Fantasy baseball: Draft report

OK, so I had my draft this past Saturday night. (And on the heels of that last blog, it was pretty clear that this particular hobby will be taking a back seat to many things once the twins are born.)

Anywho, these were my keepers:

C: Dioner Navarro, TB, $7; Taylor Teagarden, TEX, $0 (Prospect)

1B: Albert Pujols, STL, $40

2B: Kelly Johnson, ATL, $11; Emilio Bonafacio, FLA, $1

SS: Alexei Ramirez, CHW, $10

3B: Ryan Zimmerman, WAS, $13

OF: Matt Kemp, LA, $25; Colby Rasmus, STL, $0 (Prospect)

SP: Matt Cain, SF, $14; Jered Weaver, LAA, $9; Max Scherzer, ARZ, $8; Jonathan Sanchez, SF, $5; Ubaldo Jimenez, COL, $4; Joe Blanton, PHI, $1; Jordan Zimmermann, WAS, $1; Shaun Marcum, TOR, $1 (will go straight to DL); Scott Elbert, LA, $0 (Prospect)

RP: None

So the draft was its usual fast-and-furious auction bidding war, with plenty of good-natured ribbing and fun. At some point, we were discussing Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman’s anatomy, but such is the rapid-fire, stream-of-consciousness mindset of the drafter.

As you can see above, I clearly needed help in the outfield, bench depth, an ace pitcher and an entire bullpen. Lemme know if you think I addressed those needs:

–Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP, BOS, $32

–Corey Hart, OF, MIL, $32

–Jonathan Papelbon, RP, BOS, $28

–Andre Ethier, OF, LA, $26

–Joakim Soria, RP, KC, $23

–Jose Lopez, 2B, SEA, $12

–Hong-Chih Kuo, RP, LA, $7

–Andrew Sonnanstine, SP, TB, $4

–Felipe Lopez, IF, ARZ, $3

–Ryan Madson, RP, PHI, $3

–Hideki Okajima, RP, BOS, $3

–Brandon Lyon, RP, DET, $2

–Jason Kubel, OF, MIN, $2

–Denard Span, OF, MIN, $2

–Chris Snyder, C, ARZ, $1

Since I haven’t blogged in a while, I never posted the results of our Prospect Draft (we get to carry six minor leaguers now):

–Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX

–Carlos Triunfel, SS, SEA

–Jesus Montero, C, NYY

My other three prospects were the keepers listed above.

And there’s a trade in the works for another guy’s Prospect – sending him $2 for next year’s MLB Auction Draft.

Fantasy geek out.

Fantasy baseball: Money League Draft Results

Had our auction draft this afternoon.  Only had 9 spots to fill, had 25 keepers.  And I had $162 to do it.

Here’s how it went down–players I got, salary, and reasoning:

Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners OF ($39) = A fantastic–and most importantly for fantasy baseball, consistently great–player, Eeeeeeee-cheeeeee-rooooo will help with batting average, runs, stolen bases and on-base percentage…at least.

Chone Figgins, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B/OF ($34) = Very much like Ichiro, should help in same categories.  Since I didn’t get Miguel Cabrera, I went another way and figured on Figgins.

Todd Helton, Colorado Rockies 1B ($19) = He’s not the superstud slugger he used to be, but he hits for average, still gets RBIs, and will be a monster for OBP and slugging percentage.

Bengie Molina, San Francisco Giants C ($4) = This was a steal, even though I already have two catchers.  But they’re kind of unproven young guys (Oakland’s Kurt Suzuki  and Texas’ Jarrod Saltalamacchia), so grabbing the best-hitting of the three Molina brothers for only $4 was a no-brainer.  He may even bat cleanup for the Jints.

Khalil Greene, San Diego Padres SS ($6) = He’s no Jimmy Rollins or Jose Reyes or Hanley Ramirez.  But last year, he scored 89 runs, hit 27 homers and knocked in 97 runs.  And since I don’t need a speedy SS, I got the best power guy at the position.

Shaun Marcum, Toronto Blue Jays Starting Pitcher ($10) = A really solid young pitcher surrounded by other good young pitchers.  Had really good stats last year, and that’s even as a young guy pitching in the tough American League East (hello Yankees and Red Sox).  Marcum was the last guy I got in the draft, and so I used all $10 I had left even though I probably could have gotten him cheaper.

Jonathan Broxton, Los Angeles Dodgers Relief Pitcher ($12) = I actually traded for Broxton last year, but couldn’t afford to keep him.  He’s a giant bulldog of a pitcher who blows people away, and should end up as the Dodgers’ closer some day soon.  In the meantime, he’ll help me with ERA, strikeouts and WHIP.

Rafael Betancourt, Cleveland Indians Relief Pitcher ($10) = Like Broxton, a guy who will give me stellar numbers and is a closer-in-waiting.  He’s behind Joe Borowski, who might turn 56 this season.

Francisco Rodriguez, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Relief Pitcher ($28) = One of the top three closers in the game.  Matthew Berry (The Talented Mr. Roto) of ESPN.com swears by never paying for saves, but this is an exception I’m sure he would allow.  My only other true closer is Brandon Lyon in Arizona, but his hold on the job is not exactly tight.

All in all, I addressed many if not all of my needs.  So here’s my full roster:

C: BMolina, KSuzuki, Saltalamacchia

1B: Helton

2B: Dan Uggla (FLA)

SS: KGreene

3B: Figgins, Mark Reynolds (ARZ), Brandon Wood (LAA)

OF: Matt Kemp, Ichiro, Nick Swisher (CHW), Delmon Young (MIN), Cameron Maybin (FLA), Reggie Willits (LAA)

Starting Pitchers: Justin Verlander (DET), Dontrelle Willis (DET), Phil Hughes (NYY), Francisco Liriano (MIN), Marcum, Micah Owings (ARZ), Mike Pelfrey (NYM), Max Scherzer (ARZ), Gio Gonzalez (OAK), Nick Adenhart (LAA)

Relief Pitchers: F-Rod, Broxton, Betancourt, Manny Delcarmen (BOS), BLyon

Prospects: Scott Elbert (LAD SP), Chuck Lofgren (CLE SP), Jeff Samardzija (CHC SP), Donald Veal (CHC SP)