With the 2013 Major League Baseball season just a few months away, it is time to begin looking ahead to fantasy baseball and figuring out who should be taken with the top pick in the draft. In the several mock drafts I’ve already did over the past few weeks, I have seen five different players get picked with the No. 1 pick including one that really caught my attention but might be warranted. Would Justin Verlander be worth taking with the top pick in your fantasy baseball draft?
I’m sure many of you are already screaming at the computer after reading that last statement. I’m among the majority who would take Miguel Cabrera, Ryan Braun or Mike Trout before Verlander with the first pick. A lot of the decision with the top pick depends on the league you are in though and if pitchers mean more than hitters. The main league I play in pretty much 50/50 on picking a pitcher or hitter with your first-round pick but picking Verlander wouldn’t be my first choice. If you decide to pick Verlander though, you know you are getting the No. 1 pitcher in the league and someone who will give you top stats with ERA, WHIP and K/9.
If I was picking today, Verlander would be the No. 5 player off the board for me after Cabrera, Braun, Trout and Josh Hamilton. I could envision a scenario though where picking Verlander first works if you know you can get a quality hitter in the second round and only if the league has fewer than ten teams in it. I like Verlander a lot but just not enough to make him the No. 1 pick in the draft.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.