Welcome back to our National League DH coverage! Joining us will be DH extraordinaire, Cliff Johnson.

“Cliff, what do you think is the hardest part of being a DH?”
“You have to be ready to play from any position.”
“Like 1st base, or catcher?”
“No, like from the far right of the bench, to the spot right next to that, to the spot right next to that, to the spot–”
“Okay, I think I got it. If DHs are always sitting, any ideas why DHs always seem to be named after places where dudes stand? There was you — Cliff. There was Stairs, and there was Chili.”
“Chili?”
“Yes, a Chili stand.”

All right, so the other day we went over the best candidates to DH in the NL East and their fantasy value. Today, you guessed it! So, who are the best candidates for DH on the NL Central teams, and what can we expect from them for 2022 fantasy baseball?

REDS

Eugenio Suarez – Think the Reds and the Brewers might need their own posts they both have so many guys who could DH. If only the Reds had the DH last year, it would’ve saved Luis Castillo from getting an ulcer while watching Eugenio Suarez play shortstop. Also, went over Eugenio in the top 20 shortstops for 2022 fantasy baseball.

Mike Moustakas – Serious question: Will the Reds’ team batting average be .180? No, because India’s gonna hit .350. You’re welcome. Also, went over Moistasskiss in the top 20 3rd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

Aristides Aquino – So, these are in order if they get the DH job for the whole year. Kinda. If The GGOATOAT aka Aristides Aquino gets the everyday DH job, he will get the most value, but it will also kill me because I will explode from excitement. I can’t handle Aristides Aquino being an everyday player. I’m not sure society can handle it. Or sorcery, which my autocorrect tried to correct society to. All of it! I mean, none of it can handle him! He also might hit .175 and become the new Mayor of Dongtown, where I have a summer residence. A small cabin. Okay, being real, Aquino likely would have a 40% K% if he had an everyday job and that would cause him to lose said job. Also, Aristides Aquino is mentioned in this video. Subscribe to the YouTube channel.

Nick Senzel – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

Shogo AkiyamaTJ Friedl, Kyle Farmer, Joey Votto, hey, can I just list their entire roster? Too bad they chucked Michael Lorenzen out the door, because he could’ve DH’d too. Last year, Shogo had an injury-shortened year and only had two steals and zero homers with a .204 average. Guess how many games his season was shortened to. Go ahead! We’re all friends here! No one will laugh if you’re way off. He had zero homers and two steals. Now guess his games played. Nope, little bit off. He played in 88 games. Wow, what production.

BREWERS

Rowdy Tellez – Maybe it’s because I’ve been burnt by this Brewers’ big boy before, buh-buh-buh-buh-but belly up to this Brewers’ bar and not belly up like a beached Biloxi Bluefin. I give that sentence a B+! Any hoo! Rowdy’s in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

Tyrone Taylor – Might be the biggest addition to the 2022 fantasy baseball rankings if we get to the other side of this lockout and the Brewers actually start Taylor as their DH in a few spring games. If you take your finger and cover the column on FanGraphs where it shows Tyrone Taylor’s age, you could convince yourself he’s on the precipice of a breakout. Sure, he’s been in the minors for ten years, but what? You don’t like stick-to-itiveness? That’s lame. What a hater you are. Tyrone Taylor isn’t a Quad-A player! He’s a Quint-A player. Cinco-A? Don’t mind the flyer late, but for Tyrone Taylor to not just sound like a matinee idol, but to become one, he needs to basically prove every scout wrong in Milwaukee. The 12/6/.247 with only a 21.8% K% last year does hint at what could be, assuming he can suddenly hit righties and not just LOOGYs.

Keston Hiura – Hey, what was I just saying above about the Brewers’ scouts not knowing anything? Here’s one point in favor of that theory! Went over Keston in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

Mike Brosseau – First off, how does this guy’s parents not name him Mario? Or Whoaiswhat, as in Whoaiswhat Brosseau. It is, ya know. That’s what bros say! If Brosseau is the main DH, then things have gone terribly wrong for the Brewers.

CUBS

Clint Frazier – Now that I see how few options the Cubs have to DH, I’m thinking I should’ve gave Frazier an extra 200 ABs in my projections from the 278 ABs I did give him in the top 100 outfielders. Can’t imagine ever moving him up from the top 100, though. He’s just failed so many times that he needs to actually do something before I can go from “FU red” to fired up.

