Tracking The Affiliation Shuffle
The affiliation shuffle kicks off Sept. 16 and begins a two-week period when clubs can negotiate agreements with unattached affiliates. Consider it free agency for minor league teams. Teams had […]
Dream Draft: Team Alan Schwarz
by Alan Schwarz
My Philosophy: After 15 years at Baseball America, I've grown wary of projecting prospects too far. So I leaned toward known, all-around commodities young enough to contribute through 2010 but ready enough to contribute right away.
My Draft: This exercise has confirmed my genius, and I expect several major league owners to immediately can their GMs and hire me. You know my number, fellas.
Best Draft: Matt Meyers' group is strong, with Jason Bay and Adam Dunn on the experienced side, Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder young, and Bobby Crosby in the middle.
Worst Draft: Despite my tremendous respect for Jim Callis' baseball knowledge, I think he went with too many prospects for his position players in this draft. Too much can still go wrong.
Best Pick: Lastings Milledge in the ninth round (by Meyers), if only because he could be valuable trade bait if you couldn't find a place for him on your big league roster. Also Miguel Tejada by J.J. Cooper. He still has three or four excellent years left.
Worst Pick: Brian McCann to lead off the fifth round (by Cooper). No way he'll be more valuable than 30 players drafted after him.
He Wasn't Taken?: I'm an OBP guy, but Jose Reyes still will be one of the most 100 valuable players in baseball through 2011. Way too much room for improvement to be snubbed.
That Hurt: I would have taken Adam Dunn in the fourth round had Meyers not snagged him because I felt that he offered too much offensive value to pass up.