Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 14

by KFFL Staff on February 26, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT


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1) Jason Heyward, OF, Atlanta Braves

Team: Eriq Gardner, The Hardball Times | Roster

Can you lose your league with a 14th-round pick? Probably not. Can you win it? Hmmm. This pick may seem ridiculous, but a month from now, if he wins an Opening Day gig, it may look smart. I'm typically shy on hitting prospects, but I love his advanced plate patience.

2) Francisco Cordero, RP, Cincinnati Reds

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

I project Cordero to have almost 40 saves. He is the third- or fourth-ranked closer for me. Also, he is well-established in his role with the team and has no obvious competition.

3) Bobby Jenks, RP, Chicago White Sox

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

Jenks stood out among declining and risky closers. Give me his 30-save track record and stable skills. My No. 3 CL can be a gamble, not my No. 2.

4) Ryan Dempster, SP, Chicago Cubs

Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster

The most skilled starting pitcher left on my board or a middling OF? I decided to roster a fourth solid SP since no one stood out in the outfield.

5) Chad Qualls, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks

Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster

Arizona Diamondbacks RP Chad Qualls
How well will Qualls bounce back?

Qualls established himself as a top closer before he tore a knee ligament in August. He should come back fine and has skills to be among the elite.

6) Rafael Soriano, RP, Tampa Bay Rays

Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster

Soriano's sizzling strikeout rate (12.1 K/9) makes him worth the injury risk here. The Rays should give him ample opportunities to rack up saves.

7) Vladimir Guerrero, DH, Texas Rangers

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

Sign me up at this stage. Texas' cleanup hitter is full year removed from surgery, has stronger knees thanks to offseason work and has hit his best at The Ballpark in Arlington.

8) Max Scherzer, SP, Detroit Tigers

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

I love Scherzer's potential. Sure, he moves to a more hitter-friendly American League, but he also goes to a favorable pitchers' park. He hasn't reached his potential yet, but I think it could come this year. I like to target power pitchers; Scherzer fits the bill.

9) A.J. Burnett, SP, New York Yankees

Team: Collin Hager, | Roster

He can be frustrating probably will struggle to keep his ERA south of 4.00 while pitching in that launching pad, but Burnett is durable and produces the strikeouts I am looking for. Love his splits after the break, where his ERA improves by almost a full run, and he should not hurt my WHIP, either.

10) Francisco Liriano, SP, Minnesota Twins

Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster

I was very down on Liriano at the end of last season. In fact, my initial profile on him said to stay away until you see the fastball back to previous levels ... well, according to reports from winter ball his fastball was back in the mid-90s and his slider was snapping. This is one piece of spring hype I'm buying into.

11) Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals

Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster

In a two-catcher league I wanted to secure a solid No. 2. Molina is better known for his defense, but he has hit .304 and .293, respectively, the past two years. He was also 11th and 12th, respectively, among catchers in RBI. Additionally, his nine SB last year are promising.

12) Chris Iannetta, C, Colorado Rockies

Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

I love my Colorado offensive players! Iannetta hit 16 homers in less than 300 at-bats in 2009. In a full season, 25 are certainly not out of the question.

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