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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Juan Soto Note
Juan Soto photo 2. Juan Soto RF
Ahh, the Juan Soto conundrum. Soto is one of the best hitters in baseball. At 23 years old, he's on a Hall of Fame trajectory. His raw power is astounding. But he plays for the suddenly terrible and powerless Washington Nationals. A few years removed from the World Series, the team is now a collection of "That guy is still playing?" and "Never heard of him" types. Soto's HR numbers will be huge, but his R and RBI numbers will take a big hit.
12 weeks ago
Nelson Cruz Note
Nelson Cruz photo 99. Nelson Cruz DH
This ageless wonder will turn 42 on July 1 but continues to mash. He'll do his mashing for the Nationals this year after signing a one-year deal. Cruz belted 32 home runs last year, which was actually his lowest total for a full season since 2013. He was batting .294 for Minnesota before being traded to Tampa, where he hit only .226 the rest of the way. At his age, the decline could come quickly, but exit velocity, barrel rate and other power peripherals say he's still going strong.
9 weeks ago
Josh Bell Note
Josh Bell photo 109. Josh Bell 1B,LF
Bell had a horrid .464 OPS in April, likely because his timing was off after missing time because of a COVID-19 diagnosis. But once he found his footing, he was everything that Nationals hoped he would be. He batted .277 with an .887 OPS in the second half, and even played plenty of outfield so Washington could keep his bat in the lineup even with Ryan Zimmerman playing well. His walk percentage and strikeout rate largely returned to their pre-2020 levels, and he got better and better as the season went along. With Zimmerman now retired and the DH in the National League, Bell's bat should remain in the lineup nearly every day, and the presence of Juan Soto and Nelson Cruz should offer him plenty of RBI opportunities. He's not a fantasy superstar, but he's a capable starter at first base for your fantasy team.
9 weeks ago
Keibert Ruiz Note
Keibert Ruiz photo 228. Keibert Ruiz C
Ruiz will be the starting catcher for the Nationals this year and will bat in the middle of the lineup. Ignore his mediocre numbers from last year, because he has the upside to be a top-5 catcher if everything breaks right. Ruiz's power hasn't quite developed as projected, but he hit 19 home runs in 81 games between the majors and minors last year. He has elite contact skills and rarely strikes out, so his batting average should be a plus, especially for a catcher. Don't be concerned to reach a bit given his upside.
8 weeks ago
Stephen Strasburg Note
Stephen Strasburg photo 276. Stephen Strasburg SP
Strasburg is coming back from surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome, and we've seen that surgery derail promising careers before. He's thrown just 26.2 innings over the last two seasons, and although he's reportedly healthy and feeling good, he probably won't make his debut until May at this point. Despite his elite career numbers, fantasy managers cannot go into 2022 expecting to get anything from Strasburg as a starter. Drafting him for your bench and hoping you get 10 good starts out of him at some point is the safe way to go, but at this point, you should be rooting for Strasburg more from the standpoint of a baseball fan, not a fantasy manager.
8 weeks ago
Josiah Gray Note
Josiah Gray photo 285. Josiah Gray SP
Lane Thomas Note
Lane Thomas photo 317. Lane Thomas LF,CF,RF
Cesar Hernandez Note
Cesar Hernandez photo 318. Cesar Hernandez 2B
Kyle Finnegan Note
Kyle Finnegan photo 344. Kyle Finnegan RP
Patrick Corbin Note
Patrick Corbin photo 356. Patrick Corbin SP
Victor Robles Note
Victor Robles photo 387. Victor Robles CF
Tanner Rainey Note
Tanner Rainey photo 388. Tanner Rainey RP
Yadiel Hernandez Note
Yadiel Hernandez photo 537. Yadiel Hernandez LF,RF
Sean Doolittle Note
Sean Doolittle photo 546. Sean Doolittle RP
Carter Kieboom Note
Carter Kieboom photo 607. Carter Kieboom 3B
Luis Garcia Note
Luis Garcia photo 656. Luis Garcia 2B,SS
Maikel Franco Note
Maikel Franco photo 684. Maikel Franco 3B
Patrick Murphy Note
Patrick Murphy photo 687. Patrick Murphy RP
Austin Voth Note
Austin Voth photo 702. Austin Voth RP
Alcides Escobar Note
Alcides Escobar photo 735. Alcides Escobar 2B,SS
Steve Cishek Note
Steve Cishek photo 758. Steve Cishek RP
Will Harris Note
Will Harris photo 766. Will Harris RP
Tyler Clippard Note
Tyler Clippard photo 812. Tyler Clippard RP
Riley Adams Note
Riley Adams photo 827. Riley Adams C
Andrew Stevenson Note
Andrew Stevenson photo 833. Andrew Stevenson LF,CF,RF
Joe Ross Note
Joe Ross photo 891. Joe Ross SP
Gerardo Carrillo Note
Gerardo Carrillo photo 924. Gerardo Carrillo SP
Cade Cavalli Note
Cade Cavalli photo 1006. Cade Cavalli SP
Andres Machado Note
Andres Machado photo 1033. Andres Machado RP
Francisco Perez Note
Francisco Perez photo 1038. Francisco Perez RP
Victor Arano Note
Victor Arano photo 1097. Victor Arano RP
Tres Barrera Note
Tres Barrera photo 1101. Tres Barrera C
Paolo Espino Note
Paolo Espino photo 1118. Paolo Espino SP,RP
Aaron Sanchez Note
Aaron Sanchez photo 1142. Aaron Sanchez SP
Seth Romero Note
Seth Romero photo 1150. Seth Romero SP,RP
Erick Fedde Note
Erick Fedde photo 1165. Erick Fedde SP
Carl Edwards Jr. Note
Carl Edwards Jr. photo 1192. Carl Edwards Jr. RP
Josh Rogers Note
Josh Rogers photo 1220. Josh Rogers RP,SP
Anibal Sanchez Note
Anibal Sanchez photo 1225. Anibal Sanchez SP
Ehire Adrianza Note
Ehire Adrianza photo 1254. Ehire Adrianza 3B,LF,RF
Hunter Harvey Note
Hunter Harvey photo 1318. Hunter Harvey RP
Jace Fry Note
Jace Fry photo 1342. Jace Fry RP
Alberto Baldonado Note
Alberto Baldonado photo 1350. Alberto Baldonado RP
Joan Adon Note
Joan Adon photo 1398. Joan Adon SP
Luis Avilan Note
Luis Avilan photo 1411. Luis Avilan RP
Josh Palacios Note
Josh Palacios photo 1434. Josh Palacios RF
Donovan Casey Note
Donovan Casey photo 1439. Donovan Casey CF
Sam Clay Note
Sam Clay photo 1528. Sam Clay RP
Erasmo Ramirez Note
Erasmo Ramirez photo 1555. Erasmo Ramirez RP
Jake Noll Note
Jake Noll photo 1559. Jake Noll 1B,2B,3B
Mason Thompson Note
Mason Thompson photo 1570. Mason Thompson RP
Adrian Sanchez Note
Adrian Sanchez photo 1573. Adrian Sanchez 2B
Lucius Fox Note
Lucius Fox photo 1575. Lucius Fox 2B,SS
Andrew Young Note
Andrew Young photo 1585. Andrew Young 2B
Zack Burdi Note
Zack Burdi photo 1590. Zack Burdi RP
Cory Abbott Note
Cory Abbott photo 1605. Cory Abbott SP,RP
Dee Strange-Gordon Note
Dee Strange-Gordon photo 1643. Dee Strange-Gordon 2B,SS,LF
Yasel Antuna Note
Yasel Antuna photo 1657. Yasel Antuna SS