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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 4
Pick Team Player, Position Skinny
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.

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

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