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!