Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 21

by KFFL Staff on February 25, 2013 @ 14:20:31 PDT


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7) Trevor Cahill, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

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

Needing another starting pitcher, I was torn between Cahill and Josh Beckett. The difference is that Cahill is 24 and has an improving strikeout rate while Beckett is 32 with declining velocity on his fastball. That outweighs Beckett being on a better team.

8) Ernesto Frieri, RP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster

With Ryan Madson all but certainly starting the year on the DL, Frieri will handle 9th-inning duties. On the heels of Tommy John surgery, there is no reason to believe Madson will assume the job upon return, so if Frieri continues to pitch like he did in 2012 there is a very good chance it is his job for good.

9) Drew Stubbs, OF, Cleveland Indians

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

The batting average hit he brings means less in Round 21. The 25-plus swipes he'd add to my lineup, however, stand out. If he and Lorenzo Cain, my 20th-rounder, combine for 20ish homers and 40ish steals, this outfield-capping pair will pay off.

10) Ryan Madson, RP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

OK, I may still have a shot in the saves category! Here, there's no risk in taking Madson, who missed 2012 because he had Tommy John surgery prior to the start of that season. The Halos signed him to bring in a strong candidate for their backend role and increase their 'pen's depth. I think the setback Madson had this spring is a good sign; it's far from unusual that players recovering from TJS have setbacks. The plus: He's gotten one out of the way. There'll be performance bumps, but this pick could really pay off.

11) Brandon Belt, 1B, San Francisco Giants

Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster

All he's been waiting for is a consistent opportunity to play, and he finally has it. He has modest power potential and a splash of speed, and should achieve added eligibility in the outfield by no later than midseason.

12) Matt Harrison, SP, Texas Rangers

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

A low strikeout rate and hitter-friendly park make Harrison a tough choice. I am going with his 15-win projection.

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