2013 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers – AL Central

Here is the second article in the series of 2013 fantasy baseball sleepers. While the term “sleeper” has lost some of its luster with so much information available on the internet and whether you want to use the term “sleeper” or a value selection or profit performer, these players can provide you good value or better than expected value based on where they will be drafted. Here is a look at the 2013 fantasy baseball sleepers for the American League Central.

John Danks (CWS) – underwent arthroscopic surgery in August on his left shoulder but is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. He had a drop in velocity last season but I’ll chalk that up to his injury. His average draft position is in the reserve rounds so far this season which makes it worth taking a flier on him. He had shown no drop in his skill set before last season and he is will turn 28 in April so it’s not like he has a lot of wear on his arm. Watch for spring training news on him to ensure he will be ready for opening day.

Zach McAllister (CLE) – I am always willing to take a chance on pitchers late in a draft with decent strikeout rates. McAllister fared okay in his rookie season with a 4.24 ERA and 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings. His WHIP is probably going to run a little high for mixed-league use because of his hit rate, but definitely worth a reserve squad stash in deeper leagues to watch his progress in his second year.

Andy Dirks (DET) – in competition for the left field job with Brennan Boesch and Quintin Berry and one player should end up winning the job outright since they all bat left-handed. If he can get 400 at bats, he should reach double-digit steals and home runs. His stolen base total has not yet translated in the major leagues, but he stole 20+ bases in the minor leagues in 2009 and 2010 and would have reached that number in 2011 as well except he was promoted to the majors.

Wade Davis (KC) – another pitcher that you will be able to grab in the reserve rounds of your fantasy baseball draft, Davis will be back in the starting rotation after being acquired by the Royals. His struggles as a starter in 2011 had been due to a drop in velocity as batters were able to make a lot more contact against him. He got two miles per hour back on his fastball in relief last season and if that can hold up as a starter, we would be looking at a nice late round pick.

Darin Mastroianni (MIN) – there is a chance he doesn’t even win the center field job, but he offers the most fantasy upside out of any of the potential starting candidates. Mastroianni stole 21 bases in just 163 at bats last season and stole 30+ bases every minor league season since 2008 with a career minor league success rate of  82%. Worth a couple extra dollars in an AL-only format for his steals alone even if he ends up as a reserve outfielder in Minnesota.

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