Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Second Baseby John Lepore April 2, 2022 1 comment
There isn’t a ton of power coming from the depths of the second base pool this year. However, there are a few intriguing options that could help in a few categories especially since a couple of these guys will see at least some time in the leadoff spot for their respective squads. Let’s take a look at the second basemen who are being drafted after pick number 300. To determine ADP, I used the NFBC ADP tracker from January 1st until now.
Nick Madrigal, Chicago Cubs, ADP – 328
Madrigal came over to the Chicago Cubs in the Craig Kimbrel deal last season. At that time, he was recovering from a torn hamstring. He is healthy heading into 2022 and looks to be batting toward the top of the Cubs lineup. Madrigal has a knack for making contact and in a short 83-game sample in his career, he is batting .317 with a .358 OBP. He really can’t be counted on for many homers or steals, but in a full season, the former Oregon State infielder could net 90 runs. He also helps by equalizing your batting average if you choose to grab a power hitter who projects to be a drain in that category for fantasy.
Cesar Hernandez, Washington Nationals, ADP – 381
The 31-year-old had an offseason last year as far as his slash goes. However, he did hit a career-high 21 home runs. He is in line to be the Nats leadoff hitter and that will be a prime spot batting in front of Juan Soto and Nelson Cruz. An improvement on his batting average should be expected as well. Last season Hernandez hit just .232, but his BABIP was just .266, a .073 drop from his previous career mark. While I usually don’t like players heading to a new league, Hernandez seems to be in a good spot both in the lineup and in his bounce back to his norms.
Tony Kemp, Oakland A’s, ADP – 443
Kemp is a player, like many, who need consistent playing time. He had never had 100 games with one team until last year. In 2021, Kemp got into 131 games and had an impressive .800 OPS with eight home runs and eight steals while also walking more than he struck out. Still only 30 years old, the former fifth-round pick out of Vanderbilt can still run and should see some significant playing time this season. Oakland will be sporting a new lineup and Kemp may be at the top of it. With second base along with outfield eligibility, you really can’t go wrong grabbing him late in your fantasy drafts.
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