HRs, 98 RBI and 89 runs. His 71% contact rate was the best of his career, and naturally his power peripherals were through the roof. No one punishes baseballs quite like Judge. Health is always a concern, and he doesn't run much, but the power skills should age well as this 6-7, 282-pound brute enters his 30s.
39 weeks ago
Starling Marte Note
Starling Marte photo 10. Starling Marte NYM
Speed kills. Or at least it does outside of the Big Apple. The Mets haven't had a player swipe 30 or more bases in the last seven seasons. Will they let their big free agent acquisition loose on the basepaths? Even if they do, at 34, will Marte still be an elite bag thief? If he's not running, Marte is a fantasy liability relative to his ADP. He's unlikely to pass the 20-dinger threshold, he's only had one season with 90 or more runs in his career, he's unlikely to equal last year's .372 BABIP, and he's part of the Mets' continually anemic offense. Don't overpay. But if he falls, snatch him up.
39 weeks ago
Teoscar Hernandez Note
Teoscar Hernandez photo 11. Teoscar Hernandez SEA
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.
39 weeks ago
Cedric Mullins II Note
Cedric Mullins II photo 12. Cedric Mullins II BAL
The city of Baltimore hasn't seen such an unexpectedly high HR total since Brady Anderson smacked 50 homers in 1996. Mullins had hit seven HRs in 374 career at-bats entering 2021. He cleared the fence 30 times last year and added 30 stolen bases for good measure. Mullins played the 2020 season with an undiagnosed case of Crohn's disease, which may have prevented us from seeing the "real" Cedric Mullins. Some pullback on the HR total is probably inevitable, but the speed and other plate skills should remain intact. Looks slightly overpriced at a third-round ADP.
39 weeks ago
Whit Merrifield Note
Whit Merrifield photo 13. Whit Merrifield TOR
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.
39 weeks ago
Nick Castellanos Note
Nick Castellanos photo 14. Nick Castellanos PHI
"It's a deep drive to left field by Castellanos" has become baseball's best meme, which overshadows the fact that Castellanos has been one of baseball's most underrated power bats over the last half decade. The 29-year-old picked the perfect year to enter free agency, coming off a 2021 campaign with a .576 SLG% and a .938 OPS. The move to Philadelphia should be a good one, as it gives Castellanos a chance to bat cleanup directly behind Bryce Harper.
35 weeks ago
Byron Buxton Note
Byron Buxton photo 15. Byron Buxton MIN
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.
39 weeks ago
George Springer Note
George Springer photo 16. George Springer TOR
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.
39 weeks ago
Tyler O'Neill Note
Tyler O'Neill photo 17. Tyler O'Neill STL
You could do a lot worse than O'Neil as your second outfielder. You're in great shape if somehow your third outfielder. He's a second-tier five-category guy, although O'Neill's .366 BABIP in 2021 suggests that he's probably not going to bat .286 again. The peripherals suggest that O'Neill's power is legit, however. He's not a guy you reach for, but if he starts to fall, grab him. O'Neill is only 26, so it's possible he'll turn in a season that ends up much better than his ADP.
39 weeks ago
Eloy Jimenez Note
Eloy Jimenez photo 18. Eloy Jimenez CWS
Give the ascending slugger a mulligan for an ill-fated 2021 season. Jimenez ruptured a pectoral tendon in a spring training game and didn't come back until July 26. His surface stats in his 55 games were decent - 10 HRs, 37 RBI a .249 average - but Jimenez didn't live up to the promise he showed in the shortened 2020 season, when he had 14 HRs, 41 RBI and a .296 average. Expect a rebound and substantial power numbers. Speed isn't part of the package - he's played 232 career games and still hasn't stolen a base - but that's the only weakness here. It's only a matter of time before Jimenez gives us a 40 HR season.
39 weeks ago
Kris Bryant Note
Kris Bryant photo 19. Kris Bryant COL
He hasn't turned into the superstar we thought he was going to become, but he's still got power and will still knock in runs, and now he'll be doing his mashing at Coors Field. Bryant might not have been worth a top-100 selection if he landed in a bad spot, but going to the Rockies gives him a significant value boost.
37 weeks ago
Randy Arozarena Note
Randy Arozarena photo 20. Randy Arozarena TB
The playoff hero of 2020 provided a satisfying encore by being named 2021 AL Rookie of the Year, though there was some slippage. After belting 10 HRs in 20 playoff games two seasons ago, Arozarena hit 20 homers in 141 games last season and struck out 170 times. A modest flyball rate and ordinary Statcast numbers suggest that Arozarena probably won't provide elite power numbers. Last year's 37% hit rate fueled a .274 batting average that may not be sustainable. On the bright side, he had 20 SBs on 30 attempts. There are a multiple paths to value here, but still, Arozarena is a high-profile player likely to be overdrafted.
39 weeks ago
J.D. Martinez Note
J.D. Martinez photo 21. J.D. Martinez FA
Martinez got the bad taste of 2020 out of his mouth with a fine 2021 season. After batting .213 and hitting only seven HRs in the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign, Martinez batted .286 last year with 28 HRs, 99 RBI and 92 runs. Martinez is 34, so there's some age-related risk, but his 2021 Statcast numbers and other peripheral stats suggest that his skill set is aging well. He plays in a great hitter's park, and batting behind Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts should provide plenty of RBI opportunities. FantasyPros rankers like Martinez much more than the general public does - an indication that he's probably a value.
39 weeks ago
Ketel Marte Note
Ketel Marte photo 22. Ketel Marte ARI
Guys with recurring muscle injuries scare me. They're one wrong step away from missing a month. Marte terrifies me. Ever since his 2019 breakout that had all of us wondering if we'd be better off with Marte or Ozzie Albies (lol, what were we thinking?), Marte has had trouble staying healthy. Arizona is likely to give him more rest this season with the goal of keeping him on the field. He'll still help you in average, and he has a little pop in his bat, but he's one of the riskier investments in fantasy baseball.
39 weeks ago
Giancarlo Stanton Note
Giancarlo Stanton photo 23. Giancarlo Stanton NYY
If he stays relatively healthy, Stanton is probably going to contend for the home run crown. But that's a huge "if," obviously. Stanton enjoyed two relatively healthy seasons in 2018-2019, played 41 combined games in 2019-2020, and managed to play 139 games last year with only one stay on the DL for a quad issue. Statcast numbers show that he's still one of the games top sluggers, and he should have better luck in RBIs and runs than he had last season, when he had 97 and 64, respectively. Stanton doesn't run, but he holds his own in batting average. There's a lot of risk here, particularly with Stanton now well into his 30s, but the lengthy injury history almost guarantees a discount in drafts.
39 weeks ago
Bryan Reynolds Note
Bryan Reynolds photo 24. Bryan Reynolds PIT
What is zero? The odds that Reynolds stays on the Pittsburgh roster all season. Thanks for playing FantasyPros Jeopardy. I like Reynolds. You should like Reynolds. He has a chance to be a sneaky difference maker, a guy who'll get dealt in July and make a huge difference on a playoff team. In the first half of the season, he'll give you solid numbers in a lineup void of talent. Once he ends up in the No 3 or No. 5 spot in a lineup surrounded by stars, he'll put up top-50 numbers.
39 weeks ago
Christian Yelich Note
Christian Yelich photo 25. Christian Yelich MIL
The way you regard Yelich depends on what type of fantasy manager you are. Do you like rolling the dice on potential superstars who can't stay upright? Or would you rather take a lesser player and know you'll get 150 games out of him? If you're in the latter category, Yelich is probably on your do-not-draft list. His upside is huge, but the now-30-year-old outfielder dealt with serious back issues last season, and back injuries have a tendency to reoccur.
