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Julio Rodriguez, 2022 Fantasy Outlook

Prospect Itch’s fantasy baseball top 100 prospects has Julio Rodriguez as numero uno. The large mahoof. The top honcho. The ying and yang. The solar, moon and stars. Right here’s what Itch stated, “A thunderous energy bat with a knack for going the opposite means. Considerations exist about his skill to deal with elite chase pitches on the outer half, and whereas that’s true of nearly each younger hitter, J-Rod’s first transfer within the field is a slight drift towards third base, and his entrance leg strikes that route, as properly. He’s adept at slashing or driving the ball to the other discipline, so I believe this may very well be simply an aesthetic factor as a result of typically the greats simply look totally different and power us to retrain our eyes a bit. May wind up a double plus in hit, and energy with simply sufficient athleticism to chip in on the bottom paths. If solely I might ‘double-hit’ Gray’s head.” C’mon, man! Jul-Rod, which appears like a vaping product, went 13/21 throughout Excessive-A and Double-A Arkansas in 74 video games with a slash line of .347/.441/.560, which is kinda hilarious. His high exit velocity was 117.4 MPH. That’s Vlad Jr.-type high exit velocity, i.e., a high 10 MLB exit velocity. Should you’re questioning the place he was and why he solely noticed 74 video games, he was main his Dominican Republic Olympic baseball staff to a bronze. Throughout his Olympic expertise, he hit .417 and obtained to seek out out if contained in the metallic is white or darkish chocolate. *intern whispers in ear* There’s no chocolate? That’s a bummer to listen to. I hope Jul-Rod didn’t crack a tooth. So, what can we anticipate from Julio Rodriguez for 2022 fantasy baseball?

Wanna understand how deep the stank stinks? How low the funk funks? How stale it’s within the stall? The Mariners’ beat writers are already writing articles about whether or not or not Julio Rodriguez might make a run on the Opening Day roster. You’ve gotten Mitch Haniger, and Jarred Kelenic as locks. Kyle Lewis would appear like a near-lock, until there’s a setback along with his knee. Or if Lewis hits .175 within the spring, I might see him shedding his window. Both means, there’s the DH spot for Haniger, and, increase! Julio Rodriguez has enjoying time. Will that occur? Let’s circle again.

Julio Rodriguez appears to be like like each nook outfielder who’s, and has ever been a perennial All-Star with 50-grade pace. Since the whole lot Jules Rod (what superb mates name him) does is gorgeous, could as properly focus down on the unhealthy. Julio Rodriguez appears to be like like a seven to twelve-steal man over the course of a 162-game season. I watched some video of him operating. It was a small pattern of video clips, and I had my good eye shut, however wore a monocle on my unhealthy eye. He kinda jogs my memory of Manny Machado, a man who surprises on the basepaths and possibly Julio-Rod will do the identical.

Whereas the clips of him operating weren’t as simple to seek out, there was an abundance of clips of him hitting residence runs with relative ease:

He appears to be like like a 40-homer, 10-steal, .300 hitter. Once I say that about somebody who will solely be 21 years outdated to begin this season, we’re speaking a few man who may very well be a Corridor of Famer in 25 years and might be a perennial 1st to 2nd rounder in fantasy baseball leagues for a decade, even with out large pace. Or if he grows out of his pace, and focuses extra on simply hitting 40 homers and .320. He is perhaps a 2nd rounder in fantasy after just one season within the majors! He looks like a man who might be overrated for fantasy for years as a result of he’ll be enjoyable and folks will clamor for him, however I’ll be cranky and say there’s not sufficient pace, and that’s me pre-quoting 2025 Gray! 2025 Gray is an actual moist blanket! Guess 5 years of a pandemic will try this. I child, please let me be kidding.

With 2022 fantasy, it’s all going to return all the way down to when Ju-Rod (if he converts for the jokes) is promoted. I don’t know. Kelenic was up mid-Might and that appears pretty much as good a wager as any. So, the M’s make a critical push to have all three of them within the outfield by Might fifteenth. That feels aggressive, however nobody calls him July — it’s Juli, if something. He ended the season in Double-A, and the pure development of that is 5 weeks in Triple-A, the place he rips the quilt off the ball, and one to 2 weeks of individuals sarcastically saying, “Yeah, positive, he has to work on his protection, the Mariners are such liars!” Then he magically reveals up within the majors, as a celebrity, like he discovered the whole lot within the remaining week. For 2022, I’ll give Julio Rodriguez projections of 54/21/61/.282/7 in 413 ABs with an opportunity for extra based mostly on promotion date. Additionally, if the Mariners are consumers this offseason, which appears odd to say since I don’t suppose anybody’s going to be a purchaser this offseason and the Mariners have by no means been consumers, that might persuade me Juli-Rod is extra like an April-Rod.

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