Dream Draft: Round 4

Here’s how Baseball America’s Dream Draft broke down, both
pick by pick. Remember that the entire player universe was available,
and each staff member’s only charge was to take what he deemed the best
10 players available, regardless of position. As with any BA project,
we did it with an eye to the future.

Each participant
was also asked to analyze the draft. In the round by round picks,
staffers wrote about their thoughts as they made each of their picks. For the team by team, we took a broader look at our own drafts as well
as everyone else’s.

ROUND 4
 
Pick Team Player,
Position
 
31. Jim Callis Roy Halladay, rhp  
  As long as he gets out of the way of line drives, he’ll be OK.
 
32. Alan Matthews Andruw Jones, of  
  Even if he comes back to earth offensively, he figures to remain the best center fielder in the game.
 
33. Will Lingo Howie Kendrick, 2b
  Deviated in the opposite way from the round before, but Kendrick is the best hitter in the minors.
 
34. Chris Kline Victor Martinez, c  
  The best-hitting catcher in the game, and it doesn’t hurt that I saw him at every level in the minors.
 
35. John
Manuel
Mark Buehrle, lhp  
  Consistent innings eater and solid No. 2-3 starter on a championship club.
 
36. Matt
Meyers
Adam Dunn, of/1b
  Coming off consecutive 40-homer seasons, he might have more homers than anyone over the next decade.
 
37. Will
Kimmey
Michael Young, ss
  There’s no better combination of offense and defense at shortstop, and he’s still improving.
 
38. Alan
Schwarz
Brandon Wood, ss
  Overreached trying to get younger. Wood looks great, but I remember too many past prospect flameouts.
 
39. Aaron
Fitt
Casey Kotchman, 1b
  Might have been a bit of a reach, but I see him as a potential No. 3 hitter for the next decade-plus.
 
40. J.J.
Cooper
Miguel Tejada,
ss
  Older than my target picks, but he was too good to pass up in the fourth round.

Majors | #2006 #Dream Draft

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