2020 Fantasy Baseball Undervalued Infielders

by Travis Argo
2020 Fantasy Baseball Undervalued Infielders

Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Baseball Undervalued Infielders article!

That's right, baseball is season is around the corner and now is the time to start prepping for your drafts. Check out our fantasy draft kit and rankings to prepare for the 2020 season. For those of you who are preparing for a dynasty league, check out Fantasy Six Pack's dynasty rankings.

Value is key to winning your league, and finding value in your upcoming draft is significant for your success. There is no more excellent feeling than getting a key contributor in the middle to late rounds and rubbing it in your league mates' faces.

This year, finding value players is key to winning your Fantasy league in 2020, especially when you consider how many fantasy owners are devoting their early-round picks to starting pitching and steals.

It is projected that at least three starting pitchers will be taken within the first ten picks. An estimated eight pitchers will be taken within the top 25 picks. An estimated 15 pitchers in the first 50 picks and 34 pitchers within the first 100 picks.

21 hitters had 20-plus steals in the 2019 season, and 10 of those hitters are being drafted in the first 50 picks. So, 25 picks out of the first 50 picks are being devoted to starting pitchers and steals.

Because the trend is on pitching and steals, you must find hitters that help fill in the gaps that your early-round picks might not have filled.

I believe each one of these players will outperform their ADP, help fill in the gaps, and lead you to a championship.

2020 Fantasy Baseball Undervalued Infielders

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Didi Gregorius, SS, Philadelphia Phillies, ADP: 204.9

Last season was tough for Didi Gregorius. The shortstop had a .238 AVG, an awful .276 OBP, and struggled with his swing mechanics. Even though he struggled with his ratios, he still managed to hit 16 home runs and 61 RBIs in only 82 games.

2020 should be a better year for him. Gregorius should be fully healed from his Tommy John surgery, which kept him out for most of last season. There's a chance he rushed himself back too soon, which would explain his struggles.

Now with the Philadelphia Phillies, Gregorius has the opportunity to return to his former self.

Gregorius has had success throughout his career when facing the National League. He has .280 AVG and 96 RBIs against the National League teams.

His career numbers against the National League East are even better. He has a .332 AVG, 27 runs, 35 RBIs, and nine home runs in only 265 at-bats against NL East.

We are not that far removed from Gregorius posting a .268 AVG, 86 RBIs, and 27 home runs. It doesn't cost Fantasy owners anything to draft him because he is going late in the eighteenth round.

Take the chance on Gregorius on having a bounce-back season, and you will not be disappointed.

Mike Moustakas, 2B/3B, Cincinnati Reds, ADP: 105.9

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Mom, Dad, meet the man I love in the 2020 season, Mike Moustakas. He is a power hitter in a new and improved offense, and won't kill your batting average like most power hitters. Right now, he is being drafted at a bargain price early in the ninth round.

Moustakas left the sweet bosom of the Milwaukee Brewers to join the sexy Cincinnati Reds. Last year, the Reds were 25th in runs, 24th in RBIs, 14th in home runs, and carried a .244 team batting average. The Reds' off-season moves were focused on improving their offense, signing Shogo AkiyamaNicholas Castellanos, and Moustakas. Those signings are going to skyrocket Cincinnati's offensive production, and Moustakas is going to be the primary beneficiary.

Eugenio Suarez had surgery on his shoulder and will be out for the beginning of the season. Rumors state he'll be back by mid-May. but who knows with injuries? Suarez's injury puts Moustakas in the cleanup spot in the Reds batting order, giving him plenty of RBI opportunities with Castellanos and Joey Votto hitting in front of him.

When Suarez returns to the starting lineup, it will not affect Moustakas' production. He most likely will be inserted into the fifth spot where he thrived for most of his career. He has .274 AVG, .335 WOBA, 66 RBIs, and 23 home runs for his career (511 at-bats) when batting in the fifth spot.

Another added bonus for Moustakas in Cincinnati is he'll play 81 games in Great American Ballpark, which favors left-handed power hitters. He also has 16 away games in Colorado, Milwaukee, and Yankee Stadium, all parks that play well into lefties. 60 percent of the games Moustakas will play will be in parks that will maximize his swing.

