He's pretty good, this Hamilton. Is he really going to be the top pick in 2009 drafts? No, probably not. There are five-category players at positions where stats are scarce who'll be taken before him.
But if Hamilton remains relatively healthy in the second half, and he maintains the .950-ish OPS, he's clearly a mid- or late-first rounder next season. You'll note that he's No. 6 on the latest Big Board.
Mid-season drafts obviously tell us a lot about how the fantasy hierarchy has reordered itself. While we don't normally waste much blog space discussing universally-owned players, today we'll begin with a look at guys who've made significant leaps in value and draft position. These guys began the year as free agents or late-round fliers, and they've moved into the top 150 (based entirely on the decisions of 16 commenters, some of whom were auto-picking).
Feel free to tell us how ridiculous/brilliant any of the following selections were...
Josh Hamilton (.315, 49 R, 19 HR, 74 RBI, 2 SB), Round 1, Pick 1
Edinson Volquez (9-2, 1.64 ERA, 105 K, 1.17 WHIP) R3 P10
Carlos Quentin (.267, 44 R, 16 HR, 55 RBI, 4 SB), R3 P13
Jacoby Ellsbury (.283, 50 R, 5 HR, 23 RBI, 34 SB), R3 P14
Nate McLouth (.293, 54 R, 15 HR, 48 RBI, 7 SB), R4 P3
Jay Bruce (.325, 15 R, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 2 SB), R4 P10
Milton Bradley (.330, 47 R, 15 HR, 48 RBI, 4 SB), R4 P11
Matt Kemp (.292, 30 R, 5 HR, 39 RBI, 12 SB), R5 P10
Shaun Marcum (5-3, 2.43 ERA, 80 K, 0.99 WHIP), R5 P12
Ryan Ludwick (.310, 45 R, 16 HR, 54 RBI, 4 SB), R6 P1
David Murphy (.279, 40 R, 10 HR, 48 RBI, 5 SB), R6 P11
Carlos Gomez (.268, 41 R, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 18 SB), R7 P4
Evan Longoria (.249, 33 R, 11 HR, 33 RBI, 3 SB), R8 P3
Joey Votto (.279, 32 R, 11 HR, 36 RBI, 4 SB), R9 P10
A few other names of note: Ryan Doumit (R11 P3), Mark Reynolds (R11 P14), Brandon Morrow (R12 P10), Gavin Floyd (R13 P6), Clayton Kershaw (R16 P5), Jonathan Sanchez (R17 P16), Ian Stewart (R19 P6), Mike Aviles (R19 P15).
- Josh Hamilton