This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
With expanded rosters in major league baseball, some names getting playing time might not be familiar to fantasy baseball players. Of course, there are no surprises in fantasy. No players are hidden away as secrets. But there are some players we don't know as much about.
This will be the first of two articles about a few of those lesser-known guys rostered on big league clubs. I just thought I would delve into them a bit in this space.
This week I look at American League players. Next week, National Leaguers.
I'm not suggesting these guys are "sleepers." I am stating that some people just don't know that much about them. They are superb options for only leagues, deep leagues or DFS play.
Tim Lopes, OF/2B, Mariners, RHB
Lopes was drafted in 2012 by the Mariners out of Edison High School in Huntington Beach, Calif. He was a sixth-round draft pick, getting a $550,000 bonus to keep him from signing with UC Irvine. He was signed as a second baseman. His brother Christian played in the Blue Jays organization. Some say Tim is a better player.
Lopes got 128 plate appearances in 2019 in 41 games. He had seven doubles and one homer. he did steal six bases, getting caught three times. His on base percentage was .359.
A right-handed hitter, this year he has hit righties well, but struggles against lefties. It should be known that he has played against both. He is probably a match-up type hitter,