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2022 Fantasy Baseball Initial Top-250 Hitter Rankings

It’s been over two weeks since the end of the 2021 season, which means one thing: it’s time for 2022 fantasy baseball prep! It’s sad to see the season come to an end, but, now, we have the chance to start off fresh. In fantasy baseball, there truly is no offseason. With that in mind, let us take a look at my first top-250 hitter rankings. These will be updated throughout the offseason, but consider this a first rough draft at how I believe 2022 drafts should shape up, at least from the hitter’s side of things.

Before we get there, though, let us take a look at each position group, examining their depth, top targets, and where the strengths of the position group lie. This will give us better insight into an ideal draft strategy, which may be as important as the rankings themselves. Without further ado, it is time to get right into dissecting the 2022 fantasy baseball hitter pool!

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Catcher is never a particularly strong position, and this year isn’t an exception. Should you want to draft Salvador Perez, considered the consensus top catcher, you’ll have to spend a third-round pick in 12-team formats, which is quite the price to pay.

With that in mind, I’d look towards the middle tier of the catcher position to find my starter. Daulton Varsho is someone I consider a cheat code in fantasy baseball, as he’ll split time between catcher and outfield. Thus, he’ll get more playing time and deal with less wear and tear than normal catchers, yet still comes with the same eligibility. I’d be comfortable spending a 7th-round pick on him, while Yasmani Grandal and Willson Contreras aren’t poor options either.

If you are unable to draft one of those three players, youngsters Keibert Ruiz and Tyler Stephenson may offer some value. Both appear to have the clear starting role behind the dish and come with notable prospect pedigree. Ruiz, in particular, has strong projections after a high-end season in Triple-A last year, while Stephenson showcased plate discipline and untapped raw power in his rookie year. If you cannot draft Varsho, waiting for one of these two players may be your best play.

First Base

As usual, there are plenty of strong offensive producers at the first base position, starting with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Freddie Freeman at the top. At the end of the second round, I actually see some value with the latter as a consistent, reliable performer, though it’d be hard to invest an early pick at the position based on the overall depth present here.

Matt Olson and Pete Alonso, coming off excellent 2021 seasons, are good bets to produce at a high level in 2022. However, there is reason to believe you can wait further at the position. Max Muncy, for instance, is going to provide you with power, runs scored, and runs batted in playing for a terrific Dodgers team, while he has first base and second base eligibility. Yet, you can wait until the beginning of the 8th round to draft him.

Then, there is Rhys Hoskins and Joey Votto, who can be selected in the double-digit rounds of fantasy baseball drafts. However, both will provide you with a lot of offensive production in a friendly home ballpark. Adding onto that, Josh Bell, Ryan Mountcastle, and Brandon Belt are all strong targets as well. Simply put, there is a lot of value to be had at first base.

Second Base

Ozzie Albies is considered the top pure second baseman for many, but Marcus Semien ends up as the top second baseman, outside of Trea Turner, in my hitter rankings. His approach change, as discussed here, to gear to power will allow him to consistently overachieve his expected stats, and he’ll likely be the leadoff hitter for whichever team signs him. Buy into him before it’s too late!

Jorge Polanco is another player who increased his pull rate significantly and appears to be an expected power overachiever, making him a strong value in the 8th round, along with Muncy. That’s the area I’d be looking towards drafting a second base if you can land Semien, as the depth is strong.

If you cannot draft a second baseman early or need a bench stash, Brendan Rodgers is going to provide you with average and offensive production playing in Colorado. Furthermore, Chris Taylor, Ty France, and Jake Cronenworth all provide positional flexibility and multi-category contributions. Long story short, you won’t have trouble finding a productive second baseman this year.

Third Base

The same cannot be said about third base, which may be the thinnest position in the draft, even more so than catcher. Thus, if you need to pay up for Jose Ramirez, Rafael Devers, or Manny Machado in the early rounds, I recommend doing so.

