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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Sandy Alcantara Note
Sandy Alcantara photo 45. Sandy Alcantara SP
For three straight years, this talented youngster has cut down on his walk rate and increased his strikeout rate. Those are the kinds of year-over-year rate improvements fantasy managers want to see from their SP2 or SP3. There's no reason to believe Alcantra can't be even better this year, building on his 3.19 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 201 Ks in 205 IP from last season. At 26, he's coming into his prime. If Alcantrara continues to improve, he could easily finish as a top-10 starter.
11 weeks ago
Trevor Rogers Note
Trevor Rogers photo 87. Trevor Rogers SP
The 24-year-old is flying up dynasty draft boards, as his numbers project continued growth from a starter who paid off big as a 2021 sleeper selection. But if you're not in a dynasty league, don't overpay. Rogers is unlikely to match his 2.65 ERA from last season, and it's safe to expect some WHIP regression. His impressive strikeout rate is for real and there's a huge runway in front of him. If you think he's bound for a sustained breakout and have faith he can replicate or beat last season, jump on him about 75 to 80 picks in. If he's still there as you close in on pick 100, snatch him up.
11 weeks ago
Jazz Chisholm Jr. Note
Jazz Chisholm Jr. photo 92. Jazz Chisholm Jr. 2B,SS
Let me introduce you to my second base draft target. Just 24 years old, Chisholm offers a tantalizing combination of power and speed. If he makes the necessary offseason adjustments to hit breaking pitches better, Chisholm will deliver an all-star season. He'll max out as a four category guy until he gets his average up, but for a guy ranked outside of the top 10 in nearly every set of 2B rankings, Chisholm looks like a potential draft steal. A 20/20 season is all but a lock.
11 weeks ago
Pablo Lopez Note
Pablo Lopez photo 116. Pablo Lopez SP
Lopez was limited to 102.2 innings last year as he (again) dealt with a shoulder injury. But when he did pitch, he was excellent. A 3.07 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and a 27.5% strikeout rate all added plus value to fantasy rosters. Lopez primarily relies on a fastball/changeup combination, and he'll probably need to take the next step with either his curveball or cutter to take the next step. But his current production is plenty good enough, and he's an ideal third starter for your fantasy team.
9 weeks ago
Avisail Garcia Note
Avisail Garcia photo 134. Avisail Garcia RF
Garcia had an outstanding year with Milwaukee, hitting 29 home runs and driving in 86 in just 135 games. As usual, he showed elite maximum exit velocity, continuing his run of ranking in the top seven percent of MLB in that category since it began being tracked. He signed a four-year deal with Miami and, given the park dimensions and lack of lineup protection, that's obviously not the best place for him to end up. But the bottom line is that a 25-10 season is very much in reach, and he's a fine later-round selection who can fill in as a fourth outfielder.
8 weeks ago
Jorge Soler Note
Jorge Soler photo 152. Jorge Soler DH,LF,RF
Soler's 48-homer season isn't ever going to repeat itself, but he doesn't need it to in order to provide fantasy value. He popped 27 homers last year and although his batting average has been in the .220s each of the last two years, his expected batting average has been closer to the high .240s. Now with the Marlins, he'll need every bit of hard contact he can get, but he should benefit from the NL adopting the DH. Soler isn't and won't be a star, but he's a useful fourth outfielder in mixed leagues.
8 weeks ago
Jesus Aguilar Note
Jesus Aguilar photo 220. Jesus Aguilar 1B,DH
Aguilar probably would have gotten to 100 RBI last year had he not dealt with knee inflammation at the end of last season. But other than that category, it just feels like he leaves a lot on the table. Despite prodigious power, last year was only the second in his career where he topped 20 home runs. He'll benefit from the addition of the DH this year, but the bottom line is that between the Marlins' lackluster lineup and Aguilar's lack of speed, he's going to offer little in many categories, including runs scored and stolen bases. He's a fine filler if you need RBI, but don't expect all that much production elsewhere given his home park and surrounding cast.
