Mock DraftsJanuary 13, 2009


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2009 Early Mock Draft

By Rafael Oliveira

It is never too early to start preparing for the upcoming season. Participating in a mock draft in one of the best ways to get a feel for how a draft might shape up in February or March. Twelve Fantasy Baseball Cafe members took on the task of taking part on a slow mock draft that started right after Thanksgiving and ended at the end of December.

The biggest question going into the draft was where Chase Utley would be drafted. Utley, an annual first round selection, was slated to be chosen there again before having hip surgery in late November. Nobody knows when Utley will be back in action, but even with these uncertainties surrounding his return and subsequent performance, Utley was still taken with the first pick of the second round.

It must be noted that this mock draft was done during an active period of free agent signings and trades. These transactions can drastically change a player’s value. J.J. Putz is a great example. At the time when he was taken in our draft (early 11th round), he was still slotted to be closing for the Seattle Mariners. This is fair value for a good closer. However, with him getting traded to the New York Mets, Putz holds little value in a 5X5 league because he will not be closing for the Mets in 2009 unless something happens to new closer Francisco Rodriguez.

Here are the results of the draft:

Pick #PlayerRoundTeam
1.Hanley Ramirez, SS – FLA
1Aqua
2. Alex Rodriguez, 3B – NYY
1oddman
3.  Albert Pujols, 1B – STL
1horatio
4.   David Wright, 3B – NYM
1Yoda
5.    Jose Reyes, SS – NYM
1R&C
6.     Miguel Cabrera, 1B/3B – DET
1KCollins
7.      Ryan Howard, 1B – PHI
1rjforlife
8.       Grady Sizemore, OF – CLE
1BP
9.        Ryan Braun, OF – MIL
1Snakes
10.         Josh Hamilton, OF – TEX
1kimchi
11.          Mark Teixeira, 1B – NYY
1Mikee
12.           Matt Holliday, OF – OAK
1Giants
13.           Chase Utley, 2B – PHI
2Giants
14.          Johan Santana, SP – NYM
2Mikee
15.         Carlos Beltran, OF – NYM
2kimchi
16.        Prince Fielder, 1B – MIL
2Snakes
17.       Lance Berkman, 1B – HOU
2BP
18.      Jimmy Rollins, SS – PHI
2rjforlife
19.     Alfonso Soriano, OF – CHC
2KCollins
20.    Tim Lincecum, SP – SF
2R&C
21.   Ian Kinsler, 2B – TEX
2Yoda
22.  C.C. Sabathia, SP – NYY
2horatio
23. Carlos Quentin, OF – CHW
2oddman
24.B.J. Upton, OF – TB
2Aqua
25.Evan Longoria, 3B – TB
3Aqua
26. Jake Peavy, SP – SDP
3oddman
27.  Manny Ramirez, OF – LAD
3horatio
28.   Carlos Lee, OF – HOU
3Yoda
29.    Justin Morneau, 1B – MIN
3R&C
30.     Jason Bay, OF – BOS
3KCollins
31.      Aramis Ramirez, 3B – CHC
3rjforlife
32.       Matt Kemp, OF – LAD
3BP
33.        Brandon Webb, SP – ARZ
3Snakes
34.         Vladimir Guerrero, OF – LAA
3kimchi
35.          Dustin Pedroia, 2B – BOS
3Mikee
36.           Adrian Gonzalez, 1B – SDP
3Giants
37.           Cole Hamels, SP – PHI
4Giants
38.          Roy Halladay, SP – TOR
4Mikee
39.         Ichiro Suzuki, OF – SEA
4kimchi
40.        Carl Crawford, OF – TB
4Snakes
