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2022 Player Outlook

From a Statcast perspective, there's a lot to like from Sosa's 2021 season, including his 93rd percentile max exit velocity, 98th percentile sprint speed, and 92nd percentile outs above average. In 113 games for the Cardinals last year, Sosa hit .271 with a .735 OPS, six home runs, 27 RBI, 39 runs scored, and four stolen bases. He can run into a ball every now and again, which does provide optimism for power production moving forward. His average exit velocity from last season won't win any awards, but his max exit velocity is legit, so here's to hoping he can run into baseballs more often in 2022. Now, his six-degree launch angle needs to improve to help that further, and for a guy with 98th percentile sprint speed, he needs to learn how to successfully steal more bases. He should have a prominent role in the offense this season, and I wouldn't be surprised if he pushes for double-digit home runs and stolen bases.

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