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Thursday, February 18, 2021

2021 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: Dylan Moore OUTFIELDER SEATTLE MARINERS

While San Francisco's Mike Yastrzemski earned a ton of rightful praise as a late blooming hitter for the Giants in 2020, another outfielder in a similar boat out west was Seattle Mariners outfielder Dylan Moore. Already 29-years-old, it took Moore until 2019 to show some very intriguing fantasy baseball skills that make him someone to target as a rare sleeper who is pushing up on 30.  After all this is what happens when you go out and post 9/11 and 8/12 slashes in the home runs/stolen base categories the last two seasons and so Moore is absolutely someone to dig a bit deeper prior to drafts this spring. 

As we already noted, Moore is a late bloomer who was originally a seventh round pick back in 2015 by the Texas Rangers.  After failing to make it to the majors with the Rangers, it took Moore until 2019 to finally get a look where he batted .206 with 9 home runs and 11 steals in just 282 at-bats.  Now the average was very ugly obviously and a hideous 33.0 K/9 rate did its thing there.  However the juice is apparent in Moore's game as he has good power and the wheels to help in the run game as well.  Think a poor man's Starling Marte here with an uglier average as a comparison.  

Proving his 2019 debut was no fluke, Moore then went out and improved his average to .255 last season with another 8 home runs and 12 steals in 159 at-bats.  Clearly, Moore has interesting power and speed and those players are becoming more rare by the year in fantasy baseball.  Add in an expected spot in the number 2 slot in the order this season for the M's and Moore will also have the ability to pad his runs scored and to a lesser extent his RBI total.  Given the low profile that is presented for almost all Seattle players, it literally will cost almost nothing to own Moore this season and at the very least he makes for a swell OF 3 or bench option to plug in when he is needed.  Again, power/speed guys like Moore don't grow on trees anymore and those in search of value can do a lot worse here in the later rounds of the draft.  

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