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2018 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Super Sleepers: Five Deep


Every fantasy season brings about the desire to find sleepers, players that might be overlooked for some reason. In this current information age, few players are going to be totally overlooked, but there may be reasons to hold out hope for better production. Every owner has to find players who are undervalued or primed to have a breakout season and grab them. They want to draft a player that no one thought very highly of and have them outdo their pre-season projections.

Sleepers are fantasy owner’s favorite players. Finding those sleepers are the most obvious manner to look educated before the draft and a genius afterward. Most fantasy championships are won based upon making the most of their late round picks and ultimately proving the value of their endless research.

I conducted my research and found five Hitting Super Sleepers, players who have an ADP of outside of 350 that will make you look like a fantasy genius.

Also, please check back soon as I provide the results of my research with five Pitching Super Sleepers.

2018 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Super Sleepers

Franklin Barreto, 2B/SS, Oakland Athletics (Fantasy Pros ADP 449)

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Franklin Barreto made his MLB debut last summer and homered in his second at-bat, and a couple weeks later he swatted a walk-off dinger. However, he hit just .197/.250/.352 in 76 plate appearances but at least showed an occasional glimpse. He has received plenty of attention on prospects list.  Barreto hit .290/.339/.456 in 2017 for Triple-A Nashville, with 27 walks, 141 strikeouts, 15 homers and 19 doubles in 469 at-bats.

Barreto is a top prospect which is emphasized by his youth. At just 21 years of age, Barreto is more than 5 years younger than the average AAA player. Primarily a shortstop during his minor league career, Barreto actually made his major league debut playing second base in place of Jed Lowrie. He projects as a solid defensive second baseman who can play shortstop if needed. He has the power potential to be a 15-20 home run hitter. Additionally, he owns the speed to reach or exceed those totals in stolen bases.

Given the youthful direction the Oakland A’s have taken, it only makes sense that Barreto joins the A’s other young foundation pieces sooner rather than later in the majors. The A’s are probably at least a year or two away from competing for the postseason.  The big picture points to Barreto taking over the second base position the instant he shows he’s ready.

There isn’t much doubt that Barreto is talented enough to play in the big leagues. The caveat with Barreto is that he whiffed at an alarming rate in Triple-A.  However, he is skillful with quick hands and above-average power and speed. He offers an impact top-of-the-order bat that can ignite an offense and your fantasy rosters, especially at his current draft value.

Ketel Marte, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks (Fantasy Pros ADP 349)

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The emergence of Ketel Marte was the story of the 2017 D-backs’ infield. After leading all of minor league baseball in hits at Triple-A Reno, Marte was called up on June 28 after Nick Ahmed and Chris Owings each went down with injuries. Marte slashed .260/.345/.395 with five home runs and totaled 18 RBI with 30 runs scored. He walked (29) almost as frequently as he struck out (37) and improved his OPS from .610 in 2016 to .740 in 2017, a difference of 130 points.

His emergence has created an interesting discussion this offseason. Ahmed or Owings could be traded to help upgrade the bullpen. Another thought here at the onset of offseason is to move Marte to second base and reshuffle the remaining options. The 24-year-old has a more balanced skill on offense with walks being a major element added to his game. The young switch-hitter has also shown the ability to hit for average and steal bases. However, he does still have room for improvement. He needs to develop a bit more pop in his bat and becomes a more consistent baserunner.

His metrics and the eye test put him as a mid to high floor guy. You add that with a .270 batting average and the chance to hit near the top of an already very good offense. Fantasy owners should see a lot of production across fantasy categories coming your way. He has shown flashes of being a valuable player on both sides of the ball. The flashes of offensive potential in a full season scream breakout! Ketel Marte is currently being drafted as the 37th ranked Shortstop with a consensus ADP of 349 on FantasyPros.  Drafting Ketel Marte as one of your late-round selections is the type of sleeper picks that win fantasy championships!

Hunter Dozier, 1B/3B/OF, Kansas City Royals (Fantasy Pros ADP 636)

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The 2018 season is the perfect time to get Hunter Dozier involved and find a role for him. Dozier looked to be the third baseman of the future in case Mike Moustakas wasn’t in town long-term. However, Cheslor Cuthbert proved himself nicely while filling in for an injured Moose. With Cuthbert likely being the go-to guy at third, that leaves two positions open for Dozier where he has experience playing in the minors. Those two spots are at first base or in right field. Dozier spent just four games at first base in 2017 in Triple-A, although that could be the best place to slot him in at, especially now that Eric Hosmer has signed with the Padres.

