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Drafting With The Stars

Saturday, March 16, 2013




Round 10

10.127 Joe Nathan, RP, TEX
10.128 Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
10.129 Ben Revere, OF, PHI
10.130 Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
10.131 Josh Rutledge, SS, COL
10.132 Matt Harvey, SP, NYM
10.133 Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
10.134 Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
10.135 Jeff Samardzija, SP, CHC
10.136 Ichiro Suzuki, OF, NYY
10.137 Adam Dunn, 1B, CWS
10.138 Alejandro De Aza, OF, CWS
10.139 Jim Johnson, RP, BAL
10.140 Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS

MY PICK: Following the plan, I went with the best power bat I could find here in the 10th round. Dunn slugged 41 home runs in 151 games last season with the White Sox and fills my glaring vacancy at 1B.

OBSERVATIONS: Revere at 129th overall is scary, but everyone wants speed and he’s one of the fastest players in the major leagues. The 24-year-old is going to start in center field this season for the Phillies and carries 50-steal capability. … Seager keeps going higher and higher in drafts, and rightly so. The young third baseman tallied 20 home runs, 86 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 155 games last season with the Mariners. The icing on the cake is that he's eligible at second base in Yahoo! leagues.

Round 11

11.141 Brett Anderson, SP, OAK
11.142 Greg Holland, RP, KC
11.143 Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
11.144 Casey Janssen, RP, TOR
11.145 Carl Crawford, OF, LAD
11.146 Tom Wilhelmsen, RP, SEA
11.147 J.J. Putz, RP, ARI
11.148 Sergio Romo, RP, SF
11.149 Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
11.150 Addison Reed, RP, CWS
11.151 Huston Street, RP, SD
11.152 Rafael Betancourt, RP, COL
11.153 John Axford, RP, MIL
11.154 Wilin Rosario, C, COL

MY PICK: I saw the parade of closers forming and decided I had to pounce. Janssen registered a 2.54 ERA and 67/11 K/BB ratio in 63 2/3 innings last season and should see many save chances on a loaded Blue Jays team.

OBSERVATIONS: Anderson at 141st overall seems like great value to me. He posted a 2.57 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 25/7 K/BB ratio in 35 innings last year after returning from Tommy John surgery and is expected to start for the A’s on Opening Day. … Looking back, I’m glad I snagged Janssen when I did. Nine closers came off the board in this round. Keep in mind that they’re usually drafted in bunches. … Rosario going 154th overall is another indication of the depth at catcher. The 24-year-old smashed 28 home runs in 117 games last season as a rookie.

Round 12

12.155 Mike Minor, SP, ATL
12.156 Joel Hanrahan, RP, BOS
12.157 Michael Morse, OF, SEA
12.158 Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX
12.159 Jayson Werth, OF, WAS
12.160 Brett Gardner, OF, NYY
12.161 Jonathan Broxton, RP, CIN
12.162 Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL
12.163 Glen Perkins, RP, MIN
12.164 Matt Wieters, C, BAL
12.165 Brandon League, RP, LAD
12.166 Jason Grilli, RP, PIT
12.167 Dexter Fowler, OF, COL
12.168 Grant Balfour, RP, OAK

MY PICK: It’s imperative to have at least two closers in this type of format, so I knew I had to spend another turn on the position. League is far from dominant, but he’s on a good Dodgers team with all the job security that comes alongside a three-year, $22.5 million free agent contract.

OBSERVATIONS: Aoki does many of the things that have Eaton climbing up draft boards. They’re both leadoff men, and they both carry big-time SB potential with a dose of burgeoning power. Aoki might be the sleeper at this point, even though he has more major league experience. … More evidence of the depth at catcher is on display here with Wieters falling outside out of the top 150 picks. The 2013 Rotoworld Online Draft Guide ranks him 60th overall. The thing to take away from this? You can wait on a catcher this year.