Harold Ramirez – Not even a Quad-A player, but more like a minor leaguer who is currently on the major league roster. The Cubs could promote Brennan Davis, and move Ian Happ to DH, which might clear up their DH shituation. Right now, Frazier and Ramirez, or Ramifraz, doesn’t feel like an answer. Maybe they sign someone, which seems doubtful.

PIRATES

Michael Chavis – You ever draft Ke’Bryan Reynolds or Oneil Cruz and think to yourself, “Welp, I’ll never see one single at-bat by them because I won’t watch the Pirates?” So, I absolutely looked at Chavis when I was doing my rankings. I remember the exact moment, because I have a standing desk and Chavis made me fall asleep and I hit my head. Grade 2 concussion, and I wasn’t able to catch in a softball game of the Cool Guys vs Nerds, where I was definitely on the Cool Guys team. Pirates hitters’ fantasy value goes like this:  Someone has to get at-bats. It’s hard to not see Chavis getting a line somewhere around 17/3/.230 with 55 runs and RBIs. I might have to add him to my rankings, but it won’t mean I like him.

Yoshi Tsutsugo – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

CARDINALS

Paul DeJong – Went over him in the top 20 shortstops for 2022 fantasy baseball.

Nolan Gorman – First off, what Prospect Itch said, “Gorman breathed some spice into his dynasty stock by sliding over to second base and popping 25 home runs in 125 games across two levels, slashing .279/.333/.481 by reducing his strikeout rate early and adding power later in the year as the K-rate kept dropping all the way down to 19.2 percent after a 31.7% rate back in 2019 at High-A. In short, it’s all coming together for Gorman. I’d still be more likely to sell than buy if he’s considered an elite piece in your league, but that’s mostly because I’ve always thought his top-end outcomes would be closer to good than great. Unlike Grey who sucks or will suck.” That’s not cool! Not sure if the world or the Cardinals are ready for two Nolans on their team. Did the Cards hire Christopher Nolan to manage them and do an Inception on us? Hard to say. Also, hard to say when Gorman will be up. He might need an Edman injury more than the DH.

Lars Nootbaar – Ya know what’s funny about fantasy ‘perts and the new NL DH? It’s like everyone gets one gift that they get to open and no one sees what’s inside, so they can just say what they want it to be. Opening the Cards’ DH slot, “Hey, it’s DeJong!” Someone else, “Hey, look it’s Nootbaar!” The Cards’ DH is a Harry & David gift basket that no one wants. Also, Nootbaar is in the top 100 outfielders.

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ryan_horner7
ryan_horner7
11 months ago

Grey, need a trade opinion in a points keeper league. We have 5 keeps, and have Wander, Woodruff and Yordan locked in with late round keeps. Also have Freddy Peralta who I can keep in the 13th. I’m trying to buy another keeper for cheap, or package Peralta in a 2 for 1 keep deal. Here are my options: I can buy Kopech or Clase for a 20th round pick and keep him in the 15th round; I can trade Peralta for Clevenger and Witt and have both of them for 15th round keeps; or I can keep Grayson Rodriguez in the 15th and not trade for anyone. Which option is best?

toolshed
toolshed
11 months ago

Bad news on Jung. He needs surgery and is out for a while. This dude can’t catch a break. Anytime the word labrum comes up = BAD.

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  toolshed
11 months ago

Check that…he had surgery

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Why do I get a David Wright injury vibe with him when Jung hasn’t even played yet? Maybe that’s unfair. I just keep thinking of a talented 3b who who was always derailed by injury.

Ted
Ted
11 months ago

Yikes…what’s the beef with you and Pianowski?

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
11 months ago

Grey- Strategy question: 9 team keeper $260. Planning on these keepers.
Mountcastle
Semien
Trea
Devers
Haniger
JRod
Kelenic
Witt
Jose Ramirez
J Urias
Lynn
Castillo $10 or Goldy $17

Question #1- Keep Castillo or Goldy
Question#2- There will be Vlad, Bo, and Tatis in the draft and they will be in the $45 range. A couple of other guys like Acuna and Trout in the $35 range too. Would you go all in for one of the $45 guys or $35 guys or skip them and spread my remaining dollars around to fill holes with decent guys but not stars?

Thanks as always.

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Scrubs and Stars it is! Thanks.

