Finding a few late-round gems in your 2015 fantasy baseball draft can make the difference between winning and losing your league. Let’s take a look at a several deep sleepers that you may want to take a gamble on late in your draft. If you have any draft day questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Baseball Forum.
Pollock was called up half way through the year in 2014 and he made an instant impact. I am not totally buying his home run totals, but I think he is a guy that could be a decent source of speed with a solid average. Pollock is locked in as the starting center fielder for Arizona in 2015 and I see no reason why he won’t get a full season of at bats.
Flores has been in the Mets minor league system since he was 16 years old and at 23 he has finally worked his way into a full time gig in the bigs. He isn’t going to give you much speed, but he has a good amount of pop with has bat. He had 20 extra base hits in 259 at bats including 6 home runs after getting called up last year. If you take out the tier one shortstops I think Flores could lead the rest of the pack in the power categories.
Spangenberg is in the middle of a position battle for the starting third base job for the Padres. If he is able to win the competition I think he could be a solid pick this year. In limited at bats in the bigs last season he proved that he can handle big league pitching and the 23 year old certainly has a big upside. Keep a close eye on this battle during spring training and move Spangenberg up your board a bit if he wins the job.
Peralta is my favorite late round outfield sleeper and I think he could have a breakout season. The 27 year old has proven that he can do it all and if your league counts triples then give him even more of a jump. I think Peralta could easily have double digit home runs, triples and stolen bases in 2015.
Normally I don’t like guys as much when they break out in their late 20s or early 30s. My thinking is if they are a great baseball player then why did it take so long for them to show signs of greatness. With Vogt it’s a bit different though, he has been great in the minors but their big league squads just couldn’t seem to find room for him. Vogt practically forced a call up though after batting .364 with solid power numbers while in the minors in 2014. He was called up and this time it should be for good. He is a fan favorite in Oakland and Vogt should have plenty of support during his first full season in the majors.
Don’t pay any attention to the lack of success that Souza had with his 23 major league at bats in 2014. He is one of the top prospects in the game and he has been killing it in the Nationals minor league system for years before getting dealt to Tampa Bay. Souza is a guy that can do it all and he has legit 20/20 potential.
Stroman is an interesting young pitcher and I am excited to see what he does this year. His K to innings pitched ratio wasn’t what I was expecting from him last year, but I think there is certainly the potential that he builds on that in 2015. Stroman should be a safe bet for a sub 3.50 ERA with about a K per inning this year. Draft him with confidence in the late middle rounds. Editor’s note: Marcus Stroman suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the 2015 season.
Carrasco has moved up most people’s draft boards, but I still think he is worth the late mid round pick. His ADP is currently around 110 and when you consider his overall upside I think that is a steal. He has been in and out of the bigs for the last handful of years and at this point he looks to be up for good. I expect him to have another year with a solid ERA with good K counts.
The catcher position is somewhat thin this year and there aren’t many guys that I am excited about. Zunino is a guy that is an interesting draft pick in the later rounds and I am excited about his power potential. You need to be prepared for a terrible batting average, but there is a good chance that Zunino leads all catchers in home runs.
Before getting called up in 2014 Hahn was working on a sub 2.00 ERA with almost a strikeout per inning and he carried that success right into the bigs. He is now with Oakland and he is currently penciled in as their 3rd starter. The A’s always seem to find great young pitching and it looks like they have done it again with Hahn.