Round 13

13.169 Kendrys Morales, 1B, SEA
13.170 Chris Perez, RP, CLE
13.171 Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
13.172 Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC
13.173 Steve Cishek, RP, MIA
13.174 Salvador Perez, C, KC
13.175 Jose Veras, RP, HOU
13.176 Marco Estrada, SP, MIL
13.177 Dustin Ackley, 2B, SEA
13.178 Bobby Parnell, RP, NYM
13.179 Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET
13.180 Torii Hunter, OF, DET
13.181 Ian Kennedy, SP, ARI
13.182 Alcides Escobar, SS, KC

MY PICK: Cain is an ideal third outfielder, with good upside and the ability to produce in all five offensive categories. He hit .312/.390/.497 with 16 home runs, 81 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 128 minor league games in 2011. He had seven homers and 10 steals in 61 games with the Royals in 2012.

OBSERVATIONS: When the Astros’ closer (Veras) goes off the board you know the crop is thinning. I like having three solid ninth-inning guys, but it’s a hard thing to pull off in a 14-team league where all the owners know what they’re doing. … It can be difficult to get production out of the shortstop position, which is why Escobar goes here and Cabrera comes off the board in the next round. They can both steal 40 bases in 2013.

Round 14

14.183 Cameron Maybin, OF, SD
14.184 Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAA
14.185 Doug Fister, SP, DET
14.186 Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
14.187 C.J. Wilson, SP, LAA
14.188 Bruce Rondon, RP, DET
14.189 Coco Crisp, OF, OAK
14.190 Starling Marte, OF, PIT
14.191 Michael Young, 3B, PHI
14.192 Jake Peavy, SP, CWS
14.193 Josh Johnson, SP, TOR
14.194 David Ortiz, 1B, BOS
14.195 Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, TOR
14.196 Jon Lester, SP, BOS

MY PICK: I had ignored my starting rotation for six rounds straight, so it was time to shift my focus back in that direction. I had Peavy all queued up but wasn’t too sour about getting Johnson instead. The 29-year-old right-hander has always been great when healthy and carries improved win potential in Toronto.

OBSERVATIONS: I figured Rondon might last a little longer given how badly he has struggled with his control this spring in Tigers camp. The young flame-thrower owns a 5.1 career BB/9 in the minor leagues. You’re better off avoiding him entirely. … The heel issues have scared everybody away, and rightly so, but Ortiz could wind up being a big score here at 194th overall. He has proven capable of playing through nagging injuries in recent years while still managing huge power totals. … Bonifacio was a fantasy darling last year but is a sleeper again because his role this season in Toronto is somewhat cloudy. He stole 30 bases in 64 games last summer with Miami, and that kind of speed makes him worth drafting even if he doesn’t get everyday at-bats early on.

Round 15

15.197 Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD
15.198 Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
15.199 Miguel Montero, C, ARI
15.200 Alex Cobb, SP, TB
15.201 Carlos Marmol, RP, CHC
15.202 Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
15.203 Ryan Madson, RP, LAA
15.204 Andre Ethier, OF, LAD
15.205 Jason Kubel, OF, ARI
15.206 Corey Hart, OF, MIL
15.207 Ernesto Frieri, RP, LAA
15.208 Jean Segura, SS, MIL
15.209 Lance Berkman, 1B, TEX
15.210 Jon Niese, SP, NYM

MY PICK: It felt right to grab another starter and I figured Cobb wouldn’t be around on my next turn. The young righty has a 9.4 career K/9 at the Triple-A level and posted a respectable 4.03 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 106/40 K/BB ratio across 136 1/3 innings last season in the bigs. The Rays love him and he’s one of my favorite sleepers for 2013.

OBSERVATIONS: Gyorko will probably shoot up draft boards over the next couple of weeks, after the Padres officially name him their starting second baseman. He hit .311/.373/.547 with 30 home runs and 100 RBI in 126 minor league games last season and has done some damage this spring in the Cactus League. … It’s funny that Madson and Frieri were drafted in the same round. Madson is expected to take over ninth-inning duties once he returns from Tommy John surgery, but Frieri is the better talent and the guy I’d most like to own out of the two this season. … Segura, the Brewers’ starting shortstop, stole 37 bases in 102 minor league games last year. He’s a nice late speed option at a position where the productive guys go quickly.


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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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