We are approaching the conclusion of Second Base Week at Fake Teams, and we couldn't end the week without offering some second base sleepers for the 2015 season. This list will include some second baseman that may not be drafted in 12 team mixed leagues, and maybe even deeper leagues, but who could outperform expectations in 2015.
Here is a look at a few second baseman who will be available late in drafts, or on your league waiver wire, who could outperform their draft day value in 2015:
Micah Johnson, White Sox
The White Sox have about a handful of options at second base this season, including Emilio Bonifacio, Gordon Beckham and Leury Garcia, but they all may be just keeping second base warm for the future fantasy stud that is Micah Johnson. OK, maybe he isn't a stud, but he can steal bases. Tow years ago, he stole 83 bases in the low minors, but that number fell off last season to just 22 in 35 attempts in stints in AA and AAA. I am curious if he was injured last season preventing him from running more, as he did get on base at a decent clip.
Jonathan Schoop, Orioles
Schoop is one second baseman who could hit 20+ home runs in 2015, but he will need to work on his horrible plate discipline and make more contact. There is reason to think he could reach the 20 home run level, hitting in hitter-friendly Camden Yards, and he hits enough fly balls to do so.
Robert Refsnyder, Yankees
The Yankees will have a competition at second base in spring training, and Refsnyder is one of the candidates to win the job in 2015. He is coming off a season where he hit .342 in 60 games in AA and .300 in 77 AAA games, so he knows how to hit. He also provides some pop, hitting 13 home runs and stealing 9 bases across two levels last season.
Dilson Herrera, Mets
Herrera was our top fantasy second base prospect as ranked by our prospect team earlier in the week. He is coming off a season where he hit .340-.406-.560 with 10 home runs, 50 runs scored, 48 RBI and 9 stolen bases in just 61 AA games. This was after a promotion from High A where he hit .307-.355-.410 with 3 home runs, 48 runs scored, 23 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 67 games. So, he has pop, can hit, and steal bases. What isn't to like?
Jose Peraza, Braves
If you are looking for a stolen base guy to sit in your bench slot, Peraza is the guy you want. Last season, he hit .342-.365-.454 with 44 runs scored, 27 RBI and 35 stolen bases in 66 games in High A. He was then promoted to AA where he continued to hit well and run, hitting .335-.363-.422 with 35 runs scored, 17 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 44 games. He has stolen 60 or more bases in each of the last two seasons, so he is a slam dunk for 20+ in half a season of plate appearances if he gets called up in June/July.
DJ LeMahieu, Rockies
LeMahieu didn't make the cut in our consensus second base rankings, so he qualifies as a sleeper. Last season, he hit .267-.315-.348 with 5 home runs, 59 runs scored, 42 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 538 plate appearances. He doesn't hurt you in any one category, and you aren't drafting him for his power. He provides an above league average batting average and double digit steals. That is worthy of a late round pick in deeper drafts.
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