2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: First Base (1B) Sleepers. First Base (1B) 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) Sleepers selections are based on players who have the potential to make a significant statistical impact during the 2011 season. First Base (1B) Sleepers are players to consider drafting late in fantasy baseball drafts or pick up as free agents to begin the 2011 season.
First Base (1B) Sleepers 2011
Freddie Freeman – Atl
At just age 21, Freeman enters the 2011 season with an opportunity to claim the everyday starting first basemen job for the Braves. Having only tallied 24 at bats with the Braves to close the 2010 season, Freeman’s minor league track record is what fantasy baseball teams will want to take a chance on when drafting Freeman this season. Offering an excellent eye at the plate that can easily result in a .300 batting average, Freeman also boasts the ability to put up a 20 plus homerun and 80 plus rbi rookie campaign during the 2011 season. Not bad for a late round draft pick in any fantasy baseball league.
2010 Minor League Stats: 461 AB, 73 R, 18 HR, 88 RBI, 6 SB, .319 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 24 AB, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB, .167 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 70 R, 20 HR, 85 RBI, 3 SB, .285 AVG
Brett Wallace – Hou
With his former third base position out of the picture, Wallace is firmly entrenched as a first basemen entering the 2011 season. On a young Houston team that will likely have a hard time winning a lot of games this season, Wallace should be given more than his share of opportunity to play and become an everyday starter at first base for the Astros during the 2011 season. Over his minor league career, Wallace has proven to be a very solid hitter, who can easily hit at a clip around .290 and above. At age 24, his power potential is still developing, but 20 homeruns is definitely within reach for Wallace throughout the course of a full season in 2011.
2010 Minor League Stats: 385 AB, 64 R, 18 HR, 61 RBI, 1 SB, .301 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 144 AB, 14 R, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 0 SB, .222 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 65 R, 20 HR, 75 RBI, 0 SB, .280 AVG
Justin Smoak – Sea
There is no doubt that over the course of just one year, Smoak’s future outlook when from potential major league all-star, to just trying to not be considered a prospect bust. However, as a 1st round pick in 2008, Smoak has only had 1 full season in the minors, which was by far a resounding success during the 2009 season. With this in mind, it is hard to fault a then 23 year old Smoak for struggling a bit after making his major league debut in 2010 and then getting traded midway through the season. With the starting first basemen job Smoak’s to lose entering the 2011 season, it seems reasonable to think that this type of position security could easily allow Smoak to have some peace of mind and begin flourishing as a solid run producing first basemen during the 2011 season.
2010 Minor League Stats: 183 AB, 33 R, 9 HR, 30 RBI, 0 SB, .278 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 348 AB, 40 R, 13 HR, 48 RBI, 1 SB, .218 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 60 R, 18 HR, 70 RBI, 0 SB, .275 AVG
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