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I’ve participated in like a kajillion mock drafts in the past month or so, but last night was a real draft. This one is for bragging rights. This league is made up of twelve fantasy baseball writers. Let me give you the scoop on who’s involved (this was the draft order as well).

  1. Eric Hinz, FakeTeams
  2. Zach Piso, Rotonomics
  3. Knox Bardeen, Crooked Pitch
  4. David Chase, Brock For Broglio
  5. Rudy Gamble, Razzball
  6. Tim Dierkes, Roto Authority
  7. Kelly Pfleiger, Fantasy Gameday
  8. Bob Taylor, Fantasy Hurler
  9. Tim McLeod, RotoRob
  10. Tony Bartlett, Fantasy Baseball Mafia
  11. Derek Nelson, Seamless Baseball
  12. Edwin Van Bibber-Orr, Seamless Baseball

The league is set up as a standard 5X5 with 2 catchers, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, 1 corner infielder, 1 middle infielder, 5 outfielders, 1 utility spot, 9 pitchers and 3 bench spots. Here’s my team:

1. (3) David Wright
2. (22) Ichiro Suzuki
3. (27) Álex Ríos
4. (46) Derek Jeter
5. (51) John Lackey
6. (70) Aaron Harang
7. (75) Félix Hernández
8. (94) Paul Konerko
9. (99) Vernon Wells
10. (118) Jermaine Dye
11. (123) Jeremy Hermida
12. (142) Kenji Johjima
13. (147) Manny Corpas
14. (166) Plácido Polanco
15. (171) Ian Snell
16. (190) Iván Rodríguez
17. (195) Ryan Theriot
18. (214) Joe Borowski
19. (219) Casey Kotchman
20. (238) Jason Kubel
21. (243) Zack Greinke
22. (262) Jon Lester
23. (267) Barry Zito
24. (286) Manny Parra
25. (291) Asdrubal Cabrera
26. (310) Pedro Feliz

  • With the third pick I had to decide between Wright and Hanley Ramirez. I decided to go with the safer pick as I am unsure if Hanley can repeat last season’s numbers with his lingering shoulder problem and the absence of Miguel Cabrera.
  • I’m happy with the first few outfielder picks I made. Ichiro and Alex Rios are studs, and Rios is primed for a huge breakout in 2008.
  • I’m also happy with my first three starting pitchers, although I never expected to take three guys in a row at this point in the draft. Taking Lackey, Harang and King Felix in the 5th, 6th & 7th rounds could help to shore up K’s, ERA and Wins, but did I grab them too early?
  • I’m not terribly happy with my bullpen. I only have Corpas and Borowski. Let’s hope I can using the free agent pool to add valuable save during the season.
  • I reached with a few picks. Hermida, Kubel and Parra have some big upside potential. If these picks pan out, I’ll look like somewhat of a genius.
  • How can I not take Pedro Feliz with the 26th round pick when Mike Schmidt says he could hit 30 home runs and drive in 100?

Questions and comments about my draft are welcomed. I plan on keeping everyone informed on how this league is progressing. It should be a lot of fun.

4 Responses to “Second Draft Completed”
  1. Moonlight Graham says:

    I absolutely love Kubel. I don’t disagree with any of the reaches except that you may have reached too many times.

  2. Moonlight Graham says:

    I’m sorry. as a Met fan I hate the Jeter pick.

  3. Edwin says:

    I liked your draft, Knox. I don’t pay attention to the first four rounds.

    With 1500 IP max, you did well to get yourself two horses in Lackey and Harang. Felix is a great upside pick at your #3. Perhaps a little early, but he would have been gone not long after. Konerko/Wells/Dye was an excellent series of picks. I wanted all of them, and you took them all before they came back to me. Johjima is terrific at 142 overall.

    The pick that you mentioned was a reach was Hermida at 123. You’re right - you probably could have gotten him on the way back. Then again, you knew you wanted him so you went for it. He has tremendous upside, as evidenced by his second half last year. I can’t fault you for that.

    By the way, I just got the British “pitch” reference. Cool!

    Catch you on the flip side,

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