I always enter a first-year player draft with a bat-heavy mindset, albeit one that can shift based on how the actual selections unfold. Despite my general hesitancy to draft arms, I have found that young pitchers tantalize many owners in fantasy baseball, making them interesting trade pieces in dynasty leagues. That is how I try to view any player I might draft: as a potential piece I could deal to acquire another asset.
I focus on power and approach when drafting hitters and potential or experience when drafting arms. I also tend to lean toward safer prospects in general unless I am at the end of the draft, when I will go potential over a high-floor player. While it may seem strange to consider all potential picks from a deal-first perspective, I find it helps ensure I take value instead of reaching for a player I should leave behind.
If you would like to see how everyone else drafted, you can see the draft board here. Additionally, here are links to the other posted analysis articles from this draft:
|Brennen Gorman’s Analysis||Adam Lawler’s Analysis|
|Travis Sherer’s Analysis||Jamie Sayer’s Analysis|
|Paul Ghiglieri’s Analysis||Shelly Verougstraete’s Analysis|
|Andy Patton’s Analysis||Scott Chu’s Analysis|
|Daniel Port’s Analysis||Hunter Denison’s Analysis|
Pick #10: Brett Baty, 3B, New York Mets
My plan here was to draft Josh Jung, yet I was sniped right from the onset by Andy Patton. Once I got over that disappointment, Brett Baty was an easy consolation choice. The 6’3″, 210 lb. lefty slammed 19 home runs as a high school senior, catching the eye of the New York Mets, who selected him at 12th overall. Baty has drawn wide praise for his potential. MLB TV analyst Jonathan Mayo called him the best high school bat in the draft, and fellow analyst Harold Reynolds called him Freddie Freeman with power (an odd comparison given Freeman’s 23 home runs this season). Either way, Baty has potential and not just because of his light tower power. A strong approach at the plate (49 walks to nine strikeouts) makes me even more excited to land Baty here despite the questions some had with his production given his age (19) compared with his high school competition.