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Drafting First

As I mentioned, I am coming around to mock drafting.  I did one on Friday, choosing to take the first pick.  That's a challenge, because once the draft kicks in you do two consecutive picks each time and then wait 23 picks to go again.  If you want a particular player, you can't afford to wait until your next pick because he might be gone.  Click here to see the full draft results.  Here's my team:

C - Joe Mauer (4)
C - Mike Napoli (9)
1B - Derrek Lee (6)
2B - Placido Polanco (17)
SS - Hanley Ramirez (1)
3B - Garrett Atkins (7)
MI - Derek Jeter (8)
CI - Adrian Beltre (15)
OF - Alfonso Soriano (2)
OF - Matt Kemp (3)
OF - Bobby Abreu (5)
OF - Delmon Young (19)
OF - Ryan Spilborghs (21)
DH - Adam LaRoche (22)
SP - Javier Vazquez (10)
SP - Matt Cain (11)
SP - Ricky Nolasco (13)
SP - Ted Lilly (14)
SP - Jered Weaver (16)
SP - Andy Sonnanstine (20)
RP - Matt Capps (12)
RP - Chad Qualls (18)
RP - George Sherrill (23)

Not a huge fan of Lee, but Chris Davis is going earlier and earlier these days.  First base doesn't seem very deep this year.  I think my best bargain was Spilborghs.  I have my typical Abreu pick, strong catchers, and late-drafted rotation.  I think my owning two good shortstops caused a lot of teams to reach at the position.

Here's how I projected my team: .291 AVG, 272 HR, 1099 RBI, 1201 R, 180 SB, 3.79 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 1128 Ks, 83 W, 75 SV.   The team isn't entirely balanced, but it's a good one.  I'm light on HR, RBI, Ks, and SV.  However, the team should dominate in AVG, SB, and R.  Mock Draft Central's projected standings agreed - they have me coming in first in those three categories, making up for the deficiencies and putting my team in first place by 3.5 points.  If I was to play out this team, I'm confident that I'd move up a few spots in saves by working the wire aggressively.


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