Mound Musings: Enjoying the First Year Player Draft
Mound Musings: Enjoying the First Year Player Draft

This article is part of our Mound Musings series.

It's always a highlight of the season. Draft day brings an infusion of new, and hopefully exciting, arms into professional baseball and into the spotlight for fantasy baseball junkies like us. I settled in with ice cold beverages and snacks, notebook in hand, and a list of pitchers on whom I wanted to keep tabs. Where would they go? What would the film clips show? What would other analysts have to say? What a night! Obviously, this is focused on keeper and dynasty formats, but the top guys will be on redraft fantasy draft boards sooner than you think. So, let's take a closer look:

Some Overall Observations on Draft Day

This was an incredibly interesting draft, especially because a handful of the most sought after players were two-way players. They have been rare in the past, and never (that I can recall) were there players who had the skill set to warrant high first-round consideration as both a pitcher and a position player. In 2017, there were three who were considered top 50 talent. And, while not eligible for this draft, arguably the best player not in the major leagues, Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters (Japan), is a star two-way player rumored to be coming to MLB next season. This trend – and I think there's a good chance we will see more pitcher/position player draft picks moving forward – is a true game changer. It will be interesting to see which path teams choose to pursue

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Brad Johnson
For more than 30 years, pitching guru Brad "Bogfella" Johnson has provided insightful evaluation and analysis of pitchers to a wide variety of fantasy baseball websites, webcasts and radio broadcasts. He joined RotoWire in 2011 with his popular Bogfella's Notebook.
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