Mound Musings: 2021 First-Year Player Draft Edition

Mound Musings: 2021 First-Year Player Draft Edition

This article is part of our Mound Musings series.

This is always a highlight of the season for me. Draft day always brings an influx of new, and hopefully, exciting arms into professional baseball and into the spotlight for fantasy baseball junkies like us. I'm not crazy about having draft day and the Future's Game on the same day. I'd prefer to spread out the fun across multiple days. However, 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? Obviously, this is focused on keeper and dynasty formats, but some of the top guys will be on redraft fantasy draft boards sooner than you might think.

Some general observations from Draft Day

Most analyst saw this year's draft as a bit "top heavy" meaning there were several prospects with similar expectations, but then a more speculative gap as you got further into the draft. With pitching, especially with regard to college pitchers, I thought this to be the case, but I thought it was perhaps a bit deeper with regard to high school arms. While I don't immediately see a standout generational talent in this year's draft, there are a few, two in particular, who could approach that upside. High school arms, even the really good ones, have always been considered risky, and I think that continues to be a

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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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