Fantasy baseball season officially kicked off last week with the F.S.T.A. Experts Draft. The top minds in the industry gathered at the Bellagio in Las Vegas for the first draft of the year.
The great debate in fantasy baseball heading into 2014 has been who, after Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera, to choose with the third overall pick. Charlie Wiegert of CDM Sports decided on Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
The most controversial selection in the first round came from Anthony Perri of Fantistics, who chose New York Mets third baseman David Wright. Perri decided to go with Wright because of “position scarcity” at third base.
One of baseball’s most talked about players this offseason is Cincinnati Reds rookie center fielder Billy Hamilton. The speedster is projected to steal more than 50 bases this season, but many scouts question if he can hit consistently at the Major League level. As a result, many experts are not willing to risk a high draft pick on Hamilton.
However, the team of Greg Ambrosius and Tom Kessenich from STATS Inc. gambled and selected Hamilton in the sixth round. Ambrosius said Hamilton’s high upside and ability to dominate one category was too much to pass up.
Our expectations is that he gets the starting [center field] job, and we are going to hope and pray like everyone else that he keeps it and gets 60-70 stolen bases.
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