Hyun-Jin Ryu will start the year as the No. 4 starter for the Dodgers
Every year, the word "sleeper" is thrown around left and right. Every person talks about them, and every owner has a list full of them on draft day. But what exactly constitutes a "sleeper?"
To me, a sleeper is a player who is being overlooked and undervalued. He's a player who is going to exceed what you expect out of him based on his average draft position.
I look at some sleeper lists, and I cannot help to laugh. For example, Yahoo! lists Eric Hosmer as a sleeper. I'm not buying that. He had a rough sophomore season, but nobody is forgetting about him. He is being drafted around an average of about 90th overall, which is a great spot for him.
In this article, I will build a sleeper list for each position, but I will base my picks on their current average draft position. I will point out players who should outperform their expectations.
ADP stats are from Mock Draft Central
Jesus Montero should have a nice 2013.
Jesus Montero, Seattle Mariners—Ninth catcher taken
Montero had a decent rookie season last year. He ended up hitting .260 with 15 homers and 62 RBI. While those numbers might not jump off the page, you have to realize that he had the eighth-highest batting average and 13th-most homers at the catching position last season. Now, he has a full season under his belt, and there's no reason to think that he can't improve upon those numbers.
Catchers taken before Montero who shouldn't be: Miguel Montero, Wilin Rosario
Projected stats: .285 BA, 20 HR, 75 RBI, 65 R
Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers—10th catcher taken
Martinez will return after missing the entire 2012 campaign. Just to give you a refresher, V-Mart hit .330 with 12 homers and 103 RBI in 2011. The best part about Martinez's return is that he'll still have catcher eligibility, but he most likely won't catch at all. This is a huge bonus because everybody loves a phantom position player. Don't forget about him on draft day!
Catchers taken before Martinez who shouldn't be: Miguel Montero, Wilin Rosario
Projected stats: .300 BA, 12 HR, 70 RBI, 65 R
A.J. Pierzysnki, Texas Rangers—16th catcher taken
After the season that Pierzynski had last year, I never thought that he would make one of my undervalued articles. I guess his ADP has a lot to do with the team that he signed with, though. Since he chose the Texas Rangers, he will be sharing time with Geovany Soto. Obviously his value takes a hit with the impending time share, but he is much better than the 16th-best catcher available. He won't be able to replicate his 2012 season, but he's a pretty solid pick for this late in the draft.
Catchers taken before Pierzynski who shouldn't be: Salvador Perez, Tyler Flowers
Projected stats: .280 BA, 13 HR, 60 RBI, 50 R
Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia Phillies—21st catcher taken
Ruiz will be suspended for the first 25 games of the 2013 season, so, yes, that's a concern. But, he's still worth taking higher than his ADP indicates. The fantasy season is long, and you'll want to have a guy like Ruiz at the catcher spot down the stretch. Let's not forget that he hit .325 with 16 home runs and 68 RBI last season. I don't think Chooch will put up those same numbers this year, but he'll put up a solid line.
Catchers taken before Ruiz who shouldn't be: Russell Martin, J.P. Arencibia
Projected stats: .290 BA, 10 HR, 55 RBI, 55 R
Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals—28th catcher taken
It was one, big nightmare for Ramos in 2012. He was abducted in the offseason in Venezuela, and then he tore his ACL after playing in just 25 games. Well, he wasn't kidnapped this offseason, so things are already looking better for the young catcher. All kidding aside, Ramos has a lot of potential. He'll be battling Kurt Suzuki for the starting role, but he should have no problem accomplishing that task.
Catchers taken before Ramos who shouldn't be: Derek Norris, Yasmani Grandal
Projected stats: .265 BA, 13 HR, 45 RBI, 50 R
Billy Butler is going overlooked despite his monster 2012 season.
Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals—Eighth first baseman taken
Where's the love for big Country Breakfast? Butler hit .313 with 29 home runs and 107 RBI last season. He was just one of three first base eligible players to hit at least .300 while also belting 20-plus homers and driving in 100 or more runs. He's managed to stay healthy as well, and he hasn't played in fewer than 158 games over the last four years. Oh yeah, he's just entering his prime too. Enough said.
