Today commences the recurring 2011 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper posts as we move closer to the new period. A sleeper in my definition is a player who has proven talent in glimpses and modest samples in the past but who has not been in a position to sustain it over the training course of a period. These players need to have the chance to make very good on their potential this period and they without having a doubt will either rise to stardom or go fade into baseball oblivion. With that becoming stated lets take a seem at our initial such player this period and that is Kansas City Royals 2B/SS Mike Aviles.
When 1 were to seem at successful rosters in the 2010 fantasy baseball period, there no doubt have been scores of leading of the line talent lining those clubs these as the Robinson Cano’s, Albert Pujols’, and Ryan Braun’s of the planet. Nevertheless I am prepared to wager a fairly penny that Kansas City Royals 2B/SS Mike Aviles was one more of individuals teams than you were to assume. Mike Aviles? Are you smoking crack Roto Boss? No I dont smoke and let me to explain simply because I am speaking from personalized expertise with this.
Mike Aviles initial sprang to fantasy baseball owners’ minds back in the 2008 period when he hit.325 with 10 home runs and 8 SB in 491 at-bats which was his rookie season. Aviles was snatched up as a guy who a lot of quickly fell in love with and hence he became a guy who was drafted in the middle rounds of most drafts due ot the simple fact the exact same proprietors thought he was a star in the producing due to these a very excellent debut. Properly sadly the road to the Hall of Fame for Aviles took a main detour in 2009 as he acquired harm appropriate off the bat the moment the period began and he completely crashed and burned to the tune of a putrid.189 typical with only 1 HR and 1 SB in only 120 at-bats. Ugghh! To say that Aviles was a draft bust in 2009 was a key understatement.
As a result of his total washout in 2009, Aviles was fully ignored once the 2010 season started as the fantasy baseball community concluded his rookie season was just a fluke. When Aviles started out off the period in the minor leagues, no one seen. Effectively Aviles was soon brought back in Might and he flashed his batting common prowess the subsequent two months by hitting.317 and.333. Regardless of the great common, it only resulted in 2 HR and SB. Much more yawning thus ensued and Aviles was headed for a second straight useless period. Than a humorous issue occurred.
One of the main themes of the 2010 fantasy baseball period was the rampant injuries to the 2B place as guys like Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler, Brian Roberts, and Chase Utley amongst other folks all came down with prolonged term hurts that place their owners in a bind. The SS place was no distinct as guys like Jimmy Rollins and Jose Reyes also had their share of DL time to additional place proprietors in a crimp. Enter Aviles.
On September 1, Mike Aviles still only had the 2 HR’s from May well and June and 7 stolen bases with the customary.300-plus common. What Aviles did in the subsequent 30 days no doubt won several of the titles mentioned previously. As most league championships have been getting decided, Aviles wound up hitting 6 property runs with 7 stolen bases with a.357 regular. Sure you go through that appropriate. 6 residence runs from a 2B/SS in the determining month of the fantasy baseball calendar which is like obtaining 12 from a 1B or a slugging OF. It was basically like catching lightning in a bottle or hitting the lottery. As I stated previously, I personally benefitted from Aviles’ rampaging month in a single of my winning cash leagues as I was missing Dustin Pedroia and required help in a big way. All I was hunting for was a person to preserve me afloat in my battle to consider residence the title and what I acquired was the clinching piece in my victory.
So with all that being explained, it appears as however Aviles is as soon as again at the forefront of fantasy baseball owners’ focus. Without a doubt there will be some who will extrapolate Aviles’ insane month more than a total season and drool all above the place with visions of 30/30. No back again to actuality. Even however I dont feel Aviles will arrive close to that mark, I do feel he will be far more than serviceable for 2011. The guy has shown that he can hit.300 in his sleep and batting regular has always been 1 of the most underrated fantasy baseball classes. The growth in pop and stolen bases in September was good to see but obviously you cant assume him to stay at that level. A single can argue however that the light quite possibly went on for Aviles final September and so the confidence he obtained in the course of that time time period could bring about a great 2011 season. I think the stolen bases are far more likely to remain in his numbers than the strength as a player can learn how to steal appropriately but the pop is a thing thats far more inbred. Both way with the intense shallowness that the SS place is (and 2B is not so deep either), Aviles can be a great low cost source of double digit steals and property runs with a.300 typical. Sounds excellent to me. So for the duration of your draft when you see the Hanley Ramirez’ and Robinson Cano’s flying off the board early in the draft, dont panic and preserve Aviles in the back of your head to pick late. His dual eligibility at 2B and SS affords you great leeway and as previous September showed you, Mike Aviles has a knack for delivering when the time is correct.