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The SS position never used to be a source of offense. Instead, it was always a defense-first area. Now it is not uncommon to get your 20 HR power instead of your Gold Glove from the left side of the infield. The Ozzie Smiths would not have a place on your roster, but today with Hanley Ramirez leading the charge (albeit with sub-par defense), an owner can easily count on solid production from a position once devoid of any offensive skill.
The best SS for the 2009 season…
Frankly, after the top three SS are off the board (which probably will be by Round 2), the rest of the SS class is not worth reaching for until at least round four. Just because the position’s absolute elite are gone, that does not mean you should go into a panic mode. At this point, just focus on your other areas and trust me, a sudden SS run will not take place. It is not uncommon at this point for people to be thinking that since they have missed out on a top tier SS, they might as well grab one of the best catchers. Do not be this fool.
The name of the game is keeping your cool in the draft room. Don’t fall victim to position runs (just like when you play Madden Football and people get the sudden urge to draft Punters). The talent at SS this year is deeper than you think and if you miss the big three, then you still have a chance several rounds later to draft a SS who can get you the 20-HR power you want.
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