First basemen taken before Butler who shouldn't be: Paul Goldschmidt, Allen Craig
Projected stats: .300 BA, 25 HR, 100 RBI, 85 R
Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs—10th first baseman taken
Rizzo was brilliant in his second MLB stint last year. The young first baseman hit .285 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI in 87 games. That performance quickly erased the .141 batting average he posted when he first saw big league action for the Padres in 2011. He definitely deserves to be with the Cubs. He hit .342 with 23 homers in 70 Triple-A games last season. Don't expect a letdown in 2013.
First basemen taken before Rizzo who shouldn't be: Mark Teixeira, Allen Craig
Projected stats: .275 BA, 30 HR, 90 RBI, 80 R
Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies—22nd first baseman taken
Despite missing 61 games last season, Cuddyer still hit 16 home runs. He's getting older, but he has shown that he can still put up solid numbers, especially since he'll be playing his home games at Coors Field. Cuddyer is valuable because he has position flexibility (he will also have outfield eligibility). The first base is loaded with talent, but there were just six first baseman who hit .280 or higher while also hitting 20-plus homers last season. Cuddyer has the potential to fit into that group.
First basemen taken before Cuddyer who shouldn't be: Brandon Moss, Kendrys Morales
Projected stats: .275 BA, 20 HR, 75 RBI, 75 R
Lance Berkman, Texas Rangers—24th first baseman taken
Last year, Berkman was highly sought after. He was coming off a season in which he hit .301 with 31 homers. This season will be a different story, though. Berkman literally fell apart last year. He played in just 32 games and hit only two home runs. A move to the American League should help Berkman this season, as he'll have the luxury of being the designated hitter for the majority of the time. He still has talent left in the tank.
First basemen taken before Berkman who shouldn't be: Garrett Jones, Brandon Moss
Projected stats: .280 BA, 20 HR, 65 RBI, 60 R
Chris Carter, Houston Astros—26th first baseman taken
For years, Carter showed the potential to perform in the Major Leagues. In 2010, he belted 31 homers in 125 Triple-A games. He failed to deliver on that promise in the bigs with the A's, but now, he'll have his best chance with the Astros. He'll be in a more pressure-free environment and Houston has more hitter-friendly ballpark than Oakland. It also helps that he's slated to start the year as the cleanup hitter.
Projected stats: .245 BA, 22 HR, 60 RBI, 55 R
Ben Zobrist is being overlooked on draft day.
Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays—Fifth second baseman taken
Zobrist knows how to fill up a stat line. Last year, he hit .270 with 20 home runs, 74 RBI, 88 runs and 14 stolen bases. While none of those numbers are spectacular, it's very nice to get above-average contributions across the board. He's been very consistent over the last two years, so you should expect another valuable season from Zobrist in 2013.
Second basemen taken before Zobrist who shouldn't be: Jason Kipnis
Projected stats: .270 BA, 18 HR, 80 RBI, 85 R, 15 SB
Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks—11th second baseman taken
Prado had a very good season last year, and for the most part, it went overlooked. He ended up hitting .301 with 10 homers, 70 RBI, 81 runs and 17 steals. His overall line compares very favorably to Zobrist's, just with a higher average and less power. Prado is also valuable because he'll have 2B, SS, 3B and OF eligibility. That's huge. Expect a regression in 2013, but he'll still have a solid season.
Second basemen taken before Prado who shouldn't be: Neil Walker, Danny Espinosa
Projected stats: .295 BA, 11 HR, 65 RBI, 80 R, 10 SB
Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels—15th second baseman taken
In 2011, Kendrick had a breakout season. He hit .285 and belted 18 home runs. Last year was a different story, thogh. He hit .287, but he only managed to blast eight home runs. Despite the power outage, he still remains fantasy relevant. His stolen bases are key, and last season, Kendrick was one of six second basemen who hit .280 or higher with 10-plus stolen bases.
