Notable Players Available In The Rule 5 Draft
The Rule 5 draft is fascinating because of its timing and its format. Positioned right in the middle of the baseball offseason, it gives everyone a chance to scour rosters […]
Dream Draft: Team J.J. Cooper
by J.J. Cooper
My Philosophy: I wanted a team that would be competitive throughout the span we were targeting. Along with that, I preferred position players, as there seems to be a lot more certainty among young hitters than young pitchers.
My Draft: It worked out relatively well. I wanted players who will still be in their primes in 2011, and the core of my team will still be young then.
Best Draft: Will Lingo's team is the closest thing to a sure bet to me, with a number of young stars who are pretty sure bets to produce and only a couple of fliers.
Worst Draft: No horrible teams in my view, but I think Jim Callis' team has a lot of high-risk, high reward guys.
Best Pick: C.C. Sabathia is a No. 1 starter who is still only 25. To get him in the eighth round was a coup for John Manuel.
Worst Pick: Chris Volstad. Taking a high school pitcher who has yet to pitch in full-season ball seems like a high-risk, low-reward pick, as at best he'll be a contributor in 2008.
He Wasn't Taken?: Chris Carpenter hasn't had many great seasons, but it's hard to believe the National League Cy Young winner went unpicked.
That Hurt: I really wanted Michael Young or Victor Martinez in the fourth round, but both were taken.