Mock DraftsJanuary 27, 2009


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2009 Cafeholics Mock Draft

By Chris Routledge

Now in its third Year, here are the results of the 2009 Cafeholics Mock Draft. As always, it is a 21-round draft – Roto scoring – for a standard Yahoo roster: nine hitters, seven pitchers and five bench spots to be used as the ‘Mockers’ see fit. It began on January third and took slightly over three weeks, ending on January 27th.

Following the draft are the author’s personal reflections on each round. Feel free to vent your disagreement over any observations in the appropriate Forum!

Pick #PlayerRoundTeam
1.Hanley Ramirez SS Fla
1Big Pimpin
2. Albert Pujols 1B Stl
1RUmp
3.  Alex Rodriguez, 3B NYY
1Chris8
4.   David Wright, 3B NYM
1zepfan
5.    Miguel Cabrera, 1B/3B Det
1ensanimal
6.     Jose Reyes, SS NYM
1Boomer
7.      Grady Sizemore, OF Cle
1BigLebowski
8.       Ryan Braun, OF Mil
1Mugrila
9.        Josh Hamilton, OF Tex
1Old_Style
10.         Mark Teixeira, 1B NYY
1Dodger
11.          Chase Utley, 2B Phi
1daullaz
12.           Ryan Howard, 1B Phi
1Polo
13.           Ian Kinsler, 2B Tex
2Polo
14.          Carlos Beltran, OF NYM
2daullaz
15.         Matt Holiday, OF Oak
2Dodger
16.        Jimmy Rollins, SS Phi
2Old_Style
17.       Prince Fielder, 1B Mil
2Mugrila
18.      Johan Santana, SP NYM
2BigLebowski
19.     Lance Berkman, 1B Hou
2Boomer
20.    Alfonso Soriano, OF CHC
2ensanimal
21.   CC Sabathia, SP NYY
2zepfan
22.  BJ Upton, OF TB
2Chris8
23. Evan Longoria, 3B TB
2RUmp
24.Manny Ramirez, OF FA
2Big Pimpin
25.Carlos Lee, OF Hou
3Big Pimpin
26. Tim Lincecum, SP SF
3RUmp
27.  Justin Morneau, 1B Min
3Chris8
28.   Matt Kemp, OF LAD
3zepfan
29.    Carlos Quentin, OF CWS
3ensanimal
30.     Brandon Phillips, 2B Cin
3Boomer
31.      Aramis Ramirez, 3B CHC
3BigLebowski
32.       Cole Hamels, SP Phi
3Mugrila
33.        Jason Bay, OF Bos
3Old_Style
34.         Nick Markakis, OF Bal
3Dodger
35.          Roy Halladay, SP Tor
3daullaz
36.           Jake Peavy, SP SD
3Polo
37.           Vlad Guerrero, OF Ana
4Polo
38.          Adrian Gonzalez, 1B SD
4daullaz
39.         Brian Roberts, 2B Bal
4Dodger
40.        Brandon Webb, SP Ari
4Old_Style
41.       Carl Crawford, OF TB
4Mugrila
42.      Alex Rios, OF Tor
4BigLebowski
43.     Adam Dunn, OF FA
4Boomer
44.    Dan Haren, SP Ari
4ensanimal
45.   Dustin Pedroia, 2B Bos
4zepfan
46.  Ichiro, OF Sea
4Chris8
47. Curtis Granderson, OF Det
4RUmp
48.David Ortiz, DH Bos
4Big Pimpin
49.Jonathan Papelbon, RP Bos
5Big Pimpin
50. Kevin Youkilis, 1B/3B Bos
5RUmp
51.  Joe Nathan, RP Min
5Chris8
52.   Francisco Rodriguez, RP NYM
5zepfan
53.    Brian McCann, C Atl
5ensanimal
54.     Russell Martin, C LAD
5Boomer
55.      Corey Hart, OF Mil
5BigLebowski
56.       Chipper Jones, 3B Atl
5Mugrila
57.        Magglio Ordonez, OF Det
5Old_Style
58.         Chad Billingsley, SP LAD
5Dodger
59.          Joe Mauer, C Min
5daullaz
60.           Bobby Abreu, OF FA
5Polo
61.           Mariano Rivera, RP NYY
6Polo
62.          Jacoby Ellsbury, OF Bos
6daullaz
63.         Nate McClouth, OF Pit
6Dodger
64.        Alexei Ramirez, 2B/SS CWS
6Old_Style
65.       Stephen Drew, SS Ari
6Mugrila
66.      Dan Uggla, 2B Fla
6BigLebowski
67.     Garrett Atkins, 3B Col
6Boomer
68.    Shane Victorino, OF Phi
6ensanimal
69.   Carlos Pena, 1B TB
6zepfan
70.  Troy Tulowitzki, SS Col
6Chris8
71. Felix Hernandez, SP Sea
6RUmp
72.Derrick Lee, 1B CHC
6Big Pimpin
73.Josh Beckett, SP Bos
7Big Pimpin
74. Ryan Ludwick, OF StL
7RUmp
75.  John Lackey, SP Ana
7Chris8
76.   James Shields, SP TB
7zepfan
77.    Scott Kazmir, SP TB
7ensanimal
78.     Chris Davis, 1B/3B Tex
