2013 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers – AL West

Here is the third 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 West.

Chris Carter (HOU) – recently acquired from Oakland, Carter went from an afterthought in fantasy drafts to a late round sleeper now that he has a chance to start in the outfield. Power is not a problem, with 19 home runs in 332 major league at bats, but he has to make much better contact if he is going to stay in the major leagues with a 37% strikeout rate. He hit .283 in his minor league career striking out 28% of the time.

Vernon Wells (LAA) – Peter Bourjos would be the obvious sleeper choice for the Angels because he was so bad last season, but I am going to go with Wells because most people have written him off with all of the moves the Angels have made. He is a sleeper strictly in an AL-only format as he could potentially reach 350-400 at bats given the injury history of Josh Hamilton in right field and if Bourjos struggles again in center. Wells is a cheap source of power you can grab for a $1 or $2 at the end of the auction.

A.J. Griffin / Dan Straily (OAK) – Griffin and Straily are in a battle for the 5th spot in the rotation but both pitchers could reach 150 innings this year with the past health issues of Brett Anderson in the rotation plus the elder Bartolo Colon who is a question mark based on age / past positive test for Testosterone / trade candidate, etc. I like Griffin a lot; he walks few batters, showed a decent strikeout rate at 7.0 per nine innings and his numbers were in line with his minor league performance. Straily had a little better strikeout rate than Griffin, but he was also a little easier to hit and walked a few more hitters as well.

Carter Capps (SEA) – will serve as one of the two setup men in front of closer Tom Wilhelmsen.   Capps has rocketed to the major leagues in two seasons, spending time at Double-A, Triple-A and then in the major leagues last season. A third round pick in the 2011 draft, he posted a 3.96 ERA in 25 innings last year with 28 strikeouts and saved 19 games at AA last year. You can see video of him throwing this spring here.

Leonys Martin (TEX) – the Cuban defector signed with Texas in May of 2011 and is now ready to start in center field for the Rangers this season. He hit just .174 in 46 major league at bats which should help to keep his value down a little this year, but he is a late-round target with the potential to hit 12-15 home runs and steal 15 bases. He hit .323 over two minor league seasons but still has some work to do on the base paths as he only was successful on 29 of 49 stolen base attempts.

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