Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft: 13th Round
Key closers came off the board in the 13th round but one catcher caught my eye as the third selection and that was Orioles youngster Matt Wieters. Last season Wieters had huge expectations and didn’t play well. Look for Wieters to bounce back this season and become an every week starter at the catcher position for fantasy baseball.
13th Round Results
145. Rafael Furcal – SS: Don’t expect more than average play from Rafael Furcal at this point in his career. Heath is a concern, but Furcal is still a useful player in 12 team leagues and NL only rosters.
146. Ricky Romero – SP: Expect Ricky Romero to take another step in his progression to becoming a potential All Star pitcher. Romero has good stuff but unfortunately plays in the American League East. While Romero probably won’t support a earn run average below three, he is worth starting every outing he pitches.
147. Matt Wieters – C: I look for Matt Wieters to have a bounce back season with so many veterans hitting around him. Wieters focused on his defense last season but has put more time into getting his offense back. By the end of this year, Wieters should be a top seven fantasy catcher coming into 2012 drafts.
148. Aaron Hill – 2B: What the heck happened to Aaron Hill last season? Sure Hill still produced a solid home run total, but he failed to hit over .205 for the season. The two previous seasons Hill hit .283 and .268 respectively and I would imagine he will return to over a .250 average.
149. Brett Myers – SP: Brett Myers won’t give you great stuff, but he’s worth a roster spot on your fantasy baseball team. At times Myers can get knocked around but when his mechanics are sound, he is reliable weekly.
150. Jose Valverde – RP: Because the Tigers have a productive offense, they tend to win games by a more than three runs often. Last season Jose Valverde only converted 26 saves, but he will be the unquestioned closer on this team.
151. Francisco Rodriguez – RP: The Mets are counting on Francisco Rodriguez to get his life back in order and dominate in the ninth inning. That should happen, and that makes Rodriguez a value pick in this range for what he can give your team.
152. Denard Span – OF: The Twins will need players like Denard Span to have a strong season if they want to win the Central Division. Span is an outfielder whom you can probably have in a cheaper round then this one as he will likely be passed on by many fantasy owners at your draft.
153. Kurt Suzuki – C: Some fantasy writers are dogging Kurt Suzuki but I think he can be a regular starter for your team. True, he’s probably reached his upside but the A’s offense has quietly improved around him, and that will help his numbers.
154. Gavin Floyd – SP: The White Sox are the favorite to win the Central Division this season and run support will be plentiful for the teams starting pitchers. Gavin Floyd is worth a look, but he can be had at a cheaper price that the thirteenth round.
155. Ricky Nolasco – SP: I expect Ricky Nolasco to have a good season but health will be key. The Marlins have an underrated team and if Nolasco pitches well they could be in the running for a playoff spot in the late summer.
156. Andrew Bailey – RP: Of the three closers selected in this round, I would have taken Andrew Bailey number one. The A’s have improved overall and have put together a very strong bull pen around Bailey. Add in that this team has one of the best young pitching staffs in baseball, and Bailey could make a run for over 35 saves.