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BaseballGB Fantasy League 2013: Draft recap Part 2

by Mark George

After running the rule over the first 10 rounds of the 2013 BaseballGB Fantasy league draft on Wednesday, we now look at the remaining 10 rounds and assess the final rosters.

Round 11

1. Fernando Rodney(TB – RP) The Cheddar …
2. Ian Kennedy(Ari – SP) Weston-Super…
3. Jon Lester(Bos – SP) Iron Men
4. Hunter Pence(SF – OF) Norwich No II
5. Jim Johnson(Bal – RP) SWAT*
6. David Ortiz(Bos – 1B) The Wright S…
7. Rickie Weeks(Mil – 2B) Beck ‘Nams (GB)
8. Norichika Aoki(Mil – CF) Richie’s RBI’s
9. Dan Uggla(Atl – 2B) Batteries Es…
10. Jake Peavy(CWS – SP) Orpington Is…
11. Carl Crawford(LAD – OF) Cardiff Redsox
12. Matt Harvey(NYM – SP) NE Riverkings

I’m happy to take Peavy as my third starter here and start to think about taking a closer next time. Cardiff roll the die of Crawford, and if he’s anything like the player he was in Tampa, he could be a great pick. The Riverkings opt for the strikeout potential of Matt Harvey.

Round 12

1. Mike Moustakas(KC – 3B) NE Riverkings
2. Mike Minor(Atl – SP) Cardiff Redsox
3. Sergio Romo(SF – RP) Orpington Is…
4. Danny Espinosa(Was – 2B,SS) Batteries Es…
5. Joel Peralta(TB – RP) Richie’s RBI’s
6. Miguel Montero(Ari – C) Beck ‘Nams (GB)
7. Josh Rutledge(Col – 2B,SS) The Wright S…
8. Anibal Sánchez(Det – SP) SWAT*
9. Jonathon Niese(NYM – SP) Norwich No II
10. Ben Revere(Phi – CF) Iron Men
11. Mike Napoli(Bos – C,1B) Weston-Super…
12. J.J. Putz(Ari – RP) The Cheddar …

With Romo still on the board, I happily take him as my first closer. The RBIs make a surprise selection in Peralta, who will set up Rodney. I’m not planning on thinking about holds until I have two closers. Espinosa offers pop and versatility for Batteries Included while the Sox gamble Napoli can stay healthy in Boston and provide pop at catcher.

Round 13

1. Hiroki Kuroda (NYY – SP) The Cheddar …
2. Doug Fister(Det – SP) Weston-Super…
3. Lance Lynn(StL – SP,RP) Iron Men
4. Chris Davis(Bal – 1B,OF) Norwich No II
5. Josh Willingham(Min – OF) SWAT*
6. Huston Street(SD – RP) The Wright S…
7. Nick Markakis(Bal – OF) Beck ‘Nams (GB)
8. Kevin Youkilis(NYY – 1B,3B) Richie’s RBI’s
9. Adam Dunn(CWS – 1B,OF) Batteries Es…
10. Brett Anderson(Oak – SP) Orpington Is…
11. Tom Wilhelmsen(Sea – RP) Cardiff Redsox
12. Wade Miley(Ari – SP) NE Riverkings

Kuroda and Fister are both potential targets for me here but are nabbed to start round 13. Having been really impressed with Brett Anderson’s return from injury last year I decide to add him to my rotation. Willingham’s a nice power addition for SWAT here, and if Chris Davis has another good year, Norwich No II will have a bargain. Youkilis is a bit of a reach here. Yes, he has patience and versatility, and he should hit in the middle of the Yankees’ order, but his stats have been in decline.

Round 14

1. Chase Utley(Phi – 2B) NE Riverkings
2. Kyle Seager(Sea – 2B,3B) Cardiff Redsox
3. Todd Frazier(Cin – 1B,3B,OF) Orpington Is…
4. Addison Reed(CWS – RP) Batteries Es…
5. Marco Scutaro(SF – 2B,3B,SS) Richie’s RBI’s
6. Greg Holland(KC – RP) Beck ‘Nams (GB)
7. Rafael Betancourt(Col – RP) The Wright S…
8. Adam LaRoche(Was – 1B) SWAT*
9. Jes̼s Montero(Sea РC) Norwich No II
10. Erick Aybar(LAA – SS) Iron Men
11. Homer Bailey(Cin – SP) Weston-Super…
12. Justin Morneau(Min – 1B) The Cheddar …

Still needing another batter to fill my UT spot, I opt for Frazier who should have a full-time job with the Reds after Rolen’s departure and also has some useful versatility. I thought about another closer here, and wince when Reed, Holland and Betancourt all go. You could do a lot worse than Aybar as your SS, so Iron Men should be happy with this pick, while the Chasers take a punt on Morneau. Montero failed to live up to the hype last year, but is still a worthwhile pick this late in the draft.

