We’ve already gone over middle infielder sleeper Sean Rodriguez here, but after the departure of many top-notch contributors from their 2010 team, the Rays don’t have just one sleeper candidate on their roster. Now we turn our attention to shortstop/second baseman Reid Brignac, Rodriguez’ double play tandem-mate. Brignac was a second-round draft pick out of high school in 2004, so like his teammate Rodriguez, Brignac had a pretty long minor league career to get him ready to go.
In six seasons in the minors, Brignac hit .281/.337/.449 with a .785 OPS, 150 doubles, 74 home runs and 47 steals. His total numbers were held down a bit by trips back and forth between Tampa and Durham in 2008 and 2009, but for the most part he showed a decent combination of power and speed. In 2006 between A and AA, Brignac hit .321/.376/.539 with 24 home runs and 15 steals, his finest minor league season by far.
Although his track record indicates this is the outlier of all his minor league work, his 2007 at AAA was probably more indicative of how he will do but isn’t too far off from his 2005 season. In ’07, Brignac batted .260/.328/.433 with a .760 OPS, 17 home runs and 15 steals.
Brignac’s numbers probably won’t ever light the world on fire by any stretch of the imagination, but shortstop has never been a deep position in terms of offensive production, so you have to take what you can get. He’s got pop in his bat, decent speed, smarts on the basepaths, and a pretty safe starting job and his 223.8 ADP means that you can snatch him up really late in your draft and get comparable production to some more expensive shortstops like Ian Desmond (ADP of 153), Stephen Drew (ADP of 112), and Marco Scutaro (ADP of 201).
2011 projected stats: .255 AVG, 16 HR, 68 RBI, 5 SB, 62 Runs