The perils of auto-drafting
I did another “random” mock draft last night but showed up late for it and had my first five picks done by auto-draft. Out of the 4th spot I got:
1. A-Rod, 3B (nice!)
2. Ichiro, OF (not to my tastes but reasonable here)
3. Fielder, 1B (good power balance to Ichiro but not a pick I would’ve made)
Already you can see a problem developing… tremendous power and decent speed, but three straight picks from deeper positions. The next two picks though really show how auto-drafting can hurt:
4. Chipper, 3B (a third CI in four picks, guh!)
5. Papelbon, CL (I NEVER take the #1 closer)
Well folks from here it became an exercise in self-preservation to see what I could make out of this, and the projected standings suggest I didn’t do too badly. But I was playing defense early on as a result of the first five picks, which illustrates very clearly one of the major 411 tenets: the purpose of your early-round picks is to build the core of your team around which you will structure the rest of your draft strategy. These five picks did not allow me to fully execute my own strategy as I typically would.
Anyway, check out the complete draft pick-by-pick and let me know your thoughts!