Rotoprofessor Mock Draft #2

Last night, we held our second mock draft over at Mock Draft Central.  I want to again thank everyone who took the time to participate, as there was a lot of great discussion throughout the draft.  Everyone was incredibly knowledgeable, as I found out time and time again as round-after-round, my pick was taken before I selected.  We all know that frustration, don’t we?

Anyways, let’s take a look at the results, followed by some of my thoughts from the selections (sorry guys, don’t take it personally!):

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

Quick Thoughts:

  • Not that it’s wrong, but I was surprised that David Wright got picked before Jose Reyes.  What Reyes brings to the table is almost irreplaceable, so I’d take him every time.
  • Matt Kemp with the first pick in Round 3?  I know the hope is that he develops the power, but I’m not sold on him picking up 35 SB again in ’09.  There were a few OF’ers who came off the board after him, most notably Markakis and Crawford, who I would’ve selected before him.
  • Trust me, I’m not complaining, but I was shocked that Longoria fell to Round 3.  I’ve seen him consistently going in the second round, but I don’t disagree with waiting on him.
  • I have no problem with the first catcher coming off the board in Round 4, but I wouldn’t make Martin that pick.  To me, McCann is the clear-cut top catcher in the game heading into the season.
  • It’s funny, in the first mock draft we did, David Ortiz was autopicked as the #1 pick in Round 6.  This time around, he went in the middle of Round 4.  That’s a pretty big difference.
  • For me, Chipper Jones is a bit too big of an injury risk to take in Round 4.  There’s no doubting that he’s a great player when he’s actually on the field, but how often does that happen?
  • I like Ellsbury, but I would have been better suited to make a different pick in that spot, especially with Rollins & Roberts already on board.  I probably should have taken Adam Dunn or Geovanny Soto, as I was left going the rest of the draft desperately searching for power.    It came together in the end, but things would have been easier had I done things a bit differently.
  • The closers seemed to go a little bit earlier this time around.  Personally, I’m not taking Lidge in Round 5, even with his great ’08.
  • Cliff Lee before guys like Francisco Liriano, James Shields and Josh Beckett?  I know he had a huge season, but still.
  • There were some really solid picks in Round 7.  Joey Votto has a lot of potential and is really growing on me as a player.  I like him in that spot if you’ve missed out on the top 1B.
  • I didn’t love the picks that kicked off Round 8, though I love the pick of Ludwick less then the one of Damon.  I just think he’s a player who could be in for a big fall, making him someone I’m avoiding this season.  I’ll get into a bit more depth in the near future on this.
  • Nelson Cruz in Round 10…  I am not a fan of this pick, and we’ll get into why on Wednesday.  The fact that Hawpe and Ibanez went two rounds later just adds to it.
  • Rich Harden has a tear in his shoulder, making a pick I ordinarily would have liked in Round 10 into one that I’m not very hight on.  We always expect him to miss some time, but now we almost know for sure that he’s going to.
  • Matt Wieters went in Round 11, after going in Round 9 in our first draft.  That’s a bit better of a value in my opinion.
  • I probably wouldn’t have taken Burrell before Hawpe and Ibanez came off the board…
  • I was desperate for a 3B after Adrian Beltre came off the board at the beginning of Round 13.  I know Alex Gordon may have been a stretch there, but the next 3B to come off the board was Carlos Guillen in Round 17…
  • I like Derek Lowe, but I would have probably taken Clayton Kershaw, Kevin Slowey or John Danks before him.
  • Paul Konerko may have been a little bit of a reach in Round 14…
  • The order the closers went in Rounds 14 on was a little weird to me.  I know Matt Lindstrom has a lot of promise, but I’d rather go with someone who we know will likely hold the job for the entire season, like Trevor Hoffman, Matt Capps or Brian Wilson.
  • The same could be said for Ziegler going before Hoffman and Wilson…
  • Adam Jones is a nice sleeper, but I think Round 15 is a bit of a stretch.  In our first draft, he went in Round 22…
  • I would’ve taken Denard Span over Fred Lewis…
  • I know he’s likely to be a closer, but Joel Hanrahan in Round 16?
  • Scott Baker in Round 16 could be a steal…
  • We all know I’m not so high on Jeff Clement, as well as there bieng questions in his playing time, so I was surprised when he went before A.J. Pierzynski and Ramon Hernandez.
  • I took John Maine over Ted Lilly…  That’s a decision I may regret in a real draft.
  • I was also surprised that Brett Gardner, Luke Scott and Ken Griffey Jr. (only because he’s still unsigned) were drafted at all.

