Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 2

by KFFL Staff on February 17, 2010 @ 17:00:00 PDT


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1) Jimmy Rollins, SS, Philadelphia Phillies

Team: Eriq Gardner, The Hardball Times | Roster

This pick was an enormous mental struggle; I could have gone in a number of directions. Ultimately, I ended up going with Rollins because (1) I'm convinced the consistency of his long-term peripherals outweighs the inconsistency of his rollercoaster surface stats, (2) the potential of 15-25 HR and 25-35 SB at thin shortstop is too large to ignore, and (3) I don't make another pick for a long time and had to guess the players likely to be available to me later in the draft.

2) Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria
E-Long taken in the second

In a word, scarcity. I found out during the mock drafts held the last two months that good 3B are scarce in 2010. I like big production from a 3B. There are only five 3B who in my opinion can offer that. With 20 picks before my next turn, I wanted to secure a top 3B. I can only hope Longoria will produce for the entire season like he did the first half. If that comes true, then we will see over 35 HR, an average of .280, over 100 runs and over 130 RBI.

3) Ian Kinsler, 2B, Texas Rangers

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

Just missed a Prince Fielder-Evan Longoria pair. Blast. I started my steals contributions earlier than usual, but the power-speed combo Kinsler offers is an acceptable silver medal. I expect his clip to rebound more than most project; he had the lowest BABIP of any qualified big-leaguer. Even if he sinks below 30 homers, I'm OK with that; I acquired his diverse contributions and avoided scrambling for a mid-range keystoner.

4) Carl Crawford, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster

Crawford or Jacoby Ellsbury? Both are top-10 picks in my mind, so I was happy to have the choice here. Ultimately I went with Crawford, who has a more well-rounded game. Plus, he is playing for a huge new contract. I was tempted to take David Wright here as well since top-shelf third basemen will be gone by my next pick, but I didn't want to pass up the 50-plus steals.

5) Kevin Youkilis, 1B/3B, Boston Red Sox

Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster

Has 30-100-.300 potential, and position flexibility makes him especially attractive at this point in the draft.

6) Tim Lincecum, SP, San Francisco Giants

Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster

I was surprised by the wealth of talent still on the board for my pick in the second round. No pitchers had been taken, and Tim Lincecum was still available, as were David Wright and Troy Tulowitzki. It was a tough choice, but with Lincecum's track record and high strikeout totals, I felt like I just couldn't pass him up at that spot - even though I don't like taking pitchers that early. I'm hoping there will still be depth at 3B and SS in Round 3.

7) David Wright, 3B, New York Mets

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

The hot corner goes cold more quickly every year. If you don't nab a top-end body, seek value in the middle. I hoped Wright would come back to me for that reason. He may not hit .300 in 2010 for the pursuit of more power, but I welcome that. Wright has been working overtime on his swing. He'll steal 20 bases and get (back) to the same level - at least - in dingers.

8) Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki
Can Tulo top his '09 second half?

Really hoping for David Wright here, but he went the pick before me. That left a bunch of similar choices. I went with Tulowitzki because I didn't think another top shortstop would be left by the time I picked again. I had a few outfielders rated higher, but position scarcity won out. I like Tulowitzki a tad better than Jose Reyes because of Reyes' health issues - not sure his hamstring is going to produce the same SB numbers of past seasons. Plus, Reyes isn't going to hit the homers he once did in that new stadium.

9) Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Arizona Diamondbacks

Team: Collin Hager, | Roster

There are a lot of people high on Justin Upton and that believe he should build on an impressive 2009. He gives good balance across four or five categories, but I cannot view him as an anchor outfielder. Again, plenty of depth. I like Reynolds' corner flexibility. The .260 average is not thrilling, but the 40 home runs, 100 RBI, 100 runs, and 20 steals make up for that. Third base is thin. There are fewer 40-home run hitters out there than in the past. He also sets me up to look at one of three outfielders in the third.

10) Justin Upton, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster

Some may see this as a reach, but I feel like I got a player late in the second round that is the equal of Matt Kemp, who went with the No. 6 pick. I like Kemp, but I feel like he's at or near his ceiling. To me Upton is the one young player that has almost unlimited potential. If he repeats last year I'll be happy, but there are going to be a few 30-30 seasons in his near future. I'm betting a second-round pick that it starts in 2010.

11) Victor Martinez, C/1B, Boston Red Sox

Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster

Catcher is relatively deep, but only a few stand out. Martinez is one of them. If his 56-game Boston performance is a sign of things to come, sign me up. He hit .336 with 32 runs, eight HR and 41 RBI. Hitting third in the Red Sox lineup behind Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia should provide him ample opportunities to reach 100-plus RBI again. I am expecting a .310 season from him with 80 runs, 20 HR, 110 RBI.

12) Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Washington Nationals

Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

Zim put together a breakout season in 2009 and displayed the power scouts felt he would eventually show. Ryan showed more patience, increased his flyball rate by 7 percent, and showed consistency against both left- and right-handed pitchers. Despite tailing off in September after a long season, Zimmerman established himself as one of the top third basemen in the league at just 25 years old. If you thought Zim was good in 2009, wait until you see an even better, more mature hitter in 2010!

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