Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 19
Pierzynski won't repeat last year's out-of-nowhere career year, but he's a full-time catcher in a high scoring lineup with a friendly home ballpark. He's an excellent second catcher.
Was very surprised to see Marte still on the board. Some may look at the depressed BA and stay away; I look at a potential 15-30 player coming into his own.
I don't know how he scored more than 80 runs with an OBP under .300 last year. Some slight improvement across the board could lead to 10th round production.
Berkman probably won't stay healthy the entire season, but I don't need him to. As long as he can stay in the lineup until Corey Hart returns, I can use the pair to get premium production at my CI roster spot.
Eaton will start from day one and has big steals potential. He is no sure thing as a rookie, but I like his potential to help in several categories. He was a guy I was targeting for late in the draft and ended up getting a chance to nab him.
After 18 rounds, I only had three starting pitchers in David Price, Roy Halladay and Josh Johnson. In case Halladay and Johnson have lingering injury issues, I became worried about wins. Hudson has always been a fantasy favorite of mine because all he does is win. He doesn't strike many batters out anymore, but he is good for 15 wins and a mid-3.00 ERA.
The second catcher run could be coming soon and although Ruiz will be suspended for the first 25 games, the talent level of the remaining catchers should be very close to the waiver guy I pick up to fill in for those 25 games. After that, I end up with last year's No. 4 overall catcher.
Despite Brian McCann, Jonathan Niese, and A.J. Pierzynski going before me, all targets of mine, I still got my best available from the previous round. Tampa Bay gets the most of their players so expect a year of "Good Kelly."
I only planned on drafting two closers, but Betancourt here was too alluring to pass up. His fly-ball issues shouldn't jeopardize his hold on the job barring a complete collapse of velocity.
Well, it seems that I have still waited for too long to assemble a corps of relievers who are entering the season as closers - at least, for certain that they are. I have Cook as the best projected reliever (and part-time closer), by a good bit, of those who remain, for a variety of reasons (outlined here). After I made it, I realized that I could regret not taking a different target of mine - a teammate of Cook's - with this pick.
Big fan of third-year starters who have shown growth over their first two seasons, and Hellickson has done just that with an increase in strikeout rate and a decrease in walks issued, all while inducing more ground balls. There's more than just a chance he takes another step forward this year. Was going to take Alex Avila here but Pasko looked like he was primed to pounce on some starters.
My team can absorb his low BA. If he performs like last year, his projected 40+ HRs will come in handy.
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