Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 8

by KFFL Staff on February 22, 2010 @ 12:10:00 PDT

 


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1) Carlos Pena, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays

Team: Eriq Gardner, The Hardball Times | Roster

Given health, he should be a league-leader in HR. Yes, his average will be low, but with some better BABIP luck, it won't be quite as bad as last year. He's also surrounded in the lineup by quickly improving teammates, which may lead to better pitches and nice run production.

2) Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

A toss-up between him and Stephen Drew, and Ramirez won. But why a SS now? With 20 picks before my next turn and position scarcity, I was afraid that if I did not select a SS now I was going to face the bottom of the pile.

3) Hunter Pence, OF, Houston Astros

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

After the huge Round 7 run, I have some doubts about the remaining outfielders. Was tempted to reach and fill another position but decided I could wait. Pence was the most reliable combo of power, speed and serviceable BA; I needed the last one desperately.

4) Yovani Gallardo, SP, Milwaukee Brewers

Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster

Yovani Gallardo, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
Gallardo among 6 SP taken in Round 8

My most agonizing selection. It's not that I doubt Gallardo (he could be a be a top-10 option this year); I just couldn't decide if I wanted to take my first pitcher or continue stockpiling a dynamic offense. I guess common sense won out.

5) Carlos Quentin, OF, Chicago White Sox

Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster

Last season was derailed by a 22 percent hit rate and nagging injuries. Still, eight April homers show his level of talent. He's a gamble, but there is just too much talent to pass up at this point in the draft. At age 28, Quentin has upside: a repeat of 2008.

6) Chris Carpenter, SP, St. Louis Cardinals

Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster

Yes, I still need to fill my middle infield spots, but I couldn't pass up a former Cy Young Award winner who led the National League in ERA last season and was second in WHIP. His health is a concern, but if he can make 25-plus starts, I have a tremendous bargain.

7) Cole Hamels, SP, Philadelphia Phillies

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

Did I reach for my top two SP? Believe in your projections. Go get your players. Hamels' poor beginning to last calendar year set the tone for 2009. He's refocused, he's ready to trust his hook again, and he will be fresh and fine-tuned in spring training. He can be great value for you.

8) Cliff Lee, SP, Seattle Mariners

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

I wasn't planning on taking a pitcher here but just couldn't pass up the value. I'm shocked that Lee lasted this long, especially with his move to Seattle, which should help his numbers. Lee is an elite fantasy starter, giving me a great one-two punch at the top of my rotation (Felix Hernandez).

9) Matt Cain, SP, San Francisco Giants

Team: Collin Hager, FantasyPros911.com | Roster

This pick was definitely going to be an NL West pitcher, just a matter of which one would get the nod. I went with Cain over Clayton Kershaw mainly because of the innings being piled on Kershaw early in his career. Cain may not win 20 games, but he is going to provide a decent ERA and has a shot at 200 strikeouts.

10) Raul Ibanez, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster

In that ballpark and lineup, he can't help but produce. I'm gambling that most of his second-half struggles were a result of the sports hernia which was dealt with in the offseason. He may not match the pace he set in the first half of 2009, but I think his final numbers make him worthy of the pick.

11) Joakim Soria, RP, Kansas City Royals

Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster

Soria is one of the filthiest closers in the game. He should provide healthy save and strikeout totals with a microscopic ERA and WHIP. Securing a second elite closer should establish me as a leader in the saves category.

12) Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Colorado Rockies

Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

I was looking for players that separated themselves from the pack. I have needs at other spots, but the available players there are more closely bunched together in terms of talent. The young right-hander continues to throw near 100 mph while developing better command and control. Jimenez has a chance to join the elite group of starting pitchers in the National League; I prefer those guys to be on my team.

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