In 1800 professional at-bats Dozier owns a .262 BA.  He has also knocked out 51 long balls and drove in 254.  In 2016 he appeared to put it together as he slashed .296/.366/.533 with 15 homers in 103 games. Unfortunately, last season was thwarted by an oblique strain and a broken wrist. He hit just .226 in 84 at-bats at Class AAA.

Dozier, who ranked as the team’s No.3 prospect by MLB Pipeline, will open camp working primarily at first base. He has a short, compact stroke that should net a solid batting average.  The 26-year-old uses the whole field and has above-average raw power with improved plate discipline.  He probably won’t hit better than .265, but he could slug 20-plus home runs over a full season.

If you are unable to land one of the top options at First Base, you have to start bargain hunting. Fantasy owners always look for the diamond in the rough at the end of their drafts.Why not look at a player given a golden opportunity with intriguing potential, Hunter Dozier?

Eloy Jimenez, OF, Chicago White Sox (Fantasy Pros ADP 391)

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If anyone is going to come close to matching the excitement of Judge and Bellinger’s barrage on baseballs in 2018’s rookie class, it will be Eloy Jimenez. Eloy Jimenez went from the North Side to the South of Chicago in 2017 when the Cubs sent him to the White Sox in the Jose Quintana trade. He hit .312 with 19 homers, 65 RBIs, and a .947 OPS in 369 plate appearances across two levels in 2017 when he finished the season at Double-A. Jimenez then dominated the winter Dominican League where he hit .368 with four home runs, 21 RBIs and a .676 slugging percentage along with a 1.120 OPS in 19 games.

With the Sox not having high expectations entering this upcoming season, the next wave of talented prospects continues to move through the their farm system. Jimenez will be the most watched White Sox prospect. He has a legitimate shot to contribute in the big leagues this season. If he proves to continue to handle Double-A and then Triple-A pitching well, there is no reason to keep him from getting promoted to the majors.

Jimenez is a consensus top-five prospect in baseball. He has exhibited his power by smashing 43 homers in his 300 career minor league games. He has the tools to eventually develop into a middle-of-the-order threat. Eloy Jimenez has tons of upside and is the type of player that fantasy owners should stash on their bench. There is no player in the White Sox outfield outside of Avisail Garcia that has a strong hold on their position. Look for the breakout to happen in 2018. Hopefully, you will have a piece of the Eloy Jimenez fantasy pie and are able to enjoy it.

Kyle Tucker, OF, Houston Astros (Fantasy Pros ADP 554)

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The 21-year-old Tucker was the Astros’ Minor League Player of the Year last year. He hit .274 with 33 doubles, 25 home runs, 90 RBIs and 20 stolen bases in a season split between Class AA Corpus Christi and Advanced-A Buies Creek. Despite being one of the youngest position players in both the Carolina League and Texas League, Tucker was one of just 10 players in all of the Minor Leagues to record at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 2017.

Baseball America ranks Tucker as the 15th best prospect in baseball. He has proven to be an exceptionally good hitter. In fact, his hit tool has been described as one of the best in the minor leagues. In addition, he’s also a solid base stealer with 32 stolen bases in 2016 and 21 stolen bases over his 2017 minor league year.

So where does Kyle Tucker fit in? The Astros big league lineup is stacked but IF there is a possible weakness on the Astros, it is in Left Field. A combination of  Derek Fisher and the versatile Marwin Gonzalez occupied the position last season. Fisher hit only .214 last season, and Gonzalez is much better suited to continue his super-utility role. It seems that LF is there for Tucker the take and show the Astros that he can handle it.

As well as Tucker has progressed through the Minor Leagues, I foresee him making his big league debut at some point this season. He is just beginning to tap into his offensive potential. His potential is probably a top 50 OF once he takes over the full-time job and a five-category player. He is in line to be the next great homegrown Astros hitter and a great pick late in your drafts.

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About Dennis Sosic

Dennis Sosic is from Cleveland, Ohio and a HUGE sports fan including NFL (GO BROWNS!) and college football (GO BUCKEYES!) MLB (GO TRIBE), NBA (GO CAVS!) and MMA. He has been called a Sports Geek by friends and foes alike and that fits him perfectly. He has been competing in fantasy sports, mainly fantasy football and baseball for over 20 years. Please do all of us a favor and follow Dennis @ CALL_ME_SOS.

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  2. MMM

    February 21, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Youve got your north side and south side of Chicago mixed up.

    • Dennis Sosic

      February 21, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks for visiting our site and reading my article! Nice catch! I fixed it! Geography was never my best subject…..

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