Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Keeper League: Best Picks (1B)

First Basemen

  1. Prince Fielder (keeper) - #11
  2. Miguel Cabrera (keeper) - #7
  3. David Ortiz (keeper) - #22
  4. Carlos Pena (keeper) - #20
  5. Justin Morneau (keeper) - #9
  6. Alex Gordon (keeper) - #30
  7. Adam Dunn (keeper) - #18
  8. Ryan Howard (keeper) - #4
  9. Mark Teixeira (keeper) - #3
  10. Carlos Guillen (keeper) - #31
  11. Victor Martinez (keeper) - #60
  12. Albert Pujols (keeper) - #1
  13. Lance Berkman (keeper) - #2
  14. Garret Atkins (keeper) - #15
  15. Derrek Lee (keeper) - #14
  16. Travis Hafner (keeper) - #77
  17. Adrian Gonzalez, Mercer AutoWreckers - #8
  18. Paul Konerko, Those Guys - #37
  19. James Loney, Vandelay Industries - #23
  20. Todd Helton, DamKnights - #52
  21. Hank Blalock, Feisty Mosquitos - #45
  22. Joey Votto, Mercer AutoWreckers - #17
  23. Billy Butler, Cleveland Enforcers - #41
  24. Jarod Saltalamacchia, Stewies SexyParties - #69
  25. Ryan Garko, Stewies SexyParties - #27
  26. Conor Jackson, DamKnights - #19
  27. Nick Johnson, Feisty Mosquitos - #108
  28. Kevin Youkilis, Akron Pronks - #6
Analysis

One interesting factoid is that there were actually more first basemen kept than drafted in our league. I guess it shouldn't be surprising, considering the depth of talent at first base. It's long been known to be a hitter's position; this is just another piece of evidence to support that belief.

The highest ranked undrafted 1Bs were Aubrey Huff (5), Carlos Delgado (10), and Jorge Cantu (12).

Best pick? No question, it's got to be Youkilis by the Akron Pronks. He was taken in the second-to-last round, but ended up posting fantastic run production numbers on his way to being the #6 ranked first baseman. The "worst" picks were a couple of keepers that disappointed, most notably Travis Hafner, whose 100-RBI season seems like decades ago. Alex Gordon was another tough pill to swallow, ranking 30th at season's end, despite being inside the 16 kept first basemen.

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