What does everyone else think?  What picks stand out for you?

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7 comments

  1. samuelLsamson says:

    Was a fun draft, being in England it’s lucky I’m not an early sleeper. I drafted the Rams from slot 5, and am fairly happy with the team I came away with; I didn’t check the site’s projections until afterwards, and they ranked my draft third which sounds reasonable. I could have done a better job with drafting RPs, with that ranking in mind, though the guys I ended up with have closer potential. Would have been better to nail down some more saves in the late middle rounds.

    I can see your point about taking Lee in round 6, and maybe I believe in his 2008 more than most, but I also got Beckett in round 7 so it worked out okay. I echo your point about knowledgeable drafters – hardly a round went by without the top guy or two disappearing off my queue just before I picked. Good practice though for when drafting starts for actual leagues. My favourite pick was Slowey (well and Reyes but that was a no-brainer); the pick I’d like to have back was Ryann Zimmerman in the 10th.

    Thanks for organising this, was a nice way to spend the early hours of Monday morning. If you go ahead with running an actual league do let me know, I’d be very happy to participate.

  2. John says:

    To speak to the two concerns you had for my team (Tears for Zeller), I liked the David Ortiz pick for my team in R4 instead of a top-flight SP who may be an injury risk (Hamels and Peavy), Chipper (also will almost certainly miss time) or reaching for McCann as my C1. Yes, Ortiz’ wrist injury may linger into the start of the season, but I feel confident that when his wrist is fully healthy, he will return to being one of the best hitters in the game. I had also selected power/speed with my first three picks (Sizemore, Utley, Markakis) and felt that I needed a true power hitter at that point.

    As far as Lindstrom goes, he was very solid last year, much more solid than “name” guys such as Capps, Hoffman or Wilson. He may not have the highest K rate, but I’ll take a small hit in K’s if he puts up a good ERA and WHIP. Also, who’s to say that Lindstrom won’t hold the job all year? The only competition he will have will be from similar no-name guys (Leo Nunez, Renyel Pinto) who were markedly worse than Lindstrom was this year. If Lindstrom pitches this year similar to how he did in 2008 and stays healthy, I have no concern whatsoever that he’ll be evicted from the closer role.

    All told, I’m a big fan of my team. I might be a touch light on power and my catching will probably be weak with Wieters being held in AAA until May, but practically all of my pitching is high-upside. I feel confident that this team would contend for a title.

  3. Tim McLeod says:

    I had a great time last night and thanks again for organizing the event. I chose the first slot in last nights draft, and as expected was a bit of a challenge. I’m very happy with the results, as think I managed a very solid balance on O and the pitching although not overwhelming should get the job done. I do agree to disagree with you on the Kemp pick. Yes, it was a bit early, but he certainly wasn’t going to be around for my next set of picks, so made the decision to reach as he was a very solid fit in my overall team plan. Those first few rounds when drafting at a corner position are a challenge and I believe a calculated reach, and the stats to go along with that reach are much better than watching those stats accumulate on another team. Thanks again Eric, and good fortunes with all your future endeavours!

  4. C Bass says:

    Great picks:
    Brian McCann – The professor is right he’s the best and last pick in round 4 is very valuable for him.
    Josh Beckett – Pitchers weren’t going as quickly here as in the first mock but this is incredible value.
    John Lackey – Not sure why he went below a number of pitchers who went before him. He showed he’s a top 10 pitcher last year when he absolutely dominated after sitting out the first 6 weeks of

  5. C Bass says:

    (wrong button, continued)

    the season.
    -Raul Ibanez – This guy gets disrespected every year but keeps producing in 4 categories. Moving from Seattle’s lineup and ballpark to Philly’s should more than even out him being one year older.
    -Kerry Wood – Perfect pick. Such a difference between him and the closers picked after him. Great value if healthy obviously.
    -Jered Weaver – Round 20 pick with round 8 potential. Great pick.
    -Jorge Posada – I don’t know what to say about this one…..he’s old and coming off injury, i know. But he’s in the Yankee lineup and if healthy he’s a lock for .270 with 15-20 HRs and 70-85 RBI. When Chris Ianetta, Matt Wieters and Mike Napoli are picked in round 11 and Posada drops to round 16 theres a problem.
    JD Drew – This is a great pick for this part of the draft. Worth the risk even if you only get half a season’s production from him.
    -Mark Buehrle – Last round. Great pick. Always a given for a great WHIP with solid W, ERA and K totals.

