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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.
12 weeks ago
Ryan Mountcastle Note
Ryan Mountcastle photo 111. Ryan Mountcastle 1B,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.
12 weeks ago
Trey Mancini Note
Trey Mancini photo 156. Trey Mancini 1B
Mancini was one of the best baseball stories of 2021 as he returned from missing the 2020 season due to cancer to put up a productive year. He dipped significantly from his outstanding 2019 numbers (.291/.364/.535), but his underlying metrics largely held firm. The truth is that Mancini was just a bit lucky in 2019, as he outperformed his expected numbers in nearly every category, and was comparably unlucky in 2021, underperforming those same numbers by similar amounts. His true version likely lies somewhere in between, and that's not a bad thing. Expect an improvement from most of his numbers last year, but bank on 25 homers, rather than the 34 he totaled in 2019, particularly with the new dimensions in left field in Camden Yards.
9 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.
9 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.
9 weeks ago
Anthony Santander Note
Anthony Santander photo 230. Anthony Santander 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.
8 weeks ago
Adley Rutschman Note
Adley Rutschman photo 332. Adley Rutschman C
Jorge Mateo Note
Jorge Mateo photo 399. Jorge Mateo 2B,SS,CF
Tyler Wells Note
Tyler Wells photo 441. Tyler Wells SP,RP
Jorge Lopez Note
Jorge Lopez photo 505. Jorge Lopez SP,RP
Rougned Odor Note
Rougned Odor photo 512. Rougned Odor 2B,3B
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 524. Ramon Urias
Alex Wells Note
Alex Wells photo 591. Alex Wells SP
DJ Stewart Note
DJ Stewart photo 650. DJ Stewart LF,RF
Logan Allen Note
Logan Allen photo 694. Logan Allen SP,RP
Cionel Perez Note
Cionel Perez photo 750. Cionel Perez RP
Joey Krehbiel Note
Joey Krehbiel photo 756. Joey Krehbiel RP
Jacob Nottingham Note
Jacob Nottingham photo 788. Jacob Nottingham Util
Kelvin Gutierrez Note
Kelvin Gutierrez photo 789. Kelvin Gutierrez 3B
Jordan Lyles Note
Jordan Lyles photo 816. Jordan Lyles SP
Dean Kremer Note
Dean Kremer photo 821. Dean Kremer SP
Keegan Akin Note
Keegan Akin photo 851. Keegan Akin SP,RP
Spenser Watkins Note
Spenser Watkins photo 890. Spenser Watkins SP,RP
Chris Ellis Note
Chris Ellis photo 893. Chris Ellis SP
Kyle Bradish Note
Kyle Bradish photo 899. Kyle Bradish SP
Kohl Stewart Note
Kohl Stewart photo 925. Kohl Stewart SP
Robinson Chirinos Note
Robinson Chirinos photo 930. Robinson Chirinos C
DL Hall Note
DL Hall photo 937. DL Hall SP
Alexander Wells Note
Alexander Wells photo 981. Alexander 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
Anthony Bemboom Note
Anthony Bemboom photo 1136. Anthony Bemboom C
Brett Cumberland Note
Brett Cumberland photo 1161. Brett Cumberland
Zac Lowther Note
Zac Lowther photo 1249. Zac Lowther SP
Travis Lakins Sr. Note
Travis Lakins Sr. photo 1271. Travis Lakins Sr. RP
Shed Long Jr. Note
Shed Long Jr. photo 1284. Shed Long Jr. 2B,LF
Logan Gillaspie Note
Logan Gillaspie photo 1299. Logan Gillaspie RP
Rylan Bannon Note
Rylan Bannon photo 1320. Rylan Bannon 3B
Bryan Baker Note
Bryan Baker photo 1328. Bryan Baker RP
Ryan McKenna Note
Ryan McKenna photo 1373. Ryan McKenna LF,CF,RF
Jahmai Jones Note
Jahmai Jones photo 1390. Jahmai Jones 2B
Marcos Diplan Note
Marcos Diplan photo 1397. Marcos Diplan RP
Tyler Nevin Note
Tyler Nevin photo 1405. Tyler Nevin 1B,3B,LF
Chris Owings Note
Chris Owings photo 1443. Chris Owings 2B
Richie Martin Note
Richie Martin photo 1451. Richie Martin SS
Isaac Mattson Note
Isaac Mattson photo 1475. Isaac Mattson RP
Yusniel Diaz Note
Yusniel Diaz photo 1491. Yusniel Diaz CF
Felix Bautista Note
Felix Bautista photo 1514. Felix Bautista
Kyle Stowers Note
Kyle Stowers photo 1519. Kyle Stowers LF
Beau Taylor Note
Beau Taylor photo 1614. Beau Taylor C