Outfield is a novel place as a result of you may simply as simply discover a power-speed menace as you may a an enormous energy producer or a stolen base artist. Our checklist has extra power-speed guys as a result of they’re at all times good for balancing a roster and tougher to search out at different spots, however you’ll find sluggers, too.
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Clearly, not all of those gamers will hit. Some may wind up not even enjoying a lot. But it surely’s good to have extra names in your radar, even in case you’re in a shallower league. Baseball is a protracted season stuffed with accidents, and OF is a place that may see loads of guys go on two- or three-week sizzling streaks. In case you seize some high-upside choices late (or barely sooner than anticipated, relying on the participant), you will possible end up with no less than one shock contributor.
2019 Fantasy Baseball OF Sleepers
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Ramon Laureano, A’s. A full season of at-bats can yield 20/20 manufacturing from the 24-year-old Laureano. Taking part in time is way from a given in Oakland’s crowded outfield, however Laureano posted 19 HRs and 18 SBs in 112 video games between Triple-A and the majors final yr, which included a stable .288/.358/.474 line throughout his 48-game MLB stint. The strikeout charge was excessive (28.Four %), however his stable protection and skill to attract walks ought to maintain Laureano within the A’s lineup most days.
Avisail Garcia, Rays. The previous three seasons, the Rays have had a shock 30-HR hitter. In 2016 it was Brad Miller; in ’17 it was Logan Morrison and Steven Souza; final yr it was C.J. Cron. If that pattern continues, Garcia is a probable candidate after popping 19 homers in 93 video games for the White Sox final season. In ’17, he lower means down on his Ks and used a ridiculous .392 BABP to submit a .330/.380/.506 line, which has to imply one thing even when the BABIP is not repeatable. Because it stands, the 27-year-old OF/DH is combating for enjoying time in what is perhaps a make-or-break season, but when he places all of it collectively, he’ll have main fantasy worth.
Harrison Bader, Cardinals. Bader impressed with a 12/15 displaying in 138 video games final season, and it would not be a shock if the 24-year-old righty flirted with a 20/20 marketing campaign this yr. Whereas he will not assist a lot in batting common or OBP, he ought to do effectively to compile stats within the different classes.
Domingo Santana, Mariners. It is easy to overlook Santana had a 30/15 season for the Brewers in 2017, particularly after the 26-year-old slugger bounced between the bench and Triple-A final yr. Now in Seattle, the place enjoying time should not be a problem, Santana is free to do what he does greatest — hit homers, take walks, and steal a number of bases. Fantasy homeowners is perhaps scared off after final season and the transfer to a a lot worse hitters park, nevertheless it’s encouraging to notice that Santana truly hit for extra energy on the street than at dwelling throughout his breakout ’16 marketing campaign, slugging .512 on the street and solely .382 in Milwaukee. He has the pop to hit homers anyplace, so anticipate loads of stats regardless of a mediocre common.
Steven Souza Jr., Diamondbacks. Pectoral accidents (and poor play) restricted Souza to solely 72 video games final yr, so, like Santana, it is easy to overlook he had a 30/16 season in 2017 with the Rays. Souza truly struck out much less and made extra arduous contact final season, so regardless that his stats had been down, that is an encouraging signal. Given his dwelling park, Souza is at all times a menace for stable power-speed manufacturing and should not be neglected.
Eloy Jimenez, White Sox. Jimenez is not fairly Vladimir Guerrero Jr. when it comes to rookie hype, however the 22-year-old righty ought to make his debut comparatively early and is predicted to provide from Day 1. He hit .337/.384/.577 with 22 HRs in 108 video games between Double-A and Triple-A final yr. Jimenez would not steal bases, however he can hit for common whereas offering loads of run manufacturing, making him value the price of doing enterprise.
Cedric Mullins II, Orioles. The Orioles are rebuilding, so younger gamers like Mullins are going to get each probability to fail whereas swinging and operating with reckless abandon. That is not essentially good for wins, however it may be good for fantasy homeowners. The 24-year-old switch-hitter did not do a lot in his 45-game main league stint final yr (.235/.312/.359), however his 2018, cut up nearly equally between Double-A, Triple-A and the majors, he produced 15 HRs and 23 SBs. One good signal from his main league debut was that he did not strike out a ton (19.4-percent strikeout charge). A good power-speed season is feasible at a bargain-basement value.
