Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 9

by KFFL Staff on February 23, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT


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1) Josh M. Johnson, SP, Florida Marlins

Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

I probably watched Johnson pitch last year more than any starter in the league. Not only did he compete day in and day out, he never showed any ill effects of the Tommy John surgery. While I worry a little about his 2009 workload, I think that Florida management will be cautious with his arm, especially after the recent injury history among starting pitchers within the organization.

2) Michael Cuddyer, 1B/OF, Minnesota Twins

Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster

By picking up Cuddy I now have additional first-base flexibility. I can use him at 1B, CI or OF. He set a career high last year with 32 HR. Cuddy will turn 31 at the end of March so I expect him to continue to produce.

3) Tommy Hanson, SP, Atlanta Braves

Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster

The extrapolation games aren't always valid, but it does get my mouth watering in Hanson's case. I like his chances to be a top-five starter by year's end. There just doesn't seem to be any hype surrounding the guy despite a great rookie year. I feel that adding him to Santana gives me two No. 1 type starters.

4) Jason Bartlett, SS, Tampa Bay Rays

Team: Collin Hager, | Roster

After the first five shortstops, the talent level drops. Bartlett, though, is the best of the next tier in my opinion. The Rays are going to be good, and he will be a key cog in the machine for them. He is an injury risk, but the gamble is worth it for the production he can return.

5) Jose Lopez, 2B, Seattle Mariners

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

Not sure why, but Lopez gets overlooked at second base for some reason. His power numbers continue to go up, though, and he is in the prime of his career. I don't see him having a hard time matching last season, which gives me a great MI for my team.

6) Stephen Drew, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew
Is Round 9 right for Drew?

I looked at: (1) my options at SS and MI, and (2) the rosters of the teams picking after me. This was clear: Get a shortstop, or risk not having my choice. I'm not a Drew fan, but he's talented. Muscle injuries hampered him in the first quarter. From May 27 on he hit .274 and slugged .450.

7) Ian Stewart, 2B/3B, Colorado Rockies

Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster

In Round 9 I still had vacancies at both 2B and SS, so when Stephen Drew and Jason Bartlett were taken just ahead of me, I felt it was time to go with one of my favorite breakout candidates this season. Stewart figures to drain my batting average, but I couldn't pass up his power potential in Colorado.

8) Wandy Rodriguez, SP, Houston Astros

Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster

Rodriguez followed up his breakout 2008 with an even better 2009. His second half was even stronger than the first. He showed great improvement vs. left-handed hitters. I had him as the eighth best starter overall and was delighted to draft him this late.

9) Miguel Tejada, 3B/SS, Baltimore Orioles

Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster

Why take this no upside guy at this point? Positional flexibility. Shortstops were getting really thin, and though Yunel Escobar has more upward room for growth, Tejada will offer 3B eligibility in-season, and that was enough to sway me his way with this boring pick.

10) Jake Peavy, SP, Chicago White Sox

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

Was thinking offense, but come on. Value alert. I know his flyballs are sneaking upward, but he looked healthy in his brief AL stint, and continuing his curveball increase will help in the AL, which emphasizes breaking stuff. Making him my No. 2 starter was too alluring to pass up. I believe in skills before environment.

11) Alfonso Soriano, OF, Chicago Cubs

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

I know that he is getting old, but he was the highest ranked OF according to the ADP. I wonder if it is time to throw those ADP numbers in the garbage? I wanted an OF at this point and considered Nate McLouth then I glanced at the ADP printout ... what do I expect? Less in every category than last year.

12) Javier Vazquez, SP, New York Yankees

Team: Eriq Gardner, The Hardball Times | Roster

If Vazquez was still in the National League, he probably would have been a lock to be picked at least two rounds earlier. Still a safe bet for 200 strikeouts, a nice WHIP, and tremendous run support, I grabbed Vazquez as a stellar No. 2 SP, anticipating a coming run on starting pitchers who carry the same upside but much more risk.

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