Don't let a centerpiece (with multiple position eligibility) in what should be a vastly improved offense slip through your fingers on draft day.

Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota Twins, ADP: 125.4

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It is widely understood that batters who hit the ball hard get more home runs and put balls in play (thanks captain obvious). Nobody hits the ball harder than Miguel Sano. Okay, there are few guys (Aaron Judge and Joey Gallo) who hit harder than Sano, but not many.

Sano averaged a 94.2 MPH exit velocity, had a 247.3 average distance (feet), and had a 14.5 launch angle in the 2019 season. All signs point to Sano having another monster power season.

In only 105 games last year, he had .247 AVG, .378 WOBA, 34 home runs (look at that again), and 79 RBIs. If Sano can stay healthy for even 140 games this season, he could easily hit 40-plus home runs and knock in 90 RBIs. That kind of production in the late tenth round is a steal.

Some of you may be worried about Sano's projected spot in the Twins' batting order. According to Roster Resource, Sano is expected to be in the eighth spot. Let me remind you that Sano will be on one of the best offenses in Major League Baseball.

The Twins led the league in home runs (307) last year. They were also second in runs (939), WOBA (.347), and AVG (.270). Fantasy owners should not worry about his spot in the order, the production will always be there. There's still the possibility of Sano moving up in the order.

The cherry on top of Sano's Fantasy value is he will gain first-base eligibility. The Twins' signing of Josh Donaldson makes Sano their full-time first-baseman, which is a lifesaver because first-base is not deep.

Cavan Biggio, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays, ADP: 133.8

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Nostalgia is enormous in today's market (who doesn't love a good reboot), and fantasy owners should engage in the rebooted Biggio.

Biggio (2.0) hit 16 home runs and swiped 14 bags in only 100 games in the 2019 season. In 2020, He'll have a full-time job in a prime position in the batting order in a pretty decent offense.

Biggio is projected to be second in the Blue Jays' batting order. He will bat behind Bo Bichette, who should give him plenty of RBIs opportunities. Biggio should also have a good amount of runs with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hitting behind him.

Biggio's .234 AVG gives the impression that he isn't a clutch hitter, but that isn't the case. He had .270 AVG and .357 WOBA with runners-on-base; he had a .280 AVG and .349 WOBA with runners-in-scoring position last season. In high leverage situations, Biggio had a .273 AVG and a .360 WOBA. When the pressure is on Biggio, he comes through for his team.

Biggio also has a tremendous hard contact rate and can hit the opposite field regularly, making him shift proof. He had .308 AVG against all shifts in the 2019 season.

Fantasy owners who miss out on steals in the early part of their draft should target Biggio because he has the potential to be a 20-plus steal guy, and he has the power to contribute to owners' hitting categories. Don't let this potential 20/20 hitter fall to your enemies; buy a ticket for this reboot. It's only going to cost you a late eleventh round or an early twelfth round pick.

Gavin Lux, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers, ADP: 158.1

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Lux was an incredible hitter in the minor leagues, .313 AVG in Double-A and a .392 in Triple-A. In majors, Lux struggled to keep that high batting average (.240). Lux is going into this year with a better idea on how to handle big-league pitching and will have a spot in one of baseball's best offenses.

I would feel better about Lux's production if the Joc Pederson deal had happened, but there's still is a chance Pederson could be dealt.

But even if Pederson stays, Lux will be a four-category contributor for fantasy owners. Streamers have Lux projected with a .266 AVG, 65 RBIs, 17 home runs, and nine stolen bases.

Lux does struggle against lefties, so he may be put in a platoon with Chris Taylor. However, there are fewer starting left-handed pitchers in the National League and just three lefties in the National League West. The starting job will belong to Lux on most days.

If Fantasy owners have a shot at grabbing an improving young player, who will hit in a great offense, and they can choose him in the thirteenth round, they should probably do it. He might drop down the draft board since the Pederson trade didn't happen, which would make him an even better value.

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