Baltimore Orioles SP Dylan Bundy
13-9 last season after finally being somewhat healthy. 4-0 with an 11.3 SO/9 in the month of August. Bundy is a solid bet to take another step forward in 2018. Middle to end of rotation target for fantasy players.
Boston Red Sox 3B Rafael Devers
10 Homers 30 RBI .284/.338/.482 slash rate in last season call up for Red Sox. Will turn 22 after the season. This will be the latest or cheapest Devers will be drafted for a very long time. Keeper league owners should make sure to acquire Devers. Seasonal owners should go up and get Devers in the middle rounds.
Chicago White Sox RP Joakim Soria
The White Sox are absolutely loaded with prospects already in the majors and down on the farm. Putting Soria at the end of the bullpen could help build a winning culture, while creating trade value. If Soria wins the closers job over Nate Jones, could have some early season value.
Cleveland Indians C/1B/3B Francisco Mejia
.293/.349/.447 career slash rate in 5 minor league seasons. If Indians find room in the lineup for Mejia watch out. One of the more interesting names I will track in spring training.
Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera
16 homers and 60 RBI last season in 130 games. Yup that happened. This future HOF’s body broke down last season as Cabrera played thru a myriad of injuries including a back problem. How much Cabrera is able to play in spring training will dictate if and where I’ll draft him. At age 35 league leading numbers may not be realistic, but don’t write off Cabrera just yet.
Houston Astros 1B Yuli Gurriel
.299 avg. 18 HR 75 RBI last season is a solid value in the middle rounds. The Batting Average may not be repeatable but the power numbers should be in that ballpark. Just remember there’s a short suspension from the playoffs that starts in 2018.
Kansas City Royals DH Jorge Soler
Total bust in 2017 after being acquired from Cubs for Wade Davis. Still just 26 years-old, the Royals have incentive to give Soler a long look. Playing in Triple A in the PCL Soler blasted 24 homers with a slash rate of .267/.388/.564. The PCL is known as a hitter’s league, but it provides a glimmer of hope. Pay attention in spring training as Kansas City could run on Soler Power.
Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim 3B Zack Cozart
Had a .77 point jump in OBP from 2016 .308 to 2017 .385. Highly unlikely Cozart repeats that high of a number. The multiple position eligibility may be worth the regression back to the mean.
Minnesota Twins OF Eddie Rosario
27 homers out of nowhere in 2017. I lost an opening round playoff matchup because I played CarGo instead of Rosario. Hit 17 homers and 52 RBI in the 2nd half last season. Numbers are repeatable as his slash rate last season is on par with his minor league track record.
New York Yankees 1B Greg Bird
Availability has been the major problem with Bird. I’m buying the .2d83/.397/.486 career minor league slash rate. Look at his playoff run last season .364 OBP in ALDS, .464 OBP in the ALCS. I plan to target Bird with one of my late round picks or late auction dollars. Certainly plan on getting him on all of my teams in 2018. Hitting in the Yankees lineup Bird has the potential to do damage.
Oakland Athletics OF Stephen Piscotty
Seattle Mariners OF Dee Gordon
Gordon is expected to play CF and bat leadoff in Seattle. I put a premium on multiple position eligibility players. The flexibility allows me to take a chance on another prospect or stash a pitcher. Grab Gordon a round or two earlier than usual to reap the rewards of position eligibility.
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Christian Arroyo
Minor league career slash rate of .300/.345/.434 in 5 seasons. Coming back as part of package for Evan Longoria, Arroyo should have a long leash in Tampa. May have some ups and downs, but worth a late round flier.
Texas Rangers SP Mike Minor
Pitched very well out of the Royals bullpen last season with 17 Holds, 2.55 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. I believe Jon Daniels is very good at what he does. So if Daniels is willing to give Minor a 3-year-deal worth $28 million, I should be willing to spend a late round pick on him.
Toronto Blue Jays SP Aaron Sanchez
Went 15-2 with a league leading 3.00 ERA in an All-Star campaign in 2016. Last year was a lost cause in just 8 starts Sanchez went 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA. Blister problems were a recurring problem. Sanchez is a stud go up and get him in drafts. I plan to get him in every league. Major bounceback in 2018.