Just finished my first fantasy baseball draft of this season today, and I’m pretty pleased with the way things transpired. I managed to snag David Wright with the 5th pick and then David Ortiz with the 18th. Almost took Ryan Howard in the first round, but Ortiz should put up comparable power numbers.
– Jonathan Papelbon, pick 25: I was blown away. Could be the best closer in the game, but 25th overall?
– Mariano Rivera, pick 39: Overvaluing of closers continues in full swing. This guy’s ADP is around 88!
– Aaron Harang, pick 36: Can’t say this is a bad pick, and I like Harang. I’m just bitter that he wasn’t around for me to pick; with an ADP of around 72, I thought he’d be around for a couple more rounds.
– Dustin McGowan, pick 185: Would have picked him up myself, but gambled and waited too long. Amazing bargain.
– Rich Harden, pick 201: I was up two picks later and I would have taken him if he wasn’t off the board. You can pretty much mark his annual vaginal strain on the calendar, but in the 19th round he’s a worthwhile gamble.
– Edwin Encarnacion, pick 236: Everyone’s high on this guy, and if his post-demotion breakout last season is a sign of things to come, they’re right. He typically comes off the board around pick 169! What a deal!
I took a really late-round flier on Clayton Kershaw, and so I’m especially upset that the Dodgers are actually leaning towards giving the 5th starter spot to Esteban Loaiza, with Chan Ho Park in the mix. Why do teams do this? With Esteban Loaiza, he’s never going to surprise you; you know exactly what you’re going to get–an ERA around 5 and about half a strikeout an inning. Or in Chan Ho Park’s case, an ERA around 15. Do they think Kershaw’s going to be worse than that? What’s the downside of giving him the job? Protecting his confidence? You gotta pitch in the bigs some day, and he’s not going to get any more confident beating up on any more minor leaguers.