Leonys Martin, Indians. Martin has lengthy teased fantasy homeowners, and now at 30, he may need missed his window. Nonetheless, there’s motive to suppose he generally is a invaluable fantasy contributor this yr, The Indians OF is stuffed with potential sleepers, although guys like Bradley Zimmer (shoulder) and Greg Allen will must get wholesome and/or get into the lineup earlier than they’ll begin stealing bases for fantasy homeowners. For now, Martin has a beginning job, and after hitting 11 HRs and stealing seven bases in 84 video games final yr spent largely in Detroit, he’ll be in Cleveland, which is a lefty-hitters’ paradise. A 20/20 season is perhaps optimistic, however Martin can present somewhat pop, somewhat velocity, and sure some runs if he will get on a regular basis enjoying time.
Austin Meadows, Rays. Meadows has misplaced somewhat of his top-prospect shine, however with a recent begin in Tampa he’ll get an opportunity to make good on his expertise. The 23-year-old lefty did effectively in his first main league motion final yr, posting a .287/.325/.461 line in 59 video games cut up between the Pirates and Rays. His Okay-rate (20.9 %) was manageable, and his six homers and 5 steals present he may give you somewhat of the whole lot. Meadows is perhaps a yr or two away from a serious breakout, however even a small one this yr will give him on a regular basis fantasy worth.
David Dahl, Rockies. You may bear in mind Dahl from everybody’s sleeper checklist previous to 2017, however rib and again accidents (and crowded Colorado outfields) have restricted him to solely 77 video games the previous two seasons (all final yr). With the depth chart thinned out, Dahl stands to be an on a regular basis participant in ;19 if he can keep on the fiheld, and primarily based on final yr’s 16-HR, five-SB output in abbreviated enjoying time, the 24-year-old outfielder may lastly have that massive breakout we have been ready for.
Byron Buxton, Twins. Buxton sunk various fantasy groups final season with a very depressing 28-game marketing campaign that noticed him spend far more time on the DL and within the minors than within the Twins lineup. We have seen him produce in stretches, however a full season looks as if too tall of a activity for the strikeout-prone 25 yr previous. Nonetheless, it is robust to completely flip your again on Buxton’s potential, which was on full show throughout the second half in 2017 (.300/.347/.546, 11 HRs, 13 SBs). At this level, there are extra causes, together with damage historical past and strategy on the plate, to keep away from Buxton than draft him, however given his low-cost price ticket, he is a worthwhile lotto ticket who may repay in an enormous means.
Victor Robles, Nationals. Robles is not precisely a secret, however he is nonetheless a breakout candidate. The 21-year-old speedster put up a .288/.348/.525 line in 21 main league video games final yr, and even at his younger age, he may pop 15 HRs and steal 30 bases with a full season value of at-bats. He won’t fairly hit these benchmarks, however even a 10/20 season has worth, particularly if Robles is scoring runs and hitting for an honest common.
Delino DeShields, Rangers. After a disappointing 2018, many fantasy homeowners are off DeShields, however he remrains a serious SB menace. DeShields appears to be on an every-other-year plan, hitting .261 with 25 SBs in ’15 and .269 with 29 SBs in ’17 (in 120 and 121 video games, respectively), however in ’16 and ’18, he mixed for 28 steals and hit below .217 each years. Clearly, he isn’t a positive factor, and even in yr, he is a mediocre common hitter with little or no energy and RBI potential, however he can strategy or surpass 40 steals if he performs 145 video games. He is good on protection and has at all times been in a position to attract walks, in order that raises his odds of staying within the lineup and getting on base. The opposite pure speedsters will price you extra, however DeShields may match their manufacturing at a lowered price.
Nomar Mazara, Rangers. Mazara most likely looks as if the other of a sleeper contemplating he is posted remarkably comparable stats in his first three seasons within the majors (exterior of an outlier 101 RBIs in 2017). However the necessary factor to recollect is that he is solely 23, so an influence surge feels possible in some unspecified time in the future. The Rangers are reportedly working with Mazara to develop extra pop– one thing that already was occuring on a per-game foundation final yr — and when that comes, search for extra general manufacturing. Different fantasy homeowners is perhaps bored/disenchanted with Mazara, so you may possible get him at a reduction.
Christin Stewart, Tigers. The 25-year-old lefty has averaged 28.three HRs at numerous ranges of the minors and majors over the previous three seasons, and he did not look overwhelmed in his 17-game call-up final yr, posting 13/10 Okay/BB ratio. Each of these charges appear prone to worsen this yr, however Stewart can nonetheless membership homers even when he is a drain in common.
Chris Shaw, Giants. Admittedly, Shaw is a low-percentage “sleeper”, however the 25-year-old lefty has energy, which is proven by the 24 HRs he hit in 101 video games at Triple-A final yr. His 22-game call-up within the majors final yr was largely forgettable, notably his 37.1-percent Okay-rate, however he may wind up being an affordable supply of energy off the waiver wire in some unspecified time in the future this season.