2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Mike Sollicito
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Stock Up/Stock Down article!

After missing a week while on vacation, the Weekly Stock Up/Stock Down is back for the All-Star Break. During the All-Star Break, this is a great time to grab any players who might have been heating up prior to the break. It is also an excellent time to snag any injured players who could be poised for a second-half return.

One example of this could be Domingo German. German was injured for the entire first half, however, with Luis Severino expected to miss some time, German could slot into the rotation. This could potentially make him fantasy relevant.

This is also an excellent time to stash prospects who could either debut or see more playing time in the second half.

During this week's piece, we have players who fall into almost all of these categories. From players heating up, to prospects getting playing time, it's all here.

Without giving up too much information about the players, let's just get right into the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Stock Up/Stock Down!

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2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Leody Taveras, OF, Texas Rangers

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Leody Taveras has been a man on a mission since his call-up. Hitting .373 since the promotion, Taveras has hit the ground running after a strong showing in the minors.

Known for his speed and occasional pop, Taveras has shown both during his time up. The average is surely inflated and expected to come down due to a high BABIP. Luckily, his speed should mean a higher BABIP is expected. His ability to beat out balls in play that others may not is the reason for this.

On top of that, Taveras has been great on the basepaths. He has five stolen bases since being called up and if he can get on base consistently he should be a great source of speed in the second half.

The Rangers have an underrated lineup including Marcus Semien and Corey Seager, so if he gets on base, Taveras should be able to score.

While Taveras' strikeout and walk rates are not ideal, he has actually been better at the plate during this hot stretch. If Taveras can continue to trim down on the strikeouts, he could be the player we all once thought he could be. Still only 23 years old, Taveras is expected to go through some growing pains.

Nonetheless, Taveras is someone I am taking advantage of and adding. If his last few weeks are any indication, he could be in for a solid second half. Maintaining those strikeouts will be the key to his success, so be sure to keep an eye on them as the second half rolls around.

Max Meyer, SP, Miami Marlins

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Max Meyer's long-awaited call to the major leagues happened right before the All-Star Break. He looked good in his first three innings, before allowing a two-run shot to JT Realmuto. He then allowed a solo shot to Rhys Hoskins before a reliever allowed two inherited runners to score, pushing Meyer's line to five earned runs.

However, there is much hope for optimism as I believe the Marlins will give him a long leash and let him settle in at the major league level. With the Marlins struggling, there is no reason why Meyer should not be given multiple starts across the second half.

Meyer possesses some fantastic upside, especially on a Marlins team who knows how to develop pitchers. Meyer has some strikeout upside and the ratios should be fine if he is able to settle in.

For me, Meyer is an absolute add as I expect him to continue to grow. The upside is too good to pass on. He is coming off a minor league season where he struck out 69 batters in 61 innings while maintaining a 3.69 ERA.

Roll with the ups and downs, as I believe this kid could really help your teams in the long run as long as Miami keeps giving him starts.

Adam Frazier, 2B/OF, Seattle Mariners

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Adam Frazier had an abysmal start to the season that was mostly caused by just simply being unlucky. His line drive approach is one of the better ones in the majors. It seems as though some of those balls in play are beginning to fall for hits. For the Mariners, it is coming at the right time.

Just as Seattle is getting hot, Frazier has been getting in on the fun. We know what he is capable of - hitting for a high average while helping you out in the run category. He does not have crazy power, but the Mariners have a good lineup. Frazier should continue to see plenty of run opportunities.

He is hitting .366 over his last 15 days and while that average is not expected to carry over I definitely think he can continue hitting over .280 throughout the season. His overall line on the year leaves much to be desired, however, this is the time to take advantage of that.

Grab Frazier now while you can, as his dual positional eligibility is an added plus for someone who should have a high floor for the remainder of the year.

This Mariners team is really starting to come to form, and any player in a lineup with Julio Rodriguez, Ty France, and eventually Mitch Haniger can't be ignored. Let's hope this recent two-week stretch is a sign of things to come for Frazier!

Stock Down

Jared Walsh, 1B/OF, Los Angeles Angels

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Jared Walsh has been a weird player this year. After looking lost early in the year, he seemed to be hitting his stride. However, it has been a very rough go at the plate for him as of late, as he is hitting just .125 since June 21. He has a whopping 23 strikeouts to only two walks in that span.

After breaking out in 2020 thanks in part to a roughly 14% strikeout rate, Walsh has seen that number shoot up in the past two seasons. With a strikeout rate hovering around 30% this year, Walsh seems to be one of those "all-or-nothing" type players.

Unfortunately, he has been more "nothing" than "all" for the last month. While the Angels lineup around him has its pieces, Walsh is someone I'd feel comfortable moving on from if there are better options on the waiver wire.

He has been extremely disappointing this year, and with poor strikeout and walk rates, I am not sure he can get much better.

He does hit the ball relatively hard, thanks in part to his above-average hard-hit rate and exit velocity. While he does carry an xBA of .251, it will be hard to reach that number. Especially if he continues striking out at the rate that he is.

In deeper leagues, Walsh is someone I would hold in hopes of a second-half turnaround. But if you are in a shallower league with plenty of solid bat options on the waiver wire, I would not hesitate in dropping him. That breakout 2020 seems so distant now.

Adolis Garcia, OF, Texas Rangers

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Adolis Garcia has a tendency to look like one of the best players in baseball for a month before looking completely lost. After looking like he was on pace for a shoo-in 30 home run, 30 stolen base season, Adolis has cooled way off.

Known for his tendency to strike out, Garcia also possesses some fantastic power and speed. Over his last 30 days, Garcia is hitting below .200. I am sure he will go on another hot streak at some point. However, we cannot ignore how bad he has been recently.

Garcia is by no means a drop, but he is someone that should maybe ride the bench until he shows signs of turning it around. He is a great fantasy asset when things are going his way, but can really be a hole in your lineup when he is in a funk like he currently is.

Keep an eye on Garcia, as I will bet my money's worth that he goes on a tear sooner rather than later. But just remember, he is an extremely streaky player which can be a bit frustrating for fantasy. Now may not be a bad time to try and buy low on him. Get him prior to the hot streak that seems right around the corner.

Perhaps he comes out of the All-Star Break hot with a fresh mind. He could also go 0-25 to start the second half and it would not surprise me.

MacKenzie Gore, SP, San Diego Padres

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After looking back to his dominant self in Spring Training and to start the year, Gore has hit a bump in the road recently.

His slider and changeup have been getting hammered recently, as batters are nearly hitting .300 off those pitches this year. Couple that with the fact that his fastball has been crushed to a 91 mph exit velocity despite only allowing a .230 average on the pitch, and that is recipe for disaster.

If a pitcher's secondary pitches are not working, it is only a matter of time before hitters get used to his fastball and tee off on it.

Over the last month, Gore has only thrown 14.1 innings. In that time, he has allowed 11 earned runs while walking 11 and only striking out 10. Prior to the All-Star Break, he was moved to the bullpen. While he is expected to rejoin the rotation following the All-Star Break, he could have a short leash.

With the Padres looking to contend, they may not have the patience to let Gore work through his struggles. In his lone bullpen appearance, he allowed two runs, walked two, and recorded just one out.

Things have been going south for Gore, and my guess is they may continue to go south. I would be looking to move on from Gore in any league. Perhaps someone thinks he could bounce back and you could trade him. If not, I have no issue dropping him for some other pitcher. Especially someone like Max Meyer should he be available.

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