The peeps over over at KFFL.com have a fantasy baseball league nicknamed K-BAD, for Baseball Analysis Draft, and for the 5th straight year I'm honored to have been asked to participate (to see how others in the league constructed their clubs, click on the link above). In Part II of this three part series I will review selections made in rounds 15-28.
Round 16: Ray Flowers, BaseballGuys.com Player: Steve Cishek, RP Wanted Corey Hart who was taken a pick ahead. Therefore decided to make the plunge with my first closer. Stronger skills than Jim Johnson who had 51 saves last year.
Round 17: Ray Flowers, BaseballGuys.com Player: Kenley Jansen It looks like Brandon League will be the closer to start the year, but I expect Jansen to lead the Dodgers in saves just like he did last season after starting out as a setup man. Just a massive arm.
Round 18: Ray Flowers, BaseballGuys.com Player: Kevin Youkilis, 1B/3B He qualifies at both corner infield spots, will get to hit in a solid batters yard in New York, is motivated, and has reworked his swing a bit. All of those things are pluses.
Round 19: Ray Flowers, BaseballGuys.com Player: Dustin Ackley, 2B I don’t know how he scored more than 80 runs with an OBP under .300 last year. Some slight improvement across the board could lead to 10th round production.
Round 20: Ray Flowers, BaseballGuys.com Player: Bobby Parnell There's no doubting Frank Francisco has a huge arm, but elbow woes could lead to the fire balling/ground ball inducing Parnell becoming the Mets' closer.
Round 21: Ray Flowers, BaseballGuys.com Player: Jarrod Saltalamacchia The guy I wanted (Russell Martin) was taken one pick before me (what a shock). Salty could go for 25 HRs, so he's not an awful consolation prize.
Round 22: Ray Flowers, BaseballGuys.com Player: Shaun Marcum, SP Injuries have sapped his value in some folks eyes, but since 2008 an average Marcum season: 11-7, 3.57 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 7.44 K/9, 2.91 K/BB in 168 innings.
Round 23: Ray Flowers, BaseballGuys.com Player: Mark Reynolds, 1B Few seem to remember, but from 2008 an average Reynolds effort has led to 33 homers, 88 RBIs, 83 runs, 10 steals. So what if he's hit .229 in that time? I can handle the average with my roster.
Round 24: Ray Flowers, BaseballGuys.com Player: James McDonald, SP A tale of two halves. In the first he was impressive (9-3, 2.37 ERA, 0.97 WHIP ). In the second he sucked eggs (3-5, 7.52 ERA, 1.79 WHIP). Still has that power arm. See his Player Profile.
Round 25: Ray Flowers, BaseballGuys.com Player: Michael Brantley, OF Not that far away from being someone of note. He was one of nine outfielders to go .288-6-60-63-12 last season. See his Player Profile.
Round 26: Ray Flowers, BaseballGuys.com Player: Domonic Brown, OF I really didn't need another outfielder after taking Brantle, but with Delmon Young nursing an ankle injury maybe, just maybe, Brown will finally flash that 20/20 talent. We can trade in this league too, and Mr. Minnix has already expressed an interest in Mr. Brown.
Round 27: Ray Flowers, BaseballGuys.com Player: David Robertson Had a great season last year and people forget if he hadn’t gotten hurt it likely would have been him, and not Rafael Soriano, who led the Yankees in saves.
Round 28: Ray Flowers, BaseballGuys.com Player: Francisco Liriano, SP Why make the injured lefty my last selection? We've got two DL spots in this league. I'll put Liriano on the DL and then grab another SP as soon as I can. See his Player Profile.
And with that all there is to do is to review the final squad which is what I will do in Part III of the series.
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By Ray Flowers
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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Thurs 7 PM, Fri. 9 PM EDT), Ray also hosts a show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.
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