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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Franmil Reyes Note
Franmil Reyes photo 88. Franmil Reyes RF,DH
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.
30 weeks ago
Willson Contreras Note
Willson Contreras photo 147. Willson Contreras C,DH
Contreras isn't quite the fantasy superstar that he looked like he might be when he broke in, but he's still an excellent option at a weak position. He's hit at least 21 homers in three of his last four full seasons and chips in roughly 120 combined runs and RBI. That doesn't sound like much, particularly with a batting average that seems likely to hover at around .240 at this stage in his career, but it's more than enough for a catcher. He should see some extra at-bats this year with the DH in the National League, and that should only help his value.
27 weeks ago
Seiya Suzuki Note
Seiya Suzuki photo 157. Seiya Suzuki LF,RF
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.
27 weeks ago
Ian Happ Note
Ian Happ photo 176. Ian Happ CF,DH,LF,RF
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.
27 weeks ago
Marcus Stroman Note
Marcus Stroman photo 181. Marcus Stroman SP
Stroman had some of the best surface numbers of his career with a 3.02 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, as a stronger Mets infield defense helped to normalize his BABIP against just a bit. But even though he had the highest strikeout rate of his career, the new splitter he introduced didn't generate enough whiffs to make a difference. He remained an overall negative in the category (7.94/9), and he'll now pitch for a mediocre Cubs team in 2022. Stroman won't hurt you, and drafting a pitcher with little downside can be a plus if you have a deep rotation. But at this point in his career, there's equally little upside, so whether you take the shot on him depends entirely on how the rest of your staff looks.
27 weeks ago
Kyle Hendricks Note
Kyle Hendricks photo 263. Kyle Hendricks SP
Hendricks won the "most underrated starter" award for five years in a row or so because fantasy managers liked to ignore his excellent numbers due to his low velocity and strikeout rate. But the bill came due last eason, and he had, by far, the worst season of his career. His ERA pushed 5.00, his WHIP was two tenths of a point higher than his career mark, and his already low strikeout rate dipped further. There's hope for a rebound, of course. Hendricks is just 32, his home run rate seemed unsustainably high, and through it all, he still got to 14 wins. But this already feels like fantasy manager missed the opportunity to jump off the Hendricks ship a year too early rather than a year too late. Hendricks needs to have pristine ratios to justify the strikeout rate, and pitching in front of a mediocre defense, it seems highly unlikely he'll get there. There are better places to spend your late-round investment.
26 weeks ago
Patrick Wisdom Note
Patrick Wisdom photo 289. Patrick Wisdom 1B,3B,LF,RF
Nick Madrigal Note
Nick Madrigal photo 292. Nick Madrigal 2B
Rowan Wick Note
Rowan Wick photo 326. Rowan Wick RP
Rafael Ortega Note
Rafael Ortega photo 347. Rafael Ortega CF,DH,LF,RF
Wade Miley Note
Wade Miley photo 442. Wade Miley SP
Yan Gomes Note
Yan Gomes photo 451. Yan Gomes C
Jackson Frazier Note
Jackson Frazier photo 471. Jackson Frazier LF,RF
Nico Hoerner Note
Nico Hoerner photo 484. Nico Hoerner 2B,SS
Adbert Alzolay Note
Adbert Alzolay photo 485. Adbert Alzolay SP,RP
Drew Smyly Note
Drew Smyly photo 652. Drew Smyly SP,RP
Sean Newcomb Note
Sean Newcomb photo 660. Sean Newcomb RP
Michael Rucker Note
Michael Rucker photo 745. Michael Rucker RP
Kervin Castro Note
Kervin Castro photo 748. Kervin Castro RP
Anderson Espinoza Note
Anderson Espinoza photo 774. Anderson Espinoza RP,SP
Jason Heyward Note
Jason Heyward photo 782. Jason Heyward CF,RF
Mark Leiter Jr. Note
Mark Leiter Jr. photo 787. Mark Leiter Jr. RP,SP
Brennen Davis Note
Brennen Davis photo 799. Brennen Davis CF
Stephen Gonsalves Note
Stephen Gonsalves photo 819. Stephen Gonsalves RP
Alexander Vizcaino Note
Alexander Vizcaino photo 927. Alexander Vizcaino SP
Justin Steele Note
Justin Steele photo 931. Justin Steele SP,RP
Manuel Rodriguez Note
Manuel Rodriguez photo 947. Manuel Rodriguez RP
Brad Wieck Note
Brad Wieck photo 958. Brad Wieck RP
Adrian Sampson Note
Adrian Sampson photo 1007. Adrian Sampson SP,RP
Keegan Thompson Note
Keegan Thompson photo 1014. Keegan Thompson SP,RP
Ben Leeper Note
Ben Leeper photo 1085. Ben Leeper RP
Steven Brault Note
Steven Brault photo 1094. Steven Brault RP,SP
Codi Heuer Note
Codi Heuer photo 1108. Codi Heuer RP
Ethan Roberts Note
Ethan Roberts photo 1109. Ethan Roberts RP
David Bote Note
David Bote photo 1124. David Bote 2B,3B
Jonathan Holder Note
Jonathan Holder photo 1129. Jonathan Holder SP,RP
Alec Mills Note
Alec Mills photo 1159. Alec Mills SP,RP
P.J. Higgins Note
P.J. Higgins photo 1195. P.J. Higgins 1B,C
Tyler Payne Note
Tyler Payne photo 1201. Tyler Payne C
Brailyn Marquez Note
Brailyn Marquez photo 1277. Brailyn Marquez RP
Zach McKinstry Note
Zach McKinstry photo 1322. Zach McKinstry 2B,3B,LF,RF,SS
Michael Hermosillo Note
Michael Hermosillo photo 1359. Michael Hermosillo CF,RF
Nelson Velazquez Note
Nelson Velazquez photo 1427. Nelson Velazquez CF,LF,RF
Trent Giambrone Note
Trent Giambrone photo 1586. Trent Giambrone 2B
John Hicks Note
John Hicks photo 1610. John Hicks C
Erick Castillo Note
Erick Castillo photo 1622. Erick Castillo C
Alfonso Rivas Note
Alfonso Rivas photo 1625. Alfonso Rivas 1B,LF,RF