2023 Player Outlook
Woodruff missed some last year with an ankle sprain and was shortly thereafter diagnosed with Raynaud’s Syndrome, which can cause certain areas of the body to feel numb and/or cold in response to temperature or stress. Through his first nine starts of the year, Woodruff posted a 4.74 ERA, but upon his return from the injured list, he posted a 2.38 ERA and an 8-1 record over his final 18 starts. As long as he can stay healthy, he’s a certified stud for fantasy purposes, as he generates a good bit of swings-and-misses, and his strikeout rate has been at or above 29 percent for four straight seasons. After not using his changeup as much in 2021 compared to the few seasons prior, he upped the usage on it last year, and it wreaked havoc on opposing batters, to the tune of a .207 BAA and 54 percent whiff rate. Woodruff is a talented right-hander worth pushing up draft boards because being the overall SP1 is in the realm of possibilities for his 2023 campaign.