Bernie on the Scene: National League Sleepers

Bernie on the Scene: National League Sleepers

This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.

ON DECK

I participate in American League only and a National League only keeper leagues that are considering using a re-draft or re-auction for what they are calling the 2020 "sprint." They are not going to activate the keeper rosters. Not a bad idea.

This week I am going to touch on players I think could be viable late-round picks in the National League. There is some risk involved with any draft that takes place for this short season. A player may be on the 60-man roster and never play a game.

The 60-man roster will be used to ensure marginal players and highly regarded prospects get their work in under the watchful eyes of big league coaches.

Remember that this short season will be played in hot weather. That means in non-domed stadiums hitters will be loose and raring to rake. Pitchers might throw fewer innings, and bullpens may prevail. Consider all that.

This is unprecedented territory. Anything can happen, and it will. The season may even be shut down due to the virus. But take some shots with this. Have some fun and expand your thinking for an abbreviated season.

STARTING LINEUP

Given the use of the designated hitter in the National League for the 60-game schedule, it makes sense to give otherwise marginal players a good look. Keep in mind that the designated hitter was approved for this season only. Any permanent change to the rule  beyond 2020 must be collectively bargained. 

Here are some players I

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Bernie Pleskoff
Bernie Pleskoff is a former professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
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