A Fleshner Fantasy wrote:Look at any draft. In almost any format, hitters are taken way before pitchers for the most part.
Agreed. Lots of pitchers start flying off the board around the 9th round.
I usually wait until late, and was able to get players like Wang, Rich Hill, Lilly, Escobar and pick up players like Marshall, Mitre, Bannister, Marcum, Garza, James, ect, ect. The guys that I took in the 7th round and above (1 in each league) - Kazmir (not been good until a few starts ago), Carpenter (out for year), and Halladay (not been good until a couple starts ago).
Plus a lot of other pitchers that didn't cost you a high draft pick, or were on free agency at some point, but still have an ERA under 4 - Oliver Perez, Guthrie, Maine, Bedard, Buehrle, Carmona, Lowry, Lowe, Gorzelanny, Vazquez, Snell, Meche, Gaudin.
It's much harder to find a guy like Braun on free agency that will lift your offense than it is to find one of these guys on free agency to help your pitching. There are very few elite starters that set themselves apart year after year (Santana), whereas, hitters are more consistent and you can usually count on them putting up good numbers if they have for a couple years.