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Fantasy Baseball Sleepers 2012: Youngsters Poised to Become Superstars

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 02:  Lucas Duda #21 of the New York Mets poses for photos during MLB photo day on March 2, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 7, 2012

The key to winning a fantasy baseball league to is find the diamonds in the rough right before they break out.

In today's age of advanced scouting, it is difficult for younger stars to sneak up on anyone. Most fans are already anticipating the great careers of Bryce Harper and Mike Trout.

However, here are some young players that can surprise and become great players this season.


Lucas Duda, OF, New York Mets

Duda was never known as a top prospect, but he is very good at taking advantage of opportunity.

Once Carlos Beltran the Mets traded to the San Francisco Giants, the young slugger took over the starting right field job for the Mets and exceeded everyone's expectations. 

In little more than half of a season, Duda hit 10 home runs with 50 RBI. With the confidence of being an everyday player, he will only improve.


Delmon Young, OF, Detroit Tigers

People have been waiting for Delmon Young to reach his potential for years, but this season he is in the best situation of his career.

The change of scenery will do him good, plus he is in a great lineup that will give him plenty of RBI opportunities.

Also, the tutelage of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder should help his approach at the plate. 

PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 11:  Yonder Alonso #23 of the San Diego Padres bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the spring training game at Peoria Stadium on March 11, 2012 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Yonder Alonso, 1B, San Diego Padres

Like Lucas Duda, Alonso will have a chance to succeed thanks to great opportunity.

He has been MLB-ready for a couple of years, but was stuck behind Joey Votto as a first baseman in the Cincinnati Reds organization.

Now on the San Diego Padres, Alonso can use his great approach at the plate to hit for both power and average.


Wilson Ramos, C, Washington Nationals

There are not many good catchers, but Wilson Ramos is set to become one of the best in the majors at the position.

He is very good defensively, but he also has solid power that will only get better as he grows.

The Nationals continue to improve and he will have even more opportunities with runners on base as the year goes on.

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