SleepersFebruary 26, 2008

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Sleeper Watch

By R.J. White

There’s a second baseman that is falling to the late part of quite a few drafts that will most likely hit 25-30 home runs while maintaining a solid average. He hits in a prime RBI spot, in a good offensive lineup, in a hitter’s park in which his slugging percentage was .539 in 2007. In addition to second base, he also qualifies at first and third. His name is Ty.

After being moved around so much that he had to scratch a change-of-address on the infield dirt each time he stepped out of the dugout, Ty Wigginton was shipped out of Tampa completely. He landed in Houston, where the team gave him the starting job at third base and told him to make himself comfortable. He immediately took advantage of the inset Crawford Boxes, hitting six home runs in 89 at-bats at Minute Maid Park on his way to that impressive slugging percentage. The Juice Box ranked fifth in home runs last year, and the short porch in left field is heaven for right-handed batters.

You also have to take into account the people hitting in front of him. Current lineup projections have Michael Bourn and Kaz Matsui at the top of the order, with some combination of Miguel Tejada, Lance Berkman, Carlos Lee, and Hunter Pence in the next four spots before Wigginton. That’s 11 combined All-Star appearances between the three veterans and a rookie who hit .322 in his first season. Wigginton should easily improve on his 67 RBI from last year and drive in 85-100 runners in 2008.

Sure, he doesn’t steal bases anymore. Yeah, his average could be better. But I just snagged Wigginton at pick 190 in a 14-team league to use as my primary second baseman and I couldn’t be happier.

R.J. White (a.k.a daullaz) has been actively involved in fantasy sports for over 13 years. He wants to write professionally and would like you to keep his name in the back of your mind for future reference.
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