2013 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers are based on a single season outlook for the 2013 fantasy baseball season. Sleepers are established for a standard fantasy baseball scoring system in mixed AL/NL leagues with scoring stats including: Runs, Home Runs, RBI, Stolen Bases, Batting Average, Wins, Losses, Saves, Strikeouts, ERA, WHIP. Sleepers are based on players who have the potential to make a significant statistical impact in 2013 fantasy baseball leagues. These sleepers include players who are typically ranked and drafted lower in fantasy baseball leagues than what their potential stats warrant for the 2013 season.
Sleepers: Catcher (C) – First Base (1B) – Second Base (2B) – Third Base (3B) – Shortstop (SS) – Outfield (OF) – Starting Pitcher (SP) – Relief Pitcher (RP)
Will Middlebrooks – bos
Making his major league debut last season with the Red Sox, Middlebrooks excelled during his rookie season in 2012. Having tallied 15 home runs and 54 RBI with a .288 batting average over 267 at bats, Middlebrooks boasts a nice slugging bat to become a run producer in the Red Sox lineup in 2013. As a 24 year old, Middlebrooks is on the verge of becoming an all-star caliber young offensive third baseman in the majors.
Jurickson Profar – tex
At just 19 years old, Profar made a surprising appearance on the Rangers roster to finish out the 2012 season. With shortstop currently occupied by Elvis Andrus, the Rangers will likely move Profar to second base so that they can get his bat and offensive potential in the everyday lineup. Possessing 15 home run and 25 stolen base ability as a rookie in 2013, Profar offers nearly unlimited offensive potential once he acclimates to major league pitching.
Desmond Jennings – tb
A breakout season was expected of Jennings entering 2012, but instead he was merely average rather than great during his sophomore season in the majors. However many overlook is quite yet productive stat line that included 31 stolen bases, 13 home runs, and 85 runs scored last season. Now entering his 3rd season in the majors, the 26 year old Jennings is poised to take the next step up as an offensive threat, with 40 stolen bases and 15 home runs within his reach in 2013.
Anthony Rizzo – chc
The Rizzo prospect name tag may finally catch up with reality for the Cubs first baseman in 2013. After tallying 15 home runs and 48 RBI to go along with solid .285 batting average over 337 at bats last season, Rizzo will be poised to crack the 25-30 home run and 90 RBI plateau in 2013 as one of the Chicago Cubs primary run producers.
Matt Harvey – nym
Selected 7th overall in the 2010 MLB draft, Harvey blazed through the minors in just a year and a half before making his major league debut in 2012. Offering exceptional strikeout potential, Harvey is poised to make a run at rookie of the year honors in 2013, as one of the anchors in the Mets starting pitching staff.
Manny Machado – bal
A surprise call up last season, the 20 year old Machado impressed over his 51 games played in Baltimore in 2012. The shortstop of the future in Baltimore, Machado will play third base for the Orioles in 2013 as JJ Hardy is still around to man the shortstop position. While Machado is easily not fully developed as an offensive threat, he could still manage to rack up 15 home runs and 20 stolen bases as a run scoring threat in Baltimore in 2013.
Mike Moustakas – kc
Playing his first full season as a starter in the majors, Moustakas clearly hit a wall and tired over the second half of the season. However with more experience under his belt to go along with a 20 home run season in 2012, Moustakas will be looking to take another step up as an offensive power hitting threat at third base in 2013.
Jarrod Parker – oak
Coming back from Tommy John surgery, Parker excelled during his first full season in the majors as a rookie in 2012. With successful experience under his belt, the 24 year old Parker has all the tools necessary to take a step up into the role as an ace type starting pitcher at the major league level in 2013.
Jean Segura – mil
The new future at shortstop for the Brewers, Segura is a speed threat who could eventually take over as the Brewers leadoff hitter in 2013. With a 50 stolen base and 10 home run season in the minors under his belt, Segura offers a solid stat combination if he continues to mature as a major league hitter. With the starting shortstop job his for the taking, a 30 stolen base season could easily be in store for Segura in 2013.
