2022 Player Outlook
Given the draft capital spent, Giolito was considered a bit of a disappointment in 2021. In addition to seeing his strikeout rate fall off considerably, the 27-year-old right-hander saw his ERA, WHIP and a variety of underlying metrics head north of where many expected them to be and, consequently, failed to stabilize the rest of many fantasy rotations. He also gave up more home runs and missed some time due to a hamstring issue, so while his numbers weren't considered awful by most standards, the fantasy value wasn't where it should have been. On a more positive front, Giolito did not give up as much hard contact as he has in the past and he also maintained a solid 15.2-percent swinging-strike rate which gives a lot more hope to us seeing his strikeout rate climb back up to where it should be. He should still be considered one of the top starters in the American League, so don't let his 2021 turn you off from him, but hopefully, last season's step back will keep the cost down this season.