Have you ever tried to build a great Fantasy Baseball team of players going post-300 in ADP? That is precisely what we will do today with our all-undrafted team. This list can be handy for sleepers and also deep-league targets. We will break down each position and draft a player going after pick 300 according to FantasyPros Consensus ADP.
C: Max Stassi (C-LAA) ADP: 372
When looking at the catcher position post-300 ADP, every player is risky. Max Stassi has been a solid player when on the field, but the problem is staying on the field. Multiple injuries limited him to just 319 plate appearances last season. The production was solid as he hit 13 home runs with a .241 batting average. With Stassi’s zone-contact rates, his batting average should trend upward in 2022.
1B: Rowdy Tellez (1B-MIL) ADP: 369
Many are ignoring Rowdy Tellez in drafts because of his platoon risk. The lefty is on the strong side of the platoon if anything. There are just four projected left-handed starting pitchers in the NL Central, which means if Tellez is in a strict platoon, he will start on most days.
Tellez has immense power and provides a serviceable batting average. It is also important to remember he just turned 27 and could still have room for growth. Tellez is an excellent target going well after pick 300.
2B: Cesar Hernandez (2B-WSH) ADP: 329
Hernandez traded batting average for power last season, though the reality was he was affected by a poor BABIP. The second baseman saw his contact rates regress slightly but not noticeable enough to see his batting average drop to .232 after hitting a combined .280 over the previous five seasons. A .266 BABIP is the likely reason for the decline. Hernandez is the Nationals leadoff hitter and plays a scarce position in second base. If you need a late-round second baseman or middle infielder, Cesar Hernandez is your guy.
3B: Hunter Dozier (3B-KC) ADP: 326
Hunter Dozier only has one good season to date. In 2019, he hit 26 home runs and slashed .279/.348/.522. Since then, he has owned just a .219 batting average and 22 home runs. Dozier has an intriguing skill set for fantasy purposes because he has multi-position eligibility. He also has sneaky speed, and the word around Spring Training is that he is in the best shape of his life! The draft cost is cheap enough to warrant buying in to see where it goes.
SS: Ha-Seong Kim (SS-SD) ADP: 406
This one feels like cheating with Fernando Tatís Jr. going down with a wrist injury. But Kim would have been my pick even before the Tatís injury. While his first season in MLB was a disappointment, the 26-year-old is in a prime position to have a strong season in 2022. He should see plenty of at-bats and has solid power/speed potential. You can do a lot worse after pick 400 than Ha-Seong Kim.
OF: Andrew McCutchen (OF-MIL) ADP: 313
McCutchen is not the MVP-caliber player he once was, but there is still plenty left in the tank. Last season he hit 27 home runs and stole six bases with the Phillies. In 574 plate appearances, he slashed .222/.334/.444. Expect the slash line to trend upward. McCutchen is a fantastic player in OBP leagues and can approach a .250 average. Milwaukee is a solid hitters park for right-handers, and he should be in the heart of that order. McCutchen is a great target late in drafts.
OF: Julio Rodriguez (OF-SEA) ADP: 328
Everyone knows the name Julio Rodriguez. He is arguably the top prospect in baseball. The most significant question mark surrounding Rodriguez is when he will debut. There is also no question that Rodriguez is ready for the Major League. In the first Spring Training game for the Mariners, Rodriguez hit a home run that left the bat at 117 mph and traveled 431 feet. Last season, only five hitters hit a ball that hard and traveled at least 431 feet. Rodriguez is an exceptional talent and has such a high floor. Even if he does not debut until June or July, he is worth a stash.
OF: Bradley Zimmer (OF-CLE) ADP: 531
Last season, Zimmer hit eight home runs and stole 15 bases across 348 plate appearances. He posted an unimpressive slash line of .227/.325/.344. This pick is the ultimate upside pick. Zimmer could take off and certainly has the pop and speed to post a 30/30 season. The biggest concern is the contact issues. If he can make slightly more contact and put enough balls in play, Zimmer could be an intriguing breakout candidate going after pick 500.
SP: Patrick Corbin (SP-WSH) ADP: 307
Patrick Corbin went from good to bad very quickly. Between 2018 and 2019, Corbin pitched 402 innings, with a 3.20 ERA and a 30 percent strikeout rate. Between 2020 and 2021, Corbin pitched 237 innings with a 5.50 ERA and a 19 percent strikeout rate. The decline in 2020 can be attributed to a dip in velocity. Corbin’s slider was still good, but his fastball got eaten alive. His slider also regressed in 2021, allowing 14 home runs despite having a .211 batting average against and a 40.7 percent whiff rate. Corbin had a 3.82 ERA over the last month of the season when he began to change his arsenal. Watch his pitch mix this spring.
SP: Dane Dunning (SP-TEX) ADP: 411
Dunning posted a 4.51 ERA over 117 innings last season, but the ERA indicators suggest he pitched better. His FIP and xFIP were both below four which is positive. Dunning keeps the ball on the ground at a high rate and has a new and improved infield this season in Texas. Dunning posts close to a strikeout per inning and shouldn’t be on an innings limit this season. If Dunning can post an ERA near four with a strikeout per inning, he is a steal going after pick 400.
SP: Mitch Keller (SP-PIT) ADP: 421
Mitch Keller has been one of the worst pitchers in MLB since he debuted in 2019. For his career, he owns a 6.02 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP. Last season Keller averaged 93.8 mpg on his fastball. During the offseason, he worked with Tread Athletics and, in a bullpen session, saw his fastball average 99 mph with a spin rate nearly 200 rpm higher than he averaged in 2021. His slider also averaged 90 mph with excellent vertical and horizontal movement. His arsenal comped extremely close to Gerrit Cole.
That got everyone excited. Keller made his spring debut on Saturday and saw his fastball average 96.7 mph with an improved spin rate from last season. He only threw the slider four times, but Keller averaged 2507 RPM of spin, which is significantly increased from last season. He threw the four-seam for strikes nine out of 12 pitches.
RP: Alex Colome (RP-COL) ADP: 334
Yes, it is Alex Colome, and yes, it is the Colorado Rockies. Those two things do not seem like they go together. Colome has a 3.09 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and a 50 percent ground ball rate over the last three seasons. Keeping the ball on the ground in Coors is essential. The veteran reliever is quite used to the ninth inning and has had 155 saves since 2016. With saves going at an all-time high price, Colome is an excellent buy and feels like a lock for saves.
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