Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 4

by KFFL Staff on February 18, 2010 @ 12:00:00 PDT


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1) Roy Halladay, SP, Philadelphia Phillies

Team: Eriq Gardner, The Hardball Times | Roster

I don't typically consider taking a starting pitcher until the seventh round, but I had to make an exception after the pitcher currently being projected by many as the most valuable in baseball for 2010 slipped into my grasps. Halladay proved his mettle in the AL East. He continues to improve every year and now faces NL batters — a scary thought. By picking Halladay, I'm also hoping to trigger a mini-run on pitching that might push one of the hitting alternatives I could have taken with this pick to me in the 5th round.

2) CC Sabathia, SP, New York Yankees

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay
New uni jacks up Halladay's value

My original plan was to draft my team's first pitcher in the sixth round. After seeing Roy Halladay going, I figured that there will be a rush on pitchers. With 20 picks ahead of me I did not want to lose out on a top pitcher and CC's possible 20 wins.

3) Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Chicago Cubs

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

That scarcity-fueled flirter from last round fell, as I guessed he would. It's a slight reach, and I have some doubts that A-Ram will approach 30 homers again, but skilled hot corner men were melting away. I had to act before my long wait; he was my last acceptable starter. Even if he can't pass the mid-20s in dingers, the disciplined Ramirez can still put up a high-level average and will probably cross the home dish often.

4) Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Seattle Mariners

Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster

Sometimes, things just work out for you. I considered taking Ichiro with my third-round pick but passed. He was still available here, so I jumped. I'm a little low on pop right now with Ichiro, Carl Crawford and Brian Roberts, but add Miguel Cabrera to that mix and I've got a .300-plus average and 100 steals locked up already. I can afford to target some power guys with lower averages, guys like Adam Dunn and Dan Uggla, thanks to this start.

5) Adam Lind, OF, Toronto Blue Jays

Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster

His breakout was fully supported by indicators. His 19 second-half homers along with a rising flyball rate suggest that he could improve upon last season's production, with 40 HR within reach. Improved performance against left-handers and increased plate patience say he could repeat his .300 BA. Still has some upside.

6) Brian McCann, C, Atlanta Braves

Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster

It looks like this draft is going to be all about staying ahead of the curve. I considered Robinson Cano at this point in Round 4, but with Aaron Hill and Ben Zobrist still available I decided to wait on a 2B. With the truly elite infielders gone, I decided to take a catcher – something else that wasn't part of my original strategy. But after McCann, there's a major drop-off in talent, and I didn't want to be left out again.

7) Justin Morneau, 1B, Minnesota Twins

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

The stress fracture Morneau endured at the end of last season is 100 percent healed. He's also taking countermeasures: Core strengthening exercises have maintained others with similar maladies. I expect a mix of 2007 and 2008 rather than 2009's pace. That's still very good and why I didn't target a 1B early. I viewed the next slew of 1B as inferior, with Morneau as a touchy but intriguing fulcrum between the see and saw.

8) Felix Hernandez, SP, Seattle Mariners

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

Felt now was the time to get a stud pitcher. And I'm glad I did after seeing two more go in the next four picks. Hernandez finally broke out last year, and the sky seems the limit for him. He has Cy Young stuff and plays in a ballpark that only helps him. It would be tough for him to beat last season, but he has the talent to improve, especially if the Mariners as a team play better.

9) Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Yankees

Team: Collin Hager, | Roster

Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau
Morneau working his way back

The value with Granderson is too good to pass up now. First, with five outfielders, I want to secure three pretty quickly and then build up other positions. With 12 teams and five outfielders apiece, that means 60 have to start, and the pool gets thinner towards the bottom. Think about how those home runs flew out of Yankee Stadium last year and know that Granderson's BABIP is bound to recover and make this a good value selection.

10) Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees

Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster

It was between Cano and Zack Greinke, who ended up going with the next pick. I love Greinke, but I had to stick with my feeling that it's going to be easier to get solid pitching late this year. Cano gives me a top middle infielder, who should provide solid batting average insurance along with all his other solid numbers. As a Yankee hater, I'm not too happy about rostering A-Rod and Cano as two of my anchors. The depths that I will sink to for fantasy baseball....

11) Zack Greinke, SP, Kansas City Royals

Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster

Greinke was an absolute beast last year going 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. His ERA was the lowest in baseball last year. He also had 242 strikeouts, which was good for third in the league. Greinke was equally as effective, save for the win total, both before and after the All-Star Break. He's just 26 and really coming into his own. I'm expecting a 15-8 record with 240 K, a 2.50 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.

12) Aaron Hill, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays

Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

Some may think that the soon-to-be 28 year-old Hill was a reach at this pick, but I don't think so. With Pedroia, Cano, Phillips, and Roberts off the board, 2B was becoming mighty thin. And what's not to like about a middle infielder who hit 36 home runs, scored 103 and drove in 108 more in 2009? Too bad fielding doesn't count. Between Pujols, Hill, Zimmerman and Reyes, nothing would get through my infield!

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