On a cold, misty morning in January, twelve Cafeholics sat down to begin their first Mock Draft in preparation for the 2008 season. Armed only with hurriedly-prepared cheat sheets and a link to the Big Board, they prepared for the inevitable announcement of Alex Rodriguez as the first pick. What followed after that could very well provide some valuable insight into the way drafts may go in the weeks to come before Opening Day…
* Position Eligibility for hitters is 5 starts or 10 appearances in 2007.
* There is a brief analysis of each round after the full draft results.
* Please note that the best & worst picks are solely the opinion of the author… and he only chose two of his own as “best picks”!
|1.||Alex Rodriguez, 3B – NYY||1||Poker|
|2.|| Albert Pujols, 1B – STL||1||daullaz|
|3.|| Jose Reyes, SS – NYM||1||Pogo|
|4.|| Matt Holliday, OF – Col||1||Sim|
|5.|| Hanley Ramirez, SS – Fla||1||BP|
|6.|| David Wright, 3B – NYM||1||ABS|
|7.|| Ryan Howard, 1B – Phi||1||bigken|
|8.|| Chase Utley, 2B – Phi||1||Tavish|
|9.|| Miguel Cabrera, 3B – Det||1||chris|
|10.|| Jimmy Rollins, SS – Phi||1||OldStyle|
|11.|| David Ortiz, 1B – Bos||1||J35J|
|12.|| Johan Santana, SP – Min||1||LL|
|13.|| Jake Peavy, SP – SD||2||LL|
|14.|| Vladimir Guerrero, OF – LAA||2||J35J|
|15.|| Prince Fielder, 1B – Mil||2||OldStyle|
|16.|| Alfonso Soriano, OF – ChC||2||chris|
|17.|| Carlos Beltran, OF – NYM||2||Tavish|
|18.|| Carl Crawford, OF – TB||2||bigken|
|19.|| Grady Sizemore, OF – Cle||2||ABS|
|20.|| Carlos Lee, OF – Hou||2||BP|
|21.|| Ryan Braun, 3B – Mil||2||Sim|
|22.|| Mark Teixeira, 1B – ATL||2||Pogo|
|23.|| Ichiro Suzuki, OF – Sea||2||daullaz|
|24.||Lance Berkman, OF/1B – Hou||2||Poker|
|25.||BJ Upton, 2B/OF – TB||3||Poker|
|26.|| Josh Beckett, SP – Bos||3||daullaz|
|27.|| Manny Ramirez, OF – Bos||3||Pogo|
|28.|| Brandon Phillips, 2B – Cin||3||Sim|
|29.|| Aramis Ramirez, 3B – CHC||3||BP|
|30.|| Brandon Webb, SP – Ari||3||ABS|
|31.|| Chone Figgins, 2B/3B/OF – Ana||3||bigken|
|32.|| Magglio Ordonez, OF – Det||3||Tavish|
|33.|| Curtis Granderson, OF – Det||3||chris|
|34.|| Victor Martinez, C – Cle||3||OldStyle|
|35.|| CC Sabathia, SP – Cle||3||J35J|
|36.|| Derek Jeter, SS – NYY||3||LL|
|37.|| Bobby Abreu, OF – NYY||4||LL|
|38.|| Garett Atkins, 3B – Col||4||J35J|
|39.|| Nick Markakis, OF – Bal||4||OldStyle|
|40.|| Justin Morneau, 1B – Min||4||chris|
|41.|| Erik Bedard, SP – Bal||4||Tavish|
|42.|| Adam Dunn, OF – Cin||4||bigken|
|43.|| Travis Hafner, 1B – Cle||4||ABS|
|44.|| John Lackey, SP – Ana||4||BP|
|45.|| Alex Rios, OF – Tor||4||Sim|
|46.|| Aaron Harang, SP – Cin||4||Pogo|
|47.|| Russell Martin, C – LAD||4||daullaz|
|48.||Derrek Lee, 1B – ChC||4||Poker|
|49.||Cole Hamels, SP – Phi||5||Poker|
|50.|| Chipper Jones, 3B – Atl||5||daullaz|
