Mock First Round
A fan of the 411 named Cadio posted the other day and asked if we could show him a mock first round. We heard and obliged. Below is a mock first round done over e-mail yesterday with members of the 411 and MLB.com’s fantasy writers. Enjoy and react. The comment associated with the picks are from the GM themselves….Siano
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1. Pujols (Gottlieb)
Can it even be debated at this point? Pujols’ legitimate run at the NL
Triple Crown solidifies his standing as one of the most complete
hitters of this generation – and maybe in history.
2. Crawford (Feldman)
He might have gone in the third or fourth round in your league, but no
one has done a better job of providing ample power and a stellar
average while single-handedly carrying your team in steals. In my
mind, Crawford has clearly been the second-best player to own this
3. Hanley (Klayman)
Very happy he fell to three. He’ll be 27 in 2010, is a safe bet for
.320-25-90-20, with the potential to go .360-35-100-40. Impossible t o
pass up a shortstop with those numbers.
4. Utley (Steinhorn)
As consistent as they come at a thin second base position. Utley has
the ability to go .300-30-100-15 on a yearly basis. He hits in a
great lineup and in a very favorable home ballpark.
5. Braun (Stack)
He doesn’t have a glaring weakness. Braun is a legit .300 hitter, a
virtual certainty for 30 homers and 100 RBIs and even contributes 15-
odd steals. And his best years are ahead given that he’ll be just 26
6. A-Rod (Schwartz)
We’re officially already in question mark territory — Reyes,
Sizemore, Kinsler, Rollins, Wright — but I’ll gladly gamble on
erstwhile #1 pick Alex Rodriguez. Despite playing at less than 100%
this season after spring hip surgery, he has maintained strong power
numbers and excellent plate discipline, and started to run the bases
more freely in recent weeks. There’s no reason to think he won’t be
back to full health next season, and will still hit among the likes of
Teixeira, Damon, Jeter and the rest, so he should post monster numbers
again in 2010.
7. Lincecum (Cushing)
Conventional wisdom says stay far away from pitchers in the first
round, but fantasy gospel be damned — give me Tim Lincecum. Aptly
nicknamed “The Freak,” Lincecum defies all the guidelines that apply
to most pitchers, a throwback to the days when Pedro Martinez, Randy
Johnson and Curt Schilling all topped everyone’s cheatsheets. With A-
Rod off the board and the number of homers declining, why not buck the
hitter trend and take a chance on the next potential 20-win, sub-2.50
ERA, 300-strikeout super-ace?
8. Kinsler (Ott)
Yeah, Kinsler’s average is way down and he can’t seem to stay healthy
for an entire season, but there’s no question he possesses plenty of
power and speed. I’ll gladly take my chances on a 27-year-old second
baseman with 30/30 ability.
9. Sizemore (Siano)
Picking 9th stinks. Being that I’m close enough to the wheel I am
going to pass on a 1B and take my chances. I took Utley 9th in a draft
this year so I will take another guy who may be banged up in spring
training off surgery and deliver top 5 value.
10. Wright (Kay)
I wanted Sizemore, but I’ll settle for another guy whose value has f
allen drastically over the first 2/3 of the season. Wright’s lack of
power is the elephant in the room here, but 26 year-old studs don’t
just forget how to hit homers overnight and 30/30 potential from a
corner infielder is too good to pass up this late in the first round.
11. Kemp (Chiungos)
Raw athletes often become real baseball and fantasy monstrosities
(Elijah Dukeshku?), but Kemp is fulfilling his destiny as a five- tool
and five-category monster. He’s proven himself as a legit .300 hitter
and threat on the basepaths over the past few seasons, and if he can
get closer to the middle of the order, his run production wi ll only
improve. As for his home run potential, it remains largely u ntapped;
remember, this is a guy who went deep seven times during an 11-game
span as a rookie in ’06, and with a 6-foot-2, 230-pound fra me, he has
plenty of power surges left in the tank.
12. Fielder (Chaprales)