41.       Brandon Phillips, 2B – CIN
4BP
42.      Nick Markakis, OF – BAL
4rjforlife
43.     Alex Rios, OF – TOR
4KCollins
44.    David Ortiz, DH – BOS
4R&C
45.   Curtis Granderson, OF – DET
4Yoda
46.  Brian Roberts, 2B – BAL
4horatio
47. Adam Dunn, OF – ARZ
4oddman
48.Corey Hart, OF – MIL
4Aqua
49.Dan Haren, SP – ARZ
5Aqua
50. Chad Billingsley, SP – LAD
5oddman
51.  Joe Mauer, C – MIN
5horatio
52.   Brian McCann, C – ATL
5Yoda
53.    Magglio Ordonez, OF – DET
5R&C
54.     Garrett Atkins, 1B/3B – COL
5KCollins
55.      Russell Martin, C – LAD
5rjforlife
56.       Kevin Youkilis, 1B/3B – BOS
5BP
57.        Chipper Jones, 3B – ATL
5Snakes
58.         Derrek Lee, 1B – CHC
5kimchi
59.          Stephen Drew, SS – ARZ
5Mikee
60.           Bobby Abreu, OF – NYY
5Giants
61.           Jonathan Papelbon, RP – BOS
6Giants
62.          Alexei Ramirez, 2B/SS/OF – CHW
6Mikee
63.         Carlos Pena, 1B – TB
6kimchi
64.        Nate McLouth, OF – PIT
6Snakes
65.       Shane Victorino, OF – PHI
6BP
66.      Ryan Ludwick, OF – STL
6rjforlife
67.     Jacoby Ellsbury, OF – BOS
6KCollins
68.    Francisco Rodriguez, RP – NYM
6R&C
69.   Scott Kazmir, SP – TB
6Yoda
70.  Joe Nathan, RP – MIN
6horatio
71. Troy Tulowitzki, SS – COL
6oddman
72.Dan Uggla, 2B – FLA
6Aqua
73.Rafael Furcal, SS – LAD
7Aqua
74. Felix Hernandez, SP – SEA
7oddman
75.  Aubrey Huff, 1B/3B – BAL
7horatio
76.   Mariano Rivera, RP – NYY
7Yoda
77.    Victor Martinez, C/1B – CLE
7R&C
78.     Brad Lidge, RP – PHI
7KCollins
79.      John Lackey, SP – LAA
7rjforlife
80.       Josh Beckett, SP – BOS
7BP
81.        Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP – BOS
7Snakes
82.         Michael Young, SS – TEX
7kimchi
83.          Vernon Wells, OF – TOR
7Mikee
84.           Roy Oswalt, SP – HOU
7Giants
85.           Geovany Soto, C – CHC
8Giants
86.          Jay Bruce, OF – CIN
8Mikee
87.         Hunter Pence, OF – HOU
8kimchi
88.        J.J. Hardy, SS – MIL
8Snakes
89.       Ben Sheets, SP – MIL
8BP
90.      Jose Valverde, RP – HOU
8rjforlife
91.     Jermaine Dye, OF – CHW
8KCollins
92.    Cliff Lee, SP – CLE
8R&C
93.   James Shields, SP – TB
8Yoda
94.  Rich Harden, SP – CHC
8horatio
95. Joey Votto, 1B – CIN
8oddman
96.Chris Davis, 1B/3B – TEX
8Aqua
97.Ervin Santana, SP – LAA
9Aqua
98. Robinson Cano, 2B – NYY
9oddman
99.  Bobby Jenks, RP – CHW
9horatio
100.   Johnny Damon, OF – NYY
9Yoda
101.    Chris B. Young, OF – ARZ
9R&C
102.     Jon Lester, SP – BOS
9KCollins
103.      Lastings Milledge, OF – WAS
9rjforlife
104.       Jhonny Peralta, SS – CLE
9BP
105.        Joakim Soria, RP – KC
9Snakes
106.         A.J. Burnett, SP – NYY
9kimchi
107.          Ryan Zimmerman, 3B – WAS
9Mikee
108.           Derek Jeter, SS – NYY
9Giants
109.           Torii Hunter, OF – LAA
10Giants
110.          Matt Capps, RP – PIT
10Mikee
111.         B.J. Ryan, RP – TOR
10kimchi
112.        Chone Figgins, 2B/3B – LAA
10Snakes
113.       Francisco Cordero, RP – CIN
10BP
114.      Joba Chamberlain, SP – NYY
10rjforlife
115.     Carlos Zambrano, SP – CHC
10KCollins
116.    Brad Hawpe, OF – COL
10R&C
117.   Carlos Delgado, 1B – NYM
10Yoda
