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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Cedric Mullins II Note
Cedric Mullins II photo 32. Cedric Mullins II CF
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
Ryan Mountcastle Note
Ryan Mountcastle photo 111. Ryan Mountcastle 1B,DH,LF
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
John Means Note
John Means photo 171. John Means SP
Means had a fine overall season with a 3.62 ERA and 1.03 WHIP, the latter number helped by the fact that he walked just 4.4% of batters, which ranked in the top four percent of baseball. If you put Means on another team, his ADP would probably rise 20 or 30 spots. He has elite control as mentioned, and an above-average fastball, changeup, and curveball. But with Baltimore, he just won't win many games (he has eight wins over his last 36 starts) and his always awful home run rate likely won't improve that much, though it may stabilize at least a little with the new dimensions in Camden Yards. Means's expected stats were worse than his actual numbers last year, so some ERA regression may be due. But he's got upside, particularly if he is traded out of Baltimore, and his floor should be pretty stable regardless.
36 weeks ago
Austin Hays Note
Austin Hays photo 183. Austin Hays LF,RF
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
Anthony Santander Note
Anthony Santander photo 231. Anthony Santander DH,LF,RF
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.
35 weeks ago
Adley Rutschman Note
Adley Rutschman photo 332. Adley Rutschman C,DH
Jorge Mateo Note
Jorge Mateo photo 401. Jorge Mateo SS
Tyler Wells Note
Tyler Wells photo 441. Tyler Wells SP,RP
Grayson Rodriguez Note
Grayson Rodriguez photo 519. Grayson Rodriguez SP
Dillon Tate Note
Dillon Tate photo 520. Dillon Tate RP
Ramon Urias Note
Ramon Urias photo 525. Ramon Urias 2B,SS
Alex Wells Note
Alex Wells photo 590. Alex Wells SP
DJ Stewart Note
DJ Stewart photo 651. DJ Stewart LF
Louis Head Note
Louis Head photo 672. Louis Head RP
Austin Voth Note
Austin Voth photo 700. Austin Voth SP,RP
Cionel Perez Note
Cionel Perez photo 750. Cionel Perez RP
Joey Krehbiel Note
Joey Krehbiel photo 757. Joey Krehbiel RP
Jacob Nottingham Note
Jacob Nottingham photo 788. Jacob Nottingham DH
Dean Kremer Note
Dean Kremer photo 822. Dean Kremer SP
Daz Cameron Note
Daz Cameron photo 837. Daz Cameron RF
Keegan Akin Note
Keegan Akin photo 851. Keegan Akin RP
Spenser Watkins Note
Spenser Watkins photo 890. Spenser Watkins SP
Kyle Bradish Note
Kyle Bradish photo 899. Kyle Bradish SP
DL Hall Note
DL Hall photo 937. DL Hall RP
Alex Wells Note
Alex Wells photo 981. Alex Wells
Mike Baumann Note
Mike Baumann photo 1009. Mike Baumann RP
Matt Harvey Note
Matt Harvey photo 1104. Matt Harvey SP
Bruce Zimmermann Note
Bruce Zimmermann photo 1112. Bruce Zimmermann SP
Phoenix Sanders Note
Phoenix Sanders photo 1126. Phoenix Sanders RP
Anthony Bemboom Note
Anthony Bemboom photo 1136. Anthony Bemboom C
Mark Kolozsvary Note
Mark Kolozsvary photo 1137. Mark Kolozsvary C
Brett Cumberland Note
Brett Cumberland photo 1161. Brett Cumberland C
Yennier Cano Note
Yennier Cano photo 1215. Yennier Cano RP
Zac Lowther Note
Zac Lowther photo 1249. Zac Lowther RP
Logan Gillaspie Note
Logan Gillaspie photo 1299. Logan Gillaspie RP
Bryan Baker Note
Bryan Baker photo 1328. Bryan Baker RP
Jake Cave Note
Jake Cave photo 1344. Jake Cave CF,LF
Ryan McKenna Note
Ryan McKenna photo 1373. Ryan McKenna CF,DH,LF,RF
Tyler Nevin Note
Tyler Nevin photo 1405. Tyler Nevin 1B,3B,LF
Jonathan Arauz Note
Jonathan Arauz photo 1429. Jonathan Arauz 3B
Yusniel Diaz Note
Yusniel Diaz photo 1491. Yusniel Diaz RF
Felix Bautista Note
Felix Bautista photo 1514. Felix Bautista RP
Kyle Stowers Note
Kyle Stowers photo 1519. Kyle Stowers LF