Okay, I just had my first draft of the season. It's a standard yahoo h2h league, so I tried to focus more on the hitting for the draft. So you're not going to find any pitching ace on my team. I think I can make up for it in offense, and still manage to grab 2 or 3 of the pitching categories each week.
C K. Johjima (13)
1B T. Helton (4)
2B C. Figgins (3)
3B S. Rolen (7)
SS M. Young (1)
OF J. Bay (2)
OF C. Floyd (5)
OF K. Griffey Jr. (8)
Util M. Alou (16)
BN P. Polanco (17)
SP N. Lowry (10)
SP M. Cain (12)
RPB. Wagner (6)
RP T. Hoffman (9)
P F. Cordero (11)
P B. Wickman (14)
P C. Capuano (15)
BN B. McCarthy (18)
BN J. Suppan (19)
BN B. Penny (20)
BN J. Seo (21)
I know I took floyd way too early, but I felt like I needed more power at the time and I felt he was the best available.
I love your first four picks....I know you mentioned it in your post but that is one helluva reach for Cliff Floyd...Solid relief pitching, but i definantly would look for some SP...I'd trade a relieve or an OF for a SP....Nice team though
Lots of probably unecessary risk with this team. The whole OF is injury prone (minus Bay). Counting on Floyd, Griffey, and Alou to produce is a huge risk, especially with no one really backing up those OF positions.
You seemed to have only drafted sleepers for you SPs, and not sure those guys will produce enough to make you competitive in WHIP, ERA, and Wins. I like Penny, Lowry, Cain, and Seo for this year, but even under the best projections they'll still be number 2-3 starters. Your pitching staff could be strong overall, but your offense isn't enough to carry a semi-productive pitching staff.
Really scour the wire for some OF support, dropping Suppan and McCarthy to the wayside.
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I can't argue with an infield of Johjima, Helton, Figgins, Young, and Rolen. Johjima and Rolen might have bounceback years and you fetched them at a reasonable price, though I would've taken Johjima later than the 13th round. Think 17th or 18th. Can't argue with Bay being taken 2nd.
It's a very, very, very interesting choice as to why you picked Floyd 5th though seeing how you could take him much later...when you might've comparably taken Damon, Podsednik, or even Beltran if he slid that low. Floyd, Jr., and Alou are injury risks regardless.
Your rotation is spotty. You have a potential breakout SP in Lowry, a phenom in Cain, and a few bargain-basement pitchers in Penny and Seo, who might just be diamonds in the rough. All that is okay, but granted you drafted an ace or two. Instead of taking Wagner in Round 6, I probably would've gone with the best pitcher on the board there.
Hoffman, F. Cordero, and Wickman should suffice as your closers. Try trading Wagner for a pitcher of Dontrelle Willis' caliber. Drop McCarthy who seems like he's not in the ChiSox's immediate plans and the same goes for Suppan, for either help at OF or SP.