2022 Player Outlook
It's been quite the fall from grace for Yelich, as he struggled in 2020, and then served two separate stints on the injured list last year for a lower back strain. Injuries definitely affected his rhythm, but there are underlying concerns. His launch angle of 2.8 degrees last year is reminiscent of his days in Miami, and 2021 was the first time since 2017 that Yelich failed to register a double-digit barrel rate. Once again, he posted an elite walk rate, and thankfully the strikeout rate returned to the low-20s after peaking at 30.8 percent in 2020. I feel like it's 2018 again, talking about Yelich and his launch angle. However, not just that, but he's been banged up a bit of late, so health willing, Yelich should bounce back in 2022. When looking at outfielders going outside of the top 20-25 at the position, Yelich is a logical bet to outproduce his draft capital, especially if he stays healthy and runs at a similar (or slightly higher) clip than last season.