2020 Draft Season is coming up and Fantasy Baseball research has been ongoing for many, wanted to highlight some guys that I think could have some serious profit potential in the 15 team redraft leagues. Feel free to ask me anything or follow me on Twitter @bieryplox33
C1 Sean Murphy, OAK:
Entering his age 25 season, Sean Murphy looks poised to add pop to a very solid Oakland A’s lineup. He had a nice debut, displaying the power with a .566 Slug over just 60 PA’s in Oakland. I’d be happy with Murphy as a C with some upside and some floor if his OBP continues to remain above .350 mark like it has in the minors.
C1 Honorable Mention: Omar Narvaez, SEA
C2 Robinson Chirinos, FA:
Old, boring & reliable, Chirinos is entering his age 35 campaign, but since 2017 (3 years) he has averaged 17 HR, .350 OBP, 53 RBI & 50 runs. He should be a nice profitable guy in 2020.
C2 Honorable Mention: Kurt Suzuki, WAS
1B: Josh Bell, PIT:
Always having been a tremendous plate discipline guy, Bell added a monster power element to his game, becoming one of the best power bats at the position. Bell started off 2019 insanely hot, posting 25 HR/77 RBI over the first 82 games (March 28-July 1) but a poor 2H run will lower his cost (he didn’t hit a HR from July 6 to August 10, .172/.308/.241 over 104 PA’s). Overall I like the skills, 12% BB/19% K in 2019 with more fly balls and more hard contact. I believe he’s a safe bet for 30+ bombs and 80+ RBI.
1B Honorable Mention: Christian Walker, AZ
2B, Kolten Wong, STL:
Wong went berserk after the All Star Game, hitting .342(!)/.409/.487 with 10 precious steals that shifted some leagues. I really like the low K rate (career 15% K rate) with the elevated contact rate (83% Contact Rate), in addition to the steals at 2B, which are rare, unlike SS. He’s a BA/OBP play with steals/runs, however he will get a touch of helium based on the 24-28 SB’s (86% success rate, cha-ching!)
2B Honorable Mention: David Fletcher, LAA
3B, Tommy Edman, STL:
Edman came up and became a contact maestro immediately (82 % Contact Rate), efficiently stole 15 of 16 bags and hit .300/.350/.500.. Meanwhile Matt Carpenter has dealt with performance/injury struggles and Edman could play 3B/2B/SS or even some OF. We could see Edman post 20-20 with 100+ runs and a .280+ BA. He’ll have some helium, but I’ll be happy to draft him a round or 2 before his ADP come spring if I need the bags, as I do think he will play.
3B Honorable Mention: Gio Urshela, NYY
SS, Amed Rosario, NYM:
After the fantasy community collectively wrote Rosario’s upside off some given his poor results early, they will be buying back in on the 24 year old given the potential for power and speed. Rosario showed he can hit for a nice BA (.287 in 2019), steal around 20 bags and provide (some) power. I’ll be looking for his dash of bags in 2020 drafts.
SS Honorable Mention: Kevin Newman, PIT
MI, Hanser Alberto, BAL:
Alberto doesn’t miss many pitches (91% Contact Rate, 9% K Rate) but unfortunately he doesn’t drive the ball with any authortity. He’s simply a cheap BA/OBP play with runs scored in Balty. Kind of like a cheaper Luis Arraez. At age 27 he should have some opportunity to continue his success in Baltimore.
MI Honorable Mention: Tommy La Stella, LAA
CI, Renato Nunez, BAL:
Nunez isn’t a huge target, but I’ll be fine with him if I wait on the top heavy 1B. He will continue to have tons of opportunity in Balty and the DFS players will remember he crushes LhP, (.510 Slug vs LhP, .431 vs RhP.) He will need to show some growth vs RhP, but I’m in on the 25 year old cleanup bat in Baltimore on the cheap.
CI Honorable Mention: Joey Votto, CIN
OF1 George Springer, HOU:
Springer’s injury will hide what would have been a crazy year, Springer was pacing for mid 40’s HR (ended with a career high 39 in 2019.) This presents a buying opportunity for drafters, as Springer is hitting a new level for power at age 30, in addition to all the counting stats Houston should provide. Minimal speed, but this is a floor play with big upside.
OF1 Honorable Mention: Starling Marte, PIT
OF2 Jo Adell, LAA:
After crushing Double A pitching (173 wRC+), Adell was rewarded with a call up to Triple A, where he struggled, but at least he progressed through the entire minors in 2 years as a high school draftee. Not bad for a 20 year old. Adell possesses blazing speed, incredible raw power, and a solid plate approach. The question is his hit tool and when the Angels bring him up. I’ll be glad to take him a round or 2 before ADP, as Adell has as much upside as any prospect we have seen in recent years.
OF2 Honorable Mention: Victor Robles, WAS
OF3 Andrew McCutchen, PHI:
An OBP/runs scored maven, Cutch should continue to walk and score loads of runs in Philly, in addition to flirting with 25/10 (plus a mid teens BB rate). Not a bad guy to invest in, as he has been one of the most durable guys in the game recently, so the injuries concerns shouldn’t be problematic moving forward.
OF3 Honorable Mention: Michael Brantley, HOU
OF4 Jake Fraley, SEA:
Think Tommy Pham light, and that’s hope for Fraley’s fantasy future, some nice OBP with power and speed. Fraley should be a candidate for CF in Seattle, given the athletiscim required to play up the middle. Fraley has a good plate approach, power/speed and opportunity. A great target you might be able to land very late in drafts.
OF4 Honorable Mention: Shin Soo Choo, TEX
OF5 Kevin Pillar, SF:
Just a boring power-speed play (21/14 HR-SB w 88 RBI too), Pillar ensures that he plays with his defense (not his .287 OBP). He’ll be 31 in 2020 but the nice balance of the cheap 15-15 should continue for his investors.
OF5 Honorable Mention: Jason Heyward, CHC
UTIL Yordan Alvarez, HOU:
Alvarez put up video games numbers in 2019 and should continue to help your team in 2020, as he enters into his age 23 season. His playoff struggles may reduce his price, which I think might be uncalled for. At the end of the day this is a power bat in a great lineup who is entering into his physical prime, defintely in on Alvarez.
UTIL Honorable Mention: Khris Davis, OAK