|51.|| Dan Haren, SP – Ari||5||Pogo|
|52.|| Justin Verlander, SP – Det||5||Sim|
|53.|| Cory Hart, OF – Mil||5||BP|
|54.|| Torii Hunter, OF – Ana||5||ABS|
|55.|| Troy Tulowitzki, SS – Col||5||bigken|
|56.|| Scott Kazmir, SP – TB||5||Tavish|
|57.|| Brian Roberts, 2B – Bal||5||chris|
|58.|| Robinson Cano, 2B – NYY||5||OldStyle|
|59.|| Carlos Guillen, SS – Det||5||J35J|
|60.|| Chris Young, SP – SD||5||LL|
|61.|| JJ Putz, RP – Sea||6||LL|
|62.|| Jonathan Papelbon, RP – Bos||6||J35J|
|63.|| Francisco Rodriguez, RP – Ana||6||OldStyle|
|64.|| Roy Oswalt, SP – Hou||6||chris|
|65.|| Eric Byrnes, OF – Ari||6||Tavish|
|66.|| John Smoltz, SP – Atl||6||bigken|
|67.|| Joe Nathan, RP – Min||6||ABS|
|68.|| Adrian Gonzalez, 1B – SD||6||BP|
|69.|| Paul Konerko, 1B – ChW||6||Sim|
|70.|| Carlos Pena, 1B – TB||6||Pogo|
|71.|| Chris Young, OF – Ari||6||daullaz|
|72.||Carlos Zambrano, SP – CHC||6||Poker|
|73.||Miguel Tejada, SS – Hou||7||Poker|
|74.|| Ian Kinsler, 2B – Tex||7||daullaz|
|75.|| Hideki Matsui, OF – NYY||7||Pogo|
|76.|| Takashi Saito, RP – LAD||7||Sim|
|77.|| Felix Hernandez, SP – Sea||7||BP|
|78.|| Michael Young, SS – Tex||7||ABS|
|79.|| Billy Wagner, RP – NYM||7||bigken|
|80.|| Rafael Furcal, SS – LAD||7||Tavish|
|81.|| Joe Mauer, C – Min||7||chris|
|82.|| Roy Halladay, SP – Tor||7||OldStyle|
|83.|| Brian McCann, C – Atl||7||J35J|
|84.|| Jorge Posada, C – NYY||7||LL|
|85.|| Jeff Francoeur, OF – Atl||8||LL|
|86.|| Rickie Weeks, 2B – Mil||8||J35J|
|87.|| Rich Hill, SP – ChC||8||OldStyle|
|88.|| Mariano Rivera, RP – NYY||8||chris|
|89.|| Javier Vazquez, SP – ChW||8||Tavish|
|90.|| Vernon Wells, OF – Tor||8||bigken|
|91.|| Dan Uggla, 2B – Fla||8||ABS|
|92.|| Rafael Soriano, RP – Atl||8||BP|
|93.|| Matt Cain, SP – SF||8||Sim|
|94.|| Hunter Pence, OF – Hou||8||Pogo|
|95.|| James Shields, SP – TB||8||daullaz|
|96.||Jason Bay, OF – Pit||8||Poker|
|97.||Andruw Jones, OF – LAD||9||Poker|
|98.|| A.J. Burnett, SP – Tor||9||daullaz|
|99.|| Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP – Bos||9||Pogo|
|100.|| Brad Hawpe, OF – Col||9||Sim|
|101.|| Delmon Young, OF – Min||9||BP|
|102.|| Juan Pierre, OF – LAD||9||ABS|
|103.|| Ben Sheets, SP – Mil||9||bigken|
|104.|| Adrian Beltre, 3B – Sea||9||Tavish|
|105.|| Nick Swisher, 1B/OF – CHW||9||chris|
|106.|| Ryan Zimmerman, 3B – Was||9||OldStyle|
|107.|| Gary Sheffield, OF – Det||9||J35J|
|108.|| Johnny Damon, OF – NYY||9||LL|
|109.|| Kelvim Escobar, SP – LAA||10||LL|
|110.|| Tim Lincecum, SP – SF||10||J35J|
|111.|| Fausto Carmona, SP – Cle||10||OldStyle|
|112.|| Brett Myers, SP – Phi||10||chris|
|113.|| Jose Valverde, RP – Hou||10||Tavish|
|114.|| Alex Gordon, 1B/3B – KC||10||bigken|
|115.|| Chad Billingsley, SP – LAD||10||ABS|