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  Sweatpants Nation
11 months ago

Another option would be $34 Freeman instead of Goldy. Would that be better and then just fill out with cheaper guys?

toolshed
toolshed
11 months ago

Am I crazy for wanting to keep lane thomas over brujan? Maybe I am too bullish on thomas and less confident in brujan. But brujan doesn’t have a clear path to play (OF or INF). He also didn’t really hit in the minors last year after that torrid start. I realize I am short term focused on 2022. A trade could also change everything. Maybe I am wrong but I think thomas will build on his 2022.

Stan
Stan
11 months ago

12 teamer. Keep Woodruff in 4th or Ramirez in 2nd?

Laura Holt
11 months ago

Are we gonna be able to add a ‘high stakes’ RCL to the sign up list like we were talking about the other day (I was trying to post from the beach on Saturday so wasn’t really able to follow the thread)?

Laura Holt
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Truss says he can change one of the RCLs to a $100 league and then if you and I join we’ll see if any of the others that sounded interested were serious ; ) How about Weds. March 23 — there’s no one signed up for that one yet

Laura Holt
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

As if I can ever win our league again with all of the GD time I spend on these RCLs!! Okay, would you at least promote it semi-regularly then, otherwise I don’t think we’ll have a chance in hell of filling it?

MattTruss
Editor
Reply to  Laura Holt
11 months ago

what a humble brag, posting from the beach! I also missed this, what was the deal? we have NOTLZ which is a $100 league. we used to have one other $100 league, but it folded last year.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
11 months ago

Bichette
Robert
Alonso
Mullins
Arenado
India
Berrios
Reyes

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Mine or yours hahaha

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

You sum bitch lol

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

what Is that? Am in last or near top ha!

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Hah yea prolly. About to swoop on all the pitchers I like now…

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  frankgrimes
11 months ago

Vlad
Judge
Anderson
Giancarlo
Bieb3r

I also missed India by a few picks, doh!

Stan
Stan
11 months ago

Which would you rather in a 12 team auction.
1- SP- Giolito, Nola, Manaea, Rogers, Cease, McClanahan
or 2- Giolito, Nola, Manaea, Rogers, Berrios and stream or find my next starter on waivers?

Stan
Stan
Reply to  Stan
11 months ago

Do you think 1 is a good 12 team staff??

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
11 months ago

Strategy question for Grey and the gang…

How do you adjust auction strategy based on the others in the auction? For example, if in a standard 12-team league, many of the other teams bid up the top talent, so that 10 guys go for $40+ and another 15 guys go for $30+, do you adjust your action values to get one of those top guys. If adhering to Grey’s auction values (2 at 40+ and 9 others at 30+), you would miss out on the top two rounds of talent, but then be able to pick up values later on. Or do you adjust and try to acquire at least two of the top 25 guys so that your team has some of the elite talent?

Thanks.

TopsyKrett
TopsyKrett
11 months ago

No Yepez for the cards?

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  TopsyKrett
11 months ago

donovan will be getting at bats all over the place too likely.

William Hung
William Hung
11 months ago

who do i contact to inquire about NBA content? I’m surprised that section of the site hasn’t had a word yet about Chris Paul’s injury

Related question: Does the NBA stuff have really low engagement?

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

@Son – NBA content coming up soon? I want to talk to you guys about upcoming Devin Booker usage, and whether the over on pts and assists will be money makers

LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
11 months ago

grey…………another thing for the phillies they will probably resign bamboo brad miller who is streaky and clutch. so maybe some platoon, hoskins, JT to get rest, Miller.

UkraineGameToYou
UkraineGameToYou
11 months ago

Harold Ramirez is a super interesting case… swings at everything, doesn’t strike out a lot, but has pretty elite exit velo – 90th percentile EV in lines with Austin Riley, Lou Bob, and Donaldson

Maybe he’s a tweak away from a breakout or destined to be a tweener cause he can’t lay off the offspeed stuff. Not the worst guy to take a flyer on with the last pick in a draft

VinWins
VinWins
11 months ago

Baseball Musings quotes Ronald Blum: “Once 15 days of the regular season are missed, the free-agent eligibility of some players would be delayed by one year unless management agrees to give credit in an eventual agreement, which it hasn’t done in the past.

Do you think this might delay the start of the season? I can’t seem to be as optimistic as you after all the previous strikes and lockouts.

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  VinWins
11 months ago

sounds exactly like something MLB would want done for sure, so we’ll miss exactly 15 days shooting up as a prop bet.