This time of year is to Mock Drafts
what the final three weeks of the calendar year are to office parties.
That is there are so many, it is really hard to choose.
But, starting late last week, I joined
the only one that really suits the leisurely pace I crave as I get older.
That would be the MLB.com Industry Experts Slow Draft #1.
As from the best part of the affair
being the possibilities for #2, #3, and so on, I like slow for some
reason simply because it affords a bit of time to think about my next
Now, that is sort of relative, for
depending upon your spot in a snake draft, even with a time limit, there
are generally 10 minutes or so between picks, and that is usually plenty
of time to identify a basic path, a secondary path, and tertiary
(I am big on contingencies) route depending upon who I have, what I
need, who was taken, and who is left.
Undervalued Cain solidifies staff
But, in the slow online draft Mock
Draft Central is hosting, we can take up to a day (well, eight hours)
to make a pick without anyone getting cranky. Meaning I might make a
couple of picks a day, but little more.
So, I can really look and set up a
little differently, using that same 10-20 minutes, once I know it is
my turn (MDC actually sends the league an e-mail with the previous picks
in the round, who is on-deck, and who is in the hole) I can really ponder
for a bit.
As it turns out, I got to pick third
in this draft, which is now just completing its seventh round, bagging
Miguel Cabrera after Jeff Erickson took Matt Kemp to start, and then
Zach Steinhorn selected Albert Pujols.
Right after my Cabrera pick, Cory Schwartz
selected Troy Tulowitzki, a guy I took as a first rounder three years
ago, even. In fact were I in the #4 slot, I might have taken Tulo, but
well, Cabrera is as close to a sure thing as there is, and that includes
the esteemed Mr. Pujols.
Essentially the first rounds have gone
as expected, although it seems as if pitching is lasting a lot longer
this year. For, as with the FSTA Experts Draft last week, when Clayton
Kershaw was the first pitcher taken at pick #23, Kershaw was similarly
the first MLB.com selection taken, at #26, by Joe Sheehan.
Since I am now picking near the #1
wheel, as a result I have been loading with a little more pitching than
I normally would, due to the availability of Felix Hernandez (third
round), Tim Lincecum (fourth round), and Matt Cain (sixth round).
I do have one more starting hurler
in my sights prior to Round 10, but the next objective is to get a
at least one catcher, and one, if not two closers, before I essentially
close out with pitchers and outfielders. Of course I love finishing
with these spots for they are always the deepest, and there are always
sleepers and numbers left in the heap. The trick is finding them.
As it now stands, I do have Ben Zobrist
(fifth round), Erick Aybar (seventh round), and Ryan Zimmerman (second
round), so with Cabrera, my basic infield is set, as is the core of
my pitching staff, which is actually pretty good.
Of course there will be more to come
from this nice thoughtful draft next week. Who knows, we may even be
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