Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA master Nate Silver has put together his third annual Ultimate Fantasy Draft, which ranks the top 50 players you’d want if you were building a franchise from scratch. Which players would you want to build around "if your goal was to win as many championships as possible over the medium-to-long-term?"
A couple of notes about our teams. The Yanks have two players on the list. Joba comes in at #28, ranked higher than any of the team’s young pitching phenoms. The Yanks have a total of three players on the list, if you count Robinson Cano’s Honorable Mention. A-Rod, of course, makes the list at #8. He is the only player over the age of 30 who makes the Top 25.
Two Boston players make the top 50. Beckett places at #22 and Dustin Pedroia is the second ranked AL second baseman at #40. Silver and PECOTA have not lost the faith in Clay Buchholz who earns an Honorable Mention. And Jon Papelbon is the only closer listed as an Honorable Mention. If it were my list, I’d probably include Jon Lester, but my guess is that PECOTA and scouts think his upside is limited to a #2.
Other notes: The highest ranked pitcheris is CC Sabathia, so PECOTA and Siilver seem to like his durability going forward, even though Ned Yost is attempting to render him useless after this season. Also, Baltimore has three young positional players on this list. They could be a factor next year and beyond.
So what do you think of the list. Who are your Top 25?