2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: First Base (1B) Deep Sleepers. First Base (1B) Deep Sleepers selections are based on a standard scoring system in mixed AL/NL fantasy baseball leagues for the 2011 season. Scoring system stats include: runs scored, homeruns, rbi, stolen bases, and batting average – (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG). AB = at bats during the 2010 season.
First Base (1B) Deep Sleepers selections are based on players who are flying under the radar to begin the 2011 season. First Base (1B) Deep Sleeper selections include players who are widely considered to be a backup player behind an incumbent starter, or are a minor league prospect with little or no major league experience entering the 2011 season. First Base (1B) Deep Sleepers are players to select with your last pick in your fantasy baseball draft to begin the 2011 season, or simply keep an eye to begin the season.
Top 3 – First Base (1B) Deep Sleepers 2011
Brandon Belt – SF
Selected by the Giants in the 5th round of the 2009 draft, Belt blazed his way through the minors in his only season there, as he went from Single-A to Double-A to Triple-A all during the 2010 season. Showcasing an advanced approach at the plate combined with outstanding homerun hitting power, Belt at age 23 could easily force his way into major league playing time with the Giants in 2011 as their everyday starting 1B. If and when Belt takes his swings in the Giants lineup, he seems destined to take a firm role as a top run producer in the #4 or #5 spot in the batting order.
2010 Minor League Stats: 493 AB, 99 R, 23 HR, 112 RBI, 22 SB, .350 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: no major league experience
2011 Major League Stat Projections: 55 R, 15 HR, 65 RBI, 5 SB, .285 AVG
Mark Trumbo – LAA
After a outstanding breakout campaign at Triple-A during the 2010 season, Trumbo enters the 2011 season with high expectations of becoming a top power hitting run producer for the Angels in the very near future. Unfortunately with the Angels already having solid starters at the OF, 1B, and DH positions, there is essentially zero room for Trumbo entering the 2011 season. However at age 25 and with 5 full seasons of minor league experience under his belt, Trumbo could easily force the Angels hand for playing time in 2011. If an injury were to happen to either Kendry Morales or one of the Angels outfielders, Trumbo would likely get an immediate starting spot in the Angels lineup.
2010 Minor League Stats: 532 AB, 103 R, 36 HR, 122 RBI, 3 SB, .299 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 15 AB, 2 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB, .067 AVG
2011 Major League Stat Projections: 45 R, 15 HR, 55 RBI, 2 SB, .275 AVG
Brandon Allen – Ari
A proven power hitter during his minor league career, Allen finally has a major league starting spot his for the taking entering the 2011 season. Offering a mix of homerun and rbi potential to go along with a proneness for striking out, Allen seemingly fits the old ideal as a classic 1B. Already at age 25, this seems like the perfect time for the Diamondbacks to finally give Allen consistent playing time to see what he can do. If Allen can claim the Diamondbacks starting 1B job for the 2011 season, he could be looking at a season of 20-25 homeruns and 80-90 rbi.
2010 Minor League Stats: 371 AB, 72 R, 25 HR, 86 RBI, 14 SB, .261 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 45 AB, 5 R, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 0 SB, .267 AVG
2011 Major League Stat Projections: 65 R, 20 HR, 80 RBI, 2 SB, .265 AVG
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