2019 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Super Sleepers: High Five

by Dennis Sosic
2019 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Super Sleepers

Hello, Fantasy Baseball fans as we dive into where Fantasy owners win their drafts. Any veteran fantasy player knows championships are either won or lost in the mid-to-late rounds of the draft.

Who will be the player that will help you win your championship?

I came up with five hitters that Fantasy owners can look for with an ADP of 350 or larger that can help you win your league. Grab your pen or highlighter and make sure you note these hitters on your tiered draft sheets as I present you with the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Super Sleepers.

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2019 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Super Sleepers

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Willians Astudillo, C/3B, Minnesota Twins (FantasyPros Overall ADP#368)

My apologies but I had to do it again. Just like I mentioned Willians Astudillo in my 2019 Fantasy Baseball Catcher Preview, I had to include him as a Super Sleeper. Astudillo had a cameo with the Minnesota Twins last season. He hit .355/.371/.516 with three homers and 21 RBI in 29 games.

He arrived in Minnesota as a utility player and the Twins are slating him on the bench for the moment, but he has played games at catcher, third base, and in the outfield. That position flexibility and his hit tool should give the Twins a reason to get him out there on the diamond.

Astudillo was impressive in his short stint last season. He struck out just three times in nearly 100 plate appearances. In parts of nine seasons in the minor leagues, he has struck out just 81 times in 2,461 plate appearances.

There is a situation regarding playing time. At the catcher spot, Jason Castro is returning from a knee injury that caused him to miss most of last season. Mitch Garver stepped in for Castro and finished with a stat line of .268/.335/.414 with seven homers and 45 RBI in 102 games. I don't forsee Castro taking over the starting role from Garver. In fact, I wouldn't be shocked if Castro is not with the Twins for the entire season.

Admittedly, the uncertainty of Astudillo's playing time will make Fantasy owners pull their hair out. Astudillo played very well in a small sample size. If he continues to do so in Spring Training, it will be difficult to have him on the bench. The Twins can move him around the diamond to provide him with at-bats. This will also allow Fantasy owners to reap the benefits of a final round pick contributing as a catcher.

Omar Narvaez, C, Seattle Mariners (FantasyPros ADP#372)

Omar Narvaez is expected to be the primary catcher for the Seattle Mariners after being acquired from the Chicago White Sox for reliever Alex Colomé in November. The Mariners were in search for a starting catcher to replace the departed Mike Zunino.

Narvaez filled in for the Chicago White Sox last season when Welington Castillo served an 80-game drug suspension. In 97 games, the left-handed hitter slashed .275/.366/.429 with nine home runs and a .794 OPS along with a 122 wRC+.

His defense is still a work in progress, however, there is no one on the Mariners' roster that will vulture his at-bats. With a full season ahead in 2019, he is being drafted as the 20th-25th catcher on average. However, I believe he will outperform that ADP and finish as a Top 10 catcher based on his hit tool.

Jorge Soler, OF, Kansas City Royals (FantasyPros Overall ADP#395)

Jorge Soler is still trying to convince Kansas City Royals' fans that he was a comparable return for reliever Wade Davis. Unfortunately, Soler has a difficult time staying healthy. Since 2014, he has only played in more than 100 games in a season just once.

Soler was off to a great start in the 2018 season, his second in the Royals organization. He was hitting .265/.354/.466 with nine homers and 123 wRC+. For a team that never walked, Soler spent March and April doing nothing but walking, producing free bases at an 18.2% rate.

The unthinkable happened again. He broke his big toe in June, and the injury held him out for the rest of the season.

He is now completely healthy. If he can overcome his injury problems, the DH position is his for the taking. He has never been much of an outfielder defensively, so he is projected to be the Royals DH in 2019.

He has a power hit tool and could be an important player on a roster looking for talent. His power number could lead him to be a potentially valuable trade piece come to the Trade Deadline. Soler is a high-reward/high-risk type of player who Fantasy owners can draft as their fourth or fifth outfielder capable of hitting 25-30 home runs.

Leonys Martin, OF, Cleveland Indians (FantasyPros Overall ADP#414)

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Roster Resource lists the Cleveland Indians starting outfield of Greg Allen in left field, Tyler Naquin in right field and Leonys Martin will patrol centerfield. This is not exactly the type of outfield that should scare any opponent. None of the three played in more than 100 games last season. The Indians lost Michael Brantley to the Houston Astros and Raja Davis landed with the New York Mets. Cleveland is desperate for quality outfielders and hoping that these three players can do enough to help them win their fourth straight American League Central Division Championship.

The Indians acquired Leonys Martin from the Detroit Tigers last July in search of outfield depth during their playoff run. Martin played in just six games with the Tribe before falling ill. He spent several weeks battling a life-threatening bacterial infection that began to impact his internal organs. Thankfully, he has recovered and is cleared to resume all baseball activities.

The left-hand hitting Martin is gunning to the everyday starter in centerfield. In his brief six-game stint with Cleveland, he collected five hits in 15 at-bats (.333 batting average) with two homers, four RBI, and three runs scored. He had a .353 on-base, and .733 slugging and 1.086 on-base-plus-slugging percentages with the Indians.

Martin is an intriguing weapon. He is a talented defensive outfielder with speed and some pop in his bat. Of course, there are lingering health concerns, but if he is on the field there is some fantasy appeal with Martin. He has the talent to hit 10-15 homers and steal 30+ bases. A great pick as your fifth outfielder.

Ryan McMahon, 1B/2B/3B, Colorado Rockies (FantasyPros Overall ADP#419)


The Colorado Rockies have a gaping hole in their infield with two-time All-Star DJ Lemahieu now a New York Yankee. Currently, the team’s depth chart lists Ryan McMahon as the opening day starter at second base. The 24-year-old  shown some promise, when he hit .232/.307/.376 with five home runs and 19 RBI in 91 games as a rookie last season.

McMahon has the potential to be a consistent offensive threat.  In 2017, he hit .355 with 20 home runs, 88 RBI and a .986 OPS across 119 Double-A and Triple-A games.  He will be competing with the speedy Garrett Hampson and the Rockies consensus top prospect Brendan Rodgers to fill the vacancy at second base.  McMahon, Hampson, and Rodgers have a combined 132 games and 240 at-bats at the big-league level, which includes Rodgers yet to make his major-league debut.

The job is there for the taking, but McMahon is the frontrunner based upon having the most major league experience. However, if someone rises above McMahon, he will still make an impact due to his defensive versatility. The left-hand hitter also played at first base and third base last season while playing solid defense at each position.

Fantasy owners looking to fill their MI/CI spot late in their draft can take a shot on Ryan McMahon. The Rockies will have a power-packed lineup as always, and who doesn't want a piece of that potential production in their fantasy lineups?

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