Okay, so the Miami Marlins are pretty bad, which makes it difficult to find fantasy value in many of their players, but where there’s a baseball team, there are always some sleepers lurking
While pitching is the Marlins’ strong suit, first basemen Garrett Jones and Jeff Baker should be considered in the very late rounds of fantasy baseball drafts or on waiver wires upon the season’s start.
» Garrett Jones, 1B/OF (current ADP: #394):
Yes, these two newcomers to the Miami baseball scene are pretty far off the fantasy radar, but Garrett Jones and Jeff Baker offer some unique intrigue as a first base platoon for the Marlins.
Neither of the two are sexy “sleepers” in this year’s fantasy baseball drafts, but each have a prowess for hitting specific types of pitchers, and that’s something that could be handy if you’re playing in a roto league with game limits.
The Marlins are the furthest thing from being considered “spenders”, but they went out and signed both Jones and Baker to two-year deals.
Jones is having a rough go of it in the spring so far, but it is expected that both players will compete for the starting first-base job, and at the worst, play in a solid lefty/righty platoon.
Jones is terrible vs. left-handed pitchers, but he absolutely crushes righties. In the past three years, the 32-year-old has hit just four home runs vs. southpaws, but has smacked 54 dingers against right-handers. He had a career-high 27 HR in 2012, 25 of which came off of righties.
Last season, Jones became the first Pirate in PNC Park history to hit a home run into the Allegheny River, which is 443 ft. from home plate:
2014 Projections: .261/.311/.424, 14 HR, 50 RBI, 55 R, 3 SB