2013 Fantasy Baseball: Sleepers To Watch In The Later Rounds
2013 Fantasy Baseball: Sleepers To Watch In The Later Rounds
Baseball fantasy drafts are usually not won in the first couple of rounds when the talent level runs rampant. The knack of a successful draft is to hone your sleeper skills and identify numerous players you feel will be overlooked but could have good fantasy value.
A “Sleeper” as defined by thefreedictionary.com defines a sleeper as: One that achieves unexpected recognition or success.
That is exactly what you need to target in the later rounds of your draft when the sexy household names have long been drafted. You need to locate the Wilin Rosario or Chase Headley of 2013 in order to achieve fantasy super stardom.
Look for players with successful minor league track records and players who will be afforded an opportunity to start at the major league level for the first time.
In my drafting experience players that may have been injured for an entire season seem to be ranked low and overlooked or forgotten about by opposing managers.
As well 2013 is primed to have a considerable number of rookies who will be given an opportunity for the first time so it is good practice to target blue chippers who will get playing time in the foreseeable future with their respective teams.
Regardless of you experience in fantasy baseball take some time do research ad have a game plan going into the draft. Ear mark players that you would like to draft and at what round you are prepared to pull the trigger for you future sleeper star.
Use the next 25 slides as a guide for sleeper success.
Yonder Alonso-San Diego Padres
Yonder Alonso completed his first full season as an everyday player in 2012 smacking 9 home runs for the San Diego Padres. The former 1st round draft pick should double that total this season while also hitting for average.
Todd Frazier-Cincinnati Reds
Todd Frazier is not only a valuable commodity with the bat but can qualify for 3 positions (OF 1B, 3B) depending on your league settings. Frazier impressed last season hitting .273 with 19 home runs for the Reds in 2012. Frazier will get a chance to repeat in 2013 and is well worth a look in the later rounds.
Stephen Drew-Boston Red Sox
Stephen Drew will look to rejuvenate his career in Boston after 2 seasons filled with injuries. Drew is still only 29 years old and should see plenty of playing time with the Red Sox. Drew connected for 21 round trippers in 2008 and is my vote for comeback player of the year.
Salvador Perez-Kansas City Royals
Salvador Perez will look to put together a full season behind the dish for the Kansas City Royals. Perez hit .301 in an injury shortened season in 2012. You may have to reach for him a little earlier as there is not as much depth at the catcher position. I would forego on the Posey, Santana, McCann trio and concentrate on Perez a little deeper into the draft.
Peter Bourjos-Los Angeles Angels
Peter Bourjos should see more playing time now that Torii Hunter and Kendry Morales have been traded. Bourjos is one year removed from leading the American League in triples and swiping 22 bags. Bourjos is a nice speed option later in the draft.
Norichika Aoki-Milwaukee Brewers
The 31 year old Norichika Aoki had one of the quietest 30 stolen base seasons from recent memory. Aoki looks like a professional hitter bating .288 and finishing 5th in Rookie of the Year balloting. Capitalize on his obscurity and draft Aoki later in the draft.
Lucas Duda-New York Mets
Lucas Duda was expected to have a breakout 2012 season however he did not reach those expectations. Duda still managed to bash 15 home runs while batting .239. Look for Duda to improve on those numbers and still be around in the later rounds for the picking.
Lorenzo Cain-Kansas City Royals
Lorenzo Cain suffered an injury at the beginning of 2012 and never fully recovered playing in only 61 contests for the Royals. Cain brings an element of power and speed and will have a breakout season if he can stay healthy. A nice pick to stash away.
Logan Morrison-Miami Marlins
Logan Morrison suffered a season ending injury after playing 93 games for the Miami Marlins last season. Morrison connected for 23 home runs in 2011 and will be relied upon heavily in the Marlins depleted line-up. All the tools if he can put it together.
Kyle Seager-Seattle Mariners
Kyle Seager had a breakout 2012 season blasting 20 home runs so the jury is out where he will fall in the draft ranking. Seager can play both 2B and 3B and should produce similar numbers with the upstart Mariners.
