Editor's Choice: Fantasy baseball sleepers

by KFFL Staff on February 26, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


KFFL's managing editors choose their favorite fantasy baseball sleepers for 2010.

Nicholas Minnix

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Matt Wieters
C
BAL
OK, this is kind of obvious, but he's a natural. Cut him some slack for 2009 after less than 2 years in minors. Minimum: .280 BA, 20 HR
Jay Bruce
OF
CIN
Packs 40-HR power and, after return from non-lingering wrist issue, demonstrated this: He gets it. BA will follow.
Colby Rasmus
OF
STL
Cardinals have brought him along at just the right pace. Maturing, more fit youngster should hit in 2-hole and thrive.
Brian Matusz
SP
BAL
Like to refer to him as slightly bigger Cole Hamels. Control artist with great changeup so polished that he'll shine in 2010.
Homer Bailey
SP
CIN
Was never a believer ... until last year, when his supposed mid-90s velocity and head showed up. Now, about Dusty Baker....

 

Tim Heaney

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Jay Bruce
OF
CIN
Look past that '09 BA. Wrist looks healed. Don't forget his farm performances. Start with 30 HR and an improved clip - don't look back.
Yunel Escobar
SS
ATL
Elite batting eye = middle-round BA stability. Growing FB and ISO peg him as breakthrough material. Entering age-27 season.
Max Scherzer
SP
DET
Strand rate hurt him last year. Needs to become more efficient, but K security hard to ignore in the middle rounds.
Rickie Weeks
2B
MIL
Hard to discount injury history, but he showed maturity before his season ended. LD increase favors BA growth. Buy low.
Brad Penny
SP
STL
The next Joel Piniero? Dave Duncan's next project has better track record, fastball. Penny thrived in switch to NL last year.

 

Cory J. Bonini

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Russell Martin
C
LAD
Health withstanding, I expect a big rebound in power and BA. Working on his approach, added muscle; great gamble as low-end No. 1 catcher.
Jose Valverde
RP
DET
Change of scenery should help; should find plenty of save opps. Improved BABIP, declining K/9 and increasing BB/9 should come around.
Kevin Gregg
RP
TOR
K/9-plus pitcher with a good chance at becoming CL; regained dominance last year and improved control. Needs to keep HR/9 down though.
Chase Headley
3B/OF
SD
Moves back to natural position; drastically improved BB/K ratio in his first full year despite a lower BA; worth a late flier as CI or No. 5 OF.
Brandon Webb
SP
ARI
He's risky, sure, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt after one injured season. Great No. 3 in mixed if you have security ahead of him.

 

Bryce McRae

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Rickie Weeks
2B
MIL
Wrist injury cut short Weeks' 2009 breakout season; great speed and power combo that should help at a very shallow position.
Vernon Wells
OF
TOR
The most overpaid man in baseball one year removed from 2008 injuries; skills still there and less pressure will help in 2010.
Chad Qualls
RP
ARI
Knee injury has people ignoring this closer; ARI doesn't have any great options to challenge Qualls, who should net 30-plus saves.
Homer Bailey
SP
CIN
Bailey developed both confidence and a split-fingered pitch that helped him to a solid 2009 finish; won't take much to get him, either.
Jay Bruce
OF
CIN
Other Cincy youngster is former minor league POY; has power and speed, and skills improvement suggest he'll finish 2010 in top 50.

 

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