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Cafeholics Mock Draft 2010 - 17 comments

By Chris Routledge

Welcome to the 4th Annual Cafeholics Mock Draft! At the start of January, 12 stalwart members of the Cafe got together to mock one another about a standard Yahoo roto draft. Being an early mock, there are some anomalies – Carlos Beltran, for example, was drafted a couple of days before the news about his surgery broke; the general consensus was that he would have fallen a good number of rounds further if the news had come out a couple of days earlier.

Here are the results – all comments welcome! I’ve put my own thoughts after the draft – hopefully they will inspire some responses!

Pick #PlayerRoundTeam
1.Albert Pujols (1B)
1PogotheOstrich
2. Hanley Ramirez (SS)
1BChad
3.  Alex Rodriguez (3B)
1DanLambskin
4.   Chase Utley (2B)
1TheArtfulDodger
5.    Ryan Braun (OF)
1TeddyBallgame
6.     Prince Fielder (1B)
1BitterDodgerFan
7.      Ryan Howard (1B)
1Aquaman2342
8.       Mark Teixiera (1B)
1WaCougMBS
9.        Miguel Cabrera (1B)
1AFleshnerFantasy
10.         Troy Tulowitzki (SS)
1Ayebatter
11.          Evan Longoria (3B)
1Chris8
12.           Matt Kemp (OF)
1BigPimpin
13.           Ian Kinsler (2B)
2BigPimpin
14.          Matt Holliday (OF)
2Chris8
15.         David Wright (3B)
2Ayebatter
16.        Tim Lincecum (SP)
2AFleshnerFantasy
17.       Carl Crawford (OF)
2WaCougMBS
18.      Jose Reyes (SS)
2Aquaman2342
19.     Mark Reynolds (3B)
2BitterDodgerFan
20.    Joe Mauer (C)
2TeddyBallgame
21.   Grady Sizemore (OF)
2TheArtfulDodger
22.  Adrian Gonzalez (1B)
2DanLambskin
23. Ryan Zimmerman (3B)
2BChad
24.Roy Halladay (SP)
2PogotheOstrich
25.CC Sabathia (SP)
3PogotheOstrich
26. Justin Upton (OF)
3BChad
27.  Jacoby Ellsbury (OF)
3DanLambskin
28.   Jimmy Rollins (SS)
3TheArtfulDodger
29.    Joey Votto (1B)
3TeddyBallgame
30.     Derek Jeter (SS)
3BitterDodgerFan
31.      Zack Greinke (SP)
3Aquaman2342
32.       Felix Hernandez (SP)
3WaCougMBS
33.        Kevin Youkilis (1B/3B)
3AFleshnerFantasy
34.         Victor Martinez (C/1B)
3Ayebatter
35.          Justin Morneau (1B)
3Chris8
36.           Jayson Werth (OF)
3BigPimpin
37.           Pablo Sandoval (1B/3B)
4BigPimpin
38.          Carlos Beltran (OF)
4Chris8
39.         Dustin Pedroia (2B)
4Ayebatter
40.        Ichiro Suzuki (OF)
4AFleshnerFantasy
41.       Brian Roberts (2B)
4WaCougMBS
42.      Adam Lind (OF)
4Aquaman2342
43.     Dan Haren (SP)
4BitterDodgerFan
44.    Brandon Phillips (2B)
4TeddyBallgame
45.   Curtis Granderson (OF)
4TheArtfulDodger
46.  Justin Verlander (SP)
4DanLambskin
47. Brian McCann (C)
4BChad
48.Josh Hamilton (OF)
4PogotheOstrich
49.Nick Markakis (OF)
5PogotheOstrich
50. Kendry Morales (1B)
5BChad
51.  Aaron Hill (2B)
5DanLambskin
52.   Johan Santana (SP)
5TheArtfulDodger
53.    Adam Wainwright (SP)
5TeddyBallgame
54.     BJ Upton (OF)
5BitterDodgerFan
55.      Robinson Cano (2B)
5Aquaman2342
56.       Jason Bay (OF)
5WaCougMBS
57.        Cliff Lee (SP)
5AFleshnerFantasy
58.         Nelson Cruz (OF)
5Ayebatter
59.          Jonathan Broxton (RP)
5Chris8
60.           Lance Berkman (1B)
5BigPimpin
61.           Ben Zobrist (2B/SS/OF)
6BigPimpin
62.          Joe Nathan (RP)
6Chris8
63.         Derrek Lee (1B)
6Ayebatter
64.        Carlos Lee (OF)
6AFleshnerFantasy
65.       Adam Dunn (OF)
6WaCougMBS
66.      Chris Carpenter (SP)
6Aquaman2342
67.     Andre Ethier (OF)
6BitterDodgerFan
68.    Aramis Ramirez (3B)
6TeddyBallgame
69.   Manny Ramirez (OF)
6TheArtfulDodger
70.  Alexei Ramirez (SS)
6DanLambskin
71. Jon Lester (SP)
6BChad
72.Shane Victorino (OF)
6PogotheOstrich
73.Mariano Rivera (RP)
7PogotheOstrich
74. Matt Wieters (C)
7BChad
75.  Carlos Quentin (OF)
