Fantasy Baseball Sleepers 2013: Young Sluggers Who Will Step Up This Season

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterFebruary 21, 2013

SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 20:  Jurickson Profar #13 of the Texas Rangers poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Surprise Stadium on February 20, 2013 in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Trout and Harper are old news.

The young hard-slugging superstars of 2012 were prodigious and awe-inspiring in their play, but they’re not missing on anyone’s radar. And they certainly won’t come as a steal.

The following are a group of talented young guns that aren’t plastered all over your television screen and your friends’ draft boards.

Yet. 

 

Will Middlebrooks

The Boston Red Sox received a shot of life this past year from new third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who made his major league debut with 15 home runs and 54 RBI on the season.

Middlebrooks swung the bat handily, hitting .288 in 267 at-bats, and he is showing plenty of promise to develop into a offensive power as Boston clambers to regain their poise for next season. 

 

Jurickson Profar

Athletic and capable of whipping the ball deep, Jurickson Profar was a pleasant surprise for many Texas Rangers fans last season.

The 19-year-old infielder was called up in September and notched a home run on his first at bat, one of three homers he would hit in 17 at-bats last season.

Profar played nine games last season and is already getting attention as one of the hottest prospects in baseball; he’s definitely worth a spot on your roster.

 

Manny Machado

He’s unpolished, but there’s a bright future ahead for Manny Machado.

The 20-year-old shortstop was called up by the Baltimore Orioles last season and hit .262 with seven home runs and 26 RBI in 171 at-bats—enough to help the Orioles fight their way into the playoffs.

Machado is still raw talent, but it's been reported that he’s feeling like he’s found his place on the team this off-season and could make for an interesting pick-up if you’re in need and feeling saucy.

 

Anthony Rizzo

The Chicago Cubs have found a solid bat in 23-year-old first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

The Cubs called up their top prospect in June of 2012, and since making his debut he’s managed 15 home runs,  48 RBI and a batting average of .285.

Rizzo is a solid bet at first base, and don’t be surprised if someone guns for him early.

 

Brett Lawrie 

Another 23-year-old with huge up-side potential, Toronto Blue Jay Brett Lawrie has shown he has the power and speed to play in the big leagues. 

Also, the Blue Jays are a deep team, so don’t be surprised to see him putting up strong numbers.