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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Wander Franco Note
Wander Franco photo 49. Wander Franco 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.
12 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.
12 weeks ago
Brandon Lowe Note
Brandon Lowe photo 68. Brandon Lowe 2B
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.
12 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.
8 weeks ago
Shane Baz Note
Shane Baz photo 199. 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.
8 weeks ago
Andrew Kittredge Note
Andrew Kittredge photo 226. Andrew Kittredge 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.
7 weeks ago
Corey Kluber Note
Corey Kluber photo 286. Corey Kluber SP
Drew Rasmussen Note
Drew Rasmussen photo 304. Drew Rasmussen SP,RP
Manuel Margot Note
Manuel Margot photo 305. Manuel Margot CF,DH,LF,RF
Luis Patino Note
Luis Patino photo 309. Luis Patino SP
Josh Lowe Note
Josh Lowe photo 324. Josh Lowe DH,LF,RF
Mike Zunino Note
Mike Zunino photo 341. Mike Zunino C
Yandy Diaz Note
Yandy Diaz photo 393. Yandy Diaz 1B,3B
Vidal Brujan Note
Vidal Brujan photo 400. Vidal Brujan 2B
Pete Fairbanks Note
Pete Fairbanks photo 431. Pete Fairbanks RP
Ryan Yarbrough Note
Ryan Yarbrough photo 458. Ryan Yarbrough SP
Harold Ramirez Note
Harold Ramirez photo 466. Harold Ramirez 1B,CF,DH,LF,RF
Matt Wisler Note
Matt Wisler photo 467. Matt Wisler RP
Colin Poche Note
Colin Poche photo 475. Colin Poche RP
JT Chargois Note
JT Chargois photo 495. JT Chargois RP
Francisco Mejia Note
Francisco Mejia photo 500. Francisco Mejia C
Jeffrey Springs Note
Jeffrey Springs photo 511. Jeffrey Springs RP
Tyler Glasnow Note
Tyler Glasnow photo 526. Tyler Glasnow SP
Brooks Raley Note
Brooks Raley photo 530. Brooks Raley RP
J.P. Feyereisen Note
J.P. Feyereisen photo 532. J.P. Feyereisen RP
Ji-Man Choi Note
Ji-Man Choi photo 552. Ji-Man Choi 1B
Kevin Kiermaier Note
Kevin Kiermaier photo 586. Kevin Kiermaier CF
Ryan Thompson Note
Ryan Thompson photo 601. Ryan Thompson RP
Yonny Chirinos Note
Yonny Chirinos photo 636. Yonny Chirinos SP
Nick Anderson Note
Nick Anderson photo 733. Nick Anderson RP
Jason Adam Note
Jason Adam photo 775. Jason Adam RP
Taylor Walls Note
Taylor Walls photo 810. Taylor Walls SS
Jalen Beeks Note
Jalen Beeks photo 815. Jalen Beeks RP
Tommy Romero Note
Tommy Romero photo 825. Tommy Romero SP
Josh Fleming Note
Josh Fleming photo 830. Josh Fleming SP,RP
Brendan McKay Note
Brendan McKay photo 960. Brendan McKay DH,SP
Ralph Garza Jr. Note
Ralph Garza Jr. photo 978. Ralph Garza Jr. RP
Chris Mazza Note
Chris Mazza photo 1044. Chris Mazza RP
Shawn Armstrong Note
Shawn Armstrong photo 1054. Shawn Armstrong RP
Phoenix Sanders Note
Phoenix Sanders photo 1126. Phoenix Sanders RP
Dusten Knight Note
Dusten Knight photo 1147. Dusten Knight RP
Cody Reed Note
Cody Reed photo 1166. Cody Reed RP
Luke Bard Note
Luke Bard photo 1177. Luke Bard RP
Rene Pinto Note
Rene Pinto photo 1178. Rene Pinto C
Brett Phillips Note
Brett Phillips photo 1205. Brett Phillips CF,RF
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 2B,3B
Luke Raley Note
Luke Raley photo 1414. Luke Raley RF
Jonathan Aranda Note
Jonathan Aranda photo 1572. Jonathan Aranda 1B
Ben Bowden Note
Ben Bowden photo 1578. Ben Bowden RP