|116.|| Yovanni Gallardo, SP – Mil||10||BP|
|117.|| Francisco Cordero, RP – Cin||10||Sim|
|118.|| Trevor Hoffman, RP – SD||10||Pogo|
|119.|| Jim Thome, DH – ChW||10||daullaz|
|120.||Shane Victorino, OF – Phi||10||Poker|
|121.||Pedro Martinez, SP – NYM||11||Poker|
|122.|| Francisco Liriano, SP – Min||11||daullaz|
|123.|| Bobby Jenks, RP – CHW||11||Pogo|
|124.|| Jermaine Dye, OF – CHW||11||Sim|
|125.|| Huston Street, RP – Oak||11||BP|
|126.|| Ian Snell, SP – Pit||11||ABS|
|127.|| Manny Corpas, RP – Col||11||bigken|
|128.|| Todd Helton, 1B – Col||11||Tavish|
|129.|| Brad Penny, SP – LAD||11||chris|
|130.|| Aaron Rowand, OF – SF||11||OldStyle|
|131.|| Dustin McGowan, SP – Tor||11||J35J|
|132.|| Chad Cordero, RP – Was||11||LL|
|133.|| Matt Capps, RP – Pit||12||LL|
|134.|| Joakim Soria, RP – KC||12||J35J|
|135.|| Raul Ibanez, OF – Sea||12||OldStyle|
|136.|| Brad Lidge, RP – Hou||12||chris|
|137.|| Tim Hudson, SP – Atl||12||Tavish|
|138.|| Jered Weaver, SP – Ana||12||bigken|
|139.|| Jason Isringhausen, RP – StL||12||ABS|
|140.|| Jeff Kent, 2B – LAD||12||BP|
|141.|| John Maine, SP – NYM||12||Sim|
|142.|| Mike Lowell, 3B – Bos||12||Pogo|
|143.|| Ted Lilly, SP – ChC||12||daullaz|
|144.||Carlos Delgado, 1B – NYM||12||Poker|
|145.||Eric Gagne, RP – Mil||13||Poker|
|146.|| Josh Hamilton, OF – Tex||13||daullaz|
|147.|| Adam Wainwright, SP – Stl||13||Pogo|
|148.|| Edgar Renteria, SS – Det||13||Sim|
|149.|| Edwin Encarnacion, 3B – Cin||13||BP|
|150.|| Kenji Johjima, C – Sea||13||ABS|
|151.|| Chien Ming Wang, SP – NYY||13||bigken|
|152.|| Carlos Marmol, RP – ChC||13||Tavish|
|153.|| Pat Burrell, OF – Phi||13||chris|
|154.|| Jeff Francis, SP – Col||13||OldStyle|
|155.|| Jacoby Ellsbury, OF – Bos||13||J35J|
|156.|| Placido Polanco, 2B – Det||13||LL|
|157.|| Orlando Cabrera, SS – CHW||14||LL|
|158.|| Clay Buccholz, SP – Bos||14||J35J|
|159.|| Kevin Gregg, RP – Fla||14||OldStyle|
|160.|| Jeremy Bonderman, SP – Det||14||chris|
|161.|| Matt Kemp, OF – LAD||14||Tavish|
|162.|| Howie Kendrick, 2B – Ana||14||bigken|
|163.|| Joey Votto, 1B – Cin||14||ABS|
|164.|| Derek Lowe, SP – LAD||14||BP|
|165.|| Philip Hughes, SP – NYY||14||Sim|
|166.|| Kelly Johnson, 2B – Atl||14||Pogo|
|167.|| Brian Wilson, RP – SF||14||daullaz|
|168.||B.J. Ryan, RP – Tor||14||Poker|
|169.||Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C – Tex||15||Poker|
|170.|| J.J. Hardy, SS – Mil||15||daullaz|
|171.|| Ken Griffey Jr., OF – Cin||15||Pogo|
|172.|| Tony Pena, RP – Ari||15||Sim|
|173.|| Oliver Perez, SP – NYM||15||BP|
|174.|| Randy Johnson, SP – Ari||15||ABS|
|175.|| Joba Chamberlain, SP – NYY||15||bigken|
|176.|| Joe Borowski, RP – Cle||15||Tavish|
|177.|| Bronson Arroyo, SP – Cin||15||chris|
|178.|| James Loney, 1B – LAD||15||OldStyle|
