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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Wander Franco Note
Wander Franco photo 50. Wander Franco 3B,SS
The Rays' wunderkind signed an 11-year, $182 million contract in November and now simply has to go about the business of becoming the superstar everyone expects him to become. Franco scored 53 runs and had 39 RBI in only 70 games last season. He also displayed impressive plate patience and remarkable contact skills as a 20-year-old rookie. He's not a speed merchant, and the power might take time to develop, but Franco should score a lot of runs, drive in a lot of runs and produce something close to a .300 batting average.
31 weeks ago
Randy Arozarena Note
Randy Arozarena photo 56. Randy Arozarena DH,LF,RF
The playoff hero of 2020 provided a satisfying encore by being named 2021 AL Rookie of the Year, though there was some slippage. After belting 10 HRs in 20 playoff games two seasons ago, Arozarena hit 20 homers in 141 games last season and struck out 170 times. A modest flyball rate and ordinary Statcast numbers suggest that Arozarena probably won't provide elite power numbers. Last year's 37% hit rate fueled a .274 batting average that may not be sustainable. On the bright side, he had 20 SBs on 30 attempts. There are a multiple paths to value here, but still, Arozarena is a high-profile player likely to be overdrafted.
31 weeks ago
Brandon Lowe Note
Brandon Lowe photo 68. Brandon Lowe 2B,DH,LF,RF
In 2021, Lowe became a full-time player for the first time in his career and responded with 39 HRs, 99 RBI and 97 runs. He batted only .247 last year and struck out 167 times in 615 plate appearances. Lowe has also struggled against lefties throughout his career. But Lowe's first-half/second-half splits were eye-opening. He was batting .208 at the All-Star break; Lowe batted .292 after the break and dramatically reduced his strikeout rate without sacrificing any power. If the second-half adjustments stick, Lowe might actually be able to improve upon his breakout season.
31 weeks ago
Shane McClanahan Note
Shane McClanahan photo 94. Shane McClanahan SP
McClanahan had a successful 2021 season in almost every respect. His ERA, strikeouts, and walk rate were all extremely solid, and he made 26 starts including the post-season. Despite decent control, he had a bloated 1.27 WHIP, which was largely the result of batters destroying his fastball. Specifically, the pitch allowed a .308 batting average and a .378 wOBA, and considering he threw it 40.9% of the time, McClanahan's overall numbers are a testament to how good his slider and curveball were. Assuming he can get better command of his fastball and improve his performance with the pitch, there's plenty of room for growth with the young lefty.
28 weeks ago
Shane Baz Note
Shane Baz photo 198. Shane Baz SP
Baz underwent elbow surgery, and he won't throw until early April, but the Rays reportedly don't expect him to miss much time. His pure stuff has always been electric, as he combines elite velocity with an outstanding curveball and slider. Prior to last year, his command was the only thing holding him back, but he blossomed in Double-A and kept his gains in control throughout his three-game stint in the majors. A rough postseason start aside, 2021 was all gravy for Baz, and the Rays undoubtedly expect him to be a contributor to their rotation this year. But he did pitch just 92 innings last season, and given his age, fantasy managers should expect the Rays to cap him at about 130 innings or so, so the missed time for his elbow injury isn't a huge deal as of yet. That still leaves room for Baz to provide plenty of value, so long as the helium on his draft price stays in check.
28 weeks ago
Andrew Kittredge Note
Andrew Kittredge photo 226. Andrew Kittredge SP,RP
Kittredge tallied eight saves last season, and should be in line for the bulk of the opportunities early in the year with Pete Fairbanks dealing with a strained lat. He's had success for several years now, relying on his excellent command and his fastball-slider combination. Based on pure stuff, if we knew Kittredge would be the closer all year, he'd be way up the reliever ranks. But fantasy managers know by now that you cant trust a Rays reliever, so book 15 saves for Kittredge for now. Anything else is gravy.
