Rotoprofessor Mock Draft #1

Tonight we held the first Rotoprofessor Mock Draft over at Mock Draft Central.  I want to thank everyone who took the time out to participate.  It was a lot of fun and we will definitely be holding more in the future.  I’ll be giving you some quick thoughts at the bottom but will give a more in-depth look later on this weekend.  These are basically questions that came to my mind as some of the picks were being made (please, if you made the pick don’t take offense, I even questioned one of my picks!)

For now, let’s take a look at the results courtesy of Mock Draft Central:

Round Team Player Pos Team
R1 P1 Mad Dawg Rodriguez, Alex 3B NYY
R1 P2 Sean A. Ramirez, Hanley SS FLA
R1 P3 puerto rican perfume Reyes, Jose SS NYM
R1 P4 Planet 10 Pujols, Albert 1B STL
R1 P5 Rotoprofessor Wright, David 3B NYM
R1 P6 Sayid’s Death Squad Cabrera, Miguel 1B DET
R1 P7 Q! Sizemore, Grady OF CLE
R1 P8 Springfield Isotopes Braun, Ryan OF MIL
R1 P9 PlayersToBeNamedLater Utley, Chase 2B PHI
R1 P10 Yellow Dogs Hamilton, Josh OF TEX
R1 P11 BASSKICKERS Kinsler, Ian 2B TEX
R1 P12 Meichu Rollins, Jimmy SS PHI
R2 P1 Meichu Holliday, Matt OF OAK
R2 P2 BASSKICKERS Santana, Johan SP NYM
R2 P3 Yellow Dogs Teixeira, Mark 1B NYY
R2 P4 PlayersToBeNamedLater Longoria, Evan 3B TB
R2 P5 Springfield Isotopes Lincecum, Tim SP SF
R2 P6 Q! Howard, Ryan 1B PHI
R2 P7 Sayid’s Death Squad Beltran, Carlos OF NYM
R2 P8 Rotoprofessor Berkman, Lance 1B HOU
R2 P9 Planet 10 Upton, B.J. OF TB
R2 P10 puerto rican perfume Soriano, Alfonso OF CHC
R2 P11 Sean A. Lee, Carlos OF HOU
R2 P12 Mad Dawg Fielder, Prince 1B MIL
R3 P1 Mad Dawg Phillips, Brandon 2B CIN
R3 P2 Sean A. Crawford, Carl OF TB
R3 P3 puerto rican perfume Pedroia, Dustin 2B BOS
R3 P4 Planet 10 Quentin, Carlos OF CHW
R3 P5 Rotoprofessor Ramirez, Manny OF LA
R3 P6 Sayid’s Death Squad Ramirez, Aramis 3B CHC
R3 P7 Q! Markakis, Nick OF BAL
R3 P8 Springfield Isotopes Morneau, Justin 1B MIN
R3 P9 PlayersToBeNamedLater McCann, Brian C ATL
R3 P10 Yellow Dogs Gonzalez, Adrian 1B SD
R3 P11 BASSKICKERS Youkilis, Kevin 1B BOS
R3 P12 Meichu Suzuki, Ichiro OF SEA
R4 P1 Meichu Bay, Jason OF BOS
R4 P2 BASSKICKERS Sabathia, CC SP NYY
R4 P3 Yellow Dogs Kemp, Matt OF LA
R4 P4 PlayersToBeNamedLater Hamels, Cole SP PHI
R4 P5 Springfield Isotopes Ramirez, Alexei 2B CHW
R4 P6 Q! Martin, Russell C LA
R4 P7 Sayid’s Death Squad Webb, Brandon SP ARI
R4 P8 Rotoprofessor Roberts, Brian 2B BAL
R4 P9 Planet 10 Halladay, Roy SP TOR
R4 P10 puerto rican perfume Rios, Alex OF TOR
R4 P11 Sean A. Guerrero, Vladimir OF ANA
R4 P12 Mad Dawg Peavy, Jake SP SD
R5 P1 Mad Dawg Hart, Corey OF MIL
R5 P2 Sean A. Mauer, Joe C MIN
R5 P3 puerto rican perfume Haren, Dan SP ARI
R5 P4 Planet 10 Drew, Stephen SS ARI
R5 P5 Rotoprofessor Granderson, Curtis OF DET
R5 P6 Sayid’s Death Squad McLouth, Nate OF PIT
R5 P7 Q! Beckett, Josh SP BOS
R5 P8 Springfield Isotopes Soto, Geovany C CHC
R5 P9 PlayersToBeNamedLater Ellsbury, Jacoby OF BOS
R5 P10 Yellow Dogs Papelbon, Jonathan RP BOS