|179.|| Billy Butler, 1B/OF – KC||15||J35J|
|180.|| Kevin Youkilis, 1B/3B – Bos||15||LL|
|181.|| Kenny Lofton, OF – FA||16||LL|
|182.|| Zack Greinke, SP – KC||16||J35J|
|183.|| Mark Buerhle, SP – CHW||16||OldStyle|
|184.|| Khalil Greene, SS – SD||16||chris|
|185.|| Rich Harden, SP – Oak||16||Tavish|
|186.|| Todd Jones, RP – Det||16||bigken|
|187.|| Troy Percival, RP – TB||16||ABS|
|188.|| Jeremy Hermida, OF – Fla||16||BP|
|189.|| Dontrelle Willis, SP – Det||16||Sim|
|190.|| Barry Zito, SP – SF||16||Pogo|
|191.|| CJ Wilson, RP – Tex||16||daullaz|
|192.||Jonathan Broxton, RP – LAD||16||Poker|
|193.||Michael Bourn, OF – Hou||17||Poker|
|194.|| Willy Taveras, OF – Col||17||daullaz|
|195.|| Jeremy Accardo, RP – Tor||17||Pogo|
|196.|| Kosuke Fukudome, OF – ChC||17||Sim|
|197.|| Kaz Matsui, 2B – Hou||17||BP|
|198.|| Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B – SD||17||ABS|
|199.|| Justin Upton, OF – Ari||17||bigken|
|200.|| Joe Blanton, SP – Oak||17||Tavish|
|201.|| Julio Lugo, SS – Bos||17||chris|
|202.|| Josh Fields, 3B/OF – ChW||17||OldStyle|
|203.|| Adam LaRoche, 1B – Pit||17||J35J|
|204.|| Scott Baker, SP – Min||17||LL|
|205.|| Conor Jackson, 1B – Ari||18||LL|
|206.|| Hank Blalock, 3B – Tex||18||J35J|
|207.|| Tom Gorzelanny, SP – Pit||18||OldStyle|
|208.|| Rafael Betancourt, RP – Cle||18||chris|
|209.|| Ivan Rodriguez, C – Det||18||Tavish|
|210.|| Jon Lester, SP – Bos||18||bigken|
|211.|| Ervin Santana, SP – Ana||18||ABS|
|212.|| Pat Neshek, RP – Min||18||BP|
|213.|| Bill Hall, OF – Mil||18||Sim|
|214.|| Rocco Baldelli, OF – TB||18||Pogo|
|215.|| Rafael Perez, RP – Cle||18||daullaz|
|216.||Curt Schilling, SP – Bos||18||Poker|
|217.||Heath Bell, RP – SD||19||Poker|
|218.|| Ryan Theriot, MI – CHC||19||daullaz|
|219.|| Frank Thomas, DH – Tor||19||Pogo|
|220.|| Ryan Garko, 1B – Cle||19||Sim|
|221.|| Richie Sexson, 1B – Sea||19||BP|
|222.|| Brian Fuentes, RP – Col||19||ABS|
|223.|| Gil Meche, SP – KC||19||bigken|
|224.|| Lastings Milledge, OF – Was||19||Tavish|
|225.|| Jay Bruce, OF – Cin||19||chris|
|226.|| Kerry Wood, RP – ChC||19||OldStyle|
|227.|| Carlos Villanueva, SP – Mil||19||J35J|
|228.|| Bob Howry, RP – ChC||19||LL|
|229.|| Jon Rauch, RP – Was||20||LL|
|230.|| Hideki Okajima, RP – Bos||20||J35J|
|231.|| Masahide Kobayashi, RP – Cle||20||OldStyle|
|232.|| Andy Pettitte, SP – NYY||20||chris|
|233.|| David DeJesus, OF – KC||20||Tavish|
|234.|| Chad Qualls, RP – Ari||20||bigken|
|235.|| Andrew Miller, SP – Fla||20||ABS|
|236.|| Jason Varitek, C – Bos||20||BP|
|237.|| Jeremy Guthrie, SP – Bal||20||Sim|
|238.|| Bengie Molina, C – SF||20||Pogo|
|239.|| Shaun Marcum, SP – Tor||20||daullaz|
|240.||Barry Bonds, OF – FA||20||Poker|
|241.||Mark Prior, SP – SD||21||Poker|
|242.|| Scott Shields, RP – Ana||21||daullaz|
