Fantasy owners may build their teams around superstars like Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw, but success often lies in the performance of an unknown commodity.
From a minor leaguer about to show off his tools at the next level, to a career backup who finally gets everyday playing time, players ignored on draft day often wind up in pivotal roles.
Times staff writer Tim Hubbard takes a weekly look at players, teams and trends that are constantly evolving over baseball's regular season:
TIME TO STEAL
SP | New York Mets
The 24-year-old right-hander has the ability to anchor a staff for years. He was a solid performer after his call-up to the Mets in 2012 — 70 strikeouts in 591/3 innings — and had an impressive spring. In his first start, Harvey manhandled the Padres, allowing no runs and one hit and striking out 10 in seven innings. The Mets' pedestrian lineup will likely cost Harvey some wins, but the rest of his numbers should be top shelf.