by Ivar G. Anderson
The fourth in our series of mock drafts took place last Wednesday night, with 12 teams joining to participate. I was nearly a no-show, having experienced major computer problems (browser hijackers are insidious), but did manage to join the draft midway into the proceedings. Fortunately, one of the fine fellows from CouchManagers, BaseballGuy (Jimi) was also in the draft and able to start things, albeit a few minutes late. We also had another total no-show in the 12th position, and I will be discussing how that affected things below.
Next week’s draft will be on Wednesday, March 12 at 8:30 PM (barring any unforeseen computer problems on my end), with 11 spots open and employing the standard 23 roster slots (one catcher, one U, MI and CI each, 10 pitchers). Click on the link above, and use the password roto5 to join.
The results that I am discussing can be located on Google Drive, by using the link at the beginning of this paragraph, if you have an interest in seeing how everyone picked. Below is my analysis, consisting of those picks that make me go Hmmm.
The first round proceeded swimmingly, with no surprises, but you will see that the 12th and 13th picks were two first basemen, Prince Fielder and Edwin Encarnacion. Having a CI slot to fill, this is not a horrible thing to have happen, but with the last pick in the 3rg round and the first pick in the 4th, our absentee drafter picked two shortstops, Jose Reyes and Jean Segura. Then with his pick in the 5th, slugger2659 took yet another first baseman in Allen Craig, who in my opinion was an early pick and with the selection of Ryan Zimmerman at 6.1, pretty much a handcuffing of the team with regard to his draft options. Aside from the Craig pick, I have no real objections to any of the players being taken when they were, I just would not have ignored pitching and/or outfield options so dramatically.