Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 4
I wasn't planning on taking a pitcher before the 6th round, but with the reigning AL Cy Young winner still available, I couldn't pass him up. He is one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball and I don't think we have even seen him at his best yet. I think the 4th round is great value for this staff ace.
I was targeting a starting pitcher with either my fourth or fifth pick and decided to take one at this point since none of the owners picking after me had one yet. The decision came down to Lee and Felix Hernandez. I thought Lee brought a little more to the table. His win total should go way up this season. He always keeps a low WHIP and ERA, and his strikeout totals are top notch. I'm expecting a big rebound season for Lee in 2013.
Not only does B.J. offer both speed and power, his age and the move to a better team and the NL gives reasonable hope that he may even improve. The only downside is that he'll drag down my batting average, but that is a category that can be managed.
For the second time in three rounds the guy I wanted was taken one spot ahead of me (this time it was B.J. Upton, who I almost look in the third round). At this point of the draft I wanted to get an athletic outfielder which I was able to accomplish.
I was happy to get Craig at this spot as he was the highest hitter remaining on my list. Last year in only 469 AB he hit 22 HR and had 92 RBI. Give him another 100 AB and watch him go 25/100 in 2013. Bonus points for the fact that he plays 1B/OF.
After passing on Wright, I kept my fingers crossed one of a trio of third basemen would fall to me in round four, and Headley did. It's unlikely Headley will eclipse 30 homers again this year, but 20-plus homers is attainable. He'll also add around 15 stolen bases to my team total, which is a nice bonus from a third baseman.
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