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June 26, 2013

Sporer Report

The 2014 First Round: A Look Ahead, Part One

by Paul Sporer


We’re taking a break from my series on streaming hitters with sharp splits to discuss the future a bit. There is nothing in particular about this point in time that makes it worth discussing 2014 now. Most teams have played about 75 games, but I didn’t even know that before I planned this; again, the point in the season is irrelevant. It’s just something I like to do around the start of summer as the first check-in point.

As much as I love to enjoy the here and now of the season we’re in the throes of, I also like to look forward and see how the current season might be affecting the following spring’s drafts. We are about nine months from the 2014 draft season so a whole lot will change from now until then, but I guarantee that some of what we’ve seen thus far will stick and have a lasting impact on 2014. In fact, in part one of a two-part look at what we’ve learned (or think we’ve learned) thus far, we start with something that I’m certain will be true in March 2014.

ALBERT PUJOLS ISN’T A FIRST-ROUNDER ANYMORE

He will be 34 years old next year and he has now spent each of the last three seasons getting off to annoyingly slow starts. We don’t yet know if he’ll rebound as he has in the first two of the three years, in which he posted 960 and 935 OPS totals while hitting over .300 each time to save his season and maintain superstar status. The simple fact is that even if he does have his second-half surge, it likely will not be enough to overcome a host of up-and-comers who have made loud cases to be included in the top 12-15 picks, including several of his first-base counterparts around the league.

A TRIO OF FIRST BASEMEN ARE ON THE RISE

Discussing potential risers into the first round is my favorite part of this exercise which I usually engage in a couple of times during the year and then again immediately following the season before really diving into how my official first round shapes up in late winter. First base has long been a remarkably important position on the fantasy landscape, often delivering the certain power production that all owners crave. The depth of the position is rarely in question and most first-round backup plans include simply defaulting to a stud first sacker.

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