Each year, players that nobody has ever heard of or players who were once old and washed up, rise to the occasion and bring fantasy baseball managers to glory. Here, I’ll break down a sleeper in each position as pitchers and catchers start arriving and opening day continues to creep closer.
Catcher- Jesus Montero (Seattle): The once coveted Yankees poster boy will be thrust into Seattle and the starting role. With limited playing experience, Montero who made the most of his abbreviated call-up last year will thrive in calm atmosphere of Seattle and have the Yankees kicking themselves in the head wondering how they could of traded such a star.
1st Baseman- Eric Hosmer (Kansas City) : One of the biggest names in fantasy this year, Hosmer has caught the attention of scouts and fantasy baseball players this spring training. Hosmer not only has long-ball power but shown he can steal bases with ease. He’ll be a fantasy savior for any well educated manager and a headache for his opposition. Look for Hosmer this season to climb to the top of fantasy rankings.
2nd Baseman- Jason Kipnis (Cleveland): Not your average household name, Kipnis did the best he could with his shortened time in the 2011 season. This spring training, Kipnis is garnering lots of attention from educated fantasy managers who are looking to make a splash in the late rounds. Kipnis has shown above average pop and the ability to snag bases at will. He’ll be a great late round pick-up for any fantasy team.
Shortstop-Dee Gordon (Los Angeles): Gordon wont hit you homeruns, but for what he lacks in power he makes up with on the base-paths. He is a nightmare for any opposing pitcher when he’s at the dish and even worse when he’s on base. Look for Gordon this season to keep up his high average and strong ability to steal bases. He’s the future of the Los Angeles Dodgers and has been doing a great job enjoying the spotlight this spring training.
Third Baseman- Mike Moustakas (Kansas City): Last year, Moustakas was all the rage for fantasy owners. He was thought to be a guaranteed 25 home run producer, but Moustakas failed to produce only hitting five homeruns and knocking in 30 RBIS. This offseason Moustakas has slimmed down and showed he’s all business for the upcoming season. I’m not completely sold that Mosutakas ship has sailed and he’s worth grabbing in the late rounds with a low-risk; high-reward situation
Outfield- Logan Morrison (Miami): The new look Miami Marlins got some much needed help this offseason with the additions of Jose Reyes and Heath Bell, but their centerpiece prospect Logan Morrison continues to develop into a rising star. Last year he hit 23 homeruns and had 75 RBIS showing that he could produce at the MLB level. Look for Morrison this year to have a breakout season with the addition of a better lineup and a new ballpark, any fantasy owner is in for a real treat by nabbing Morrison.
Starting Pitcher- Matt Moore (Tampa Bay): Matt Moore, the top pitching prospect in all of baseball dazzled when he was called up last season. In the playoffs, Moore showed he wasn’t afraid of the spotlight. He strikes batters out with ease and has shown that he’s a mature and MLB ready prospect. Barring any injury, Moore is an almost guarantee to have an incredible season and half of the fantasy owners in your league probably will not have even heard of him. Look to grab Moore before it’s too late because the strikeouts will be flowing from this lefty all season.
Relief Pitcher- Sergio Santos (Toronto): This offseason the Toronto Blue Jays took a risk and signed Serio Santos from the Chicago White Sox. Heres a word of advice; you should do the same. Santos posted ridiculous numbers for the Sox 30 saves and 90 strikeouts in an abbreviated season as the closer. This year the keys to the game are his and you should take full advantage of this hard-throwers talent. Look to grab Santos after some of the well known closers come off the board and reep the benefits.