Lost password?

Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!


Receive free daily analysis


Already have an account? Log In


Forgot Password


Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Daily Stats & Leaders
All Pitcher Matchups
Compare Any Players
Pickups & Streamers
Rookies & Call-Ups
24x7 News and Alerts

Later-Round Shortstops - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values and Targets

oneil cruz fantasy baseball rankings draft sleepers MLB prospects

Welcome officially to the 2022 fantasy baseball season! Now that an MLB deal is in place, a lot more fantasy drafts will be taking place -- and we're here as always to guide you through it. Once you reach the late rounds of drafts, everyone is looking to draft players with upside that can provide a great return on value. You can afford to start taking a risk or two on a variety of different players, including emerging prospects, overlooked veterans, players returning from injury, or even talented players who may have some playing time concerns. The early rounds are critical and the middle rounds shape the core of your starting squad, but the late rounds are where you have the opportunity to select hidden gems who can play a huge role for your fantasy team.

Today, we're looking at some late-round shortstops for you to consider drafting in your season-long leagues this season. Are their ADPs undervalued? Will they make significant fantasy contributions and become a late-round sleeper draft target that you're going to want to prioritize? Read on to see our take.

Our editors have hand-picked these specific MLB players for your draft prep enjoyment. Normally only available to Premium subscribers, the five outlooks below are meant to give you a taste of the in-depth analysis you receive with our industry-leading 2022 Draft Kit. Be sure to subscribe today and start reading all of our in-depth 2022 player outlooks, and many other premium articles and tools, available exclusively in our 2022 Draft Kit.

Featured Promo: Want a free RotoBaller Premium Pass? Check out these sports betting promo offers from the top sportsbooks! All new sign-ups get a free bonus offer on their first deposit, and a free year of RotoBaller's Premium Pass for all sports ($450 value)! Sign Up Now!


Amed Rosario, Cleveland Guardians

Shortstop Amed Rosario bounced back in his first season with Cleveland, batting .282 with 11 HRs, 13 SBs, 57 RBI, and 77 runs across 141 games. A lot of that production came in August, where he hit .372 with four long balls. However, those numbers were aided by an astronomical .422 BABIP and a year-high 13.3 HR/FB, even though Rosario barreled balls just 2.2% of the time. And his full-season batting average looked a lot better than his .265 xBA thanks to a .340 BABIP. Rosario will never walk much (career 4.6 BB%, 5.3 BB% in 2021) but should post a strikeout rate around 20%, though his unremarkable whiff rates (47th percentile in 2021) means he'll never be a premium contact hitter.

A .270 batting average floor seems realistic, given the 26-year-old's 97th percentile sprint speed and low flyball totals (18.9 FB% in 2021), but he won't help too much in the category considering his 38th percentile average exit velocity last season and career 88.2 MPH mark. Rosario will again hit double-digit home runs after improving his HardHit% to 43.5% last year and producing a career-best 111.5 max exit velocity. But his 8th percentile barrel rate will keep him from hitting much more than last season's total. He'll steal north of 10 bags once again with his speed and the Guardians' tendency to run, and hitting near the top of the lineup should make him at least a competent run-scorer. However, with limited power, the RBI won't be there. He's still worth shots at his low 250 ADP.

-- Spencer Seguin - RotoBaller


Oneil Cruz, Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz was one of the biggest breakouts in the minor leagues last year, showcasing mega power, elite speed, and reaching the majors for a cup of coffee at season's end. He slugged 18 home runs and stole 19 bases in a mere 311 plate appearances across Double-A, Triple-A, and the MLB. The 23-year-old has 70-grade raw power and can spread the ball over the field. FanGraphs' RosterResource currently projects him as Pittsburgh's starting shortstop on Opening Day, but they currently have him on the bench versus lefthanders.

However, the Pirates have no reason to stunt their best prospect's development by failing to play him every day. Cutter projects him for 15 home runs and 11 stolen bases over 359 plate appearances in 2022. According to Rotoballer's Expected Draft Values, the Pirates' top prospect is roughly fair value at his current 304 ADP. Overall, Cruz gives you similar upside to Bobby Witt Jr. this year with less playing time risk, and he's going 125 picks later in drafts.