39 weeks ago
Brandon Lowe Note
Brandon Lowe photo 26. Brandon Lowe TB
In 2021, Lowe became a full-time player for the first time in his career and responded with 39 HRs, 99 RBI and 97 runs. He batted only .247 last year and struck out 167 times in 615 plate appearances. Lowe has also struggled against lefties throughout his career. But Lowe's first-half/second-half splits were eye-opening. He was batting .208 at the All-Star break; Lowe batted .292 after the break and dramatically reduced his strikeout rate without sacrificing any power. If the second-half adjustments stick, Lowe might actually be able to improve upon his breakout season.
39 weeks ago
Mitch Haniger Note
Mitch Haniger photo 27. Mitch Haniger FA
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.
39 weeks ago
Kyle Schwarber Note
Kyle Schwarber photo 28. Kyle Schwarber PHI
Schwarber was really, really good in 2020. He ranked in the top 10% of the league in barrel rate, average and maximum exit velocity, hard-hit rate, walk percentage, and wOBA. He also batted a career-best .266, probably because he swung at far fewer pitches outside the strike zone than he ever had before. He'll now bat near or at the top of a strong Phillies lineup in a park that should only accentuate Schwarber's raw power. If Schwarber can hold the gains he saw last year - being more selective, hitting more line drives, etc. - then he should be in for perhaps his best season to date.
37 weeks ago
Franmil Reyes Note
Franmil Reyes photo 29. Franmil Reyes CHC
Reyes crushes the ball and has the potential to become one of MLB's elite power hitters. The problem is that he hits the ball on the ground way too often. He had a 46% groundball rate in 2021 and a 36% flyball rate. That's a low flyball rate for a power hitter, and yet it's the highest of Reyes's four-year career. His 64% contact rate last year suggests there's worrisome BA downside here. Reyes doesn't steal bases. His run totals have been unimpressive and don't figure to improve with the bottom of the Cleveland batting order looking so anemic. And Reyes is only DH-eligible in most leagues. Reyes could lead the AL in homers if he makes launch-angle adjustments, but let someone else chase that dream.
39 weeks ago
Jesse Winker Note
Jesse Winker photo 30. Jesse Winker SEA
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.
37 weeks ago
Fernando Tatis Jr. Note
Fernando Tatis Jr. photo 31. Fernando Tatis Jr. SD
A fractured wrist has changed the draft calculus on Tatis Jr., who might be out for as long as three months. It's always taken an iron stomach to draft him and deal with the injury risk. When healthy, he's a multi-category box score stuffer. His counting numbers are so orbital, he's basically a seven-category player ... when he's on the field. Now, you simply can't consider taking him within the first seven rounds.
37 weeks ago
Ryan Mountcastle Note
Ryan Mountcastle photo 32. Ryan Mountcastle BAL
Mountcastle fully arrived in his age-24 season, shaking off a slow start to finish with 33 HR, 89 RBI, 77 runs and a reasonable .255 batting average. His .333 BA in the abbreviated 2020 season was a mirage, but Mountcastle's power is legit, with a .232 ISO in 2021 and home runs on 20% of his flyballs. There's a lot of swing-and-miss to Mountcastle's game, which could make him a BA risk, and he won't steal many bases. But the power profile is enticing, and it's a nice bonus that Mountcastle has dual eligibility as an outfielder and first baseman.
39 weeks ago
Cody Bellinger Note
Cody Bellinger photo 33. Cody Bellinger FA
The last thing you want to do is pass on a former MVP who can be had in the middle rounds because his draft stock is plummeting. The second-to-last-thing you want to do is grab a player hoping for a bounce-back season and bang your head on a desk every night as he continues his affair with the Mendoza line. What if last year's crater season was an aberration? Worse, what if it wasn't? Bellinger is still only 26, but he won't have 1B eligibility in most formats, leaving him eligible for OF only. Oh, heck, if he's still there in the ninth or 10th round, take a chance. And find a bottle of Advil.
39 weeks ago
Tommy Edman Note
Tommy Edman photo 34. Tommy Edman STL
There's a lot to like here. The biggest draws are speed and multi-position (OF/2B) eligibility. Edman stole 30 bases last year, tying for fourth in MLB. Statcast says he's in the 92nd percentile for sprint speed. There's a little bit of power here, too. Edman hit only 11 HRs last year but clubbed 41 doubles. Edman has a .272 batting average over three seasons, and there could be room for growth there. His contact rate improved to 85% last year, and he sprays hits to both sides of the diamond. Edman doesn't take many walks, but that's a minor nit to pick.
39 weeks ago
Austin Meadows Note
Austin Meadows photo 35. Austin Meadows DET
On the one hand, Meadows largely bounced back from the horror story that was the abbreviated 2020 season. His strikeout rate normalized, his power returned, and his playing time stabilized. The glaring exception was that he could not correct his sudden struggles against lefties. In 2019, Meadows slashed .275/.316/.521 against southpaws. Last year, he slashed just .198/.270/.293 against them. Even if Meadows's overall numbers are passable, it seems unlikely that a team like the Rays are going to let a player who is merely an average defender continue to keep an everyday job when he's virtually useless against left-handed throwers. That would still leave Meadows on the strong side of a platoon, but if he does begin to sit more regularly, his counting stats will take a hit, and fantasy managers should be aware of that before they select him in their drafts.
37 weeks ago
Jared Walsh Note
Jared Walsh photo 36. Jared Walsh LAA
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
Trent Grisham Note
Trent Grisham photo 37. Trent Grisham SD
Grisham was . . . fine last year. His 15 homers and 13 steals contributed, particularly given that he missed time with injury. But there just wasn't much to get excited about. There's probably more to be had in the stolen base department, as Grisham ranks in the 91st percentile in sprint speed. And he should bat atop the lineup this year with Fernando Tatis set to miss time. But your best-case scenario is a 20-15 line with a batting average that hurts. That's a startable player in fantasy, but not one you should reach for in drafts.
37 weeks ago
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Note
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. photo 38. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. TOR
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.
37 weeks ago
Josh Bell Note
Josh Bell photo 39. Josh Bell FA
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.
37 weeks ago
Joey Gallo Note
Joey Gallo photo 40. Joey Gallo FA
It should tell you all you need to know about Gallo that he hit 38 home runs and scored 90 runs last season and baseball fans and fantasy players view his year as a disaster. Gallo basically did what he always did - he struck out a ton (34.6%), walked more than anyone not named Juan Soto (18%) and left the yard often. His sub-.200 batting average is just basically what Gallo is going to bring to the table unless he changes his approach or gets lucky, though the fact that he hit ground balls at an elevated clip didn't help much. He'll still be batting in the middle of a strong Yankees lineup, so if you can deal with the batting average hit, draft him for the homers and runs scored production.
36 weeks ago
Avisail Garcia Note
Avisail Garcia photo 41. Avisail Garcia MIA
Garcia had an outstanding year with Milwaukee, hitting 29 home runs and driving in 86 in just 135 games. As usual, he showed elite maximum exit velocity, continuing his run of ranking in the top seven percent of MLB in that category since it began being tracked. He signed a four-year deal with Miami and, given the park dimensions and lack of lineup protection, that's obviously not the best place for him to end up. But the bottom line is that a 25-10 season is very much in reach, and he's a fine later-round selection who can fill in as a fourth outfielder.
