1. What was your draft strategy?
Avoid making excessive reaches for youth but at the same time, really emphasize the tiers system so that if I have a young guy at the bottom of my tier and an older guy closer to the top, go with the younger guy. With my later picks, completely ignore projections and draft as many high upside players as I can. I'd rather maximize my odds at finding at least 1 or 2 guys being kept from my Round 20 and later picks like because I had the two best picks of the draft last year with Ervin and Volquez by avoiding the meddling veterans. Drafting veterans unless it's an elite guy recovering from an injury like Smoltz in flier rounds is worthless. I also blew off speed and wasn't punting saves again. Getting two elite starters was also important.
2. Who do you think was the steal of the draft?
Soriano in the late third clearly. Huge bargain there. I wanted to take him but I already had a LF and Morneau is a power hitting first baseman in his prime, not passing that up.
Mike Napoli in Round 23 was nice. For picks who can have a larger impact, Joey Votto in Round 6 after Davis and Bruce was nice, real polished hitter, isn't a strikeout machine like the other two, and none of them have premium position eligibility for the future. Cueto in Round 17 seemed late for a high upside guy.
3. Who do you think was the reach of the draft?
Dice K in Round 8 was pretty awful. Owning him is pure torture, the guy cannot pitch more than 5 innings, gives up 10 walks per start, and went ahead of guys like Gallardo, Greinke, and Lester, 3 guys I'd much rather have.
Chris Davis in Round 5, Ludwick in Round 5, Bruce in Round 6, Cano in Round 8, Chris B. Young in Round 9, and Jayson Werth in Round 10 are my other nominees.
4. Who do you think will finish in the top 3?
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5. Who do you think will finish in the bottom 3?
Smaat, Fezzik, Bobbing Headz or Smoove depending on when Ervin gets back (his pitching is really bad if he misses significant time, plus Marmol may not close).
6. The best pick that you made
Roy Halladay in Round 5, I'll take getting one of the 7 #1 starters here. Haren makes it 8 in roto, not in H2H though.
7. The worst pick that you made
Broxton in Round 10. I should have grabbed Wainwright or Volquez there and just taken Valverde on the way back if Broxton was taken. Not really thrilled about Soto either but still don't know who I would have taken instead, was praying for Votto to drop.
8. What player is the biggest key to your success?
Carlos Quentin and it's not even close. Canyon sized gamble taking him over Lee, Berkman, Manny, and Soriano. People are saying his power will decline but the man was going to hit over 40 bombs last year, a sharp decline would be 30 over the full 162 games. He has a legitimate chance to be a first rounder heading into 2010 or the bust of the draft.
9. Your team's weak/strong points
Hitting: Tons of power, basically zero speed.
Pitching: Good closer core, Nice 1-2 punch, millions of high upside guys at the back end of my rotation and hopefully 2 of them will pan out.