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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Javier Baez Note
Javier Baez photo 63. Javier Baez 2B,SS
The free-swinging middle infielder signed a six-year, $140 million contract with the Tigers. Baez led the NL with 184 strikeouts last year but also belted 31 homers, had 87 RBI and 80 runs, and batted a respectable .265. This is a strange, volatile skill set, but Baez can usually be counted on to provide help with the counting stats. He won't hurt you in leagues that use batting average, but his unwillingness to take a walk becomes a liability in OBP leagues.
12 weeks ago
Eduardo Rodriguez Note
Eduardo Rodriguez photo 122. Eduardo Rodriguez SP
Rodriguez had an awful 2021 season, but his 4.74 ERA was backed up by a 3.32 FIP and 3.50 xERA. His walk percentage and strikeout rate were actually career bests, and he made at least 31 starts for the second consecutive season. Really, it was just a lot of bad luck for Rodriguez, as his .363 BABIP against and 68.9% LOB %, both career-worsts, showed. He'll face an easier slate of lineups now that he's with Detroit, but his ceiling is fairly low given that he's really got just one truly reliable pitch in his fastball. He could theoretically finally beat his career best 3.81 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, but there's just not enough upside for him to be anything but a back-end-of-the-rotation type of arm.
10 weeks ago
Austin Meadows Note
Austin Meadows photo 124. Austin Meadows DH,LF,RF
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.
10 weeks ago
Robbie Grossman Note
Robbie Grossman photo 169. Robbie Grossman LF,RF
Grossman came out of nowhere to put up a 20-20 line in his age-31 season. And by "out of nowhere," I mean that his previous season-high in homers was 11 and his previous high in steals was nine. Everything suggests that Grossman sold out a bit for power, as he greatly increased both his launch angle and fly ball rate (46.2%). If he does that again, he can probably approach 20 homers for a second straight season, but considering his mediocre sprint speed (68th percentile), it would be surprising if he reached 20 steals. Take about 5-7 off your projections for both numbers and you probably won't be disappointed.
9 weeks ago
Akil Baddoo Note
Akil Baddoo photo 172. Akil Baddoo CF,LF
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.
9 weeks ago
Tarik Skubal Note
Tarik Skubal photo 193. Tarik Skubal SP
Skubal had some growing pains last year, and he really needs to improve his four-seam fastball (.611 SLG, .413 wOBA). But he approached his season the right way, and used it to develop his secondary pitches, and both his slider and changeup came a long way. Drafting Skubal to be a starter for your team means you believe that he's going to continue his upward trend, and considering that both his strikeout and walk rates were extremely solid last year, there's reason for optimism. Just be ready for an uneven ride along the way, as is typical with young pitchers.
9 weeks ago
Spencer Torkelson Note
Spencer Torkelson photo 211. Spencer Torkelson 1B
Torkelson looks poised to start the year in the majors with the Tigers at first base, and there is a lot of reason to be excited after he blazed through three levels of the minors last year. He likely won't hit for much average, but he's got an exceptional eye at the plate (his lowest walk rate at any level last was 13%) and he hit 30 home runs in 121 games total in 2021. He's just 22 years old so don't be surprised if he struggles at first. But particularly in keeper formats, and even in redraft leagues, the upside is so strong that he should be a late-round target everywhere.
8 weeks ago
Jonathan Schoop Note
Jonathan Schoop photo 216. Jonathan Schoop 1B,2B
Schoop is rarely talked about during prep season, but he has hit at least 21 home runs in each of his last five full seasons. That doesn't sound overly impressive, but that level of consistency in power from a second baseman is unusual and impressive. As usual, Schop was again among the league leaders in maximum exit velocity (117.1 MPH, a career high), and his hard hit rate was nearly five percentage points higher than his career average. The Tigers' lineup should be stronger this year with the addition of Javier Baez, and considering that Schoop is just 30 years old and has shown no signs of decline, there's every reason to expect his boring but stealthily productive numbers once again.
9 weeks ago
Gregory Soto Note
Gregory Soto photo 225. Gregory Soto RP
Soto was decent last year once he took over as the closer, posting 18 saves on the season with a 3.39 ERA. But his walk rate was an abysmal 14.5%, leading to a 1.35 WHIP, which just isn't sustainable. The Tigers don't have an elite bullpen but Michael Fulmer and Jose Cisnero can close in a pinch. With the uncertainty and Soto's control issues, don't bank on more than 20 saves.
8 weeks ago
Jeimer Candelario Note
Jeimer Candelario photo 236. Jeimer Candelario 3B
Candelario is not an exciting player. He has little speed and probsbly won't surpass 20 home runs. But he won't hurt you in batting average and will give you passable runs scored and RBI totals batting in an improved Tigers offense. With third base being so shallow, Candelario is a player you can draft late who can fill in on off-days or be a bench player. It's never fun to draft low-upside players late, but Candelario is one of the few guys to take a shot on there.