36 weeks ago
Hunter Renfroe Note
Hunter Renfroe photo 42. Hunter Renfroe LAA
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
Chris Taylor Note
Chris Taylor photo 43. Chris Taylor LAD
Taylor had an excellent season, hitting 20 homers and stealing 13 bases while playing all over the diamond as usual. The Dodgers rewarded him with a four-year, $60 million deal, which pretty much guarantees that he'll find his way into the lineup nearly every day. He won't wow you in any category but given his position flexibility and placement in the best lineup in baseball, Taylor is an ideal player for any fantasy team who should offer similar numbers to last year.
36 weeks ago
Alex Verdugo Note
Alex Verdugo photo 44. Alex Verdugo BOS
Verdugo is a reliable option for batting average, as he's batted at least .289 in three straight seasons. He doesn't have a ton of pop or speed, though he'll at least chip in with home runs and steals, and because he'll bat near the top of the Red Sox lineup, should be an asset in runs scored. Think of a poor man's version of Michael Brantley in his prime and that's what Verdugo will give you, and that's plenty valuable for fantasy.
36 weeks ago
Dylan Carlson Note
Dylan Carlson photo 45. Dylan Carlson STL
Carlson rebounded from a disastrous 2020 season to put up a respectable .266/.343/.437 line with 18 home runs last year. But the dreams of fantasy superstardom after his 2019 minor-league season (26 homers, 20 steals) have been put on hold, as he seems to have little interest in stealing bases in the majors (three total in two seasons), and his hard-hit rate was in the bottom nine percent of the league last year. His numbers and underlying metrics suggest that he's a slightly above-average MLB player, though it's worth remembering that he's just 23 years old and there's certainly potential for more. Drafting Carlson as a fourth outfielder with upside for more is the right approach, as he should bring a fairly solid floor with potential for a high ceiling if everything comes together.
37 weeks ago
Jarred Kelenic Note
Jarred Kelenic photo 46. Jarred Kelenic SEA
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.
36 weeks ago
Marcell Ozuna Note
Marcell Ozuna photo 47. Marcell Ozuna ATL
Ozuna missed the majority of the season after he was arrested on charges of aggravated assault by strangulation and battery last year. He's 31 years old now and his hard hit rate and average exit velocity declined sharply last year, along with his home run percentage and batting average. It's not clear if his numbers last year were just a blip or the start of a steep decline, but you shouldn't be relying on him as a starter for now.
36 weeks ago
Jorge Soler Note
Jorge Soler photo 48. Jorge Soler MIA
Soler's 48-homer season isn't ever going to repeat itself, but he doesn't need it to in order to provide fantasy value. He popped 27 homers last year and although his batting average has been in the .220s each of the last two years, his expected batting average has been closer to the high .240s. Now with the Marlins, he'll need every bit of hard contact he can get, but he should benefit from the NL adopting the DH. Soler isn't and won't be a star, but he's a useful fourth outfielder in mixed leagues.
36 weeks ago
Seiya Suzuki Note
Seiya Suzuki photo 49. Seiya Suzuki CHC
Suzuki signed with the Cubs this offseason, and will come over from the Hiroshima Toyo Carp after dominating last year in Japan. He hit 38 home runs and had a 1.073 OPS, and he has a career .315 batting average and .985 OPS in the NPS. Projecting players coming over from Japan is fraught with difficulties, but the general consensus is that Suzuki has 30-homer power with the ability to hit for average and steal double-digit bases. Whether that manifests itself in his first year remains to be seen, but there are few players with similar upside going at his ADP. Draft him as a fourth outfielder, but hope he plays like a second or third option.
36 weeks ago
Eddie Rosario Note
Eddie Rosario photo 50. Eddie Rosario ATL
Rosario re-signed with the Braves after coming over mid-season last year from Clevelan. He's still a productive MLB player but it's unclear if he can recapture the form that made him one of the more underrated assets in fantasy. He's no longer out-performing his expected batting average and he's never hit the ball particularly hard, so the 32 home runs we saw back in 2019 are probably never coming back. But he'll likely approach a 20-10 season in Atlanta and stick in the lineup every day with the addition of the DH in the National League. You could do worse as your last outfielder in a mixed league.
36 weeks ago
Daulton Varsho Note
Daulton Varsho photo 51. Daulton Varsho ARI
Varsho has bounced around from catcher to the outfield so far in his major league career, but he is penned in as the everyday center fielder in 2022. His bat is solid, not necessarily elite, and if he was only outfield eligible, he'd probably be a fifth outfielder or high-end bench piece. But his projected 15-10 line plays incredibly well at catcher, where he retains eligibility, and he'll likely bat in the middle of the lineup which should help buoy his counting stats, even in Arizona's lineup. He's a rock solid starting catcher for fantasy purposes, but don't play to play him in the outfield.
36 weeks ago
Adolis Garcia Note
Adolis Garcia photo 52. Adolis Garcia TEX
Garcia came out of absolutely nowhere last season to become one of just five players to hit at least 31 home runs and steal at least 16 bases. His success largely came early in the season, as he blasted 11 home runs in May with a .312 batting average before, as most fantasy managers expected, pitchers adjusted. The adjustment hit Garcia hard, as he slashed just .211/.256/.370 in the second half, though he stole seven bases over the final month of the season to cushion the blow. The issue for Garcia is the same that plagues most largely unknown hitters who put up huge hot streaks - he lacks plate discipline. His strikeout rate (31.2%) and walk rate (5.1%) were both in the bottom six percent of MLB, and both were due largely to the fact that he simply swings too much at pitches outside of the zone (39.7 O-Swing%, ninth-worst in the league). The Rangers have a much-improved lineup and perhaps Garcia will improve in his second year, but unless he drastically changes his approach, his numbers are going to have a hard cap on them.
37 weeks ago
Andrew Benintendi Note
Andrew Benintendi photo 53. Andrew Benintendi FA
Benintendi was the classic "needs a change of scenery" player and got relatively back on track with the Royals. He looked almost identical to the disappointing but absolutely usable version of himself that he showed in 2019, and his underlying rates were nearly identical. He did walk at a career-worst rate but he also got his strikeout rate down under control, and had he avoided injury, he surely would have put up a 20-10 season. There's every reason to expct him to be able to do that again, but expect his other counting stats to remain mediocre with Kansas City's lineup.
36 weeks ago
Alex Kirilloff Note
Alex Kirilloff photo 54. Alex Kirilloff MIN
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.
36 weeks ago
Akil Baddoo Note
Akil Baddoo photo 55. Akil Baddoo DET
Baddoo wasn't expected to contribute much in the majors last year, but he came on strong and ultimately played in 124 games, hitting 13 home runs and stealing 18 bases while batting .259. The speed is legtimate, as he ranked in the 91st percentile in sprint speed last season, but he's going to significantly improve on his .523 OPS against lefties if he's going to find success this year. Baddoo should begin the year batting leadoff in front of an improved Tigers lineup, so if he can just maintain his performance against righties and improve against lefties somewhat, a 20-20 season coul be in the cards. If not, then he'll likely bat in the lower third of the order and lose much of his value.
36 weeks ago
Robbie Grossman Note
Robbie Grossman photo 56. Robbie Grossman FA
Grossman came out of nowhere to put up a 20-20 line in his age-31 season. And by "out of nowhere," I mean that his previous season-high in homers was 11 and his previous high in steals was nine. Everything suggests that Grossman sold out a bit for power, as he greatly increased both his launch angle and fly ball rate (46.2%). If he does that again, he can probably approach 20 homers for a second straight season, but considering his mediocre sprint speed (68th percentile), it would be surprising if he reached 20 steals. Take about 5-7 off your projections for both numbers and you probably won't be disappointed.