Jedd Gyorko-San Diego Padres
Jedd Gyorko looks to be on the San Diego Padres opening day roster and should get a good look. Gyorko has nothing left to prove in the minors blasting 55 home runs in the last 2 seasons combined. Huge power bat well worth a late round selection.
Jordan Pacheco put his name on the mile high map last season hitting .309 in his first full season in the major leagues. Although Pacheco doesn't produce typical 1st base power number he can also play 3rd base and caught 5 games for the Rockies last season as well.
Colby Rasmus-Toronto Blue Jays
Colby Rasmus has become somewhat of an enigma, loads of talent but has yet to put it all together. Rasmus had career high in home runs and runs batted in last season but struck out a ton and at times appeared lost at the plate. The Jays revamped line-up will lessen the pressure off Rasmus so look for an offensive explosion from him.
Jon Jay-St.Louis Cardinals
Jon Jay set career highs in average, stolen bases and runs batted in last season in 117 games last season for the Cardinals. If Jay can play an entire season he will have a breakthrough season and 30 stolen bases is not out of the realm.
Jean Segura-Milwaukee Brewers
Jean Segura got his feet wet last season playing 44 games and is poised to improve on those totals. Segura will be the starting shortstop on opening day for the Brewers and is worth a roll of the dice in the later rounds.
Justin Smoak-Seattle Mariners
Justin Smoak and all of his promise struggled last season which prompted the Mariners to demote Smoak for 20 games. Smoak still managed 19 home runs and if he can ever put it all together could become a dominant force. Will be available in the later rounds.
Dee Gordon-Los Angeles Dodgers
Dee Gordon has the potential to steal a ton of bases if he can get on base. Gordon batted .228 last season but still stole 32 bags in 87 games. If Gordon remains healthy and see full time work at shortstop he could swipe in excess of 70 stolen bases. He is that fast.
The 30 year old Justin Ruggiano finally had his career year hitting .313 with 13 round trippers, 14 stolen bases and a .909 OPS for the Marlins last season. Ruggiano will have an increased role this season with the youth movement in Miami.
Chris Young is still only 29 years and has 132 career home runs under his belt. Young should bounce back this season with the Athletics after an injury riddled 2012 campaign where he only played 101 games. Look for a huge rebound year from Young. If healthy bank on it.
Brett Wallace-Houston Astros
The Houston Astros will be expecting big things from Brett Wallace this season. Wallace seem to put it together near the end of 2012 finishing with 9 home runs in 66 games. Will start the season at 1st base and will get overlooked in your draft..
Brett Jackson-Chicago Cubs
Brett Jackson is my bet for 2013 Rookie of the Year on the cusp of an everyday job patrolling the outfield for the Chicago Cubs. Jackson got his feet wet playing 44 games last season where he only batted .175. but the potential is there.
Brett Gardner-New York Yankees
Speedster Brett Gardner only played 16 games last season after posting back to back seasons with over 40 stolen bases for the New York Yankees. If healthy there is no reason Gardner cant regain his form and will could get lost in the shuffle during the draft. Take a chance if still around late.
Allen Craig-St.Louis Cardinals
Allen Craig was on pace for a huge year before suffering an injury and missing 60 games. Craig still batted .307 stroking a career high 22 home runs in 119 games. Craig is a player to search out and grab earlier in the draft just to ensure you get him. Expect a big year in 2013.
Adam Lind-Toronto Blue Jays
Adam Lind is a former 2009 Silver Slugger Award winner but was demoted to Triple A for a stint last season by the Blue Jays. Lind will be the everyday designated hitter when the season commences and could be a great late round selection if he can return to form.
Adam Eaton-Arizona Diamondbacks
Adam Eaton hit .381 last season in 119 games with Reno of the Pacific Coast League which earned him a call-up with the big club. Eaton will be on the opening day roster and will look to impress. Late round rookie sleeper.
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