When Brennan Boesch signed a $1.5 million deal with the New York Yankees this offseason, many fantasy baseball owners officially crossed him off their draft boards—rightfully so. Having once shown great promise, Boesch struggled mightily in 2012 with a meager .659 OPS and there’s a good chance he could be relegated to backup duty for the Yankees.
Regardless, he’s a solid fantasy sleeper in 2013.
Injuries have already hit New York this spring and they will likely plague the aging Yankees for the entire season. That said, even though Boesch may not have an everyday role, he stands a good chance to get a good chunk of playing time in 2013, and if he does we could see a solid player emerge from the ashes of his turbulent 2012.
Boesch has the kind of swing that could thrive in Yankees Stadium. He’s managed 42 home runs in his young career, and 34 of those have been to right field or right-center, meaning that short right field fence in the Bronx looks ever so promising for the 27-year-old.
If he gets the playing time in 2013, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a solid performance from Boesch. Not great, but solid. His power could rise in his new home, which would raise his RBI as well, and his average could creep up into the .260 range.
His ceiling likely stands at about 20 home runs with 70 RBI and a .280 average, while his floor could be way, way down there. Don’t reach for him, but if he’s there in the later rounds and you already have a solid outfield core, he’s worth a shot. There’s a whole lot of downside, but there’s also some upside.
Who knows, he could be this year’s Raul Ibanez.