BaseballGB has had its fantasy draft ahead of the 2010 season.
Here are the first 10 rounds of results:
The draft order, decided randomly by Yahoo about half an hour before the draft began, saw my team picking last. At least this proves it is not a fix! I didn’t panic, having done a mock draft picking last a few weeks earlier, and thought about the combination I was looking for with my first two picks.
There was one major surprise in round one, with Jeter going to the Yankee-supporting Spaniards in manager Oscar’s first-ever fantasy draft. Other than that, seeing Braun go before A-Rod was a slight surprise, with managers stocking up on the top 1B and 3B bats.
After Howard was picked, I opted to get a slugger in Miguel Cabrera.
I was picking first in round two and opted to fill SS by taking Tulowitzki, who was still available, which was a little surprising. I like the power/speed combo and felt Tulo and Miggy were as good as I could get in the first two rounds.
Lincecum was the first pitcher taken while the Spaniards opted for another Yankee in Cano, ahead of star hitters such as Sandoval, Sizemore, Crawford, Holliday and Votto.
Beck’nams doubled up on speed by taking Ellsbury and Ichiro. It’s hard to argue against taking a .350 hitter here, but if it was me I would have taken the power of Adrian Gonzalez here instead. The Spaniards made a huge reach for Brett Gardener – about 12 rounds or so too early for my liking.
After filling a problem position of SS, I was thinking about getting my CF spot done too, and was very happy to take Jayson Werth here.
Picking last altered my strategy here. With Lincecum, Felix Hernanadez and Sabathia already taken, and knowing I’d have to wait a long time until my next pick, I wasn’t sure there would be any true aces I wanted left.
I thought about taking Johan Santana here but opted for Dan Haren instead. It turned out to be a good move, as Johan, Cliff Lee and Verlander all went in the same round, as did AJ Burnett by, you guessed it, the Spaniards!
The first closer went here, as Bonestalkers took Rivera. I usually prefer to wait a little longer for a closer, but if you’re going to take one here, take Rivera.
Beck’nams stocked up on arms here with Carpenter and Verlander giving JJ two top starters. The Ferocious Stoics opted for Jon Lester, a pitcher I rate very highly.
Weston-Super-Sox grabbed Billy Butler, who deserves a lot more praise than he gets, while The Cheddar Chasers have a sparkplug CF in Andrew McCutchen.
Good value picks by Pretzel Vendors and The Wright Stuff here to get Morneau and Carlos Lee.
As a Dodger fan, I couldn’t pass on Andre Ethier here!
Adam Dunn’s 40HR power was hard to ignore in round six too, so I took him as well to complete my outfield – not something I thought I would do this early.
I had considered Figgins here, but Cheddar soon grabbed him.
Brian Roberts could be decent value here for Pretzel Vendors if he recovers from back trouble.
Beck’nams added another quality starter in Josh Johnson, with Papelbon taken with the next pick.
After seeing Johnson, Tommy Hanson, Ubaldo Jiminez and John Danks all go, with Oscar picking Casey Blake (for his beard?) in between, I opted to boost my rotation before it was too late, taking Cain.
I followed this up with Billingsley, giving me a solid top three in my rotation.
The Wright Stuff took Berkman here, which could work out well once he returns from knee trouble.
Manny’s a decent gamble for The Cheddar Chasers here purely because his contract is running out.
Beck’nams gambled on Rickie Weeks avoiding injuries – I am not convinced.
I hope the pick of Russell Martin works out for Beck’nams, but it was a bit early to take him in my opinion.
Ferocious Stoics oppted for Kubel’s power, while Prezel Vendors made a nice pick with Gordon Beckham, who will soon have 2B eligibility.
Derrek Lee seemed to have been left on the board for a wile, but SWAT caved in and took him.
Stevenston Angels picked up ex-Angel John Lackey, which I like a lot.
Alfredo Aceves was a surprise name here, as if he doesn’t win the Yankees’ fifth starting role he will be a long reliever instead.
A run on closers was starting, with Wilson, Marmol, Valverde and Bailey all going before my turn. I decided I needed to take a closer and opted for K-Rod.
Jake Peavy had a year to forget in 2009, but he’s definitely worth a gamble in round 10 this year, so I drafted him.
Felipe Lopez was a serious reach for Bonestalkers here, but there were a lot of good picks here.
I like the Pence pick, and would have gone for him here myself if I hadn’t already filled my outfield earlier, while Borders Bats and Iron Men both added quality shortstops in Yunel Escobar and Elvis Andrus.
It was no surprise to see two more closers go in Soriano and Fuentes, while Beck’nams have another 2B option in Ian Stewart in case Weeks doesn’t perform.
So there are the first half of the draft results – keep visiting BaseballGB as part two will be online soon!