The 2010 NL All-Value Star Team

By Ian Kay
Dave already took care of the AL squad here. Remember, we’re not picking the best players of the first half — just those who have provided the best value since draft day.
Catcher: Miguel Olivo, Rockies
Yahoo! ADP: 21st catcher, 226th overall
2010 stats: .325 AVG, 42 R, 11 HR, 42 RBI, 4 SB
Olivo has hit second-round pick Joe Mauer by 32 points and has more than twice as many homers (11) as the catcher drafted immediately before him — Jarrod Saltalamacchia — has at-bats (5).
Also considered: Buster Posey
First base: Aubrey Huff, Giants
Yahoo! ADP: 39th first baseman, 238th overall
2010 stats: .295 AVG, 55 R, 17 HR, 54 RBI, 3 SB
Owners savvy enough to only pay for Huff’s sub-par ’09 numbers on draft day are reaping the benefits now that he’s returned to his ’08 form.
Also considered: Adam Dunn, Troy Glaus, James Loney, Joey Votto
Second base: Martin Prado, Braves
Yahoo! ADP: 20th second baseman, 215th overall
2010 stats: .325 AVG, 51 R, 10 HR, 39 RBI, 4 SB
Prado was drafted between Kazuo Matsui and Aki Iwamura. Those two are currently playing in Triple-A. The Prado is the NL batting leader at the break.
Also considered: Kelly Johnson, Rickie Weeks
Third base: Scott Rolen, Reds
Yahoo! ADP: 43rd third baseman, 253rd overall
2010 stats: .290 AVG, 43 R, 17 HR, 57 RBI, 0 SB
Rolen is on pace for his best power output since he hit 34 dingers back in ’04. Not bad for a guy drafted a round after Emilio Bonifacio.
Also considered: Casey McGehee
Shortstop: Rafael Furcal, Dodgers
Yahoo! ADP: 12th shortstop, 174th overall
2010 stats: .333 AVG, 51 R, 6 HR, 35 RBI, 14 SB
What a run it’s been for Furcal. The shortstop went from injured afterthought to savior for many a fatasy squad with a .369/.414/.604 line, six homers and six steals in 35 games since May 29.
Also considered: Juan Uribe
Outfield: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
Yahoo! ADP: 39th outfielder, 144th overall
2010 stats: .314 AVG, 56 R, 17 HR, 60 RBI, 12 SB
No other player with at least 17 home runs broke double-digits in steals before the break. The closest? Albert Pujols with 9 SB.
Outfield: Chris Young, Diamondbacks
Yahoo! ADP: Not in top-50 OFs
2010 stats: .314 AVG, 56 R, 17 HR, 60 RBI, 12 SB
Only two NL players went 15/15 before the All-Star break. The other — Matt Kemp — cost most owners a first round pick back in March.


Outfield: Angel Pagan, Mets
Yahoo! ADP: Not in top-50 OFs
2010 stats: .315 AVG, 46 R, 6 HR, 40 RBI, 19 SB
Pagan is still unowned in over half of Yahoo! leagues. How many steals is it going to take for this guy to get noticed? Do you realize that no other NL outfielder is batting .300 with more than 12 swipes?
Also considered: Corey Hart, Colby Rasmus, Andres Torres, Josh Willingham
Starting pitcher: Mat Latos, Padres
Yahoo! ADP: Not in top 50 SPs
2010 stats: 10-4, 2.45 ERA, 0 SV, 99 Ks, 0.97 WHIP
Even the most bullish projections only had Latos emerging as a solid No. 2 or 3 starter this season — not a full-fledged staff ace. With a 99/28 K/BB ratio, owners shouldn’t expect too much of a dropoff in the second half.
Also considered: Jaime Garcia, Tim Hudson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Josh Johnson, Carlos Silva, Adam Wainwright
Relief pitcher: Matt Capps, Nationals
Yahoo! ADP: Not in top-50 RPs
2010 stats: 3-3, 3.18 ERA, 23 saves, 33 Ks, 1.41 WHIP
Many expected Capps to only serve as a place-holder for a few months until Drew Storen was ready to take over ninth inning duties for the Nationals. Twenty-three saves later, the right-hander actually has pretty decent job security.
Also considered: Ryan Franklin, Leo Nunez, Billy Wagner


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