R5 P11 BASSKICKERS Victorino, Shane OF PHI
R5 P12 Meichu Jones, Chipper 3B ATL
R6 P1 Meichu Ortiz, David DH BOS
R6 P2 BASSKICKERS Uggla, Dan 2B FLA
R6 P3 Yellow Dogs Pena, Carlos 1B TB
R6 P4 PlayersToBeNamedLater Dunn, Adam OF ARI
R6 P5 Springfield Isotopes Ordonez, Magglio OF DET
R6 P6 Q! Lidge, Brad RP PHI
R6 P7 Sayid’s Death Squad Furcal, Rafael SS LA
R6 P8 Rotoprofessor Pence, Hunter OF HOU
R6 P9 Planet 10 Davis, Chris 1B TEX
R6 P10 puerto rican perfume Liriano, Francisco SP MIN
R6 P11 Sean A. Votto, Joey 1B CIN
R6 P12 Mad Dawg Abreu, Bobby OF NYY
R7 P1 Mad Dawg Nathan, Joe RP MIN
R7 P2 Sean A. Peralta, Jhonny SS CLE
R7 P3 puerto rican perfume Billingsley, Chad SP LA
R7 P4 Planet 10 Ethier, Andre OF LA
R7 P5 Rotoprofessor Martinez, Victor C CLE
R7 P6 Sayid’s Death Squad Atkins, Garrett 3B COL
R7 P7 Q! Santana, Ervin SP ANA
R7 P8 Springfield Isotopes Lee, Cliff SP CLE
R7 P9 PlayersToBeNamedLater Young, Michael SS TEX
R7 P10 Yellow Dogs Shields, James SP TB
R7 P11 BASSKICKERS Figgins, Chone 3B ANA
R7 P12 Meichu Lee, Derrek 1B CHC
R8 P1 Meichu Cano, Robinson 2B NYY
R8 P2 BASSKICKERS Hernandez, Felix SP SEA
R8 P3 Yellow Dogs Soria, Joakim RP KC
R8 P4 PlayersToBeNamedLater Lackey, John SP ANA
R8 P5 Springfield Isotopes Oswalt, Roy SP HOU
R8 P6 Q! Tulowitzki, Troy SS COL
R8 P7 Sayid’s Death Squad Rodriguez, Francisco RP NYM
R8 P8 Rotoprofessor Hardy, J.J. SS MIL
R8 P9 Planet 10 Doumit, Ryan C PIT
R8 P10 puerto rican perfume Ludwick, Ryan OF STL
R8 P11 Sean A. Rivera, Mariano RP NYY
R8 P12 Mad Dawg Kazmir, Scott SP TB
R9 P1 Mad Dawg Dye, Jermaine OF CHW
R9 P2 Sean A. Wells, Vernon OF TOR
R9 P3 puerto rican perfume Huff, Aubrey 3B BAL
R9 P4 Planet 10 Matsuzaka, Daisuke SP BOS
R9 P5 Rotoprofessor Zambrano, Carlos SP CHC
R9 P6 Sayid’s Death Squad Wieters, Matt C BAL
R9 P7 Q! Burnett, A.J. SP NYY
R9 P8 Springfield Isotopes Jeter, Derek SS NYY
R9 P9 PlayersToBeNamedLater Delgado, Carlos 1B NYM
R9 P10 Yellow Dogs Tejada, Miguel SS HOU
R9 P11 BASSKICKERS Damon, Johnny OF NYY
R9 P12 Meichu Loney, James 1B LA
R10 P1 Meichu Jenks, Bobby RP CHW
R10 P2 BASSKICKERS Molina, Bengie C SF
R10 P3 Yellow Dogs Zimmerman, Ryan 3B WAS
R10 P4 PlayersToBeNamedLater Hunter, Torii OF ANA
R10 P5 Springfield Isotopes Gordon, Alex 3B KC
R10 P6 Q! Cruz, Nelson OF TEX
R10 P7 Sayid’s Death Squad Harden, Rich SP CHC
R10 P8 Rotoprofessor Chamberlain, Joba RP NYY
R10 P9 Planet 10 Bruce, Jay OF CIN
R10 P10 puerto rican perfume Fuentes, Brian RP ANA
R10 P11 Sean A. Nolasco, Ricky SP FLA
R10 P12 Mad Dawg Volquez, Edinson SP CIN
R11 P1 Mad Dawg Ibanez, Raul OF PHI
R11 P2 Sean A. Vazquez, Javier SP ATL
R11 P3 puerto rican perfume Milledge, Lastings OF WAS
R11 P4 Planet 10 Valverde, Jose RP HOU
R11 P5 Rotoprofessor Wainwright, Adam SP STL
R11 P6 Sayid’s Death Squad Young, Chris OF ARI
R11 P7 Q! Verlander, Justin SP DET
R11 P8 Springfield Isotopes Wood, Kerry RP CLE
R11 P9 PlayersToBeNamedLater Lester, Jon SP BOS
R11 P10 Yellow Dogs Cain, Matt SP SF
R11 P11 BASSKICKERS Taveras, Willy OF CIN
