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Akiyama played outfield for the Reds, and that's the majority of what can be said. Over 183 plate appearances, Akiyama hit just .204 with eight extra-base hits (0 HR), 16 runs scored, 12 RBI, and two stolen bases (3 CS). His average exit velocity improved by nearly 1.5 miles per hour but is still below average at 86.5 miles per hour, and his barrel rate was under one percent for the second straight season. He was largely off the fantasy radar last season. Akiyama could provide some cheap speed for fantasy managers in 2022 if he's able to carve out a role in the Cincinnati outfield. However, at best, he figures to work in a platoon, as there are far more potent bats in front of him. With a guarantee of regular playing time, he could rack up some stolen bases, but there's a lot of good outfielders on the Cincinnati roster, making it tough for Akiyama at the beginning of the 2022 campaign.

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