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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Whit Merrifield Note
Whit Merrifield photo 36. Whit Merrifield 2B
This late bloomer has been fantasy gold for the last five years. Merrifield stole 40 bases last season at age 32. Durability is a big plus: Merrifield hasn't missed a game in the last three years. But there are some worrisome signs of slippage. His line drive rate has been steadily dropping over the last few seasons, and he hit only two home runs last season from July 1 on. Merrifield has been a terrific value for years, but it's possible he'll be slightly overpriced in 2022 drafts.
12 weeks ago
Salvador Perez Note
Salvador Perez photo 39. Salvador Perez C,DH
Perez tied for the MLB lead with 48 home runs in 2021 and had a league-leading 121 RBI. After missing the entire 2019 season due to Tommy John surgery and playing 37 of 60 games in 2020, Perez played 161 games last year (40 as a DH) and went to the plate 665 times. He's bound to get fewer PAs this season, and some HR pullback is probably inevitable, but the Statcast numbers show that Perez crushes the ball when he makes contact. His career batting averages have been all over the map, and he doesn't run, but the power and run production are legit. Perez deserves to be the first catcher off the board, but he might be drafted too early after last season's homer-fest.
12 weeks ago
Adalberto Mondesi Note
Adalberto Mondesi photo 69. Adalberto Mondesi 3B
If only we could transfer this skill set to a more durable body. Mondesi is a stolen base machine with some surprising pop in his bat, but he hasn't played in more than 102 games or made more than 443 plate appearances in any season, and he's played more than 75 games only once. Leg and foot injuries limited him to only 35 games last year, yet Mondesi still managed to swipe 15 bags and belt six home runs. He strikes out a ton, doesn't take walks and has a .249 career batting average, but his contributions in the counting categories (especially steals) more than make up for it. This is all about risk tolerance, and you're obligated to bake some missed games into Mondesi's price.
12 weeks ago
Bobby Witt Jr. Note
Bobby Witt Jr. photo 90. Bobby Witt Jr. SS
Witt was drafted everywhere after buzz in the spring suggested that he'd be up in the majors before long. "Before long" became never, as Witt spent the entire year in Double-A and Triple-A, admittedly showing why he's such a valued prospect. In 123 games combined between the levels, he hit 33 home runs and stole 29 bases, all with a plus average. Witt should begin the year in the majors (or be up shortly after the start of the season), and he'll almost certainly play third base, giving him dual-eligibility. He may struggle early on, but he's too talented to let it continue for long. At a barren third base position, he could be one of the most impactful players in fantasy baseball this year based on his ADP.
9 weeks ago
Andrew Benintendi Note
Andrew Benintendi photo 165. Andrew Benintendi LF
Benintendi was the classic "needs a change of scenery" player and got relatively back on track with the Royals. He looked almost identical to the disappointing but absolutely usable version of himself that he showed in 2019, and his underlying rates were nearly identical. He did walk at a career-worst rate but he also got his strikeout rate down under control, and had he avoided injury, he surely would have put up a 20-10 season. There's every reason to expct him to be able to do that again, but expect his other counting stats to remain mediocre with Kansas City's lineup.
9 weeks ago
Scott Barlow Note
Scott Barlow photo 187. Scott Barlow RP
Barlow had a fine 2021 season, finishing with 16 saves and a 2.42 ERA. That season should be enough to give him the first shot at the closer's role again this year for Kansas City, but he's far from a locked-in option. His three-pitch mix (fastball, slider, curveball) is solid, though he lacks a dominant pitch, and his control has been a bit hit or miss throughout his career. With Josh Staumont and Amir Garrett behind him, Barlow's job security may be tenuous if he struggles. He's a late-round closer who should hopefully provide you with saves early in the season. Just don't draft him expecting him to hold the role all year.