7DanLambskin
76.   Chone Figgins (3B)
7TheArtfulDodger
77.    Josh Beckett (SP)
7TeddyBallgame
78.     Bobby Abreu (OF)
7BitterDodgerFan
79.      Shin-Soo Choo (OF)
7Aquaman2342
80.       Josh Johnson (SP)
7WaCougMBS
81.        Dan Uggla (2B)
7AFleshnerFantasy
82.         Jay Bruce (OF)
7Ayebatter
83.          Cole Hamels (SP)
7Chris8
84.           Ubaldo Jimenez (SP)
7BigPimpin
85.           Yovani Gallardo (SP)
8BigPimpin
86.          Adam Jones (OF)
8Chris8
87.         Carlos Pena (1B)
8Ayebatter
88.        Torii Hunter (OF)
8AFleshnerFantasy
89.       Matt Cain (SP)
8WaCougMBS
90.      Michael Young (3B)
8Aquaman2342
91.     Javier Vazquez (SP)
8BitterDodgerFan
92.    Tommy Hanson (SP)
8TeddyBallgame
93.   Clayton Kershaw (SP)
8TheArtfulDodger
94.  John Lackey (SP)
8DanLambskin
95. Andrew McCutchen (OF)
8BChad
96.Billy Butler (1B)
8PogotheOstrich
97.Jose Lopez (2B)
9PogotheOstrich
98. Gordon Beckham (3B)
9BChad
99.  Jonathan Papelbon (RP)
9DanLambskin
100.   Joakim Soria (RP)
9TheArtfulDodger
101.    Hunter Pence (OF)
9TeddyBallgame
102.     Wandy Rodriguez (SP)
9BitterDodgerFan
103.      Ricky Nolasco (SP)
9Aquaman2342
104.       Alfonso Soriano (OF)
9WaCougMBS
105.        Francisco Rodriguez (RP)
9AFleshnerFantasy
106.         Brandon Webb (SP)
9Ayebatter
107.          Nate McLouth (OF)
9Chris8
108.           Carlos Gonzalez (OF)
9BigPimpin
109.           Ian Stewart (2B/3B)
10BigPimpin
110.          Stephen Drew (SS)
10Chris8
111.         Jered Weaver (SP)
10Ayebatter
112.        Jair Jurrjens (SP)
10AFleshnerFantasy
113.       Heath Bell (RP)
10WaCougMBS
114.      Raul Ibanez (OF)
10Aquaman2342
115.     Jorge Posada (C)
10BitterDodgerFan
116.    Jason Bartlett (SS)
10TeddyBallgame
117.   Chad Billingsley (SP)
10TheArtfulDodger
118.  Brad Hawpe (OF)
10DanLambskin
119. Jake Peavy (SP)
10BChad
120.AJ Burnett (SP)
10PogotheOstrich
121.James Shields (SP)
11PogotheOstrich
122. Huston Street (RP)
11BChad
123.  Max Scherzer (SP)
11DanLambskin
124.   Alex Rios (OF)
11TheArtfulDodger
125.    Jason Kubel (OF)
11TeddyBallgame
126.     Brian Wilson (RP)
11BitterDodgerFan
127.      Jose Valverde (RP)
11Aquaman2342
128.       Elvis Andrus (SS)
11WaCougMBS
129.        Russell Martin (C)
11AFleshnerFantasy
130.         Roy Oswalt (SP)
11Ayebatter
131.          Matt Garza (SP)
11Chris8
132.           Andrew Bailey (RP)
11BigPimpin
133.           Scott Baker (SP)
12BigPimpin
134.          Brett Anderson (SP)
12Chris8
135.         Rich Harden (SP)
12Ayebatter
136.        Rafael Furcal (SS)
12AFleshnerFantasy
137.       Carlos Marmol (RP)
12WaCougMBS
138.      Miguel Montero (C)
12Aquaman2342
139.     Francisco Cordero (RP)
12BitterDodgerFan
140.    Ryan Franklin (RP)
12TeddyBallgame
141.   Brian Fuentes (RP)
12TheArtfulDodger
142.  David Aardsma (RP)
12DanLambskin
143. Billy Wagner (RP)
12BChad
144.Trevor Hoffman (RP)
12PogotheOstrich
145.Rafael Soriano (RP)
13PogotheOstrich
146. Bobby Jenks (RP)
13BChad
147.  Frank Francisco (RP)
13DanLambskin
148.   Geovany Soto (C)
13TheArtfulDodger
149.    Mike Gonzalez (RP)
13TeddyBallgame
150.     Chad Qualls (RP)
13BitterDodgerFan
151.      Michael Bourn (OF)
13Aquaman2342
152.       Adrian Beltre (3B)
13WaCougMBS
153.        David Price (SP)
13AFleshnerFantasy
154.         Leo Nunez (RP)
13Ayebatter
155.          Scott Kazmir (SP)
13Chris8
156.           Carlos Zambrano (SP)
13BigPimpin
157.           Kerry Wood (RP)
14BigPimpin
158.          Denard Span (OF)
14Chris8
159.         Matt Capps (RP)
14Ayebatter
160.        Brad Lidge (RP)
14AFleshnerFantasy
161.       Ervin Santana (SP)
14WaCougMBS
162.      Ted Lilly (SP)
14Aquaman2342
163.     J.A. Happ (SP)
14BitterDodgerFan
164.    Michael Cuddyer (OF)
14TeddyBallgame
