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This year, I was again invited to join a (different) fantasy baseball league with other Twins bloggers. It’s a rotisserie league, and the draft went OK, but not great for me. Here’s a recap draft in order of round (plus the thoughts I put down just after I drafted each, in some cases censored, as this is a family blog 🙂 ):
- Tim Lincecum (11th overall): Four years of playing fantasy, and I still feel weird every time I pick a pitcher first. He was the best left at the time (after Thrylos took Kevin Slowey with the seventh overall pick, for some reason). So, overall very happy with this one.
- David Wright (14): Wright or Longoria? Longoria or Wright? Wright or Longoria? Longoria or Wright? (Three seconds left on timer) WRIGHT!
- Brian Roberts (35): He’s been hurt, but I spent 55 of my 90 seconds looking into whether he’s better. He supposedly is. I hope.
- Justin Verlander (38): Man, I feel sorta dirty picking him. Oh well, at least he’s a decent pitcher, even if he does have a temper shorter than Carlos Gomez’s plate discipline.
- B.J. Upton (59): What’s not to love here? Seriously?
- Shin-Soo Choo (86): Choo was a steal in the 16th round of last year’s draft, but he isn’t a secret anymore. Hopefully he hits for more average than expected.
- Michael Cuddyer (83): Crap. I meant to draft Denard Span. Extra value for Cuddyer now that he has 1B cred as well as OF. Oh, well, since we’re not grading defense…
- Scott Baker (86): Timmy is my homer pick of the year. Last year, he was my only decent pitcher for the whole season, so I must admit I have a soft spot for him. No injuries!
- Jason Kubel (107): The Dude was still abiding in the ninth round, and he is eligible for the OF due to Mountie’s injury. Sounds like a steal to me.
- Stephen Drew (110): Great value for a shortstop, if he continues in his development. I’m surprised he slipped this low.
- Miguel Montero (131): After spending last season shuffling Napoli and Bengie Molina, I vowed to take a decent catcher early enough that I could keep him all season. Montero really impressed me last season, and I can see him doing even better this year.
- Todd Helton (134): Steal of the draft right here. Helton’s old, but he’s still got a heckuva bat and plays in Coors Field. He’s no Pujols, but I’ll still take him.
- A.J. Burnett (155): Dislike the pitcher, respect what he can do. Yankee Stadium hopefully won’t hurt him too badly this year.
- Alex Rios (158): Stupid computer freezing and autoselecting for me.
- J.J. Hardy (179): If he bounces back and becomes the player he was in 2007, this move will look brilliant. If he doesn’t, I look stupid.
- Chad Qualls (182): The fact that he pitches for the D’Backs limits his saves opportunities, but he was very good before his injury last year.
- Chris Coughlan (203): Because I needed another outfielder.
- Brian Matusz (206): This was a surprise. I expected Matusz to go in the fifteenth round or so. Glad he fell to me.
- Chase Headley (227): Because I needed another 3B.
- A.J. Pierzynski (230): Rag on him if you want, but he’s got a decent average and that’s all I need from a backup.
- Matt Capps (251): Mediocre closer, and the fact that he’s in Washington will hurt his numbers, but still, happy to have him.
- Carlos Zambrano (254): How the Mighty have fallen. He actually might have gone undrafted. How scary is that?
- Conor Jackson (275): I like Jackson a lot. Last year he was devastated by a bout with Valley Fever, but he is better and has been performing well in ST. Could be a great pick if he is anything like he was before the illness.
- Barry Zito (278): Nothing special anymore, but he’s solid, and I don’t have to pay him.
- Drew Storen (299): He’ll start in the minors, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he shows up about a month in.
That’s that! This is a great group of bloggers in the league, and everyone should go visit their sites, if you don’t already:
Eric Johnson – Undomed
Andrew Kneeland – TwinsTarget
Brian Pietrzak – BP’s Baseball Blog
Emily Jipp – Chatter from the Cheap Seats
Erin Moore – Picked Off at First
Josh Johnson – Josh’s Thoughts
Kirsten Brown – KBro’s Baseball Blog
Louie Schuth – Hitting the Eephus
Shawn Berg – On the Road With…
Thrylos98 – The Tenth Inning Stretch
Topper Anton – Curve for a Strike
Peace, all. More posts coming tonight.
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