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Two things really stood out for this 2009 fantasy baseball mock draft. 1) I was not familiar enough with the draft interface. 2) It’s November. Hey, Grey got a calendar! Awesome! Yes, the date is obvious, smart ass. I’m just pointing out the obvious because so much will change between now and January, let alone March, that it’s very difficult to evaluate this mock draft. I will still do my best in my inimitable style. Yo, I’m inimitable! The draft was held at Mock Draft Central and organized by The Fantasy Man. Before I get to my thoughts, written as I was drafting, here’s my fantasy baseball team for the first mock draft of 2009:

2009 Fantasy Baseball Draft

As we went along, here’s my observations. Mock me, if you like:

1st and 2nd Rounds: The draft began pretty poorly because I was logged into my MDC account, but I guess there was another account made for me. I wasn’t aware of this until ten minutes into the draft. So it was my pick (12th out of 12 teams) right when I entered. The draft chat went basically like this. “Grey, you in?” “Yup.” “You’re up.” I look at the clock to see I have 28 seconds for my first two picks. I grabbed Upton and Holliday.  I’m severely computer-stupid so this could’ve all been my fault and I don’t blame Mock Draft Central. I’m sure if I were doing this draft in 2009, I would’ve been better prepared with the draft interface. In fact, I’m better acquainted with MDC’s software now from just doing this one mock draft.

3rd and 4th Rounds: I was eyeing my old standby Alexis Rios (who is now Alex Rios. Or maybe it’s Alex is Rios?), but he was taken right before my turn. I was scooped, ya’ll! I went with Webb and Adrian Gonzalez. My thoughts during this round, “Where the eff did all of the 1st basemen go already?” Seriously, Gonzalez or Lee were my choices. I don’t want Lee, whose numbers are beginning to resemble a 2nd baseman. Some other guys that went in the 4th round who I wouldn’t want this high: Cliff Lee, Victor Martinez, Joe Mauer and Garrett Atkins.

7th and 8th Rounds: Soto went in the 7th round. I’m not a fan of grabbing top catchers, but that was really good (mock) value. I grabbed Oswalt and Stephen Drew in these rounds. Kazmir went right after Oswalt, and I contemplated him for a brief second, but decided Oswalt was a bit safer. Drew will be my 2009 crush. I’ll cover him ad-nauseum during this offseason. Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike, I like Drew. Who cares who you like?

9th and 10th Rounds: I grabbed Matt Capps and Francisco Cordero, the top two closers left on the board. I contemplated Marmol and Huston Street instead of the aforementioned schmohawks, but I didn’t grab them because of the uncertainty right now (in November) of their closing situations. Billingsley went right after Capps and I mock kicked myself that I didn’t grab him. BTW, Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog just came on my iTunes. I do not keed.

11th and 12th Rounds: All right just grabbed Posada and Saito by accident. I timed out and it Auto-Selected for me. This was my error because I was typing up the last paragraph and jamming to Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog. By the time I looked up, I had Posada and Saito. I wouldn’t draft either of them, especially not Saito, but c’est la vie. I imagine a lot of this team would change because of how early I’m mock drafting (in November) and if there’s one thing I can find on the (mock) waiver wire is (mock) closers.

13th and 14th Rounds: I was set to grab Conor Jackson but someone (mock) grabbed him right before me. Since I was scooped again, I went with Cantu and then a longshot pick, Ian Stewart. I wanted average in this round and did not get it. I prolly could’ve (mock) waited on Stewart until the 23rd round, but this is a mock draft, so whatevs.

15th and 16th Rounds: In a boneheaded move, I grabbed Cameron Maybin, but it’s (mock) November (wait, it really is November) so this could end up being the mock steal of the mock draft or not. No way of knowing right now. Then I snagged John Maine — the real one, not mock one.

19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd Rounds: I grabbed Billy Butler, Iannetta, Scot Shields and Denard Span respectively with my last four picks (and, if you must know, Cypress Hill came on iTunes… Here is something you can’t understand, how could I choose Denard Span). These were actually my best value (mock) picks of the entire mock draft. I expect three of these four guys will not only play, but play well for their draft position. Then there’s Shields. It was between him or Wheeler for potential saves. I think Arrendono will take over for K-Rod, but Shields is a favorite of Scioscia so there’s potential there.

  1. Baron Von Vulturewins

    BaronVonVulturewins says:
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    First round love for BJ Upton?

    This all but confirms my sad suspicion that his post-season power binge removed all chance he’d be undervalued for next year. Do you see him as a typical first-rounder in ’09? Do you also expect him to get back to 20+ dingers?