118.  Jayson Werth, OF – PHI
10horatio
119. Yovani Gallardo, SP – MIL
10oddman
120.Jim Thome, DH – CHW
10Aqua
121.Zack Greinke, SP – KC
11Aqua
122. Jorge Cantu, 1B/3B – FLA
11oddman
123.  J.J. Putz, RP – NYM
11horatio
124.   Francisco Liriano, SP – MIN
11Yoda
125.    Miguel Tejada, SS – HOU
11R&C
126.     Javier Vazquez, SP – ATL
11KCollins
127.      Adam Wainwright, SP – STL
11rjforlife
128.       Matt Cain, SP – SF
11BP
129.        David Price, RP – TB
11Snakes
130.         Kerry Wood, RP – CLE
11kimchi
131.          Raul Ibanez, OF – PHI
11Mikee
132.           Edinson Volquez, SP – CIN
11Giants
133.           Ricky Nolasco, SP – FLA
12Giants
134.          Chien Ming Wang, SP – NYY
12Mikee
135.         Ryan Dempster, SP – CHC
12kimchi
136.        Andre Ethier, OF – LAD
12Snakes
137.       Milton Bradley, OF – CHC
12BP
138.      Pat Burrell, OF – TB
12rjforlife
139.     John Danks, SP – CHW
12KCollins
140.    Jonathan Broxton, RP – LAD
12R&C
141.   Paul Konerko, 1B – CHW
12Yoda
142.  Mike Aviles, 2B/SS/3B – KC
12horatio
143. Carlos Marmol, RP – CHC
12oddman
144.Justin Verlander, SP – DET
12Aqua
145.Adrian Beltre, 3B – SEA
13Aqua
146. Adam Jones, OF – BAL
13oddman
147.  Jose Arredondo, RP – LAA
13horatio
148.   Alex Gordon, 3B – KC
13Yoda
149.    Erik Bedard, SP – SEA
13R&C
150.     Yunel Escobar, SS – ATL
13KCollins
151.      Mark Reynolds, 3B – ARZ
13rjforlife
152.       Xavier Nady, OF – NYY
13BP
153.        Mike Gonzalez, RP – ATL
13Snakes
154.         Aaron Harang, SP – CIN
13kimchi
155.          Huston Street, RP – COL
13Mikee
156.           Brian Fuentes, RP – LAA
13Giants
157.           Nelson Cruz, OF – TEX
14Giants
158.          Carlos Gomez, OF – MIN
14Mikee
159.         Brett Myers, SP – PHI
14kimchi
160.        Chris Young, SP – SDP
14Snakes
161.       Brian Wilson, RP – SF
14BP
162.      Josh Johnson, SP – FLA
14rjforlife
163.     Heath Bell, RP – SDP
14KCollins
164.    Edwin Encarnacion, 3B – CIN
14R&C
165.   Clayton Kershaw, SP – LAD
14Yoda
166.  Chad Qualls, RP – ARZ
14horatio
167. Elijah Dukes, OF – WAS
14oddman
168.Conor Jackson, 1B – ARZ
14Aqua
169.Ted Lilly, SP – CHC
15Aqua
170. Chris Iannetta, C – COL
15oddman
171.  Eric Byrnes, OF – ARZ
15horatio
172.   Orlando Cabrera, SS – CHW
15Yoda
173.    Delmon Young, OF – MIN
15R&C
174.     Howie Kendrick, 2B – LAA
15KCollins
175.      Max Scherzer, RP – ARZ
15rjforlife
176.       Derek Lowe, SP – LAD
15BP
177.        Ryan Doumit, C – PIT
15Snakes
178.         Scott Baker, SP – MIN
15kimchi
179.          Mark DeRosa, 2B/3B – CLE
15Mikee
180.           Mike Cameron, OF – MIL
15Giants
181.           Pablo Sandoval, C/1B/3B – SF
16Giants
182.          J.D. Drew, OF – BOS
16Mikee
183.         Troy Glaus, 3B – STL
16kimchi
184.        Joey Devine, RP – OAK
16Snakes
185.       Matt Garza, SP – TB
16BP
186.      Justin Duscherer, SP – OAK
16rjforlife
187.     James Loney, 1B – LAD
16KCollins
188.    Kevin Slowey, SP – MIN
16R&C
189.   Kelly Johnson, 2B – ATL
16Yoda
190.  Brandon Morrow, SP – SEA
16horatio
191. Coco Crisp, OF – KC
16oddman
192.Matt Wieters, C – BAL
16Aqua
193.Justin Upton, OF – ARZ
