The 2020 MLB season is going to happen! Maybe. And we could probably have baseball! So, that means it is time to take a look back at our draft prep from back in the pre-Covid era. What year was that?
Below I’ve got some interesting shortstop sleepers for the 60-game season. The designated hitter coming to the National League should help some players see more work this season, but playing time is what we need to keep an eye on for most sleepers as we draft and work waivers.
Ryan McMahon, Colorado Rockies
With the DH coming to the National League, it should helps some of these Rockies hitters who are in need of more at bats a break. McMahon is one of those guys, along with Garrett Hampson, both eligible at second base. I like McMahon a bit more, as he has a little more flexibility and should have the starting job to start the season. He also has a great exit velocity, averaging 91.4 mph last season. If he can get his fly ball rate up, he could mash in Colorado.
Starlin Castro, Washington Nationals
Castro started to raise his fly ball rate last season and put up a .302 average and 16 home runs in the second half. Now in Philadelphia, he has a much better ballpark than in Miami to hit in. With Anthony Rendon gone and Ryan Zimmerman sitting out the shortened season, Castro should have plenty of at bats to bring fantasy value.
Shed Long, Seattle Mariners
Long is set to be the Mariners’ starting second baseman. His spring training numbers were gross, but he wasn’t overmatched last season in 168 at bats where he slashed .263/.333/.454 and ended the season on an upswing. If he can land the leadoff spot, he should get enough at bats to be on a 20/10 pace.
Kevin Newman, Pittsburgh Pirates
Newman showed up last season hitting for a .308 average with 12 home runs and 16 stolen bases in 130 games. He played very well as the leadoff hitter, with a .328/.374/.502 line in that role.He’ll have competition for the leadoff spot, so could see time lower in the lineup, but he is set up for another good campaign in 2020.
Nick Madrigal, Chicago White Sox
Will Madrigal get any at bats this season? The hope is that he will, since he’ll make the roster and the team won’t need to worry much about his service time. He doesn’t have power, but he has an amazing 3 percent strikeout rate so far as a professional and is great on the base paths and defensively. He’s the kind of player who will stick in the lineup if he can get his chance.