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2017 Fantasy Baseball Late-Round Power Hitters

Senior Fantasy Baseball Adam Ronis provides a list of some home run hitters that should be available during the second half of your draft!

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Power hitters are highly desirable in Fantasy Baseball and most of them are going to go early in drafts. There are some hitters you can get in the later rounds with the ability to hit 25-30 home runs. Of course, they usually have some flaws, whether it's a low on-base percentage, high strikeout rate or low batting average. There are reasons why these players fall in drafts, but that doesn't mean you can't use them to fit your team. Roster construction is important and if you have some high batting average in the early rounds, it allows you to take a shot on a power hitter with some batting average volatility late in drafts. Here are some power hitters to consider in the second half of drafts.

1B Greg Bird, NEW YORK YANKEES

Bird missed all of last season due to shoulder surgery and that's usually a concern for a hitter. Bird has quelled those fears with a great start to the spring. In 46 games in 2015, he hit 11 home runs in 46 games. The signing of Chris Carter might have dropped Bird's price for a period, but Bird will get most of the playing time at first base and a left-hander with big power at Yankee Stadium is appealing.

OF Randal Grichuk, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

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Grichuk was considered a disappointment by many last season after a slow start and was sent to Triple-A. Grichuk didn't spend much time in the minors and came back to the big leagues and finished strong. However, that doesn’t seem to be reflected in his early-season average draft position. Grichuk batted .240 with 66 runs, 24 home runs, and 68 RBIs for the season. He has excellent raw power, is a fly ball hitter and had a hard hit rate of 39.9 percent. He is very aggressive and will strike out often, but he can hit 30 home runs and is part of a very good offense.

1B, Tommy Joseph, PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

Joseph is a former top catching prospect, but injuries forced him to move from behind the plate to first base. Joseph played in 107 games with the Phillies last season and batted 315 times. He hit .257 with 47 runs, 21 home runs, 47 RBIs and an .813 OPS. He produced a 45.1 percent fly ball rate and a hard hit rate of 36.6 percent. As the season went on, Joseph made adjustments. In his first 153 at-bats, he struck out 40 times and drew just six walks. However, In his final 162 at-bats, Joseph had 35 strikeouts and 16 walks. He showed improvement and is an excellent corner infielder target in mixed leagues.

OF Joc Pederson, LOS ANGELES DODGERS

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Pederson still has to improve against left-handed pitchers and cut down on the strikeouts, but the power has been there. He hit 26 home runs in 480 at-bats in 2015 and another 25 last season in 406 at-bats. Pederson is currently slated to play every day. He cut down on his strikeout percentage last season slightly and didn't swing and miss quite as much.

OF Domingo Santana, MILWAUKEE BREWERS

Health has been an issue for Santana, but you can’t deny his raw power. In his final 97 at-bats, Santana hit seven home runs to close out 2016. He's in an excellent hitter’s park and will get the chance to play every day. Santana had 246 at-bats last season with a 38.5 percent hard hit rate.

2B Neil Walker, NEW YORK METS

If you wait on a second basemen and want power from the position, Walker is likely to be there late in a draft. He has at least 23 home runs in two of the last three seasons. He hit 23 home runs last season in only 412 at-bats. Walker had surgery for a herniated disc but has already hit a couple of goners in Spring Training and looks ready to go. Walker hit more fly balls in 2016, improving from 36.8 percent to 43.3 percent. He also produced a 36 percent hard hit rate and improved against left-handers with a 1.001 OPS in 100 at-bats.


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