|243.|| Randy Wolf, SP – SD||21||Pogo|
|244.|| Geovany Soto, C – CHC||21||Sim|
|245.|| Orlando Hernandez, SP – NYM||21||BP|
|246.|| Melky Cabrera, OF – NYY||21||ABS|
|247.|| Evan Longoria, 3B – TB||21||bigken|
|248.|| Garret Anderson, OF – Ana||21||Tavish|
|249.|| Josh Willingham, OF – Fla||21||chris|
|250.|| Mark Teahen, OF – KC||21||OldStyle|
|251.|| Luke Scott, OF – Bal||21||J35J|
|252.||Joel Zumaya, RP – Det||21||LL|
ABS=Another Blown Save
LL=The Loveable Losers
No shocks here, with Big Papi’s 1B eligibility (under Yahoo rules) justifiably seeing him picked at number 11. In a league where Ortiz is eligible only as a DH, he may be bumped out for Prince Fielder, but then again, maybe not!
Best pick: I’ve seen many drafts where Johan Santana is going in the middle of the second round, or even later. He still has first round value in my eyes.
Worst pick: None
First real surprise was to see Jake Peavy taken at #13 as LL went with two starters back-to-back. He later revealed his draft strategy to be that of dominating pitching, whilst scoring highly in Runs, Stolen Bases, and Average. Eight outfielders left the board in this round, suggesting that, if you want a member of the top tier on your roster, you need to draft him in the first two rounds.
Best pick: Mark Teixiera had a great second half to the season with Atlanta. He could easily produce first-round value from the 22nd pick.
Worst pick: Sorry, but I don’t buy into LL’s strategy as being a winner! Taking Peavy meant that his first bat wouldn’t come until 35 players are off the board.
If you miss out on Utley, you need to have an early draft position if you want to get either Upton or Phillips in Round 3. First catcher off the board was Victor Martinez at #34, whilst three teams used this round to take their ace starter.
Best pick: None really stand out as super-value picks.
Worst pick: Figgins was drafted at least a round early at #31 – Ken could almost certainly have got him on the way back in Round 4.
Several good-value picks here, as players who have been going in the third round in many mocks found their way through the net. Atkins, Morneau, Dunn, Hafner, and Lee could all prove to be bargains if you can get them in the fourth. In the battle of the super-hyped outfielders, Markakis went six picks before Rios.
Best pick: Ken bounces back by grabbing the near certainty of 40 home runs from Adam Dunn, the low average being offset by the hitters already on his team.
Worst pick: None
BP shocked the draft by taking Cory Hart with the fifth pick of this round, as several people (myself included) were thinking of targeting him a couple of rounds later. After a superb rookie season, Tulowitzki became the fifth SS drafted.
