2022 Player Outlook
After hitting .226 in the pandemic-shortened season, along with his batting average declining each of the two years prior, it looks like the end was nearing for Joey Votto. From 2018-2020, he hit just 38 home runs with his best slugging percentage coming in 2020 when he posted a .446 mark. In 2021, he swatted 36 home runs, drove in 99 runners, and slashed .266/.375/.563. He enjoyed an immense 17.2 percent barrel rate, which is nearly double his career mark, and his 53.2 percent hard-hit rate was far and away a career-best. Regression is likely in store for 2022, but 2021 was the epitome of a bounce-back campaign for the star first baseman. Votto is going to experience some regression as his batted ball profile was a massive outlier compared to the few years prior. Now, he's not going to fall back to the 10-15 home run guy he was turning out to be the past few seasons, but he's not hitting 36 again in 2022. His batting average will fall closer to .250 this season, and somewhere around 25 home runs with 80 RBI is feasible for the 38-year-old.