165.   Chris Davis (1B)
14TheArtfulDodger
166.  Vernon Wells (OF)
14DanLambskin
167. Gavin Floyd (SP)
14BChad
168.Chipper Jones (3B)
14PogotheOstrich
169.Ryan Theriot (SS)
15PogotheOstrich
170. Ryan Dempster (SP)
15BChad
171.  Aaron Harang (SP)
15DanLambskin
172.   John Danks (SP)
15TheArtfulDodger
173.    Daisuke Matsuzaka (SP)
15TeddyBallgame
174.     Vladimir Guerrero (DH)
15BitterDodgerFan
175.      Clay Buchholz (SP)
15Aquaman2342
176.       Nolan Reimold (OF)
15WaCougMBS
177.        Corey Hart (OF)
15AFleshnerFantasy
178.         Octavio Dotel (RP)
15Ayebatter
179.          Jason Frasor (RP)
15Chris8
180.           Nyjer Morgan (OF)
15BigPimpin
181.           Kevin Slowey (SP)
16BigPimpin
182.          Howie Kendrick (2B)
16Chris8
183.         Cody Ross (OF)
16Ayebatter
184.        Miguel Tejada (SS)
16AFleshnerFantasy
185.       Tim Hudson (SP)
16WaCougMBS
186.      David Ortiz (DH)
16Aquaman2342
187.     Rickie Weeks (2B)
16BitterDodgerFan
188.    Edwin Jackson (SP)
16TeddyBallgame
189.   Rick Porcello (SP)
16TheArtfulDodger
190.  Ryan Ludwick (OF)
16DanLambskin
191. Juan Pierre (OF)
16BChad
192.Julio Borbon (OF)
16PogotheOstrich
193.Jonathan Sanchez (SP)
17PogotheOstrich
194. Francisco Liriano (SP)
17BChad
195.  Randy Wolf (SP)
17DanLambskin
196.   Adam LaRoche (1B)
17TheArtfulDodger
197.    Ben Sheets (SP)
17TeddyBallgame
198.     Derek Lowe (SP)
17BitterDodgerFan
199.      Neftali Feliz (SP)
17Aquaman2342
200.       Dexter Fowler (OF)
17WaCougMBS
201.        Joba Chamberlain (SP/RP)
17AFleshnerFantasy
202.         Garrett Jones (1B)
17Ayebatter
203.          Brandon Morrow (SP/RP)
17Chris8
204.           Asdrubal Cabrera (2B/SS)
17BigPimpin
205.           Paul Konerko (1B)
18BigPimpin
206.          Ryan Doumit (C)
18Chris8
207.         Jorge De La Rosa (SP)
18Ayebatter
208.        Erik Bedard (SP)
18AFleshnerFantasy
209.       Jeff Niemann (SP)
18WaCougMBS
210.      Wade Davis (SP)
18Aquaman2342
211.     Brandon Lyon (RP)
18BitterDodgerFan
212.    Mark Buehrle (SP)
18TeddyBallgame
213.   Johnny Damon (OF)
18TheArtfulDodger
214.  Trevor Cahill (SP)
18DanLambskin
215. Travis Snider (OF)
18BChad
216.Alex Gordon (3B)
18PogotheOstrich
217.Alcides Escobar (SS)
19PogotheOstrich
218. Marc Rzepczynski (SP)
19BChad
219.  Colby Rasmus (OF)
19DanLambskin
220.   Johnny Cueto (SP)
19TheArtfulDodger
221.    Justin Duchscherer (SP)
19TeddyBallgame
222.     Joe Blanton (SP)
19BitterDodgerFan
223.      Cameron Maybin (OF)
19Aquaman2342
224.       JP Howell (RP)
19WaCougMBS
225.        Magglio Ordonez (OF)
19AFleshnerFantasy
226.         Hiroki Kuroda (SP)
19Ayebatter
227.          Bronson Arroyo (SP)
19Chris8
228.           Matt LaPorta (1B/OF)
19BigPimpin
229.           Mat Latos (SP)
20BigPimpin
230.          Yunel Escobar (SS)
20Chris8
231.         Chris Young (SP)
20Ayebatter
232.        Phil Hughes (SP/RP)
20AFleshnerFantasy
233.       Kurt Suzuki (C)
20WaCougMBS
234.      Jason Heyward (OF)
20Aquaman2342
235.     Rajai Davis (OF)
20BitterDodgerFan
236.    Stephen Strasburg (SP)
20TeddyBallgame
237.   Brian Matusz (SP)
20TheArtfulDodger
238.  Franklin Gutierrez (OF)
20DanLambskin
239. JD Drew (OF)
20BChad
240.Mike Napoli (C)
20PogotheOstrich
241.Jermaine Dye (OF)
21PogotheOstrich
242. Placido Polanco (2B/3B)
21BChad
243.  Bengie Molina (C)
21DanLambskin
244.   Lastings Milledge (OF)
21TheArtfulDodger
245.    Homer Bailey (SP)
21TeddyBallgame
246.     Matt Lindstrom (RP)
21BitterDodgerFan
247.      JJ Hardy (SS)
21Aquaman2342
248.       Aroldis Chapman (SP)
21WaCougMBS
249.        Joe Saunders (SP)
21AFleshnerFantasy
250.         Ryan Madson (RP)
21Ayebatter
251.          Carlos Delgado (1B)
21Chris8
252.           Chris Iannetta (C)21BigPimpin

