Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Drop List.
The first month of the Major League Baseball season has passed, leaving just two months until the MLB All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Every team has played at least 32 games and scored 100 runs and it's an indicator of which teams and players are in line for a disappointing or exciting season.
Four batters and one pitcher are added to the Drop List after a disappointing start to the 2022 MLB season.
The batters all come from the American League and have an average wRC+ of 69, 31 points below the league average of 100.
The pitcher led the league in saves just one season ago but has looked awful after joining a new team this season.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Drop List
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Yasmani Grandal, C/1B/DH, Chicago White Sox
Grandal can be a tricky player to drop in Fantasy Baseball leagues as FantasyPros lists his roster percentage as 87%. This places him sixth amongst catchers. It's recommended to only drop him in shallow leagues such as a 10-team or 8-team league. In deeper leagues, it's best to hold or trade him away.
Along with the roster percentage, Grandal is also sixth in at-bats for catchers. Despite this, his run production has been terrible through the first month. In 97 at-bats he's slashing .165/.287/.216 with four runs and six RBIs.
His power is also down this season as he has just three extra-base hits giving him a career-low Isolated Power or ISO of .052. (ISO represents a player's extra-base hits per at-bat). This is likely due to his barrel percentage coming in at a career-low 5% compared to his career average of 10.2%.
Adolis Garcia, OF, Texas Rangers
Garcia is rostered in 64% of Fantasy Baseball leagues. Through 122 at-bats, Garcia has 20 runs, 23 RBIs, six homers, and four stolen bases. He is slashing .205/.261/.418 while striking out 30.6% of the time and walking 6% of his at-bats. Both are in the bottom 25% of eligible batters.
Garcia isn't the only Rangers player in a slump. Marcus Semien, Nathaniel Lowe, and Nick Solak are having a tough time at the plate. The Rangers are having a disappointing season with a 14-19 record through one month of baseball. This comes after Texas added a few key players in the off-season including Semien.
One thing Garcia is doing well this year is hitting the ball hard. Baseball Savant lists his hard-hit rate and average exit velocity as 46.4% and 88.4 MPH, both in the top 15% of qualified players.
While this article was being typed on Sunday, Garcia proceeded to belt two home runs against the Boston Red Sox. Hold him in 14-team leagues but he can be dropped in 12-teamers.
Mark Melancon, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Melancon is the saves leader from the 2021 season, but so far has not looked like it in 2022. He's appeared in 14 games, pitching 11.2 innings with an ERA of 8.49. The Diamondbacks closer has recorded seven saves and blown one save, but his record sits at an awful 0-5.
Besides the ERA and record, Melancon is also having a hard time striking out batters. His 6.8% strikeout rate is the lowest among all qualified relievers. Melancon also has the second-worst batting average against (.377) and the fourth-worst WHIP (2.14).
Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Detroit Tigers
Torkelson has been deserving of a spot on the Drop List for some time now but was granted a little extra time due to being the first overall pick from the 2020 MLB Draft. However, Fantasy Baseball managers have been dropping him anyway as his roster percentage is just 50%.
Torkelson is slashing .153/.278/.255 through 98 at-bats with seven runs, nine RBIs, and three homers. His strikeout rate is a high 32%, but he's walking at a solid 13% rate. He's not the only player struggling on the Tigers as they currently have the fewest number of runs scored in MLB.
There's only been one good stretch of games for Torkelson this season. From April 12 to April 26, Torkelson hit three homers in 12 games. In this stretch, he scored six runs and eight RBIs for a wRC+ of 178. Almost all of his run production came from these 12 games.
This isn't the first time MLB fans have seen a top prospect struggle early in their rookie season and it won't be the last. It's time to move on from Torkelson.
Jarred Kelenic, OF, Seattle Mariners
Kelenic is a deep league drop as he's rostered in just 38% of leagues. This has been falling rapidly as the Seattle Mariners have optioned him to Triple-A on Friday. The young outfielder continued his struggles from last season but took it a step further this time by increasing his strikeout rate to a disastrous 37.5%.
Be sure to watch out if and when the Mariners call him back up as he still has the pedigree to be an All-Star caliber player.
Yuli Gurriel, 1B, Houston Astros
In his four games this past week Gurriel slashed .412/.474/.706. This is much better to see Gurriel have an excellent week. He's worth a roster spot moving forward but if he starts to struggle again should be dropped.
His roster percentage fell from 71% to 63% this week.
Jurickson Profar, OF, San Diego Padres
In five games last week Profar slashed .238/.333/.429. He was able to bring some power back into his swing by hitting two doubles and a triple. Hold onto Profar for another week as he might be finding his groove again.
His roster percentage fell from 65% to 54% this week.
Frank Schwindel, 1B, Chicago Cubs
The Cubs optioned Schwindel a week ago then called him back up the very next day. Unlike Gurriel and Profar, however, Schwindel was unable to have a productive week. He appeared in five games and slashed .200/.200/.267 while striking out 40% of the time. Schwindel stays on the drop list.
His roster percentage fell from 44% a week ago to 35% this week.
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