Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 19

by KFFL Staff on February 25, 2013 @ 14:15:14 PDT


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7) Carlos Ruiz, C, Philadelphia Phillies

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

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.

8) Kelly Johnson, 2B, Tampa Bay Rays

Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster

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."

9) Rafael Betancourt, RP, Colorado Rockies

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

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.

10) Ryan Cook, RP, Oakland Athletics

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

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.

11) Jeremy Hellickson, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster

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.

12) Adam Dunn, 1B, Chicago White Sox

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

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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