    If he hits 30 in ’09, I think I should retroactively get credit for 10 in ’08, just for suffering through him all year.

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BaronVonVulturewins: You know I’m a sucker for BJ. He may as well be 2nd round because I picked 12th out of 12 teams, but as stated above I had 28 seconds to make two picks and this is a mock draft. I look at it like it’s the first week of spring training and you’re trying to find your timing.

    With all of that said, BJ should prolly go somewhere in the late 2nd round. He can steal 30 bases without trying and he can hit 15 to 20 home runs if he gets in the proper groove and his shoulder is healed by next year.

    I like the idea of a retroactive league. Then if you draft Cliff Lee in 09 and he sucks, you still get a 3.50 ERA.

  3. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    What happened to the 5th and 6th rounds? I see you took Victorino and Uggla. Uggla seems like a pretty high value here (likely early 4th), but Victorino is probably going to be a 6th rounder, wouldn’t you say?

    I’m curious to see what happens to the value of guys like Jacobs, CC, and sleepers like Kila Ka’aihue, Matt LaPorta, Felix Pie, David Price, etc.

    Do you have a list of the complete (mock) picks? I didn’t see them in your embeded links. Now that the baseball season and the election is over, I have more (mock) time at work to fart around with fantasy baseball. I need to fill my life with something else, and the (mock) Kaballah wasn’t quite working out for me spiritually. My (mock) soul needs (mock) ADP.

  4. Round 20 for Iannetta? Clearly the best (mock) pick of the (mock) draft.

    Javy Vazquez in the (mock) 17th? Looks like he’ll be a member of like all my teams next year.

  5. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Where can one participate in a mock draft this early?

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: I couldn’t write something for every round because of the speed the picks were coming back for me. I guess I could’ve went back afterwards and filled in something for what I might’ve been thinking, but that would’ve have been completely copacetic, and I am nothing if not copacetic.

    In savvier 12 team leagues, Victorino will be off the board sometime in the 5th or 6th rounds. Uggla will not last into the 5th rounds of most drafts of 12 team leagues (60th+ pick?). Personally, I didn’t even really like the Uggla (mock) pick of mine, but I felt if Holliday is (really) traded and doesn’t hit 30 HRs (which he might not even do in Coors), I needed power from a 2nd basemen. This team would struggle badly on average. That’s why I (mock) took Span and Butler, which I didn’t mention above. I could’ve prolly wrote about this draft for another 12,000 words, that’s how much I enjoy drafting.

    Re: Kila Ka’aihue, Matt LaPorta, Felix Pie — Only Pie will be drafted before spring training in non-keeper leagues. The other two need to figure out roles.

    re: Price — He’ll be drafted like a third or fourth starter before spring training then his role will be clarified and he’ll go earlier or later.

    re: mocks — Mock Draft Central (dot) com

    @Mike Podhorzer: Yeah, it’s a 2 catcher league, so that was real solid (mock) value.

    Vazquez may be underrated again in 09. He seems to flip-flop every year on how well he’s evaluated.

  7. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: So to sum up your view of Price… “I feel David Price could go somewhere late or perhaps earlier than that, but when his role is clarified, more than likely he’s going to go early late early or perhaps somewhere inbetween early and late early.”

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: In summation, not really what I’m saying.

    Before spring training, Price will go around 140 in drafts. People will be speculating that he will definitely have a starting spot. Then once spring training starts and the Rays management says he’s in the rotation, he’ll go up to 100-120 range. If they say he’s starting the year in middle relief, he will drop to the 200 range. If the Rays weigh their statements with something like, “He’ll be in the rotation by May,” then he’ll go a bit higher than 200.

  9. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @Grey: And this, my friend, is why you get paid in pina coladas.

  10. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: FYI, Cards dropped out of the Holliday sweeps. Rockies were asking too much, Ludwick, Skip, and Mitchell Boggs.

    I’m glad they didn’t do it, Holliday’s a free agent after 09 anyway.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: Hehe

    @BigFatHippo: Yeah, I heard that too. The Padres are an odd duck. The say the train has left the station and Peavy must go, then they refuse to negotiate.

  12. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: The Fathers are holding the Braves hostage. I thought the days of Cowboys and Indians was long over.

  13. peter says:
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    SI.com is reporting that Matt Holiday has been traded to the A’s. Still like him in R2 P1?

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @peter: Hard to imagine a worst place for him. I’m going to write up a post now.

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Okay, new post about the Holliday trade is up.

    Thanks so much, Peter, for notifying me.

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