There are sleepers, and then there is value. The group of guys I'm going to give you in this list are not all necessarily sleepers, but they are players that are offering value in each of their respective rounds. We'll start with the infield:
Albert Pujols, 1B (STL): Albert Pujols is coming off a horrible year, yet he still hit .327 with 32 home runs and 103 RBIs. Most people are shying away from Pujols in the first round of their drafts this year because of lingering elbow problems, but he has played through much worse. Tony La Russa recently said he'll only have to rest Pujols two or three days a month. If he falls to the end of the first round or you have a chance to nab him early in the second round, that's good value.
Lance Berkman, 1B (HOU): Lance Berkman had an awful first half last season, but bounced back with 19 home runs and a .295 average in the second half. The Houston Astros have no pitching but have had an active offseason to improve their hitting. They've added Michael Bourn, Kaz Matsui and Miguel Tejada, which will add both speed and protection for Berkman. Expect the Astros to be in a number of high-scoring games this year, which should make Berkman a good option.
Freddy Sanchez, 2B (PIT): So Freddy Sanchez didn't lead the National League in average again. So what? If you burned a high-end pick on him last year, learn your lesson and move on. But Sanchez still hit .304 with 11 home runs while battling a shoulder injury. He is still dealing with shoulder tendinitis but considering he's falling out of the first 12 rounds (roughly) of your draft, he's a decent value pickup late.
Howie Kendrick, 2B (LAA): Most people had Howie Kendrick pegged as a breakout candidate last year but injuries curtailed those plans. Now the hype has died down -- somewhat -- and it is time to buy at a lower price point. Kendrick has potential to be a five-category contributor and hits for a good average. The Los Angeles Angels added Torii Hunterin the offseason, which should take some pressure off of Kendrick to be a main supportive bat. Look for him to have a much stronger season.
Garrett Atkins, 3B (COL): It's time to get back on the Atkins Diet. Garret Atkins struggled in the first half last year but picked up the pace in the second half. One thing I like about Atkins -- as well as all of the Colorado Rockies -- is that they return their batting order virtually intact. Atkins is in the heart of a dangerous order that should be back to crushing the ball now that the humidor effect is done. He's still playing for a long-term deal, so expect some good numbers.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B (WAS): Like Atkins, Ryan Zimmerman struggled in the first half and returned to form in the second half last year. The key here is that the Washington Nationals are playing in a new park, which is much more hitter-friendly. He's ranked top-10 right now but I expect more from him, including 30 home runs and a full-fledged breakout campaign.
Rafael Furcal, SS (LAD): Two things lead me to believe that Rafael Furcal is good value: he's off a bad season and he's in a contract season. He'll be hitting at the top of the Los Angeles Dodgers order, which is improved over last year. Russell Martin is expected to hit seventh, which shows you that the Dodgers do have a decent order. One thing they lack is power, and new addition Andruw Jones, who is projected to hit right behind Furcal, should add the missing pop.
Edgar Renteria, SS (DET): A lot of people are shying away from Edgar Renteria because they are worried he won't be able to replicate his career-best .332 average last year. Here's some breaking news: he probably won't match it. But he's part of a dangerously potent lineup and just because he's slotted lower in it, he won't necessarily score significantly less runs. Keep in mind that he's in the American League and the Detroit Tigers don't have many soft spots in their order -- even at the bottom. At the very least, his runs batted in should improve.
Bengie Molina, C (SF): Not many catchers hit clean-up, but Bengie Molina does. That should allow him to have another productive RBI season. Barry Bonds is gone, which does hurt him. A number of players have posted career years batting behind Bonds. Molina offers value if you draft him late. He's in position to be productive, but the lineup around him is terrible, so don't go overboard. If you have to invest a lot in him, I wouldn't bother.
J.R. Towles, C (HOU): J.R. Towles is a stretch to use as a starter, but catcher is a thin position. Towles tore it up on his way to the pros and has pushed Brad Ausmus into a backup role. He hit .375 with 12 RBIs in 40 at-bats with the Houston Astros at the end of last season and is hitting .444 in spring so far. He might even be available on waiver wires after the draft.
Travis Hafner, DH (CLE): Travis Hafner had a down season last year, struggling with power, average and production with runners in scoring position. But assuming last year was an off year and he's going to get back to his regular production, Hafner is going far too low in drafts. If he does bounce back to 2006 form, you are buy fairly low (30th to 40th overall) for a guy who went between 20th and 30th overall last year.