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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Shane Bieber Note
Shane Bieber photo 6. Shane Bieber
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
Triston McKenzie Note
Triston McKenzie photo 67. Triston McKenzie
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 71. Aaron Civale
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 83. Zach Plesac
Cal Quantrill Note
Cal Quantrill photo 88. Cal Quantrill
Cody Morris Note
Cody Morris photo 166. Cody Morris
Sam Hentges Note
Sam Hentges photo 192. Sam Hentges
Konnor Pilkington Note
Konnor Pilkington photo 199. Konnor Pilkington
Eli Morgan Note
Eli Morgan photo 204. Eli Morgan