Byung Hyun Kim
Any names jump out at you as pitchers to get?
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'
You have a difficult decision. That said, any of those guys would make a good choice. Although I'm not as high on Harden or Willis since it is in nonkeeper format. I'd go:
1. Clement: 180 k's, strong team, possibly 15 wins.
2. Padilla: A safer choice. He should amass 15 wins and 140k's on another strong team.
3. BYK: He doesn't have as much leeway to struggle as the top two. He should total 12-14 wins and 150k for the powerfull RedSox.
4. Woody Williams: I'm overlooking him like everyone else does. That said, don't be shocked if he wins 15+ and totals 150+ K. I'm downgrading him solely due to his sketchy health.
5. Rich Harden/Brett Myers/Dontelle Willis: A wash in my book. All are extremely talented, but a tad young to gamble on in a nonkeeper league when the top four are still available.
6. Kip Wells: Breakout season?
7. Brad Penny: Very solid.
8. John Thomson: He won't be the super steal every ecpects. However, 12 wins and 120k's is certainly possible under Mazzoni's tutelage.
I'm a big Brett Myers fan this year; although he seems to be flying under the wire. You can probably get him next round. IN terms of who others put first from that list, yeah, Clement or Padilla. I think Myers may do better than both.
Clement jumps out at me, the next are all about the same tier, so it won't hurt you to wait a round or two. That being said, if you judge all these guys to be equal, assume at least one will be there on your next pick. That leaves you to scour other positions for a player who has perhaps fallen too far.