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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 8
Pick Team Player, Position Skinny
71. Jim Callis Dan Haren, rhp Still haven't figured out why he lasted until the second round of the real draft in 2001.
72. Alan Matthews Jon Garland, rhp A young, powerful arm with major league experience and he seems to still be improving.
73. Will Lingo Brandon McCarthy, rhp I wanted another starter, and while there were proven guys available, again age (22) and upside won out.
74. Chris Kline Andy Marte, 3b I've also seen Marte at every level. I'm not sold on him being a star, but he will be a solid player for years.
75. John Manuel C.C. Sabathia, lhp Power-armed, young lefty.
76. Matt Meyers Bobby Crosby, ss Shortstops with pop are nice to have, particularly when they are above-average defenders.
77. Will Kimmey Carl Crawford, of He'll get to 25 homers soon. And 50 steals is simple. The on-base isn't great, but we'll take the defense.
78. Alan Schwarz Francisco Rodriguez, rhp Closers can be overvalued but this 24-year-old is scary good. Could be a Mariano Rivera with fewer rings.
79. Aaron Fitt Jon Lester, lhp Hard not to love young lefthanders with power repertoires, and I think he will be even better than projected.
90. J.J. Cooper Hank Blalock, 3b His production has leveled off, but he's still only 25. Even if he never improves, he's quite good.

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

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