2014 Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit
2014 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper Report
|Zack Cozart - Reds
- Cozart spent the offseason
recovering from two significant surgeries, trying to get
his elbow and ankle to work properly again. He is at 100%
now and he is ready to compete for the Cincinnati Reds’
shortstop job with Paul Janish.
plugged in as the starter in 2011 and played very well
in his 11 games before the injury batting .324 and hitting
two home runs.
Before his call-up he batted .310 with seven home runs
and nine stolen bases in in AAA Louisville with 350
at bats. In 2010 he batted .255 with 17 home runs with
610 at bats.
The pop in his bat is legitimate, although this has
often come at the expense of his batting average. His
walk rate isn’t that impressive, so his on-base
percentage may be low, but with that said he has very
solid plate discipline.
Cozart will never be a fantasy stud, but he plays very
good defense and therefore will likely be a starter
for a long time. With the decent power he has he is
a legitimate 20-home-run-threat and that makes him a
worthy low pick gamble in this years fantasy baseball
|Dee Gordon - Dodgers
- Gordon was a June call-up for
the Dodgers and was plugged in at shortstop for the rest
of the season minus time spent on the DL for a right shoulder
contusion. He finished the season batting .304 with 24
stolen bases and 34 runs with 224 at bats. Dee-GordonThat
is what you can expect from Dee Gordon: .300 average,
stolen bases and runs. In 4 years in the minors Gordon
batted .303, stole 176 bases and scored 498 runs. The
Dodgers have a questionable offense at best, but you can
guarantee that Dee Gordon will be leading off, stealing
bases and scoring runs. While he has no power (4 career
home runs in the minors) Gordon can fill your need at
shortstop with a late pick and he can help you win runs,
average and stolen bases.
|Paul Goldschmidt - Diamondbacks
- Goldschmidt got the late call-up from AA Mobile
and looked like a pro hitter from day one. He helped Arizona’s
run to win the NL West by batting .250 with eight home
runs, nine double and four stolen bases with just 156
at bats. In addition, he batted .438 with two home runs
in the playoffs.
Goldschmidt, one of the top hitting
prospects in the Arizona farm system, batted .306 with
30 home runs with 366 at bats in 2011 before his call-up.
The previous year in A Visalia he batted .314 with 35
home runs with 525 at bats.
Paul GoldschmidtThe one consistent point here is power.
He has the ability to be a 30-40 home run hitter in
a full season in the big leagues, and though he is a
couple years away from his full potential, he should
provide very good power numbers in 2014.
Manager Kirk Gibson currently has Goldschmidt batting
7th, but that could easily change if he continues to
show his power. If Goldschmidt is batting in the middle
of the Arizona line up that includes newbies Aaron Hill
and Jason Kubel as well as the returning cast of Stephen
Drew, Justin Upton, Miguel Montero and Ryan Roberts,
he could be one of the breakouts of the 2014 fantasy
|Mike Moustakas -
Royals- The big-time prospect did little in 2011
to make believers out of him in the fantasy world, but
their is hope for 23-year-old Moustakas. He still has
the ability to be the .300, 30 home run hitter every fantasy
owner wants at third base, but he did Mike Moustakas struggle
in his rookie debut to show he had that ability, and many
owners will stray away from him in the 2014 draft.
second-overall-pick in the 2007 draft batted .290 in
AAA Omaha between 2010 and 2011 and hit 25 home runs
with his 547 at bats in that time. He got the call midway
in the 2011 season and was handed the starting job at
third base for the Royals. He did very little to excite
fantasy owners batting just .263 with a mere five home
runs with 338 at bats.
So where is the hope? Well, it was his rookie season,
so patients is needed here. Furthermore, Moustakas played
his best ball at the end of the season in September
when he batted .358 with four home runs. This was the
Moustakas we had all been waiting for.
