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Undervalued Players: Hitters

Here's my list of undervalued hitters for 2009. Whether they're sleepers or not, I think these players will outproduce their draft positions.

  • Chase Utley, 2B.  Second round?  Yes please.  My projection only calls for 525 ABs.
  • Matt Kemp, OF.  Fourth round is pretty early, but a strong AVG, 20 HR, and 30 SB puts him in the running for the top 5 outfielders.  And who's to say a power breakout isn't on the way for the 24 year-old?
  • Jay Bruce, OF.  I think he can jack 30 HR and steal 10+.  I'll take that in the ninth round.
  • Chris Davis, 1B/3B.  Sixth round, still like him.  If he hits 30 HR with 100 RBI you won't regret buying the hype.
  • Mike Napoli, C.  14th round, 20+ HR from the catcher spot.  I like him even with a .248 AVG.
  • Joey Votto, 1B.  If you're going for a 1B in this 6-7th round tier, go for Votto's upside (and speed).
  • Nelson Cruz, OF.  Obviously I'd prefer him to go in the 20th round rather than the 11th.  But the guy has a shot at 25 HR and 15 SB.
  • Jayson Werth, OF.  Similar story to Cruz, but he's going a little later in drafts.
  • Ryan Doumit, C.  Pretty solid starting catcher for the 11th round.
  • Derek Jeter, SS.  He's not what he once was, but he'll help you and is going around the 9th.
  • Matt Wieters, C.  Hype shouldn't necessarily scare you off.  Give me 375 ABs of Wieters and a month of replacement level and it was easily worth an 11th round pick.
  • Kelly Johnson, 2B.  As an 18th round pick he still doesn't get proper respect.
  • Mark Reynolds, 3B.  Does .259-28-85-85-8 work for you?  That'd be worth more than a lot of 3Bs going before him (Reynolds goes in the 22nd).
  • Adam Jones, OF.  I'll board this bandwagon, love the power/speed types and he's going in the 16th.
  • Felipe Lopez, 2B.  Any 2B power/speed guy deserves better than the 27th.  And it's always nice to play your home games in Arizona.
  • Ramon Hernandez, C.  Nice value in the 22nd round, moving to Cincy.
  • Ryan Spilborghs, OF.  Double digit power speed possibility, undrafted in most leagues.
  • Adam LaRoche, 1B.  Maybe the cheapest 25 HR you'll find on draft day.  Can he shake the slow starts for his contract year?
  • Justin Upton, OF.  My projection for him isn't amazing, but can't you just see him going crazy?  It's only a 19th round pick.
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C.  Another where my gut feel beats my projection.  Might be ready for a breakthrough.

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