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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Jose Ramirez Note
Jose Ramirez photo 3. Jose Ramirez 3B,DH
Ramirez continues to be one of fantasy baseball's most bankable commodities, reliably stuffing the stat sheet. His fire-hydrant physique belies impressive speed; he swiped 27 bags last year, including 18 after the All-Star Break. The power numbers are stable. The batting average has been less predictable, but it's probably a good sign that he managed to bat .266 last year despite a .256 BABIP. His supporting cast isn't great, but it wasn't great last year either, and he still scored 111 runs and had 103 RBI. Invest with confidence.
31 weeks ago
Shane Bieber Note
Shane Bieber photo 22. Shane Bieber SP
Bieber had a breakout season in 2019, won the Cy Young Award in 2020, and was off to a good start in 2021 before a shoulder strain in mid-June landed him on IL and limited him to just two more starts the rest of the way. Bieber has some of the filthiest breaking stuff in baseball. When he's on, he piles up strikeouts and limits walks and flyballs. Shoulder problems for pitchers are worrisome, but Bieber recently told a Cleveland beat writer he feels great. There's an element of risk here, but it's injury risk, not performance risk. Bieber should continue to be a top starter if he can stay healthy.
31 weeks ago
Emmanuel Clase Note
Emmanuel Clase photo 82. Emmanuel Clase RP
Most fantasy managers expected James Karinchak to be Cleveland's closer last year, but Clase simply could not be denied. His miniscule 1.29 ERA and 0.96 WHIP were largely earned, and he ranked in the top one percent of the league in barrel rate, xERA, wOBA, and xWOBA. His cutter/slider combination is one of the best in the league, and he routinely sits at over 100 miles per hour with good command. With his raw stufdf being as good as it is, there's little reason to doubt that Clase can repeat his 2021 performance. Draft him as one of the first relievers off the board.
29 weeks ago
Myles Straw Note
Myles Straw photo 197. Myles Straw CF
Straw is your quintessential no-power, all-speed player. He hit four home runs last year and that's not going to be anomaly given his incredibly low hard-hit rate. But he stole 30 bases and ranked in the 96th percentile in sprint speed. He'll lead off for the Guardians this season and given their likely futility on offense, it's reasonable to expect Straw to try to swipe a bag at every chance he gets. If you're covered in power, he's a fine pick, but don't have any dreams of a home run surge now or anytime in the future.
28 weeks ago
Amed Rosario Note
Amed Rosario photo 200. Amed Rosario CF,LF,SS
It was a tale of two halves for Rosario, as he slashed .259/.306/.367 in the first half and .309/.339/.457 in the second half. The end result was a good one, as Rosario wound up being a contributor in four of the five rotisserie categories, and is trending up heading into 2022. The biggest issue at this point is the extreme weakness of the Guardians' lineup, which is projected to be one of the worst in baseball. That's going to significantly cut into Rosario's counting stats and depress his value. But the options to help your batting average and generally contribute everywhere are few and far between, so Rosario should be no worse than a high-end bench player for your team.
28 weeks ago
Triston McKenzie Note
Triston McKenzie photo 232. Triston McKenzie SP
McKenzie's overall numbers from last year look rough, as he pitched to a 4.95 ERA and had an 11.7% walk rate. But he was significantly better after he returned from the minors in the second half of the season and at least offered hoped for this year. McKenzie is incredibly slight and he needs to improve his command and the effectiveness of his fastball to become a reliable fantasy starter. But he's worth a late flier given his pedigree.
27 weeks ago
Aaron Civale Note
Aaron Civale photo 242. Aaron Civale SP
It should be pretty accepted by now that Civale is not going to morph into an above-average fantasy starter. His velocity is sub-par, his strikeout rate is mediocre at best, and he'll be pitching behind one of the worst lineups in baseball. His FIP, xFIP, and xERA all suggest that he was lucky last year, so really, if you're looking for reasons to be optimistic that Civale can take a leap forward, there just aren't any from last year. Spend your draft capital on someone with more upside, even in the later rounds.
27 weeks ago
Zach Plesac Note
Zach Plesac photo 279. Zach Plesac SP
Cal Quantrill Note
Cal Quantrill photo 281. Cal Quantrill SP,RP
Andres Gimenez Note
Andres Gimenez photo 322. Andres Gimenez 2B,SS
James Karinchak Note
James Karinchak photo 379. James Karinchak RP
Steven Kwan Note
Steven Kwan photo 420. Steven Kwan CF,LF,RF
Nick Sandlin Note
Nick Sandlin photo 528. Nick Sandlin RP
Austin Hedges Note
Austin Hedges photo 548. Austin Hedges C
Cody Morris Note
Cody Morris photo 561. Cody Morris SP
Sam Hentges Note
Sam Hentges photo 621. Sam Hentges SP,RP
Oscar Mercado Note
Oscar Mercado photo 627. Oscar Mercado LF,CF,RF
Trevor Stephan Note
Trevor Stephan photo 669. Trevor Stephan RP
Josh Naylor Note
Josh Naylor photo 676. Josh Naylor 1B,DH,RF
Konnor Pilkington Note
Konnor Pilkington photo 735. Konnor Pilkington SP
Bryan Shaw Note
Bryan Shaw photo 761. Bryan Shaw RP
Nolan Jones Note
Nolan Jones photo 786. Nolan Jones 3B,RF
Eli Morgan Note
Eli Morgan photo 935. Eli Morgan RP,SP
Anthony Gose Note
Anthony Gose photo 1001. Anthony Gose RP
Enyel De Los Santos Note
Enyel De Los Santos photo 1055. Enyel De Los Santos RP
Logan Allen Note
Logan Allen photo 1058. Logan Allen SP
Nick Mikolajchak Note
Nick Mikolajchak photo 1075. Nick Mikolajchak RP
Luke Maile Note
Luke Maile photo 1098. Luke Maile C
Bryan Lavastida Note
Bryan Lavastida photo 1127. Bryan Lavastida C
Owen Miller Note
Owen Miller photo 1287. Owen Miller 1B,2B,DH
Luis Oviedo Note
Luis Oviedo photo 1364. Luis Oviedo RP
Gabriel Arias Note
Gabriel Arias photo 1396. Gabriel Arias 3B,SS
Tyler Freeman Note
Tyler Freeman photo 1425. Tyler Freeman 3B,SS
Richard Palacios Note
Richard Palacios photo 1446. Richard Palacios 2B
Justin Garza Note
Justin Garza photo 1497. Justin Garza RP
Jose Devers Note
Jose Devers photo 1624. Jose Devers SS