1) Ervin Santana, SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Team: Collin Hager, FantasyPros911.com | Roster
17 wins and a sub-4.00 ERA is worth the risk of the potential injury problems that he has seen. Santana was good in his first season after surgery and I'm betting he improves this season.
2) Juan Uribe, 2B/3B/SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster
With an outfield, utility and second catcher spots left to fill, I considered adding an undervalued Luke Scott with this pick. Ultimately though, I opted for Uribe and his three-position versatility. One other thing in his favor - and I couldn't believe it either until I looked it up - Uribe is actually nine months younger!
3) Jose Lopez, 2B/3B, Colorado Rockies
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
Nitpicking (No walks! Not dedicated!) comes out in hindsight, eh Lopez lovers? Was never big on him; now he's a deal. Want to resurrect your line? Move from Safeco to Coors. Unlikely: 25 HR again. Likely: 15, maybe 20. EY Jr. isn't an everyday player. Lopez will be at least my MI soon enough.
4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B, Florida Marlins
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
I really like Sanchez for this coming year. He is another guy I was targeting. His ballpark doesn't help his power numbers, but I think they will increase some as well as his RBI totals. I like getting young guys that have proven something in the past but not quite hit a peak.
Tabata's upside is exciting
5) Raul Ibanez, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster
Slowed in first half of 2010 by recovery from off-season hernia surgery. Second half was 10-46-.305. Could surprise by a return to form in 2011.
6) Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B/SS, Minnesota Twins
Team: Eriq Gardner, Fantasy Ball Junkie | Roster
What we know: Shortstop is frightfully thin this year. What we don't know: How Nishioka, who holds shortstop eligibility in this league and hit .346, 11 HRs, and 22 SBs last season in Japan, will fare in the U.S in 2011. At worst, he's Ryan Theriot. But maybe....
7) Luke Scott, OF, Baltimore Orioles
Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
I really wanted Raul Ibanez with this pick, but Nichols snatched him ahead of me. Hoping Scott plays some outfield to give me flexibility. Can't complain about the bat in the 19th round.
8) Jason Bartlett, SS, San Diego Padres
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster
I don't love this pick, but I think Bartlett was the best SS left on the board and he's the guy I've been targeting since I made the choice to pass on SS earlier.
9) Josh Willingham, OF, Oakland Athletics
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
His projected 20 HRs will help him fill out my outfield.
10) Brian Matusz, SP, Baltimore Orioles
Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster
Was very happy to get Matusz this late. He pitches in a tough division, but he showed late in 2010 that he could succeed at the major league level. Now he has to do it for a full season. He carries some risk, but at this point in the draft, his upside makes him a very solid pick.
11) Jose Tabata, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
I guess I waited a little too long on my No. 4 outfielder (particularly Raul Ibanez), but Tabata's 30-steal, .290 BA upside fell to me. If his recent bulk-up leads to double-digit dingers, this pick will more than return value.
12) Alex Gonzalez, SS, Atlanta Braves
Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster
My starting shortstop has no pop so I added a backup/MI option that smacked the second most HRs among shortstops. He wasn?t as good for the Braves, but he should get plenty of opportunities for them.
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