Fantasy baseball analysts reveal the one player they’re most excited to draft in 2023

See how good the Seager could be in 2023

If Corey SeegerADP stays at 50 as we head into draft season, then obviously I’ll be putting it all over the place. Seeger is currently 26th in my overall standings and I’m tempted to push him into the second round. At 28 years old, he is in his absolute prime and ends the year with no luck with the ball in play (.242 BABIP vs. .317 career), except when they crossed the line (33 HR).

Seager’s batting profile was nothing out of the ordinary by his standards last season, so don’t worry. He is among hitters who can expect to benefit the most from MLB’s new shift rules, which should mean he will be a significant asset in the average, not a hindrance. In good health, a 90-30-90-0.300 season is definitely realistic. Andy Behrens

The prodigal son returns

There’s a lot of FUD relatively Fernando Tatis Jr.., which comes off both the PED suspension and multiple operations. But this is the one who recorded the caliber .292/125/116/48/31. for 162 games until the age of 24 and playing with one hand last season. tatis just built different. And he’s younger how Vinnie Pasquino!

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I’ve never been so excited about picking someone who made it to the 2nd round. — Dalton Del Don

Loss of sleep due to the newest Rodriguez in Seattle

I dare you to find someone willing to overdraft Julio Rodriguez ahead of me in 2023 (just kidding, don’t do this – I don’t want to compete with anyone).

I loved everything about Rodriguez winning Rookie of the Year for the 2022 season. Come to think of it, this was his first Major League Baseball experience and he looked like a seasoned veteran at the plate – he hit 145 times but still posted a .284 batting average and a .345 OBP (and just a .345 BABIP!!!). He had the expected start to his Major League career, found his position midway through the season, went through the usual August slump that most freshman players suffer, then went crazy in September and into the playoffs – this guy is real.

Julio Rodriguez No. 44 of the Seattle Mariners has fantastic value.
How high will you draft Julio Rodriguez in fantasy 2023? (Photo by Daniel Sheary/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

We’re all aware of the potential for 30-30 speed so there’s no need to get too deep into it. Rodriguez is spelled “superstar”, the new face of the Mariners franchise, which has had several legendary faces in the past. I totally agree – he didn’t deal with injuries like Ronald Acuna Jr. and he’s seven years younger Three Turner. J-Rod is my #1 pick in the 2023 fantasy drafts. — Mo Castillo

Flying with a pair of starry blue jays

I know it won’t be cheap to get a slice of fantasy Vladimir Guerrero Jr. or Beau Bichettebut we don’t want to miss this party. Both Toronto alumni are still in their early 20s, and the Blue Jays are putting in barriers (expected to help the offense more than a little raising the fence hurts). While Guerrero and Bichette are already stars, we probably haven’t seen their best season yet.

Isn’t it fun to go up the escalator? Scott Pianovski

Threat 30/30 no helium

Give me Kyle Tucker, the eternal second or third fiddle in the real-life Houston Astros roster that has turned into a fantasy superstar. The lanky left-hander without gloves hit exactly 30 homers in two straight seasons and hit a career-high 25 bases last season. Like the icing on the cake, FanGraphs depth charts show that Tucker has a .275 batting average (even higher than others) and 112 RBIs as part of the still formidable Houston team.

[2023 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP]

Why does it pop up to the fore for me? First, I think he’s better off 30/30 than some of his more publicized rivals like Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. (perhaps treated more conservatively after his knee problems) and Mariners phenom Julio Rodriguez ( who ran much less). in the second half).

I like Tucker’s stolen base for a counter-intuitive reason: he’s… not that fast. Let me explain.

Tucker doesn’t pierce base paths at pure speed. Instead, it excels in efficiency. His 86.9% successful steal attempt is second among all runners with at least 50 steal attempts since 2018.. And the new selection rules that come with the feed timer seem to give more options to the cunning base invaders. Sequential production with bats and upside down? Sign me up. Zack Kreiser


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