Fantasy baseball stars in 2019 who mostly went undrafted

Trey Mancini has 34 home runs in 2019. [Image Source: Flickr | KA Sports Photos]
Trey Mancini has 34 home runs in 2019. [Image Source: Flickr | KA Sports Photos]

Jorge Soler, Mitch Garver, and Mike Soroka all had excellent seasons in fantasy.

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While fantasy drafts are important, many times a league will be won due to smart pickups during the course of the season.

With the majority of head-to-head fantasy baseball leagues ending on Sunday, let’s take a look at players who excelled despite going undrafted in many leagues. Each position will have a representative (three outfielders and five starting pitchers).

These are the players who according to Fantasy Pros didn’t have a preseason overall ranking of 250 or better (250 players are drafted in a 25-round, 10-team league). Fantasy Pros averaged out the preseason rankings that were provided by a bunch of experts.

Some honorable mentions include:

Catcher - Christian Vazquez (Red Sox), Omar Narvaez (Mariners), James McCann (White Sox), Roberto Perez (Indians)

First base - Howie Kendrick (Nationals), Danny Santana (Rangers)

Second base - Ryan McMahon (Rockies), Kolten Wong (Cardinals)

Third base - Miguel Sano (Twins), J.D. Davis (Mets)

Shortstop - None

Outfield - Jeff McNeil (Mets), Brett Reynolds (Pirates), Joc Pederson (Dodgers), Kole Calhoun (Angels)

Starting pitcher - Jake Odorizzi (Twins), John Means (Orioles), Matthew Boyd (Tigers), Domingo German (Yankees), Yonny Chirinos (Rays)

Closer - Hector Neris (Phillies), Brandon Workman (Red Sox), Taylor Rogers (Twins), Emilio Pagan (Rays), Hansel Robles (Angels), Ian Kennedy (Royals)


Catcher - Mitch Garver, Twins

Despite starting in just 74 games, Garver has 31 home runs averaging one per every 9.77 at bats. In one less at bat in 2018, he only connected on seven long balls.


First base - Josh Bell, Pirates

While his numbers dipped after the All-Star break, Bell still deserves the spot at first base. His 116 RBIs are bettered by only five players, and he has also hit 37 homers and scored 94 times.

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