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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Joe Musgrove Note
Joe Musgrove photo 18. Joe Musgrove
If you're the type of manager who loads up on bats early, knowing that there are always pitchers who'll turn in solid numbers available later on - guys who'll give you 25-30 starts and won't have more than a few clunkers - Musgrove is your guy. In San Diego's pitcher's park with a good defense behind him, Musgrove should produce solid strikeout totals, with a mid-3.00s ERA and a low 1.10s WHIP. Draft him. Play him. Sure, you'll forget he's on your team half the time, but enjoy the pretty stats.
11 weeks ago
Yu Darvish Note
Yu Darvish photo 24. Yu Darvish
Missed out on some of the big strikeout pitchers early? Nobody on your roster is projected to pass the 250 K mark? Heading into the eighth round and worried? Darvish is your answer. He's going to get swings and misses. He still has an outstanding, varied pitch repertoire. Sure, his ERA won't win you any leagues, but it won't hurt you much, and he'll pair it with a low WHIP. Darvish's issue has always been his propensity to give up the long ball. Playing half his games in San Diego's generous dimensions should limit the damage.
11 weeks ago
Blake Snell Note
Blake Snell photo 31. Blake Snell
Snell is an every-other-year pitcher. Over his six year career, his ERA has been good in even years (averaging 2.89) and pedestrian in odd years (4.17). Is that scientific? No, of course not, but you're playing a game based on other people playing a game. Let's have some leeway here. Well, friends, it's an even year. So go ahead and make Snell your SP3.
11 weeks ago
Sean Manaea Note
Sean Manaea photo 34. Sean Manaea
Manaea was traded to the Padres on the eve of the season, and it's a bit of a mixed bag for his value. His win potential certainly improves given the quality of the offense behind him now, but he'll see a downgrade in home park. Putting aside, the trade, Manaea was really inconsistent last year, and had just one month where his ERA was within two runs of the previous month. There were some overall gains, including a fastball that randomly found almost two miles of velocity. But in the end, Manaea just sort of is what he is. He doesn't have the secondary stuff to be a big strikeout pitcher, and his best-case scenario, absent a massively lucky season, is a mid-3.00 ERA with a WHIP that doesn't hurt you. Draft him for the back end of your rotation but do not expect a great leap.
6 weeks ago
Mike Clevinger Note
Mike Clevinger photo 49. Mike Clevinger
Clevinger is on track to be ready for Opening Day after missing all of 2021 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. That was Clevinger's second such surgery so there's certainly reason for long-term concern, but for just this year, he's someone to buy. He was a top flight fantasy starter for the last several years before his injury, and has a wipeout slider to go along with his fastball. His control has never been elite and there will probably be a fairly hard innings cap on him coming off of surgery, but on an inning-by-inning basis, he should provide elite production if healthy.
8 weeks ago
Dinelson Lamet Note
Dinelson Lamet photo 105. Dinelson Lamet
MacKenzie Gore Note
MacKenzie Gore photo 125. MacKenzie Gore
Nick Martinez Note
Nick Martinez photo 145. Nick Martinez
Craig Stammen Note
Craig Stammen photo 158. Craig Stammen
Adrian Morejon Note
Adrian Morejon photo 223. Adrian Morejon
Ryan Weathers Note
Ryan Weathers photo 225. Ryan Weathers
Reiss Knehr Note
Reiss Knehr photo 301. Reiss Knehr
Thomas Eshelman Note
Thomas Eshelman photo 314. Thomas Eshelman
Jose Castillo Note
Jose Castillo photo 365. Jose Castillo
Michel Baez Note
Michel Baez photo 368. Michel Baez
Pedro Avila Note
Pedro Avila photo 396. Pedro Avila