Second basemen taken before Kendrick who shouldn't be: Dan Uggla, Dustin Ackley
Projected stats: .280 BA, 12 HR, 70 RBI, 65 R, 12 SB
Daniel Murphy, New York Mets—17th second baseman taken
Murphy certainly isn't the sexiest pick, but if you want to find a second baseman who won't kill you, then he's your man. Obviously, he can't compete with the elite players at the position (Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler), but he's a solid pick for the 17th-best second baseman. Last year, he hit .291 with six home runs and 10 stolen bases. He has the potential to hit .300 with 10 homers and 10 steals, and Aaron Hill was the only second baseman last year to reach that plateau.
Second basemen taken before Murphy who shouldn't be: Kelly Johnson, Dan Uggla
Projected stats: .295 BA, 9 HR, 70 RBI, 65 R, 8 SB
Omar Infante, Detroit Tigers—19th second baseman taken
Hopefully, you're catching on to a trend here. Infante follows in the same pattern as the three names mentioned before him. They aren't going to hit a ton of home runs, but they provide value with batting average, stolen bases and runs scored. A year ago, Infante hit .274 with 12 homers and 17 stolen bases. I expect the home runs to come down a little, but I also anticipate a rise in average as well.
Second basemen taken before Infante who shouldn't be: Dustin Ackley
Projected stats: .285 BA, 10 HR, 55 RBI, 65 R, 10 SB
Elvis Andrus is slipping out of the top five for shortstops.
Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers—Seventh shortstop taken
Everybody knows Andrus' name by now, so I'm a shocked that he's falling out of the top five for shortstops. He had a down-year in 2012, but a .286 average and 21 stolen bases at shortstop is still valuable. He's only 24 years old, and I expect him to have a solid bounce-back season. I'll mark up the low stolen base total as an aberration because he tallied 32 or more in his first three seasons.
Shortstops taken before Andrus who shouldn't be: Ian Desmond, Jimmy Rollins
Projected stats: .285 BA, 5 HR, 55 RBI, 95 R, 28 SB
Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals—10th shortstop taken
Escobar was a very pleasant surprise in 2012. He hit .293 with five home runs and 35 stolen bases. Apparently, most owners don't think that he can deliver a worthy followup season. While I do expect his overall performance to come down, I don't expect anything too drastic. Escobar was one of just two shortstops to hit .285 or higher with 30-plus stolen bases.
Shortstops taken before Escobar who shouldn't be: Derek Jeter
Projected stats: .280 BA, 6 HR, 60 RBI, 75 R, 30 SB
Josh Rutledge, Colorado Rockies—12th shortstop taken
Rutledge, to me, is the best sleeper of this entire article. Not only is he being overlooked at shortstop, but he's being widely undervalued overall as well. His ADP of 224 is significantly loweer than the 80th overall ranking that I placed on him. In 73 games last season, he hit .274 with eight homers and seven steals. He'll open the year as the Rockies' starting second baseman, so I expect a monster season with a full slate of games scheduled for him.
Shortstops taken before Rutledge who shouldn't be: Alexei Ramirez
Projected stats: .285 BA, 15 HR, 65 RBI, 75 R, 15 SB
Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves—16th shortstop taken
As a rookie last season, Simmons hit .289 and hit three home runs in 49 games. Those numbers might seem a little underwhelming, but I'm excited to see what he can do in a full season. While he only stole one base last year, he has much more speed than that indicates. He stole 26 bases in 2011 in High-A, and he stole 10 bases at Double-A last year before getting called up. He has 10/10 potential for 2013.
Shortstops taken before Simmons who shouldn't be: Jurickson Profar
Projected stats: .285 BA, 9 HR, 60 RBI, 70 R, 12 SB
Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers—19th shortstop taken
Segura made his MLB debut last year, and he hit .258 with seven stolen bases in 45 games. His biggest asset will be his legs. In Double-A last season, he stole 37 bases in 102 games. He also reached the 50-stolen base mark back in 2010 in Single-A. The average should climb in 2013, and he should be on his way to producing a pretty nice breakout season.
Shortstops taken before Segura who shouldn't be: Everth Cabrera
Projected stats: .275 BA, 6 HR, 45 RBI, 60 R, 30 SB
With nobody in his way, Will Middlebrooks is primed for a huge 2013.
