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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 6
Pick Team Player, Position Skinny
51. Jim Callis Stephen Drew, ss My Diamondbacks love continues, but these guys are hard to pass up.
52. Alan Matthews Matt Cain, rhp Cain might be the best prospect insiders talk the least about. Impressive stuff and should be durable.
53. Will Lingo Eric Chavez, 3b A bit of a down season for Chavez makes him a sixth-round bargain, especially considering his defense.
54. Chris Kline Chad Billingsley, rhp Destined for greatness since he won the bronze-medal game at the World Junior Championship in 2002.
55. John Manuel Justin Verlander, rhp Had to get a young hard thrower to go with Hernandez.
56. Matt Meyers Brandon Webb, rhp Not flashy, but he will give me over 200 innings with a sub-3.50 ERA for years to come.
57. Will Kimmey Manny Ramirez, of Manny finished sixth in the majors in OPS last season, and he'll still rake for at least five more years.
58. Alan Schwarz Marcus Giles, 2b I wanted good defenders for my pitchers, and Giles has excellent range to go with his productive bat.
59. Aaron Fitt Adrian Beltre, 3b I'm banking on his ability to return to 2004 form once I free him from Safeco Field.
60. J.J. Cooper Ryan Howard, 1b For age (26) and track record, the best bat 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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