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February Mockin': Part Two

Thursday, February 11, 2010




Round Eleven

11. 1. Brett Anderson
11. 2. Michael Cuddyer
11. 3. Brian Wilson
11. 4. Denard Span
11. 5. Matt Garza
11. 6. Carlos Gonzalez
11. 7. Carlos Zambrano
11. 8. Max Scherzer
11. 9. Scott Baker
11. 10. Jason Kubel
11. 11. Howie Kendrick
11. 12. Alfonso Soriano

Talking Points

  • Carlos Zambrano still draws high selections in fantasy drafts even though he hasn't posted elite numbers in over two years. Some guys simply feed off of name recognition and reputation, and Big Z fits the bill on both counts. He's known for having a fiery attitude and casual fans often equate that with a high-velocity fastball. Truth is, Zambrano's fastball has dropped progressively since he first arrived in the show back in 2002 with a heater that averaged 92.8 MPH throughout his rookie season. The same pitch fell to 92.2 in 2006, 91.6 in 2007, 91.3 in 2008 and settled at 91.2 last year.

    Zambrano never threw fewer than 209 innings during a five-year stretch between 2003-2007 and the overuse is obviously catching up to him. We like to avoid train wrecks around these parts. You should too.


  • Best Value

    Brett Anderson burst onto the scene last year with 11 wins, a 4.06 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP and 150 strikeouts in 175 1/3 innings. He had never touched a major league rubber before his early April debut and he was impressive all season. Will he build on it in 2010? There are skeptics, including a few well-read national baseball columnists, but finding a guy with Anderson's potential at the top of the 11th round feels like a real treat.

    Round Twelve

    12. 1. James Shields
    12. 2. Alex Rios
    12. 3. Rickie Weeks
    12. 4. Carlos Marmol
    12. 5. Nyjer Morgan
    12. 6. Roy Oswalt
    12. 7. Jorge Posada
    12. 8. Vladimir Guerrero
    12. 9. Jair Jurrjens
    12. 10. A.J. Burnett
    12. 11. James Loney
    12. 12. Tim Hudson

    Talking Points

  • I'll admit, I let out an audible laugh when Alex Rios fell off the board with the second pick of the 12th round. Rios posted an ugly .246 batting average, .296 on-base percentage and .395 slugging percentage last season and smacked only 17 home runs in 633 plate appearances between the Blue Jays and White Sox. His exorbitant salary will keep him in Chicago's lineup, but there are far better outfield options available in mixed leagues. Unless you want to count on a total rebound, avoid Rios.


  • James Loney has had a truly interesting start to his career. The first baseman, now 25, first made noise in the National League West back in 2006 when he rattled off 15 home runs and a .331/.381/.538 batting line in 96 games for the Dodgers. He failed to improve upon his power numbers in 2008, though, and then left many a fantasy owner upset last season when he hit just .281/.357/.399 with 13 dingers in 576 at-bats.

    Loney has displayed great plate discipline and he boasts a decently slick glove over at first base, but he has not mastered the art of power-hitting at Chavez Ravine. In fact, Loney batted just .251/.324/.316 with one home run at Dodger Stadium last season. I'm not so sure he will ever figure it out.


  • Best Value

    Some fantasy owners like to stock up on power and speed in the first nine or 10 rounds, even grabbing a bat to fill the oft-present utility spot. Tim Dierkes, who runs the ship over at MLB Trade Rumors, drafted Vladimir Guerrero with the 140th overall pick in our little rehearsal draft and drew rave reviews from almost every other mock league member. The praise was deserved. Vlad should do extraordinarily well in the Rangers' tightly enclosed ballpark this season and Tim was wise enough to add him at a time when others were searching for starting pitching flier picks. Guerrero won't be asked to play the outfield in Texas so he should be able to stay healthy and he boasts a .394/.471/.705 batting line in 50 career games at the Rangers' home park. The American League West is going to be an awfully fun division to watch this season.

    Questions, comments, verbal abuse? Shoot me an e-mail or find me on Twitter.



    Drew Silva is a baseball editor for Rotoworld and also contributes on NBC Sports' Hardball Talk. He can be found on Twitter.
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