Ahead Of The Curve

Jan 8, 2013 at 11:04 o\clock

Who To Pick First

Free agency and the baseball offseason are drawing to a close, and before you know it, it will be time to draft in your fantasy baseball league for the 2013 season. It has been a whirlwind offseason for some clubs and a quiet one for others, but the landscape has changed nonetheless. So who should be the first overall pick in you fantasy baseball league in a couple of months?

The easy answer is the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, who had one of the best seasons of all time in a fantasy baseball league in 2012. Cabrera became the first Triple Crown winner in baseball since 1967 by leading the American League in batting average, home runs, and RBIs. There is no reason to assume that Cabrera won’t be as good this season as he was last season other than the imminently reasonable reason that he played insane last season and there is a reason that no one has won the Tripe Crown in so long. The odds are not good that Cabrera will win a second Triple Crown in a second consecutive season, but he should still be one of the top picks in the draft.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Angels have one of the most fearsome heart of the orders that we have seen in a very long time. They have Future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols, last year’s AL rookie of the year Mike Trout and the new addition of Josh Hamilton. It’s not yet known what order that they will be hitting in, but it should be safe to assume that whoever winds up batting after the other two in the five hole, ought to be in for one hell of a season when it comes to RBIs. Assuming that Hamilton is protecting Trout followed by Pujols, Hamilton could be primed to win another AL MVP award.