In preparing for your fantasy drafts for 2010, most owners will target a few sleepers to go along with the consistent performers. However, most of the time with sleepers, you have to have the roster flexibility, and realize they might not make an immediate impact early on. But, if you can uncover a player you can get at a below market value, that can provide long term dividends, that might be the difference to give you a competitive advantage.
One avenue that I check out each and every year, is to take a look at the Rule V draft selections, that are chosen at MLB’s winter meetings. Last year, I selected Everth Cabrera in all of my leagues, after researching all the players in the 2008 Rule V class. When I announced his name at the draft, everybody was like who??? I had seen that with the Rockies minor league system, he had achieved over 70 stolen bases. Moreover, I had witnessed that Cabrera could hit, whereby he launched a triple while watching a spring training game on TV. I was sold on this player going into draft season.
Pirates – John Raynor (from Marlins)
Royals – Edgar Osuna (From Braves)
Indians – Hector Ambriz (From D-Backs)