Dream Draft: Round 6

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,
51. Jim
Stephen Drew, ss
  My Diamondbacks love continues, but these guys are hard to pass up.
52. Alan
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
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
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.
Ryan Howard, 1b
  For age (26) and track record, the best bat available.