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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Robbie Ray Note
Robbie Ray photo 13. Robbie Ray
This is one of the riskiest bets in fantasy baseball for 2022. Ray tamed his chronic wildness in 2021, pounding the strike zone with his electric stuff and turning in a Cy Young season. But do you really want to wager that the control problems won't return? Ray walked 2.4 batter per 9 innings last year. His career average is 3.9 walks per 9 innings. Ray yielded a career-low BABIP of .269 last year. If there's regression in Ray's hit and walk rates, the results could be toxic. There's an enormous range of outcomes here. We saw the best of Ray last year, and he was immensely valuable. In his bad seasons, he's been a negative-value player. Where on the spectrum he lands this year is anyone's guess. Invest at your own risk.
31 weeks ago
Luis Castillo Note
Luis Castillo photo 32. Luis Castillo
If Castillo is on your target list, make sure to buy a big bottle of Tums. By the end of the season, you'll probably be happy with your decision, to roster him, but there will be long stretches of the season where you'll be driven to the breaking point while following Castillo's starts on Stat Tracker. He's a notoriously slow starter, so be prepared for a bumpy ride until June. I've ridden the Reds ace through multiple tumultuous seasons, and I can't do it again. If you have a stronger constitution than I do, know that Castillo has SP1 stuff and will probably be worth it over the long haul.
31 weeks ago
Logan Gilbert Note
Logan Gilbert photo 43. Logan Gilbert
Gilbert pitched better than his 4.68 ERA, and became a fairly reliable starter by the end of the season. He's got two major assets - an elite fastball that sits at about 95 MPH and outstanding command. His home park helps, too, but he'll need to continue to develop a second pitch (his slider is good but inconsistent) if he wants to take a step forward. He's an ideal back-end-of-the-rotation arm for your fantasy team - he'll give you innings and strikeouts and rarely get crushed, but things will need to break right for him to finish with under a 3.80 ERA.
28 weeks ago
Marco Gonzales Note
Marco Gonzales photo 96. Marco Gonzales
Chris Flexen Note
Chris Flexen photo 111. Chris Flexen
Matt Brash Note
Matt Brash photo 114. Matt Brash
Matthew Boyd Note
Matthew Boyd photo 148. Matthew Boyd
George Kirby Note
George Kirby photo 165. George Kirby
Justus Sheffield Note
Justus Sheffield photo 219. Justus Sheffield
Nick Margevicius Note
Nick Margevicius photo 279. Nick Margevicius
Andrew Albers Note
Andrew Albers photo 321. Andrew Albers
Riley O'Brien Note
Riley O'Brien photo 344. Riley O'Brien
Devin Sweet Note
Devin Sweet photo 363. Devin Sweet
Emerson Hancock Note
Emerson Hancock photo 392. Emerson Hancock