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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Shane Bieber Note
Shane Bieber photo 6. Shane Bieber SP
Bieber had a breakout season in 2019, won the Cy Young Award in 2020, and was off to a good start in 2021 before a shoulder strain in mid-June landed him on IL and limited him to just two more starts the rest of the way. Bieber has some of the filthiest breaking stuff in baseball. When he's on, he piles up strikeouts and limits walks and flyballs. Shoulder problems for pitchers are worrisome, but Bieber recently told a Cleveland beat writer he feels great. There's an element of risk here, but it's injury risk, not performance risk. Bieber should continue to be a top starter if he can stay healthy.
31 weeks ago
Emmanuel Clase Note
Emmanuel Clase photo 27. Emmanuel Clase RP
Most fantasy managers expected James Karinchak to be Cleveland's closer last year, but Clase simply could not be denied. His miniscule 1.29 ERA and 0.96 WHIP were largely earned, and he ranked in the top one percent of the league in barrel rate, xERA, wOBA, and xWOBA. His cutter/slider combination is one of the best in the league, and he routinely sits at over 100 miles per hour with good command. With his raw stufdf being as good as it is, there's little reason to doubt that Clase can repeat his 2021 performance. Draft him as one of the first relievers off the board.
29 weeks ago
Triston McKenzie Note
Triston McKenzie photo 84. Triston McKenzie SP
McKenzie's overall numbers from last year look rough, as he pitched to a 4.95 ERA and had an 11.7% walk rate. But he was significantly better after he returned from the minors in the second half of the season and at least offered hoped for this year. McKenzie is incredibly slight and he needs to improve his command and the effectiveness of his fastball to become a reliable fantasy starter. But he's worth a late flier given his pedigree.
27 weeks ago
Aaron Civale Note
Aaron Civale photo 90. Aaron Civale SP
It should be pretty accepted by now that Civale is not going to morph into an above-average fantasy starter. His velocity is sub-par, his strikeout rate is mediocre at best, and he'll be pitching behind one of the worst lineups in baseball. His FIP, xFIP, and xERA all suggest that he was lucky last year, so really, if you're looking for reasons to be optimistic that Civale can take a leap forward, there just aren't any from last year. Spend your draft capital on someone with more upside, even in the later rounds.
27 weeks ago
Zach Plesac Note
Zach Plesac photo 110. Zach Plesac SP
Cal Quantrill Note
Cal Quantrill photo 115. Cal Quantrill SP,RP
James Karinchak Note
James Karinchak photo 158. James Karinchak RP
Nick Sandlin Note
Nick Sandlin photo 257. Nick Sandlin RP
Cody Morris Note
Cody Morris photo 278. Cody Morris SP
Sam Hentges Note
Sam Hentges photo 318. Sam Hentges SP,RP
Trevor Stephan Note
Trevor Stephan photo 362. Trevor Stephan RP
Konnor Pilkington Note
Konnor Pilkington photo 422. Konnor Pilkington SP
Bryan Shaw Note
Bryan Shaw photo 474. Bryan Shaw RP
Eli Morgan Note
Eli Morgan photo 569. Eli Morgan RP,SP
Logan Allen Note
Logan Allen photo 592. Logan Allen SP
Anthony Gose Note
Anthony Gose photo 613. Anthony Gose RP
Enyel De Los Santos Note
Enyel De Los Santos photo 682. Enyel De Los Santos RP
Nick Mikolajchak Note
Nick Mikolajchak photo 696. Nick Mikolajchak RP
Luis Oviedo Note
Luis Oviedo photo 829. Luis Oviedo RP
Justin Garza Note
Justin Garza photo 881. Justin Garza RP
Robert Broom Note
Robert Broom photo 942. Robert Broom RP