Since starting this blog, I haven't had a lot of time to write about the draft as it relates to fantasy baseball. This isn't because of some dislike for fantasy baseball, as I'm a huge fantasy baseball fan. I just haven't had time to connect the draft and fantasy. The draft is usually only relevant for owners in deeper leagues, such as myself, however there is more interest lately in players that pay off in the long run in those leagues, so here's some names you should remember. Buy them now while the price is low (in terms of trading or simply buying), before the chances are greater that they're known by other owners. These are all 2009 draftees.
RHP Randy Henry (Baltimore, 4th): I've already written about his potential, and right now he's an unknown entity to most. He could turn out to be better than first-rounder Matt Hobgood.
RHP Graham Stoneburner (Yankees, 14th): Nice arm and nice late sign. He's of better quality than most realize.
OF Brett Nommensen (Rays, 8th): Plus hit tool with plus speed could be a good result. He would have gone higher had it not been for a hamate injury this spring.
RHP Ryan Buch (White Sox, 8th): I've long been a Buch supporter, and he could be a true shutdown reliever. Plus fastball and plus slider.
OF Jordan Henry (Cleveland, 7th): Another plus-plus combo, but Henry has a good eye at the plate, too, so I like his chances.
There's just a few names in the AL for now. More to come later.
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