Editors note: Cruz will start the year in Triple-A, but his power/speed upside keeps him in the mix as a very appealing late-round sleeper pick.

-- Jordan Rosenblum - RotoBaller


Luis Urias, Milwaukee Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers infielder Luis Urias displayed a bit of his potential last season, slashing .249/.345/.445 with 23 HRs, 75 RBI, 77 runs, and five stolen bases across 150 games. His power output was a result of improving his barrel rate and HardHit% to 9.3% and 40.5%, respectively, both well above his previous marks. Urias also upped his launch angle to 14.2 and meatball swing rate to 76.9%, each career-highs. Though these are average Statcast metrics, his home park of American Family Field will help keep his home run total above 20, but he'll never be an exceptional power hitter. Urias did make more contact, striking out 20.4% of the time after posting a 26.7% rate in 2020, and he improved on his .239 average from 2020 after decreasing his groundball rate to 41.8%.

However, the 24-year-old still doesn't connect with the ball enough (25th percentile for average exit velocity) to contribute in that category. After stealing five bags in 2021, it wouldn't be surprising if he's around that total again next season while on a team that runs more than most, but his 40th percentile sprint speed doesn't do him any favors. If he hits near the bottom of the order again, there won't be enough opportunities to supply a fair share of runs and RBI, especially in an average-at-best Brewers lineup. Urias is a fine backup infielder, but he won't be a major factor in any specific category, so his ADP of 266 is justified.

-- Spencer Seguin - RotoBaller


Download Our Free News & Alerts Mobile App

Like what you see? Download our updated fantasy baseball app for iPhone and Android with 24x7 player news, injury alerts, sleepers, prospects & more. All free!

More Fantasy Baseball Analysis


Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Daily Stats & Leaders
All Pitcher Matchups
Compare Any Players
Pickups & Streamers
Rookies & Call-Ups
24x7 News and Alerts


Damien Harris4 mins ago

Not Expected To Play Thursday Night
Joel Embiid50 mins ago

Returns Against Hawks
Los Angeles Rams54 mins ago

Aaron Donald Dealing With High-Ankle Sprain
Clint Capela55 mins ago

De'Andre Hunter To Play On Monday
Melvin Gordon III1 hour ago

Expected To Sign With Chiefs
Anthony Davis1 hour ago

Likely To Suit Up Monday
Christian McCaffrey1 hour ago

Dealing With Knee Irritation
Brandon Ingram1 hour ago

Downgraded To Out
Jaylen Brown1 hour ago

To Miss Monday's Game
Elijah Mitchell1 hour ago

Likely Out 6-8 Weeks
Pascal Siakam1 hour ago

Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam To Play Monday
Michael Carter1 hour ago

