Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 25

by KFFL Staff on February 21, 2011 @ 12:53:00 PDT


1) Brett Cecil, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

Team: Collin Hager, | Roster

Young and won 15 games last year with a 1.33 WHIP. Continued improvement and the tutelage of John Farrell is going to make him undervalued in many leagues.

2) Sean Rodriguez, 2B/OF, Tampa Bay Rays

Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster

When looking for late-round sleepers, it's not a bad idea to target someone who is only 25 and seems to be in line for full-time at-bats this season. Rodriguez has both power and speed and could go 20-20 if he's playing everyday.

3) Erick Aybar, SS, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

Aroldis Chapman RP Cincinnati Reds
Chapman has electric stuff

Like Aybar more than Alcides Escobar. Former has experience edge, ball jumps off his bat. Only nagging injuries slowed him down last year, but he has already done about what many hope KC's new shortstop will this year.

4) Jed Lowrie, 2B/SS, Boston Red Sox

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

Lowrie probably won't start early in the season, but I'm counting on him taking over a starting spot at some point. He seems ready to finally reach his potential.

5) Jesus Montero, C, New York Yankees

Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster

Currently not slated to begin 2011 in majors, but things change, and as a potentially potent bat at C, he's worth stashing to see what develops.

6) Jason Hammel, SP, Colorado Rockies

Team: Eriq Gardner, Fantasy Ball Junkie | Roster

Hammel keeps teasing a breakout. He's above average in all the major skills (strikeouts, walks, groundballs) and is at the point (>500 career IP) where such starters often put it together.

7) Ryan Hanigan, C, Cincinnati Reds

Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

Since I already have Ramon Hernandez, it was only right I select Ryan Hanigan. If I play my cards right, Hernandez and Hanigan may actually produce the results of one above average catcher.

8) James Loney, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers

Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster

Boring, but I needed a CI option, and I certainly didn't want to take Chipper Jones. Loney has little upside, but he does have 268 RBI the last three years, seven more than Paul Konerko.

9) Mike Pelfrey, SP, New York Mets

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

Having extra pitchers will allow me to rotate in 2 weekly starters.

10) Eric Young Jr., 2B, Colorado Rockies

Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster

EY Jr. is another upside pick for my bench. It's not really clear what the Rockies will be doing with their second base job, but if Young gets anywhere close to full-time at-bats, he will put up sick SB numbers.

11) Aroldis Chapman, RP, Cincinnati Reds

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

Might've jumped on him too soon, and probably could've taken some other impending closers, but I decided his upside was attractive at this point. Maybe Dusty Baker finally snaps at Francisco Cordero. Plus, the drafter behind me owns Cordero, so it was the proper time to jump.

12) Garrett Jones, 1B/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster

Jones has hit 21 HRs in each of the past two seasons. He also has quietly stolen 17 bases during that stretch. He has multiple position eligibility making him a decent option with the 300th pick of the draft.

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