By Mike Dietrich
Here are a bunch of players that will be available in the last few rounds of the draft and will out perform players taken much earlier.
Conor Jackson 1B– He will hit in the middle of a very good young lineup and should make a power jump from 15-80 to 25-100.
Ryan Shealy 1B– Once traded to the Royals last year he showed what he can do while playing everyday.Â There is no reason he cannot give you .300 25 90.
Ian Kinsler 2B-He was a hyped prospect last year and came through with a 15-15 but this year he is going at the end of drafts and can give you 25-25 from 2nd base.
Orlando Hudson 2B-He will be leading off and you can do worse filing a middle infield spot with him.Â Last year .872-15-67-9, those are solid stats.
Russell Martin C-He took over midway through the year and shined with .282-10-65-10.Â This year he will get 500 ABâ€™s and produce more than the Ramon Hernandez.
Gerald Laird C-In only 243 Abâ€™s he hit .296-7-22-3 last year and in that ballpark I could he a very solid year
Mark Teahen 3B– The Royals finally gave him an everyday opportunity last year and he delivered .290-18-69-10 in only 393 Abâ€™s.Â He could put up huge stats.
Joe Crede 3B-For some reason he is going late in drafts and was able to put up 30 Hrâ€™s last year.Â With Thomas gone there will be more Rbi opportunities.
Stephen Drew SS– I hate to list a prospect as a sleeper but he seems to be going in the 15th round or so and in a small dose he put up nice stats last year .316-5-23.
Orlando Cabrera SS-He has been around forever but had a nice year .282-9-72-27 and should produce in a stacked lineup for the Angels.Â
Corey Hart OF– He is now the everyday RF for the Brewers and could produce a 20/20 like he did in the minors.Â Last year in 237 Abâ€™s he had 9 Hrâ€™s and 5 Sbâ€™s with a .283 avg.
Coco Crisp OF– Last year he had some injury issues and also got his eye fixed as well.Â I can see him getting back to being a 5 tool player in that Red Sox lineup.
Rich Hill SP-He was a stud in the 2nd half last year with 7 wins and a 2.90 ERA, this year he breaks out with the new Cubs offense.
Brett Bonser SP-He has been named the 2nd starter and in 100 innings last year he struck out 82 and had a 4.22 ERA.
Jose Valverde RP-In the 2nd half last year he had a sparkling ERA under 2 and only blew 3 saves.Â He can be had late and give the same closer production as a top 10 closer.
Dan Wheeler RP-Brad Lidge was awful last year, has been awful this spring and it is a matter of time when he loses the job and Wheeler moves in.
Starting next week, I will try and identify some quality waiver pickups and other pertinent information for weekly lineups.Â Thanks for reading!