Will Middlebrooks, Boston Red Sox—11th third baseman taken
In 75 games last season, Middlebrooks hit .288 with 15 home runs, 54 RBI and four stolen bases. This year, he has a full slate of games scheduled, so he should deliver an exceptional season. He's projected to hit sixth in the lineup behind Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorino, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Mike Napoli, so he will have plenty of RBI opportunities as well.
Third basemen taken before Middlebrooks who shouldn't be: Kyle Seager
Projected stats: .275 BA, 25 HR, 85 RBI, 70 R, 9 SB
David Freese, St. Louis Cardinals—14th third baseman taken
There were just five third baseman last year who hit .290 or better and blasted 20-plus homers. Freese was one of those players. He was able to translate his October heroics in 2011 into a very successful 2012 campaign. The biggest knock on Freese heading into last season was his health. He dispelled those concerns by playing in 144 games, though. A repeat season is very attainable this year.
Third basemen taken before Freese who shouldn't be: Pedro Alvarez, Mike Moustakas
Projected stats: .295 BA, 20 HR, 80 RBI, 65 R
Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds—15th third baseman taken
Frazier will take over the reigns at the hot corner for the Reds in 2013. In a platooning role last season, he hit .273 with 19 home runs and 67 RBI. There's no doubting Frazier's power. He had the fourth-highest ISO amongst third baseman last year. His .225 clip was behind Miguel Cabrera, Aramis Ramirez and Adrian Beltre. Yeah, that's some pretty good company to be mentioned with.
Third basemen taken before Freese who shouldn't be: Kyle Seager
Projected stats: .260 BA, 23 HR, 75 RBI, 70 R
Lonnie Chisenhall, Cleveland Indians—24th third baseman taken
Chisenhall started last season in Triple-A, but he earned his callup to the Indians. In 30 games, he hit .314 with four home runs and 17 RBI before joining the Tribe. He didn't disappoint when he saw MLB action, either. Chisenhall hit .268 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 43 games. He will most likely sit against lefty pitchers, but he still remains a decent power option.
Third basemen taken before Chisenhall who shouldn't be: Josh Donaldson, Maicer Izturis
Projected stats: .260 BA, 18 HR, 65 RBI, 60 R
Jeff Keppinger, Chicago White Sox—25th third baseman taken
Keppinger put together a great 2012 season. The journeyman hit .325 and belted a career-high nine home runs. The batting average will come down in 2013, but he should still be in the .290 range. I also like the move to the White Sox. He's projected to hit second in the lineup, in front of sluggers Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko and Alex Rios. Keppinger should be in for a sneaky-good season.
Third basemen taken before Keppinger who shouldn't be: Matt Carpenter, Mike Olt
Projected stats: .295 BA, 9 HR, 50 RBI, 60 R
For some reason, owners are passing on Matt Holliday.
Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals—18th outfielder taken
I'm really surprised that Holliday isn't going earlier. What else does he have to do? Over the last four years, he has hit .305 while averaging 25 HR, 97 RBI, 91 runs and seven stolen bases per season. Holliday and Ryan Braun were the only two outfielders to hit at least .295 with 25-plus homers and 100-plus RBI last season. He is an elite player, but, for some reason, he isn't being drafted like it.
Outfielders taken before Holliday who shouldn't be: Yoenis Cespedes, B.J. Upton
Projected stats: .295 BA, 25 HR, 100 RBI, 90 R, 5 SB
Norichika Aoki, Milwaukee Brewers—37th outfielder taken
Aoki was a very pleasant surprise last season. He hit .288 with 10 homers and 30 stolen bases. He was one of only five outfielders to hit at least .285 while swiping 30 or more bags in 2012. After having a season like that, it shocks me that he isn't garnering more attention on draft day this year. Apparently, owners don't trust him. He probably won't reach 30 steals again, but he shouldn't regress in any other category.
Outfielders taken before Aoki who shouldn't be: Carl Crawford, Alfonso Soriano
Projected stats: .290 BA, 10 HR, 55 RBI, 80 R, 23 SB
Josh Reddick, Oakland A's—38th outfielder taken
Reddick burst onto the fantasy scene last year when he belted 32 home runs and drove in 85 runs. Those numbers were good enough to make him a top-25 outfielder at season's end. He's not being treated like it so far this year, though. His low batting average from last season (.242) is likely the culprit. Yes, he's not going to threaten for any batting titles, but he remains as a valuable option because of the power.
