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2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Top 50 infielders

  • Manuel Gómez - East Coast Contributor & Podcast Director Manuel Gómez, East Coast Contributor & Podcast Director
  • April 5, 2022

Draft Carlos Correa higher than his ranking

Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is set for Thursday, and Fantasy Baseball Leagues are ramping up. Today, we rank the top 50 infielders to help you navigate your drafts.

Don’t forget that these rankings are for head-to-head (H2H) leagues. Determinations were made by aggregating projection stats from three major locations: Steamer, ZiPS, and THE BAT.

Before we begin, let’s talk about the No. 1 ranked player on the list, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. If not for the once-in-a-century performance of Shohei Ohtani, Vladdy would have won the 2021 American League Most Valuable Player Award.

Many attribute this to the fact that he came into the 2021 season in the best shape of his life. Well, for those who don’t know, this season, he’s in even better shape. He is tearing the cover off the ball in Spring Training to boot. In 10 games this Spring, the 23-year-old is batting .321 with a .938 OPS.

What’s more, last season, El Dominicano hit 48 home runs, more than any player age-22 or younger in MLB history. He intends to better those numbers that this season.

Top 50 Infielders

1 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B, 3B
2 José Ramírez 3B
3 Freddie Freeman 1B
4 Matt Olson 1B
5 Trea Turner SS
6 Rafael Devers 3B
7 Manny Machado 3B
8 Pete Alonso 1B
9 Ozzie Albies 2B
10 Bo Bichette SS
11 Alex Bregman 3B
12 Nolan Arenado 3B
13 Marcus Semien 2B, SS
14 Jose Altuve 2B
15 Xander Bogaerts SS
16 Wander Franco SS
17 Kris Bryant 3B
18 Jorge Polanco 2B, SS
19 Corey Seager SS
20 Francisco Lindor SS
21 Josh Bell 1B
22 Paul Goldschmidt 1B
23 Ketel Marte 2B, SS
24 Carlos Correa SS
25 Max Muncy 1B, 2B
26 Anthony Rizzo 1B
27 Whit Merrifield 2B
28 José Abreu 1B
29 Jonathan India 2B
30 Trevor Story SS
31 Austin Riley 3B
32 Jake Cronenworth 2B
33 Rhys Hoskins 1B
34 Anthony Rendon 3B
35 Ty France 1B
36 Brandon Lowe 2B
37 Salvador Perez C
38 C.J. Cron 1B
39 Justin Turner 3B
40 Tim Anderson SS
41 Joey Votto 1B
42 Jared Walsh 1B
43 Tommy Edman 2B
44 Enrique Hernández 2B
45 Fernando Tatis Jr. SS
46 Yuli Gurriel 1B
47 Trey Mancini 1B
48 Will Smith C
49 Josh Donaldson 3B
50 Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Player highlighted below
Player to start the season on IL

Fantasy Baseball Notes

After leading the Atlanta Braves to their first World Series since 1995, Freddie Freeman took his talents to Los Angeles. Now wearing Dodger Blue, Freeman will see protection up and down the lineup. This will bolster his already elite numbers, which explains why he is ranked third among the 50 infielders on this list.

Replacing Freeman at first base in Atlanta will be Matt Olson, who was acquired from the Oakland Athletics. The 28-year-old Atlanta native is coming off his best full season. He was rewarded by the Braves to the tune of 8-years, $168 million.

Olson is projected to match Freeman offensively.

Marcus Semien traded in his Toronto Blue Jays uniform for Texas Rangers gear this offseason. When the 2022 MLB season starts, the Rangers will be the third team he has played for in three years and the projections are all for it.

According to our aggregated data, Semien ranks ahead of every other major middle-infielder not named Trea Turner and Bo Bichette. This includes Corey Seager, Carlos Correa, and Trevor Story.

More Notes

Seager, Correa, and Story were three of the most highly sought shortstops this offseason. Combined, they took home more than $500 million in free-agent contracts, as they project to be at the top of their position.

ZiPS Steamer THE BAT
Corey Seager 5.2 4.9 4.5
Carlos Correa 5.1 5.3 4.5
Trevor Story 4.7 3.8 4.2
WAR Projections

Of the three players, Correa can opt out of his deal with the Minnesota Twins at the end of this season. This serves as an incentive for him to work for an even larger deal next offseason. Pair this with his career splits in Target Field (.413 batting average and a 1.205 OPS), and you’re looking at a monster season for the Ponce, Puerto Rico, native.

As it stands, the 28-year-old received the second-largest contract by Average Annual Value ($35.1 million) this offseason, but his deal is only for three years. Draft Correa higher than he is ranked with confidence. He might be the most underrated player on this list.

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