Here are eight Corner Infielders that are Sleepers for the upcoming 2024 Fantasy Baseball season. These aren't your studs but they are going to be the First and Third Baseman that Fantasy managers should consider targeting in their drafts.
All eight of the players listed here are being drafted after the 100 mark but still have plenty to offer. Beside each player is their current average draft position (ADP), courtesy of FantasyPros ADP Consensus.
While Fantasy managers can't target every one of these corner infielders, I recommend finding one or two to highlight on your personal list to target this draft season. There are plenty of options at each ADP, ranging from just outside the top 100 all the way down to the late 300s. You can see where we have them in our Award-Winning Rankings as well.
Readers will find top prospects, post-hype breakout candidates, surging stars from 2023, and one player returning to action from an injury with a new team.
2024 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers - Corner Infielders
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Colt Keith, Detroit Tigers (Current ADP: 282.6)
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) January 1, 2024
MLB.com's number 22 prospect, Colt Keith, is ready to take Major League Baseball by storm. He signed a significant contract extension with the Detroit Tigers totaling $28.643M over six years. This comes before the prospect even made his MLB debut.
This extension shows that the Tigers expect a lot from their third-ranked prospect and expect it soon. Keith will likely be on the opening-day roster, but even if he doesn't make it, expect him to be up sooner rather than later.
As for Keith's skill set, he is a power hitter with a short and quick swing that allows for relatively easy power from the left side of the plate. Keith isn't just a one-tool player, either. He can also hit for average and get on base at an extraordinary clip. He showed this in 2023 when he combined for a .304/.379/.558 slash line with a 129 wRC+ in 59 Double-A games and 67 Triple-A games. The infielder also combined for 27 home runs, 88 runs, and 101 RBI.
This is a fair draft value for Keith, but he could realistically go around the 200 mark with other top prospects, such as Junior Caminero and Noelvi Marte. Of these three, I would target Keith due to the price and a more manageable path to playing time.
Nathaniel Lowe, Texas Rangers (Current ADP: 188.6)
Nathaniel Lowe won a Silver Slugger award in 2022 but came back down to Earth in 2023. Despite this, his statistics were still solid, and he finished as a top-15 first baseman in Fantasy Baseball.
My favorite thing about Lowe is the consistency. He is good for 15+ homers, 75+ runs and RBIs, and a .260+ avg. That's great! He is a rosterable first baseman and should be rostered in 12-team leagues. So, how is he a sleeper?
Lowe is a sleeper in 2024 because his current ADP places him 22nd among first-base-eligible players. I will consider drafting Lowe 40 picks (three rounds) sooner than his ADP. This would put him over other first basemen such as Isaac Paredes, Alec Bohm, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, and Vinnie Pasquantino. But don't reach if you don't have to, the later you can snag a safe play like Lowe the better.
There is strategy involved when drafting a player like Lowe. As a player considered a safe option, he is best paired with someone who is a riskier option. Lowe has the high floor; pair him with a high-ceiling guy such as Triston Casas, Spencer Torkelson, or Cody Bellinger for the best results.
Nolan Schanuel, Los Angeles Angels (Current ADP: 374.3)
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Nolan Schanuel was selected with the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2023 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels. He was one of the rare draftees to make their MLB debut the same season they got drafted. At just 21 years old, Schanuel made his MLB debut two months after being drafted.
From then on, Schanuel was the Angels leadoff hitter and starting first baseman. In 132 plate appearances, he slashed .275/.402/.330 with a 112 wRC+, scoring 19 runs and six RBIs.
Schanuel showed an elite hit tool, but his power took a while. He hit three doubles and one home run, and three of those four extra-base hits didn't come until the last two weeks of the season.
The Angels' first baseman is going around pick 374 in Fantasy Baseball drafts and is on the edge of being drafted in some leagues. I'm willing to draft him this late because there is nothing to lose. If he underperforms, then he is an easy drop at his price.
Spencer Torkelson, Detroit Tigers (Current ADP: 123.4)
Here is my favorite of the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Corner Infield Sleepers. Spencer Torkelson finished as a top-six first baseman in Fantasy Baseball for 2023, according to FantasyPros Value Based Rankings. However, thus far into the Fantasy Baseball draft season, Torkelson is going off the board as the 14th eligible first baseman.
This is crazy to me because the former first-overall pick has the potential to reach 35 home runs, 35 doubles, 100 runs, and 100 RBIs.
I could easily take him around pick 85 and be happy with it. He has a very similar build to Christian Walker, who is currently going at pick 83. In my 2024 First Base Preview, I wrote that Torkelson is a rising player. Here, I mention Torkelson's average exit velocity, barrel rate, and hard-hit rate increase from 2022 to 2023. Since that article, Torkleson's ADP went from 144 to his current ADP of 123.
Rhys Hoskins, Milwaukee Brewers (Current ADP: 189)
Another first baseman I highlighted in my first base preview is the new Brewer first baseman Rhys Hoskins. Fantasy managers are still sleeping on Hoskins even after signing with his new team.
Hoskins is going at a similar price to Lowe on the Rangers. Both are going back-to-back in Fantasy Drafts. Similar to Lowe, I'm okay with picking Hoskins anywhere after pick 130.
With his new team, fans should expect Hoskins to regain a position as one of the top-10 first basemen in Fantasy Baseball.
Michael Busch, Chicago Cubs (Current ADP: 383.6)
— John Antonoff (@baseballinfocus) February 6, 2024
After landing with the Chicago Cubs this offseason, former top prospect Michael Busch appears set to get a real chance to be an everyday starter at first base. He is a power first bat who failed to meet expectations during his first stint of MLB action with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2023.
If Busch lands a starting gig in Chicago, he could wind up with 20+ home runs as a late-round pick.
Jake Burger, Miami Marlins (Current ADP 172)
Slugging third baseman Jake Burger smashed 34 home runs in 141 games and 540 plate appearances in 2023. This led to him scoring 71 runs and 80 RBI.
If Burger can play 140 games or even more in 2024, he's a candidate for 40+ home runs and 90+ runs and RBIs. He's going after Paredes, Bohm, and Max Muncy at his current ADP. However, I'm willing to take him over all three players.
Maikel Garcia, Kansas City Royals (Current ADP: 316.3)
Maikel Garcia was one of my favorite rookies in 2023 and was a valuable streamer at times in Fantasy Baseball. He had a high average of .272 and used his speed to steal 23 bases, allowing home to get into scoring position quite often.
Expect a very similar year in 2024 from Garcia. He is by no means the best baseball player, but he holds value. He is essentially Tommy Edman (with less pop) but is going almost 150 picks later than the St. Louis Cardinals center fielder.
This is more of a value play than anything else. Garcia isn't going to shock the world, but Fantasy managers are sleeping on him in 2024 drafts.
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