Thursday, January 31, 2013

Why Not Braun?

Article by Jeremy McCabe
SportsWiseGuy Writer

    The debate for the top pick in upcoming fantasy baseball drafts has usually been between 2012 AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout, and reigning AL MVP and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera. But there is a hitter that resides in Milwaukee that has something to say about that. Ryan Braun had another terrific year last year, finishing in the top 5 in every offensive category. He recorded his fourth straight 100+ run season, fifth straight 100+ RBI season and the most underrated part of his game is his stolen bases, which he recorded his second consecutive 30+ steal season. Durability is essential in every sport, but baseball’s 162 game grind can have players missing more than a couple games. The former MVP has played in 150+ games each of the past five seasons. On top of that, he had his first career 40+ home run season and has blasted at least 25 home runs in each of his six big league seasons. Braun has won the Silver Slugger award the past five seasons and there are no signs he is ready to slow down.
    Some people last year had doubts of picking Braun, after last off season he supposedly tested positive, but he won his appeal and had a huge year to shut the mouths of all the haters. If you have the number one overall pick in your league, you want someone who will produce in copious amounts, this man is your guy. The Milwaukee left fielder is poised for another monster season and if you do get the privilege to have him on your team you should feel like one of the lucky ones.