For those of you excited to waste the next six months of your life endlessly calculating strikeout to walk ratios, let's chit chat about some nice sleepers and late picks. One per position. Standard formats. OK, let's do this.
C: Chris Iannetta (COL)
This guy is gonna turn 26 in two weeks, and he’s only had 600 major league at-bats. But the kid can hit, and he plays in Colorado, which is always helpful. He finally got serious time last year, playing 104 games and registering 333 at-bats.
He rewarded the Rockies with 18 hr and an .895 OPS.
Word is that his defense has improved, and he is definitely THE GUY behind the plate in Colorado. Project those numbers over 130 games and 450 at bats, and you could be talking about 70-25-80 .265, which would put him with the elites.
1B: Carlos Delgado (NYM)
Ok, I know what you’re thinking. There is NO WAY he repeats his numbers from last year. And I completely agree with you. But he’ll hit 30 homers and drive in close to 100 runs, especially in the perennially stacked Mets lineup. Delgado deserves to be owned and can be had for a small cost.
2B: Mike Aviles (KC)
This guy was absolutely unconscious last year, so don’t expect a repeat on that .325 batting avg. But make no mistake, Aviles can hit. An avg around .290 and 15-15 potential makes him a good mid round pick.
3B: Jorge Cantu (FLA)
Cantu is only 27 years old, and has finally found a home with the Marlins. He swings a big bat and has double eligibility at 1b and 3b. Guys like Edwin Encarnacion and Ryan Zimmerman are getting drafted ahead of him, even though their numbers don’t match up to Cantu’s.
With Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla, the Marlins can bang and a 90-25-90 season is a safe bet.
SS: RYan Theriot (ChC)
Theriot had a breakout season last year, logging 178 hits, 85 runs, 22 steals, and a .307 avg. The Cubs aren’t short on bats to drive him home, and he has the speed to swipe 30 bags. Theriot is a late-round bargain.
OF: Pat Burrell (Tam)
YAWN...30 HR, 90 RBI...YAWN
OF: Willy Taveras (CIN)
He might not hit for power (or AVG, for that case), but a switch to Cincy could be destiny for the speedy chopper. He is slated to be the clear cut every day CF, and he’s gonna bat leadoff in front of guys like Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce, and Joey Votto.
If Taveras scores 85 runs and steals 50 bases, he can help your team.