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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Franmil Reyes Note
Franmil Reyes photo 29. Franmil Reyes
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
Seiya Suzuki Note
Seiya Suzuki photo 49. Seiya Suzuki
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
Ian Happ Note
Ian Happ photo 58. Ian Happ
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
Patrick Wisdom Note
Patrick Wisdom photo 90. Patrick Wisdom
Brennen Davis Note
Brennen Davis photo 198. Brennen Davis
Zach McKinstry Note
Zach McKinstry photo 213. Zach McKinstry
Alfonso Rivas Note
Alfonso Rivas photo 256. Alfonso Rivas
Nelson Velazquez Note
Nelson Velazquez photo 287. Nelson Velazquez