Here is the sixth 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 National League West.
Tyler Skaggs (ARI) – made his major league debut last season after only 390 innings in the minor leagues and it did not go well which is good news for fantasy owners this year as it drives his price down. Likely begins the year in Triple-A unless he dominates in spring but his stay should not be long. He owns a 2.98 ERA in his minor league career with a 1.16 WHIP and 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings. Was recently ranked the number one prospect in the Diamondbacks farm system by Keith Law of ESPN and number 12 overall.
Jorge de la Rosa (COL) – underwent Tommy John surgery in June of 2011 and made it back to the major leagues at the end of last season for three brief starts. He was throwing 94 mph when he he came back and is now pitching without pain and he is also in the last year of his contract so he has plenty of incentive to perform well. Again, at the end of a draft, I am going to take a chance on strikeout guys over average pitchers and de la Rosa’s rate of 7.9 whiffs per nine fits those parameters.
Kenley Jansen (LAD) – I know, it is hard to be a sleeper after saving 25 games in a season, but Jansen enters the 2013 season as a setup man after missing time with an irregular heartbeat which was corrected by surgery in October of last year. Brandon League was given the chance to close when acquired by the Dodgers last year and saved all six games which he parlayed into a three-year, $22.5 million contract. While League is slated to close, Jansen has the better stuff and I would be comfortable taking him ahead of League in drafts.
Jedd Gyorko (SD) – comes to spring training competing at second base now instead of third base which gives him an easier path to break into the lineup over Logan Forsyth. While Gyorko’s glove and range may not cut it at second, the Padres desperately need offense and Gyorko can provide plenty of that. Last season he hit .328 in Triple-A with 24 home runs and 83 RBI in 369 at bats with four stolen bases.
Gary Brown (SF) – the Giants are another team looking for offense and outfielder Gary Brown could be patrolling AT&T park by this summer. His Double-A season wasn’t quite as good as his 2011 year in High A ball, but he still put up solid numbers with a .279 average, seven home runs, 42 RBI and 33 stolen bases. Brown has hit .302 in his minor league career with 86 steals the last two years. The Giants have not been shy about promoting young hitters off to good starts in the minor leagues so Brown will be a name to watch the first two months of the year.
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