Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 10

by KFFL Staff on February 24, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT


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1) Nate McLouth, OF, Atlanta Braves

Team: Eriq Gardner, The Hardball Times | Roster

McLouth was being touted last year as a borderline power-speed stud. Some batting average troubles obscured the fact that he ended last season a stolen base short of 20-20 with a good enough ability to reach base. Picking McLouth in the 10th round is all about having a balanced squad.

2) Kurt Suzuki, C, Oakland Athletics

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

Rule No. 1 in a draft: select a solid team; rule No. 2: mess with your opponent's strategy. Catchers are awful this year. The 24th catcher is estimated to give a value of minus-16. Let my opponents draft such catchers.

3) Yunel Escobar, SS, Atlanta Braves

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

I didn't want to wait for the already thin SS crop to dwindle during my long turn. Upward-trending power indicators and an already elite batting eye roped me. I'm a big believer in a Yunel breakout. He'll provide a stable BA presence on my slugger-packed team.

4) Scott Baker, SP, Minnesota Twins

Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster

I really wanted to add a fourth outfielder, but I kept looking at the starting pitchers that were left and ended up realizing if I didn't take one here, I would likely be shut out on the few remaining arms I have in my top-25.

5) Andrew Bailey, RP, Oakland Athletics

Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster

Bailey improved as the season progressed. In the second half he walked a minuscule 1.2 batters per nine innings. Lack of experience makes him riskier than more established closers, but skills make him worthy of being among the first group drafted.

6) Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas Rangers

Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster

Andrus hit .267 with 33 stolen bases as the youngest position player in the majors last season. I probably would have taken Yunel Escobar ahead of Andrus, but Tim Heaney swiped Escobar three picks earlier, so it made my choice much easier.

Atlanta Braves SS Yunel Escobar
Escobar primed for breakout?

7) Ricky Nolasco, SP, Florida Marlins

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

Nolasco has the greatest mix of potential in all four categories as well as the likelihood to deliver among the pitchers in the upcoming group, and batters weren't terribly enticing. See his second half and K/9 spike. He makes my foundation strong; I can focus elsewhere now and target sleepers later. Don't wait for picks you believe in.

8) Johnny Damon, OF, Detroit Tigers

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

I had to go with "Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer" here. Damon might not be able to field much anymore, but that doesn't impact me. Damon can still swing the bat as last season proved. He does move to a much bigger park this season, which is a concern, but he has proved in the past he has the ability to hit on the road. Another near 20-20 season seems very possible for Damon. I'll take that in the 10th round.

9) Jorge Posada, C, New York Yankees

Team: Collin Hager, | Roster

Two-catcher leagues are harder to account for, and you need one decent backstop earlier in the draft. Posada is simply a reliable source of offense from behind the plate. You can set your watch to his 20 home runs, .280 average and 85-90 RBI. He is just a machine.

10) Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster

In Kershaw and Tommy Hanson, I've drafted two youngsters who could easily vault into the top tier of starting pitchers. Kershaw has already talked about having the cuffs taken off in regard to his pitch counts. If he can become just a little more efficient with his pitches and is allowed to pitch deeper into games, the sky is the limit for his fantasy value.

11) Denard Span, OF, Minnesota Twins

Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster

Span continued the recent tradition of quality Twins centerfielders (Kirby Puckett, Torii Hunter), and quietly was their most important player not named Joe Mauer. He's not going to give you a lot of power. That's not his game. He will score a ton of runs, especially with Orlando Hudson solidifying the two-hole. He will also give you a healthy average and around 30 stolen bases.

12) Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies

Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

After seeing what Gonzalez accomplished in the second half of the season and in the playoffs in Colorado, there was no way I was going to let this multiple-threat player stay on the board.

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