Spring is in the air and it’s time to look at our projected top 10 fantasy baseball draft picks for 2015. The first round is dominated with deep positions of outfield, first base and staring pitchers, but we throw in a surprise second baseman that most other experts have outside of their top ten.
With the versatility and upside of Mike Trout is hard to argue against him being the first overall pick. His batting average and stolen bases did take a bit of a dive last year, but he still had an amazing season and filled up the stat lines across the board. If you have the first pick then you should gladly add this young superstar to your squad.
Most expert rankings have Kershaw more toward the middle of the first round, but I have no problem using the 2nd overall pick on him. The guy is a freak of nature and even though the starting pitcher position is extremely deep this year, I think he is worthy of this draft pick. When you look at the rest of the projected top ten they are mainly outfielders and first baseman and those positions are arguably just as deep.
After another solid year from McCutchen last year you have to have him as an early first round pick again in 2015. His games played was down a bit so that’s why some of his totals weren’t what were are used to, but if he stays healthy he is one the safest bets in the league to be a 20/20 guy. The main reason I like McCutchen though is because of his batting average. It’s extremely rare these days to find a guy that can bat for power, average and give you speed as well.
Stanton is entering his 6th year in the big leagues and the guy is still only 25 years old. With that being said I don’t think we have seen what he is fully capable of yet and that’s a scary thought. Stanton knocked 69 extra base hits last year in only 539 at bats and if he can stay healthy he has legitimate 50 home run potential.
In some expert rankings we have seen Cabrera slip to the end of the first round. I kind of understand that since he is dealing with some injuries, but we are still talking about Miguel Cabrera. The guy had another amazing season in 2014 with 78 extra base hits while batting .313. Another plus with Cabrera is that in most leagues he still carries the third base eligibility. It’s easy for me to look past the injury concerns when you consider what a healthy Cabrera can do for your fantasy team, the risk is worth the potential reward.
There were many people that thought Abreu would have a good year, but I don’t think anyone saw this coming. The guy went nuts with 36 home runs, 107 RBIs and he did that while batting well over .300. I knew this guy could hit the cover off the ball, I just didn’t think he could maintain such a high batting average. There is no reason to think that the 28 year old Cuban can’t do it again and this makes him a solid first round pick.
Goldschmidt had lofty expectations heading into last year and for the games he played he kind of lived up to them. He is one of the best young power hitters in the game and one of the few that can hit for great power with a great average. When you factor in that he should have double digit stolen bases, it’s makes Goldschmidt a no-brainer first round pick this year.
We have Altuve much higher than other experts and that’s because of his position. There aren’t many middle infielders this year to get excited about and Altuve is one of the only guys worthy of an early round pick. True you aren’t going to get much power, but his speed and batting average more than make up for it. The first round is dominated by deep positions of outfield, first base and starting pitchers and that’s why I like the idea of solidifying your second base spot and worrying about those other positions later in the draft.
Bautista was a late bloomer when it came to his baseball success, his breakout season didn’t come until he was 29 years old. Since then though the guy has been a beast and whatever he figured out back in 2010 is still working. His age does scare me a bit since he is 34 years old, but until he shows bigger signs of slowing down he is still worthy of a first round pick. If he stays healthy I fully expect another season of 30+ home runs and 100+ RBIs.
When you get toward the end of the first round there are a number of different ways you could go. You could continue to look at outfielders, or maybe reach a bit on one of the top middle infielders, but I like the idea of going ahead and grabbing the ace of your pitching staff. King Felix is still in his 20s, he has had six straight years of at least 200 innings pitched with over 200 strikeouts. In my opinion Hernandez is the safest pick at this point in the draft.