Thursday, June 18, 2009

The 2009 First Half Fantasy Baseball All-Stars

posted by Jon Williams
There are just two weeks left to vote for your MLB All-Stars. I tend to pick my favorite fantasy players on my All-Star ballots, which is usually a pretty good indicator that they deserve a spot. If this were my fantasy team it would probably be a little short on stolen bases. But then it would win every other category running away...

Catchers

Victor Martinez, Cleveland Indians
Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins

Honorable Mention: Pablo Sandoval, Brian McCann

Corner Infielders

1B - Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
3B - Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
CI - Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins

Honorable Mention: Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Teixeira, Joey Votto, Prince Fielder

Middle Infielders

2B - Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
SS - Jason Bartlett, Tampa Bay Rays
MI - Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers

Honorable Mention: Ben Zobrist, Aaron Hill

Outfielders

OF - Raul Ibanez, Philadelphia Phillies
OF - Brad Hawpe, Colorado Rockies
OF - Torii Hunter, Los Angeles Angels
OF - Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
OF - Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers

Honorable Mention: Adam Jones, Adam Lind, Jason Bay, Johnny Damon

Pitching Staff

Rotation:

1. Zack Greinke, Kansas City Royals
2. Josh Johnson, Florida Marlins
3. Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays
4. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants
5. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

Bullpen:

1. Heath Bell, San Diego Padres
2. Francisco Rodriguez, New York Mets
3. Ryan Franklin, St. Louis Cardinals
4. Jonathan Broxton, Los Angeles Dodgers

So these are my choices for Fantasy Baseball's All-Star's. Who are your All-Stars?

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4 Comments:

OpenID paulmbourdett said...

Hey Jon, how does Jason Bay not get the nod over Braun???

Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 6:29:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jon Williams said...

Well it may be the Yankee fan in me that despises all things Red Sox. But he did get an honorable mention! That's big! But seriously, I think I may have weighed the batting average more heavily than the difference in Runs/RBI

Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 6:37:00 PM EDT  
OpenID paulmbourdett said...

HRs, RBIs, runs, SBs, OBP, K/BB, - the works! Bay has always been a superior hitter to Braun, in my humble opinion. Being stuck in Pittsburgh and an injury-plagued season make people forget -- this guy is a stud. Braun was a more valuable fantasy asset when he had the 3B tag next to his name, but those days are long gone. Look at the numbers Bay was putting up in a putrid Pirates offense. He doesn't get enough respect in fantasy circles. So what if he's Canadian? Braun my have him in raw power, but that's about it.

Friday, June 19, 2009 at 8:30:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jon Williams said...

Bay is a great player but I think at the end of the season Braun will have had the more valuable fantasy season. You can make a case that Bay is a better real player but in fantasy those 30-plus points of batting average count for quite a bit.

The stats:

Braun .318/.416/.575 w/14hr, 49runs, 48rbi, 5sb in 240 at-bats

Bay .278/.395/.574 w/17hr, 45runs, 63rbi, 5sb in 237 at-bats

Obviously these guys are both producing. The question is whether you want 30-plus points of batting average or 3hr, 4runs, and 15rbi. I'll take the batting average every time.

Friday, June 19, 2009 at 8:52:00 PM EDT  

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