Outfielders taken before Reddick who shouldn't be: Shane Victorino, Torii Hunter
Projected stats: .250 BA, 27 HR, 85 RBI, 85 R, 9 SB
Alejandro De Aza, Chicago White Sox—42nd outfielder taken
De Aza's 2012 season was widely overlooked. He hit .281 with nine home runs, 26 stolen bases and 81 runs scored. Those numbers could have been even more impressive, but he landed on the 15-day DL because of a ribcage injury. He'll hit atop the White Sox lineup again in 2013, and, barring any injury, should be a lock to replicate those numbers.
Outfielders taken before De Aza who shouldn't be: Cameron Maybin, Jayson Werth
Projected stats: .285 BA, 12 HR, 55 RBI, 90 R, 25 SB
Adam Eaton, Arizona Diamondbacks—61st outfielder taken
Who was the biggest winner of the Justin Upton trade? How about Eaton. Nobody's fantasy value has skyrocketed more than Eaton's this offseason. He is penciled in, at the moment, to start the year as the D-backs' centerfielder and leadoff hitter. Last year in Triple-A, he hit .381 with seven home runs and 38 stolen bases. He got his feet wet in the MLB last year by playing in 22 games. Wil Myers gets a lot of attention, but Eaton might be the way to go.
Outfielders taken before Eaton who shouldn't be: Lorenzo Cain, Justin Ruggiano
Projected stats: .290 BA, 8 HR, 40 RBI, 80 R, 30 SB
Alexi Ogando will pitch in the Texas rotation in 2013.
Alexi Ogando, Texas Rangers—47th starting pitcher taken
Since 2010, Ogando has flip-flopped from being a reliever to a starter every season. Well, that trend will continue in 2013. After pitching in 66 innings last season and making just one start, Ogando will begin the year as the Rangers' No. 4 starter. His 2011 season proved that he can be effective as a starter, though. That year, he went 13-8 with a 3.51 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 6.71 K/9. There's no reason to think that he can't reach those numbers again in 2013.
Starting pitchers taken before Ogando who shouldn't be: Jarrod Parker, Tim Hudson
Projected stats: 10 W, 3.60 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 7.50 K/9
Matt Harvey, New York Mets—53rd starting pitcher taken
Harvey was dazzling when he was called up last year. In 10 MLB starts, he only went 3-5 but he owned a 2.73 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and a mouth-watering 10.62 K/9 rate. The only starting pitcher to amass a higher K/9 rate was Yu Darvish, who sat at 11.08. Now, I don't think he's going to put up the same numbers over an entire season, but he has a mid-to-high 90s fastball with a plus slider and plus changeup. He'll have a very good season.
Starting pitchers taken before Harvey who shouldn't be: Scott Baker, Trevor Cahill
Projected stats: 10 W, 3.75 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 9.20 K/9
Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers—73rd starting pitcher taken
You're probably thinking, "who is this guy?" Well, Ryu is a Korean import who is slated to start the year as the Dodgers' No. 4 starter. They have a surplus of starting pitchers, but I highly doubt that they spent over $60 million on Ryu in order to use him as a middle reliever. He's only 25 years old, and he has shown that he's durable so far. Over the last two years in Korea, he's thrown 382 innings and has gone 29-16 with a 2.69 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 8.8 K/9. Obviously nobody knows how that will translate to MLB, but I'm willing to take a chance on him this late in the draft.
Starting pitchers taken before Ryu who shouldn't be: Ervin Santana, Shelby Miller
Projected stats: 10 W, 4.00 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 8.10 K/9
A.J. Griffin, Oakland A's—77th starting pitcher taken
What did Griffin, a 24 year old, do after being called up and thrown right in the middle of the A's division title race? He only went 7-1 with a 3.06 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 7.00 K/9. He can easily go 10 spots earlier, and in case you haven't noticed, the A's turn out gem pitchers. Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito dominated the early 2000s, but more recently, Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill and Dan Haren all found success in Oakland. Don't think of Griffin as a fluke.
