Can you believe Opening Day is only 4 weeks away? With that being said, fantasy baseball drafts will be revving up over the next few weeks, and I want to be sure your are well prepared when it comes time to draft your team. My research began back in December and after 3 months of analyzing all 30 MLB teams, I have gathered everything into one place just for you.
The 2014 scoutPRO Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit includes:
- Overall Player Rankings
- Position by Position Player Rankings
- Projected Stats
- scoutEDGE Scores
- 600+ Player Profiles
To make it even better, it all comes conveniently bundled into a PDF so you have access to everything in one place. Have a live draft with your friends? Print off the rankings and take them with you. Doing your draft online? Save the PDF to your computer and open it up when it’s time to draft.
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Want to see a preview of the draft kit? Here are my player profiles of Clayton Kershaw and Justin Upton:
Clayton Kershaw – It’s tough for any fantasy player not to love Clayton Kershaw. He has led the NL in ERA and WHIP in three straight seasons and has been the toughest pitcher to hit in the NL three times in the past five years. Last year, his command (2.0) was a career best, but he had a career low K rate (8.8). His first pitch strike % (65%) repeated its 2012 success and he threw the most overall strikes of his career (67%). Opposing batters are hitting .211 against him in his career. However, his AFB (92.6) was the 2nd lowest of his career. In terms of pitches, he throws a slider as his 2nd best pitch, followed by a curveball and an occasional changeup. His GB rate (46.0%) continues to be over his career average. For his career, he has a high LOB % (77.8), which has helped him have an elite ERA (2.60) overall and at home (2.20). Last year, the Dodgers scored 2 runs or less 16 times when he was on the mound. Furthermore, he allowed 2 runs or less 26 times. LA should have a much more potent offense this season, which gives Kershaw a chance to win plus games. He is only 26 and set a career low in ERA (1.83), which led to his 2nd Cy Young Award and a 7-year, $215 million contract. He is the best pitcher in baseball pitching for a team that is on the rise. 20 wins should be well within his reach with plus K’s and an elite ERA.
Justin Upton - Justin’s skill set regressed in 2013 due to a huge spike in his K rate (25.0% – 19.3% in 2012 and 18.7% in 2011). However, his walk rate (11.7%) was his highest since 2008. Last year, he battled multiple minor injuries (hand, back, hamstring, and calf). Upton was crushing the ball in April (12 HR’s), but his increased power led to a quest to hit more HR’s by opening up his swing (27.6% K rate in April and May). Last year, he hit 18 of his 27 HR’s to left field. When Justin is at his best, he hits the ball to right center with power. He wasn’t dominant against RH (.262) or LH (.268) pitching. However, his approach was much stronger against lefties (36 walk – 21.9% walk rate with 10 HR’s in 127 at bats). Upton only had value in 2 months in 2013 (April – .298 with 12 HR’s and 19 RBI and August – .298 with 8 HR’s and 16 RBI). Overall, he has been a below average run producer (14%) during his career. His HR/FB rate (17.9%) was the 2nd highest of his career. Upton was a great hitter against fastballs in 2011 (.311 with 26 doubles and 19 HR’s in 344 at bats), but he really struggled with the heat in 2013 (.261 with 123 HR’s and 98 K’s in 330 at bats). Justin is an upside player coming off of a disappointing season. His rise in his K rate hurts his upside in batting average. Despite all of that, Upton is just reaching the prime of his career. He has 30+ HR upside with 20 SB ability. Justin has never been a driven player, so he may never be elite. He has 2 years to pad his resume for a monster contract. Breakout candidate in 2014.