Third base is a kind of positions the place you do not essentially want to have a listing of sleepers in your draft cheat sheet, however you may possible be glad you may have one prepared. Because many stable, mid-tier fantasy 3Bs (and even some upper-tier, in case you play on Yahoo) are eligible at different positions, you by no means know after they’ll come off the board. If you play in a deep league or one with a CI spot, that might go away you scrambling within the center or late rounds as you watch potential breakouts get snatched up between your picks.
Most of the gamers listed beneath will solely be issues in deeper leagues, however some, like Alec Bohm and Ke’Bryan Hayes, will get drafted in shallow leagues, too. Unfortunately, not many steal bases, although there are speedier 3B-eligible guys who primarily play different positions (see the underside of the checklist).
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Ultimately, you may be hoping to get energy and run-production from these gamers, and whereas that is all the time welcome, it might appear comparatively simple to seek out, which is why we mentioned you may not suppose you want a sleepers checklist. But if one in all these gamers actually breaks out — and even simply will get sizzling for a two-week or month-long stretch — you may be pleased they’re in your radar.
Fantasy Baseball 3B Sleepers: Breakout third basemen, late-round sleepers
Position eligibility primarily based on Yahoo’s default settings
Alec Bohm, Phillies (additionally eligible at 1B). Bohm impressed with a .338/.400/.481 line in 44 video games final yr, and whereas his .410 BABIP figures to noticeably drop, the gifted 24-year-old infielder can hit for a stable common and respectable energy. In Philadelphia’s lineup, run-producing alternatives will observe, giving Bohm loads of potential worth in deeper leagues.
Ke’Bryan Hayes, Pirates. Hayes is one other BABIP darling from final yr (.450) who ended his debut stint within the majors with a .376/.442/.682 line in 24 video games. Those numbers are going to leap out to anybody, and whereas they won’t symbolize Hayes’s true upside, they nonetheless present the 24-year-old righty has loads of expertise. If his bat continues to develop, he ought to put up a stable common, reasonable energy, and round 10-15 steals. That’s price one thing in deep leagues, however watch out to not overdraft.
Ryan McMahon, Rockies (1B, 2B). With a profession .237/.318/.423 line in 301 video games, it is simple to miss MaMahon, however the 26-year-old infielder hit 24 HRs in 2019 and 9 in 52 video games final yr. He has energy, at the very least at house (.269/.344/.510), and a breakout would not be a shock as he enters his prime. The common won’t ever impress, however given his versatility and energy/run-producing potential, McMahon is a pleasant participant to personal.
Carter Kieboom, Nationals (SS). Kieboom hasn’t proven a lot in his 44 video games within the majors (.181/.309/.232), however at simply 23, he nonetheless has time to seek out his swing. His minor league numbers (.287/.378/.469) portend to eventual main league success, and he ought to get each likelihood to succeed (or fail) this yr.
Ty France, Mariners (2B). France has been tearing up spring coaching, so the key is likely to be out on him, however the 26-year-old infielder nonetheless has extra upside that almost all notice. He crushed Triple-A pitching in 2019, hitting .399/.477/.770 in 76 video games earlier than cooling off with the Padres after his call-up (.234/.294/.402). He discovered his stroke once more final yr (.305/.368/.464) in 155 at-bats, which considerably quiets the considerations that he is a “Quad-A” participant. France ought to get on a regular basis at-bats, be it at 2B, 3B, or DH, and whereas he may not hit greater than .270, he can definitely provide homers and RBIs.
Mike Brosseau, Rays (1B, 2B). Brosseau does not have a set place to play, however given his versatility, it would not be a shock to see him discover his method into Tampa’s lineup most days. He impressed final yr with a .302/.378/.558 line (although it did include a .412 BABIP), and that adopted a season the place he hit 22 HRs in 124 video games between Triple-A and the majors. At 27, a full-fledged breakout appears a bit unlikely, however together with his multi-position eligibility, stable energy, and respectable common potential, Brosseau is a worthwhile bench possibility in deep leagues.
Yoshi Tsutsugo, Rays (OF). The drawback with predicting Rays gamers will “break out” is you by no means understand how usually they’re going to be within the lineup. They have too many related gamers — versatile platoon-types — to actually really feel assured about any who aren’t already established. Tsutsugo hit simply .194 and struck out 27 % of the time in his first season in America, so it is simple to write down him off, however the 29-year-old lefty additionally walked at a excessive price (14.1 %) and clubbed eight HRs in 51 video games. Given the tough adjustment interval he certainly went by means of final yr, there’s hope Tsutsugo can discover the stroke that helped him develop into one in all Japan’s elite energy hitters — if he will get common taking part in time, in fact.
Luis Urias, Brewers (2B, SS). If it wasn’t for a torrid stretch within the minors in 2019 the place he hit a bunch of homers in every week’s span — together with five in a 24-hour stretch — we would not be holding out hope for Urias, however he is simply 23 and clearly has lots of upside. He’s struggled within the majors (.226/.315/.320), however he is proven the power to take walks and never strike out a lot within the minors, which is intriguing for somebody his age. We do not count on monster numbers this yr, however given his multi-position versatility and favorable house park, Urias is somebody to observe early on.
Other 3B-eligible sleepers written about elsewhere: Andres Gimenez (2B, SS), Isiah Kiner-Falefa (C, SS), Jon Berti (2B, SS, OF), Willi Castro (SS), Nick Solak (2B, OF), Dylan Moore (2B, SS, OF)