2024 Fantasy Baseball: Wyatt Langford leads 7 key draft sleepers from the outfield

Fantasy baseball analyst Dalton Del Don provides up a sequence of draft sleeper candidates per place — subsequent up, the outfielders!

Langford is quickly losing “sleeper” status because of a scorching begin on the plate, however he nonetheless stays undervalued. He put up ludicrous, eye-popping stats last year, together with his debut throughout the minors. The No. 4 choose within the 2023 draft, Langford possesses “70” grades in each pace and energy, so he’s fantasy’s high prospect.

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There’s no assure he begins the season in Texas but (though latest information actually sounds encouraging), and projecting rookies is usually a crapshoot (notice Steamer has Langford instantly posting a 122 wRC+). However Langford appears like a particular expertise with large upside. Texas has boosted homers for righties by 12% during the last three seasons, which is the fourth most in baseball.

I’m predicting Langford wins Rookie of the 12 months and has a greater fantasy marketing campaign than teammate Evan Carter, who goes a number of rounds earlier.

Marte’s season was ruined by migraines and a groin harm final yr, however he performed within the Winter League and enters 2024 wholesome. He’s a sturdiness threat and certain in decline at age 35, however he additionally recorded a 133 wRC+ over 2021-2022 that ranked No. 22 amongst hitters — instantly behind Matt Olson. Even throughout final season’s injury-ruined marketing campaign, Marte went 24-for-28 on SB makes an attempt (over simply 315 ABs) and sported among the many highest common exit velocities and Arduous-Hit charges of his profession. Marte has averaged 39 stolen bases per 600 plate appearances during the last three seasons and owns a profession .287 batting common but is on the market practically 220 picks into Yahoo drafts.

Scott is a deeper fantasy sleeper who may get an opportunity in St. Louis before anticipated. He has some energy (he’s proven good pull charges within the minors) and “80” grade pace, swiping a mere 94 bases in 132 video games throughout Single- and Double-A final season.

A possible Gold Glove heart fielder, Scott is also a fantasy power quickly.

Haniger ranked top-50 in wRC+ from 2017-2022 earlier than accidents made him a bust in San Francisco final yr. He returns to Seattle this season, the place he hit 39 homers with 100 RBI and 110 runs scored in 2021. Sturdiness is a priority, however a wholesome Haniger can hit. He may shortly discover himself batting in the midst of the Mariners’ order, and Haniger is on the market practically 250 picks into drafts.

Benson is a former first-round choose who quietly posted a 147 wRC+ towards righties final season and plans on bettering versus left-handers so he can play every single day this yr. He totaled 30 steals/homers over simply 287 ABs final season and will go 20/30 in 2024. Nice American Ballpark has elevated homers for LHB an MLB-high 39% during the last three seasons.

Velázquez had the second-best barrel rate final season, sandwiched between Aaron Choose and Ronald Acuña Jr. He additionally recorded the third-best xwOBA against fastballs out of 476 hitters. Velázquez averaged one homer per 9.5 at-bats — Shohei Ohtani led all certified hitters at 11.3. Velázquez is because of regress in fact, however that’s a formidable energy profile for an outfielder accessible 250 picks into drafts. Velázquez’s anticipated batting common (.255) was 20 factors greater than his precise BA, and Kauffman Stadium is among the finest hitter’s parks in baseball for RHB.

Doyle strikes out quite a bit, however his terrific protection ought to assist preserve him in Colorado’s lineup. Doyle produced 32 homers/steals in fewer than 400 ABs final season regardless of not benefiting from Coors Area; he someway hit simply .168 (with a .222 BABIP within the park that enhances hit fee essentially the most) with a 19 wRC+ at dwelling. Doyle ranked within the 99th percentile in Dash Velocity final yr and put on 20 pounds of muscle during the offseason.

Sean Bouchard is a deeper fantasy sleeper in Colorado’s outfield, as Coors Area continues to offer an enormous increase to hitters.

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