I am a 14-team mixed cumulative points (1 point for hit, etc.) league and in dead last as an expansion team this year.
However, I have traded off a lot of parts and next year in the draft, I will have picks
1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 14, 16, 17
in a 22-round draft that is non-snake (it is like the NFL where worst team picks first each round).
Any keeper you can keep for eternity if you like. Each team keeps 5 players and middle infielders are usually in short supply on draft day. We start 9 hitters (eight positions and DH) and 5 SP and 2 RP.
Looking ahead to my keepers (because that is all I have to look forward to really):
I have Felix Hernandez, Joey Votto, and Adam Wainwright (got him in 21st round of this year's draft) as definite keepers.
My question marks come from this group (in no particular order):
Melky Cabrera (entering his prime), Jason Kipnis, JP Arencibia (position scarcity for 20-HR power), Matt Joyce, Jemile Weeks, Zack Cozart, Shin-Soo Choo, Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Derek Holland, Corey Luebke, Roy Oswalt, Jordan Zimmermann, Yu Darvish.
My question is two-fold:
A. Do any of these stick out as two likely candidates or should I trade away some of my draft picks for other teams' 6th and 7th options during offseason?
B. Am I wasting roster spots on guys like Trout, Harper and Darvish or do they have special value because you can keep them forever? My plan if I throw Harper back in the draft is to get all of my starting lineup (except RPs) by the end of the fifth round and take Harper in the 6th round.
Your help is appreciated.