8 weeks ago
Jesus Sanchez Note
Jesus Sanchez photo 249. Jesus Sanchez LF,RF
Sanchez hits the ball hard and does so consistently, so he has a ton of power upside. He won't maintain the almost 40-homer pace he was on last year, and he needs to improve on his 31.1% strikeout rate if he's going to take a jump in value. But think Adolis Garcia without the speed - someone who will at times look unstoppable and go on major runs, but other times will frustrate you with his lack of consistency. He has the upside for 30-homer, 90-RBI season, so as a late-round pick, he's a great option.
7 weeks ago
Jesus Luzardo Note
Jesus Luzardo photo 283. Jesus Luzardo SP
Dylan Floro Note
Dylan Floro photo 284. Dylan Floro RP
Floro is slated to be the Marlins' closer but he is battling an arm injury right now that could threaten his availability for Opening Day. When healthy, he's an above-average reliever, though not one with a classic closer's outlook. He doesn't throw that hard or have elite command, but he limits hard contact at an elite rate, and that's really the key to his success. Assuming he's ready for the beginning of the season or shortly thereafter, he should be good for at least 15 saves. Anything more is gravy.
7 weeks ago
Anthony Bender Note
Anthony Bender photo 336. Anthony Bender RP
Elieser Hernandez Note
Elieser Hernandez photo 340. Elieser Hernandez SP
Miguel Rojas Note
Miguel Rojas photo 354. Miguel Rojas SS
Joey Wendle Note
Joey Wendle photo 357. Joey Wendle 3B,SS
Cole Sulser Note
Cole Sulser photo 362. Cole Sulser RP
Garrett Cooper Note
Garrett Cooper photo 380. Garrett Cooper 1B,DH,RF
Brian Anderson Note
Brian Anderson photo 391. Brian Anderson 3B,RF
Jacob Stallings Note
Jacob Stallings photo 438. Jacob Stallings C
Edward Cabrera Note
Edward Cabrera photo 474. Edward Cabrera SP
Sixto Sanchez Note
Sixto Sanchez photo 494. Sixto Sanchez SP
Richard Bleier Note
Richard Bleier photo 508. Richard Bleier RP
Bryan De La Cruz Note
Bryan De La Cruz photo 542. Bryan De La Cruz CF,LF,RF
Steven Okert Note
Steven Okert photo 561. Steven Okert RP
Tanner Scott Note
Tanner Scott photo 597. Tanner Scott RP
Anthony Bass Note
Anthony Bass photo 629. Anthony Bass RP
Louis Head Note
Louis Head photo 673. Louis Head RP
Max Meyer Note
Max Meyer photo 678. Max Meyer SP
Lewin Diaz Note
Lewin Diaz photo 728. Lewin Diaz 1B
Daniel Castano Note
Daniel Castano photo 876. Daniel Castano SP
Braxton Garrett Note
Braxton Garrett photo 894. Braxton Garrett SP
Zach Pop Note
Zach Pop photo 903. Zach Pop RP
Cody Poteet Note
Cody Poteet photo 906. Cody Poteet SP
Jon Berti Note
Jon Berti photo 987. Jon Berti 2B,3B
Nick Fortes Note
Nick Fortes photo 1035. Nick Fortes C
Sean Guenther Note
Sean Guenther photo 1042. Sean Guenther RP
Nick Neidert Note
Nick Neidert photo 1183. Nick Neidert SP
Payton Henry Note
Payton Henry photo 1188. Payton Henry
Tommy Nance Note
Tommy Nance photo 1273. Tommy Nance RP
Paul Campbell Note
Paul Campbell photo 1335. Paul Campbell RP
Jimmy Yacabonis Note
Jimmy Yacabonis photo 1389. Jimmy Yacabonis RP
Jose Devers Note
Jose Devers photo 1485. Jose Devers 2B
JJ Bleday Note
JJ Bleday photo 1498. JJ Bleday RF
Peyton Burdick Note
Peyton Burdick photo 1509. Peyton Burdick CF
Jordan Holloway Note
Jordan Holloway photo 1549. Jordan Holloway RP
Willians Astudillo Note
Willians Astudillo photo 1552. Willians Astudillo 1B,3B
Erik Gonzalez Note
Erik Gonzalez photo 1569. Erik Gonzalez 3B
Brian Miller Note
Brian Miller photo 1658. Brian Miller LF