2012 National League Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Shortstop
Dee Gordan SS LAD – Gordan is lightning fast, he could lead the league in steals next year. Just to give you an idea of how fast he is Michael Bourn who led the league in steals in 2011 had 22 steals in 227 at bats after being traded from Houston to Atlanta….. Gordan had 24 steals in 224 at bats. For all you playing at home that’s 2 more steals for Gordan in 3 less at bats. So Gordan will go toe-to-toe with Bourn for the stolen base title in 2012. Oh, and he also hit .304 and is only 23 years old. As of right now ESPN.com’s Tristan H. Cockcroft along with several other sites inexplicably have guys like Stephen Drew ranked higher then Gordan. Tristan please come join my league!!! We’d love to have you.
Jed Lowrie 3B,SS HOU – Lowrie has a couple of things working against him going into 2012. For one thing he can’t seem to stay healthy for an entire season, and two Houston isn’t exactly an offensive juggernaut of a team. That being said I still really like this trade for the Astros and think Lowrie will have a good 2012. Many fantasy experts expected Lowrie to hit upwards of 15+ home runs in 2011 (He ended up battling injury and only hitting six). AS I said health is the big issue with Lowrie. But if he can get some where around 400 at bats .265 with 14 home runs is not out of the question. Lowrie will play shortstop for the Astros next year but should be eligible in most fantasy league at third base as well. If you take him just make sure you get a decent back up. Chances are your going to need one.
Zack Cozart SS CIN – High contact rate with decent pop for a shortstop. Not a great plate approach highlighted by his zero walks in 38 at bats last season. Plagued by injuries in 2011 so should fly under the radar going into 2012. Cincinnati is a great place to hit and only has the extremely light hitting Paul Janish as competition. If you’re like me and decide to wait on a shortstop, then think about Cozart as a mid/late draft pick.
Jordany Valdespin SS NYM – I fully expect Ruben Tejada to win the New York Mets starting shortstop job. But even if he does I would keep an eye on Jordany Valdespin. He’s a 24 year old from the Dominican Republic who hit .294 with 17 home runs and 37 stolen bases between AA and AAA last season. He’ll most likely be a September call-up but if something happens to Tejada I can see a scenario where Valdespin gets an earlier then expected call to the bigs.