madmax391 wrote:5 3rd basemen are going in the first 3 rounds. ARod, Wright, Cabrera, Braun, and A. Ram. Braun should fit right after Cabrera. If you miss him and ARam you only have Atkins, Figgins, and Jones left before leftovers. No way he should be left to the 4th. I'd snag him in the 2nd and possibly the first if I was drafting 11th an still could get Ortiz, Howard, or Fielder. Braun for 11th pick, Ortiz for 14 and I'd be set for a long time. Ortiz, Fielder, and Howard can be replaced at first with Teixeria, Morneau, and others. But it is slim at 3B.
That pretty much sums it up right there.
No way I want to get stuck with anyone after Jones, so Braun's value is way higher than say 4th round.
I also feel equally (if not more) comfortable with Braun than I am with someone like Soriano. Just watch them at the plate.
Remember, Soriano really only had 1 big year (a contract year at that).
Braun showed the ability to stay strong throughout last year, and has a great lineup around him.
And while I probably won't end up drafting him due to someone else will reach about 3-4 picks too high for him, I don't see any problem taking him in the second round (especially considering he'll have the 3B/OF elig, something guys like Soriano, Beltran, Vlad will not).