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6 MLB Sleepers To Dominate Your Fantasy Hitting

The first few rounds are easy. Plenty of boppers early. We're going to suggest a few guys later in your draft worth getting.

Continuing with my fantasy sleepers, today I'm gonna suggest a few hitters worthy of drafting in the late rounds in your fantasy draft.

Mitch Garver, C, Minnesota Twins

The catching position in fantasy is always tough. You almost always have to draft at least two, since catchers need the most off days. With Mitch Garver, this is doubly true. Garver is one of the best hitting catchers in baseball. In 2021 he posted a 139 OPS+, which is incredible, but he also only played in 68 games. His career-high for games in a season is 102, and that was back in 2018. Still, with a bat like that, he's a catcher you have to target. Pun intended. 

Alejandro Kirk, C, Toronto Blue Jays

10.1% walk rate and 11.6% strikeout rate. What's left for me to say? Okay, fine. Kirk produced a 107 OPS+ in 2021, which is slightly above average. He will be a catcher in possibly the most potent lineup in the American League, the Blue Jays lineup. He'll get plenty of pitches to hit when the opposing pitching staff is worried about all the other big names in the lineup. He'll compete for the catching role with Danny Jansen, but he's the superior hitter. 

Jesus Sanchez, OF, Miami Marlins

His 31.8% strikeout rate may give you pause, but he also showed tremendous power, clubbing 14 dingers in 64 games. His average exit velocity of 90.2 MPH was impressive and he should grow to develop a better eye at the plate. 

Lane Thomas, OF, Washington Nationals

After posting a 133 OPS+ while slashing .354/.454/.585 versus lefties, Thomas is sure to see plenty of time on the field in 2022. He needs to improve his success against right-handed pitchers, but he's an easy steal if he can figure that part out, or if the Nationals learn to platoon him properly. He could be a breakout season candidate. 

Oneil Cruz, SS, Pittsburgh Pirates

Cruz probably wouldn't get too much time in the majors for a different team, but the Pirates decided to cut their payroll down to "lower than Hades low" so their top prospects are going to get playing time. Cruz was listed as the 51st overall prospect in the majors. He has a good combination of power and speed, even at his 6'7 frame. Just a few days ago he hit a home run in spring training that hasn't landed yet. He could easily be a 25/25 guy with home runs and steals. 

Yandy Díaz, Utility, Tampa Bay Rays

Yandy Diaz has posted an above-average OPS+ every full season in the majors and has a career OBP of .359. He isn't going to slug a lot, but he doesn't strike out too much and gets on base a ton. He's a great guy to have in your utility part of the lineup. 

Last Thoughts

There are a lot of other players I could have included here, but I liked the players I included. I offer no guarantees for players who experience a crisis of confidence or turn out to be busts, but I will take full credit for correct guesses. Good luck!