8 weeks ago
Casey Mize Note
Casey Mize photo 256. Casey Mize SP
Mize's overall numbers were impressive in 2021, with a 3.71 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. But his expected stats suggested he was incredibly lucky, and his 19.3% strikeout rate wasn't helping fantasy managers. Mize is young and both his fastball and slider, which are already league average or better, can continue to improve as he grows as a pitcher, and the Tigers are likely to loosen the reins a bit with his innings. He's an ideal late-round pick for your bench given his upside, but don't get into the season relying on him as anything more than your last starter.
8 weeks ago
Michael Fulmer Note
Michael Fulmer photo 372. Michael Fulmer RP
Michael Pineda Note
Michael Pineda photo 383. Michael Pineda SP
Eric Haase Note
Eric Haase photo 396. Eric Haase C,LF
Riley Greene Note
Riley Greene photo 411. Riley Greene CF
Tucker Barnhart Note
Tucker Barnhart photo 440. Tucker Barnhart C
Miguel Cabrera Note
Miguel Cabrera photo 461. Miguel Cabrera 1B,DH
Andrew Chafin Note
Andrew Chafin photo 492. Andrew Chafin RP
Luis Castillo Note
Luis Castillo photo 557. Luis Castillo
Victor Reyes Note
Victor Reyes photo 659. Victor Reyes CF,RF
Joe Jimenez Note
Joe Jimenez photo 661. Joe Jimenez RP
Kyle Funkhouser Note
Kyle Funkhouser photo 675. Kyle Funkhouser RP
Matt Manning Note
Matt Manning photo 722. Matt Manning SP
Sam Howard Note
Sam Howard photo 725. Sam Howard RP
Jacob Barnes Note
Jacob Barnes photo 732. Jacob Barnes RP
Alex Lange Note
Alex Lange photo 745. Alex Lange RP
Willi Castro Note
Willi Castro photo 772. Willi Castro 2B,SS
Jose Cisnero Note
Jose Cisnero photo 799. Jose Cisnero RP
Daz Cameron Note
Daz Cameron photo 837. Daz Cameron RF
Alex Faedo Note
Alex Faedo photo 854. Alex Faedo SP
Tyler Alexander Note
Tyler Alexander photo 916. Tyler Alexander SP,RP
Elvin Rodriguez Note
Elvin Rodriguez photo 918. Elvin Rodriguez SP
Logan Shore Note
Logan Shore photo 934. Logan Shore SP
Miguel Del Pozo Note
Miguel Del Pozo photo 959. Miguel Del Pozo RP
Joey Wentz Note
Joey Wentz photo 1021. Joey Wentz SP
Wily Peralta Note
Wily Peralta photo 1047. Wily Peralta SP,RP
Chase Anderson Note
Chase Anderson photo 1067. Chase Anderson SP
Bryan Garcia Note
Bryan Garcia photo 1069. Bryan Garcia RP
Jake Rogers Note
Jake Rogers photo 1086. Jake Rogers C
Dustin Garneau Note
Dustin Garneau photo 1125. Dustin Garneau C
Derek Law Note
Derek Law photo 1202. Derek Law RP
Shea Spitzbarth Note
Shea Spitzbarth photo 1226. Shea Spitzbarth RP
Derek Hill Note
Derek Hill photo 1257. Derek Hill CF
Drew Carlton Note
Drew Carlton photo 1281. Drew Carlton RP
Harold Castro Note
Harold Castro photo 1301. Harold Castro 2B,SS
Ramon Rosso Note
Ramon Rosso photo 1332. Ramon Rosso RP
Ricardo Pinto Note
Ricardo Pinto photo 1341. Ricardo Pinto SP
Miguel Diaz Note
Miguel Diaz photo 1366. Miguel Diaz RP
Drew Hutchison Note
Drew Hutchison photo 1440. Drew Hutchison RP
Trayce Thompson Note
Trayce Thompson photo 1458. Trayce Thompson RF
Zack Short Note
Zack Short photo 1496. Zack Short SS
Brendon Davis Note
Brendon Davis photo 1539. Brendon Davis LF
Jack Lopez Note
Jack Lopez photo 1574. Jack Lopez 2B
Ryan Kreidler Note
Ryan Kreidler photo 1582. Ryan Kreidler SS
Rony Garcia Note
Rony Garcia photo 1592. Rony Garcia RP
Kody Clemens Note
Kody Clemens photo 1597. Kody Clemens 2B
Jason Foley Note
Jason Foley photo 1601. Jason Foley RP
Will Vest Note
Will Vest photo 1603. Will Vest RP