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BAD - Fantasy Baseball Draft Round 28: Rolling the dice to close it out

By KFFL Staff

KFFL's Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft (BAD) and League is unlike most expert fantasy games. First, this isn't a mock draft. At end of the 2014 season, we'll crown a champion of this rotisserie baseball league. Second, our 15-team, 28-round fantasy baseball draft doesn't come with post-game summaries. It provides you with each participant's mindset at the time he selected.

1) SP Travis Wood, Chicago Cubs

Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster

It's always good to have several starting pitcher options. Wood is someone who isn't flashy and plays for a bad team, but he always seems to overachieve. I like that quality in my last pick.

2) OF Nate McLouth, Washington Nationals

Andrew Martinez, RotoWire | Roster

Oakland Athletics RP Sean Doolittle
Power lefty

Someone to have on my bench that I can plug in, when/if he starts to run again like he did last season.

3) 1B Jonathan Singleton, Houston Astros

Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster

More of a hopeful pick here, but he's got tremendous power potential and could actually get his call-up before the revered George Springer gets his.

4) 2B DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies

Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

This pick was pure insurance for Kolten Wong, who isn't off to a great start in camp. LeMahieu could be the leadoff hitter for the Rockies, so I like his potential in that role. He can steal some bases, score some runs and hit for a decent average. He might end up manning my middle infield spot over Wong.

5) 2B/SS Jordy Mercer, Pittsburgh Pirates

Ryan Bloomfield, Baseball HQ | Roster

Simply filling holes at this point. Mercer qualifies at 2B/SS, should have a starting gig, and hit .283 with 8 HR in 333 AB last season. Worthy of a draft slot.

6) C J.P. Arencibia, Texas Rangers

Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

I had to fill that second catcher spot eventually. I had trouble deciding between Arencibia and Geovany Soto -- more upside with the former, I think -- or settling for, say, A.J. Ellis or Ryan Hanigan. Fingers crossed. Or off to the FAAB zone.

7) RP Sean Doolittle, Oakland Athletics

Mark Bloom, RotoExperts | Roster

Doolittle actually does a lot more than you think -- great K's, under a 1.00 WHIP. If Jim Johnson struggles, he could see 10 saves.

8) RP Edward Mujica, Boston Red Sox

Rudy Gamble, Razzball | Roster

He's the last reliever I had on my board with a decent shot at aaves given Uehara's age/health record. Mujica will likely be on my bench most weeks (for as long as I have him) unless I have some bad SP matchups.

9) SP Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians

Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

Philadelphia Phillies 3B Maikel Franco
Pasko a Francophile

Hopefully, a new delivery and a focus on pounding the strike zone will help this intelligent, talented hurler break through. He could be this year's Julio Teheran -- a post-hyper that rekindles his stock in a big way.

10) RP Jake McGee, Tampa Bay Rays

Drew Silva, Rotoworld | Roster

One final speculative add. McGee has always had intriguing stuff and may get save opportunities in 2014 if new Rays closer Grant Balfour struggles out of the gate.

11) SP Felix Doubront, Boston Red Sox

Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment | Roster

It appears as though Doubront will be in Boston's starting rotation with Ryan Dempster sitting out the year. Doubront will need to cut down on the walks to have a palatable WHIP, but he can be a cheap source for wins and strikeouts.

12) 3B Maikel Franco, Philadelphia Phillies

Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

Tremendous potential, a home-run threat! If Franco is called up later in the season, which may or may not happen, he will find a spot in my active lineup.

13) C Geovany Soto, Texas Rangers

Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster

Soto is injured, so I will slot him onto the DL and then hit the waiver wire the first week I can to add another player to the party. He'll battle with J.P. Arencibia for at-bats.

14) 2B Gordon Beckham, Chicago White Sox

Josh Shepardson, The Fantasy Fix | Roster

This was simply a need-based pick. Since Josh Rutledge isn't a lock to win the second base job in Colorado, I needed some insurance, and Beckham fits the bill.

15) OF Seth Smith, San Diego Padres

Paul Sporer and Mike Gianella, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

Yeah, this was a response to Cameron Maybin's injury, but we also needed an OF bench guy. He's gonna be on the strong-side platoon, and moving from OAK to SD is actually a sharp upgrade in park even though both favor pitchers (70 HR Park Factor for lefties in OAK; 94 in SD).


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