    Comments
    Round 1

Best value pick: Love Matt Kemp at #12 – I see him as the most productive OF this year.
Riskiest pick: I agree that Tulowitzki is a top-tier SS this year, but as a 1st-rounder? Not so sure.
Other comments: Perhaps odd, considering the depth at the position, that 5 of the top 9 picks were 1B.

    Round 2

Best value pick: A number of these guys could easily produce 1st-round value this year, including Wright, Reyes & Sizemore.
Riskiest pick: The Ks and lack of track record mean I won’t be drafting Mark Reynolds this high.
Other comments: No surprise to see the top 2 starters off the board in this round.

    Round 3

Best value pick: Happy to get Justin Morneau a full round later than Adrian Gonzalez. Rollins also looks good for Round 3.
Riskiest pick: Jeter had a great 2009, no doubt, but age has to catch up with him at some point.
Other comments: With Jayson Werth’s selection at #36, 5 Phillies went in the first 3 rounds.

    Round 4

Best value pick: Not everyone agrees, but I like Curtis Granderson’s prospects with the Yankees.
Riskiest pick: Beltran was already a borderline pick here before the surgery news.
Other comments: Looking at how the draft is going, I’d recommend aiming to have at least one MI by now.

    Round 5

Best value pick: Declining K-rate aside, Johan is still one of the best starters out there.
Riskiest pick: I’m not convinced Nelson Cruz is a top 60 pick yet.
Other comments: I took Broxton & Nathan to see if it would start a closer run. It didn’t! No need to reach for closers this year!

    Round 6

Best value pick: Carlos Lee drafted after Nelson Cruz? Yes please!
Riskiest pick: Chris Carpenter needs to be healthy to justify this pick, and the track record isn’t good on that score.
Other comments: Quirky run on Ramirez’s in this round!

    Round 7

Best value pick: I think Cole Hamels had more than his share of bad luck last year. Happy to get him as my ace this late.
Riskiest pick: Matt Wieters didn’t live up to the hype last year; seems very early to be taking him in a 1-catcher league.
Other comments: Carlos Quentin is an interesting player this year – is he back from his injuries or not..?

