It’s time to start preparing for 2022 fantasy baseball drafts! What is the outlook for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the fantasy season?
Whether you are in a rotisserie league or a category points-based league, there are some players on the Pittsburgh Pirates roster that could lead your team to victory this year. Both at the plate and on the mound, there are some rising stars in Pittsburgh ready to showcase their talent.
With that in mind, who will be the first Pirate off the board on draft day?
Chances are that will be outfielder Bryan Reynolds. Ranked as ESPN’s 10th overall outfielder. Reynolds can contribute to your fantasy team in a number of ways. Despite he and the Pittsburgh Pirates not coming to terms as far as an extension goes, the two were not far apart in terms of their arbitration figures.
According to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman, Reynolds filed at $4.9M while the Pittsburgh Pirates filed at $4.25M. Regardless, despite the ongoing negotiations and trade talk looming, Reynolds remains a Pirate heading into the 2022 season.
Fantasy wise, owners will enjoy a sense of consistency with Reynolds as he can contribute across four categories including runs, RBI, HR and batting average. After breaking out in 2019 the Pirate center fielder took a step back in his sophomore campaign but broke out in a big way in 2021.
Reynolds posted a batting average of .302 with 24 home runs and 90 RBI, a very impressive number despite the teams’ lack of offensive production last year. Reynolds also scored 93 runs and is set up to match that this year as well as he will likely be in the two or three-hole in the Pirates’ batting order once again.