This article is part of our Baseball Draft Kit series.
Picks and Pans
by Joe Sheehan (@Joe_Sheehan)
Joe Sheehan's Picks and Pans will appear in the RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Guide 2014 that recently went to the printer. Look for more from Joe throughout the year in the Joe Sheehan Newsletter.
I have been writing this piece for a few years, and I never think to lead by checking back to last year's picks. Let's see…a year ago, I recommended that you draft Chris Archer, Stephen Drew and Eric Hosmer, while warning you of Derek Jeter. There were 11 other players covered in the piece, but in the interest of space let's just get to the 2014 picks and pans and assume the comments on those other players were all just as brilliant!
10 Players To Target for 2014
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
Young players who can pick it are safer bets to keep their jobs than young players who cannot. Arenado hit his way to the majors, but he stayed there by being one of the best defensive third basemen in the game. In other seasons, he would have had an awards case, even while batting .267/.301/.405 despite playing for the Rockies. Arenado was not overmatched; he had a reasonable 14% strikeout rate and an acceptable .138 ISO. A high groundball rate kept him from taking advantage of the thin air, and he needs to get better at hitting everything but fastballs – both of which are in his skill set. Arenado, just 23, should