Hey there, I am now ready to unveil my 2016 First Base Sleepers that should not be on too many radars.
There may be a lot of owners that want the video game #’s from a Goldschmidt, Cabrera, Encarnacion ,Chris Davis, Votto, Abreu & Fielder. Let them bid these guys up. The more they spend the more it will help you in this quest to develop a deep, talented and young team!
Lets take a look…
1. Eric Hosmer, KC – He was in the national spotlight helping the Royals win the world Series so there may be some that are willing to overpay to get him but, Hosmer is definitely a player that you want to keep your eye on during your Auction/draft. He is an excellent hitter with HR power to drive the ball to all fields. He is a patient hitter in the middle of a productive lineup. The dude is only 26 years old and has a reputation of being the most clutch player in the league. This kind of upside in the start of his prime years are what we are after. If you see a chance to get this guy. Do it. I don’t care if you already have 4 first basemen on your roster. You’ll thank me.
2. Freddie Freeman, ATL – This sweet swinging left hander was on everyone’s wish list before last season. He started the season on the right foot (as opposed to the left)? Then injuries started to ruin things he suffered from wrist and an oblique injury. The former seemed to linger the rest of the season. He was the only bright spot in that Braves lineup. Yet, he still was on pace for an excellent season. It also didn’t help that his parents got divorced and his dog died. Ok so maybe that last bit is a lie. Anyways, it is possible that others in your league won’t be so quick to pay for an often injured player in an anemic lineup. Seems like a great time to pounce. The Braves lineup has improved and the hot stove season is just getting underway. Hector Oliveras can only help. Go after this prime aged slugger!
3. Carlos Santana, CLE – When you think of the perfect player to go after in a point’s league, this guy is in the top handful. Santana uses an ability to wait for a good pitch to hit and drives it. He is going to walk a lot and strike out a little. It’s not easy to find a power hitter, run producer that is this patient at the plate. Luckily for you he is coming off a less productive year yet he is only 29 years old. There may be a lot of owners that want the video game #’s from a Goldschmidt, Cabrera, Encarnacion or Chris Davis. Let them bid these guys up. The more they spend the more it will help you in this quest to develop this deep, talented and young team!
4. Brandon Belt, SF – This fellow had a big year in 2015. With Sandoval signing with Boston & Hunter Pence out for most of the year it was Brandon Belt who had to assume one of the production spots in the lineup. He answered the call in a big way. His hart hit rate last year was one of the best in the league at 39.5%. You could see that it was all starting to “slow down” for him at the plate. He had a wOBA of .359 which means he was patient and did whatever it took to get on base. Heck, he even was the runner up to win the NL gold glove for 1st basemen in the NL. A 6’5” Left handed power hitter who is 27 and is going to hopefully have more people on base batting in front of him. His stats are still trending upwards. Worth the pick.
5. Lucas Duda, NYM – It pains me as a Yankee fan to advise anyone to pick a Met for their fantasy team. To me relying on a Met is like that creepy cousin you have that you only see once a year at Christmas. You don’t want to go but, you know you’re Aunt and Uncle always give you a good gift. Lucas Duda may be that gift. He is a legitimate power threat and is a 6’4” Left handed hitter who is 29 years old and has a knack for getting on base (wOBA .359) even when he doesn’t connect (Hard Hit Rate 39%). It would be hard to find another 30 HR guy that most people look right past.
2 Guys in the minors that play first base and are likely the next two “Big Hitters” to keep an eye on at the position.
- J. Reed, HOU – Chris Carter and Jon Singleton’s inability to make consistent contact has opened the door for A.J. Reed. Houston might send him to AAA to start the season since he only made it to AA last year but, team controlled years should not be a top priority due to the Astros looking like a contender in 2016 again. A.J. last year had a slash line that looked like this .340/.432/.612, 34HR, 0SB, 19.6k%, 13.8bb%. He has immense power and phenomenal plate discipline. He appears to be the real deal. Absolutely worth a late pick.
- Josh Bell, PIT – Last Year in AAA Josh hit .320/.396/.450, 8HR, 9SB, 11.9k%, 11.69bb%. Yes, he only hit 8 home runs last year and that seems to be a big reason people look past him. Scouts do see the potential for more power but let’s look beyond that. Josh contributes in every other category to make him a very valuable commodity. Having a guy that contends for a batting average crown because he hits everything over the plate and takes a ton of walks when there is nothing good to swing at. This is a recipe for a very productive guy to own in points leagues. The Pirates have a big void at 1st base right now so you might see him start the season in the majors.