Fantasy Baseball 3B Sleepers: Breakout third basemen, late-round steals

Fantasy Baseball 3B Sleepers: Breakout third basemen, late-round steals

Third base is a kind of positions the place you do not essentially want to have an inventory of sleepers in your draft cheat sheet, however you may possible be glad you’ve one prepared. As a result of many strong, mid-tier fantasy 3Bs (and even some upper-tier, in case you play on Yahoo) are eligible at different positions, you by no means know after they’ll come off the board. If you happen to play in a deep league or one with a CI spot, that might depart you scrambling within the center or late rounds as you watch potential breakouts get snatched up between your picks. 

Many of the gamers listed beneath will solely be concerns in deeper leagues, however some, like Alec Bohm and Ke’Bryan Hayes, will get drafted in shallow leagues, too. Sadly, not many steal bases, although there are speedier 3B-eligible guys who primarily play different positions (see the underside of the listing). 

In the end, you’ll be hoping to get energy and run-production from these gamers, and whereas that is at all times welcome, it might appear comparatively simple to seek out, which is why we mentioned you may not assume you want a sleepers listing. But when certainly one of these gamers actually breaks out — and even simply will get sizzling for a two-week or month-long stretch — you’ll be pleased they’re in your radar. 

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Fantasy Baseball 3B Sleepers: Breakout third basemen, late-round sleepers

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Alec Bohm, Phillies (additionally eligible at 1B). Bohm impressed with a .338/.400/.481 line in 44 video games final 12 months, and whereas his .410 BABIP figures to noticeably drop, the gifted 24-year-old infielder can hit for a strong common and first rate energy. In Philadelphia’s lineup, run-producing alternatives will comply with, giving Bohm loads of potential worth in deeper leagues. 

Ke’Bryan Hayes, Pirates. Hayes is one other BABIP darling from final 12 months (.450) who ended his debut stint within the majors with a .376/.442/.682 line in 24 video games. These numbers are going to leap out to anybody, and whereas they may not signify Hayes’s true upside, they nonetheless present the 24-year-old righty has loads of expertise. If his bat continues to develop, he ought to put up a strong common, average energy, and round 10-15 steals. That is price one thing in deep leagues, however watch out to not overdraft.

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Ryan McMahon, Rockies (1B, 2B). With a profession .237/.318/.423 line in 301 video games, it is easy to miss MaMahon, however the 26-year-old infielder hit 24 HRs in 2019 and 9 in 52 video games final 12 months. He has energy, at the least at dwelling (.269/.344/.510), and a breakout would not be a shock as he enters his prime. The common won’t ever impress, however given his versatility and energy/run-producing potential, McMahon is a pleasant participant to personal.

Carter Kieboom, Nationals (SS). Kieboom hasn’t proven a lot in his 44 video games within the majors (.181/.309/.232), however at simply 23, he nonetheless has time to seek out his swing. His minor league numbers (.287/.378/.469) portend to eventual main league success, and he ought to get each probability to succeed (or fail) this 12 months. 

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Ty France, Mariners (2B). France has been tearing up spring coaching, so the key is perhaps out on him, however the 26-year-old infielder nonetheless has extra upside that almost all notice. He crushed Triple-A pitching in 2019, hitting .399/.477/.770 in 76 video games earlier than cooling off with the Padres after his call-up (.234/.294/.402). He discovered his stroke once more final 12 months (.305/.368/.464) in 155 at-bats, which considerably quiets the issues that he is a “Quad-A” participant. France ought to get on a regular basis at-bats, be it at 2B, 3B, or DH, and whereas he may not hit greater than .270, he can definitely provide homers and RBIs.

Mike Brosseau, Rays (1B, 2B). Brosseau does not have a set place to play, however given his versatility, it would not be a shock to see him discover his manner into Tampa’s lineup most days. He impressed final 12 months with a .302/.378/.558 line (although it did include a .412 BABIP), and that adopted a season the place he hit 22 HRs in 124 video games between Triple-A and the majors. At 27, a full-fledged breakout appears a bit unlikely, however along with his multi-position eligibility, strong energy, and first rate common potential, Brosseau is a worthwhile bench choice in deep leagues.

Yoshi Tsutsugo, Rays (OF). The issue with predicting Rays gamers will “escape” is you by no means know the way typically they’re going to be within the lineup. They’ve too many related gamers — versatile platoon-types — to actually really feel assured about any who aren’t already established. Tsutsugo hit simply .194 and struck out 27 % of the time in his first season in America, so it is easy to put in writing him off, however the 29-year-old lefty additionally walked at a excessive fee (14.1 %) and clubbed eight HRs in 51 video games. Given the tough adjustment interval he absolutely went via final 12 months, there’s hope Tsutsugo can discover the stroke that helped him turn out to be certainly one of Japan’s elite energy hitters — if he will get common enjoying time, after all.

Luis Urias, Brewers (2B, SS). If it wasn’t for a torrid stretch within the minors in 2019 the place he hit a bunch of homers in per week’s span — together with 5 in a 24-hour stretch — we’d not be holding out hope for Urias, however he is simply 23 and clearly has plenty of upside. He is struggled within the majors (.226/.315/.320), however he is proven the flexibility to take walks and never strike out a lot within the minors, which is intriguing for somebody his age. We do not anticipate monster numbers this 12 months, however given his multi-position versatility and favorable dwelling park, Urias is somebody to look at early on. 

Different 3B-eligible sleepers written about elsewhere: Andres Gimenez (2B, SS), Isiah Kiner-Falefa (C, SS), Jon Berti (2B, SS, OF), Willi Castro (SS), Nick Solak (2B, OF), Dylan Moore (2B, SS, OF)

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