36 weeks ago
Julio Rodriguez Note
Julio Rodriguez photo 57. Julio Rodriguez SEA
Ian Happ Note
Ian Happ photo 58. Ian Happ CHC
There was a lot of good with Happ's 2021 season. He reached a career-high in home runs, runs scored, and stolen bases, and he kept his walk rate in the double digits. But he also batted a career worst .226 and ranked in the bottom nine percent of the league with a 29.2% strikeout rate. Happ should be a starter for the Cubs, of course, but with the addition of Seiya Suzuki and with Clint Frazier on board, Chicago may be a little less patient with his slumps. Make sure you're taken care of in batting average and have depth if you draft Happ, because with his production come some pretty glaring risks.
36 weeks ago
Adam Duvall Note
Adam Duvall photo 59. Adam Duvall FA
Duvall had the quietest 38-homer season in recent memory, which happens when a bulk of it takes place in Miami. He also led the National League in RBI and was one of the leaders in max exit velocity. But he also batted just .228 and struck out 31.4% of the time. Duvall is now 33 years old so expecting a rebound in batting average or strikeout rate is probably wishful thinking. But if it's power you crave, then Duvall should have you covered, particularly with playing his home game in Atlanta's hitter-friendly Truist Park.
36 weeks ago
Austin Hays Note
Austin Hays photo 60. Austin Hays BAL
Hays finally made good on his prospect pedigree, hitting 22 home runs and topping 140 combined runs and RBI. It wasn't perfect - he walked only 5.3% of the time and his hard-hit rate and exit velocity were mediocre. But he had a strong close to th season with 12 home runs and 35 RBI over the final two months of the season. Just 26 years old, there's plenty of room for growth, though the new dimensions in Camden Yards may keep his power in check a bit. Buy him at his 2021 numbers and understand there's plenty of room for growth.
36 weeks ago
Jo Adell Note
Jo Adell photo 61. Jo Adell LAA
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
Tommy Pham Note
Tommy Pham photo 62. Tommy Pham FA
Pham recently signed with the Reds, and even though the team has shipped off most of its lineup, it's not a bad fit. Pham's batting average has suffered over the last two seasons, but his expected batting average (.266, .258) suggests that he's been more unlucky than anything. And although his power numbers have declined, a move to Great American Ball Park should likely add a few home runs to his ledger this year. Pham still walks a ton and is a lock for double-digit steals, and he's the type of player who fantasy managers like to ignore each year. Don't worry as much about the lack of lineup protection, and instead buy the high floor and relative lack of competition for his job.
36 weeks ago
Myles Straw Note
Myles Straw photo 63. Myles Straw CLE
Straw is your quintessential no-power, all-speed player. He hit four home runs last year and that's not going to be anomaly given his incredibly low hard-hit rate. But he stole 30 bases and ranked in the 96th percentile in sprint speed. He'll lead off for the Guardians this season and given their likely futility on offense, it's reasonable to expect Straw to try to swipe a bag at every chance he gets. If you're covered in power, he's a fine pick, but don't have any dreams of a home run surge now or anytime in the future.
36 weeks ago
Charlie Blackmon Note
Charlie Blackmon photo 64. Charlie Blackmon COL
Blackmon is in obvious decline as he enters his age-35 season. At one point, he was a lock for at least 29 home runs, well over 100 runs, and double-digit steals with a .300 batting average. Now, you're hoping for .280-15-80, with any steals he throws in as gravy. There's no huge analysis that needs to be done here - Father Time is undefeated, and the old Blackmon isn't coming back. The depth of the Rockies lineup continues to take a hit, even with the addition of Kris Bryant, and at this point, you're drafting Blackmon hoping for one more mediocre season out of him. There are better places to invest your draft capital.
36 weeks ago
Michael Brantley Note
Michael Brantley photo 65. Michael Brantley FA
Brantley is one of the most consistent players in all of fantasy baseball, and so long as you're looking for what he gives you, there's nothing wrong with that. He's a lock to bat .300 and he'll generally offer decent runs and RBI totals batting in a strong Houston lineup. But the power that we saw in 2019 was an aberration at this point, and unless MLB uses juiced balls again, Brantley is likely to end up in the 10-12 home run range. At an advancing age, there's always reason to be concerned that he'll fall off a cliff, but nothing in his profile suggests that is imminent. Draft him for batting average but make sure you can make up the speed and power elsewhere.
36 weeks ago
AJ Pollock Note
AJ Pollock photo 66. AJ Pollock FA
Pollock reminded everyone last year why he was once such a desirable fantasy commodity. In just 117 games, he popped 21 home runs and added nine steals, all while batting .297. Pollock's issue has never been about his talent, and his career might be viewed differently if he could have stayed healthy. But his 117 games played last year represented his most since 2015, and given that he's already dealing with general soreness in the spring, it's highly unlikely that he'll surpass that number in his age-34 season. His skills have not declined much, and his 19% strikeout rate last year represented his best since 2017. So long as you factor in plenty of missed time, Pollock should again offer you fairly elite production on a game-by-game basis.
36 weeks ago
Ramon Laureano Note
Ramon Laureano photo 67. Ramon Laureano OAK
Laureano has 28 games remaining on his suspension for PEDs, and given the dearth of talent on the A's, most fantasy managers are likely not going to target him during their drafts. But he's one of just a handful of players who are capable of putting up a 25-15 line over the course of a full season, and his eight steals over the first month last year showed how he could likely steal 25 if he really wanted to. There's not a ton to love otherwise about his offensive game, and his batting average probably won't help very much. But if you can deal with his absence for the first month of the season, he'll offer a decent power-speed combo, albeit one without many other helpful stats.
36 weeks ago
Randal Grichuk Note
Randal Grichuk photo 68. Randal Grichuk COL
It's not often that an offensive player can be traded out of Toronto and get an upgrade in his value, but that's exactly what Grichuk got with his move to Colorado. We know what Grichuk is by now - he's gonna make elite contact with the ball a ton, but he's not at all selective, so he holds himself back by swinging at bad pitches. There's a ton of power with the veteran, and Coors Field should help boost his batting average from his career .245 mark. He's slated to bat sixth right now, meaning there should be RBI opportunity aplenty, so he makes a fine fifth outfielder for your fantasy team, with the upside to be more.
35 weeks ago
Amed Rosario Note
Amed Rosario photo 69. Amed Rosario CLE
It was a tale of two halves for Rosario, as he slashed .259/.306/.367 in the first half and .309/.339/.457 in the second half. The end result was a good one, as Rosario wound up being a contributor in four of the five rotisserie categories, and is trending up heading into 2022. The biggest issue at this point is the extreme weakness of the Guardians' lineup, which is projected to be one of the worst in baseball. That's going to significantly cut into Rosario's counting stats and depress his value. But the options to help your batting average and generally contribute everywhere are few and far between, so Rosario should be no worse than a high-end bench player for your team.
36 weeks ago
Kike Hernandez Note
Kike Hernandez photo 70. Kike Hernandez BOS
Hernandez had an extremely solid year batting atop the Red Sox lineup, hitting 20 home runs and tallying 84 runs scored. Very little about his underlying batted ball data and overall metrics were different - he just stayed healthy and became an everyday player. His batting average won't help you and he offers nothing in the stolen base category. But he should be a major asset in runs scored and contribute in homers and RBI. With the addition of Trevor Story, he'll likely be the everyday center fielder, but he'll retain his second base eligibility from last year, further strengthening his value. Hernandez won't win you your league, but he's the type of player you can leave in your lineup all year long.
