Hitters on my Dynasty Teams – 2022 Edition
In my seven fantasy/dynasty leagues, which range from 40-man rosters all the way to 65, there are a few guys that appear on multiple teams. That can be for a variety of reasons; including when the league began, the scoring, the setup (head-to-head or roto), the activity level, among others. I play in a majority H2H leagues with categories for hitters that include the normal five (batting average, runs, RBI, home runs, and steals) but like the leagues that incorporate OPS the most. For this exercise I reviewed the roster of each team, and these were the hitters that appeared on four (or more) teams. These are not my favorite guys, but can and will help my (and your) teams win championships.
Miguel Sanó, Minnesota Twins, Age: 29
Did Sanó peak back in 2019, when he hit 34 home runs at age 26? Maybe? Is Sanó exactly who we think he is, a big-time power bat who will strikeout a lot while being a bad fielder? Yes, he is, and that is just fine if you know how to utilize him in your fantasy lineups. Sanó has a strikeout rate in his career of 36.5%, which is crazy high, but also a 11.6% walk rate, and has hit 161 home runs in 2442 at bats, or one every 15 at bats, which is quite good. In a batting average league, Sanó will not help your team, as his career average is .238, but OBP leagues he does better (.329 career, .312 in 2021). Also, in head-to-head leagues, it is easier to stomach his poor batting average (as punting batting average is a strategy I like to employ, usually to beneficial results). Sanó is still in the top 97th percentile of all major leaguers for Average Exit Velocity, Barrel %, Maximum Exit Velocity and Hard Hit %, and should hit sixth in the 2022 Twins lineup, so should produce good RBI numbers and hit 30+ home runs.
Adolis García, Texas Rangers, Age: 29
My favorite add of the last season, Garcia is not getting the love he should, but I know he helped teams win in 2021. He also sported a strikeout rate of over 30% (31.2% to be exact), while not being of assistance in OBP leagues Sanó is (.286 OBP is not good). Where García helped is in home runs (which led to RBI) and steals. 31 home runs, 90 RBI and 16 steals made García the 55th ranked player on the Razzball player rater. García also plays a mean centerfield, so even though defense does not directly equate to fantasy, his spot in the lineup at one of the three outfield positions is virtually assured heading into 2022. Right now, García is penciled in as the cleanup hitter, with new Rangers Marcus Semien and Corey Seager right in front of him, just waiting to be knocked in. A rough second half and post prospect hype may lead you to avoid him, but I say, realize what he can do for your team.
Geraldo Perdomo, Arizona Diamondbacks, Age: 22
Perdomo has been a top-100 prospect. Although he fell behind the Diamondbacks two top outfield prospects Corbin Carroll and Alek Thomas, he is just as big a part of the Dbacks future as those two are. Perdomo made his MLB debut late in 2022, and sports an excellent glove at shortstop, which should allow the Diamondbacks to more easily transition away from incumbent SS Nick Ahmed (though Ahmed’s contract is another story). Perdomo is a lean, 6’3” switch hitter who has only played above Single-A+ ball for a total of 96 games (with 82 of them being at Double-A), all during the 2021 season. In only 37 plate appearances at the big-league level Perdomo held his own in this very small sample size with a slash line of .258/.378/.419. Big-time power may never come, but the speculation of a good batting average, 10-15 steals, and an above average OBP make me want to wait and see what Perdomo becomes.
Elehuris Montero, Colorado Rockies, Age: 23
Acquired from the Cardinals in the Nolan Arenado deal, the lack of love for the 6’3” right-handed Montero is quite confusing to me. Power was not an issue in his profile, but defense and hitting for average was, and this led to him being ranked lowly on many prospect lists, and in some cases not at all. That should be corrected after a big 2021, which saw Montero, across Double-A and Triple-A, hit 28 home runs, 86 RBI, with a slash line of .278/.360/.529. Maybe the thought was in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast league, Montero’s numbers were inflated. However, he only played 28 games for Triple-A Albuquerque and more than held his own. With the DH coming to the National League, and Montero’s ability to also fill-in at first and third base, he may be with the big league club sooner than we think. Once there, expect doubles, homers, RBI and all kinds of fantasy goodness.