Fantasy Baseball – Value Corner Infielders
If you didn’t fill your corner infield slots early, you can still find value later in the draft. Try these CIs on for size.
Chris Davis, Texas Rangers
Davis went from awesome two years ago to awful in the beginning of last season, to adequate the last half. He’s tearing it up this spring, hitting .353 with 10 RBIs through 17 games. He strikes out a lot and is subject to slumps, but is a nice late round value power pick for your CI slot.
Chase Headley, San Diego Padres
With Kevin Kouzmanoff off to Oakland, Headley returns to 3B, a more natural position. While he didn’t blow anybody away last year, he did manage a respectable 12 HRs and 10 SBs in 543 ABs. He’s off to a decent start this spring with 13 RBIs in his first 15 games. Headley also has OF eligibility, which helps his value. He’s a good gamble towards the end of your draft.
Kevin Kouzmanoff, Oakland A’s
Speaking of Kouzmanoff, he’s a decent later option to fill your 3B or CI slot. Kouz struggled a bit with his average (.255), but still managed to drive in 88 runs. He’ll give you around 20 HRs and 85 RBIs. What’s not to like about that?
Ian Stewart, Colorado Rockies
Stewart clubbed 25 HRs in 425 ABs last year, but his .228 batting average kept it from being a successful fantasy year. As of 3/25 he was hitting .313 this spring. He hit .295 in 671 ABs for Triple-A Colorado Springs so he’s capable of at least putting up a respectable average. As you would imagine his BABIP was low (.275). If his luck improves, he could at least get to a .250, which at least doesn’t sting as bad.
Brandon Wood, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Wood has struggled in his brief taste at the MLB level, but the talent and potential are there. His last three years for Triple-A Salt have been .272-73-23-77-10, .296-82-31-84-6, and .293-65-22-72-1. Clearly the power potential is there. It’s just a matter if the 25-year old is ready to take the next step.