Most of these players will be overlooked come draft day, but a team that takes the chance on them could end up reaping the rewards. Last year, Josh Donaldson, Starling Marte, and Greg Holland all provided their owners with incredible results at the cost of a late-draft pick. Whether an owner requires power, speed, or saves, these players have the potential to surprise.
Kole Calhoun has serious potential. He teased fans in 2013 by hitting 8 home runs over 195 at bats. During his time in the minors, Calhoun has shown the potential for a strong 20 home runs/ 10 stolen base season. He has also been know for his solid batting average and BB/K numbers. Don't overlook Calhoun late in drafts because he can be a valuable bat.
Khris Davis is another powerful sleeper. Davis won the starting job out from underneath Norichika Aoki and thus, Aoki was traded. He had a massive 29.8 HR/FB% last year. That means that almost a third of his flyballs went over the fence. While that is due for regression, it shows the raw power that Davis offers. He has 30 home run potential and shouldn't be left behind in a draft.
Ben Revere is not a newcomer to the big leagues. And yet, he is still a sleeper. Revere doesn't offer the power Davis does (He has never hit a home run in 1400 plate appearances), but he does have a knack for stealing bases. Revere will hit at the top of the Phillies lineup and has the potential for 40+ stolen bases. Instead of leaping for Billy Hamilton in the earlier rounds, grab Revere near the end for a more efficient draft.
Brad Miller is the new shortstop in Seattle. He's been on a lot of sleeper lists lately and for a good reason. He goes undrafted in most leagues. Miller has the potential for a 15 homer/ 15 stolen base season if everything pans out. And while he may not hit at the top of the lineup to start the season, he should end up there by the All-Star Break. Not to mention, he has a great BB/K ratio.
Lastly for the batters is Devin Mesoraco. Mesoraco has finally earned the starting catcher job in Cincinnati after the past two years living under Ryan Hanigan. Once touted as a top 15 prospect, Mesoraco still has the potential to round out and become a solid fantasy contributor. He has shown the power to blast 25 home runs given the at bats and shouldn't kill your batting average if he can settle in at around .265. He's not the most exciting player, but he can be invaluable to a fantasy team if an owner waits on drafting a catcher until the later rounds
Danny Salazar looks primed to break out this season (That is, if the end of last season doesn't count). Salazar throws hard. He averaged a 96 mph heater when he was called up late last season. He also know how to use that fastball really well, resulting in an incredibly high swinging strike rate. If he can last longer in games by managing his tempo more, Salazar will offer 180 innings of 200K pitching.
Sonny Gray was called up at about the same time Salazar was and also stunned fans. He now has the chance to be the opening day starter having pitched in only 10 games in the MLB. Gray rose quickly through the A's system and only appeared as an ace earlier in 2013. However, Gray now looks like one of the safer picks after posting a 2.67 ERA over 64 innings towards the end of the year. He even went toe to toe with Justin Verlander in the playoffs.
Tyson Ross went largely unnoticed during his second half boom last year. Ross managed to put it all together this year and maintained a 3.17 ERA. He perfected his slider and great results followed. By the end of the season, he should have top 50 starter value even though he is not ranked in the top 90 starters on ESPN.
Corey Kluber also worked on his pitched last season. He did not even start the season in the rotation and ended up as one of the best starters in the AL. Kluber has the best cutter in the MLB nowadays and he wields it well. He has a solid forecast and should provide great late round value.
Nathan Eovaldi rounds out the list of pitching sleepers because his results don't match his performance. He threw one of the fastest fastballs among starting pitchers and he only managed to strike out 6.6 batters per 9 innings. With another season under his belt, that number should increase by a fair amount. He posted a solid 3.39 ERA in 2013 but went unnoticed behind Jose Fernandez' instant stardom.
Other Sleepers to Watch For: Jedd Gyorko, Andrew Cashner, Nate Jones, Rex Brothers, Justin Morneau, Marcus Semien, Matt Davidson, Cody Asche, George Springer, Nolan Arenado, Ivan Nova, Avisail Garcia, Marcell Ozuna
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