2022 Player Outlook
Better luck in the win/loss department would have done Woodruff immense favors in 2021. His 9-10 record is an abomination when you consider that he posted a 2.56 ERA (3.30 xERA), 0.96 WHIP, 211 strikeouts (29.8 K%), and a measly 6.1 percent walk rate over 179.1 innings of work! He did a great of limiting hard contact and his deep arsenal of pitches did a great job of getting batters out of the strike zone. He fired a first-pitch strike 66 percent of the time, and not only did he stay in the strike zone more than ever before, but he also got more swings out of the zone than ever before. His ground ball rate fell closer to his career average last season, but now we're just nitpicking. On most teams, Woodruff would be the first pitcher selected from his team in fantasy drafts, but not in Milwaukee with Corbin Burnes around. Regardless, Woodruff is a talented righty whom you can build your rotation around, and we talk about hitters being five-category producers, but Woodruff is an excellent option in all pitching categories, sans saves and holds. Even if his ERA creeps closer to 3.00 this season, he's striking out 200+ batters, minimizing walks and I wouldn't be surprised if his 2022 stat line features 12-15 wins, 200+ strikeouts, and an ERA at or below 3.00. Fantasy ace, ladies and gentlemen.