    Round 8

Best value pick: No one really stands out in this round as great value.
Riskiest pick: Butler & McCutchen both seem to have a lot of hype about them this year, but is it justified?
Other comments: 8 rounds in and only 3 closers have been drafted.

    Round 9

Best value pick: Hard to pick one out here, as there are several guys who could be great value, whilst also being huge risks…
Riskiest pick: …such as Soriano, Webb, and K-Rod.
Other comments: I believe Wandy Rodriguez can easily be a top-10 starter this year; if he makes it this far, grab him!

    Round 10

Best value pick: Billingsley & Peavy were drafted as top 10 pitchers last year. Both have potential to get back to that point.
Riskiest pick: Ibanez had a horrible 2nd half of 2009 – is age finally catching up to him?
Other comments: Drew and Bartlett are probably the last guys I would be OK with as my starting SS this year.

    Rounds 11/12

Best value pick: Can Alex Rios really be as bad in 2010 as he was in 2009?
Riskiest pick: Rich Harden: injury-prone + now pitching in Texas = not someone I’m targeting this year.
Other comments: Closer run began in earnest in Rd 12 – at one point, 9 picks in a row were closers!

    Rounds 13/14

Best value pick: Love David Price in Round 13, and Chipper in Round 14 is definitely worth the health-risk.
Riskiest pick: Not a Happ believer at all.
Other comments: Chris Davis is an interesting pick here – if he has learned from the mistakes of last year, this could be huge.

    Rounds 15/16

Best value pick: Big names on the way out, and only DH-eligible, but you have to like Vlad & Ortiz this late.
Riskiest pick: Nothing really stands out as overly risky in these rounds.
Other comments: Rickie Weeks continues to be drafted – one day he may even be fantasy-relevant!

    Rounds 17/18

Best value pick: Pretty much everyone was after Ben Sheets this round!
Riskiest pick: Not surprised to see Liriano drafted, but will he ever be of value to a team again?
Other comments: Couple of interesting Free Agents drafted here (Bedard & Damon), whose value may change when they sign.

    Rounds 19/20/21

Best value pick: Lots of good speculative picks here – especially like Ryan Madson as a potential source of cheap saves.
Riskiest pick: Risky picks are a large part of what these rounds are about!
Other comments: Huge surprise – by the end of the draft, Jorge Cantu did not have a team…

So there you have it: the first mock of the year to be published at the Cafe. Another one will be on its way shortly, but in the meantime, do let us know what you think about this draft and my own thoughts upon it, and hopefully it will be of use to you when your real drafts get underway.

 
Chris Routledge is one of a growing number of Brits infiltrating the Cafe, and is the double reigning champion of the H2H World Series, much to the chagrin of token Cafe Padres fan, wrveres. Catch up with him in the Cafe under the username chris8.
 
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17 Responses to “Cafeholics Mock Draft 2010”

  1. I was pretty happy with my team. The biggest thing I tried to do this mock was not to ignore BA like I have in the past. When it came back to me in the 2nd round it was obvious that everyone else was going hitter first and passing on SP. I couldn’t pass up Halladay there. I thought about Upton instead of Sabathia but I think it turned out well. No one should be able to touch my rotation. The same thing kind of happened with RP. I seemed like all 12 teams were playing a game of chicken. Chris blinked first and no one flinched. I was happy to wait on 3B and SS and end up with Chipper/Gordon and Theriot/A. Escobar. I didn’t go in with a specific plan just looking for value and wanting to make sure I didn’t torpedo my BA.

    Favorite picks: Halladay (2nd), Borbon (16th), Alcides Escobar (19th)
    Regrets: Ryan Theriot (15th) I could have waited longer and A.J. Burnett (10th) because Peavy went one pick earlier.

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  2. Fenway Punk says:

    Pogotheostrich: By waiting nearly FIFTY picks between hitters… you’re gonna be playing catch-up in that department all year. Everyone feels happy with themselves after a draft… and you’re actually quoted in saying “I was happy to wait on 3B and SS and end up with Chipper/Gordon and Theriot/A. Escobar.” I have a feeling you won’t be singing that song come July. In fact, if this team were in a real league… I’m willing to bet one of your pitchers goes on the block in search of some added offensive help.

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  3. User avatar chris8 says:

    The closer situation is fascinating this year. Ordinarily, I would never take two closers back to back like I did with Broxton & Nathan, but, as I said, I wanted to see if there would be any reaction. The fact that no one bit whatsoever suggests that there is no need to draft one before something like the 10th round at the earliest.

