This post will focus on 2015 shortstop sleepers, but before we begin you should know something. The term sleeper is one that is becoming more and more irrelevant these days. In the past a player who was unproven, or had some rough patches in their early career could soar under Fantasy owners, and major site’s radar when ranking them.
However, now in the Twitter and mobile age it seems as if no one is a sleeper or a bust anymore. Everyone already knows, or shares their secrets both knowingly, or unknowingly.
So how can one write a post on 2015 shortstop sleepers if they don’t exist anymore? I am going to try to do just that folks. In a position like shortstop depth and scarcity are a concern, so finding a hidden gem in the sea of rankings can be difficult.
2015 Shortstop Sleepers
I am going to consider a sleeper as someone who has hidden value. Someone who has an ADP that is lower than their potential output, or even someone who may not see the field until mid-season or with an injury. The below may not fit all of these exactly, but that is my definition of a sleeper in 2015.
Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers
Segura was being drafted as a top 5 shortstop in 2014 after his surprising 2013 season. Primarily the first half of 2013. I won’t call his 2014 season a regression as much as a lost season. Segura has the potential and speed, as he has shown to be a top-five shortstop.
To say he had a rough 2014 would be an understatement.
He lost his son at a young age, and we can only imagine that impacted his play greatly. I am not looking for a first-half 2013 to return, but the potential to exceed your investment is there with Segura. His ADP is 200 according to fantasypros.com. I will gladly take his upside in the mid-rounds, and if he comes close to his steamer projections on fangraphs it wouldn’t be a wasted pick, and solid return on your investment. A reasonable starting shortstop, and an even better MI if your league requires.
Danny Santana, Minnesota Twins
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I know what some of you may be thinking. Didn’t you list him as a Fantasy bust in your Twins preview? Yes, I did! However, I also think he could be a surprising contributor in 2015, as well. He has an ADP of 143 according to fantasypros.com. There is no way Santana can maintain his amazing .405 BABIP, and his average will certainly decline as well.
Even with this, though, you need to consider the shortstop position and how thin it is after the top 10, or even top eight. Santana can be had at a value, has some upside especially on the base paths, and if you miss on the elite or near-elite options, he would be my top target in the 11th or 12th rounds. He makes a great MI option as well.
Here are Santana’s 2015 steamer projections from fangraphs.com
Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
The trading of Asdrubal Cabrera last season let fans and prospect junkies know that Lindor is very close to making his MLB debut. A prospect known for his defense, and being a better real baseball player than a Fantasy one, Lindor still has potential to be a cheap stash on draft day.
When he gets the call he could help fill some categories with modest power, and reliable speed on the base paths. If he gets an early call he could bring a nice return on your final round investment. I may be willing to take that risk myself, after all you can always drop a guy right?
Did we miss some 2015 shortstop sleepers that you like? Let us know in the comments below!
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