7Boomer
79.      Ervin Santana, SP Ana
7BigLebowski
80.       Jon Lester, SP Bos
7Mugrila
81.        Roy Oswalt, SP Hou
7Old_Style
82.         Rich Harden, SP CHC
7Dodger
83.          Rafael Furcal, SS LAD
7daullaz
84.           Michael Young, SS Tex
7Polo
85.           Joey Votto, 1B Cin
8Polo
86.          Aubrey Huff, 1B/3B Bal
8daullaz
87.         Derek Jeter, SS NYY
8Dodger
88.        Brad Lidge, RP Phi
8Old_Style
89.       Ben Sheets, SP FA
8Mugrila
90.      JJ Hardy, SS Mil
8BigLebowski
91.     Hunter Pence, OF Hou
8Boomer
92.    Chone Figgins, 2B/3B Ana
8ensanimal
93.   Jhonny Peralta, SS Cle
8zepfan
94.  Joakim Soria, RP KC
8Chris8
95. Zack Greinke, SP KC
8RUmp
96.Geovany Soto, C ChC
8Big Pimpin
97.Ryan Zimmerman, 3B Was
9Big Pimpin
98. Francisco Liriano, SP Min
9RUmp
99.  Robinson Cano, 2B NYY
9Chris8
100.   Victor Martinez, C/1B Cle
9zepfan
101.    Jose Valverde, RP Hou
9ensanimal
102.     Carlos Zambrano, SP ChC
9Boomer
103.      Carlos Delgado, 1B NYM
9BigLebowski
104.       Bobby Jenks, RP ChW
9Mugrila
105.        Jermaine Dye, OF ChW
9Old_Style
106.         Jay Bruce, OF Cin
9Dodger
107.          Cliff Lee, SP Cle
9daullaz
108.           Yovani Gallardo, SP Mil
9Polo
109.           Adam Wainwright, SP StL
10Polo
110.          Brian Fuentes, RP Ana
10daullaz
111.         Ricky Nolasco, SP Fla
10Dodger
112.        Edinson Volquez, SP Cin
10Old_Style
113.       Vernon Wells, OF Tor
10Mugrila
114.      Javier Vazquez, SP Atl
10BigLebowski
115.     Justin Verlander, SP Det
10Boomer
116.    Paul Konerko, 1B ChW
10ensanimal
117.   Chris B Young, OF Ari
10zepfan
118.  AJ Burnett, SP NYY
10Chris8
119. Kerry Wood, RP Cle
10RUmp
120.Matt Cain, SP SF
10Big Pimpin
121.BJ Ryan, RP Tor
11Big Pimpin
122. Jonathan Broxton, RP LAD
11RUmp
123.  Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP Bos
11Chris8
124.   Torii Hunter, OF Ana
11zepfan
125.    Francisco Cordero, RP Cin
11ensanimal
126.     Lastings Milledge, OF Was
11Boomer
127.      Carlos Marmol, RP CHC
11BigLebowski
128.       Andre Ethier, OF LAD
11Mugrila
129.        Matt Capps, RP Pit
11Old_Style
130.         Joba Chamberlain, SP NYY
11Dodger
131.          Johnny Damon, OF NYY
11daullaz
132.           Trevor Hoffman, RP Mil
11Polo
133.           Jorge Cantu, 1B/3B Fla
12Polo
134.          David Price, SP TB
12daullaz
135.         Brian Wilson, RP SF
12Dodger
136.        Adrian Beltre, 3B Sea
12Old_Style
137.       Mike Aviles, 2B/SS KC
12Mugrila
138.      Chris Young, SP SD
12BigLebowski
139.     Matt Lindstrom, RP Fla
12Boomer
140.    Miguel Tejada, SS Hou
12ensanimal
141.   Heath Bell, RP SD
12zepfan
142.  Pat Burrell, OF TB
12Chris8
143. Adam Jones, OF Bal
12RUmp
144.Raul Ibanez, OF Phi
12Big Pimpin
145.Matt Garza, SP TB
13Big Pimpin
146. Howie Kendrick, 2B Ana
13RUmp
147.  Jim Thome, DH ChW
13Chris8
148.   Jayson Werth, OF Phi
13zepfan
149.    Eric Bedard, SP Sea
13ensanimal
150.     John Danks, SP ChW
13Boomer
151.      Mike Gonzalez, RP Atl
13BigLebowski
152.       Huston Street, RP Col
13Mugrila
153.        Ted Lilly, SP ChC
13Old_Style
154.         Aaron Harang, SP Cin
13Dodger
155.          Ryan Dempster, SP, CHC
13daullaz
156.           Kevin Slowey SP Min
13Polo
157.           Justin Upton, OF Ari
14Polo
158.          Scott Baker, SP Min
14daullaz
159.         Joey Devine, RP Oak
14Dodger
160.        Chad Qualls, RP Ari
14Old_Style
161.       Alex Gordon, 3B KC
14Mugrila
162.      Josh Johnson, SP Fla
14BigLebowski
163.     Max Scherzer, SP Ari
14Boomer
164.    Brad Hawpe, OF Col
14ensanimal
165.   Chien Ming Wang, SP NYY
14zepfan
166.  Derek Lowe, SP Atl
14Chris8
167. Nelson Cruz, OF Tex