R11 P12 Meichu Sheets, Ben SP MIL
R12 P1 Meichu Ryan, B.J. RP TOR
R12 P2 BASSKICKERS Marmol, Carlos RP CHC
R12 P3 Yellow Dogs Cabrera, Orlando SS CHW
R12 P4 PlayersToBeNamedLater Price, David RP TB
R12 P5 Springfield Isotopes Hawpe, Brad OF COL
R12 P6 Q! Iannetta, Chris C COL
R12 P7 Sayid’s Death Squad Napoli, Mike C ANA
R12 P8 Rotoprofessor Broxton, Jonathan RP LA
R12 P9 Planet 10 Kendrick, Howie 2B ANA
R12 P10 puerto rican perfume Greinke, Zack SP KC
R12 P11 Sean A. Gallardo, Yovani SP MIL
R12 P12 Mad Dawg Young, Chris SP SD
R13 P1 Mad Dawg Byrnes, Eric OF ARI
R13 P2 Sean A. Johnson, Josh SP FLA
R13 P3 puerto rican perfume Burrell, Pat OF TB
R13 P4 Planet 10 Bell, Heath RP SD
R13 P5 Rotoprofessor Cordero, Francisco RP CIN
R13 P6 Sayid’s Death Squad Werth, Jayson OF PHI
R13 P7 Q! Bradley, Milton OF CHC
R13 P8 Springfield Isotopes Wang, Chien-Ming SP NYY
R13 P9 PlayersToBeNamedLater Wilson, Brian RP SF
R13 P10 Yellow Dogs Nady, Xavier OF NYY
R13 P11 BASSKICKERS Dempster, Ryan SP CHC
R13 P12 Meichu Floyd, Gavin SP CHW
R14 P1 Meichu Myers, Brett SP PHI
R14 P2 BASSKICKERS Theriot, Ryan SS CHC
R14 P3 Yellow Dogs Wigginton, Ty 3B HOU
R14 P4 PlayersToBeNamedLater Encarnacion, Edwin 3B CIN
R14 P5 Springfield Isotopes Aviles, Mike SS KC
R14 P6 Q! Danks, John SP CHW
R14 P7 Sayid’s Death Squad Slowey, Kevin SP MIN
R14 P8 Rotoprofessor Harang, Aaron SP CIN
R14 P9 Planet 10 Johnson, Randy SP SF
R14 P10 puerto rican perfume Cantu, Jorge 3B FLA
R14 P11 Sean A. Jackson, Conor OF ARI
R14 P12 Mad Dawg Escobar, Yunel SS ATL
R15 P1 Mad Dawg Francisco, Frank RP TEX
R15 P2 Sean A. Scherzer, Max RP ARI
R15 P3 puerto rican perfume Blalock, Hank 1B TEX
R15 P4 Planet 10 Sandoval, Pablo 1B SF
R15 P5 Rotoprofessor Beltre, Adrian 3B SEA
R15 P6 Sayid’s Death Squad Jimenez, Ubaldo SP COL
R15 P7 Q! Lopez, Jose 2B SEA
R15 P8 Springfield Isotopes Hoffman, Trevor RP MIL
R15 P9 PlayersToBeNamedLater Garza, Matt SP TB
R15 P10 Yellow Dogs Pelfrey, Mike SP NYM
R15 P11 BASSKICKERS Span, Denard OF MIN
R15 P12 Meichu Capps, Matt RP PIT
R16 P1 Meichu Lowe, Derek SP ATL
R16 P2 BASSKICKERS Morrow, Brandon RP SEA
R16 P3 Yellow Dogs Lewis, Fred OF SF
R16 P4 PlayersToBeNamedLater Ankiel, Rick OF STL
R16 P5 Springfield Isotopes Blake, Casey 3B LA
R16 P6 Q! DeRosa, Mark 2B CLE
R16 P7 Sayid’s Death Squad Rodriguez, Wandy SP HOU
R16 P8 Rotoprofessor Posada, Jorge C NYY
R16 P9 Planet 10 Weaver, Jered SP ANA
R16 P10 puerto rican perfume Kershaw, Clayton RP LA
R16 P11 Sean A. Glaus, Troy 3B STL
R16 P12 Mad Dawg Duchscherer, Justin SP OAK
R17 P1 Mad Dawg Shoppach, Kelly C CLE
R17 P2 Sean A. Navarro, Dioner C TB
R17 P3 puerto rican perfume Volstad, Chris RP FLA
R17 P4 Planet 10 Clement, Jeff C SEA
R17 P5 Rotoprofessor Lindstrom, Matt RP FLA
R17 P6 Sayid’s Death Squad Johnson, Kelly 2B ATL
R17 P7 Q! Devine, Joey RP OAK
R17 P8 Springfield Isotopes Mora, Melvin 3B BAL
R17 P9 PlayersToBeNamedLater Street, Huston RP COL
R17 P10 Yellow Dogs Pierzynski, A.J. C CHW
R17 P11 BASSKICKERS Guillen, Carlos 3B DET
R17 P12 Meichu Cook, Aaron SP COL
