If you managed to win a fantasy baseball title last season, chances are you drafted at least one post-hype sleeper, a breakout performer who had previously fallen short of meeting high expectations. Anthony Rizzo and Dee Gordon are two players who come to mind. Looking ahead to 2015, one player who comes to mind is a player who was traded from the Rays to the Padres this week.
After capturing AL Rookie of the Year honors in 2013 by batting .293 with 13 home runs, 53 RBI and 50 runs scored in 88 games following his midseason call-up, Wil Myers suffered through a frustrating and injury-plagued 2014 campaign, registering a .222 batting average to go along with six homers, 35 RBI and 37 runs scored in 87 games. But Myers is the type of talent that deserves another chance. Not only did he consistently produce elite-level stat lines while in the Minors, but his rookie season success is proof that he can thrive in the big leagues with additional experience and better luck in the health department.
Ever since its opening in 2004, Petco Park has been widely considered the most pitcher-friendly park in baseball, so Myers’ move to San Diego does temper my enthusiasm to a degree, but at the same time, it could also scare off many owners who were planning on targeting him, lowering his price tag even further. Fantasy owners tend to have short memories, so if Myers falls too far in your drafts this spring, do not be afraid to take a chance.