If it’s April, then we must have had our fantasy baseball draft by now, right? Right!
Here’s the team I ended up with:
|C||Jarrod Saltalamacchia||TEX||5/78||23||Another year with a tandem of two half-decent catchers. At least they’re both young this year!|
|2B/SS||Clint Barmes||COL||10/158||30||Wonder how long he’ll have a starting job?|
|3B||Ryan Zimmerman||WAS||2/30||24||He’s going to break out some year, right?|
|SS||Derek Jeter||NYA||4/62||34||As a Red Sox fan, I’m happy his bat is declining rapidly. If he does have one more great year in him, though, it’d be great if 2009 is it.|
|SP||Jordan Zimmermann||WAS||9/142||23||Should be in the Majors in a few weeks.|
The draft this year was really weird: We got down to the end of the draft, where last year I took Paul Maholm and Zach Duke with my last two picks, and the year before I took Josh Hamilton with my last pick. This year, though, there was no one left I wanted, not role players with guaranteed starting time, not second-tier prospects, nothing. So I passed my last 5 picks. I’m not sure whether the player pool is smaller this year for some reason, or if the league as a whole is drafting better. Or maybe I’m just too picky. But I felt I’d do better waiting to see how roles change in April than drafting guys with those last 5 picks.
As usual I ended up with a bunch of quality hitters, and a pretty weak pitching staff. It seemed like the pitchers I wanted kept getting taken just before I wanted them, and there was always a good hitter I wanted more than the next other pitchers. I had especially hoped to get Josh Beckett with my first-round pick (14th overall), but he went 2 picks before me.
I feel like the rest of the league is passing me by in drafting prospects who stick, as it’s been a while since I’ve drafted a young impact player at a premium position, so I keep spending early picks on 2B, 3B, SS and even catcher (although the “two decent catchers in tandem” strategy has worked surprisingly well). And I still haven’t worked out how to draft pitchers.
But I don’t think I have a bad team. And I did finish in third place last year (out of 16), and I finish in the top half more often than not.. So maybe I’m overly pessimistic.