8 weeks ago
Zack Greinke Note
Zack Greinke photo 267. Zack Greinke SP
Greinke is back where it all began in Kansas City, but he's obviously a different pitcher than he once was. His walk rate is still pristine but he rarely misses bats anymore and, as a result, his ERA has been above 4.00 in each of the past two seasons. He's still as durable as they come, and he'll earn wins just because he'll go deep into games. But there's little upside anymore, so don't feel compelled to draft him based on name value.
7 weeks ago
Nicky Lopez Note
Nicky Lopez photo 269. Nicky Lopez 2B,SS
If they gave out fantasy points for soft contact, Lopez would be one of your leaders. He has five home runs in three combined seasons, and his career high in RBI is 43. He has some speed, as his 22 stolen bases showed last year, and he shouldn't hurt you in batting average. But batting ninth in a mediocre Kansas City lineup, with zero power upside, is just not a formula for success. There are better places to spend your late-round draft capital.
7 weeks ago
Brady Singer Note
Brady Singer photo 315. Brady Singer SP
Carlos Santana Note
Carlos Santana photo 364. Carlos Santana 1B
Hunter Dozier Note
Hunter Dozier photo 389. Hunter Dozier 1B,3B,DH,RF
Michael A. Taylor Note
Michael A. Taylor photo 415. Michael A. Taylor CF
Carlos Hernandez Note
Carlos Hernandez photo 422. Carlos Hernandez SP,RP
Josh Staumont Note
Josh Staumont photo 448. Josh Staumont RP
Kyle Isbel Note
Kyle Isbel photo 456. Kyle Isbel RF
Amir Garrett Note
Amir Garrett photo 490. Amir Garrett RP
Dylan Coleman Note
Dylan Coleman photo 551. Dylan Coleman RP
Jake Brentz Note
Jake Brentz photo 572. Jake Brentz RP
Daniel Lynch Note
Daniel Lynch photo 600. Daniel Lynch SP
Kris Bubic Note
Kris Bubic photo 608. Kris Bubic SP
Edward Olivares Note
Edward Olivares photo 626. Edward Olivares RF
Brad Keller Note
Brad Keller photo 632. Brad Keller SP
Gabe Speier Note
Gabe Speier photo 708. Gabe Speier RP
Joel Payamps Note
Joel Payamps photo 724. Joel Payamps RP
MJ Melendez Note
MJ Melendez photo 749. MJ Melendez C
Nick Pratto Note
Nick Pratto photo 831. Nick Pratto 1B
Angel Zerpa Note
Angel Zerpa photo 867. Angel Zerpa SP
Jackson Kowar Note
Jackson Kowar photo 939. Jackson Kowar SP
Jon Heasley Note
Jon Heasley photo 967. Jon Heasley SP
Taylor Clarke Note
Taylor Clarke photo 971. Taylor Clarke RP
Cam Gallagher Note
Cam Gallagher photo 1060. Cam Gallagher C
Sebastian Rivero Note
Sebastian Rivero photo 1151. Sebastian Rivero C
Daniel Mengden Note
Daniel Mengden photo 1170. Daniel Mengden RP
Arodys Vizcaino Note
Arodys Vizcaino photo 1209. Arodys Vizcaino RP
Tyler Zuber Note
Tyler Zuber photo 1302. Tyler Zuber RP
Ryan O'Hearn Note
Ryan O'Hearn photo 1327. Ryan O'Hearn 1B,DH,RF
Brad Peacock Note
Brad Peacock photo 1415. Brad Peacock RP
Emmanuel Rivera Note
Emmanuel Rivera photo 1418. Emmanuel Rivera 3B
Jace Vines Note
Jace Vines photo 1460. Jace Vines RP
Matt Peacock Note
Matt Peacock photo 1465. Matt Peacock SP,RP
Collin Snider Note
Collin Snider photo 1480. Collin Snider RP
JaCoby Jones Note
JaCoby Jones photo 1545. JaCoby Jones CF
Ivan Castillo Note
Ivan Castillo photo 1560. Ivan Castillo 2B
Ronald Bolanos Note
Ronald Bolanos photo 1561. Ronald Bolanos RP
Clay Dungan Note
Clay Dungan photo 1571. Clay Dungan SS