Has A Low-Ankle Sprain
Terry Rozier1 hour ago

Ruled Out On Monday
Joe Mixon1 hour ago

Trending In The Right Direction For Week 13
Darnell Mooney2 hours ago

Done For The Season
James Reimer2 hours ago

Placed On Injured Reserve
Linus Ullmark2 hours ago

Available For The Next Game
Alex Pietrangelo2 hours ago

Out Monday For Personal Reasons
Nick Perbix2 hours ago

Returns On Monday
Robert Thomas2 hours ago

Misses Monday's Game
Warren Foegele2 hours ago

Ryan McLeod Out Monday
John Gibson3 hours ago

Joins Team For Trip To Nashville
Justin Verlander5 hours ago

Dodgers Meeting With Justin Verlander Monday
J.K. Dobbins5 hours ago

To Practice This Week
José Abreu5 hours ago

Astros "Finalizing A Deal For" Jose Abreu
Mike Clevinger5 hours ago

Signs With White Sox
Jameson Williams5 hours ago

A Long Shot To Face Jaguars
Kadarius Toney5 hours ago

Day-To-Day With Hamstring Injury
Caris LeVert6 hours ago

Probable For Monday
Dallas Mavericks6 hours ago

Kemba Walker Expected To Sign With Mavericks
Jarrett Allen6 hours ago

Remains Sidelined Monday
Kevin Love6 hours ago

To Sit Out On Monday
Jaden McDaniels6 hours ago

To Miss Monday's Game
Joel Embiid6 hours ago

Tagged As Questionable For Monday
Travis Etienne Jr.8 hours ago

Says He's Fine
Ja'Marr Chase8 hours ago

Expected To Return In Week 13
Mo Bamba11 hours ago

Exits With Back Spasms
Evan Mobley11 hours ago

Stands Out Versus Detroit
Jaylen Brown11 hours ago

Scores Season-High 36 Points
Bradley Beal11 hours ago

Scores 30 Points In Sunday's Loss
Tyler Herro11 hours ago

Notches A Triple-Double Versus Atlanta
Draymond Green11 hours ago

Logs First Double-Double Of The Season
Grayson Allen11 hours ago

Nets Season-High 25 Points
Aaron Rodgers11 hours ago

To Undergo More Testing
Aaron Rodgers21 hours ago

Questionable To Return On Sunday
Elijah Mitchell21 hours ago

May Have An MCL Sprain
Jalen Brunson21 hours ago

Scores 30 Points In Losing Effort
Darnell Mooney21 hours ago

May Be Done For The Year
Allen Robinson II24 hours ago

Needs Surgery, Won't Return This Season
Elijah Mitchell1 day ago

Won't Return On Sunday
Elijah Mitchell1 day ago

Questionable To Return Against Saints
Kirill Kaprizov1 day ago

Extends Scoring Streak To Career-High Nine Games
Matias Maccelli1 day ago

Returns With Two Assists
Johnny Gaudreau1 day ago

Sits Out Sunday's Practice With An Illness
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1 day ago

X-Rays Negative On Tristan Wirfs
Adam Fox1 day ago

Misses Practice With An Illness
Sam Lafferty1 day ago

Sits Again Sunday
Aleksander Barkov1 day ago

Set To Miss Two More Games
Brock Boeser1 day ago

Matches Career-High Point Streak
J.T. Miller1 day ago

Leads The Way With Three Points
Ryan Pulock1 day ago

Hands Out Four Assists
Auston Matthews1 day ago

Notches Three Points Against Pittsburgh
Jack Hughes1 day ago

Gets His First Career Hat Trick
Jordan Kyrou1 day ago

Extends Point Streak With Two Goals
Brayden Schenn1 day ago

Getting Evaluated For A Lower-Body Injury
Ryan McLeod2 days ago

Delivers Three Assists Saturday
Carlos Santana3 days ago

Pirates Agree With Carlos Santana On Friday
Narciso Crook3 days ago

Red Sox Sign Narciso Crook To Minor-League Deal
Denyi Reyes3 days ago

Mets Sign Denyi Reyes
Milwaukee Brewers3 days ago

Blake Perkins Signs With Brewers
Elliot Soto3 days ago

Twins Re-Sign Elliot Soto
Los Angeles Angels3 days ago

Angels Sign Jacob Webb
Xander Bogaerts3 days ago

Padres Looking At Xander Bogaerts?
Brandon Nimmo3 days ago

Rays Among Teams Interested In Brandon Nimmo
Michael Conforto3 days ago

Cubs Considering Michael Conforto
Hoy Park4 days ago

Red Sox Acquire Hoy Park From Pirates
Chad Wallach5 days ago

Angels Re-Sign Chad Wallach
Cody Bellinger5 days ago

Rockies Interested In Cody Bellinger
Carlos Rodón5 days ago

Rangers Have Serious Interest In Carlos Rodon
Aaron Judge5 days ago

Giants Expected To Make Formal Offer To Aaron Judge
Bryce Harper5 days ago

Undergoes Tommy John Surgery
Hoy Park5 days ago

Pirates Designate Hoy Park For Assignment
Joely Rodríguez5 days ago

Red Sox Sign Joely Rodriguez
Hunter Renfroe5 days ago

Brewers Acquire Janson Junk In Hunter Renfroe Trade