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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Eduardo Rodriguez Note
Eduardo Rodriguez photo 35. Eduardo Rodriguez
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.
29 weeks ago
Tarik Skubal Note
Tarik Skubal photo 52. Tarik Skubal
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
Casey Mize Note
Casey Mize photo 75. Casey Mize
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
Matt Manning Note
Matt Manning photo 174. Matt Manning
Tyler Alexander Note
Tyler Alexander photo 225. Tyler Alexander
Alex Faedo Note
Alex Faedo photo 257. Alex Faedo
Spencer Turnbull Note
Spencer Turnbull photo 262. Spencer Turnbull
Elvin Rodriguez Note
Elvin Rodriguez photo 316. Elvin Rodriguez
Joey Wentz Note
Joey Wentz photo 362. Joey Wentz
Ricardo Pinto Note
Ricardo Pinto photo 377. Ricardo Pinto
Drew Hutchison Note
Drew Hutchison photo 386. Drew Hutchison