Fantasy Futures

With the fantasy baseball draft finished the next question of course becomes who will be the next Barry/ARod/Randy/Albert/Vlade? Fantasy baseball expert Deron Filip has some thoughts, and puts together a All-Time First Round Fantasy Team.

With the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft completed last week, fantasy owners like to speculate as to which first round selections will develop into high-impact fantasy players. Below is a Fantasy All-Star Team I've compiled of first round picks from the past 10 years (1996-2005), sorted by position and listed in alphabetical order, all of whom are still on Major League rosters. Included is the player's current Major League team, his draft year and the team that selected him. As you can see, starting pitchers are the first rounders more likely to make a significant splash in Fantasyland.

 

STARTING PITCHERS

Josh Beckett, FLA (1999, Marlins)

Kris Benson, NYM (1996, Pirates)

Jeremy Bonderman, DET (2001, Athletics)

Adam Eaton, SD (1996, Phillies)

Jon Garland, CHW (1997, Cubs)

Eric Milton, CIN (1996, Yankees)

Mark Mulder, STL (1998, Athletics)

Brett Myers, PHI (1999, Phillies)

John Patterson, WAS (1996, Expos)

Mark Prior, CHC (2001, Cubs)

C.C. Sabathia, CLE (1998, Indians)

Ben Sheets, MIL (1999, Brewers)

Jeff Weaver, LAD (1998, Tigers)

Jake Westbrook, CLE (1996, Rockies)

Barry Zito, OAK (1999, Athletics)

 

CLOSERS

Chad Cordero, WAS (2003, Expos)

Brad Lidge, HOU (1998, Astros)

Braden Looper, NYM (1996, Cardinals)

 

CATCHERS

None

 

FIRST BASEMEN

Mark Teixeira, TEX (2001, Rangers)

 

SECOND BASEMEN

Adam Kennedy, LAA (1997, Cardinals)

Chase Utley, PHI (2000, Phillies)

 

THIRD BASEMEN

Eric Chavez, OAK (1996, Athletics)

Troy Glaus, ARI (1997, Angels)

 

SHORTSTOPS

Felipe Lopez, CIN (1998, Blue Jays)

 

OUTFIELDERS

Rocco Baldelli, TB (2000, Devil Rays)

Lance Berkman, HOU (1997, Astros)

Pat Burrell, PHI (1998, Phillies)

J.D. Drew, LAD (1997, Phillies; 1998, Cardinals)

Mark Kotsay, OAK (1996, Marlins)

Vernon Wells, TOR (1997, Blue Jays)


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