Deep League Roto Targets

What is a deep league? For the purpose of this evaluation, we are looking at players with an ADP above 400.

Tommy La Stella (ADP 402)

Write off his injured-impacted 2021, and instead focus on La Stella’s 121 OPS+ (21% better than average) over the two previous seasons. His .356 OPS and the $18.75 million, three-year commitment made by the Giants suggests they will get him into the lineup – leading off – as much as possible.

José Barrero (ADP 458)

The shortstop formerly known as Jose Garcia, is the Reds shortstop of the future, and that future could be now. In 85 games in the high minors last year, the 23-year-old hit .313 with 19 homers and 16 stolen bases. Present shortstop incumbent in Cincinnati, Kyle Farmer, is better suited in a versatile bench role. Barrero could be this year’s Jonathan India.

José Siri (ADP 538)

Everyone knows his Hollywood story. He was DFA’d by the Reds, Mariners, and Giants, and then was passed over in favor of three other (mediocre) centerfielders in Houston. At the start of September 2021, Siri struck out three times in a 0-for-4 outing in his 688th minor-league game. By the end of the month, he was established on the Astros roster and scored in the World Series. He offers a compelling power/speed combo with dynamic defense… but also a propensity to strikeout.

Yermín Mercedes (ADP 559)

The part-time catcher only hit seven home runs last season – it felt like more. He came from nowhere to steal highlight reels and garner controversy when manager Tony La Russa accused him of breaking one of baseball’s unwritten rules. If the NL get the DH, look out for Mercedes’ to be a high-profile trade chip.

Bryan De La Cruz (ADP 479)

Unless the Marlins spring a surprise trade for an outfielder, De La Cruz will man centerfield at Marlins Park to start the 2022 season. A career .356 OBP, the 25-year-old with 113 OPS+ last season, offers a bit of pop in one of the more intriguing lineups in baseball.

Featured image photo by Mike Carlson