36 weeks ago
Mark Canha Note
Mark Canha photo 71. Mark Canha NYM
Canha had an interesting 2021 season, as he saw his average continue to trend down but randomly stole 12 bases with Oakland. Now with the Mets, he'll likely bat toward the bottom of the order, so chances are he won't come close to the 93 runs he scored last year. If you're in an OBP league, Canha's value increases greatly, as his walk rate hasn't been lower than 12.3% in any of the last three seasons. But in a standard 5x5 league, he's mostly just a filler option.
36 weeks ago
Harrison Bader Note
Harrison Bader photo 72. Harrison Bader NYY
Bader has always been known as a defensive outfielder, but his offensive game picked up last year. He cut his strikeout rate six points from his career mark and set a career best in home runs (16) and RBI (50), Bader has never had more than 427 plate appearances in a season, but he could easily steal 20 bases if stays healthy, as he ranks in the 97th percentile in sprint speed. Consider him akin to Tommy Pham around his prime in a best-case scenario, and given his ADP, he's a solid investment.
36 weeks ago
Michael Conforto Note
Michael Conforto photo 73. Michael Conforto FA
It appears as of now that Conforto guessed wrong when he turned down a long-term offer from the Mets and the qualifying offer, as he finds himself in an awkward limbo without a team well into the spring. There's obvious potential with Conforto, who hit at least 27 home runs for three straight seasons, gets on base at an above-average clip, and is just entering his age-29 season. But as we saw with Kris Bryant, it's hard to properly assess a player's fantasy value until we know his landing spot and, in Conforto's case, when he's going to sign.In a vacuum, however, Conforto can be a third or fourth outfielder for your fantasy team, someone who is capable of contributing in all five categories, though likely not excelling at any. Until he signs, you should drop him a good 10 spots from where you would otherwise have him, but he's not going to sit out the entire season, so don't let him fall too far in drafts.
36 weeks ago
Max Kepler Note
Max Kepler photo 74. Max Kepler MIN
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.
35 weeks ago
Anthony Santander Note
Anthony Santander photo 75. Anthony Santander BAL
Santander dealt with a litany of injuries last year to his lower body, so the fact that he still popped 18 home runs in 100 games is rather impressive. He's admitted he is not 100% healthy after last year, which is obviously concerning with the season on the verge of beginning. Nevertheless, given Santander's ADP, he's well worth drafting. He's got 25 home runs in his bat easily if he can remain healthy, and his defense is so strong that he'll remain in the lineup even if he struggles offensively to start as he finds his footing. He rarely walks and so his runs scored total will never help you, but he's fine as a cheap outfield bat that always gets overlooked in fantasy.
36 weeks ago
Mike Yastrzemski Note
Mike Yastrzemski photo 76. Mike Yastrzemski SF
Yastrzemski couldn't replicate his 2020 pace, though he did hit 25 home runs and total 155 combined runs and RBI. His batting average plummeted to just .224 (and his .222 xBA, one of the worst in the league, showed that number was earned), as pitchers continued their trends of throwing him fewer and fewer fastballs and more off-speed offerings.He performed terribly against non-fastballs last year, which led to a ridiculously low .254 BABIP, which was way out of character for him. Yastrzemski needs to adjust, but the good news is that the power he's shown appears to be real, and his counting stats should stay afloat batting in a strong San Francisco lineup. But until or unless he can improve against off-speed pitches, he'll likely struggle with batting average.
36 weeks ago
Wil Myers Note
Wil Myers photo 77. Wil Myers FA
Myers couldn't sustain the many gains he made in the shortened 2020 season, but he didn't fall off a cliff entirely. His .256 batting average was his best (other than 2020) since 2016, and he offered 25 combined home runs and steals. The thing is that Myers' strikeout rate rose to 28.2%, but that's a number he can live with if he continued to make the quality of contact we're used to seeing from him. But, he didn't. His hard hit rate and exit velocity fell off a cliff (his 29.8% hard contact rate was one of the worst in baseball). It would seem like an odd decline for Myers, who was just 30 last year, so it may have just been a blip. But, it's worth being cautious before you head into the season assuming he'll bounce back. Given his ADP, however, you won't need to have confidence in him for him to be worth drafting.
36 weeks ago
Jesus Sanchez Note
Jesus Sanchez photo 78. Jesus Sanchez MIA
Sanchez hits the ball hard and does so consistently, so he has a ton of power upside. He won't maintain the almost 40-homer pace he was on last year, and he needs to improve on his 31.1% strikeout rate if he's going to take a jump in value. But think Adolis Garcia without the speed - someone who will at times look unstoppable and go on major runs, but other times will frustrate you with his lack of consistency. He has the upside for 30-homer, 90-RBI season, so as a late-round pick, he's a great option.
35 weeks ago
Andrew Vaughn Note
Andrew Vaughn photo 79. Andrew Vaughn CWS
Vaughn's rookie season was a little unfair, as he was thrust into the outfield despite little experience there when Eloy Jimenez suffered a serious injury in the spring. His 15 home runs in 127 games as a rookie showed his potential, but his 21.5% strikeout rate was a bit higher than projected. He'll likely see at-bats from several positions this year, as he plays outfield, first base, and DH, and it's likely that an advanced college bat such as his will take a step forward this year. Expect a good 20% increase on all his numbers across the board, which should make him startable, but not quite a fantasy superstar.
36 weeks ago
Andrew McCutchen Note
Andrew McCutchen photo 80. Andrew McCutchen FA
McCutchen batted just .222 last year with the worst strikeout rate of his career (23%), but he provided plenty of value elsewhere. His walk rate was a robust 14.1%, he slugged 27 home runs, and fell just short of 160 combined runs and RBI. He'll move to Milwaukee this year, and so his power should translate once again, and he'll likely get to extra at-bats as the DH. He's not exciting, but even the batting average should bounce back a bit given his expected stats last year, so don't be afraid to pull the trigger late.
35 weeks ago
Brandon Nimmo Note
Brandon Nimmo photo 81. Brandon Nimmo FA
It's hard not to love a guy who sprints to first base after a walk, especially when he walks 14% of the time, one of the best rates in baseball. Nimmo will lead off again this year for the Mets, and given his elite OBP (.393 career), he should score plenty of runs. He doesn't have a ton of power or speed, but a fully healthy Nimmo should give you close to a 15-10 season with a plus batting average and contribution in the runs scored categories. The key phrase there is "fully healthy," because Nimmo's 92 games played last year were the second most of his career. But that injury risk is baked into his ADP, so draft him late and start him when he's in the lineup. You likely won't be disappointed if you do.
35 weeks ago
Jeff McNeil Note
Jeff McNeil photo 82. Jeff McNeil NYM
McNeil's 2019 power outburst looks like a total anomaly, as he hit just seven home runs last year. His usual reliable batting average bottomed out to just .251 as he played through injury, but most of his underlying metrics looked strong. He'll rarely strike out, but there's just not that much that he can offer given his lack of power and speed. Worse still, he'll likely now bat in the bottom third of the Mets' batting order with the team's additions. There's little reason to consider McNeil in any capacity this year unless he somehow finds his power stroke.
35 weeks ago
Kyle Lewis Note
Kyle Lewis photo 83. Kyle Lewis ARI
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.
35 weeks ago
Raimel Tapia Note
Raimel Tapia photo 84. Raimel Tapia FA
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.
