Another very interesting draft for the Cafe Challenge.
Rd 1 - I dont think Abreu should go that high, but other than that the picks were pretty basic.
Rd 2 - VMart obviously went too early. My guess is that there would have been a strong chance he would have been available to Bleach in the 3rd. Im a bit suprised Utley fell a few spots, and Helton at the end of the 2nd seems pretty like another jump.
Rd 3 - Gagne? In the 3rd? Thats pretty suprising - even for Erboes. Even if he thought he will return to form, I would have been suprised if he couldnt have drafted him in the 5th/6th. No other real suprises in this rd. Gagne was the 1st closer drafted.
Rd 4 - Bonds went kind of early - just too many questionmarks right now IMO - same with Gagne though - if he returns to form its a steal. But also just like Gagne, Im not sure if both Erboes 3rd/4th rd picks wouldnt have been available had he waited until the 5th/6th turn. AJones in the 4th rd seems like a bit of a steal.
Rd 5 - No suprises other than Damon going too early. Best pick FRod. Worst pick Damon.
Rd 6 - I think there was a few steals in this rd - Sheets, Street, Rolen (risky but great value if he bounces back). On the other hand, I see a couple shakey picks as well - Schilling and CLee.
Rd 7 - Mauer in the 7th has to be considered a small steal, but Prior falling this far was simpy shocking - the draft must have taken place soon after the news of his injury came out - there is no way he would have fallen that far before the news or a week after when it was reported it wasnt as serious as initially thought. Prior in the 7th was the steal of the draft - period. I like the other Sps drafted in this rd as well - good values. Foulke went too early - again even if you think he will return to form, he would have fallen back at least another couple rds.
Rd 8 - I love the Weeks pick in the 8th rd - but then again, Im one of those who doesnt think he will be drafted after the 4th rd in any draft by this time next yr. Other than that, this rd was pretty predictable - no real suprises or poor picks.
Rd 9 - Isri and Cordero this late are great values and borderline "steals". Loretta went too early. CFloyd went way too early. Also gotta mention the Burnett pick - solid value there.
Rd 10 - Clemens? Thats a gamble, not one Id take this early, but you know the risk/reward I guess. Rowand went too early. Great pick on Turnbow in this rd.
Rd 11 - Varitek this late - what a steal. I like the closers drafted in this rd - but I think the Sps drafted in this rd were rather poor.
Rd 12 - Maggs falls all the way to rd 12?!?!? In a yr where OFers are shallower than they have been in a long time, thats shocking to me. The Maggs pick qualifies for a steal of the draft type of pick. The Mike Gonzalez pick was also pretty huge - again its very suprising to see him fall so far. Mulder was a poor pick.
Rd 13 - thats just an ugly rd all together. Wood, Blanton, Lane, Winn... thats one ugly rd fellas.
Rd 14 - Kazmir, Duke, and Cabrera - the rd of the young guns. Good Sps this rd - nice grabs. I also like the Freel pick this rd too. Worst pick was Mussina though - I just dont expect anything from him at this point - and he probably would have fallen a few rds anyway.
Rd 15 - Polanco, Reitsma, and Posada are the best of this rd in terms of value. Oliver Perez here was a reach.
Rd 16 - Another ugly rd with no one that sticks out above the mediocrity.
Rd 17 - Jenkins here was solid.
Ill pass the rest of the rds at this point. One thing thats very suprising throughout the draft was where Sps were drafted. It was all over the board fellas - did anyone realize that only 3 SPs were drafted in rds 3-5? Bedard, Chacin, Penny, Millwood, and Jon Leiber all go in the 17th but not one of you guys took a chance that Kenny Rogers has one more yr left in him as he goes to the best pitching park of his career in 25 rds.
My initial reaction to the best team coming out of the draft has to go to Tavish although he is missing a solid #3 SP. Honorable mention goes to sinicalypticalfunkin and Mustangs989.
Good luck to everyone this season.