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  4. Fenway Punk says:

    Upon further review… I’m REALLY liking TeddyBallgames team ( which sux cause you’re gonna look at the Beckett/Dice-k picks and call me a homer) Not the case. I will ALWAYS be a supporter of waiting til after the first 4 rounds ( and sometimes longer) before going for a pitcher, and TeddyBallgame ends up with a Wainwright/Beckett/Hanson trifecta by doing so. He’s also boasting a strong IF of Mauer, Votto, BPhillips, Barlett, and A-Ram, and a sexy OF headed by Braun and Pence. Winner winner, chicken dinner.

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  5. User avatar AquaMan2342 says:

    My best picks: Cano in the fifth and Ortiz in the 16th

    Worst: Lilly (forgot he was hurt) and Carpenter only because I should have taken Aramis Ramirez.

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  6. User avatar AquaMan2342 says:

    Pogo- Looking at your early picks, I somewhat agree with Fenway Punk in that you are setting yourself up for disaster only because Hamilton was one of your picks coming around the turn in the 4th. He’s a legitimate injury risk and seeing that Bay was available I probably would have gone that way instead. Otherwise I personally don’t have a problem going Roy/CC where you did.

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  7. User avatar ayebatter says:

    This is the first 16 I drafted from the 10 hole. I felt missing out on one of the big bats in the 1st round would have me to chase power during the draft, so I did, taking bats in the 1st 8 rounds, while I played position scarcity at the same time. I did feel that picking 10th, that I was always a half a round ahead, or half a round behind on players I wanted. Here’s my thoughts as the draft proceeded.

    C – Victor Martinez (3.10) …………..had him as a top 15 player at 1b – for my catcher spot yes !!
    1B – Derek Lee (6.03) ………………..14 other 1b were off the board already, I’ll play with Lee
    2B – Dustin Pedroia (4.03) …………..Utley/Kinsler are gone, 15/15/.300 at 2b
    SS – Troy Tulowitzki (1.10) … Power bats were gone, so I took the best at the thinnest position
    3B – David Wright (2.03) …………… the one guy left at 3rd that could give me 1st round numbers
    OF – Nelson Cruz (5.10) …………16 OFs of the board at this point, & I had Cruz above 6 of them
    OF – Jay Bruce (7.10) …………………. a round early, but I still needed power
    OF – Cody Ross (16.03) ………………….25 HRs with a decent BA in the 16th, that helps
    Utl – Carlos Pena (8.03) ……….. Come on, the AL homerun leader in the 8th, give me that action

    SP – Brandon Webb (9.10)……..only arm left that IF HEALTHY, could crack the top 5 in pitching
    SP – Jered Weaver (10.03)………..next best on my list
    SP – Roy Oswalt (11.10)……………seems early, but my hitter spots are filled
    SP – Rich Harden (12.03)…………..even in Texas, I like Hardens numbers
    RP – Leo Nunez (13.10)……………the 24th closer off the board
    RP – Matt Capps (14.03)…………..the 26th closer off the board
    RP – Octavio Dotel (15.10)………..the 28th closer off the board

    So that’s it, I think I’m a little light on speed, but a late round flyer on a guy like Everth Cabrera could cure that, I have a bunch of HR/R/RBI, and I think my BA will be fine. I have a lot of question marks on my staff, but so much upside it’s silly. I’d take this roster to battle any day.

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  8. If Hamilton is a complete bust then it could blow up in my face but I’d say that is more or less true of any 4th round pick. I’m curious what offensive categories I’m looking weak? I thought I was short on SB earlier in the draft so I have two burners on the bench. Maybe I’m just over estimating Hamilton, Markakis and Butler.

    C – Mike Napoli
    1B – Albert Pujols
    2B – Jose Lopez
    SS – Ryan Theriot
    3B – Chipper Jones
    OF – Josh Hamilton
    OF – Nick Markakis
    OF – Shance Victorino
    UT – Billy Butler

    BN – Julio Borbon
    BN – Alex Gordon
    BN – Alcides Escobar
    BN – Jermaine Dye

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  9. BTW if I had to pick one team other than my own I like teddy ballgames team. I think he could use some more speed and I’m not in love with the RP but it looks good.