Best pick: With two power guys, and two multi-category producers, I needed a speedster, and to be able to fill my 2B spot with Brian Roberts this late was very satisfying!
Worst pick: Sorry to pick on LL again, but I’m not confident that Chris Young will live up to this value. With the strategy that he adopted, there were other SPs still available who I think would have been better choices.
The closer run began in this round. The four at the top of most people’s rankings (exact order much debated) went off the board, along with a few slugging first basemen.
Best pick: Pretty decent value all round, as again there were several players taken who could produce 4th round value or even better. I especially like Carlos Zambrano at #72 overall.
Worst pick: No horrible picks in this round, although I personally won’t be drafting Eric Byrnes in the 6th, despite what he did last year. Maybe he’ll repeat 2007, but I think there’s every chance that he’ll regress. Happy to be proved wrong, though!
The last three SS that I would be happy to have as my starter went in this round (frustratingly before they got to me!). Round 7 also saw the last three of the top five catchers taken… the next one wouldn’t be taken until Round 13.
Best pick: OK, so he doesn’t strike out as many people as some of the elite starters, but Old Style has got to be happy to get an ace of the caliber of Roy Halladay with the 82nd pick of the draft.
Worst pick: Ugh. I hate drafting catchers early, but seeing the three SS I was targeting for this round all taken led me impulsively to take Joe Mauer. OK, it’s not a terrible choice, but, as it cost me either my second starter or third OF, it meant that I was playing catch-up for the rest of the draft.
A fascinating round which saw a mix of up-and-coming youngsters, old vets, and bounce-back candidates drafted. I took Rivera, thinking that a lot of teams would be grabbing their first closer before my next pick – it didn’t happen, suggesting that you may be able to wait on taking closers for quite a long time, should you so choose.
Best pick: He won’t get many wins with the Giants, but the rest of what he provides makes Matt Cain a nice pick-up for Sim here.
Worst pick: Quite a few gambles in this round; any of them could be inspirational or disastrous! If I’d known I could wait a couple more rounds for my first closer, I’d have drafted Cain over Rivera here.
This round saw many teams taking their second or third OF; unsurprising, as after these names, there are very few left that we should feel comfortable with in our starting fantasy lineups.
Best pick: Hard to choose, because so many of these picks could be huge: Sheets (if he stays healthy), Sheffield (ditto), Andruw (bounce-back candidate), and Dice-K (second season).
Worst pick: Not a fan of the AJ Burnett pick: I would take all the starters who went in Round 10 ahead of him.
Pitching, pitching, and more pitching! Several teams added quality arms to their rotation, whilst others get good value for their first closer.
Best pick: Pogo somehow managed to get Trevor Hoffman as the 11th closer drafted at pick #118.
Worst pick: None
The round begins with a couple of gambles in Pedro & Liriano; we all know what their upside is! Another round dominated by pitching, as most teams have their offense mostly sorted and are looking to get the mid-round pitching bargains.
Best pick: Like Cain, Ian Snell is an undervalued pitcher because of the team he plays for. I had him all lined up at the top of my board, and had to settle for Brad Penny instead when ABS beat me to it!
Worst pick: Aaron Rowand is THE offense for the Giants this year. I don’t see him producing anything like his 2007 numbers in 2008.
Some more good value picks such as Lowell, Delgado, & Jered Weaver all go in this round. My personal favorite though, is…
Best pick: Jeff Kent – if you read my Two Up, Two Down: 2B article, you’ll know that I think Kent is being seriously undervalued this year. Should do a good job for BP’s team.
Worst pick: Solid picks across the board in this round.
This round saw a number of teams fill the holes in their batting lineups (I took Burrell for my utility spot), along with a few fliers on the likes of Ellsbury and Marmol (will he be the closer for the Cubs?).
Best pick: BP gets my vote again with the nice selection of Encarnacion, a 3B that many are predicting to have a breakout season.
