Fantasy Baseball Sleepers For 2017
There's nothing better than taking a chance on a value pick during your draft and watching it pay off.
To aid you in your quest for the elusive fantasy baseball sleeper, we've put together a list of potential breakout or bounce-back players to help you win this season.
This list is in alphabetical order and the degree to which these players qualify as sleepers obviously depends on your specific league.
Chicago White Sox Shortstop
Anderson took over the starting shortstop job last year and looks to be the long-term solution at the position. Chicago promoted Anderson after just 55 games in Triple-A when he was hitting .304 in 256 plate appearances. Anderson's track record throughout the minors has been one of few walks and a below-average strikeout rate, and that continued at the big league level as he walked once for every nine times he struck out. However, he also hit for surprising power, matching his home run output (nine) from his previous 180 minor league contests. He was able to steal 10 bases despite a low on-base percentage. The speed will help his batting average and he has consistently made quality contact throughout the minors. His BABIP has yet to be below .369 in any stop of the minors where he spent longer than two weeks.
Colorado Rockies Pitcher
Following a season lost to an elbow injury, Anderson came into spring training healthy and ready to compete for a major league rotation spot. Unfortunately, his comeback hit a roadblock almost immediately, as the left-hander suffered an oblique injury in March that sidelined him until May. Once he did make his way back, Anderson showed why the Rockies spent a first-round draft pick on him. He dominated hitters at both the Double-A and Triple-A levels, prompting his promotion to the big leagues just over a month after his activation. He even found some success during his time in the majors, sporting a 3.54 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over 19 starts. Anderson certainly doesn't overwhelm hitters with his low-90s fastball, as his 7.8 K/9 shows, but his 50.9 percent groundball rate is a welcome sight considering many of his starts come at Coors Field. As long as Anderson can stay healthy, he should be a mainstay in the Rockies' rotation.
Milwaukee Brewers Shortstop
Arcia is up in the majors for his defense, as his bat remains a major work in progress. He hit just .219/.273/.358 over 55 games in 2016 as he struggled mightily in his first chance against major league pitching. Arcia is rail thin at 6-foot and 165 pounds, and he's unlikely to develop anything more than a marginal power presence. If he's going to provide fantasy value, it will be through his speed. Arcia managed eight stolen bases last year despite his struggles getting on base, so he could reach 20 stolen bases with a full season's worth of playing time, with more possible as he adjusts quicker than expected to major league pitching.
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