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Friday, January 20, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: HUNTER RENFRO OUTFIELDER SAN DIEGO PADRES

When on the lookout for value plays in the middle-to-late rounds of your fantasy baseball drafts, a good place to always look is on rebuilding teams who are more apt to give starting jobs to young and talented players.  With these teams obviously not ready yet for contention, managers and front offices in these organizations are more willing to forgive the mistakes that come when learning on the fly.  Last season the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves were two such teams and they each supplied some very good fantasy baseball values during the course of the year.  As far as 2017 is concerned, one team that falls under this heading are the San Diego Padres who completely cleaned house over the winter from their fantasy baseball-like spending spree just a few years earlier.  As a result, the Padres plan on having some young players play a prominent role which makes for good fantasy baseball buying opportunities.  One player who is included in this grouping is outfielder Hunter Renfroe who has a starting spot set up for him to begin the year.  The 25-year-old slugger tore up Triple-A El-Paso last season to the tune of a .306 average and a mammoth 30 home runs in just 133 games.  He then came up and tore the cover off the ball for the Padres in 35 late at-bats by hitting .371 with another 4 bombs.  Clearly power is the name of the game for Renfroe and this would be the only reason you get involved here since he has little to no speed and a tendency to strike out which could hurt his average.  While power is more plentiful now than it has been in years, Renfroe should be sitting there in the late rounds of your draft due to the San Diego screen and thus serve as a nice power upside pick.  

2017 PROJECTION:  .267 24 HR 78 RBI 73 R 2 SB  


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