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Friday, November 28, 2014

2015 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: YASMANY TOMAS OUTFIELDER ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

                                       

The Cuban Revolution continues to take place around major league baseball as the Arizona Diamondbacks came to terms with prized power-hitting outfielder Yasmany Tomas Wednesday to a six-year deal worth $68.5 million.  Over the last five years the recent signees from our neighbors to the south have read like an All-Star team roster:  Yoenis Cespedes, Aroldis Chapman, Yasiel Puig, Jose Abreu, Jose Fernandez, and on and on it goes.  As a result, guys like Tomas are going to be hyped and looked at as prime sleepers more than they would have before this movement began.  And when it comes to Tomas, he possesses the one skill that is vanishing from today's game en masse and that is power.  Compared to Cespedes when it comes to that part of his game, Tomas certainly signed onto the right team with Arizona who have one of the best home run ballparks in the majors in Chase Field.  Both Cespedes and Jose Abreu hit the ground running right out of the gate with top of the line power and Tomas is likely to fall into that trend as well which alone makes him worth a reach in drafts this winter.  In addition, Tomas has decent speed that could net 10-15 stolen bases if he gets his timing down early.  Negatives?  Just like with many other young sluggers, Tomas has a bit of a problem with strikeouts which means he could struggle to hit for average early on.  Abreu did not have that problem, while Cespedes once again is a good parallel with his strikeout tendencies.  Still Tomas could hit .275 with 25 home runs and 80-plus RBI which would be a terrific debut no matter who the player.  The real issue you have here is how early do you feel comfortable making a play on Tomas.  Again it is always a bit risky investing a high draft pick on an unknown player but the recent track record of major success for Cuban players is something to keep in mind when it comes to cutting the check.  Ultimately Tomas has too much natural power to ignore and spending a pick on him to be a low-end outfielder 2 would not be such a terrible thing to do.

2015 PROJECTION:  .276 24 HR 86 RBI 81 R 7 SB

 

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