The fantasy baseball season is right around the corner and there are some all-around players that owners must get their hands on.
Sluggers are normally a high priority in fantasy drafts, but players like Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies are great all-around options.
Each of these players can affect games in multiple ways, which is why they are a smart pick to this year.
Let's take a closer look at what these players bring to the fantasy table.
Derek Jeter, Shortstop, New York Yankees
Jeter is coming off a bad ankle injury that he suffered during the 2012 postseason, but it looks like he will be more than ready to go once Opening Day arrives.
The Yankees captain is a lock to hit at the top of the order this season and will likely keep his place as the leadoff hitter.
As a result, Jeter will score a ton of runs with a potent lineup behind him and should equal or better his total of 99 runs scored last season. During his 18-year career, Jeter has broken the 100-run mark 13 times.
Furthermore, Jeter can still hit the ball out of the park as evidenced by his 15 homers from a season ago, and he will still drive in runs after notching 58 during the regular season last year.
Jeter is also a hit machine, leading the MLB in hits last season with 216.
Mike Trout, Center Field, Los Angeles Angels
Trout took the MLB by storm last season and is a rising star who will only get better from here.
For starters, the Angels outfielder has great speed that allows him to steal a ton of bases. He compiled an astounding 49 steals last season and will likely match or at least come close to that total in 2013.
Trout also has power in his repertoire, slamming 30 homers and driving in 83 RBI in 2012. He should be a candidate to lead the league in runs thanks to a lineup filled with studs like Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Mark Trumbo.
After all, he did score 129 runs during his rookie campaign on the strength of 182 hits.
With all the things Trout can do, you'd be foolish to pass up on him if he's still on the board when your turn comes up.
Carlos Gonzalez, Left Field, Colorado Rockies
Like Trout, Gonzalez is one of the most complete players in the MLB today. The 27-year-old can hit for power and average, but he also has the speed to steal some bases.
Gonzalez smacked 22 homers and drove in 85 RBI last season while compiling 157 hits. Back in 2010 Gonzalez had 197 hits, so clearly he's capable of doing more.
Those numbers figure to stay consistent as a result of the hitter-friendly Coors Field he plays his home games in.
On top of that, Gonzalez is a lock to steal 20 bases per season as he has done so in each of his last three campaigns.
"Cargo" has a ton of ways to score fantasy points for owners who draft him, so he's a smart pickup this season.
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