Found March 23, 2012 on Kramerica Sports:
Picimg_mlb_mar_01_224c
alejandro de aza is a fantasy baseball sleeper in 2012
Author: Luke Gloeckner
www.mrcheatsheet.com

Leading off for the White Sox this year will be the young
Alejandro De Aza. Last year, he had 13 HR, 34 SB and hit .324 between AAA and the majors. If he could bring those numbers into a full year of being a major league leadoff hitter then, wow, watch out.

My first concern with him is whether than ridiculous batting average will stick around. Playing in the Winter Leagues, he hit for a measly .198 AVG so that's not a good sing. He's only hitting .240 in this spring thus far as well. Add to all that that he had a huge BABIP of over .400 last year and it leads us to believe a regression is ahead but thankfully I don't see foresee a gigantic regression. In three seasons at AAA, he hit over .300 in every one of them and had a .309 AAA batting average. So when he does regress, I see him still maintaining a good AVG overall.

Despite being a speedster, he does have good power as he hit 22 HR's in his AAA seasons. In the leadoff spot, he likely won't be swinging for the fences too often but it should find a decent amount of HR's regardless.

The White Sox obviously feel comfortable letting De Aza run based on his 12 SB in 54 games last year. That shouldn't change this year unless he gets caught stealing far too often. As a leadoff hitter, he'll get his chance to score a lot of runs (but have his RBI totals limited there). All in all, there are a lot of potentially good things that De Aza could add to your team and he is definitely worth a late-round look.

Sleeper Verdict: Sleeptastic. In Round 20, you can't get much better than De Aza's potential. He certainly could be a major disappointment based on his performance in the Winter Leagues and thus far in Spring Training but you aren't risking a lot based on his ADP at this point. I'd reach to draft De Aza a few rounds earlier to ensure that his potential is on my bench in case he does continue to break out.


ADP as of this posting: 228.35 (Round 20 in 12-team league)
P
rojected 2012 Role: Starting OF
2011 Production: .329 AVG, 4 HR, 29 R, 23 RBI, 12 SB in 171 PA
My 2012 Prediction: .300 AVG, 10 HR, 90 R, 55 RBI, 35 SB as starter




Kramerica Sports Top Take Contest
Submit a comment below to be entered into our monthly contest to win a $20 Best Buy Gift Card.


Luke Gloeckner is the creator of http://www.mrcheatsheet.com, a fantasy baseball blog centered on analyzing the player market and trends. His unique spin on player evaluation has helped countless fantasy owners draft their way to success.  He also plays a mean game of wiffleball. 

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

#12: How should we feel about Alex Rios?

Karl de Vries is a reporter and web producer for Newsday. He’s a lifelong Mets fan and fantasy fanatic who operates RotoDiamond, a fantasy baseball blog. If you’ve never heard of RotoDiamond, we highly suggest adding it to your fantasy repertoire. Due to the high quality of Karl’s work, we’ve asked him to contribute posts to Baseball Professor. It took some begging and...

White Sox 6, Diamondbacks 3

A.J. Pierzynski hit an inside-the-park home run and had two doubles in the Chicago White Sox's 6-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night at Camelback Ranch. Pierzynski hit a ball that deflected off the top wall in center and bounced to right center for the catcher's third home run of the spring. Chicago starter Gavin Floyd gave up two runs and five hits...

Ventura leads White Sox into post-Ozzie era

Ozzie Guillen is tweeting from South Florida these days and Mark Buehrle is pitching for him on the remade Miami Marlins. Guillen, the face and often the opinionated voice of the Chicago White Sox for eight seasons, and Buehrle, their most durable pitcher for a decade, are gone. Hello, Robin Ventura who was the surprise choice to manage a team that underachieved last season (79...

White Sox 16, Royals 4

Chicago White Sox reliever Matt Thornton is eager for a chance to be a closer again. Thornton is among the candidates to be the White Sox closer. He struck out one and allowed a hit in 1 1/3 scoreless innings in Chicago's 16-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. Adam Dunn hit two home runs - a two-run home run and a grand slam off Royals starter Bruce Chen. Dunn...

Chen allows 10 runs in 16-4 loss to White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Adam Dunn hit a grand slam and a two-run shot off Bruce Chen, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 16-4 victory over a Kansas City Royals split squad Thursday. Chen allowed 10 runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings. He struck out three and walked one. A.J. Pierzynski also homered off Chen in the fifth inning. Billy Butler hit his third home run of the spring in...
White Sox News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.