Late-round corner infielders are quite popular in the latter stages of 2016 Fantasy Baseball drafts.
It makes sense, really, considering corner infielders usually have some power potential. They might be deficient in other categories, like speed and batting average, but they can give your power numbers a decent boost many times. Then again, there are some corner infielders with better on-base abilities, but they don’t swing a huge bat, which is why they’re available late in the first place!
Obviously, which types of corner infielders you draft late depends on how you build your team at the outset of your draft. Did you land Clayton Kershaw or go heavy on pitching early on and miss out on the 40-HR guys? What if you drafted Jose Altuve, Dee Gordon or some other speedsters early, and you had to catch up on the power categories late?
Corner infielders are drafted a little deeper than some of the other categories for a number of reasons, including the fact that aging sluggers get moved to first base, which means they might see the disabled list more often than not. Also, there are usually better corner-infielder options available for your designated hitter spot, than over at outfield or in the middle infield.
So we decided to look at the back end of 2016 Fantasy Baseball drafts to find some quality corner infielders you should target late, either for your CI spot or DH – or as a backup.
5 Late-Round Corner Infielders to Target in 2016
The Average Draft Positions (ADP) denoted here are from 2016 NFBC mixed drafts, and we looked at all corner infielders chosen past pick No. 200, which would be after Round 16 in 12-team drafts (in parentheses) or after Round 20 in 10-team drafts.
Wil Myers, San Diego Padres (205 ADP, Rd 17)
The former Royals prospect had a decent first season in the National League, until a bone spur in his left wrist ended his season early. Even so, he got off to a fantastic start with the Padres, coming over in a trade with the Rays, and he’s still just 25 years old. The problem here is – he has never played in more than 90 major league games in a single season, and wrist injuries are scary. But he says he’s healthy, and he has great dual eligibility at first base and outfield, as well as your corner infield or DH spot.
Brett Lawrie, Chicago White Sox (211 ADP, Rd 17)
Taking Lawrie in Round 17 isn’t the wisest decision, but a few rounds later? Certainly. He has dual eligibility at both second and third base (along with corner and middle infield and DH). His only season in Oakland was a mixed bag, as he set career-highs in homers and RBI, but it was still just 16 HR and 60 RBI. It’s like when a boy finally learns to read – but then you find out he’s a 16-year-old boy. At just 26 years old, though, Lawrie is entering his power prime ages, a spot ripe for a breakout, and a move to U.S. Cellular Field promotes that, as well.
Justin Bour, Miami Marlins (238 ADP, Rd 19)
The Marlins are going to give power Bour a chance to win the everyday job at first base, but they did bring in Chris Johnson to possibly platoon against lefties instead of the George Mason product. Batting behind Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton in the fifth spot at Marlins Park, where the fences have been moved in, is a promising spot for a slugger.
#Marlins 1b Justin Bour has legit 25 HR pop and upside if he controls the strike zone better. Like the plate discipline I’m seeing today.
— Frank Neville (@ProspectScout) March 11, 2016
David Wright, N.Y. Mets (228 ADP, Rd 19)
Wright will probably get drafted much higher than this round in your league, merely because of his name and the fact just one of the 11 owners you are up against needs to like him just a little. But if he falls to you late, he’s not a bad pickup, even though his back issues might limit him to about 130 games this season. Drafting him as a corner infielder gives you some flexibility, as his missed games won’t hurt you as much as they would if you had to replace him as your third baseman.
— New York Mets (@Mets) March 14, 2016
Yangervis Solarte, San Diego (301 ADP, Rd 25)
Did you already stack your lineup early with power hitters? Then come in late with Solarte as a guy that can help your batting average and runs. He hit .292 in the second half last season, and with one strikeout per 20 at-bats, Fantasy Baseball owners love the fact he puts the ball in play more frequent than most. Also, know that when you call his name out for your pick, it is pronounced yahn-HER-viss so-LAR-tay. You’re welcome.
You can’t pick your relatives, but you can pick your corner infielders, and we firmly believe this handful of late-round corner infielders to target will help your team’s goal of landing in the money by season’s end!
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