17Aqua
194. Cameron Maybin, OF – FLA
17oddman
195.  Jose Lopez, 2B – SEA
17horatio
196.   Joel Hanrahan, RP – WAS
17Yoda
197.    Rickie Weeks, 2B – MIL
17R&C
198.     Gil Meche, SP – KC
17KCollins
199.      Jeremy Hermida, OF – FLA
17rjforlife
200.       Mike Jacobs, 1B – KC
17BP
201.        John Maine, SP – NYM
17Snakes
202.         Jered Weaver, SP – LAA
17kimchi
203.          Adam LaRoche, 1B – PIT
17Mikee
204.           Nick Swisher, 1B/OF – NYY
17Giants
205.           Ubaldo Jiminez, SP – COL
18Giants
206.          Fausto Carmona, SP – CLE
18Mikee
207.         Jason Giambi, 1B – OAK
18kimchi
208.        Hank Blalock, 3B – TEX
18Snakes
209.       Jorge Posada, C – NYY
18BP
210.      Jair Jurrjens, SP – ATL
18rjforlife
211.     Chris Carpenter, SP – STL
18KCollins
212.    Billy Butler, 1B – KC
18R&C
213.   Rick Ankiel, OF – STL
18Yoda
214.  Ty Wigginton, 3B/OF – HOU
18horatio
215. Johnny Cueto, SP – CIN
18oddman
216.Jason Kubel, OF – MIN
18Aqua
217.Jonathan Sanchez, SP – SF
19Aqua
218. Frank Francisco, RP – TEX
19oddman
219.  Hideki Matsui, OF – NYY
19horatio
220.   Randy Johnson, SP – SF
19Yoda
221.    Trevor Hoffman, RP – MIL
19R&C
222.     Matt Lindstrom, RP – FLA
19KCollins
223.      Brad Ziegler, RP – OAK
19rjforlife
224.       Phil Hughes, SP – NYY
19BP
225.        Joe Saunders, SP – LAA
19Snakes
226.         Oliver Perez, SP – NYM
19kimchi
227.          Brad Penny, SP – BOS
19Mikee
228.           Edgar Renteria, SS – SF
19Giants
229.           Mark Buehrle, SP – CHW
20Giants
230.          Ramon Hernandez, C – CIN
20Mikee
231.         Bengie Molina, C – SF
20kimchi
232.        Felipe Lopez, 2B – ARZ
20Snakes
233.       Placido Polanco, 2B – DET
20BP
234.      Ryan Theriot, SS – CHC
20rjforlife
235.     Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B – SDP
20KCollins
236.    Gavin Floyd, SP – CHW
20R&C
237.   Shin Soo Choo, OF – CLE
20Yoda
238.  Mike Lowell, 3B – BOS
20horatio
239. Chris Perez, RP – STL
20oddman
240.Grant Balfour, RP – TB
20Aqua
241.John Smoltz, SP – BOS
21Aqua
242. Ian Stewart, 2B/3B – COL
21oddman
243.  Denard Span, OF – MIN
21horatio
244.   George Sherrill, RP – BAL
21Yoda
245.    Jeff Francoeur, OF – ATL
21R&C
246.     Alexi Casilla, 2B – MIN
21KCollins
247.      Travis Hafner, DH – CLE
21rjforlife
248.       Kevin Gregg, RP – CHC
21BP
249.        Chase Headley, 3B/OF – SDP
21Snakes
250.         Orlando Hudson, 2B – ARZ
21kimchi
251.          David DeJesus, OF – KC
21Mikee
252.           Todd Helton, 1B – COL
21Giants
253.           Chris Ray, RP – BAL
22Giants
254.          Justin Masterson, SP – BOS
22Mikee
255.         Aaron Hill, 2B – TOR
22kimchi
256.        Carlos Gonzalez, OF – COL
22Snakes
257.       Randy Winn, OF – SF
22BP
258.      Clint Barmes, 2B/SS/3B – COL
22rjforlife
259.     Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C – TEX
22KCollins
260.    Clay Buchholz, SP – BOS
22R&C
261.   Neftali Feliz, SP – TEX
22Yoda
262.  Hiroki Kuroda, SP – LAD
22horatio
263. Manny Parra, SP – MIL
22oddman
264.Carlos Carrasco, SP – PHI
22Aqua

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