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Undervalued Hitters For 2010

Consider this my sleeper hitters post.  I use the terms "sleeper" and "undervalued" interchangeably, while others feel that sleepers need to be well under the radar.  At any rate, I feel that these hitters will provide a profit for you in 2010 given their draft position.  I've included the player's average draft round in parentheses.

  • Brian McCann (4) - $24.25.  I don't see why Victor Martinez should be drafted two rounds earlier than McCann.
  • Nelson Cruz (6) - $19.60.  A potential four-category stud, still undervalued following his breakout season.
  • Joey Votto (3) - $19.23.  I believe Votto's production will be close to the typical first-round first base guys, aside from Albert Pujols.
  • Grady Sizemore (3) - $18.83.  Fantasy leaguers are shortsighted...Sizemore is still a four-category monster.
  • Matt Wieters (8) - $17.75.  He can potentially match McCann this year.
  • Carlos Lee (6) - $15.89.  Maybe he's boring, but I'll gladly take .300-30-110 at this point in the draft.
  • Mike Napoli (14) - $15.41.  I still don't think Napoli's ability to go .261-23-61-62-5 in 375 ABs is properly valued.  Similar story with Geovany Soto, who should be better.
  • Andrew McCutchen (8) - $14.45.  There's good potential for 15 HR, 30 SB, and 100 R here.
  • Juan Pierre (19) - $13.31.  Same old Pierre, this time with 625+ ABs.  Could mean .290, 100 R, 50 SB.  Rajai Davis, while a good value, goes five rounds earlier and has less of a track record.  Julio Borbon is another sleeper speedster.
  • Jay Bruce (11) - $11.90.  I'm looking for .269-32-91-85-8 out of Bruce, but the ceiling is higher.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (13) - $10.71.  Could be an all-around 2B or SS, with a line like .290-10-78-97-17 in 600 ABs.
  • Chris Coghlan (19) - $10.42.  You'd think a ROY would buy more respect.  Coghlan could provide sneaky value at .294-12-74-96-18.
  • Vladimir Guerrero (12) - $10.22.  With only 525 ABs, too.  Vlad could give you .300-25-90 if you don't mind tying up the DH spot.
  • Everth Cabrera (20) - $8.77.  Has a shot at 100 R, 40 SB.  I also consider Alcides Escobar undervalued. 
  • Gordon Beckham (8) - $8.71.  Could be an all-around contributor, and will even gain 2B eligibility.
  • Chris Davis (14) - $8.60.  Back aboard the Davis train?  Eight rounds later than '09, it's worth gambling that he'll reach 30 HR and 90 RBI.  Garrett Jones could provide similar production and qualifies at OF too.
  • Adam LaRoche (17) - $8.50.  Chase Field inflates left-handed home runs by 15%.
  • Erick Aybar (17) - $6.63.  Don't forget Aybar when you're looking for a shortstop; he could hit .290, swipe 20 bags, and score over 100 as the Angels' leadoff man.
  • Corey Hart (16) - $5.89.  Who's to say Hart won't return to his 20/20 glory days?  You're not risking much.
  • Kelly Johnson (26) - $5.84.  Perenially undervalued, Johnson moves to Chase and should exceed 10 HR/10 SB.
  • Franklin Gutierrez (22) - $5.79.  Though lauded for his defense, Guti could exceed 15/15.
  • Cody Ross (26) - $5.62.  One of the cheaper 20 HR, 90 RBI guys you'll find.
  • Others I like: Martin Prado, Travis Snider, Kyle Blanks, Conor Jackson, Billy Butler, Carlos Gonzalez, Miguel Montero, and Cameron Maybin.  Who are your undervalued/sleeper hitters for 2010?


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