Originally written February 27, 2013 on Baseball Professor:
Alejandro De Aza was my unanimous sleeper target last year. In every mock draft I did, every actual team I drafted, and every “your fantasy time can’t exist without these players” piece I wrote, De Aza was there.He certainly didn’t disappoint. For the price of a 200-something pick, De Aza delivered top-100 numbers. Given his role as a speed-first leadoff hitter, his nine homers and 50 RBI weren’t category killers, and his 81 runs, 26 steals, and .281 average provided enough juice to make him a regular starter in most fantasy leagues.His 26.1% line drive rate was ridiculously high — actually, it was third in the league behind Joey Votto‘s 30.0% and Jordan Pacheco‘s 26.4% — but De Aza has a strong track record of very good line drive rates and low infield fly rates. He’s a safe bet for another .280+ season in 2013.If there is a blemish on De Aza’s fantasy resume, it’s his poor play against left-handed pitchers. Last season he batted just .248 with one homer and only eight RBI against lef
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