14RUmp
168.Brett Myers, SP Phi
14Big Pimpin
169.Randy Johnson, SP SF
15Big Pimpin
170. Troy Percival, RP TB
15RUmp
171.  Chris Iannetta, C Col
15Chris8
172.   Brandon Morrow, SP/RP, Sea
15zepfan
173.    Gil Meche, SP, KC
15ensanimal
174.     Joel Hanrahan, RP, Was
15Boomer
175.      Mark Reynolds, 3B, Ari
15BigLebowski
176.       Justin Duchscherer, SP, Oak
15Mugrila
177.        Ryan Doumit, C, Pit
15Old_Style
178.         Troy Glaus, 3B, Stl
15Dodger
179.          Conor Jackson, 1B/OF, Ari
15daullaz
180.           Pablo Sandoval, C/CI, SF
15Polo
181.           Carlos Gomez, OF, Min
16Polo
182.          Chris Perez, RP, Stl
16daullaz
183.         Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD
16Dodger
184.        James Loney, 1B, LAD
16Old_Style
185.       John Maine, SP, NYM
16Mugrila
186.      Jose Lopez, 1B/2B, Sea
16BigLebowski
187.     Fausto Carmona, SP, Cle
16Boomer
188.    Elijah Dukes, OF, Was
16ensanimal
189.   Jered Weaver, SP, Ana
16zepfan
190.  Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Col
16Chris8
191. Rickie Weeks, 2B, Mil
16RUmp
192.Kelly Johnson, 2B, Atl
16Big Pimpin
193.Willy Taveras, OF, Cin
17Big Pimpin
194. Frank Francisco, RP, Tex
17RUmp
195.  Oliver Perez, SP, FA
17Chris8
196.   Adam LaRoche, 1B Pit
17zepfan
197.    Johnny Cueto, SP Cin
17ensanimal
198.     Ryan Theriot, 2B/SS ChC
17Boomer
199.      Mike Jacobs, 1B KC
17BigLebowski
200.       Chris Carpenter, SP StL
17Mugrila
201.        Coco Crisp, OF, KC
17Old_Style
202.         Matt Wieters, C, Bal
17Dodger
203.          George Sherrill, RP Bal
17daullaz
204.           Hiroki Kuroda, SP LAD
17Polo
205.           Fernando Rodney, RP Det
18Polo
206.          Wandy Rodriguez, SP Hou
18daullaz
207.         Milton Bradley, OF ChC
18Dodger
208.        Jair Jurrjens, SP Atl
18Old_Style
209.       Jorge Posada, C NYY
18Mugrila
210.      John Smoltz, SP Bos
18BigLebowski
211.     Jose Arredondo, RP Ana
18Boomer
212.    Mark Derosa, 2B/3B/OF Cle
18ensanimal
213.   Phil Hughes, SP NYY
18zepfan
214.  Nick Swisher, 1B/OF NYY
18Chris8
215. Billy Butler, 1B KC
18RUmp
216.Edwin Encarnacion, 3B Cin
18Big Pimpin
217.Delmon Young, OF Min
19Big Pimpin
218. Grant Balfour, RP TB
19RUmp
219.  JJ Putz, RP NYM
19Chris8
220.   Joe Saunders, SP Ana
19zepfan
221.    Yunel Escobar, SS Atl
19ensanimal
222.     Brandon Lyon, RP Det
19Boomer
223.      Chris Ray, RP Bal
19BigLebowski
224.       Gavin Floyd, SP ChW
19Mugrila
225.        Mark Buehrle, SP ChW
19Old_Style
226.         Hank Blalock, 3B Tex
19Dodger
227.          Clint Barmes, 2B/SS Col
19daullaz
228.           Cameron Maybin, OF Fla
19Polo
229.           Brad Ziegler, RP Oak
20Polo
230.          Dan Wheeler, RP TB
20daullaz
231.         Manny Parra, SP Mil
20Dodger
232.        Ian Stewart, 2B/3B Col
20Old_Style
233.       Ty Wigginton, 3B/OF FA
20Mugrila
234.      Randy Winn, OF SF
20BigLebowski
235.     Chris Volstad, SP Fla
20Boomer
236.    Rafael Perez, RP Cle
20ensanimal
237.   Todd Wellemeyer, SP StL
20zepfan
238.  Joel Zumaya, RP Det
20Chris8
239. Orlando Cabrera, SS
20RUmp
240.Hong-Chih Kuo, RP LAD
20Big Pimpin
241.Jonathan Sanchez, SP SF
21Big Pimpin
242. Mike Napoli, C Ana
21RUmp
243.  Hideki Matsui, OF NYY
21Chris8
244.   Clay Buchholz, SP Bos
21zepfan
245.    Rafael Soriano, RP Atl
21ensanimal
246.     Josh Fields, 3B CWS
21Boomer
247.      Ramon Hernandez, C Cin
21BigLebowski
248.       Travis Hafner, DH Cle
21Mugrila
249.        Kevin Gregg, RP CHC
21Old_Style
250.         Bengie Molina, C SF
21Dodger
251.          Xavier Nady, OF NYY
21daullaz
252.           Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B SD21Polo

