Grady Sizemore’s offseason has been eventful. Besides his run-ins on websites like PerezHilton.com thanks to a bunch of picture messages he sent to his girl Brittany Binger where he wasn’t wearing many clothes, he also conceivably trained his ass off recovering from hernia surgery.
By Sizemore’s standards, his 2009 season was kind of a letdown against high expectations. Ranked our no. 1 outfielder heading into the season, he batted .248 in 106 games with 18 home runs, 64 RBI, 73 runs and 13 steals. While there’s no question he would have logged his fifth consecutive 20/20 season, his ’09 production certainly wasn’t at the level of a first round fantasy baseball draft pick.
So, two questions beg to be asked about Grady as we head into the home stretch of the 2010 fantasy baseball draft season.
- Which Grady Sizemore are fantasy baseball owners going to get in 2010?
- Where should Grady Sizemore be drafted in 2010?
Considering the fact that Sizemore was playing all season with that nagging hernia (it kept him out of the World Baseball Classic, too), it would make sense that the injury had a bigger effect on his production than was indicated coming into the year. Despite the injury, Sizemore still managed close to a 20/20 season. Statistically, his batting average was the biggest disappointment.
According to the homies at Mock Draft Central, Sizemore is going at the end of round 3 in standard mixed leagues, going as early as no. 19 and as late as no. 39. Overall, he’s currently being selected as the 8th outfielder off the board.
In our expert opinions, Sizemore is going to be a value pick in 2010. There’s no question that there should be several outfielders ahead of Sizemore coming into the season, but with the power and speed combination he provides when healthy – Sizemore seems to be underrated this year.
GMs interested in drafting Sizemore should be comfortable taking him ahead of the likes of Jason Bay and Justin Upton due to his youth and consistency.