Joining the d(r)aft

I have never been into fantasy baseball. It’s hard enough keeping track of the ins and outs of a real team, let alone making one up and hoping that that one does well, too. And nobody I know plays for money of any kind, so it seems further pointless, and would just take up more room in my head, room that I could be using to remember Coldplay lyrics. I’ve never understood it, never had much interest in it, and never wanted to find out anything more about the machinations of it.

Having said that…

I got suckered into helping draft a fantasy team in the ProBallNW draft this weekend as a favor to Conor Dowley, one of their contributing writers (you’re going to hear his name a lot here in the future, he will be attending quite a few games with me this year). I am claiming here, for the record, that I do not have any idea what I’m doing. To get me somewhat familiar with the Yahoo! electronic draft, Conor and I did a mock draft last night that took about 30 minutes or so to wade through. Once I got the hang of it, it was actually a little fun. Here’s what I came out with:

1. Hanley Ramírez (Fla – SS)
2. Adrián González (SD – 1B)
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (Bos – OF)
4. Chone Figgins (Sea – 3B)
5. Dan Uggla (Fla – 2B)
6. Ubaldo Jiménez (Col – SP)
7. Denard Span (Min – OF)
8. Andrew Bailey (Oak – RP)
9. Mike Napoli (LAA – C)
10. Jered Weaver (LAA – SP)
11. Franklin Gutiérrez (Sea – OF)
12. Rick Porcello (Det – SP)
13. J.P. Howell (TB – RP)
14. Stephen Strasburg (Was – SP)
15. Darren O’Day (Tex – RP)
16. Adam LaRoche (Ari – 1B)
17. Erick Aybar (LAA – SS)
18. Dustin McGowan (Tor – SP)
19. J.D. Drew (Bos – OF)
20. Brandon Inge (Det – 3B)
21. Nick Punto (Min – 2B,SS)
22. Brad Bergesen (Bal – SP)
23. Dustin Nippert (Tex – SP,RP)

The order that they’re in is the order in which I drafted them (round by round). Hanley Ramirez was chosen for me by the system, because I couldn’t make the Flash program work at first for some reason, and my pick was automatically chosen. Dan Uggla was a panic pick (it was the first name I recognized as I was trying to figure out how to change screens between player types), as was Nick Punto, because I was trying to do several things at once, and Conor had to remind me that my time was running out. Conor thinks I didn’t do too badly for my first shot, but my friend Eric, who was over for a little while last night for the Red Sox/Indians Spring Trainer that was being aired on MLBN was more critical. When the real thing happens this Saturday, I will have more information at my disposal, and hopefully be able to make slightly more educated choices. My criticism of the system stems mainly from the fact that the players are ranked by Yahoo!, and not all of them really make sense, so finding guys that you want is a little difficult. I can’t believe nobody else took Franklin Gutierrez, but I won’t complain. It was an interesting experience, and should be a fun part of my Saturday morning before the Mariners broadcast on FSN. Also making me a little more comfortable is the fact that I just have to pick the puppy out, I don’t have to feed and water it. Hope Conor likes his new puppy…

Ryan Divish has some video up of Jose Lopez taking some shots at the corner during a practice run. Because of the nature of the Brewers broadcast on MLBN, I didn’t get to see much of Lopez actually playing third. They seem bent on making this work, and Lopez does indeed look more comfortable there, making backhanded catches, and a few moves to his right. Part of me is happy if he makes it, part of me wants to move on. Matt Tuiasosopo has played both short stop and third during Spring Training games recently, and my thought process is that if Lopez doesn’t work at third, maybe it’s an option for Tui. He’s been hitting well enough, and he seems like a really hard-working guy. I just feel it’s about time he gets a little love from the bigs.

Also of some interest (to me, anyway), is the triumphant rise of Adam Moore. I like Moore, and will always remember his trial by fire last year, catching 14 innings of beating-the-White-Sox baseball, catching then-started Brandon Morrow. I remember it very specifically because I was there. Moore called a stellar game, and was good defensively. I don’t remember his offensive output, but I do remember feeling that feeling of security I started getting when we replaced Yuniesky Betancourt with anyone else.

With Rob Johnson’s health uncertain (regardless of what he says), and the need for a bat, Moore seems to have stood up to be counted this year. When they start messing with the final lineups, I do hope his name is called.

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2 Responses to Joining the d(r)aft

  1. Slurve says:

    That’s a pretty good draft actually, assuming at least 16 teams. I feel dirty for drafting any Yankee/Angels/Rangers players. I drafted Chris Davis in my draft from Texas and Michael Wuertz from Oakland as the only division rival players on my team. I drafted both Mark Reynolds and Erik Bedard though who are my favorite position player and pitcher respectively.

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