First mock draft for ’07!
I did my first mock draft of the winter last night, for a fantasy publication coming out in the spring. I picked second out of 15 in a standard 5×5 league, serpentine draft. The results:
Round Pick Comment
Round Pick Comment
R1>> Jose Reyes (SS) Speed, power and improved plate discipline too!
R2<< Justin Morneau (1B) Already damn good and getting better
R3>> Hanley Ramirez (SS) Made a believer out of me in ’06
R4<< Francisco Rodriguez (CL) You know I love a power bullpen…
R5>> B.J. Ryan (CL) …And these two are the best
R6<< Prince Fielder (1B) Rapidly improving young slugger
R7>> Alex Rios (OF) Healthy again and ready for a power spike
R8<< Barry Bonds (OF) Needed the power… hey, someone had to do it!
R9>> Danny Haren (SP) Signs point to a breakout year… Lo12 fave
R10<< Chris Capuano (SP) Solid K’s, improving control… another Lo12 guy
R11>> Kenji Johjima (C) Very consistent in ’06 and should repeat
R12<< Josh Barfield (2B Trade to Cleveland could mean more power
R13>> Josh Willingham (OF) Big finish in ’06 shows major upside
R14<< Jose Valverde (CL) Another closer with a high K rate
R15>> Chuck James (SP) Just needs to control the HR’s to excel
R16<< Mike Piazza (C) Value pick, since all the full-timers were gone
R17>> Carlos Quentin (OF) XBH machine in a hitters’ park… me likey!
R18<< Andy Marte (3B) Might need one more year, but the rest were gone
R19>> Nate Robertson (SP) Solid, consistent, but unspectacular… Lo12 guy
R20<< Boof Bonser (SP) Impressive debut, but can he repeat?
R21>> Justin Duchscherer (MR) Solid ratios and vulture saves if Street can’t go
R22<< Garrett Anderson (OF) Hey, I needed an outfielder and I hear he is one
R23>> Kevin Kouzmanoff (UT) High AVG’s should hold up in SD, but the power… ?
The player picking before me in the even rounds took Sizemore, Damon and Swisher in three straight rounds, each time when I was going to take that player with my next pick. As a result I ended up with a pretty mediocre outfield, especially if Bonds continues to fade in ’07. Overall we’re a little shy of power throughout the lineup.
Otherwise, though, the basic 411 strategy played out fairly well: good speed, a deep power bullpen, mid-round starting pitching bargains… note that I went for THREE list of 12 guys, plus 411 fave Chucky James and Boof Bonser.
Also, given the depth of a 15-team league vs. 12 teams, I ended up gambling on a lot of younger players (Morneau, Ramirez, Fielder, Barfield, Quentin, etc.). A few more established players might’ve lent a little bit more predictability to my roster.
Also… anyone out there with the Gentile or Klayman leagues, can you please post the winning totals in each of the 10 categories this season? Thanks to GP I have the results of the other three leagues so once I get those two I will post all five and we can fine-tune our draft-day goals for ’07.