27 weeks ago
Corey Kluber Note
Corey Kluber photo 286. Corey Kluber SP
Drew Rasmussen Note
Drew Rasmussen photo 306. Drew Rasmussen SP,RP
Manuel Margot Note
Manuel Margot photo 307. Manuel Margot CF,DH,LF,RF
Luis Patino Note
Luis Patino photo 309. Luis Patino SP
David Peralta Note
David Peralta photo 315. David Peralta DH,LF
Josh Lowe Note
Josh Lowe photo 325. Josh Lowe CF,DH,LF,RF
Mike Zunino Note
Mike Zunino photo 341. Mike Zunino C
Yandy Diaz Note
Yandy Diaz photo 393. Yandy Diaz 1B,3B,DH
Vidal Brujan Note
Vidal Brujan photo 402. Vidal Brujan 2B,RF
Pete Fairbanks Note
Pete Fairbanks photo 430. Pete Fairbanks RP
Ryan Yarbrough Note
Ryan Yarbrough photo 458. Ryan Yarbrough SP,RP
Harold Ramirez Note
Harold Ramirez photo 466. Harold Ramirez 1B,CF,DH,LF,RF
Colin Poche Note
Colin Poche photo 474. Colin Poche RP
JT Chargois Note
JT Chargois photo 494. JT Chargois RP,SP
Francisco Mejia Note
Francisco Mejia photo 502. Francisco Mejia C
Jeffrey Springs Note
Jeffrey Springs photo 511. Jeffrey Springs RP,SP
Tyler Glasnow Note
Tyler Glasnow photo 526. Tyler Glasnow SP
Brooks Raley Note
Brooks Raley photo 529. Brooks Raley RP
J.P. Feyereisen Note
J.P. Feyereisen photo 532. J.P. Feyereisen RP
Ji-Man Choi Note
Ji-Man Choi photo 553. Ji-Man Choi 1B,DH
Kevin Kiermaier Note
Kevin Kiermaier photo 588. Kevin Kiermaier CF
Ryan Thompson Note
Ryan Thompson photo 600. Ryan Thompson RP
Yonny Chirinos Note
Yonny Chirinos photo 637. Yonny Chirinos SP
Jose Siri Note
Jose Siri photo 719. Jose Siri CF,RF
Nick Anderson Note
Nick Anderson photo 733. Nick Anderson RP
Ryan Burr Note
Ryan Burr photo 770. Ryan Burr RP
Jason Adam Note
Jason Adam photo 776. Jason Adam RP
Taylor Walls Note
Taylor Walls photo 811. Taylor Walls 2B,3B,SS
Jalen Beeks Note
Jalen Beeks photo 816. Jalen Beeks RP,SP
Josh Fleming Note
Josh Fleming photo 830. Josh Fleming SP,RP
Cooper Criswell Note
Cooper Criswell photo 932. Cooper Criswell SP
Brendan McKay Note
Brendan McKay photo 960. Brendan McKay SP,DH
Ralph Garza Jr. Note
Ralph Garza Jr. photo 978. Ralph Garza Jr. RP
Garrett Cleavinger Note
Garrett Cleavinger photo 1031. Garrett Cleavinger RP
Angel Perdomo Note
Angel Perdomo photo 1039. Angel Perdomo RP
Shawn Armstrong Note
Shawn Armstrong photo 1054. Shawn Armstrong RP,SP
Dusten Knight Note
Dusten Knight photo 1147. Dusten Knight RP
Cody Reed Note
Cody Reed photo 1166. Cody Reed RP
Rene Pinto Note
Rene Pinto photo 1178. Rene Pinto C
David Hess Note
David Hess photo 1229. David Hess RP
Calvin Faucher Note
Calvin Faucher photo 1248. Calvin Faucher RP
Isaac Paredes Note
Isaac Paredes photo 1346. Isaac Paredes 1B,2B,3B
Roman Quinn Note
Roman Quinn photo 1365. Roman Quinn CF,LF,RF
Jimmy Yacabonis Note
Jimmy Yacabonis photo 1389. Jimmy Yacabonis RP
Luke Raley Note
Luke Raley photo 1414. Luke Raley LF,RF
Jonathan Aranda Note
Jonathan Aranda photo 1572. Jonathan Aranda 1B,2B
Christian Bethancourt Note
Christian Bethancourt photo 1618. Christian Bethancourt 1B,C,DH