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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Eduardo Rodriguez Note
Eduardo Rodriguez photo 43. Eduardo Rodriguez SP
Rodriguez had an awful 2021 season, but his 4.74 ERA was backed up by a 3.32 FIP and 3.50 xERA. His walk percentage and strikeout rate were actually career bests, and he made at least 31 starts for the second consecutive season. Really, it was just a lot of bad luck for Rodriguez, as his .363 BABIP against and 68.9% LOB %, both career-worsts, showed. He'll face an easier slate of lineups now that he's with Detroit, but his ceiling is fairly low given that he's really got just one truly reliable pitch in his fastball. He could theoretically finally beat his career best 3.81 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, but there's just not enough upside for him to be anything but a back-end-of-the-rotation type of arm.
28 weeks ago
Tarik Skubal Note
Tarik Skubal photo 64. Tarik Skubal SP
Skubal had some growing pains last year, and he really needs to improve his four-seam fastball (.611 SLG, .413 wOBA). But he approached his season the right way, and used it to develop his secondary pitches, and both his slider and changeup came a long way. Drafting Skubal to be a starter for your team means you believe that he's going to continue his upward trend, and considering that both his strikeout and walk rates were extremely solid last year, there's reason for optimism. Just be ready for an uneven ride along the way, as is typical with young pitchers.
28 weeks ago
Gregory Soto Note
Gregory Soto photo 79. Gregory Soto RP
Soto was decent last year once he took over as the closer, posting 18 saves on the season with a 3.39 ERA. But his walk rate was an abysmal 14.5%, leading to a 1.35 WHIP, which just isn't sustainable. The Tigers don't have an elite bullpen but Michael Fulmer and Jose Cisnero can close in a pinch. With the uncertainty and Soto's control issues, don't bank on more than 20 saves.
27 weeks ago
Casey Mize Note
Casey Mize photo 95. Casey Mize SP
Mize's overall numbers were impressive in 2021, with a 3.71 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. But his expected stats suggested he was incredibly lucky, and his 19.3% strikeout rate wasn't helping fantasy managers. Mize is young and both his fastball and slider, which are already league average or better, can continue to improve as he grows as a pitcher, and the Tigers are likely to loosen the reins a bit with his innings. He's an ideal late-round pick for your bench given his upside, but don't get into the season relying on him as anything more than your last starter.
27 weeks ago
Andrew Chafin Note
Andrew Chafin photo 228. Andrew Chafin RP
Matt Manning Note
Matt Manning photo 320. Matt Manning SP
Daniel Norris Note
Daniel Norris photo 334. Daniel Norris RP
Joe Jimenez Note
Joe Jimenez photo 351. Joe Jimenez RP
Kyle Funkhouser Note
Kyle Funkhouser photo 367. Kyle Funkhouser RP
Jose Cisnero Note
Jose Cisnero photo 403. Jose Cisnero RP
Daniel Ponce de Leon Note
Daniel Ponce de Leon photo 420. Daniel Ponce de Leon RP
Sam Howard Note
Sam Howard photo 437. Sam Howard RP
Tyler Alexander Note
Tyler Alexander photo 447. Tyler Alexander SP,RP
Alex Lange Note
Alex Lange photo 459. Alex Lange RP
Alex Faedo Note
Alex Faedo photo 480. Alex Faedo SP
Elvin Rodriguez Note
Elvin Rodriguez photo 558. Elvin Rodriguez SP
Miguel Del Pozo Note
Miguel Del Pozo photo 583. Miguel Del Pozo RP
Bryan Garcia Note
Bryan Garcia photo 658. Bryan Garcia RP
Joey Wentz Note
Joey Wentz photo 659. Joey Wentz SP
Shea Spitzbarth Note
Shea Spitzbarth photo 767. Shea Spitzbarth RP
Drew Carlton Note
Drew Carlton photo 794. Drew Carlton RP
Nick Vincent Note
Nick Vincent photo 800. Nick Vincent RP
Ricardo Pinto Note
Ricardo Pinto photo 820. Ricardo Pinto SP
Miguel Diaz Note
Miguel Diaz photo 830. Miguel Diaz RP
Drew Hutchison Note
Drew Hutchison photo 861. Drew Hutchison RP
Rony Garcia Note
Rony Garcia photo 910. Rony Garcia RP
Jason Foley Note
Jason Foley photo 912. Jason Foley RP
Will Vest Note
Will Vest photo 914. Will Vest RP
Angel De Jesus Note
Angel De Jesus photo 927. Angel De Jesus RP