Dream Draft: Round 10

Here’s how Baseball America’s Dream Draft broke down, both
pick by pick. 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.

Pick Team Player,
91. Jim
Pat Burrell, of
  He has been solid thus far and is just entering his prime.
92. Alan Matthews Chris Volstad, rhp  
  I like Volstad’s polish, think he’ll develop quickly for a prep pick, and reach his potential as a No. 1 starter.
93. Will
Paul Konerko, 1b
  Purely a case of the best value on the board for me, and at 30 he has plenty of productive years left.
94. Chris Kline Daniel Cabrera, rhp  
  Great stuff; just being hopeful Leo Mazzone can help him add consistency.
95. John
John Patterson,
  He just started tapping into the potential I first saw in the 1999 Pan American Games.
96. Matt
Billy Butler, of
  He raked in Double-A at 20, and while he might have Dmitri’s body, he can hit like Delmon.
97. Will Kimmey Ichiro Suzuki, of
  It’d be more fun to take an upside guy, but you don’t pass on a hit machine with Gold Glove defense.
98. Alan
Carlos Delgado, 1b  
  This late, you’re still getting a .300-35-110 monster, and a solid power hitter until he’s 38.
99. Aaron Fitt Jason Varitek, c
  The best catcher in the game should produce at a high level for several more years and provide leadership.
100. J.J. Cooper A.J. Burnett, rhp  
  Felt the need to get a second pitcher, and Burnett was the best starter available.