Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 23

by KFFL Staff on February 17, 2012 @ 14:05:26 PDT


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1) Denard Span, OF, Minnesota Twins

Team: Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster

Now that we're getting into the reserves, I wanted a solid everyday outfielder I could drop into my lineup while Ryan Braun is serving his 50-game suspension. Hopefully, the post-concussion issues that shut him down for a month last season are now a thing of the past. Span won't give me the power Braun will, but he'll steal bases and likely hit at the top of the Twins order.

2) Rafael Furcal, SS, St. Louis Cardinals

Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster

I wanted to go with another starting pitcher here, but I looked at the remaining options for my backup at short and Furcal appeared to be well ahead of the remaining options.

Milwaukee Brewers 3B Mat Gamel
Gambling on Gamel

3) Chase Headley, 3B, San Diego Padres

Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

Needed a backup third baseman and corner infielder and Chase fit the bill. Doesn't hit for much power, much like anyone else who plays in San Diego, but he gets on base and has dedicated himself to becoming a run producer this season...or so he says.

4) Alejandro De Aza, OF, Chicago White Sox

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

De Aza has a full-time job (without at-bats you cannot accumulate points, right?). He will give me a decent number of stolen bases and an excellent batting average.

5) Ivan Nova, SP, New York Yankees

Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster

A solid rookie season with strong growth potential and a GB rate perfect for Yankee Stadium. He should produce well across the board with a hopeful improvement in K/9.

6) Mike Minor, SP, Atlanta Braves

Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster

Last year I drafted Minor and Brandon Beachy in every league. Minor was a bit slow in developing but Beachy was a find. My plan is the same this year with Minor and Julio Teheran, except I think Minor takes the next step this year.

7) Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

I considered Alvarez in each of the last couple of rounds, but his prospects for a turnaround didn't excite me as much as those of the players I picked. He's supposedly in good shape, but his attitude remains an issue. Shame, ton of talent. Roll the dice, hope it's not snake eyes.

8) Daniel Bard, RP, Boston Red Sox

Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster

Bard has been terrific as a reliever the last few years and C.J. Wilson and Alexi Ogando have demonstrated that good relievers can quickly transition to become good starters. There's no guarantee the Red Sox don't change their mind, but he's a potential bargain if he sticks in the rotation.

9) Luke Hochevar, SP, Kansas City Royals

Team: Josh Shepardson, The Hardball Times | Roster

Boston Red Sox RP Daniel Bard
Bard a steal in the making?

This pick probably raised some eyebrows. In 12 starts post All-Star break he did this, though: 79.1 IP, 7.71 K/9, 2.72 BB/9, 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP. He can thank his massive improvement to using his slider and cutter much more often. The breakout has already started.

10) Jonathan Sanchez, SP, Kansas City Royals

Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster

I don't pretend to know how the move to the AL will affect Sanchez, but I know if he's healthy, the strikeouts will follow. At this point I'm looking for upside pitchers that could provide solid numbers. I'll add a safe middle reliever or two later and start Sanchez out on the bench.

11) Zack Cozart, SS, Cincinnati Reds

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

Waited a little too long to acquire Jose Reyes insurance, but Cozart is one of my favorite late-round targets, so it worked out. His environment, opportunity and budding power-speed pairing makes sense here.

12) Mat Gamel, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

At this point, you can start taking some risks. Gamel is a risk but he certainly has potential. He has torn the cover off the ball in the minors but never done much in the big leagues. Hopefully that changes this season as he gets a chance to be the full-time first baseman for the Brewers.

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