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I know this is a slight reach. I also know there were several players available who I project will finish the season with better numbers. Why then Beckham? Consider it my pennance for not paying top dollar for one of the premium 2B or 3B in this draft. Thankfully, Beckham will soon have eligibility at both positions in his back pocket, not to mention tantalizing upside, and so for my team at least, he was worth paying that extra dollar.Michael Bourn and Victorino. I chose Shane because he will get me fewer stolen bases than Bourn but more of everything else. What I am really after are those 100 runs.
Here's why I wait on pitching. Considered Adam Wainwright here, but his workload jump gave me pause. Lester made The Leap and plays on an elite team with a much improved defense; he harnessed his breaking stuff, in turn making him a truly dominant arm. I don't count on wins, but those shouldn't escape him.
Excellent growth last season and seemed to be reaching his potential in second half with 14 HR, 57 RBI and .307 BA. If he can do that over a full season, he will take his place among elite first basemen. May take another year, but he could also be ready in 2010. A worthy speculation.
At this point, I'm lacking speed and a third baseman. Figgins can solve both of those problems. Even though he's 32, he reversed a two-year downward trend in stolen bases last season and set a career high with 114 runs scored. Plus, hitting behind Ichiro should make it easier to get a few more RBI.
I usually avoid top-shelf closers in mixed leagues, but ... J-Brox brings the highest K/9 available and pitches more frames than Jonathan Papelbon or Mariano Rivera. Paps and Mo are safer, but why not go for the jugular? This year, to me, there's a distinct drop-off, even in the top tier. The next few carry hidden (or not so hidden) risk. In a weekly league, you can't be first to the wire to nab the latest flavor, either.
I needed to get a third baseman since the position is fairly top-heavy. Young was the last of the top options, so he was my man. He'll help my batting average a lot while getting me some runs and the occasional steal. Young's age (33) is a bit of a concern, but I think he has another year or two left playing at his usual levels.
Time to finally select a pitcher. This is about when I like to grab a starter. Key positions offensively are filled in, and there are still quality starters available. Everything Wainwright brings to the table is solid. Old enough to handle the innings, solid WHIP and a 200-strikeout pitcher. Still a staff anchor.
There's a lot of pitching out there in mixed leagues and I was trying to hold off, but when Santana is there at Pick 70, you have to jump on it. The injuries were pretty minor by all reports. Just a year ago he was arguably a first-round pick. I felt obligated to grab him in the sixth round.
A lot of outfielders have come off the board, and I figure it was time for me to get in the game. Though Lee will turn 34 this summer, he hasn't shown signs of stopping. He's hit .300 for four straight years, has had 99-plus RBI since 2003, and 26-plus HR since 2002. He's not the slugger he once was, but in the sixth round he represents a good value.
Coming off one of the worst years of his career, Manny still hit .290 with 19 HR and a .949 OPS in just 352 at-bats. A steroid suspension cast the biggest shadow over his 2009 season. Manny will always be Manny, and you take the good with the bad, but last year had to bother even the free-spirited Ramirez. Manny still has plenty of offense left in the tank, and if he can stay on the field, look for him to put up another 30 HR, 100 R, 100 RBI season as he winds down his career.
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