One name that will likely play a key role in the Atlanta Braves 2022 outfield picture is Adam Duvall. Coming off a career-year in 2021, what should fans expect to see from Duvall this season?
After signing as a free agent with the Miami Marlins last-February, Duvall would go-on to have success in Miami across the first half of the 2021 season, ranking as one of the National League’s top run producers during his time with the Marlins.
Traded back to Atlanta at the 2021 trade deadline however, Duvall would continue that success throughout the conclusion of the 2021 season, and would even provide two memorable moments with a pair of home runs during the World Series. Looking ahead to this season however, what should fans expect from Duvall in 2022?
Atlanta Braves 2022 Season Preview: OF Adam Duvall
As mentioned previously, Duvall was one of the top run producers in the National League a year ago, leading the NL with 113 RBI’s, as well as ranking tied-fourth in the entire MLB. Also hitting a career-high 38 home runs last season (tied-tenth in MLB), is that level of production likely to happen for the 33-year-old once again in 2022?
Looking at Duvall’s eight-year career overall, the veteran his hit a total of 30+ home runs in three of the four seasons in which he has played 130+ games, with the lone exception being the 2018 campaign in which he hit 15 between Cincinnati and Atlanta. In addition, Duvall also drove in 100+ plus runs in two of those four, with the exceptions being 2017-18 (99 RBI’s in 2017, 61 in 2018).
Regardless of Atlanta signing an outfielder in the coming days/weeks, Duvall is cemented as one of the Braves top outfield options entering the 2022 season, and it seems likely that the veteran slugger will certainly appear in 100+ games barring injury. Because of this, it means that we are once again likely in store for a season with 25-30+ home runs, and at-least 90-100+ RBI’s.
In fact, why not make a prediction for Duvall’s 2022 stat-line?
Adam Duvall 2022 stat-line prediction: .230 AVG, .285 OBP, .500 SLG, .785 OPS, 31 HR, 105 RBI, 4 SB
As mentioned previously, Duvall will be one of the top outfielders for the Braves in 2022, and will be looking to add another Gold Glove after winning his first in 2021. Don’t be surprised if Duvall is set for another massive season in 2022 with the Braves.