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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Austin Meadows Note
Austin Meadows photo 35. Austin Meadows
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.
29 weeks ago
Akil Baddoo Note
Akil Baddoo photo 55. Akil Baddoo
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.
28 weeks ago
Eric Haase Note
Eric Haase photo 111. Eric Haase
Riley Greene Note
Riley Greene photo 119. Riley Greene
Victor Reyes Note
Victor Reyes photo 159. Victor Reyes
Willi Castro Note
Willi Castro photo 179. Willi Castro
Daz Cameron Note
Daz Cameron photo 211. Daz Cameron
Brendon Davis Note
Brendon Davis photo 300. Brendon Davis