Worst pick: I’ll say Johjima only in so much that, as the rest of the draft will prove, ABS could have got a catcher who will give similar production much, much later.
Frustratingly for me, the guy I wanted as my starting SS got drafted by a team who already had a SS (thanks a lot LL!). Still, I was happy to get Bondo in this round – he has the talent to bounce back from last year’s struggles. Kemp, Kendrick, & Votto could also be super-valuable 14th-round picks.
Best pick: I have to choose one of mine now and again! And I do like Bonderman this late!
Worst pick: None in this round.
More upside picks that could be fantastic… or fall flat on their faces! Of course, at this late stage, the risks are worth taking. Griffey Jr. for example, could be a fantastic pick if he can stay healthy, as could RJ.
Best pick: I’m going for J35J’s pick of Billy Butler. I don’t think we saw what he’s truly capable of last year, and expect the power to really come to light in 2008. The dual eligibility is an added bonus.
Worst pick: Again, it’s hard to find a bad pick in this round.
I finally got a SS by getting decent value in Khalil Greene (who I backed up in the next round with Lugo). The last few probable closers left the board, along with a few upside starters.
Best pick: We keep expecting him to lose his role, but Todd Jones keeps racking up the saves for arguably the best team in the AL, and with his main rival out for half the year, this is a nice addition to Ken’s bullpen.
Worst pick: LL rushed his picks here, and ended up with a guy in Lofton who doesn’t currently have a team.
We’re well into the rounds where the draftees’ sleepers began to emerge. Backup hitters started to join the bench, and the rotations were close to completion.
Best pick: After a slow start, Kouzmanoff really picked things up in the second half of 2007. ABS picked up a nice bargain in this round. Also a good job by daullaz to get the speed of Taveras this late.
Worst pick: Kaz Matsui has had one decent season in four tries… and that was when he played half his games at Coors Field. I can’t see him producing much of value at all this year.
I was hoping to get Gorzelanny, so I was gutted when he went the pick before me. Took Betancourt instead, to find that several people were hoping to draft him as well! He was one of three middle relievers to go in this round – a reminder that even if your league doesn’t count holds, they can still give an effective boost to your strikeouts and ratios.
Best pick: Last year wasn’t a good year for him, and there are genuine injury concerns, but taking Curt Schilling at the end of round 18 is a low-risk, huge-reward pick for Poker.
Worst pick: 2007 was a shocking year for Ervin Santana… and the current talk is that he will be the odd man out in the battle for a place in the Angels’ rotation. If that turns out to be the case, I can’t see him having any value whatsoever in 2008.
These rounds were mainly used to fill out bench spots. Worth noting though, that five teams got their starting catcher in these rounds; or they would have if Ken hadn’t miscounted the rounds and forgotten to take one! Lots of sleeper/upside/gamble picks in these rounds. I went for Jay Bruce – probably a bit early in Round 19, but worth the risk at the cost of a bench spot. BP took a chance on Richie Sexson finding his power again and several more middle relievers found their way onto various rosters.
Best pick: Take your choice! Longoria is an interesting final round flier by Ken (AL Rookie of the Year?); Prior and Bonds both have the talent to be worth late gambles; and there are a number of closers-in-waiting who should give decent ratios while managers wait to see if they get any save opportunities.
Worst pick: Tough to have a bad pick this late into the draft, although I would expect several of the pitchers drafted in these rounds to be free agents by the end of April.
So there you have it! Interesting to see some of the names who didn’t make the cut in the draft – we’re missing the bats of Giambi, Pedroia, Glaus, Rolen, Peralta, and Cuddyer, whilst on the pitching side, no one fancied stashing Chris Carpenter on the DL in the hope that he comes back strong.
Many thanks to my fellow mockers! Hopefully this will prove a useful tool in your preparation for the upcoming season!
Chris Routledge is one of a growing number of Brits infiltrating the Cafe, and is the historical three-time champion of the H2H World Series, which makes up a little for the constant frustration that is synonymous with being a Mets fan. Catch up with him in the Cafe under the username chris8.
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