2022 Player Outlook
Woodford pitched to contact in 2021, and one could say he got lucky. He posted a 3.99 ERA across 67.2 innings of work, but his 4.73 xERA indicates he might have been on the luckier side. Furthermore, here are his percentile rankings in average exit velocity, strikeout rate, whiff rate, and chase rate respectively: 17th, 10th, 10th, and 1st. Not ideal, folks! The 25-year-old right-hander is arguably on the best team in baseball for what he wants to do, which is pitch to contact and let his defense handle his business. However, his ground ball rate dropped nearly three percentage points compared to 2020, but that could easily jump back up in 2022 if he continues to throw his sinker more and more. Woodford will essentially serve as the team's long reliever and spot starter as needed.