Thanks! No, the non-snake element is just a choice that was made. Most people in the league hated the idea of the no. 1 pick having to wait 23 picks before being up again, so to speed up the process up for everyone we locked draft order (though the top 4 teams are automatic last place draft spots for next season). The rest is a lottery.
I really did not want to pick Choo in the 5th round, so your observation is spot on there. I just didn't have a choice: the other top OF'ers were already off the board due to them being kept or drafted. It was either Choo, Bourn or Carlos Gomez (those are the OFers who went in rounds 5 and 6) -- so I went with Choo for the more overall production.
I went into this draft knowing round 3 and 4 were my keepers, so my strategy was to take an elite 1B in the first round (either Pujols, Fielder or Votto - Pujols went 6, Fielder 7, so I took Votto 8). Then I would follow that up with a SP in round 2 (since in round 3 and 4 I would be locked out of picking a pitcher). Basicall all known aces were kept in various rounds during the draft, except Felix, Lee, Wainwright, and Greinke -- I obviously wanted Felix out of that group.
This leads into my explanation of Peavy and JJ in rounds 6 and 7: they were the highest ranked pitchers at that point. I was going to pick Lester in round 7, but he got snagged two picks before me so I settled for Johnson. Given the fact that the next pitcher taken was Ian Kennedy, you'll understand why I had to go for Peavy and JJ there.