2014 Fantasy Baseball Value Pick: OF Hunter Pence
There is a loose definition of the word sleeper in the world of fantasy baseball. It was once a term that people took with a grain of salt, but it has since become a highly debated aspect of fantasy.
Besides sleepers, though, there are also players that can prove to be great value picks. One of these valuable commodities to look for in the middle of the draft this spring is OF Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants.
Pence was ranked fourth in the NL last year in home runs (27), seventh in RBIs (99), ninth in runs (91), and seventh in stolen bases (22). It was truly an All-Star fantasy campaign from an outfielder that rarely receives media attention.
The Texas native ended with a .283 batting average to go along with a very impressive .339 On Base Percentage. Pence is one of the toughest outs in baseball, as he swung at under 50% (46.4%) of the pitches that he saw this past year. The disciplined hitter will always turn in a very high OBP and will rarely strikeout.
Even more incredible, the underrated outfielder played in all 162 games last season and has now played in at least 154 in six straight seasons. He will show up game after game and that kind of consistency matter in fantasy baseball, especially with all the injuries at the position in recent years.
Pence won’t wow you with many multi-homer games, but he won’t disappoint you with many 0-4 performances either. He will be one of the most underrated second outfielders to find this year after the fifth round.