With fantasy baseball leagues opening up, the questions arise, who are the sleepers for 2015? Every year we see undervalued guys come out and have monster years. Last year guys like Lucas Duda, Michael Brantley, Jose Altuve, Jonathan Lucroy and Corey Kluber all rose up out of no where to be key guys on peoples rosters. This year who will surprise us all? You can find out my opinion right here.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, Kansas City Royals
The former # 3 overall pick in 2008 has had a roller coaster ride throughout his first few years throughout the major leagues He has won back to back Gold Gloves at first base but after just posting nine home runs a season ago, many people are starting to compare Hosmer to James Loney. But Hosmer's hand that he broke in August is now fully healed and after a good postseason, Hosmer is due for some success in 2015. Hosmer is the eighteenth ranked first baseman in ESPN Fantasy leagues. That is very low for a guy with a ton of potential. Expect to get Hosmer in the later rounds, as he can provide you as a good utility man and a good backup first baseman in standard leagues. My expectation for Hosmer this year is .280 BA 18 HR and 75 RBI's.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado Rockies
The twenty-four year old third baseman completed his first year in the Majors a season ago, he was plagued by some injuires that kept him off the field on a consistent basis. But Arenado posted a .287/18 HR/71 RBI's in just 111 games played. With Arenado playing half of his games in a hitter friendly park, if he can stay healthy, he could potentially be a guy at the top of the third base rankings after the season. My expectation for Arenado is a .295 BA, 24 HR and 90 RBI's.
Gerrit Cole, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
The former first overall pick is ready to join the class of the elite arms in the MLB. Cole, whos fastball can get up to 98 MPH, had a decent season last year going 11-5 with a 3.65 ERA while battling some injuries along the way. If Cole can produce on a consistent basis, he can be a key strikeout guy for your team. Expect Cole to be picked around round 6-8 as he is the 26th ranked starting pitcher in ESPN fantasy leagues. Taking a chance on Cole has a the chance to be a high reward for your team. Cole has the potential to be a 15-17 game winner in the National League as well as striking out around nine batters a game.
Marcus Stroman, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
The hard throwing twenty-three year old with a six pitch repertoire posted a 3.38 ERA in the second half this season. He will have to be one of the leaders of the Toronto staff this season. His stuff, control and ground ball inducement show that Stroman can be a very effective pitcher this year. Although, the only thing that hurts his stock is the AL East lineups are very difficult to face, however I see Stroman having another strong year with 12-14 wins with an ERA under 3.50.
Kolten Wong, 2B, St Louis Cardinals
Wong didn't live up to his expectations last season, but with a successful AAA stint at the end of the season, it helped Wong out in the postseason. The free swinging Wong, doesn't walk much but his power is there. If Wong can produce he can potentially be a 15 homer, 20 steals kind of guy. Wong has the ability to be a low risk high reward type of player for your team.
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