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Saturday, January 21, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: MANUEL MARGOT OUTFIELDER SAN DIEGO PADRES

The other day we profiled San Diego Padres outfield prospect Hunter Renfroe whose big power puts him in position to gain a corner spot there to begin the 2017 season.  Centerfield should also stand a good chance of seeing a Padres rookie manning the spot but this time it is a player built more on speed and average than power.  We are of course talking about 22-year-old Manuel Margot and the former Red Sox farmhand certainly looks like a person of interest for fantasy baseball purposes this season.  Ever since he made his pro debut back in 2012, Margot has racked up steals by the boatload as that is clearly the greatest strength of his offensive approach.  Margot began to really pair that speed with a good average at Triple-A in 2016 for San Diego as he hit .304 and scored 98 runs and swiped 30 bases.  That is a three-category asset based on the numbers Margot compiled and he has the look of a classic leadoff guy based on his solid K/9 rate (18.9 at Triple-A) who can bring those skills to the majors.  Think a younger Ben Revere here as Margot profiles the same.  There is pretty much no power here to speak of and so he you need to cover that category somewhere else but Margot has a real chance to claim the leadoff spot for the Padres this season and help you in runs, average, and steals.  That is well worth a late round grab.

2017 PROJECTION:  .278 1 HR 79 R 45 RBI 24 SB  


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