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Thursday, January 7, 2016

2016 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: DAVID PERALTA OUTFIELDER ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

One of the early trades that took place during the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings was when the Arizona Diamondbacks cleared up their outfield glut by sending speedy leadoff-type hitter Ender Inciarte to the Atlanta Braves.  What the move did was give Inciarte the chance to be an everyday player for the Braves and grab hold of some 2016 fantasy baseball sleeper value.  The same scenario was now in play for Diamondbacks power-hitting outfielder David Peralta who himself will now be given the chance to be in the lineup on an everyday basis.  A late bloomer who is already 28 years old despite only going into his third MLB season, Peralta has hinted at some very interesting ability which should come into much more focus in 2016. 

Peralta originally made his debut in 2014 for Arizona, compiling 348 at-bats where he hit 8 home runs, stole 6 bases, and batted a very good .286.  This netted Peralta some more playing time the very next season in 2015 and in the process he upped his counting numbers at a solid clip.  In his 517 at-bats last season, Peralta cracked 17 home runs, stole 9 bases, and batted .312.  Excellent numbers no doubt and it put Peralta into the low-end tier of five-tool contributors and hints at some more production to come. 

Fast forward to present time and what we have here with David Peralta is a guy who looks set for a career year in 2016 due to the fact he has performed very well in both of his MLB campaigns where he has helped in all five ROTO categories.  With everyday playing time and a major offensive park at his disposal in Chase Field, Peralta could be ready to close in on 25 home runs, around 10-12 steals, and a .300 batting average. 

When digging into the numbers a bit more, what has really helped Peralta succeed right away as a major league hitter is his very solid K rate (17.2 and 20.7 the last two seasons) which especially helps in the average category.  In addition, Peralta has some natural power and athleticism to keep him a very intriguing home runs/stolen bases asset which we all go after when it comes to drafts.  In the case of Peralta however, we are also looking at a guy whose draft price will likely be very affordable this season due to the fact his name is not overly flashy and he has not been a much-focused player so far in his career.  That means the value he could supply figures to be sizable. 

After breaking things down completely with the guy, it is obvious that David Peralta has the classic look of a tremendous value play in 2016 fantasy baseball given the already solid production and upside remaining.  We would absolutely reach a few rounds early for Peralta in drafts this year and feel confident at the very least he will yield numbers that will reflect the price on the guy this season. 

2016 PROJECTION:  .294 23 HR 86 RBI 88 R 10 SB 

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