2022 Player Outlook
Bader was limited to just 103 games last season, as he served two separate stints on the injured list. When he was on the field, he was quite productive, posting a .785 OPS with 16 home runs, 50 RBI, 45 runs scored, and nine stolen bases. Bader is exceptional defensively with elite speed (97th percentile sprint speed in 2021), and while his seventh percentile average exit velocity states that he doesn't consistently make good, solid contact, his 80th percentile max exit velocity indicates that there is definitely some pop in that bat. Ideally, Bader would have been more successful on the base paths, but here's to hoping that's the case in 2022. His 16 home runs last year were a career-best, but his bat definitely has 20+ home run upside. The biggest concern is going to be if his batting average crashes closer to his xBA, and it very well could if his strikeout rate is closer to his career mark of 26.9 percent compared to last year's career-best 21.2 percent. Bader is a very talented player and I would bet on the upside rather than focus on the [potential] negatives.