There is something to be said about anchoring your fantasy baseball team with players that have already reached their potential.
That said, there is always a new crop, often made up of younger players, who take their game to the next level. Here’s a look at some American League Central fantasy baseball breakout candidates.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, Kansas City Royals
Cain had 10 stolen bases in 61 games last year. He also hit seven home runs. He could smack 15 home runs with 25 stolen bases if he gets to 500 at bats.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, Cleveland Indians
Chisenhall improved his batting average and OPS from .255 and .699 in 2011 to .268 and .741 last year. He has had a good spring, which could help him get off to a quick start. Lonnie’s weakness is left-handed pitching.
Tyler Flowers, C, Chicago White Sox
Flowers hit seven home runs in 136 at bats last year. He also hit for an average of .213. A.J. Pierzynski has moved on to Texas, so Flowers should see plenty of at bats. He could give you 20 home runs or more, but you’ll have to stomach his poor batting average. Fortunately, decent power with a poor average isn’t uncommon among catchers. In daily leagues, you’ll want to sit him against tough righties.
Aaron Hicks, OF, Minnesota Twins
Hicks is having a terrific spring, which has earned him the starting center fielder job. Look for him to contribute in batting average, runs and stolen bases. His skipping Triple-A, however, could lead to some growing pains. The Twins have had a lot of success at center fielder.
Greg Holland, RP, Kansas City Royals
Holland converted 16 of his 18 save opportunities and posted a 1.98 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP when he took over the closer gig. He recorded 91 strikeouts in 67 innings, which is good for a 12.2 K/9 ratio. The Royals have an improved rotation, which should provide more leads to protect.
Glen Perkins, RP, Minnesota Twins
Perkins collected 16 saves last year while posting a 2.56 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He also recorded 78 strikeouts in 70.1 innings. He should do well in the full-time role.
Bruce Rondon, RP, Detroit Tigers
Rondon can throw absolute gas, but he has struggled with his control. It looks like he has the lead in the closer role for the Tigers, but his grip is anything but firm. He’s going to rack up strikeouts and saves if he gets the gig. That said, this is a situation to monitor closely.
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