Arizona Fall League Top 10 Prospects
PHOENIX—Perennial Arizona Fall League observers noted a decline in the quality of prospects this year, although that drop wasn’t reflected in the number of interesting hurlers populating the pitching staffs […]
Dream Draft: Team Chris Kline
by Chris Kline
My Philosophy: I wanted to take emerging stars and shy away from aging veterans, while mixing in a few risks here and there throughout the draft. Even though my plan was to stay away from too many arms, I still ended up above the curve, mainly because I could not resist Billingsley in the sixth round.
My Draft: I think it worked out fine, though I wish I could have gotten another big bat. Martinez and Teixeira will hold their own in the middle of the order just fine, however. I didn't end up with any player over the age of 27.
Best Draft: Will Lingo. Those first five picks were the best five rounds selected by anyone.
Worst Draft: Jim Callis. I'm from Philadelphia and even I wouldn't have banged Pat Burrell in the first 100 picks. A lot of health questions with Roy Halladay and Mark Prior, and I'm not sold on Ian Stewart.
Best Pick: I liked two pitching picks a lot, both Brett Myers in the ninth round (to Callis) and C.C. Sabathia in the eighth round (to John Manuel). I thought J.J. Cooper grabbing Brian McCann in the fifth round was also a good move.
Worst Pick: Other than Burrell, I have to go Jason Varitek in the 10th round by Aaron Fitt--purely a sentimental pick from the New England native.
He Wasn't Taken?: Two guys I can't believe I didn't take were Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Russell Martin. I can't believe no one else took them either.
That Hurt: Manuel taking Grady Sizemore and Lingo taking Howie Kendrick as they were moving up my draft lists. Ouch.