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2022 Player Outlook

Paul DeJong hit below in the Mendoza line in 113 games last year, and while the 19 home runs were respectable, he didn't get on base enough. His average exit velocity cratered last year, despite barreling up more balls than ever before, indicating extreme inconsistency at the dish. There's a lot of swing-and-miss in his game, so it's rather surprising his strikeout rate actually improved from the year prior, albeit still a bit high. DeJong is a solid power bat in the middle of the infield, but Edmundo Sosa should be the team's starting shortstop to begin the year. DeJong should see a fair number of at-bats, but regular playing time will be tough to come by in a pretty solidified infield. If he does step into a sizable role, it would be much of the same for DeJong, in that the power numbers will be there, but he'll strikeout a ton and drain your team's batting average (and OBP).

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