R18 P1 Meichu Gonzalez, Mike RP ATL
R18 P2 BASSKICKERS Jurrjens, Jair SP ATL
R18 P3 Yellow Dogs Teagarden, Taylor C TEX
R18 P4 PlayersToBeNamedLater Hill, Aaron 2B TOR
R18 P5 Springfield Isotopes Hughes, Philip SP NYY
R18 P6 Q! Lilly, Ted SP CHC
R18 P7 Sayid’s Death Squad Sanchez, Jonathan SP SF
R18 P8 Rotoprofessor Young, Delmon OF MIN
R18 P9 Planet 10 Sanchez, Freddy 2B PIT
R18 P10 puerto rican perfume Matsui, Kaz 2B HOU
R18 P11 Sean A. Qualls, Chad RP ARI
R18 P12 Mad Dawg Renteria, Edgar SS SF
R19 P1 Mad Dawg Ziegler, Brad RP OAK
R19 P2 Sean A. Lopez, Felipe 2B ARI
R19 P3 puerto rican perfume Flores, Jesus C WAS
R19 P4 Planet 10 Cueto, Johnny SP CIN
R19 P5 Rotoprofessor Weeks, Rickie 2B MIL
R19 P6 Sayid’s Death Squad Greene, Khalil SS STL
R19 P7 Q! Polanco, Placido 2B DET
R19 P8 Springfield Isotopes Hernandez, Ramon C CIN
R19 P9 PlayersToBeNamedLater Hafner, Travis DH CLE
R19 P10 Yellow Dogs Casilla, Alexi 2B MIN
R19 P11 BASSKICKERS Maine, John SP NYM
R19 P12 Meichu Hermida, Jeremy OF FLA
R20 P1 Meichu Swisher, Nick OF NYY
R20 P2 BASSKICKERS Gomez, Carlos OF MIN
R20 P3 Yellow Dogs Saunders, Joe SP ANA
R20 P4 PlayersToBeNamedLater Parra, Manny SP MIL
R20 P5 Springfield Isotopes Hanrahan, Joel RP WAS
R20 P6 Q! Spilborghs, Ryan OF COL
R20 P7 Sayid’s Death Squad Meche, Gil SP KC
R20 P8 Rotoprofessor Baker, Scott SP MIN
R20 P9 Planet 10 Dukes, Elijah OF WAS
R20 P10 puerto rican perfume LaRoche, Adam 1B PIT
R20 P11 Sean A. Choo, Shin-Soo OF CLE
R20 P12 Mad Dawg Konerko, Paul 1B CHW
R21 P1 Mad Dawg Sherrill, George RP BAL
R21 P2 Sean A. Upton, Justin OF ARI
R21 P3 puerto rican perfume Bedard, Erik SP SEA
R21 P4 Planet 10 Sonnanstine, Andrew SP TB
R21 P5 Rotoprofessor Butler, Billy 1B KC
R21 P6 Sayid’s Death Squad Fontenot, Mike 2B CHC
R21 P7 Q! Lowell, Mike 3B BOS
R21 P8 Springfield Isotopes Perez, Rafael RP CLE
R21 P9 PlayersToBeNamedLater Saltalamaccia, Jarrod C TEX
R21 P10 Yellow Dogs Guthrie, Jeremy SP BAL
R21 P11 BASSKICKERS Thome, Jim DH CHW
R21 P12 Meichu Bartlett, Jason SS TB
R22 P1 Meichu Suzuki, Kurt C OAK
R22 P2 BASSKICKERS Percival, Troy RP TB
R22 P3 Yellow Dogs Galarraga, Armando SP DET
R22 P4 PlayersToBeNamedLater Jones, Adam OF BAL
R22 P5 Springfield Isotopes Drew, J.D. OF BOS
R22 P6 Q! Giambi, Jason 1B OAK
R22 P7 Sayid’s Death Squad Arredondo, Jose RP ANA
R22 P8 Rotoprofessor Kuroda, Hiroki SP LA
R22 P9 Planet 10 Rowand, Aaron OF SF
R22 P10 puerto rican perfume Laird, Gerald C DET
R22 P11 Sean A. Dotel, Octavio RP CHW
R22 P12 Mad Dawg Jacobs, Mike 1B KC
R23 P1 Mad Dawg Rodriguez, Ivan C NYY
R23 P2 Sean A. Smoltz, John SP BOS
R23 P3 puerto rican perfume Ray, Chris RP BAL
R23 P4 Planet 10 McGowan, Dustin SP TOR
R23 P5 Rotoprofessor Church, Ryan OF NYM
R23 P6 Sayid’s Death Squad Kubel, Jason OF MIN
R23 P7 Q! Perez, Oliver SP NYM
R23 P8 Springfield Isotopes Matsui, Hideki OF NYY
R23 P9 PlayersToBeNamedLater Bonderman, Jeremy SP DET
R23 P10 Yellow Dogs Lohse, Kyle SP STL
R23 P11 BASSKICKERS Snyder, Chris C ARI
R23 P12 Meichu Inge, Brandon C DET