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  10. User avatar AquaMan2342 says:

    C – Miguel Montero
    1B – Ryan Howard
    2B – Robinson Cano
    SS – Jose Reyes
    3B – Michael Young
    OF – Adam Lind
    OF – Shin-Soo Choo
    OF – Michael Bourn/Raul Ibanez
    UTIL- David Ortiz

    BN- Cameron Maybin
    BN- Jason Heyward
    BN- JJ Hardy

    SP- Zack Grienke
    SP- Chris Carpenter
    SP- Ricky Nolasco
    RP- Jose Valverde
    RP- Neftali Feliz
    P- Ted Lilly
    P- Wade Davis
    P- Clay Buchholz

    I feel like my team hinges on Ortiz’s production. If he can hit the way he did after May last season, I really like my mix of power and speed mixed with great glue players (Choo, Young, Cano) after that. As far as pitching goes I personally think my rotation dwarfs everybody else’s (although Fleshner has a better Lincecum/Lee 1-2). I didn’t do enough with saves but there are so many closing jobs in question right now I’d just vulture anyways.

    EDIT: I also love getting Heyward. Everything says he will be in Atlanta starting day, and there’s so many comparisons of him to Griffey that I don’t understand why someone wouldn’t have taken that chance a round or two before I did.

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  11. User avatar AquaMan2342 says:

    FWIW, I like teddy’s and BP (except for Werth) the most. Besides my own.

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  12. C – Geovany Soto (13.04)
    1B – Chris Davis (14.09)
    2B – Chase Utley (1.04)
    SS – Jimmy Rollins (3.04)
    3B – Chone Figgins (7.04)
    OF – Grady Sizemore (2.09)
    OF – Curtis Granderson (4.09)
    OF – Manny Ramirez (6.09)
    UTIL – Alex Rios (11.04)

    SP – Johan Santana (5.04)
    SP – Clayton Kershaw (8.09)
    RP – Joakim Soria (9.04)
    RP – Brian Fuentes (12.09)
    P – Chad Billingsley (10.09)
    P – John Danks (15.04)
    P – Rick Porcello (16.09)

    BN – Adam Laroche (17.04)
    BN – Johnny Damon (18.09)
    BN – Johnny Cueto (19.04)
    BN – Brian Matusz (20.09)
    BN – Lastings Milledge (21.04)

    I’m lukewarm about my team, but seeing how this is the first draft of the season, I treated it as a feeling-out draft. I only took 2-3 players off the top of my head that was on my target list and let the rest go.

    The only regret I have is not taking a top 1B, but that was also in due part to my fallback 1B options dwindling. I was really banking on Adrian Gonzalez, for example, to last at my early 3rd round pick. I think I could use some reliable power and I have a few risks in that regard. All in all, not a bad run.

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  13. Thanks for the comments, guys. I would have liked to get a stronger RP, but the closer run coincided with where I was planning on taking my RP from the beginning, so there was nothing I could do at that point. Overall though, I’m definitely pleased with how this draft turned out for me.

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  14. B-Chad says:

    C- Brian McCann- happy to have an elite catcher
    1B- Kendry Morales- if I can’t get one of the premier 1B I’m happy taking Morales
    2B- Placido Polanco- just a placeholder for Beckham, would be a free agent after Beckham gained eligibility at 2B if this were played out
    SS- Hanley Ramirez- Slam dunk second pick
    3B- Ryan Zimmerman- love Zim filling 3B as he is among the best at the position
    OF- Justin Upton- tantalizing power and put up surprisingly good SB totals last year. If he keeps making contact growth he’ll be even better!
    OF-Andrew McCutchen- Risky pick with McCutchen, but his contact rate and walk rate after getting called up, coupled with his awesome speed were enough to sell me.
    OF-Juan Pierre- Regular AB’s starting in Chicago should net him 50+ SB’s. Toss in a .300 AVG and 90+ runs if he leads off for the White Sox and I see him ending up on a lot of my teams this year.
    UTIL- Matt Wieters- Reach, without question. I made the pick for a couple reasons though: 1) Was curious to see how my team would turn out with two potentially elite catching options. I hate giving away the games at catcher in roto leagues, so a bit of experimenting, and I think his bat is good enough to play in UTIL if he takes a step forward this year anyways. 2) Wanted to see if this would spark a run on the middle tier catchers like Posada, Montero, etc.

    SP-Jon Lester- Thrilled with him as my ace, nice GB rate, K-rate is awesome and BB-rate is really good.
    SP-Jake Peavy- Seemed like a nice value where I got him, certainly the move from PETCO will hurt him, but his K-potential is awesome, and he pounds the zone so his WHIP should be awesome.
    RP-Huston Street- he’s my first closer rated outside of the “elite” territory, so I’ll gladly take him
    RP-Billy Wagner- looked good coming back from injury, and long track record of dominance means I’m willing to gamble a bit on completely healthy return.
    P- Bobby Jenks- Ozzie and Matt Thornton worry me, but Jenks did fine last year. If he’s healthy, should be a great option as a RP 3.
    P- Gavin Floyd- Floyd is a big part of the reason I’ll be waiting to draft SP’s a bit. Took steps forward in K-rate, BB-rate and GB rate. Definitely think he’s flying under the radar… which is a-okay by me!
    P- Ryan Dempster- Dempster, much like Floyd, is another nice GB with a healthy K-rate. He is a player that had fallen under my radar until I’d done some further digging in draft prep… flying under my radar no longer.

