Searching for…….National League Rookie Sleepers
I was randomly watching the movie “Searching for Bobby Fischer” last night. Its actually a pretty decent movie even though chess championships are far from an intriguing story line for most of us. But it got me thinking, it’s time to start searching for the next crop of rookie sleepers who could potentially impact your fantasy league.
Searching for Buster Posey –
Wilson Ramos C (WAS): Ramos was acquired by the Nationals last year in the deal that sent their closer Matt Capps to Minnesota. Ramos doesn’t have the power of Posey, but his .285 career minor league average is more then respectable. According to scouts he tends to want to hit line drives instead of Home Runs which caps is power potential for the moment at around 10 HR’s. But cathcers have a funny way of developing, remember Giovanny Soto of CHC didn’t have much minor league power either.
Willin Rosario C (COL): If Chris Iannetta fails to impress in 2011 Rosario would be the next in line for Colorado. Has as much power as any catcher in the minors. Hit 19 HR’s in 270 AB’s last season in AA. A torn ACL ended his season in 2010, so health may be an issue in 2011.
Devin Mesoraco C (CIN): 26 HR’s .303 AVG at three levels in the minors last season. Going from A all the way up to AAA. 2007 1st round pick, so you know the Reds will want to see what they have. Cincinnati catching position is crowded with Ramon Hernandez and Ryan Hanigan but neither is exactly a beacon of health. Mesoraco could be someone to keep an eye on in 2011.
Searching for Ike Davis –
Brandon Belt 1B (SFG): The Giants have said Belt will be given a chance to earn a roster spot during spring training. Meaning Aubrey Huff would move to the outfield. Belt had a monster 2010 hitting .352 with 23 HR’s and 22 SB’s. The fact that Posey did so well for the Giants last season might give them extra motivation to bring up Belt.
Brandon Allen 1B,OF (ARZ): Allen is kind of in the same mold as Adam Dunn. lots of power with mediocre batting average. On the bright side like Dunn again he draws a lot of walks. Allen hit .261 with 25 HR’s in the minors last season. He should be the Diamondbacks opening day first baseman.
Searching for Ian Desmond –
Danny Espinosa 2B (WAS): Ian Desmond won’t have to look far to find the next potential middle infielder rookie sleeper. Espinosa combines a nice blend of power and speed which fantasy owners love! Strikes out a ton and doesn’t hit for a high average which fantasy owners hate. Hit .268 with 22 HR’s and 25 SB’s last year in the minors. So .245 AVG 15 HR’s 20 SB’s in 2011 is real possibility.
Eric Young Jr. 2B,OF (COL): If Colorado does end up trading for Michael Young all bets are off, but I love Young Jr. I love being able to draft speed late. If Young can get 500 AB’s which looks like a long shot, he is a shoe-in for 50 SB’s.
If you liked this article make sure you check back tomorrow when I post:
Searching for Jason Heyward, Searching for Jaime Garcia, and searching for Drew Storen