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Jeremy Pena, 2022 Fantasy Outlook

And thus ends our 2022 fantasy baseball rookies collection. Subsequent up, sleepers. You may hardly wait! No, you! Hope you loved our 2022 fantasy baseball rookies collection. It was dropped at you by me! And The Bachelorette. Kidding on the final half, however I’m clearly an enormous Bachelorette fan now that one among our personal was on the present. In case you missed it once I stated one thing a month in the past:

I’ve the present DVR’d and haven’t watched. From what I perceive, there’s not a lot to look at as Tehol will get three minutes of airtime throughout three weeks, then is booted. Disgrace, as a result of a bunch of individuals looking for pretend love sounds nice to me. It’s what I do yearly once I draft a fantasy crew. Any hoo! There’s a number of several types of fantasy baseball rookies. My aim is to present you all the kinds you’re going to come across, besides, let’s be sincere, most of them are excessive upside bingo-bangos, and excessive upside bingo-bangos is likely to be a 12 months away from being excessive upside bingo-bangos. Then there’s simply regular producers. Jeremy Pena may match into each classes. How he may very well be a excessive upside bingo-bangos: Jeremy Pena simply got here off one of many hottest months of September in minor league baseball: 22/10/19/.287/5. That’s in 30 video games. He was coming off wrist surgical procedure, however that doesn’t appear to be a difficulty in any respect, proper? Rhetorical! He hit three homers in a single sport, circled and nearly hit for the cycle within the subsequent sport. His 2020 was misplaced (with all minor leaguers), then he missed 5 months with the wrist, so it’s right here the place the bingo-bangoes grow to be laborious to account for. Is Jeremy nearly as good as his September or he’s merely outdated for Triple-A and ripping it up? Right here’s Jeremy Pena’s first and second homer in the course of the three-homer sport. Take into consideration your takeaways, then I will provide you with mine:

So, what can we count on from Jeremy Pena for 2022 fantasy baseball?

My takeaway is he seems to be like a doubles hitter. These seem like minor league homers, and never main league homers. At 24, I don’t see him growing old into extra energy both. He’s a late-bloomer. Not many gamers come out of Rhode Island, and even much less from Maine. His dad, a serious leaguer (Gerónimo), should’ve had a good suggestion the place to ship him to assist him blossom slowly. That doesn’t imply Jeremy Pena gained’t hit any residence runs. Perhaps 14 to twenty homers. That’s nothing to sneeze at, until you’re allergic to an honest quantity of energy from a shortstop. Earlier than this previous 12 months, 20 homers appeared like an honest output from Carlos Correa, and his profession excessive is 26 homers. (By the best way, it’s mind-blowing that Correa had the Crawford Containers and couldn’t get above 26 homers in a season.) Talking of which, Correa’s 2022 touchdown spot will play into Jeremy Pena’s 2022. If Correa re-signs with the Astros, then I’m actually at loss with Pena. If the Astros had been good, which I believe they’re, they’d let Correa stroll and let Pena play. As a result of, whereas it doesn’t have an effect on our fantasy sport, Pena is sweet with the glove.

Jeremy Pena can also be — shock, shock — good at making contact. I say “shock, shock” sarcastically, as a result of the Astros have confirmed to like contact hitters, and all their prospects arising are in that mould. I stated at one level this 12 months, they’re constructing future prospects that every one seem like youthful variations of Michael Brantley, and it’s true, the Mini Mikeys. Pena shouldn’t be a lot worse than a 22% strikeout fee man, and will develop into a lot better. As you see along with his inside-the-parker within the clip above, he additionally has pace. Not a burner, however respectable 10-15 steal pace. So, like somebody placing their cranium pores and skin again on after eating with Hannibal Lecter, to recap:  Reverse discipline homers would appear to be off the menu, some pull energy although, pace is there and strong contact. If Correa is gonezo, then it’s laborious to not think about Jeremy Pena being a 2022 fantasy baseball sleeper, as a result of 550 ABs must be there instantly. Oh, and for these nervous about Astros prospect, Pedro Leon, he appears extra like a utility man, and within the mould of Myles Straw. Name him Pedro Sippiecup. For 2022, I’ll give Jeremy Pena projections of 63/17/52/.266/12 in 509 ABs with the belief Correa is gone. If Correa returns, then Jeremy Pena is undraftable in all leagues. In conclusion, I don’t assume he’s a excessive upside bingo-bango, however extra a gentle producer. Assume a younger Jean Segura.

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