Starting pitchers taken before Griffin who shouldn't be: Miguel Gonzalez, Gavin Floyd
Projected stats: 10 W, 3.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 7.20 K/9
Paul Maholm, Atlanta Braves—93rd starting pitcher taken
Two of Maholm's teammates were receiving all of the attention during last year's second half. Everybody was watching Kris Medlen baffle hitters and post a 1.57 ERA, and most people took notice of Mike Minor's 6-4 record with 2.16 ERA after the All-Star game. Maholm was the man left out, but he deserved just as much credit. In the second half, he went 7-5 with a 2.84 ERA, 7.32 K/9 and held hitters to a .226 average. Atlanta is a nice ballpark to pitch in and Maholm should enjoy the benefits again.
Starting pitchers taken before Maholm who shouldn't be: Chris Carpenter, Chris Tillman
Projected stats: 11 W, 4.00 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 6.10 K/9
Sergio Romo deserves more attention after the last three seasons he's had.
Sergio Romo, San Francisco Giants—10th relief pitcher taken
Romo was sensational during the Giants' World Series run last year. He pitched 10.2 innings and allowed just one run and four hits while notching nine strikeouts and four saves. He is more than just a 2012 postseason hero, though. Since 2010, Romo has pitched 165.1 innings and has a 1.85 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 11.05 K/9 rate. He was arguably the most valuable non-closer reliever to own during that span. He obviously proved that he can handle the ninth inning just fine, so expect another dominant year from Romo.
Relief pitchers taken before Romo who shouldn't be: Tom Wilhelmsen, John Axford
Projected stats: 30 SV, 2.20 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 10.45 K/9
Rafael Betancourt, Colorado Rockies—18th relief pitcher taken
The Colorado Rockies won 64 games in 2012, and Betancourt saved 31 of them. He will most likely get overlooked on draft day because of the team that he plays for, but he shouldn't. He posted a 2.81 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 8.90 K/9 to go along with those 31 saves last season. He might not get as many save opportunities as someone like Chris Perez or John Axford, but his overall numbers will be better.
Relief pitchers taken before Betancourt who shouldn't be: Glen Perkins, Grant Balfour
Projected stats: 33 SV, 2.90 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 9.60 K/9
Jason Grilli, Pittsburgh Pirates—19th relief pitcher taken
For the last two seasons, Grilli has been one of the league's best setup men. During that span, he has pitched 91.1 innings and has a 2.76 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and a 12.52 K/9 rate. With Joel Hanrahan being traded to the Red Sox, Grilli will start the year as Pirates' closer. He was valuable if your league incorporated holds last season, but now, he will be useful in all formats. His age is a little concern, but he should turn into an above-average closer.
Relief pitchers taken before Grilli who shouldn't be: Chris Perez, Glen Perkins
Projected stats: 30 SV, 2.95 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 10.65 K/9
Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers—26th relief pitcher taken
Jansen's irregular heartbeat is often times the only thing that can slow him down. He has missed time over the last couple of seasons because of the condition, but he underwent surgery to fix the problem, and he hasn't shown any ill effects during his bullpen sessions so far. That's great news for fantasy owners. When he is healthy, he is one of the most valuable closers. Over the last two seasons, he has thrown 118.2 innings while posting a 2.58 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and a 14.79 K/9. He'll most likely start the year behind Brandon League, but don't be surprised if he takes over the closer duties again, much like he did last year.
Relief pitchers taken before Jansen who shouldn't be: Addison Reed, Ernesto Frieri
Projected stats: 25 SV, 2.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 13.75 K/9
Casey Janssen, Toronto Blue Jays—27th relief pitcher taken
Janssen was a very pleasant surprise last season. He saved 22 games in 25 chances and posted a 2.54 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 9.47 K/9. His fantasy value took a boost when manager John Gibbons announced that he would open the year as closer and not Sergio Santos, who is recovering from labrum surgery. Janssen will most likely have a leash with Santos returning, but Janssen's overall numbers are better than Santos'.
Relief pitchers taken before Janssen who shouldn't be: Steve Cishek
Projected stats: 25 SV, 3.15 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 8.45 K/9