36 weeks ago
Gavin Lux Note
Gavin Lux photo 85. Gavin Lux LAD
Tyler Naquin Note
Tyler Naquin photo 86. Tyler Naquin FA
Josh Rojas Note
Josh Rojas photo 87. Josh Rojas ARI
Rojas chipped in last year, but he didn't quite meet expectations placed on him after a strong spring. He came a steal short of reaching double digits in both home runs and steals, but his expected stats leave little to be desired. He's got position flexibility and won't hurt you while he's in there, but he's not someone you can draft as a starter and feel confident about. Expect a similar line to last year.
35 weeks ago
Joc Pederson Note
Joc Pederson photo 88. Joc Pederson SF
Adam Frazier Note
Adam Frazier photo 89. Adam Frazier FA
Patrick Wisdom Note
Patrick Wisdom photo 90. Patrick Wisdom CHC
Dominic Smith Note
Dominic Smith photo 91. Dominic Smith FA
Manuel Margot Note
Manuel Margot photo 92. Manuel Margot TB
David Peralta Note
David Peralta photo 93. David Peralta FA
Lane Thomas Note
Lane Thomas photo 94. Lane Thomas WSH
Garrett Hampson Note
Garrett Hampson photo 95. Garrett Hampson FA
Connor Joe Note
Connor Joe photo 96. Connor Joe COL
Cavan Biggio Note
Cavan Biggio photo 97. Cavan Biggio TOR
Nick Senzel Note
Nick Senzel photo 98. Nick Senzel CIN
Willie Calhoun Note
Willie Calhoun photo 99. Willie Calhoun FA
Luis Arraez Note
Luis Arraez photo 100. Luis Arraez MIN
Rafael Ortega Note
Rafael Ortega photo 101. Rafael Ortega FA
LaMonte Wade Jr. Note
LaMonte Wade Jr. photo 102. LaMonte Wade Jr. SF
Hunter Dozier Note
Hunter Dozier photo 103. Hunter Dozier KC
Garrett Cooper Note
Garrett Cooper photo 104. Garrett Cooper MIA
Victor Robles Note
Victor Robles photo 105. Victor Robles WSH
Pavin Smith Note
Pavin Smith photo 106. Pavin Smith ARI
Lorenzo Cain Note
Lorenzo Cain photo 107. Lorenzo Cain MIL
Josh Harrison Note
Josh Harrison photo 108. Josh Harrison FA
Jarren Duran Note
Jarren Duran photo 109. Jarren Duran BOS
Aaron Hicks Note
Aaron Hicks photo 110. Aaron Hicks NYY
Eric Haase Note
Eric Haase photo 111. Eric Haase DET
Josh Lowe Note
Josh Lowe photo 112. Josh Lowe TB
Brandon Marsh Note
Brandon Marsh photo 113. Brandon Marsh PHI
Michael A. Taylor Note
Michael A. Taylor photo 114. Michael A. Taylor KC
Yoshi Tsutsugo Note
Yoshi Tsutsugo photo 115. Yoshi Tsutsugo TOR
Kyle Isbel Note
Kyle Isbel photo 116. Kyle Isbel KC
Dylan Moore Note
Dylan Moore photo 117. Dylan Moore SEA
Austin Slater Note
Austin Slater photo 118. Austin Slater SF
Riley Greene Note
Riley Greene photo 119. Riley Greene DET
Vidal Brujan Note
Vidal Brujan photo 120. Vidal Brujan TB
Harold Ramirez Note
Harold Ramirez photo 121. Harold Ramirez TB
Kole Calhoun Note
Kole Calhoun photo 122. Kole Calhoun FA
Jake Fraley Note
Jake Fraley photo 123. Jake Fraley CIN
Darin Ruf Note
Darin Ruf photo 124. Darin Ruf NYM
Bradley Zimmer Note
Bradley Zimmer photo 125. Bradley Zimmer FA
Tony Kemp Note
Tony Kemp photo 126. Tony Kemp OAK
Justin Upton Note
Justin Upton photo 127. Justin Upton FA
Sam Hilliard Note
Sam Hilliard photo 128. Sam Hilliard ATL
Jackson Frazier Note
Jackson Frazier photo 129. Jackson Frazier FA
Jorge Mateo Note
Jorge Mateo photo 130. Jorge Mateo BAL
Seth Brown Note
Seth Brown photo 131. Seth Brown OAK
DJ Stewart Note
DJ Stewart photo 132. DJ Stewart BAL
Brad Miller Note
Brad Miller photo 133. Brad Miller TEX
Gavin Sheets Note
Gavin Sheets photo 134. Gavin Sheets CWS
Jorge Alfaro Note
Jorge Alfaro photo 135. Jorge Alfaro FA
Steven Kwan Note
Steven Kwan photo 136. Steven Kwan CLE
Chas McCormick Note
Chas McCormick photo 137. Chas McCormick HOU
Jurickson Profar Note
Jurickson Profar photo 138. Jurickson Profar FA
Ben Gamel Note
Ben Gamel photo 139. Ben Gamel FA
Tyrone Taylor Note
Tyrone Taylor photo 140. Tyrone Taylor MIL
Odubel Herrera Note
Odubel Herrera photo 141. Odubel Herrera FA
Chad Pinder Note
Chad Pinder photo 142. Chad Pinder FA
Jordan Luplow Note
Jordan Luplow photo 143. Jordan Luplow FA
Yadiel Hernandez Note
Yadiel Hernandez photo 144. Yadiel Hernandez WSH
Anthony Alford Note
Anthony Alford photo 145. Anthony Alford FA
Corey Dickerson Note
Corey Dickerson photo 146. Corey Dickerson FA
Josh Naylor Note
Josh Naylor photo 147. Josh Naylor CLE
Riley Green Note
Riley Green photo 148. Riley Green HS
Leury Garcia Note
Leury Garcia photo 149. Leury Garcia CWS
Aristides Aquino Note
Aristides Aquino photo 150. Aristides Aquino FA
Kevin Kiermaier Note
Kevin Kiermaier photo 151. Kevin Kiermaier FA
Stephen Piscotty Note
Stephen Piscotty photo 152. Stephen Piscotty CIN
Niko Goodrum Note
Niko Goodrum photo 153. Niko Goodrum FA
Tyler Wade Note
Tyler Wade photo 154. Tyler Wade FA
Jose Barrero Note
Jose Barrero photo 155. Jose Barrero CIN
Oscar Mercado Note
Oscar Mercado photo 156. Oscar Mercado STL
Nick Gordon Note
Nick Gordon photo 157. Nick Gordon MIN
Bryan De La Cruz Note
Bryan De La Cruz photo 158. Bryan De La Cruz MIA
Victor Reyes Note
Victor Reyes photo 159. Victor Reyes FA
Adam Engel Note
Adam Engel photo 160. Adam Engel FA
Jake Meyers Note
Jake Meyers photo 161. Jake Meyers HOU
Cristian Pache Note
Cristian Pache photo 162. Cristian Pache OAK
Jackie Bradley Jr. Note
Jackie Bradley Jr. photo 163. Jackie Bradley Jr. FA
Trevor Larnach Note
Trevor Larnach photo 164. Trevor Larnach MIN
Gregory Polanco Note
Gregory Polanco photo 165. Gregory Polanco FA
Cole Tucker Note
Cole Tucker photo 166. Cole Tucker ARI
Kevin Pillar Note
Kevin Pillar photo 167. Kevin Pillar FA
Alex Dickerson Note
Alex Dickerson photo 168. Alex Dickerson FA
Matt Vierling Note
Matt Vierling photo 169. Matt Vierling PHI
