Sergio Romo- I am a Giants fan, and not completely sold on "All-Star" Brian Wilson. I don't know if Romo would be next in line, but he had a fantastic K-rate last year, top notch WHIP and ERA contributions even if it came in about 30 IP. Sure, the Giants signed Bobby Howry and Jeremy Afeldt, but I think Romo could be a sleeper if Wilson struggles.
Henry Owens- He's obviously suspended and won't be back until All-Star break time at the earliest, but given Matt Lindstrom injury concerns, and Leo Nunez having no closing experience, could be a sneaky saves vulture in the second half.
Kyle Blanks- I read on a Yahoo blurb in Blanks' player card that he fielded some fly balls. The SD brass shot down the idea of him playing OF, but lets be honest, if they don't deal him, Adrian Gonzalez is in front of him and going nowhere, the OF would make some sense. He raked last year in AA and crushed the ball in the Spring, could be HUGE if he gets a chance to play in the SD OF. Check to see what position he plays in AAA, could see a Steven Pearce like situation.
Mat Gamel- He wont' start the season in the bigs, but given that I'm not buying Hall as being more then a quality utility player who plays against lefties, maybe he gets a look, and maybe he steps in and starts raking. Who knows.
Homer Bailey- Micah Owings had a fantastic Spring, which means Bailey is unlikely to open in the rotation. That said, there is a chance that Bailey will be opening in the bullpen at the big league level, and with SP eligibility, maybe that'll be helpful for some. I'd also add that maybe the bullpen stint helps him realize his potential. I'm not a huge Bailey guy, but maybe this is an embarassment to him and lights a fire under him, certainly worth a gamble I think.
Mike Fontenot- He's certainly gaining steam as a sleeper, but I think his upside is vastly being underrated. He crushes righties, and if he is able to even hit mediocre against lefties, he should post solid counting stats and power numbers from 2B.
Max Ramirez- He's starting the season in AAA, I know, consider me a sucker that either he or Teagarden/Salty will get dealt. It's hard not to notice how bad the Rangers pitching is, and I find it hard to believe that they won't eventually deal one of the catchers for a starter, if it's Max Ramirez, he istantly becomes a note worthy catching option.
Nomar Garciaparra- Starting out as a utility infielder, but I'm not sold Chavez can stay healthy (yet somehow I'm sold Nomar can, ha
). With his SS eligibility in Yahoo! leagues, I think he's worth keeping an eye on.