Ron Cey Listener League Draft Results
the owners in this league are devoted 411 followers, so the competition
is intense. That said, I’m really glad I did my NL-Only auction first,
because by comparison, this seemed like a breeze! Overall, I’m very
happy with my team, Round
Picking out of the five slot, I kicked things off by making the somewhat controversial choice of taking Miguel Cabrera over Grady Sizemore,
but there’s a reason why I did this. First, I see Cabrera having a
monster year, think .320-40-130, and the 40 point difference in AVG
between the two is significant. But mostly, this selection was made
with the second round in mind. I wanted to avoid taking two
outfielders in the first two rounds, and I had either Carlos Beltran or Alfonso Soriano
as targets for Pick #20. I preferred the Cabrera-Beltran duo over the
Sizemore-Fielder one. Fortunately, Beltran was there for the taking.
most cases, I like to get speed out of all three middle infield slots,
but this was an example of having to adjust on the fly, viewing Dan Uggla as simply the best option on the board in the middle of the seventh round. After J.J. Hardy,
there was a huge SS dropoff, so that’s why I grabbed him.in the
eighth. With all three MI spots filled this early in the draft, I
wasn’t forced to scramble for mediocre options later. The downside of
this approach? I was forced to reach a bit for Maybin and Lewis to
help out in steals.
The one pick I’m not all too happy about is Nelson Cruz as
my 3rd OF. He was the most intriguing option still on the board, but I
probably shouldn’t have waited so long to take another outfielder. I
tend to agree with Siano that Cruz is overrated, and 12th round is just
too early. I also don’t have a third closer, but this doesn’t bother
me, as save sources do emerge during the season.
As for pitching, I did break from the 411 doctrine of not taking an SP until the ninth or tenth round, but Dan Haren
in the sixth was too good to pass up. Aside from Haren, all my SPs
were taken in or after Round 11, and they’re all quality options. I
even went out on a limb with the Fausto Carmona pick, but 25th round is huge upside.
forward to another eventful season in the Cey league. Special shout
out to new member Dan in LA (Futuristic Pasta) who requested that I say
he’s awesome. So there you have it!