Mound Musings: 2020 First-Year Player Draft Edition

Mound Musings: 2020 First-Year Player Draft Edition

This article is part of our Mound Musings series.

This should be a highlight of the season for me. After all, it's always a highlight of my baseball season. Draft day always brings an infusion of new, and hopefully exciting, arms into professional baseball, and into the spotlight for fantasy baseball junkies like us. As usual, I settled in the other night with iced tea and snacks, notebook in hand, and a list of pitchers I wanted to check in on. Where would they go? What would the film clips show? What would other analysts have to say? What a night, right? Even the lurking shadow of no 2020 season couldn't totally dull the excitement. Obviously, this is focused on keeper and dynasty formats, but the top guys will be on redraft fantasy draft boards sooner than you might think. Damn, we need some baseball.

Some general observations from Draft Day

Most analyst saw this year's draft as relatively deep with pitching, especially with regard to college pitchers. In general, I would agree. While I don't immediately see a standout generational talent in this year's draft, there are quite a few who could get there. High school arms, even the really good ones, have always been considered risky, and I think that continues to be a factor. There are injury risks, and the challenge of accurately predicting the ultimate ceiling of a younger pitcher, so many teams focus on the top college prospects. Besides, with an increasingly shallow pool of quality pitchers at the MLB level, teams desperately seeking

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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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