Round 15

1. Neil Walker(Pit – 2B) The Cheddar …
2. John Axford(Mil – RP) Weston-Super…
3. Ryan Mádson(LAA – RP) Iron Men
4. Kenley Jansen(LAD – RP) Norwich No II
5. Joel Hanrahan(Bos – RP) SWAT*
6. Matt Garza(ChC – SP) The Wright S…
7. Jason Grilli(Pit – RP) Beck ‘Nams (GB)
8. Brandon Belt(SF – 1B) Richie’s RBI’s
9. Torii Hunter(Det – OF) Batteries Es…
10. Chris Pérez(Cle – RP) Orpington Is…
11. Jarrod Parker(Oak – SP) Cardiff Redsox
12. Michael Morse(Sea – OF) NE Riverkings

With six picks to go, I need a closer, two set-up relievers, two starters and a bench hitter. After seeing Axford, Madson, Hanrahan and Grilli all go, I opt for Perez, despite his injury. I’m sad to see Parker go here, as I was hoping he’d make it back to me in the next round. Garza may miss the start of the year, but the Stuff nab him here, which should prove to be a wise move.

Round 16

1. Glen Perkins(Min – RP) NE Riverkings
2. Luke Gregerson(SD – RP) Cardiff Redsox
3. Ryan Vogelsong(SF – SP) Orpington Is…
4. Lorenzo Cain(KC – CF) Batteries Es…
5. Marco Estrada(Mil – SP,RP) Richie’s RBI’s
6. Will Middlebrooks(Bos – 3B) Beck ‘Nams (GB)
7. Grant Balfour(Oak – RP) The Wright S…
8. Matt Harrison(Tex – SP) SWAT*
9. Josh Beckett(LAD – SP) Norwich No II
10. C.J. Wilson(LAA – SP) Iron Men
11. Alejandro De Aza(CWS – CF) Weston-Super…
12. A.J. Burnett(Pit – SP) The Cheddar …

With Jansen already off the board, I decide to not worry about set-up relievers this round, adding Vogelsong to my rotation. A couple more closers go, with the Riverkings and Stuff adding Perkins and Balfour, which goes to show saves can be found very late in the draft. CJ Wilson looks good value here.

Round 17

1. David Hernández(Ari – RP) The Cheddar …
2. Andre Ethier(LAD – OF) Weston-Super…
3. Ángel Pagán(SF – CF) Iron Men
4. Alex Cobb(TB – SP) Norwich No II
5. Casey Janssen(Tor – RP) SWAT*
6. Tim Hudson(Atl – SP) The Wright S…
7. Derek Jeter(NYY – SS) Beck ‘Nams (GB)
8. Corey Hart(Mil – 1B,OF) Richie’s RBI’s
9. Jonathan Broxton(Cin – RP) Batteries Es…
10. Jeremy Hellickson(TB – SP) Orpington Is…
11. Manny Machado(Bal – 3B) Cardiff Redsox
12. Adam Eaton(Ari – CF) NE Riverkings

Hernandez and Hudson go here, as does Corey Hart, a late-rounder I’d wanted to nab to stash on the DL. I consider Pestano to back up Perez, but instead take my final starter in Hellickson. Broxton falls to rd17, likely over concerns about whether Chapman will be the closer or stay in the rotation. Jeter’s good value here and if he proves he’s healthy, could be some more trade bait for JJ. I like the Machado pick as if he struggles, there’s no shame in dropping a rd17 pick, but if he does well Cardiff will have got a bargain.

Round 18

1. Vinnie Pestano(Cle – RP) NE Riverkings
2. Lance Berkman(Tex – 1B) Cardiff Redsox
3. Brandon League(LAD – RP) Orpington Is…
4. Bobby Parnell(NYM – RP) Batteries Es…
5. Brandon Moss(Oak – 1B,OF) Richie’s RBI’s
6. Brian McCann(Atl – C) Beck ‘Nams (GB)
7. Ryan Cook(Oak – RP) The Wright S…
8. Ernesto Frieri(LAA – RP) SWAT*
9. Andrelton Simmons(Atl – SS) Norwich No II
10. Kendrys Morales(Sea – 1B) Iron Men
11. Pedro Alvarez(Pit – 3B) Weston-Super…
12. Derek Holland(Tex – SP) The Cheddar …

Pestano is nabbed by the Riverkings, so I change stategy and pick League here – 14 rounds after the first closer was drafted. I’m not sure if he’ll last the year as the Dodgers’ closer, but he should at least add saves if Perez misses any time and if League is moved to a set-up role at least there should be some holds instead. Parnell shoud get some save chances here for Batteries Essential, as should Cook for the Stuff and Frieri for SWAT. McCann’s good value here, as is Kendrys Morales.