If not, Adalberto Mondesi will provide you with plenty of speed, while Alex Bregman, Nolan Arenado, and Anthony Rendon are all reliable offensive contributors. Those three might not come with the highest ceiling, yet their floor may be worth chasing given the lack of depth here.

If you need to take a flier at third base, Eugenio Suarez may be worth a look. Yes, the 30-year-old struggled mightily last year with an 85 weighted-runs-created-plus (wRC+), but he was recovering from shoulder surgery and has a strong resume of being a productive slugger. This might be the lowest his stock is, which means it might be time to buy the dip. If not him, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Abraham Toro, and Jeimer Candelario are other third base options that may provide value in the later rounds.


Looking for a shortstop? Don’t worry; this position is as deep as any position can be. Fernando Tatis Jr., Trea Turner, and Bo Bichette will all be first-round picks, so this is a position you may address in the first round.

If not, there are plenty of other options. Trevor Story, Xander Bogaerts, Corey Seager, Francisco Lindor, Tim Anderson, and Wander Franco are all strong options to draft in the third or fourth round, as all of them provide contributions in multiple categories. Even if you wait, Jorge Polanco has shortstop eligibility, Carlos Correa is a high-floor option, while Bobby Witt Jr. has a very enticing ceiling with his power/speed combination if the Royals put him on the opening day roster.

Looking for a sleeper? What about Oneil Cruz of the Pirates. The 6’7″ shortstop posted a 158 wRC+ in the minors last year, and has insane raw power: he registered a 99th percentile max exit velocity (118.2 MPH) and had elite batted-ball numbers in the minors. There are some plate discipline concerns here, but it’s hard to not take a chance on the power/speed combination. This is the exact type of player you want on your bench in shallow leagues, and he’s well off the radar in fantasy drafts currently. While that’s the case, take full advantage.


Outfield is always a deep position in fantasy; it combines three positions, after all! Whether your league requires three or five outfield slots, you should feel comfortable finding key contributors at the position, starting with the likes of Juan Soto, Ronald Acuna Jr., Mike Trout, and Bryce Harper.

The best time to target an outfielder? The end of the third round or fourth round. Aaron Judge is someone that appears to be completely undervalued in drafts with the ability to hit for average, power, score runs, and drive runners in. After him, there’s Yordan Alvarez, Teoscar Hernandez, Tyler O’Neill, George Springer, Nick Castellanos, and Byron Buxton, all of whom provide value at the current draft spot.

Two sleepers in my hitter rankings would be Anthony Santander and Lane Thomas. Santander provides power and runs batted in for the Orioles, while Thomas is the leadoff hitter for the Nationals; his plate discipline skills will allow him to get on base, score runs, and steal bases. Right now, both can be had essentially for free. I’d throw Giants outfielder/first baseman Lamonte Wade Jr. as an undervalued asset in drafts right now, based on the skepticism he can repeat his strong rookie performance last year.

