The Z Files: 2022 Picks and Pans

The Z Files: 2022 Picks and Pans

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

I'm a maroon. Peter Kreutzer solicited Picks and Pans for his (returning) Fantasy Baseball Guide, and I kept procrastinating, figuring I'd send them tomorrow. Well, tomorrow never came. I feel badly, but Peter always recruits a who's who of the industry for the feature (my favorite of any of the magazines) so they'll be fine.

Instead, I'll share my picks and pans here. I likely wouldn't have sent all of these in, and the accompanying blurb would have been short and pithy. In full disclosure, a few are the RotoWire player outlooks I wrote. With that, here are my picks and pans.

Hitting Picks

Javier Baez

Baez's move to Detroit is an under-the-radar great fit for his fantasy potential, assuming he makes a seamless transition. Comerica Park reduces strikeouts by eight percent while it helps hits. It also diminishes walks, but with Baez's already low BB rate, the drop is insignificant. Another benefit is Detroit demonstrated a penchant for running last season, finishing tied for the seventh-most steals in the league. Baez's lack of patience and high chase rate will continue to subject his numbers to the whims of Lady Luck, but there's profit potential if the market fails to account for the improved hitting environment.

Corey Seager

Seager exhibited a big uptick in both groundball and flyball average exit velocity last season, indicating an increase in bat speed rather than him simply joining the launch angle revolution. It could be health or improved pitch recognition. Even so, based on

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Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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