Round 19

1. Jake McGee(TB – RP) The Cheddar …
2. Michael Cuddyer(Col – 1B,OF) Weston-Super…
3. Howie Kendrick(LAA – 2B) Iron Men
4. Tyler Clippard(Was – RP) Norwich No II
5. David Robertson(NYY – RP) SWAT*
6. Michael Young(Phi – 1B,2B,3B) The Wright S…
7. Coco Crisp(Oak – CF) Beck ‘Nams (GB)
8. Andy Pettitte(NYY – SP) Richie’s RBI’s
9. Dexter Fowler(Col – CF) Batteries Es…
10. Mitchell Boggs(StL – RP) Orpington Is…
11. Jed Lowrie(Oak – SS) Cardiff Redsox
12. Starling Marte(Pit – OF) NE Riverkings

With just two picks to go, I still need holds and after McGee, Robertson and Clippard go I opt for Boggs. With my final pick I need to add a bench hitter. I’m a Lowrie fan, and like the Redsox pick here, while the Super Sox can’t argue with Cuddyer’s power this late in the draft. Nice pick by the RBIs to add Pettitte too.

Round 20

1. Mark Teixeira(NYY – 1B) NE Riverkings
2. Kevin Jepsen(LAA – RP) Cardiff Redsox
3. Alfonso Soriano(ChC – OF) Orpington Is…
4. A.J. Pierzynski(Tex – C) Batteries Es…
5. Hiroyuki Nakajima(Oak – SS) Richie’s RBI’s
6. Alcides Escobar(KC – SS) Beck ‘Nams (GB)
7. Jonathan Lucroy(Mil – C) The Wright S…
8. Everth Cabrera(SD – 2B,SS) SWAT*
9. Brandon Beachy(Atl – SP) Norwich No II
10. Josh Reddick(Oak – CF) Iron Men
11. J.J. Hardy(Bal – SS) Weston-Super…
12. Jason Kubel(Ari – OF) The Cheddar …

With the extent of Teixeira’s injury not yet known, the Riverkings take a very worthwhile gamble on him here. Slightly nervous about Beltran, I decide to add some extra pop with Soriano to round out my roster. Pierzynski’s a nice last-round pick for Batteries Essential. He may not hit 27 homers again but is still among the better catchers around. Lucroy is another good addition here for the Stuff. Nowich gamble on Beachy in case he comes back from injury early, while there is still plenty of power to be had with the final three picks of Reddick, Hardy and Kubel.

Here’s my brief analysis of each team:

Chasers – Any team with Trout in will look good, but this line-up has very nice spread of power and speed – tough to do when either end of the queue. Only knock on the pitching staff is need for maybe one more starter. Strong contender.

Sox – If Napoli, Howard and Melky Cabrera rebound, this is a strong lineup. Rotation deep but can excess bench hitters be turned into saves and holds?

Iron Men – Bags of speed here, with Braun and Holliday needed to carry power load. Six strong starters but lack of relievers may be an issue.

Norwich – Another loaded lineup. Simmons may be the weakest player in lineup, so if he struggles an upfgrade at SS would be needed. Pitching staff pretty deep although a lot depends on Chapman. If he starts, the team needs Jansen to win the closing job quickly. If Chapman closes, they are in very good shape.

SWAT – Plenty of power everywhere apart from SS. Relief pitching a strength. Have to hope Greinke can stay healthy and Moore has better year to lead rotation.

Stuff – Love the outfield of Kemp, Justin Uptn and Choo, with Granderson to come back. Infield’s good too and really like the pitching staff. Strong contender.

Beck ‘Nams – Autopicked, left with four legit aces and two closers. Aside from CarGo, lack another star bat or two, but this can be addressed with trades using SP and bench depth.

RBIs – Rotation a strength, but only one closer and one set-up reliever. Should hit for average with good speed but lack of power in outfield could be an issue until Hart returns.

Batteries Essential – Plenty of power and speed here, with strong infield. Good relief pitcher options but will need more than three starting pitchers, which is where excess bench hitters could come in as trade bait.

Isotopes – Probably the most power-packed team I’ve ever drafted, although could struggle for average. Need the Toronto duo of Bautista and Encarnacion to repeat past heroics. Really pleased with the pitching staff, good rotation depth and decent enough for saves and holds.

Cardiff – Really strong infield. If Martinez, Tulo and Crawford are over their injuries, watch out. Pitching staff overall looks good, maybe needs another starter. Contender.

NE Riverkings – Stacked with young talent, with decent power but average could be a struggle. Quality pitching staff but may need more rotation depth.

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JJ March 22, 2013 - 2:45 pm

“…roll the die…”

You no longer suck, Mark.

Mark George March 22, 2013 - 3:08 pm

That one was just for you, JJ.


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