Dream Draft: Team Aaron Fitt
by Aaaron Fitt
March 16, 2006
||Player, Position, Organization (Age as of April 1, 2006)
||Alex Rodriguez, ss/3b, Yankees (30)
||Josh Beckett, rhp, Red Sox (25)
||Scott Kazmir, lhp, Devil Rays (22)
||Casey Kotchman, 1b, Angels (23)
||Jeremy Bonderman, rhp, Tigers (23)
||Adrian Beltre, 3b, Mariners (26)
||Vernon Wells, of, Blue Jays (27)
||Jon Lester, lhp, Red Sox (22)
||Rafael Furcal, ss, Dodgers (28)
||Jason Varitek, c, Red Sox (33)
My Philosophy: Load up on power arms 25 and under, and take advantage of the draft's inevitable emphasis on prospects by snagging undervalued, established big league hitters in their mid- to late 20s.
My Draft: I was pleased to get four potentially dominant young pitchers, though Beckett and Kazmir have durability questions. In retrospect, maybe I should have targeted younger position players. Beltre, in particular, was a gamble.
Best Draft: I love John Manuel's top six but was less sold on the back of his draft. Still, a great mix of young, big league studs and superstars in their primes.
Worst Draft: Good, late picks Dan Haren and Brett Myers weren't enough to salvage Jim Callis' draft, which had too many boom-or-bust hitting prospects and pitchers with durability questions.
Best Pick: There is no reason Manny Ramirez can't continue to be baseball's best hitter for five more years. Can't believe he slipped to the sixth round--excellent value for Will Kimmey.
Worst Pick: Chris Volstad could move fast, but so many things could happen to derail him. It's hard to justify a pitcher with half a pro season in the top 100 players in baseball.
He Wasn't Taken?: Bobby Abreu is a five-tool star with four or five very good years left in the tank. How did he not get picked?
That Hurt: I passed on B.J. Upton in the second round so I could lock up a potential ace, but I still hoped to land Upton three picks later as a premium young hitter to complement my veteran stars. J.J. Cooper foiled that plan.