Top-250 Hitter Rankings

1Juan SotoWSHOF
2Fernando Tatis Jr.SDSS, OF
3Trea TurnerLADSS, 2B
4Jose RamirezCLE3B
5Vladimir Guerrero Jr.TOR1B
6Bo BichetteTORSS
7Shohei OhtaniLAADH, P
8Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF
9Mike TroutLAAOF
10Bryce HarperPHIOF
11Mookie BettsLADOF
12Freddie FreemanATL1B
13Rafael DeversBOS3B
14Marcus SemienFA2B, SS
15Aaron JudgeNYYOF
16Kyle TuckerHOUOF
17Manny MachadoSD3B
18Luis RobertCHWOF
19Starling MarteFAOF
20Ozzie AlbiesATL2B
21Cedric Mullins IIBALOF
22Teoscar HernandezTOROF
23Matt OlsonOAK1B
24Salvador PerezKCC
25Nick CastellanosCINOF
26George SpringerTOROF
27Byron BuxtonMINOF
28Trevor StoryFASS
29Xander BogaertsBOSSS
30Corey SeagerFASS
31Yordan AlvarezHOUOF
32Austin RileyATL3B
33Pete AlonsoNYM1B
34Max MuncyLAD1B/2B
35Francisco LindorNYMSS
36Whit MerrifieldKC2B, OF
37Tim AndersonCHWSS
38Wander FrancoTBSS
39Tyler O'NeillSTLOF
40Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B
41Ketel MarteARI2B, OF
42Will SmithLADC
43J.T. RealmutoPHIC
44Jose AltuveHOU2B
45Christian YelichMILOF
46Randy ArozarenaTBOF
47Adalberto MondesiKC3B
48Alex BregmanHOU3B
49Jose AbreuCHW1B
50Eloy JimenezCHWOF
51Javier BaezFA2B, SS
52Nolan ArenadoSTL3B
53Jorge PolancoMIN2B, SS
54Carlos CorreaFASS
55Brandon LoweTB2B
56Daulton VarshoARIC, OF
57Kris BryantFA3B, OF
58J.D. MartinezBOSOF/DH
59Bryan ReynoldsPITOF
60Anthony RendonLAA3B
61Jared WalshLAA1B
62Bobby Witt Jr.KCSS
63Tommy EdmanSTL2B, OF
64Jesse WinkerCINOF
65Giancarlo StantonNYYOF/DH
66Yasmani GrandalCHWC
67Kyle SchwarberFAOF
68Mitch HanigerSEAOF
69Joey VottoCIN1B
70Rhys HoskinsPHI1B
71Cody BellingerLADOF/1B
72Josh BellWSH1B
73Ryan MountcastleBAL1B
74Franmil ReyesCLEDH
75Nelson CruzFADH
76Brandon BeltSF1B
77DJ LeMahieuNYY2B, 1B, 3B
78Lourdes Gurriel Jr.TOROF
79Jonathan IndiaCIN2B
80Jazz ChisholmMIA2B, SS
81Jake CronenworthSD2B, 1B, SS
82Dansby SwansonATLSS
83Willson ContrerasCHCC
84Hunter RenfroeFAOF
85Alex VerdugoBOSOF
86Justin TurnerLAD3B
87Josh DonaldsonMIN3B
88Chris TaylorFAOF, 2B, SS
89Gleyber TorresNYYSS
90Brandon CrawfordSFSS
91Willy AdamesMILSS
92Ty FranceSEA1B, 2B
93Brendan RodgersCOL2B, SS
94Anthony RizzoFA1B
95C.J. CronCOL1B
96Trey ManciniBAL1B
97A.J. PollockLADOF
98Michael ConfortoNYMOF
99Austin HaysBALOF
100Austin MeadowsTBOF
101Avisail GarciaFAOF
102Dylan CarlsonSTLOF
103Trent GrishamSDOF
104Jarred KelenicSEAOF
105Yuli GurrielHOU1B
106Yoan MoncadaCHW3B
107Luke VoitNYY1B
108Bobby DalbecBOS1B
109Jean SeguraPHI2B
110Eugenio SuarezCIN3B, SS
111Kolten WongMIL2B
112Ke'Bryan HayesPIT3B
113Keibert RuizWSHC
114Mitch GarverMINC
115Tyler StephensonCINC, 1B
116Eddie RosarioFAOF
117Ian HappCHCOF
118Joey GalloNYYOF
119Jorge SolerFAOF
120Myles StrawCLEOF
121Adolis GarciaTEXOF
122Oneil CruzPITSS
123Michael BrantleyHOUOF
124Brandon NimmoNYMOF
125Mike YastrzemskiSFOF