    Bad picks:
    -Matt Kemp: I understand the rationale, I just have to agree with the professor here.
    -Brad Lidge – I never like to select the first closer. How much better is he than Rivera Soria and Jenks who went in rounds 8 and 9.
    -Hunter Pence – Sorry Eric. Don’t like the pick. I’m not sure he’ll be better than the OF’s taken 3-4 rounds after him but if he is he won’t be much better. Vernon Wells in round 9 and Pence in round 6 doesn’t add up.
    -Chris Davis – Too early. No value here. This is his upside.
    -Francisco Liriano – Question:What’s the difference between him Rich Harden? Answer: Harden threw DOUBLE the innings he did last season with a BETTER strikeout rate with a BETTER WHIP and he’s on a BETTER team. So why does he go 3 rounds before Harden? No idea.
    -Yovanni Gallardo – See above and substitute Liriano’s name with Gallardo but with half the upside.
    -Alex Gordon – It’s time to start to wait for production and not expect it from this middle of the order Royals hitter.
    -Nelson Cruz – Pleeasssssseeeeeee. Who is this guy and what has he done to be selected above people like Ibanaez and Burrell who can very well give you 30 and 100.
    -Randy Johnson – He’s worth a shot late in the draft but not in the middle. He’s on SF now. This means that when he goes down with his middle of the season injury he won’t be brought back for a playoff push because there won’t be one. You’re picking for half an RJ on a bad team.
    -Aaron Cook – Theres no way he should be above Maine, Pelfrey, and Jurrjens amongst others.

    All in all good job guys. Time to start getting pumped for the season. I wish you all the best.

  6. I picked as Planet 10 in the 11th position. I was trying out a different draft slot to see what fell to me in the first round and to get a feel of how I would handle the not quite back to back picks that come with the next to last spot. The concern about Lowe in the 13th round is justified, as I should have taken Danks instead. Not sure about Kershaw this season, at least. With regard to taking Clement in the 17th, I know that was a reach, but I don’t like Pierzynski as he’s simply a plug-in at C, and Hernandez is dead to me after the last two seasons-like Sheets last year, he has to show me a full season of performance before I take a chance on him again. I feel that Clement has a bigger potential upside that AJ or Ramon, so I took my second catcher before I was left to ponder over Laird and the like.
    Konerko in the 14th may have also been a reach, but I expect good things from him this season, since he’s now healthy and hitting a good park for him. Out of what was available for a CI, he seemed the best bet for power.
    I didn’t like the fact that I took starting pitching so early, but every time I queued up a MI/CI or OF to fill a slot, he was grabbed a pick or three in front of me, so I tried to adapt by selecting quality pitching instead. Don’t think that I’ll follow that technique in an actual draft, however, just based on how my team turned out. Overall, the projections of MDC have my team at 3rd-6th, depending on which button is selected. Average was my largest problem, but I’ve usually found that to be the case with the way I build teams on power and speed on offense, and Ks and WHIP/ERA on the pitching side. Not my best mock draft this year, but a valuable learning experience.
    To echo Sam’s comment, if you decide to create an actual league, please keep me in consideration for a team. Thanks for putting this together and helping all of us get some valuable draft experience.

  7. Bill says:

    Eric, thanks for setting up the draft as it proved to be a good way to prepare. My team was Peach-Fuzzed Beaver Traps. The mock draft was good, because almost everyone was there and they knew their stuff. My team looked pretty good until I took Aubrey Huff in the 8th, which I regret very much. I should have taken Tulo after losing out on Peralta since I could have gotten value later at 3b/CI position with someone like Beltre. This error really hurt the rest of my draft and team.

    I showed once again that I have Shiny New Toy Syndrome taking guys like Bruce, Kershaw, J. Upton, and Perez. These picks would make more sense for a keeper league than yearly. I also decided to gamble on Hafner adding another risky, possibly high upside guy. I think late in the draft it is a good idea to add a couple of these types but my team has too many question marks for my liking.

    The Hanrahan pick was due to mismanagement on my part after missing out on several players I had been targeting. Good thing this was a mock draft.

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