    BN- Gordon Beckham (with the intention being that he’ll play 2B for me 5 games in)- Love him at 2B, solid contact and walk rates as a rookie last year. I think he’s got a shot to post something like a 20 HR 10 SB season with a nice AVG and strong run and RBI totals hitting in the heart of the Chi-Sox order
    BN- Francisco Liriano- Probably could have waited a little longer, but the strong reports from winter ball will likely drive his MDP as we approach real drafts, and Liriano is a lotto ticket I’d like to try and cash
    BN- Travis Snider- Wanted an OF with some power potential… hello Travis Snider.
    BN- Marc Rzepczynski- Probably could have gone undrafted, but his K-rate and GB-rate are tantalizing. BB-rate was high, which is partly to credit for his high K-rate, so I’ll take the bad with the good at this point.
    BN- J.D. Drew- Can’t ever seem to stay healthy, but such a solid hitter when he is. I definitely like the production I can get from Drew + free agent in the last round.

    Not sure if I love how I got there, but pleased with my mix of speed and power from my bats, and no AVG black holes. Pitching has some risk, but I think the depth is good, and like having 3 relatively stable closers.

    Looking at the other rosters, I like a lot of Teddys, but curious bench with no bats considering the level of talent from his top 3 SP’s. I like Aqua’s roster a good deal too, but wouldn’t feel comfortable with just the one closer or Michael Young at 3B. Otherwise like the makeup of the team a lot, and if Big Papi brings some thump, he’ll have a serious blend of power and speed.

    Good mock, and a lot of fun. Looking forward to hopefully partaking in some more as they are a great draft prep tool.

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  15. not really happy with my picks of mark reynolds and derek jeter but i felt the position tier too big of a drop-off if i waited too long at 3B and SS. i was hoping to get wright but when he got taken i had to grab the last upper tier 3B in reynolds. then i was planning on rollins when he got taken forcing me to take jeter to secure myself with a decent SS.

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  16. User avatar Dan Lambskin says:

    i’m fairly happy with the team…if i had to do it again i’d probably pass on Ellsbury for Rollins and go after SB later, especially as late as some guys fell

    C – Benji Molina – in a 1C league i’m probably waiting until the end…even if the guy doesnt work out you can likely find a decent replacement or play the hot hand
    1B – Adiran Gonzalez – AVG leaves a little to be desired, could be a beast if he gets dealt
    2B – Aaron Hill – somewhat skeptical but past (albeit injury plagued) seasons show last year wasnt a fluke
    SS – Alexei Ramirez – 20-20 could be there but kind of wish i would have waited
    3B – Alex Rodriguez – not really another option
    OF – Jacoby Elsbury – if i had to do it over again i go Rollins
    OF – Carlos Quentin – if he’s healthy he could post MVP numbers
    OF – Brad Hawpe – crowded OF, could get 1B elegibility. likely trade candidate could boost his numbers
    UTIL – Vernon Wells – i’ll play him when he’s hot, bench him when he’s not

    SP – Justin Verlander – i think he’s fianlly turned the corner for good…logged a ton of innings though
    SP – john Lackey – should be starting the season healthy…move to AL East could hurt his numbers though
    RP – Jonathon Papelbon – dont mind getting a stud closer where i took him
    RP – David Aardsma – worried he’ll keep the job, but lots of later closers have even more ?’s
    P – Max Scherzer – move to Comeria=good, move to AL=maybe not so good
    P – Aaron Harang – coming of a few hard luck seasons…should help more than he hurts
    P – Frank Francisco – i cant think of anything to say here

    BN – Ryan Ludwick – was looking for some late power
    BN – Colby Rasmus – taking a chance he breaks out
    BN – Franklin Guiterrez – should be good for 15-15
    BN – Trevor Cahill – not sure he’ll make enough of an impact, probably my 1st player cut
    BN – Randy Wolf – not a bad bench option

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  17. User avatar ayebatter says:

    Looks like there should be some Cafe members sportin’ new ‘mock icons’.

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