Big Pimpin=Big Pimpin
RUmp=raiders_umpire
Chris8=Chris8
zepfan=zepfan
ensanimal=ensanimal
Boomer=OneLoveBoomer
BigLebowski=BigLebowski
Mugrila=Mugrila
Old_Style=Old_Style
Dodger=The Artful Dodger
daullaz=daullaz
Polo=Grounded Polo

Reflections on the draft

Rounds 1 & 2

It was mildly surprising to see Miggy Cabrera take the #5 spot ahead of Reyes, but not a huge shock, as I would probably do the same. Chase Utley made it into the first round at #11, two picks ahead of Ian Kinsler in the battle to be the first-drafted second baseman. Only two starters went in the first two rounds – Johan Santana (expected) and CC Sabathia (perhaps a surprise in front of Tim Lincecum). I was happy to find ARod waiting at pick #3, and took BJ Upton on the way back after trying to decide between him and Carlos Lee. That said, if I didn’t already have ARod, I would probably have taken Evan Longoria over both outfielders.

Rounds 3 & 4

Much debate took place in the draft over Matt Kemp’s selection at #28 overall, ahead of the likes of Bay, Markakis and Crawford. Brandon Phillips fell further than he perhaps should, while reigning AL MVP Pedroia was actually the fifth second-base man to be drafted, behind mainstays Phillips and Roberts. Vladimir Guerrero, Carl Crawford, Ichiro Suzuki and David Ortiz all fell further than they have been drafted in a long time, while a number of aces found their way on to rosters in these two rounds. Having taken Morneau for some power, the speed/AVG combo that Ichiro provides was too good to allow him to fall any further.

Rounds 5 & 6

BP took the first closer in Papelbon at the start of Round five, prompting a mini-run which saw Joe Nathan & Francisco Rodriguez taken almost immediately. Brian McCann won the race to be the first catcher drafted (Martin & Mauer following soon after); while Round six saw a number of younger hitters drafted of whom a lot is expected this year – the likes of Stephen Drew, Alexei Ramirez & Jacoby Ellsbury. I took Joe Nathan more by default, as there were no hitters or starters I really liked at this point, followed by Troy Tulowitzki at the end of the sixth – believing – and rightly so – that there would be a big run on shortstops before it got back to me at the end of Round eight.

