Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 25
I really wanted to take another power-speed guy in Chris Young, but since I invested in Jays closer Casey Janssen as my second closer, I needed to add Santos in case Janssen's shoulder isn't 100 percent.
Here's hoping Brantly can serve as that bridge to Grandal; batting order is very important to me and this late in the draft all I'm looking for is a catcher that should avoid the dreaded 8 hole. All signs point to Brantly being able to do that; one early-season hot streak and he will have fulfilled his role.
Moment of pick: Nice depth OF with power-speed combo that could rotate with Lorenzo Cain and Drew Stubbs. About half an hour later: Thank goodness I took him because Curtis Granderson, my third-rounder, just fractured his forearm and is out until at least May.... Gotta love slow drafts.
One of the reasons I was willing to wait on my fifth outfielder was some confidence in Jay, although I gambled that he'd be available this late. I'm a believer in our valuation of Jay, primarily because of his role on a good team and his proven ability to hit left-handers deftly. If it weren't for an injury last season, he'd be close to a mid-round mixed pick in 2013, I think.
Yes, the Angels outfield could be a little crowded, and yes, Mike Scioscia has a knack for killing the fantasy value of his players, but if Bourjos does get the full opportunity and plays up to his potential, he could end up being a great source of runs and cheap stolen bases.
The injury paranoia is so pervasive this year that Buchholz, who was reported having a minor ailment, was still available in Round 25. Steal of the draft, IMHO.
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