I'm gonna try and get this thread kicking again. Good topic, so here goes nothing.
Manny Parra: How about Manny Parra? I believe he was the 3rd ranked prospect in the Brewers organization going into last season according to Baseball America. He had a nice season and is certainly on people's radars, but I would argue he should be higher on people's radars and could certainly outperform his draft position. He's a groundball power pitcher, great combo. He struck out 147 hitters in 166 innings last year. He had an xera of 3.17 in the 2nd half last year (a polar opposite of his actual 2nd half ERA: 4.88). As Shandler says, if he finds and outpitch against righties, he could be lights out (think about what finding an outpitch did this year for Danks).
Brandon McCarthy: Not a big fan personally, but speaking of Danks, this guy was the prime trade chip from the White Sox. He's been injured the better part of the last few years, but this guy was once quite highly thought of and is still only 25. Obviously his fly ball tendencies will get him killed in Texas, but if he's able to re-capture some of the talent that made him a hyped prospect in the White Sox organization, maybe he'll be serviceable in deep deep leagues, the Rangers certainly need pitching.
Jeremy Bonderman: Missed most of last season. His '06 dom was pretty impressive, and his stats that year were very good. He's 26, and will likely be overlooked on draft day. Call me crazy, but if he's healthy I think he can be quite useful in 2009 and beyond.
Craig Hansen: I can't believe I'm including him, but I suppose I'm doing it because of my view of a post hype sleeper. I view a post hype sleeper as someone who is either completely written off and displayed worlds of talent, or someone who has world's of talent but people have lost site of their ceiling (Parra being an example of that type of player). Craig Hansen was drafted as a sure thing rush through the minors college closer who should make the quick transition to the Majors. Didn't happen. His control has been awful, but he's on the Pirates. They acquired him in the Bay deal, and I'm sure will give him every opportunity to pull his control together and be a contributor. Call me crazy, but if Hansen shows any signs of being a competent end of the bullpen arm, I think the Pirates need to strongly consider dealing Capps, and could do just that. Yes Capps is young, but the Pirates are rebuilding and could use lots of young players, so what better trade chip then a young reliable closer to dangle to a team in need of bullpen help? Just a thought.
Hopefully this topic will pick up, because I feel as if post hype sleepers are amongst the most important players drafted or added to fantasy championship teams.