Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/1/14
Recently I looked at the top 50 hitters drafted in 2013, and now it’s time to turn to the pitchers. Most fantasy “experts” will tell you to not spend an early pick on pitching and that hitters are more predictable. What I found is that this is sort of true, but before we dive in let’s set the ground rules for those of you who didn’t get to read the post on hitters. The method is pretty simple. I took the top 50 pitchers drafted in 2013, rounded to the nearest whole number, and compared it to their end-of-season ESPN Player Rater rank. Top 12 Pitchers: Some good, but a lot of bad Only 1 pitcher – Justin Verlander – was taken in the first round, so I couldn’t look at first round talent like I did with hitters. As an alternative I went with the first 12 pitchers taken. These twelve were taken anywhere from 10th overall, to 53rd. Four of the 12 exceeded their draft position and the other eight were pretty bad. First, let’s look at the good: Player Name ADP ESPN Player Rater Clayto...
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