By Eddie Mayrose
Who’s Number Three?
With MLB teams in training camp and the weather here in the Northeast, finally, heating up, Fantasy Baseball draft prep is well underway. One of the answers being sought by Fantasy Owners during the process, whether the format is Roto or Head to Head, is, “what player should be selected with the third pick in the draft?”
For the last few seasons, with few exceptions, the first two players to come off the board in most Mixed drafts have been Albert Pujols and Hanley Ramirez. Pujols for his general excellence and Ramirez for his statistical prowess across all categories at an annually weak position. The next pick, however, is one that varies from league to league and player to player. If you’re actually sitting in that slot, yours is an important position. You are not only laying the foundation for your own team, but you’ll be dictating the direction of the rest of the first round.
What follows is an analysis of those MLB stars that have appeared in the three hole of a large number of Mixed Mock Drafts. We’ll give you a brief rundown of the pros and cons of each, then let you know where we stand. No matter where you come down on this issue, don’t let position scarcity factor into your decision. It’s way too early to pass on pure production for the sake of grabbing a guy at a weak spot.