Chase-ing Pink (ClemensDirtyNeedles) came away from the draft with a consensus steal as of the end of April: Pat “the bat” Burrell. In OBP leagues, Burrell is Diet Adam Dunn – he’ll never impress with the average, but a high OBP and he’ll hit 35+ HRs if he stays healthy. In the 9th round of our draft, I’d call him a hind-sight no-brainer. Pink has been helped by some very solid selections up anddown the draft. With that, lets look at Chase-ingPink chasing some fantasy glory. Continue reading
Da Jesus had an interesting draft. He went strong on pitching in the first two rounds, taking guys that the Dynasty Killas would have considered histop 2 pitchers on draft day: Aaron Harang and James Shields. Subsequently trading strength to plug weakness (and strengthen keepers), Da Jesus traded Harang for Troy Tulowitzki prior to opening day in the US. While on the surface, it appears Dynasty Killas got the better of this trade as of April 28th, there is no reason to expect that Tulo won’t turn his game around and post a 100-25-100-10-.370 line for the year. For the Dynasty Killas, this was a trade that would allow him to seriously contend this year, although, it would take the Reds scoring a few more runs for him. For Da Jesus, he picks up a strong SS that he lacked coming out of the draft. Continue reading
Jon Miller, radio voice of the San Francisco Giants and play-by-play man for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, is much more than a silky mic guy…his obvious potential as a world-class wingman has gone unnoticed for far too long… Continue reading
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I’m going to pick out who I think was the best pick by round in the draft. These are obviously predictions, and some will be arbitrary. Picks are based on relative value and potential impact. Many of the later round picks were difficult to assess best and worst. There will be full rounds that end up dropped and there will probably be guys that were picked in the 19th, 20th, 21st rounds that turn out better than the best pick of the 12th or 14th rounds. Continue reading
RA Dickey Dicks’ draft went well. Considering his team, I can’t single out a truly questionable pick until the 12th round. With Dunn, Berkman, Lee and Roberts there was speed and power to build on, and with Dice-K and Francisco Cordero, the team had a good start on wins and ks. Cordero was of questionable keeper quality.
Dynasty Killas draft was somewhat victimized by overthinking. While attempting to find good value Killas failed to anticipate correctly on a number of draft selections and ended up with a competitive team, but not the best team.