Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 12

by KFFL Staff on February 25, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT


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1) Geovany Soto, C, Chicago Cubs

Team: Eriq Gardner, The Hardball Times | Roster

I really wanted either Joe Mauer in the first round or Brian McCann in the fourth and was beat out on both of them. I believe a slimmer Soto will make a comeback in average and provide nice pop at the position.

2) Brian Wilson, RP, San Francisco Giants

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

I debated between Wilson and Heath Bell and went with Wilson because I think the Giants are a better team this year and this guy has solid and improving skills.

3) Jose Valverde, RP, Detroit Tigers

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

Stability. Hit the groundballs running when he returned from the DL last year. Tigs offer ample save chances. I'll say it again: stability.

4) James Shields, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster

San Diego Padres RP Heath Bell
The Bell finally tolled in Round 12

Shields was the last, reliable, top-shelf option left on my draft board, so I'm very comfortable with him as my third starter.

5) Heath Bell, RP, San Diego Padres

Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster

Bell enjoyed a great first season as closer and his skills improved in the second half with more K's and fewer walks. He should be able to repeat last season.

6) Michael Bourn, OF, Houston Astros

Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster

I've sounded the alarm on Bourn all too frequently – unsustainable BABIP, empty speed – but he did steal 61 bases. When closers Wilson, Valverde and Bell went just ahead of him, it was the last straw.

7) Ryan Doumit, C, Pittsburgh Pirates

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

Doumit is the only productive backstop left with no outside threat to AB, unless you count black clouds. I made sure he was mine and figured to trigger a run.

8) Carlos Marmol, RP, Chicago Cubs

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

Felt I needed to finally go for a closer. I like Marmol because he records a lot of strikeouts and throws a few more innings than your typical closer, which will help me in multiple pitching categories. The Cubs should rebound some this year after a down year, giving Marmol a few more save chances.

9) Brian Fuentes, RP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Team: Collin Hager, | Roster

Some are concerned about Fernando Rodney, but I cannot say I am one of them. He recorded 48 saves last season and, while frustrating, he is relatively secure in that job (sorry Angels fans). This was largely a value selection because he is going much higher than this in most drafts.

10) Alcides Escobar, SS, Milwaukee Brewers

Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster

Might have been able to wait a few rounds, but I didn't want to miss out on the last shortstop I felt good about. He's going to hit for a solid average and steal close to 30 bases. I'll take that from a middle infielder, especially with guys like Howie Kendrick and Yunel Escobar going way earlier.

11) Placido Polanco, 2B/3B, Philadelphia Phillies

Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster

I think Polanco will do well in his new digs. He's going to a much better lineup and to a better hitters' park. Neither power nor speed are his game, but he should hit .300 or better with 90 runs, 10 HR, 70 RBI, and five SB. He fills a hole for me at 2B,and once he gets his 3B eligibility will give me added flexibility.

12) Jered Weaver, SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

With the top tier of starting pitchers gone, I wanted someone who could help in at least three categories, and Weaver does that with wins, K's and WHIP.

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