Jason Heyward Note
Jason Heyward photo 170. Jason Heyward FA
Matt Beaty Note
Matt Beaty photo 171. Matt Beaty FA
Edward Olivares Note
Edward Olivares photo 172. Edward Olivares KC
David Dahl Note
David Dahl photo 173. David Dahl FA
Lars Nootbaar Note
Lars Nootbaar photo 174. Lars Nootbaar STL
Alek Thomas Note
Alek Thomas photo 175. Alek Thomas ARI
Steven Duggar Note
Steven Duggar photo 176. Steven Duggar FA
Aledmys Diaz Note
Aledmys Diaz photo 177. Aledmys Diaz FA
Michael Taylor Note
Michael Taylor photo 178. Michael Taylor FA
Willi Castro Note
Willi Castro photo 179. Willi Castro FA
Jose Siri Note
Jose Siri photo 180. Jose Siri TB
Brent Rooker Note
Brent Rooker photo 181. Brent Rooker OAK
Jake McCarthy Note
Jake McCarthy photo 182. Jake McCarthy ARI
Greg Allen Note
Greg Allen photo 183. Greg Allen FA
Leody Taveras Note
Leody Taveras photo 184. Leody Taveras TEX
Cooper Hummel Note
Cooper Hummel photo 185. Cooper Hummel SEA
Eric Thames Note
Eric Thames photo 186. Eric Thames FA
Corey Ray Note
Corey Ray photo 187. Corey Ray MIL
Drew Waters Note
Drew Waters photo 188. Drew Waters KC
Yonathan Daza Note
Yonathan Daza photo 189. Yonathan Daza COL
Bryce Brentz Note
Bryce Brentz photo 190. Bryce Brentz BOS
Jose Marmolejos Note
Jose Marmolejos photo 191. Jose Marmolejos FA
Jerry Sands Note
Jerry Sands photo 192. Jerry Sands FA
Adam Eaton Note
Adam Eaton photo 193. Adam Eaton FA
Brett Gardner Note
Brett Gardner photo 194. Brett Gardner FA
Nomar Mazara Note
Nomar Mazara photo 195. Nomar Mazara FA
Ryan O'Hearn Note
Ryan O'Hearn photo 196. Ryan O'Hearn KC
TJ Friedl Note
TJ Friedl photo 197. TJ Friedl CIN
Brennen Davis Note
Brennen Davis photo 198. Brennen Davis CHC
Ryan Vilade Note
Ryan Vilade photo 199. Ryan Vilade PIT
Luke Williams Note
Luke Williams photo 200. Luke Williams FA
Orlando Arcia Note
Orlando Arcia photo 201. Orlando Arcia ATL
Adam Haseley Note
Adam Haseley photo 202. Adam Haseley CWS
Daniel Johnson Note
Daniel Johnson photo 203. Daniel Johnson WSH
Andrew Stevenson Note
Andrew Stevenson photo 204. Andrew Stevenson WSH
Brian O'Grady Note
Brian O'Grady photo 205. Brian O'Grady FA
Taylor Ward Note
Taylor Ward photo 206. Taylor Ward LAA
Mickey Moniak Note
Mickey Moniak photo 207. Mickey Moniak LAA
Lewis Brinson Note
Lewis Brinson photo 208. Lewis Brinson FA
Jake Bauers Note
Jake Bauers photo 209. Jake Bauers NYY
Ehire Adrianza Note
Ehire Adrianza photo 210. Ehire Adrianza FA
Daz Cameron Note
Daz Cameron photo 211. Daz Cameron BAL
Tim Locastro Note
Tim Locastro photo 212. Tim Locastro FA
Zach McKinstry Note
Zach McKinstry photo 213. Zach McKinstry CHC
Mauricio Dubon Note
Mauricio Dubon photo 214. Mauricio Dubon HOU
Dillon Thomas Note
Dillon Thomas photo 215. Dillon Thomas FA
Garrett Whitley Note
Garrett Whitley photo 216. Garrett Whitley MIL
Dexter Fowler Note
Dexter Fowler photo 217. Dexter Fowler FA
Jace Peterson Note
Jace Peterson photo 218. Jace Peterson FA
Miguel Andujar Note
Miguel Andujar photo 219. Miguel Andujar PIT
Taylor Trammell Note
Taylor Trammell photo 220. Taylor Trammell SEA
Danny Santana Note
Danny Santana photo 221. Danny Santana FA
Shogo Akiyama Note
Shogo Akiyama photo 222. Shogo Akiyama FA
Marwin Gonzalez Note
Marwin Gonzalez photo 223. Marwin Gonzalez FA
Brett Phillips Note
Brett Phillips photo 224. Brett Phillips FA
Jake Lamb Note
Jake Lamb photo 225. Jake Lamb FA
Heliot Ramos Note
Heliot Ramos photo 226. Heliot Ramos SF
Scott Kingery Note
Scott Kingery photo 227. Scott Kingery PHI
Max Schrock Note
Max Schrock photo 228. Max Schrock FA
Brian Goodwin Note
Brian Goodwin photo 229. Brian Goodwin FA
Travis Swaggerty Note
Travis Swaggerty photo 230. Travis Swaggerty PIT
Phil Gosselin Note
Phil Gosselin photo 231. Phil Gosselin FA
Michael Hermosillo Note
Michael Hermosillo photo 232. Michael Hermosillo FA
Charlie Culberson Note
Charlie Culberson photo 233. Charlie Culberson FA
Jarrod Dyson Note
Jarrod Dyson photo 234. Jarrod Dyson FA
Guillermo Heredia Note
Guillermo Heredia photo 235. Guillermo Heredia FA
Juan Lagares Note
Juan Lagares photo 236. Juan Lagares FA
Shed Long Jr. Note
Shed Long Jr. photo 237. Shed Long Jr. FA
Mason Martin Note
Mason Martin photo 238. Mason Martin PIT
Jake Marisnick Note
Jake Marisnick photo 239. Jake Marisnick FA
Eli White Note
Eli White photo 240. Eli White TEX
Derek Hill Note
Derek Hill photo 241. Derek Hill WSH
Luis Rengifo Note
Luis Rengifo photo 242. Luis Rengifo LAA
Jose Rojas Note
Jose Rojas photo 243. Jose Rojas FA
Luke Raley Note
Luke Raley photo 244. Luke Raley TB
Josh Reddick Note
Josh Reddick photo 245. Josh Reddick FA
Romy Gonzalez Note
Romy Gonzalez photo 246. Romy Gonzalez CWS
Wilmer Difo Note
Wilmer Difo photo 247. Wilmer Difo FA
Estevan Florial Note
Estevan Florial photo 248. Estevan Florial NYY
Danny Mendick Note
Danny Mendick photo 249. Danny Mendick FA
Rob Refsnyder Note
Rob Refsnyder photo 250. Rob Refsnyder BOS
Monte Harrison Note
Monte Harrison photo 251. Monte Harrison FA
Billy McKinney Note
Billy McKinney photo 252. Billy McKinney OAK
Ryan McKenna Note
Ryan McKenna photo 253. Ryan McKenna BAL
Travis Jankowski Note
Travis Jankowski photo 254. Travis Jankowski NYM
Zach Reks Note
Zach Reks photo 255. Zach Reks FA
Alfonso Rivas Note
Alfonso Rivas photo 256. Alfonso Rivas CHC
Luis Barrera Note
Luis Barrera photo 257. Luis Barrera FA
Skye Bolt Note
Skye Bolt photo 258. Skye Bolt OAK
Matt Joyce Note
Matt Joyce photo 259. Matt Joyce FA
Kyle Garlick Note
Kyle Garlick photo 260. Kyle Garlick MIN
Aaron Altherr Note
