Could the National League East's imbalanced schedule and immense pitching talent derail a lot of top picks in that division? (Upton, Heyward,Wright,Desmond etc)
Having a look at the 2012 numbers...
The NL East has 6 legitimate contenders for a CY Young Award ... Gio, Strasberg, Zimmerman, Doc, Hamels and Lee. Not to mention potential dominance of Medlen and immense upside potential from Minor and Beachy (when he returns). Even the lowly MEtS are more lowly due to some issues with offense and relief pitching. Their SPs actually project pretty well with tons of great young talent in the minors. Ok the Marlins will probably suck but that won't be enough to offset.
The #4-5 pitchers around aren't really that BAD either..Kyle Kendrick, Lannan. Detwiler, Dan haren. Dillon Gee, guys with some good potential. How many pitchers in the NL East can you comfortably predict to have ERA's over 4.00? Vs a TON in other divisions.
Only 3 of the top 20 NL batters by OPS were in the NL East. And of those 3, 2 are somewhat shaky, Ian Desmond? and Adam Laroche?
Ok so maybe that doesn't situate Justin Upton to the laundry list...but something to ponder when deciding to take your 1st elite player.