126Andrew BenintendiKCOF
127Jonathan SchoopFA2B, 1B
128Eduardo EscobarFA3B, 2B
129Ryan McMahonCOL3B, 2B
130Enrique HernandezBOS2B, OF
131Luis UriasMIL2B, 3B, SS
132Abraham ToroSEA2B, 3B
133Alex KirilloffMINOF, 1B
134Andrew VaughnCHWOF
135Robbie GrossmanDETOF
136Amed RosarioCLESS
137Akil BaddooDETOF
138Anthony SantanderBALOF
139Lamonte WadeSFOF, 1B
140Harrison BaderSTLOF
141Max KeplerMINOF
142Mark CanhaFAOF
143Adley RutschmanBALC
144Christian VazquezBOSC
145Austin NolaSDC
146Seiya SuzukiFAOF
147Charlie BlackmonCOLOF
148Andrew McCutchenFAOF
149Adam DuvallFAOF
150Lane ThomasWSHOF
151Nate LoweTEX1B
152Spencer TorkelsonDET1B
153Frank SchwindelCHC1B
154Travis d'ArnaudATLC
155Omar NarvaezMILC
156Isiah Kiner-FalefaTEXSS
157Nicky LopezKCSS
158Gavin LuxLAD2B, SS
159Gary SanchezNYYC
160Jeff McNeilNYM2B, OF
161Matt ChapmanOAK3B
162Jeimer CandelarioDET3B
163Sean MurphyOAKC
164Jonathan VillarFA3B, SS
165Josh RojasARI2B, SS, OF
166Tommy PhamSDOF
167Wil MyersSDOF, 1B
168Ramon LaureanoOAKOF
169Jo AdellCOLOF
170Alec BohmPHI3B
171Jesus SanchezMIAOF
172Didi GregoriusPHISS
173Mike MoustakasCIN2B, 3B
174Kyle LewisSEAOF
175Jesus AguilarMIA1B
176Tyler NaquinFAOF
177Raimel TapiaCOLOF
178Rafael OrtegaCHCOF
179Gio UrshelaNYY3B
180Miguel SanoMIN1B
181Kyle SeagerFA3B
182Alejandro KirkTORC
183Rowdy TellezMIL1B
184Nick MadrigalCHC2B
185J.P. CrawfordSEASS
186Cavan BiggioTOR3B
187Miguel RojasMIASS
188Andres GimenezCLE2B, SS
189Luis GarciaWSH2B
190Riley GreeneDETOF
191Josh JungTEX3B
192Julio RodriguezSEAOF
193Vidal BrujanTB2B
194Josh LoweTBOF
195Lorenzo CainMILOF
196Eric HosmerSD1B
197Gavin SheetsCHWDH
198Nico HoernerCHC2B
199Yadier MolinaSTLC
200Carson KellyARIC
201Eric HaaseDETC
202Adam FrazierSD2B
203Luis ArraezMIN2B, 3B, OF
204David FletcherLAA2B, SS
205Garrett HampsonCOL2B, OF
206Christian WalkerARI1B
207Carlos SantanaKC1B
208Yandy DiazTB1B, 3B
209Paul DeJongSTLSS
210Cesar HernandezFA2B
211Willie CalhounTEXOF
212Tommy La StellaSF2B
213Evan LongoriaSF3B
214Darin RufSF1B, OF
215Leody TaverasTEXOF
216Michael A. TaylorKCOF
217Jarren DuranBOSOF
218Bradley ZimmerCLEOF
219Brandon MarshLAAOF
220Nick SenzelCINOF
221Nick SolakTEX2B
222Elias DiazCOLC
223Mike ZuninoTBC
224Manuel MargotTOROF
225Randal GrichukTOROF
226Dominic SmithNYMOF
227Pavin SmithARIOF, 1B
228Yan GomesFAC
229Joey BartSFC
230Jose BarreroCINSS
231Dylan MooreSEA2B
232Odubel HerreraPHIOF
233Hunter DozierKC3B
234Bobby BradleyCLE1B
235Carter KieboomWSH3B
236Joey WendleTB3B, SS
237Aaron HicksNYYOF
238Trevor LarnachMINOF
239Jorge AlfaroMIAC
240Patrick WisdomCHC3B
241Max StassiLAAC
242Jacob StallingsPITC
243James McCannNYMC
244Danny JansenTORC
245Colin MoranPIT1B
246Wilmer FloresSF1B, 2B, 3B
247Edmundo SosaSTLSS, 2B
248Andy IbanezTEX3B
249Keston HiuraMIL1B
250Kyle FarmerCINSS

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