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Dream Draft: Breaking Down The Draft

March 16, 2006

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5
Round 6 Round 7 Round 8 Round 9 Round 10

DREAM DRAFT
Teams
J.J. Cooper John Manuel
Aaron Fitt Chris Kline
Alan Schwarz Will Lingo
Will Kimmey Alan Matthews
Matt Meyers Jim Callis

Here's how Baseball America's Dream Draft broke down, both pick by pick and team by team. 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. (Numbers in parentheses are players' ages as of April 1.)

We'd like your opinions as well. Read up on our analysis, then do your own and cast your ballot for the person who you thought had the best draft.

ROUND 10
Pick Team Player, Position Skinny
91. Jim Callis Pat Burrell, of He has been solid thus far and is just entering his prime.
92. Alan Matthews Chris Volstad, rhp I like Volstad's polish, think he'll develop quickly for a prep pick, and reach his potential as a No. 1 starter.
93. Will Lingo Paul Konerko, 1b Purely a case of the best value on the board for me, and at 30 he has plenty of productive years left.
94. Chris Kline Daniel Cabrera, rhp Great stuff; just being hopeful Leo Mazzone can help him add consistency.
95. John Manuel John Patterson, rhp He just started tapping into the potential I first saw in the 1999 Pan American Games.
96. Matt Meyers Billy Butler, of He raked in Double-A at 20, and while he might have Dmitri's body, he can hit like Delmon.
97. Will Kimmey Ichiro Suzuki, of It'd be more fun to take an upside guy, but you don't pass on a hit machine with Gold Glove defense.
98. Alan Schwarz Carlos Delgado, 1b This late, you're still getting a .300-35-110 monster, and a solid power hitter until he's 38.
99. Aaron Fitt Jason Varitek, c The best catcher in the game should produce at a high level for several more years and provide leadership.
100. J.J. Cooper A.J. Burnett, rhp Felt the need to get a second pitcher, and Burnett was the best starter available.

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5
Round 6 Round 7 Round 8 Round 9 Round 10

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