As you may have heard, Matt and I finally got around to setting up our own fantasy league. We held our first ever fantasy baseball draft last month, and it was a lot of fun. Nothing like some quality smack talk to start off the year. In the days leading up to the start of the season, we'll be taking a quick look at each team in our league.
Next up is Xavier My Savior. Come behold the power of screen shots...
First pick: CF Grady Sizemore - Indians (4th overall)
Best value: OF Travis Snider - Blue Jays (round 14, pick 179)
Xavier My Savior is run by Sun-Times prep desk-er, and new Beachwood Reporter White Sox columnist Phil Barnes. He also happens to be a friend of the blog, and my partner in crime in an AL-only keeper league.
Barnes found himself in a good position on draft day with the fourth pick, and grabbed Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore. Sizemore is one of the few guys in baseball who will contribute substantially in all five fantasy categories, so he was a no-brainer in the top five. Barnes also spent his next six draft picks on offense, selecting Matt Holiday, Dustin Pedroia, and Alex Rodriguez. The selection of A-Rod could make or break the season.
While Barnes' offense is as strong as any you'll find in this league, the pitching staff is a tad light. Jon Lester and Scott Kazmir are a formidable 1-2 punch though, and Johnny Cueto should rack up strikeouts and log a ton of innings under Dusty Baker if nothing else.