2022 Fantasy Baseball Undervalued Corner Infielders

by Dap Scout
2023 Dynasty Baseball Trade Target: Cavan Biggio.

If you love bargain shopping, then you will love using the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Undervalued Corner Infielders guide. Nothing will make you look smarter than showing off a brand new Jonathan Schoop (SPOILER - he is included in the write-up below) and telling everyone, "You would not believe what I got at pick number 180!"

The flashy, big-name picks come in the first 5 rounds, but it is what we do in those middle and late rounds that determine if we have a championship-contending roster.

Let me help you find the value that lets you take bigger risks elsewhere.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Undervalued Corner Infielders

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Many of you are going to skim through this and not bother reading the write-up. I'm guilty of that as well. So I tried to write this with easy-to-remember stats and put in a lot of pictures. As a reminder, this is based on a 12 team redraft league with 26-28 player rosters. All ADP is based on NFC on 2-8-2022.

Ty France, 1B/2B, Seattle Mariners (Current ADP 139)

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This season I am a big Ty France fan. I already highlighted him in my 2022 Fantasy Baseball First Baseman Preview:

Last year was Ty France's first full season in the majors, at 26 years old, and he showed he belonged in the lineup every day:


What immediately sticks out is the 18 HRs. However as John Trupin (@JohnTrupin) points out in his article "The fix is in for Ty France", France was hit by a pitch on April 19th. He played through the injury and hit zero home runs until the club put him on the 10-day IL on May 14th. When he returned on May 24th, healthy, he went back to hitting.

ZiPS projects .282/.356/.455/.811, 21 home runs, 85 runs, 84 RBI for 2022, however, ZiPS isn't taking into account the injury. I expect 25+ HRs from Mr. France along with 90+ Rs and 90+ RBIs in a great 2022 sophomore campaign.

I have seen France go as late as 150. I would make sure he did not drop after the 120's.

Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates (Current ADP 141)

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After 24 games in 2020 where Ke'Bryan Hayes hit .376/.442/.682, I was excited to see the numbers Hayes could put up in 2021. However the dreaded wrist injury struck on 4/3/2021, and he did not return to the lineup till June. Turns out some of the muscles in between his fingers were also damaged. Fingers and Wrists are two very important parts of the hand used to hold a bat.

I am going to blame a large part of Hayes' season on this injury. The great news is Hayes is locked in at 3B with his stellar defense. He will be given every opportunity to turn it around in 2022.

ZiPS Projections - .254/.319/.400, which I feel are all lower than I would expect to see from Hayes next season.

Jonathan Schoop, 1B/2B, Detroit Tigers (Current ADP 199)

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I'm torn by Jonathan Schoop because I always feel like I am buying the season after a breakout. The one thing you never want to be is a season late in Fantasy. However, I am trying to not let my bias from 2019 cloud my judgment. In the past 2.5 seasons Schoop has turned into a consistent hitter:


Jonathan Schoop was terrible during the 2019 season where he battled inconsistent playing time with the Minnesota Twins, because of the breakout of Luis Arraez, who debuted on May 17th that year.  The Tigers signed Schoop to a 1 year deal in 2020 and Schoop seemed to flourish with the consistent playing time, recapturing his high batting average. Then in 2021, his age 29 season, Schoop hit THE EXACT SAME batting average and went back to slugging 20+ Home Runs (much like he did from 2016-2019).

Around pick 200 we can acquire a dual position eligible hitter who will hit .270+ AVG, 20+ HRs, 70+ R, and 70+ RBIs.

ZiPS Projections - .265/.307/.436, with "shocking" 22 HRs/77 Rs/74 RBIs

Frank Schwindel, 1B, Chicago Cubs (Current ADP 230)

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Frank Schwindel was a popular waiver wire pick last season when he was called up by the Chicago Cubs on July 30th. The Oakland A's had designated him for assignment after 8 games where he hit .150/.150/.300. However, in Chicago, Schwindel was a completely different player. He was finally able to duplicate the numbers he had shown in AAA.

During his 45 games with the Chicago Cubs, Frank Schwindel hit: .326/.371/.591 with 14 HRs/44 Rs/43 RBIs. He also earned Rookie of the Month Awards for August and September. The Batting Average is due for regression but he has shown a power stroke throughout his minor league career.

ZiPS Projections - .267/.305/.474 22 HRs/60 Rs/72 RBIs

Cavan Biggio, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays (Current ADP 283)

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In my hard-hitting article "How to Value Prospects in a Lockout" I talked about one reason to believe that 2022 will be a bounce-back season for Biggio:

Some of the issues could be attributed to being injured (I hope).  By April 21st he had taken pitches on his right hand three times to the point, Keegan Matheson reported, Biggio could "barely even grip a bat". According to several Baseball analysts, gripping a bat is an important skill for batters.  Look at his OBP by month in 2021 (K% is listed in parentheses):

  • Mar/Apr - .308 (31.6%)
  • May - .324 (30.6%)
  • June - .412 (17.6%)
  • July - .222 (27%)
  • In August - Oct Biggio only played three games due to injuries and being benched.

In 2019 (Biggio was called up May 24, 2019 so I'm leaving out May)

  • June - .369 (.27.9%)
  • July - .337 (27.7%)
  • August - .336 (28%)
  • Sept/Oct - .424 (30.3%)

Biggio should provide OBP, Runs, SBs, and some RBIs.

ZiPS Projections - .225/.334/.401 16 HRs/60 Rs/52 RBIs

Alec Bohm, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies (Current ADP 286)

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The fact that Alec Bohm is being taken after Cavan Biggio should tell you just how disappointed many owners who were excited after Bohm's 2020 season where he finished 2nd for Rookie of Year. In 115 games in 2021 he hit .247/.305/.342 with a demotion to AAA for 15 games.

As Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer points out in his article "Phillies' Alec Bohm, and players like him, have already lost plenty due to MLB lockout" the Phillies are focused on trying to find the solution. With the lockout, the team officials haven't been able to work with him. I still believe that Bohm has the talent and work ethic to figure out the problem with his batting approach from 2020.

ZiPS Projections - .262/.323/.409 15 HRs/60 Rs/61 RBIs

Rowdy Tellez, 1B, Milwaukee Brewers (Current ADP 335)

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Rowdy Tellez left Toronto and became the hitter we always wanted him to be:

2021 - TOR151.209.272.338.6104128
2021- MIL174.272.333.481.81472228

With the Universal DH (who knows what will happen until the new labor agreement is officially signed) Tellez should always be in the lineup. Do not let him slip past 275.

ZiPS Projections - .258/.324/.469 21 HRs/55 Rs/61 RBIs - These numbers are way too low and take into account Rowdy Tellez's terrible, no good 50 games with Toronto last season. I believe in the bat and you will love him on your team.

OBP Leagues ONLY - Patrick Wisdom, 3B, Chicago Cubs (Current ADP 321)

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If you have read this far I have to mention, I am not only a member but the President of the Patrick Wisdom Fan Club. He hit 28 Home Runs last year with a .305 OBP. The 41% K rate is not good and pitchers gave him a steady diet of Fastballs (47.9%). However, he should play every day at Third Base which should give him an excellent chance of going over 30 Home Runs and 80 RBIs.

ZiPS Projections - .231/.305/.518 28 HRs/54 Rs/61 RBIs - I will have to have a long talk with ZiPS about pumping up those numbers more in line with my hopes of a 35 HR/89 RBI season.

Be sure to keep an eye on the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit, where all articles from our lovely writers here at Fantasy Six Pack will be featured for the 2022 Fantasy Baseball season!

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