Get ready everyone...Baby Bisho's coming high and tight with his 1st annual fantasy draft analysis. Keep in mind, this analysis is the opinion of one owner, and not meant to hurt anyone's feelings. Here we go.
Best Pick – Javier Vasquez in Round 9
Worst Pick – Russell Martin in Round 3
Overall Grade – D+
With guys like Crawford and Quentin on the board at the end of the 3rd round, the Martin pick seems upsurd. In addition, when your staff ace is Wang, and Halladay was still available, one might ask if the “lipper” that was introduced early in the draft had some ill effects on the GM.
Best Pick – Chris Young (AZ) in Round 10
Worst Pick – Vlad Guerrero in Round 4
Overall Grade – B+
Love, love, love the starting pitching. Webb-Lester-Shields-Myers-Sanchez. About as solid as they come. The pen is strong as well…the “Mexicutioner” Soria might have the best peripherals of any RP. Added some good young talent late in the draft with Rasmus, Porcello and Lars Anderson. All 3 of those guys could make an impact this year. Would have rather had Aramis than old man Vlad in the 4th. Only thing lacking in the lineup is speed.
CLARK & ADDISON
Best Pick – Rickie Weeks in Round 21
Worst Pick – Ichiro in Round 3
Overall Grade – C
Ho Hum, Ho Hum off to work we go! There is nothing eye-popping about Clark & Addison on paper. They didn’t make any big mistakes, but didn’t find much gold in their pan either. They’ve got some power, a little speed, and very questionable in the rotation beyond Lackey. Weeks is an absolute steal in the 21st round if he stays healthy. Look for a middle of the pack finish in year #1
Best Pick – Lastings Milledge in Round 16
Worst Pick – Jeff Clement in Round 22
Overall Grade – A-
Very well balanced, but contract years are going to be an issue with such a young team. Kemp, Hart, Votto, Bruce…all of these guys should improve their rate stats over the life of their assigned contract. Pitching is solid, but not great, and the pen is a MAJOR question mark. There’s a chance come May 1st that there isn’t one clear cut closer on the roster. Strong drafting late with: Feliz, B. Anderson and Alvarez. Expect a top 3 finish in year #1
Best Pick – Edwin Encarnacion in Round 18
Worst Pick – Robinson Cano in Round 7
Overall Grade – B-
A lot like its GM, team is “long in the tooth”. Lee, Rivera, Oswalt, Wells, Damon, Polanco…Christ..is it 2003? In all seriousness though, Sizemore and Fielder provide a good base, and Peavy can anchor any fantasy staff. I actually like the late rotation picks of Kuroda and Blanton better than the earlier picks of Carmona and Pelfrey. Another positive, he’ll have a crap load of contract years to apply to younger players as half the team is staring at retirement in the next 2 years.
Best Pick – Lipstick on a Pig here…I guess David Wright in Round 1
Worst Pick – and also awarded WORST PICK OF THE DRAFT – Victor Martinez in Round 4
Overall Grade – D
I guess I can start with V-Mart in the 4th round. One word…Yuck! Way too many question marks to contend this year: V-Mart, Burnett, Bedard, Hoffman, Konerko, Sherrill, Helton, Percival, Matsui, and Hafner. Half of the team was either injured for a majority of the season, in danger of losing their job, or traded in the off-season. Between Hoosier Heat and CO Yankees, they can start building phase #3 at Del Boca Vista. No prospects were drafted.
Best Pick – Ivan Rodriguez in Round 25
Worst Pick – Benjie Molina in Round 11
Overall Grade – C
When your 25th round pick will start over your 11th round pick, chances are you screwed the pooch on that 11th pick. I think Jimmy’s Daddy would be much happier with Pudge and Milledge, Encarnacion, Maybin, or Ankiel…don’t you? With a healthy A-Rod, and Hanley anchoring the offense, and 2 of the best closers in the business, look for a 5th-8th place finish in year 1.
Best Pick – Cameron Maybin in Round 16
Worst Pick – Geovany Soto in Round 4
Overall Grade - A
Hands down, best draft had by any owner. The Soto pick is marked only because the author doesn’t believe in drafting catchers early. Top to bottom, there are no weaknesses, and plenty of upside in guys like Motte, Sandoval, Hanson, Price and Davis. Team is scary good..and finishes in the top 2.
Best Pick – Matt Cain
Worst Pick – Derek Jeter
Overall Grade – B-
The shine is off Jeter….declining numbers year after year, and continually drafted far too high. I was actually watching Doc Gooden’s 2003 no hitter for the Yankees last night, and was surprised to see #2 playing shortstop. BTW..Doc is NOT taking care of himself. Looks like the 3rd or 4th best draft overall, with Pujols, Soriano and Beltran, you can’t really go wrong. Besides grabbing Cain late, who, if he got some run support would be a top 15 SP, Tallcorn nabbed Felipe Lopez and Chris Volstad, who might find their way into the starting lineup for the cobras before week 3
Best Pick - Rick Ankiel in Round 13
Worst Pick – Magglio Ordonez in Round #6
Overall Grade – C+
Do you want to face the Rockpile when this rotation has 2 starts each in a week: Lincecum, Volquez, Felix & Ubaldo? I don’t! That’s 80 strikeouts right there. High strikeouts, high rewards, high risk. Would anyone be surprised if all 4 of those guys ended up on the DL with elbow bursitis or “my herky jerky motion caused my 24 year old arm to fall off”?? The offense needs help, but should keep them in the mix most weeks.
Best Pick – Troy Tulowitzki in Round 9
Worst Pick – Anything from the 13th round on
Overall Grade – C-
I’m hoping autodraft clicked on at the 13th round, and those were not conscious picks. I count 7 of those picks that should be on the waiver wire. Rounds 1-12 were much different. Good mix of all categories, young guys with upside and established veterans. If The Swingers, can make some moves, and add some real depth, they’ll finish in the upper half in year #1
Best Pick – Ricky Nolasco in Round 12
Worst Pick – Hamilton in Round 1
Overall Grade – B+
I would have picked differently in the first round…still don’t trust Hamilton. Year 2000! boasts the best pitching staff in the league, and should dominate all 5 categories each week. He’ll likely need to trade one of his arms for a bat or two towards the middle of the season, but count on a top 4 finish. Good, strong, talent for the next 3 years indeed
Projected Final Standings for Year #1
1. Lawndale Longhorns
2. Client #9
3. Year 2000!
4. Baby Gorillas
5. TallCorn Cobras
6. CO Yankees
7. The Rockpile
8. Jimmy’s Daddy
9. Clark & Addison
10. The Swingers
12. Hoosier Heat