You know there’s a touch of baseball geek in you when the idea of drafting players in the 400-800 range sounds like a good time. Heading into the second half of this draft, Paul and I kept to our basic strategy of looking for the best values while keeping our team young as often as possible. You can find a recap of our fist 20 picks here. It was in these later rounds that we had to flesh out our starting roster before the player pool got too thin. At certain picks it was a struggle to find major league playing time. When it was all said and done we were still able to find some nice values and considering we didn’t sweat pitching in this draft (especially relievers), we were happy with the arms we ended up with. To the picks…
21.401 Alen Hanson
22.440 Gordon Beckham
23.441 Garrett Richards
We consider the Hanson pick to be a great value. Not only is he ranked about 80 spots higher in Bret’s TDG 500, but he’s still the talented shortstop prospect he was a year ago. While his power and average fell, his legs still work (30 SB) and he hit for solid average/pop from the left side of the plate. I went over his stock in more detail at the new ROTOscouting.com. Hanson fits right in with our team of shortstop prospects and bounce-back candidates. Gordon Beckham may eventually give way to Marcus Semien, but for our middle infield slot this year he’s a solid option at this point in the draft. The White Sox have an improved lineup and at 28 years old, Beckham is only one year removed from a 16-homer season. Garrett Richards has a lot of the qualities we are looking for in one of our later pitching picks – improving strikeout and walk rates, a ground ball rate north of 50%, and an age (25) that will hopefully help him hold his value for more than just the 2014 season.