2012 fantasy baseball sleepers
Each year the Major League Baseball season produces some huge surprises in major disappointments. In order to win your fantasy league you undoubtedly are going to need to draft a sleeper or two that produce quality results.
Here are my top 10 fantasy baseball sleepers for 2012:
Catcher- Jesus Montero Seattle Mariners
Montero is a young player who hit .308 in the minor leagues. He will see at bats both as a catcher and a designated hitter. Seattle is not a team that has a lot of power but Montero has the ability had 20-25 home runs. In a position that normally doesn't bring a lot of points in fantasy baseball this young guy can be worth a late round pick with upside.
Eric Hosmer Kansas City Kansas City Royals
This young man broke into the big leagues last season and in 523 at bats he hit 19 home runs and 78 RBI while hitting .293. At 22 years of age Hosmer has the ability to quickly become one of the elite first baseman in baseball. With an exciting young lineup in Kansas City look for him to build on last year's success. There's a lot to like about Eric Hosmer.
Yonder Alfonso San Diego padres
In 2011 Alfonso only had 88 at bats for the Reds. He hit .330 with five long balls and 15 RBI. It's a small sampling of what he's capable of against big league pitchers but in the minor leagues he has shown that he can hit for power and average. He does play in San Diego which is a pitcher friendly ballpark. This is an interesting young player who's worth the late round flyer.
Second base- Danny Espinosa Washington Nationals
Second baseman usually don't yield a lot of points in fantasy baseball. Espinosa saw regular time for the first time in his career in 2011. While only hitting .236, Espinosa drove in 66 runners while adding 21 home runs. His minor league numbers show he has the ability to hit at or near .300 there's some late round value with him in 2012.
Third base- Mike Moustakas Kansas City Royals
Moustakas hit .263 with five homers and 30 RBI in just 89 games last season. At just 23 years of age he has a ton of upside. He has demonstrated throughout his minor league career he can hit for power and average. Look for decent power numbers in a decent batting average with the potential for huge break out. He's a good player and will only get better as time goes on. Great value pick in the later rounds.
Shortstop- Zach Cozard Cincinnati Reds
Cozard has taken over the starting shortstop job in Cincinnati. He's a proven minor league hitter and so far in spring training he is hitting .324 with two home runs in just 11 games. Last season was cut short do to injury but he appears to be 100% now. This young man has the ability to hit 15 to 20 home runs while hitting in .280's. He will not be one of the first shortstops off the board but could bring value to your fantasy team as a reserve. Nice upside with this young player.
Yoenis Cespedes Oakland Athletics
This 26 year old defected from Cuba and expects to play a huge role for the A's this season. In a very competitive Cuban league Cespedeshas shown the ability to hit in the low .300's with 30 to 35 long balls. There are question marks about his ability to hit major league pitchers but this young man may prove to be the biggest sleeper in 2012. Billy Beane thought enough of him to commit $36,000,000. Could be a huge year for this young man.
Brennan Boesch Detroit Tigers
Nobody may benefit more from the addition of Prince Fielder more then Brennan Boesch. If Jim Leyland gives him the chance to hit in front of Fielder he will see more fastballs and this will improve his average and power numbers. Boesch hit .283 with 16 homers last year. The addition of Fielder could mean 25 HR's or more. He is a very good talent with his best years still to come.
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
Some people believe that Mike Trout is the best pure hitter in the minor leagues. He received a late season call up with the Angels last season at just 19 years of age. In only 40 games he hit .220 but did add 5 homers and 16 RBI's. The question is not if Trout will be good, it a question of when the Angels make the decision to make him their full time center fielder. When that happens, look out.
Doug Fister Detroit Tigers
Last season in Seattle and Detoit Fister won 11 games with a 2.83 ERA. Keep in mind that in Seattle Fister got NO run support. That will change tremendously in Detroit. Fister has a great chance to log over 200 innings and approach 170 strikeouts in 2012. You should be able to pick of Fister very cheap in the later rounds. Low risk, high reward pick.
Chris Sale Chicago White Sox
The White Sox have made the decision to put Chris Sale in the starting rotation in 2012. Last year out of the bull pin the star in waiting pitched 71 innings while striking out 79 hitters with a 2.79 ERA. Not bad at all for this youngster. Expect Sale to push 15 wins this year while approaching 175 K's. There is huge upside to this young man.
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