Bob's Schmohawks -
Drafting out of the now dreaded #5 slot (damn you, A Rod), I followed my usual plan and didn't draft any pitchers with my first eight or so picks, then start filling SP and RP with good value, mixing in remaining starting line-up slots. I like to get 4-5 closers of varying degree of crappiness to open the year, and inevitably end up with not enough starting pitching. From that perspective, this draft was business as usual.
I prefer to use the first two rounds to fill SS and 2B. I felt it was too early for Rollins and Kinsler didn't make it back, so I ended up with an unusual, for me, lack of speed with Miguel Cabrera and Soriano, and a gaping hole up the middle.
The Razzballers continued to snatch the top players out of my Q round after round. As a result, the SP pitching is even weaker than usual to open the season. The RP is about where I wanted it to be. Hitting could be okay, if I get bounce back years from a couple of guys.
Overall, I would give myself about a B.
C Victor Martinez (77) - I'm happy to have a possible top catcher in this round.
1B Miguel Cabrera (5) - sure wish I had the 4th pick.
2B Brian Roberts (44) - loading up on more speed. I know Grey disapproves.
3B Ryan Zimmerman (116) - Grey, do you like me again?
SS Troy Tulowitzki (92) - not a bad consolation prize, if you don't get one of Top 3
2B/SS Howie Kendrick (149) - another Angel. So far, not dinged.
1B/3B Carlos Guillen (212) - why was I drafting old? No one else wanted them.
OF Alfonso Soriano (20) - safe-ish, boring pick here.
OF Carl Crawford (29) - needed speed, glad he dropped.
OF Vladimir Guerrero (54) - decent value here, and I'm an Angels fan
OF Bobby Abreu (68) - another Angel. Plus, I love tools guys, even when they're old.
OF Jeff Francoeur (284) - don't wait too long to fill OF, or you end up with this guy.
UTIL Todd Helton (245) - a hot spring, a bad back, a decent late round flier.
P Jonathan Broxton (101) - My first pitcher. I'm a ho for Broxton.
P Ricky Nolasco (125) - 125 picks off the board before I go SP. Crazy!
P Brian Fuentes (140) - another Angel, another injury risk, but with upside.
P Matt Garza (164) - I hope my strategy of low cost SP works.
P Matt Capps (173) - I can't believe how far the RP was dropping.
P Randy Johnson (188) - the SP is looking pretty sketchy. Need K's from the old goat.
P Mike Gonzalez (197) - doesn't anybody else want a crappy closer?
P John Smoltz (236) - more old injury guys. A good pick five years ago.
P Grant Balfour (260) - somebody else swiped Marmol, but look at this guy's K/9 rate.
Bench Kendry Morales (269) - when in doubt, pick another Angel.
Bench Bronson Arroyo (293) WTF! Can you say, waiver wire.
BenchTrevor Hoffman (221) - he's old and he's already injured, but he's cheap.
"I'm a ho for Broxton." Ha! Entertaining recap of your draft. Helton? Arroyo? Roberts? Kendrick? Guillen? Dude, you're rockin' the schmohawk name. Come correct! Hmm... Maybe you took the schmohawk label too seriously.
Frenchy in a 12 team league? Kinda bleh. You definitely have some speed to work with. Assuming Soriano still runs. I think you have your work cut out for you.