With a young improving Royal offense (Eric Hosmer,
Alex Gordon, Billy Butler and Salvador Pérez)
Moustakas could be in for his much awaited breakout
season. While .300 and 30 home runs are a bit lofty
aspirations, around .290 and 20 home runs should be
- Padres - The line on Guzman
is simple, he can hit and can’t field. He has spent
time in the minors and in Venezuela and the story stays
the same, great hitter, bad fielder. You would have thought
he would have made his way to the American League , but
no such luck for Guzman. Instead he had his contract purchased
by the San Diego Padres and while that is usually bad
news for hitters, Petco Field is perfect for Guzman’s
line-drive hitting style.
The early evidence shows
this to be true as Guzman hit .312 with five home runs,
two triples, 22 doubles and nine stolen bases with 247
at bats in 2011 for the Padres (batted .347 at home).
Guzman will hardly be handed any starting position
because of his awful defense and now the Padres have
acquired prospect Yonder Alonso from the Reds. The two
will battle it out for left field or first base. It
will be a great battle to watch in Spring Training,
but if Guzman hits like he did in 2011, he will find
starting time somewhere in major league baseball and
help many fantasy owners.
|Yonder Alonso - Padres
- The Reds 2008 first-round-pick was acquired by
the Padres in the Mat Latos trade. He has seen some time
in the Bigs including 88 at bats last year when he batted
.330 with five home runs.
yonder alonsoAlonso has been
very consistent in his two years in AAA Louisville hitting
.296 with 12 home runs in both years. While not eye-popping
stats, you have to love the consistency.
Alonso is a patient hitter who has shown to have an
above average BB% and his relatively low K% for a slugger.
He has always struggled to hit LHP (2 for 13 in ’11)
and has below average defense. So questions remain about
his everyday ability.
Alonso will be battling another young bat, Jesús
Guzmán for first base and possibly Chase Headly
at third base and with his struggles against lefties
it is possible that he will platoon quite a bit in 2011.
It is also possible that Alonso improves his hitting
against lefties and has a big 2014 season.
J.D. Martinez - Houston
Astros - He will be the Astros starting left
fielder after starting the last third of the 2011
season there. Martinez played well in that short
time period batting .274 with six home runs and
35 RBI's with 208 at bats.
Martinez didn't play AAA, but showed his potential
in AA Corpus Christi where he batted .338 with 13
home runs and 78 RBI's with 370 at bats before being
called up at the end of the season.
In his short minor league career (3 years) he batted
.342 with 43 home runs with 1261 at bats which shows
he is an excellent , consistent hitter at all minor
Martinez has an excellent flat, line-drive swing
and he is able to drive the ball well. This should
help generate a good batting average, but his power
is questionable (20 home run ceiling at this point).
What isn't questionable his his knack to knock in
runs. He is been a clutch hitter at all levels,
and this is a hallmark of a good major league hitter.
Actually Martinez's biggest weakness is he can't
seem to hit at night. He batted just .151 with zero
home runs (58 at bats). So if you want to micro-manage,
just bench Martinez during night games and start
him during the day when he bats .311 with six home
runs (150 at bats) and you might have a Fantasy-All-Star.
- Miami Marlins - With all
rebuilding the Miami Marlins have done this year,
it seems more and more likely that they are going
to be winning and doing it with both hitting and pitching.
Thus, it makes sense that all Miami players should
have increased fantasy value in 2014 and Logan Morrison
is no exception.
Morrison was on the fantasy radar in 2011 and played
very solid fantasy-ball, smashing 23 home runs with
just 462 at bats, but batted just .247 and even withstood
a mid-season demotion to the minors.
Injuries bothered him for much of the season culminating
in arthroscopic surgery in December. He is healthy,
but is likely to be slow coming back in March.
A healthy Logan Morrison can bring huge numbers as
he has the potential to be a .300, 30 home-run-hitter.
He has excellent plate-discipline and he uses the
gaps instead of always swinging for the fences which
should lead to good double and triple numbers.
All things considered, Morrison is still a top prospect
on a very talented team and he has the potential to
play at the level of a fourth-round-pick, but at a