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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Nathan Eovaldi Note
Nathan Eovaldi photo 46. Nathan Eovaldi SP
It always feels like Eovaldi should be better given how hard he throws and how good his control is, but it's always been difficult for him to put everything together. But now that he's enjoyed a rare run of health and largely ditched his underwhelming cutter, he's settled into a usable starter that you can draft with relative confidence. He's never going to be a star - his fastball is just too hittable and he pitches in a division with loaded lineups - but you could do far worse than a 3.75 ERA and 1.20 WHIP, which Eovaldi has given fantasy managers for two straight seasons. Expect a third in 2022.
8 weeks ago
Chris Sale Note
Chris Sale photo 62. Chris Sale SP
Sale returned from Tommy John surgery last year and mostly looked like his old self. His velocity was close to pre-surgery levels, and though his strikeout rate dropped a smidge, he was basically the same ace he's always been. A .358 BABIP against Sale last year suggests he got unlucky, yet he still posted a 3.16 ERA. Health is really the only concern for Sale, who was an All-Star for seven straight seasons from 2012 to 2018. Unfortunately, he's already hurt. A stress fracture in his rib cage will cause him to miss the start of the regular season.
8 weeks ago
Matt Barnes Note
Matt Barnes photo 78. Matt Barnes RP
Barnes was one of the best pitchers in baseball over the first half of the season, harnessing his control and dominating with his fastball/cuveball combination. But he fell apart in the second half, seeing his ERA rise by almost four points. There's speculation that his decline was related to MLB cracking down on foreign substances but, either way, the first half version of Barnes disappeared. His job security was in doubt heading into the year, but the Red Sox didn't bring anyone into challenge him and the biggest internal competitior for the job, Garrett Whitlock, has been stretched out for a starter or long-relief role. Expect Barnes to begin the year as the closer but whether he remains all year is anyone's guess. Draft him as a low-end second reliever and hope we say the first-half 2021 version of him.
7 weeks ago
Tanner Houck Note
Tanner Houck photo 91. Tanner Houck SP
Houck will begin the year in the rotation despite an uneven spring, and he showed a lot of upside last year. His strikeout rate sat at 30.5% while his walk rate was just 7.4%, and his 3.52 ERA was inflated according to all metrics. He's got an outstanding slider, which is what really propels his success, but his lack of other pitches in his arsenal often forces him to go deep into counts and shortens his outings. He should be on your sleeper list because he has huge potential, but understand that if he struggles, he could be moved to the bullpen, even with Chris Sale currently on the shelf.
7 weeks ago
Garrett Whitlock Note
Garrett Whitlock photo 102. Garrett Whitlock RP
Whitlock pitched out of the bullpen last year and many speculated that he might be a candidate to close this season after Matt Barnes struggled down the stretch. But instead he's being stretched out and is battling it out for a rotation spot. If he fails, he'll likely be a long-reliever and have little fantasy value. But, if he does lock down a starting spot, he has a great deal of upside. His fastball sits at 95 miles per hour and both his changeup and slider are above average. Monitor the reports as we head into the season but keep him on your radar in case he does land in the rotation.
7 weeks ago
Nick Pivetta Note
Nick Pivetta photo 155. Nick Pivetta SP
Jake Diekman Note
Jake Diekman photo 178. Jake Diekman RP
Rich Hill Note
Rich Hill photo 202. Rich Hill SP
Michael Wacha Note
Michael Wacha photo 276. Michael Wacha SP
Josh Taylor Note
Josh Taylor photo 297. Josh Taylor RP
Darwinzon Hernandez Note
Darwinzon Hernandez photo 322. Darwinzon Hernandez RP
James Paxton Note
James Paxton photo 325. James Paxton SP
Ryan Brasier Note
Ryan Brasier photo 345. Ryan Brasier RP
Hirokazu Sawamura Note
Hirokazu Sawamura photo 360. Hirokazu Sawamura RP
Hansel Robles Note
Hansel Robles photo 366. Hansel Robles RP
Matt Strahm Note
Matt Strahm photo 405. Matt Strahm RP
Kutter Crawford Note
Kutter Crawford photo 461. Kutter Crawford SP
Carlos Martinez Note
Carlos Martinez photo 507. Carlos Martinez SP
Austin Davis Note
Austin Davis photo 571. Austin Davis RP
Connor Seabold Note
Connor Seabold photo 636. Connor Seabold SP
Eduard Bazardo Note
Eduard Bazardo photo 734. Eduard Bazardo RP
John Schreiber Note
John Schreiber photo 755. John Schreiber RP
Kaleb Ort Note
Kaleb Ort photo 785. Kaleb Ort RP
Taylor Cole Note
Taylor Cole photo 828. Taylor Cole RP
Tyler Danish Note
Tyler Danish photo 833. Tyler Danish SP
Geoff Hartlieb Note
Geoff Hartlieb photo 844. Geoff Hartlieb RP
Michael Feliz Note
Michael Feliz photo 890. Michael Feliz RP
Phillips Valdez Note
Phillips Valdez photo 908. Phillips Valdez RP
Dan Altavilla Note
Dan Altavilla photo 922. Dan Altavilla RP
Durbin Feltman Note
Durbin Feltman photo 946. Durbin Feltman RP