Quick Thoughts:

  • I was a bit surprised that Chase Utley went in the first round still.  With the question about the time he’s going to miss, he’s more of a 2nd or 3rd Round pick to me.
  • Ryan Howard lasted until pick #18?
  • B.J. Upton before Carlos Lee?
  • Prince Fielder before Justin Morneau?
  • Matt Kemp before Alex Rios?
  • Alexei Ramirez before Brian Roberts?
  • Stephen Drew in the 5th Round seemed a bit early, no matter how high on him I am.
  • David Ortiz was taken with the first pick in the 6th Round and was an Autopick.  I wonder how far he would have fallen if everyone was there.
  • Chris Davis just keeps getting picked earlier and earlier, doesn’t he?
  • Michael Young before Troy Tulowitzki & J.J. Hardy?
  • Carlos Zambrano over Edinson Volquez? (and that was my pick!)
  • Matt Wieters in the 9th Round?  I know he’s a pick time prospect, but there’s no guarantee when he’s going to reach the majors (I’ll be talking about this exact topic on Friday)
  • Alex Gordon in Round 10?  I love him as a bounce back, but this seems early.
  • Nelson Cruz in Round 10?  And before Jay Bruce?
  • Javier Vazquez before Jon Lester, Adam Wainwright & Yovani Gallardo?
  • Eric Byrnes & Chien-Ming Wang in Round 13?
  • Ty Wigginton in Round 14?
  • Erik Bedard as a gamble in Round 21?

