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Who Gets Drafted First: Ryan Braun or Matt Kemp??

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You probably answered that question pretty quick, but I don't think Braun is a slam dunk. Let's take a look:

Player AB R H HR RBI BB KO SB BA OBP SLG
Kemp, Matt 425 66 133 16 75 40 100 23 0.313 0.372 0.494
Braun, Ryan J. 431 77 136 22 79 40 84 9 0.316 0.385 0.557


In most drafts in 2009 Braun was probably drafted before Kemp, but looking at their stats for this season says they are closer than you think. I questioned awhile back whether Kemp was a 1st round pick in 2010 drafts, and based on this analysis, one would think he could be.

Kemp is on pace to go 22-106-93-32-.313-.371-..489, while Braun is on pace to go 31-114-111-13-.315-.384-..549. If you consider the fact that Kemp has batted 8th in the Dodgers lineup for most of the season, and has recently moved up in the lineup (heaven forbid!!), Kemp's stats standout a bit more than Braun's.

Should Kemp be moved anywhere from 3rd-6th in the Dodgers lineup in 2010, which makes sense to most people other than Joe Torre, he could be in for a bigger year than in 2009.