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Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 15

By KFFL Staff

1) Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates

Team: Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

Alvarez's propensity for striking out makes him a huge risk in batting average, but his power is legit. In addition to adding pop to my team at the corner infield position, he's cheap insurance for Chase Headley should he stumble after his 2012 breakout.

Cincinnati Reds RP Jonathan Broxton
Cincy's savior

2) Ryan Doumit, C/OF, Minnesota Twins

Team: Mark Bloom, RotoExperts/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster

Earlier in the draft I made the decision to wait on catchers. However, when I saw Ryan Doumit available, I knew I couldn't pass him up. So long as Doumit stays healthy (not easy for him), he should be a top-12 catcher.

3) Dan Haren, SP, Washington Nationals

Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster

I believe Haren will rebound in 2013. <a href="http://baseballguys.com/2012/12/06/player-profile-dan-haren/">Here's the reasons why</a>.

4) Huston Street, RP, San Diego Padres

Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster

I expect Street to do two things in 2013: 1) spend some time on the D; and 2) pitch great when he's healthy. I'll take the elite skills for as long as he holds up and pick up some saves - if I need to - via FAAB when he's hurt.

5) Brett Anderson, SP, Oakland Athletics

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

I was hoping to land Dan Haren here but he goes two picks before me. Anderson might be the better pick in the long run, though, as he is on the upside of his career. He has battled injuries early in his career but the potential is there for a solid ERA, WHIP and strikeout totals. I'm happy to have him as my fourth starter.

6) Jonathan Broxton, RP, Cincinnati Reds

Team: Michael Stein, The Hardball Times | Roster

After I took Moustakas, I was hoping Joel Hanrahan would make it back to me. Instead, he went along with several other closers such as Tom Wilhelmsen and Huston Street. I knew I needed to grab a viable second closer to pair up with Papelbon, so I drafted Broxton. With Aroldis Chapman going into the Reds' starting rotation, Broxton will resume his closing duties on a good Cincinnati team. The Reds could win close to 90 games this year and Broxton should hopefully save 30-35 of them.

7) Mike Minor, SP, Atlanta Braves

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

One of my favorite middle-round picks this season, Minor had much better peripheral stats than his 4.12 ERA indicated. His BABIP was unusually low, but he has strikeout ability and upside not to mention a great bullpen behind him.

Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez
Perez slipped

8) Jean Segura, SS, Milwaukee Brewers

Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster

Highly regarded prospect is destined for the top of the order and has speed to burn, exactly what my team is lacking, and with Everth Cabrera looking at a suspension I couldn't gamble getting sniped on Segura.

9) J.J. Hardy, SS, Baltimore Orioles

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

A lot of midrange, promising SPs left, but shortstops ... not so much. Hardly a sexy pick, but it fills a big need and makes me calmer since I already filled my MI spot with Rickie Weeks. Hardy's homer-fueled profile was probably the most stable skill left among any 6, so it made sense to get him now and fill in holes later.

10) Chris Perez, RP, Cleveland Indians

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

This is precisely the reliever I was targeting two rounds ago. It may come as a surprise or seem misguided to many fantasy players, but I believe that Perez is undervalued for a series of reasons (summed up in our sleepers & undervalued section on RPs). I'll stand by that projection, and if I'm wrong, so be it. I'll learn from it. I wasn't willing to wait on the position any longer. In the past couple of years, I've waited too long to address it and found that where I am in saves is what has prevented me from winning.

11) Glen Perkins, RP, Minnesota Twins

Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster

Still reeling from Heaney stealing Greg Holland back in Round 13, but I'm in need of a second closer and one whose job security is fairly solid. Nothing worse than having to spend all your FAAB money chasing saves. He may not rack up a ton of saves, but his ratios and rate stats are fantastic. He'll do just fine as a complementary closer.

12) Howard Kendrick, 2B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

Playing in a potent LAA lineup, I expect a decent production from a 2B picked in the 15th round.


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