5 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers to Target in 2020
While it’s tough to call a player being drafted in the 70’s a sleeper, Keston Hiura is different as I believe he is being undervalued. Hiura will likely be one of the only second basemen batting cleanup throughout the league and a productive Milwaukee lineup will provide plenty of RBI opportunities. Hiura’s combination of power and speed provide fantasy teams with a potential 30+ home runs alongside 15+ stolen bases. I believe Hiura will be a top 50 player in points-leagues by seasons end. If he can solve his 30.7% strikeout rate from a year ago, the sky is the limit for the 23-year-old.
Here’s a list of every player throughout the league who hit more than 35 home runs in under 500 plate appearances last season; Mike Trout, Christian Yelich, Nelson Cruz, George Springer, Matt Olson, Joc Pederson, and Franmil Reyes. Now, Reyes has dropped 18 pounds and will move into the middle of a very talented Indians lineup. It’s hard to find a guy with a ceiling of 40+ home runs and 90+ RBI’s as late as he has been going in drafts. Stash him on your team and reap the benefits of the 24-year-old’s elite power.
In 2019, Gallen dominated Triple-A to the tune of a dazzling 9-1 record, 1.77 ERA, and 112 K’s in 14 starts. After getting the call to the big leagues, he continued to shine with a 2.72 ERA and a .191 opposing average with the Marlins. Miami eventually sent Gallen to the Diamondbacks in a deadline deal where he showcased his ceiling with several dominant outings. Now, with a full season in Arizona and superior run support looming, Gallen has a route to finish as a top-40 pitcher this season with the potential to finish higher. As long as Gallen is able to lock down the fifth spot in Arizona’s rotation as expected, he will provide value at his ADP.
The Rangers have finally decided to go ahead and #FreeWillie. Last season, it appeared Calhoun didn’t have a place in a crowded Texas outfield manned by Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara, Delino DeShields, Shin-Soo Choo, Hunter Pence, and Danny Santana. Now, with Pence, DeShields, and Mazara out of town and Choo moving to DH, Calhoun is left in an everyday role in left field with a prime spot in the Rangers lineup. Calhoun has an excellent bat, hitting 21 home runs in just 83 games last season. With a full season ahead, this 25-year-old’s high-ceiling is definitely worth the late round investment.
Cease spun a fantastic 2018 season in the minors, tossing 160 K’s and a 2.40 ERA in 23 starts en route to winning the 2018 Pipeline Pitcher of the Year. However, A 4.48 ERA in Triple-A and 5.79 ERA in the majors led to a screeching halt for the Cease hype train last season. Yet, he managed to finish strong with a 3.00 ERA in September and showcased his talent with an 11-strikeout performance in Cleveland. This improvement was a great sign for Cease and I believe he has the tools to bounce-back to his previously elite form. The upside of Cease could make an investment into his development transform from a late round dart-throw into a bullseye.