Archive for February 10th, 2007

Saturday: 02.10.2007

Mock Update

Here is an updated look at my team in the Mock Draft I posted about last time as well as the first four rounds of the entire draft:

6.15 – C Russell Martin, LA – I don’t really like this pick for me, but I just didn’t have a feel for anyone here. In retrospect, I really wish I would have taken Dan Haren, who was selected two picks later. It’s not that Martin won’t perform nicely at catcher, but it just didn’t feel good when I locked it in.

7.02 – SS Julio Lugo, BOS – Blah. See also: Martin, Russell. I don’t entirely hate the pick because he should do well with the Sox, but I generally get fired about my picks and have a laundry list of reasons why it was the best pick at the time. I can’t really lay out a convincing argument for either of my last two picks.

8.15 – P Jonathan Papelbon, BOS – Now, here is a pick I love! Whether he starts or closes, I love his ability and I was extremely pleased to see him get back to me in the 8th round.

9.02 – OF Brad Hawpe, COL – Almost at once, the entire league noticed that outfield simply wasn’t as deep as we all thought. I was sitting with two greats thinking I could coast, but then I was watching outfielder after outfielder fly off the board and it hit me that I’d better get another one before letting another stretch go. Hawpe is a solid player, plus he plays in Coors field. He can’t hit lefties worth a damn (.232 last year), but I like getting another 20+ home runs here.

10.15 – SP Kelvim Escobar, LAA – To those that know me, this pick couldn’t be less of a surprise. I absolutely love Escobar. I wish the guy could stay healthy for an entire season, but his stuff is downright nasty. I’ve combined he and Lackey on a fantasy team for approximately the 452nd time.

11.02 – CI Nomar Garciaparra, LA – Sure, he is an injury risk. Always is, always will be, but I’d take another 469 at-bats in a heartbeat. In the 11th round, he presents significant value even if strong winds might sideline him for 2-3 weeks.

12.15 – 3B Edwin Encarnacion, CIN – Notice how deep 3B is this year? There is so much talent at that position and I’m happy to wait and get EE late. A 20-home run season is not out of the realm of possibilities in 2007.

13.02 – SP Brad Penny, LA – Apparently I love Los Angeles. Penny marks my fifth guy from the Angels & Dodgers in this draft. With Penny, you pretty much know what you’re going to get, but he has the talent to surprise. His ERA was high a season ago at 4.33, but the periphals say it wasn’t even that bad. Another 15 wins with an ERA in the high 3.00s would be fine here.

14.15 – P Scot Shields, LAA – This is just getting weird with the Los Angeles guys. All the closers worth a lick are gone, so I got a strong bullpen guy that could snake a few here and there and would replaced K-Rod if anything happened.

Roster as of now:
C RMartin (6)
1B JMorneau (2)
3B EEncarnacion (12)
CI NGarciaparra (11)
2B BRoberts (5)
SS JLugo (7)
MI
OF ASoriano (1)
OF ISuzuki (3)
OF BHawpe (9)
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OF
UT

P JLackey (4)
P JPapelbon (8)
P KEscobar (10)
P BPenny (13)
P SShields (14)
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First four rounds of the entire draft:

1.01 – Hammer – Albert Pujols, 1B
1.02 – ari.Gold – Alfonso Soriano, OF
1.03 – Erik – Alex Rodriguez, 3B
1.04 – Revo – Jose Reyes, SS
1.05 – MGH5208 – Ryan Howard, 1B
1.06 – Megapowers – Carl Crawford, OF
1.07 – eldiablo505 – Johan Santana, P
1.08 – Midway Monster – Miguel Cabrera, 3B
1.09 – Friarfan – Chase Utley, 2B
1.10 – joncarlos – David Wright, 3B
1.11 – BC – Vladimir Guerrero, OF
1.12 – Patronus – Carlos Beltran, OF
1.13 – Juiced – David Ortiz, DH
1.14 – DMT – Matt Holliday, OF
1.15 – Heyelander – Manny Ramirez, OF
1.16 – goalie – Joe Mauer, C

2.01 – goalie – Lance Berkman, 1B/OF
2.02 – Heyelander – Jimmy Rollins, SS
2.03 – DMT – Travis Hafner, DH
2.04 – Juiced – Derek Jeter, SS
2.05 – Patronus – Mark Teixeira, 1B
2.06 – BC – Grady Sizemore, OF
2.07 – joncarlos – Derrek Lee, 1B
2.08 – Friarfan – Garrett Atkins, 3B
2.09 – Midway monster – Hanley Ramirez, SS
2.10 – eldiablo505 – Vernon Wells, OF
2.11 – Megapowers – Miguel Tejada, SS
2.12 – MGH5208 – Jason Bay, OF
2.13 – Revo – Carlos Lee, OF
2.14 – Erik – Aramis Ramirez, 3B
2.15 – ari.gold – Justin Morneau, 1B
2.16 – Hammer – Andruw Jones, OF

3.01 – Hammer – Bobby Abreu, OF
3.02 – ari.gold – Ichiro Suzuki, OF
3.03 – Erik – Chris Carpenter, P
3.04 – Revo – Rafael Furcal, SS
3.05 – MGH5208 – Carlos Zambrano, P
3.06 – Megapowers – Paul Konerko, 1B
3.07 – eldiablo505 – Michael Young, SS
3.08 – Midway monster – Jake Peavy, P
3.09 – Friarfan – Roy Oswalt, P
3.10 – joncarlos – Juan Pierre, OF
3.11 – BC – Jermaine Dye, OF
3.12 – Patronus – Chone Figgins, 3B/OF
3.13 – Juiced – Victor Martinez, C
3.14 – DMT – Brandon Webb, P
3.15 – Heyelander – Roy Halladay, P
3.16 – goalie – Ben Sheets, P

4.01 – goalie – Carlos Guillen, SS
4.02 – Heyelander – Adam Dunn, OF
4.03 – DMT – Brian McCann, C
4.04 – Juiced – Carlos Delgado, 1B
4.05 – Patronus – Francisco Rodriguez, RP
4.06 – BC – Johnny Damon, OF
4.07 – Joncarlos – Bill Hall, SS
4.08 – Friarfan – Richie Sexson, 1B
4.09 – Midway Monster – BJ Ryan, RP
4.10 – eldiablo505 – Hideki Matsui, OF
4.11 – Megapowers – Joe Nathan, RP
4.12 – MGH5208 – Robinson Cano, 2B
4.13 – Revo – Mariano Rivera, RP
4.14 – Erik – Gary Sheffield, OF
4.15 – ari.gold – John Lackey, P
4.16 – Hammer – Billy Wagner, RP