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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Luis Robert Note
Luis Robert photo 7. Luis Robert
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.
11 weeks ago
Eloy Jimenez Note
Eloy Jimenez photo 18. Eloy Jimenez
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.
11 weeks ago
AJ Pollock Note
AJ Pollock photo 66. AJ Pollock
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.
8 weeks ago
Andrew Vaughn Note
Andrew Vaughn photo 79. Andrew Vaughn
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.
8 weeks ago
Josh Harrison Note
Josh Harrison photo 108. Josh Harrison
Gavin Sheets Note
Gavin Sheets photo 133. Gavin Sheets
Leury Garcia Note
Leury Garcia photo 148. Leury Garcia
Adam Engel Note
Adam Engel photo 160. Adam Engel
Adam Haseley Note
Adam Haseley photo 199. Adam Haseley
Romy Gonzalez Note
Romy Gonzalez photo 246. Romy Gonzalez
Danny Mendick Note
Danny Mendick photo 249. Danny Mendick
Micker Adolfo Note
Micker Adolfo photo 282. Micker Adolfo
Blake Rutherford Note
Blake Rutherford photo 312. Blake Rutherford
Mark Payton Note
Mark Payton photo 337. Mark Payton
Dwight Smith Jr. Note
Dwight Smith Jr. photo 341. Dwight Smith Jr.