Salvador Perez – kc
Offering a Joe Mauer type stat line without the injury history, Perez could tally a top 5 ranking stat line among catchers in fantasy baseball leagues during the 2013 season. A .300 plus batting average to go along with 10-15 home runs could be in store for this sleeper in 2013.
Ben Revere – phi
A young 24 year old speedy outfielder, Revere racked up an impressive 40 stolen bases and .294 batting average over 511 at bats for the Minnesota Twins in 2012. However after a trade to Philadelphia, Revere will likely take over as the Phillies leadoff man for the 2013 season. Another 40 stolen base season is easily within reach for Revere in 2013.
JP Arencibia – tor
After a breakout 2011 rookie season, Arencibia was merely average as a fantasy baseball catcher during his sophomore campaign last year. A return to 20 plus home runs and plenty of RBI opportunities in a revamped and potent scoring offense in Toronto, could easily lead to excellent stat value for fantasy baseball teams in 2013.
Lorenzo Cain – kc
With random injuries and offensive potential lining his baseball career thus far, Cain is as good a bet as any young 27 year old to finally take off as an everyday starter in the majors in 2013. Combining a touch of power hitting potential and solid speed, Cain could become a 15 home run and 20 stolen base threat during the 2013 season.
Josh Rutledge – col
Filling in for the the injured Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop during the 2012 season, Rutledge took the Rockies lineup by storm as he showcased a nice combination of power and speed to the tune of 8 home runs, 7 stolen bases, 5 triples, and 20 doubles over just 277 at bats. With easy 15 home run and 15 stolen base potential to go along with a .300 batting average ability, Rutledge could be the Rockies long term answer and future at second base starting in 2013.
Mike Fiers – mil
Taking the majors by storm as a 27 year old rookie, Fiers racked up an impressive 135 strikeouts over just 127 innings pitched, while becoming one of the Brewers most reliable starters in 2012. If the strikeout rate can continue, which based on his minor league track record he has proven his strikeout ability is no fluke, then Fiers could easily become a huge sleeper and steal for fantasy baseball teams in 2013.
Travis D’Arnaud – nym
Considered by many to be the top offensive catcher in the minors last season, D’Arnaud will have an opportunity to be the Mets starting catcher as a rookie in 2013. Offering nice pop in his bat, D’Arnaud could tally 15 home runs as a rookie.
Dee Gordon – lad
You can’t teach speed, and Gordon may just be the fastest player in the majors during the 2013. Unfortunately that speed is useless if he cannot get one base. So if Gordon can get close to his .304 batting average that he posted as a rookie in 2011, rather than his .228 batting average in 2012, he could be looking at a 50 stolen base and 100 runs scored season in the Dodgers lineup in 2013.
Kendrys Morales – sea
A trade to Seattle immediately puts Morales in the Mariners lineup as the top offensive threat and run producer. After missing the entire 2011 season with a broken leg, Morales returned to action in 2012 and notched a solid 22 home runs, 73 RBI and .273 batting average over just 484 at bats. With the starting DH spot his game in and game out, a return to 30 home runs is definitely a possibility for Morales in 2013.
Tyler Colvin – col
A move to Colorado for the 2012 season did a world of good for the 27 year old Colvin. Having posted 18 home runs, 72 RBI, 10 triples, 7 stolen bases, and a .290 batting average over just 420 at bats in the Rockies lineup last season, Colvin should increase his at bats during the 2013 season as he gets everyday starting time between outfield and first base. Playing half his games at Coors field, Colvin could be looking at a 25 home run and 90 RBI season in 2013 as one of the Rockies top offensive run producers.
Ike Davis – nym
It’s not to often you find a young and talented 25 year old slugging first baseman who belts 32 home runs and 90 RBI during the season, and still be considered a major disappointment. But this is exactly what Davis got labeled as for the 2012 season, which means that fantasy baseball teams can draft him after the top 15 first baseman are taken. A definite sleeper at first base for fantasy baseball teams heading into the 2013 season.