Rounds 7 & 8

There was a run on starters and shortstops in these two rounds. I was quite surprised to see Roy Oswalt slip behind Ervin Santana and Jon Lester, whilst Rich Harden was drafted before the news of his latest injury was announced. Probably the last of the reliable shortstops went with the pick of Jhonny Peralta – Furcal, Young, Jeter and Hardy all having gone shortly before him. I was happy to get John Lackey as my ace at the start of Round seven, and took Joakim Soria in round eight to try a different strategy to normal. Taking two of the top six closers left me free to pretty much forget about that position for the rest of the draft.

Rounds 9 & 10

A lot more starters went in these two rounds, as did a number of closers, while other teams filled in some of the holes in their rosters. Cliff Lee slipped all the way to the end of round nine – perhaps a little over-cautious of us to leave him on the board that long. Just before him, The Artful Dodger drafted Jay Bruce, with much expectation on his shoulders as he enters his first full Major League season. I took Robinson Cano for my 2B spot – it felt like decent value for the ninth round considering the dearth of decent hitters left at that position. That was followed by AJ Burnett in Round ten – should get lots of Ks and Wins with the Yankees, if he can only stay healthy.

Rounds 11 & 12

A nice little bargain for Mugrila in Andre Ethier at #128 overall, in my opinion. With Andruw Jones out of LA, I think Ethier is a good bet to be a top 100 player this year. Daullaz was the ‘Holic to throw down the gauntlet on David Price, drafting him at #134 – about right for a single-season league. I took my third starter in Round 11, pleasantly surprised to see Daisuke Matsuzaka still around. Also good was being able to draft the 30 HR power of Pat Burrell towards the end of Round 12.

Rounds 13 & 14

A very interesting mix of pitching was drafted in these two rounds. Bounce-back candidates (Erik Bedard, Aaron Harang) went alongside young guns and surprises from 2008 (Matt Garza, John Danks, Kevin Slowey, Ryan Dempster and more). I liked zepfan’s pick of Jayson Werth at #148, while a guy who is getting a lot of attention as a sleeper for 2009, Nelson Cruz, seems like good value for RUmp at #167. I bolstered my power numbers with Jim Thome, following that up with Derek Lowe as my 4th starter.

Rounds 15 & 16

A lot of potential bargains here, especially in Round 16. I especially like the picks of Clayton Kershaw, Elijah Dukes and Jered Weaver. I decided to take my catcher at the start of Round 15 – Chris Iannetta – although subsequent events proved that I could have waited much longer. In Round 16, I was unavailable, so my reliable stand-in (GiantsFan) fleshed out the starting pitching with Ubaldo Jiminez (and then Ollie Perez in Round 17).

Rounds 17 & 18

We’re into the realms of picking the bench players and sleepers to round out rosters. Much-hyped Matt Wieters went to The Artful Dodger at pick #202, while it was a mild surprise to see guys like Edwin Encarnacion and Nick Swisher fall so far. I was very happy to have Swisher as a dual-position backup this late!

Round 19, 20 & 21

After much hype and subsequent disappointment, Delmon Young fell all the way to Round 19. If he finally lives up to some of the hype, this could be a huge value pick. There was still tremendous value at the catching position available even in the last round – I’d be quite happy to have Mike Napoli, Bengie Molina or Ramon Hernandez as my starter in a 12-team league. To end my draft, I took a couple of middle relievers in JJ Putz & Joel Zumaya, who should put up decent ratios whilst picking up the odd save here or there. Finally, how the mighty have fallen. Hideki Matsui was still available at the start of Round 21 – he’s fallen far in a couple of years, but far enough to be out of the top 250 players overall? Well, maybe…

So there you have it. My thanks to my fellow ‘Holics in putting this draft together. We hope it proves useful to you in your own drafts this year, and we await your comments with eager anticipation!

 
Chris Routledge is a Brit, a Mets fan, and the proud owner of a pretty good track record in the H2H World Series, now entering its fifth year of competition. He suffers the agonies that come with being a Newcastle United soccer fan, and patiently puts up with the Cafe Editors removing the 'u' from words like "favourite". Catch up with him in the Cafe under the username chris8.
 
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