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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 5
Pick Team Player, Position Skinny
41. J.J. Cooper Brian McCann, c Didn't want any catcher over 26 because they age so quickly. Plus bat, good glove and in big leagues at 22.
42. Aaron Fitt Jeremy Bonderman, rhp Inconsistent, but he is 23. His stellar stuff means he's only going to get better--quickly.
43. Alan Schwarz Carlos Beltran, of Still a premium-position star at just 29, and he wasn't as bad in '05 as Gotham press made him out to be.
44. Will Kimmey Alex Gordon, 3b A bit of a panic pick, with youth coming off the board quickly and Beltran taken a pick before.
45. Matt Meyers Prince Fielder, 1b His raw power should see him challenge for some home run titles, and I couldn't separate him and Weeks.
46. John Manuel David Ortiz, dh Can't believe he lasted, as he's one of the game's best hitters who should still produce five years from now.
47. Chris Kline Zach Duke, lhp The guy's a winner. Period.
48. Will Lingo Jeff Francoeur, of My third 22-year-old; aside from years of solid offensive production he'll be great in the clubhouse.
49. Alan Matthews Barry Zito, lhp Lingo's selection of Francouer threw me for a loop. I learned to always have a contingency plan.
50. Jim Callis Conor Jackson, 1b Uncanny pitch recognition, and the power will come.

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

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