Let's not forget one of the ADVANTAGES of being a bookend...
You can START a run.
Let's say you draft 12th out of 12, and the first five rounds goes as normal... the usual suspects...
Imagine the looks on your opponents faces when you take two top closers with the last pick of the fifth round and the first pick of the sixth.
This would be you:
This would be everyone else:
Now imagine the run on relief pitchers, and when it comes back to you, imagine you taking the last two really good corner infielders, the last two infielders capable of hitting thirty or so home runs.
This would be you, with a victory cigar:
This would be everyone else, stuck with guys with names like Hinske and Hillenbrand to man the corners:
Now after they fill out their infields, imagine you double tapping the very best of the starting pitchers... oh look Vazquez... Brown... guys like that with talent on very good teams... Barry Zito anyone?
This would be you with five good starting pitchers:
This would be the other guys, at the wrong end of the last decent starting pitcher run:
I laugh at the idea of not being able to control a draft at the bookend position.
You can, if you know what you are doing.