COMEBACK HITTERS (SLEEPERS)
BEAST DOME NATION.
Baseball has to be the hardest sport of them all. Basketball you know, Steph will drain a ton of 3s and LeBron can score whenever he wants. NFL you know Zeke will get a ton of carries and end up with a ton of years.
For an athlete to consistently hit 30+ HRs in a season is an achievement in today’s game. Not in the steroid 90s days when A-Rod/Bonds/Sosa and Big Mac with plenty others would hit 40 HRs like it was nothing.
Today outside of Mike Trout and Giancarlo Stanton. There are very few players who consistently put up big numbers. Now I could cheat and say someone like Bryce Harper is going to go from 2nd Round value to 1st Round Value, we are reaching here and going with guys you can snag late who can end up being BEASTS.
Willson Contreras (ADP #138)
Willsonn!!! No this is not Denise the Menace, Contreras went from 21 HR in 2017, to 10 HR in 2018. He even made the All-Star team last season and played a career high in games. How does a player drop off like that? Who cares. Contrears is a BEAST and he can rake with the best of them. He has Tower Power, and he plays everyday as the Cubs employ him as often as they can. He hits in the heart of one of the best lineups in the NL, and he is still in his very young prime of 26 Years Old, going on 27 in May.
MUNTRADAMUS PROJECTION. .270 BA/32 HR/106 RBI/70 Runs
JUSTIN SMOAK (ADP #207)
Up until 2017, the now 32 Year Old never hit more than 20 HRs in a season. In 2017 at 31 years old, he busted out for 38. Smoak ended up only hitting 25 HRs the next season. Smoak carries a ton of power in his bat and has always had that big upper cut swing. Some players like Chris Taylor who go from 0 HR potential to 20 HR potential, ya that might be a fluke. A player like Smoak going from 20 to 40 HR, then it is about time. Smoak is a big dude with a big swing, and I am banking on that he finally figuered it out at 31 years old.
MUNTRADAMUS PROJECTION. .267 BA/35 HR/97 RBI/72 Runs
BRIAN DOZIER (ADP #134)
Dozier went from hitting 38 HRs in 2016, to then banging out 42 HRs in 2017. Dozier was all the noise in 2018, and his noise went downhill very quickly for the 2nd half of the season when he became a part time player for the Dodgers. Dozier finished with 21 HRs, and now the Fantasy Baseball “Experts” have given up on the soon to be 32 year old. Not I.
Dozier goes to Washington, a ball park that is not that hitter friendly, but neither was Minnesota or the rest of that AL Central. Dozier will play everyday and should find himself in the heart of the Nationals lineup which will look to replace Bryce Harper. Dozier can do a bit of everything, he should get his mojo back and it will be nice to be a on a young winning team. Could bring out the best in Dozier.
MUNTRADAMUS PROJECTION. 270 BA/31 HR/87 RBI/81 Runs
MAKIEL FRANCO (ADP #233)
Franco is one of the guys who has been a consistent HR hitter throughout his MLB Career. In the last 3 years, Franco has gone over 20+ HRs and it appears that trend will continue one more time. People might want to knock him for his batting average, but he hit .270 last season. If you mess up during your draft at 3B, look no further than waiting on Franco to be your savior.
The Phillies are stronger than ever with Harper/Realmuto/Segura, Franco will have plenty of RBI opportunities.
MUNTRADAMUS PROJECTION. 270 BA/30 HR/85 RBI/65 Runs
ELVIS ANDRUS (ADP #166)
Andrus was injured, and everyone has thrown the towel on him. With Profar out of town, there is nothing to worry about with Andrus and his playing time. Elvis will be the everyday SS, and he has shown us multiple times he can steal around 30 bases with ease. Elvis also has a nice power swing and won’t kill you in the HR department like a Dee Gordon. If you need speed on your squad towards the end of your draft, look no further than Andrus.
MUNTRADAMUS PROJECTION. 280 BA/13 HR/65 RBI/100 Runs/32 SB
ERIC THAMES (ADP #400)
Thames went away to Japan early in his career only to comeback in 2017 and smack 31 HRs. Last season Thames was looking to keep that pace up, but a torn finger injury on defense put him on the shelf for a while early on. Thames never really came back to be an everyday option as Jesus Aguilar took over at 1B and Ryan Braun was still healthy, Thames ended up with 16 HRs.
While both Braun and Aguilar are both still there, you cannot ignore how good Thames is and how bad Aguilar was to close out the season. Ryan Braun is also one of the most injury prone players in all of baseball. If Thames gets his shot at everyday PT, you have yourself a great steal.
MUNTRADAMUS PROJECTION. 267 BA/35 HR/105 RBI/88 Runs
TOM MURPHY (ADP #634)
Chris Iannetta is struggling to hit .100 this spring. Time for the Rockies to cut bait, eat his big contract, and roll with Tom Murphy as their everyday Catcher. Murphy has always shown huge power potential, but his inconsistent playing time in the majors has led to a very slow start in his career. Murphy is running out of chances, but this could be his breakout year and the Rockies seem ready to say goodbye to Iannetta.
MUNTRADAMUS PROJECTION. 255 BA/25 HR/80 RBI/60 Runs
KEON BROXTON (ADP #622)
Neon Keon is one of the most exciting players in baseball. He is the type of guy who can make a Web Gem in the OF, then comeback with the bat and end up with 2 HRs/2 SBs in the same game. The Mets are likely going to start Broxton on the bench to get Jeff McNeil some at bats, but I promise it will not take long for Keon the young superstar to earn everyday playing time with that team.
While the Mets and I do not see eye to eye on the situation, all it will take is Keon Broxton to get a little hot, and you got yourself a steal of a deal.
MUNTRADAMUS PROJECTION. 265 BA/22 HR/69 RBI/65 Runs/31 SB