Anything else jump out at anyone?

10 comments

  1. Sean A. says:

    Professor,
    Thanks for letting me take part in this mock draft. It was a great group you assembled. These guys must read a lot of what you write and what I am reading elsewhere as well. I was finding players I normally target flying off the draft board earlier than i have experienced in all my previous mocks.

    To try to explain some of what i did fist i must let you know this was my first draft that i had a top three pick. In all my previous mocks i have been at round 9 or below. I think this inexperience at that draft spot on my part showed as I felt I was picking players early and missing on others late all draft long. Hey, this is exactly why we mock from all different positions.

    One of things i try to do in all my drafts is to eliminate risk (I obviously did not do a good job of this in this mock!). That is one reason why i normally stay clear of any early pitchers since you never know whose arm will fall off tomorrow. So like here if I wait until taking my first starting pitcher in round 10 I need to make sure the next few pitchers I take will have high strikeout totals. I had a list of four of those when I grabbed Vazquez and felt the other 3 would be around for my next picks. The way these guys were picking Vazquez has been hyped up a lot recently and figured he would go sooner than my other targets Gallardo, Greinke and Cain. Unfortunately only Gallardo lasted and I grabbed him with my next pick.

    I tried some other things here that i might not normally do, took a top 3 catcher, grabbed 2 SS’s early, waited on by 3b/CI slot too long, etc… Anyway it was fun and I definitely learned the increasing value of many players from this. Keep on mocking!

  2. butchwoyme says:

    Hey, PTBNL here. Have to comment on the Utley pick. My thinking was that rather than take the chance that he did not come back to me in the 2nd and the fact that he would never have come back to me in the 3rd, I took him in the 1st (see Pujols, Albert circa 2008). Got a guy I wanted in the 2nd, so, in my eyes, it worked out. For me, there was also a huge drop off after the 9th Pick, so I wanted to get a guy that could be Top 5 when all is said and done.

  3. Wow, Matt Wieters in the 9th now?! Every mock draft I look at, he goes earlier and earlier! He’ll be a 1st round pick by the end of the month at this rate! And now speculation is he won’t be called up till June to push back his arb clock. It’s amazing how fantasy players always think they are so smart by picking the sleepers and hot rookies earlier and earlier, and don’t even realize they are totally giving up all their profit potential by doing so.

    And wow, same goes for Chris Davis!

