Post-Draft Review: The Rest

Since it’s Cinco de Mayo, and the season (in America) began back in the last week of March, I think it’s time to just rip through the last 3 teams, Angry Anteaters, Cy Hughesand Jeff Kent’s Mustache. I’ll start with Jeff Kent’s Mustache.

Mustache had OK keepers, excluding Orlando Cabrera, but his draft was hampered by looming med school exams. His LA bias was apparent from the very first pick: Brad Penney at the 3rd pick in the 7th round. Then came questionable picks Mike Lowell in the 8th and James Loney in the 9th. Continue reading

Post-Draft Review: Chase-ing Pink

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

Post-Draft Review: Da Jesus

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

Post-Draft Review: 40oz to Farney

Farney, who has subsequently renamed himself Lecherous Goldenberg to simultaneously show off his superior fantasy vocabulary and poke fun at the irony of a frat brother that was the opposite of lecherous, had a pretty decent draft. Getting Chipper Jones in the first round will provide strong power and OBP numbers for the 450 ABs a year that he’s healthy and provided a lot of leeway in the following selections by filling the infield effeciently.  Since Atkins and Figgins were already on the team and have 3B eligibility, I might be have been temped to take Paul Konerko with this selection, but that’s just playing devil’s advocate. The next 3 rounds were well selected, filling OF slots (Josh Hamilton and Vernon Wells) and picking up a strong pitcher – Chris Young – even if he has had some injury problems. If Hamilton plays like he did last year for a full year, he’ll be a strong keeper and maybe a 3rd round caliber player next year. Continue reading

Post-Draft Review: The Cuddle Rapers

The 2008 draft went OK for the Cuddle Rapers. Building on his tremendous hitting core of Pujols, Holliday and Rollins, Rapers needed to address pitching while waiting for Scott Kazmir to recover. With Verlander in tow, and a second outfield slot filled by Godzilla, Rapers only really needed to go after 2B, 3B and the best available players.

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Best Picks 2008

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

Best Picks 2007

I decided to look at the best and worst picks in the draft from last year. These are, of course, all hindsight, so it’s pretty easy.

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