Aaron Altherr photo 261. Aaron Altherr FA
Tyler Nevin Note
Tyler Nevin photo 262. Tyler Nevin BAL
Chris Owings Note
Chris Owings photo 263. Chris Owings NYY
Ian Desmond Note
Ian Desmond photo 264. Ian Desmond FA
Gilberto Celestino Note
Gilberto Celestino photo 265. Gilberto Celestino MIN
Franchy Cordero Note
Franchy Cordero photo 266. Franchy Cordero FA
Jared Oliva Note
Jared Oliva photo 267. Jared Oliva PIT
Taylor Jones Note
Taylor Jones photo 268. Taylor Jones SF
Jake Cave Note
Jake Cave photo 269. Jake Cave BAL
Cody Thomas Note
Cody Thomas photo 270. Cody Thomas OAK
Daniel Robertson Note
Daniel Robertson photo 271. Daniel Robertson FA
Christin Stewart Note
Christin Stewart photo 272. Christin Stewart BOS
Roman Quinn Note
Roman Quinn photo 273. Roman Quinn FA
DJ Peters Note
DJ Peters photo 274. DJ Peters WSH
Khalil Lee Note
Khalil Lee photo 275. Khalil Lee NYM
Billy Hamilton Note
Billy Hamilton photo 276. Billy Hamilton FA
Josh Palacios Note
Josh Palacios photo 277. Josh Palacios WSH
Magneuris Sierra Note
Magneuris Sierra photo 278. Magneuris Sierra FA
Alejo Lopez Note
Alejo Lopez photo 279. Alejo Lopez CIN
Brandon Drury Note
Brandon Drury photo 280. Brandon Drury FA
Jose Rondon Note
Jose Rondon photo 281. Jose Rondon FA
Micker Adolfo Note
Micker Adolfo photo 282. Micker Adolfo CWS
Delino DeShields Note
Delino DeShields photo 283. Delino DeShields FA
Steven Souza Jr. Note
Steven Souza Jr. photo 284. Steven Souza Jr. FA
Abraham Almonte Note
Abraham Almonte photo 285. Abraham Almonte FA
Albert Almora Jr. Note
Albert Almora Jr. photo 286. Albert Almora Jr. FA
Nelson Velazquez Note
Nelson Velazquez photo 287. Nelson Velazquez CHC
Donovan Casey Note
Donovan Casey photo 288. Donovan Casey WSH
Ender Inciarte Note
Ender Inciarte photo 289. Ender Inciarte FA
Yusniel Diaz Note
Yusniel Diaz photo 290. Yusniel Diaz BAL
Ryan McBroom Note
Ryan McBroom photo 291. Ryan McBroom FA
Pedro Leon Note
Pedro Leon photo 292. Pedro Leon HOU
Trayce Thompson Note
Trayce Thompson photo 293. Trayce Thompson LAD
Austin Dean Note
Austin Dean photo 294. Austin Dean SF
Hunter Owen Note
Hunter Owen photo 295. Hunter Owen PIT
Mallex Smith Note
Mallex Smith photo 296. Mallex Smith FA
Travis Demeritte Note
Travis Demeritte photo 297. Travis Demeritte FA
Johneshwy Fargas Note
Johneshwy Fargas photo 298. Johneshwy Fargas FA
Jaylin Davis Note
Jaylin Davis photo 299. Jaylin Davis FA
Brendon Davis Note
Brendon Davis photo 300. Brendon Davis FA
Peyton Burdick Note
Peyton Burdick photo 301. Peyton Burdick MIA
Scott Schebler Note
Scott Schebler photo 302. Scott Schebler FA
Nick Martini Note
Nick Martini photo 303. Nick Martini FA
Jonathan Davis Note
Jonathan Davis photo 304. Jonathan Davis FA
Stuart Fairchild Note
Stuart Fairchild photo 305. Stuart Fairchild CIN
Dustin Fowler Note
Dustin Fowler photo 306. Dustin Fowler FA
Phillip Evans Note
Phillip Evans photo 307. Phillip Evans NYY
Greg Deichmann Note
Greg Deichmann photo 308. Greg Deichmann FA
JJ Bleday Note
JJ Bleday photo 309. JJ Bleday MIA
Kyle Stowers Note
Kyle Stowers photo 310. Kyle Stowers BAL
Trey Amburgey Note
Trey Amburgey photo 311. Trey Amburgey FA
Blake Rutherford Note
Blake Rutherford photo 312. Blake Rutherford CWS
Simon Muzziotti Note
Simon Muzziotti photo 313. Simon Muzziotti PHI
Ryan LaMarre Note
Ryan LaMarre photo 314. Ryan LaMarre NYY
Ka'ai Tom Note
Ka'ai Tom photo 315. Ka'ai Tom FA
Gerardo Parra Note
Gerardo Parra photo 316. Gerardo Parra FA
Rusney Castillo Note
Rusney Castillo photo 317. Rusney Castillo FA
Buddy Reed Note
Buddy Reed photo 318. Buddy Reed FA
Justin Williams Note
Justin Williams photo 319. Justin Williams PHI
Jorge Ona Note
Jorge Ona photo 320. Jorge Ona SD
Mike Tauchman Note
Mike Tauchman photo 321. Mike Tauchman FA
Michael Reed Note
Michael Reed photo 322. Michael Reed FA
Nick Plummer Note
Nick Plummer photo 323. Nick Plummer NYM
Derek Fisher Note
Derek Fisher photo 324. Derek Fisher FA
JaCoby Jones Note
JaCoby Jones photo 325. JaCoby Jones FA
Scott Hurst Note
Scott Hurst photo 326. Scott Hurst STL
Joe Benson Note
Joe Benson photo 327. Joe Benson FA
Lane Adams Note
Lane Adams photo 328. Lane Adams FA
Luis Liberato Note
Luis Liberato photo 329. Luis Liberato SD
Patrick Kivlehan Note
Patrick Kivlehan photo 330. Patrick Kivlehan FA
Terrance Gore Note
Terrance Gore photo 331. Terrance Gore NYM
Dee Strange-Gordon Note
Dee Strange-Gordon photo 332. Dee Strange-Gordon FA
Brett Sullivan Note
Brett Sullivan photo 333. Brett Sullivan SD
Joe McCarthy Note
Joe McCarthy photo 334. Joe McCarthy FA
Jason Martin Note
Jason Martin photo 335. Jason Martin LAD
Yoenis Cespedes Note
Yoenis Cespedes photo 336. Yoenis Cespedes FA
Mark Payton Note
Mark Payton photo 337. Mark Payton FA
Tzu-Wei Lin Note
Tzu-Wei Lin photo 338. Tzu-Wei Lin FA
Brian Miller Note
Brian Miller photo 339. Brian Miller MIA
Nick Heath Note
Nick Heath photo 340. Nick Heath FA
Dwight Smith Jr. Note
Dwight Smith Jr. photo 341. Dwight Smith Jr. CWS
Luis Basabe Note
Luis Basabe photo 342. Luis Basabe FA
Austin Martin Note
Austin Martin photo 343. Austin Martin MIN
Jacob Robson Note
Jacob Robson photo 344. Jacob Robson FA
Mikie Mahtook Note
Mikie Mahtook photo 345. Mikie Mahtook FA
Nick Williams Note
Nick Williams photo 346. Nick Williams FA
Henry Ramos Note
Henry Ramos photo 347. Henry Ramos FA
Sam Travis Note
Sam Travis photo 348. Sam Travis FA
Steele Walker Note
Steele Walker photo 349. Steele Walker DET
Forrest Wall Note
Forrest Wall photo 350. Forrest Wall SEA
Sam Haggerty Note
Sam Haggerty photo 351. Sam Haggerty SEA