    Gavin Floyd in Round 13?? Woah. And before guys like John Danks, Harang, Slowey, RJ, Lowe, and Garza! Floyd will have negative value in mixed leagues.

  4. Sayid says:

    Haha, Wieters was me. I have no reasoning really aside from the fact it was a two catcher league. And I make at least one big reach every year in a draft. Iannetta was a much better pick in the 12th.

  5. Q! says:

    I like Bruce well enough, but I’ll take Cruz first every time. More power, more rbi potential (batting 4th, maybe 5th, in a potent lineup), and honestly better steals potential too (or at the very least even). Batting average is probably a wash, as Bruce will improve and Cruz will regress, both ending up around .280-.290 in my opinion. I’ll give Bruce the runs advantage, but that’s about it.

    Whether or not Cruz is worth a 10th rd pick to begin with, that I don’t know. Doesn’t seem excessive to me.

  6. admin says:

    I hope no one took my quick thoughts personally! Your reasoning makes sense, obviously there is always a reason when you make a pick.

    I agree with Mike that some people just seem to be taken earlier and earlier, like Wieters and Davis. These players are huge gambles and I’m not sure I would take them quite as early. I’ll have a lot more on Wieters in a column tomorrow.

    The same could be said for Cruz. I know he had a successful run last season, but I can’t ignore his unsuccessful stints in ’06 & ’07. Some have classified him as a AAAA player and it is certainly possible. That’s not to say that I’m not high on him for ’09, but my expectations are tempered a bit.

  7. johnwhorfin says:

    Planet 10 here. With regard to my Upton pick, I like his speed/power mix better than Lee’s consistency. That, of course, depends on whether or not he continues his power display from the postseason.
    My thoughts in a mock draft is to try and draft a team I would want to go forth with in a regular fantasy league, and not try out new techniques or strategies, at least where I am drafting against all or mostly all human participants. Thus, I may reach for a player or two, but it is usually based on prior experience in other drafts. In my first mock drafts, I drafted pretty much by the book, just to see who was getting snatched up early. For example, Drew in the fifth round was probably a reach, but I’d lost him in two prior drafts by waiting until the 7th round. I wanted a power hitting SS, and it was him or Peralta. As things played out, I could have waited, but chose to solidify my SS as I was already feeling pretty good about my OF. A reach, but one I am willing to take this year.
    With Davis, I like his power potential, and I wanted to solidify my corner infielders (I took him as my 3B). I certainly like him better than either Figgins or Atkins who went in the next round. Again, a definite reach but one I am willing to gamble on this year.
    It’s always fun to draft against fantasy players who know their stuff. I learned a lot that will be translated into my primary draft cheat sheet. Thanks.

  8. Q! says:

    Hah, I think we all understand that you’re not attacking our picks… no offense taken, I was just trying to explain my thought process.

    And you may very well be right about Cruz. Sure, he had a monster year at AAA that continued into his 100+ ML ABs, but a cold start in April might derail his season before it really even gets a chance. Obviously I’m not expecting that, but it’s a real possibility.

  9. big o says:

    with the delayed wrap-around pick afforded me by the 3rd position , i felt i was doing ok up until round 6 , when i committed a critical error.
    regardless of your opinion of john’s choice of chris davis , he upset my pre-determined choice of a davis/billingsley wrap-around.
    if there’s one thing that i THINK that i’ve learned from participating in numerous mock drafts thus far , it’s this : the minute someone selects chris davis , the prudent decision is to choose joey votto , immediately …(and vice versa , btw). it doesn’t matter what round . it doesn’t matter what your team looks like at that moment in time. take votto.
    anyhow , i choked.

    choices i did not like were rounds: 9, 14, 15, and 17.
    dispite my unfamiliarity with the site, i enjoyed participating and wish i could have contributed to the chat , other than just asking dumb questions.

  10. Sayid says:

    Yeah, no offense taken at all. My favorite part (maybe the only good part, haha) of the Sportingnews Fantasy mag is when they do the mock and then each critique a pick per round.

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