Sleeper at 3B/SS: Eduardo Nunez
You may have lost Hanley Ramirez, Brett Lawrie, or Derek Jeter for the start of the season. And, if you’re anything like me, you neglected to draft a back-up for that position. If you’re in that unenviable spot, check your waiver wire for guys like Alcides Escobar, Jean Segura, and Kevin Youkilis. If they don’t tickle your fancy, there’s a healthy player on the New York Yankees, Eduardo Nunez, who will be starting at shortstop on Opening Day.
Only owned in 9% of Yahoo League, Nunez has much more speed than managers realize. He went 7/9 in stolen base attempts this Spring and stole 11/13 in under 90 AB last season. Extrapolate that pace over a full season and we’re talking about 50 steals. I’m not going to suggest he’ll total those kind of crazy numbers, but the guy has talent. He’s a career .272 hitter- not too shabby-and is only 25 years old.
Nunez, would be an everyday starter if it weren’t for his atrocious defense. With Jeter and A-Rod injured, he’ll start everyday until Jeter returns from injury. He’ll then likely start at SS against lefties and possibly DH against righties depending on how Travis Hafner fares. This will be Nunez best opportunity to show he is a major league caliber ball player. He has proved it with his bat and on the base paths, now he must prove it with his glove. Luckily, for fantasy owners, his errors won’t hurt you. Go pick him up.
Ryan Kantor is an author at Reading Between the Seams. He is a life-long Yankees fan and a proud Clemson alumnus, residing in North Carolina, where he works in marketing research. For more stories like this, you can visit his personal blog at RyanKantor.com and follow him on Twitter at @Ryan_Kantor.