ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 12: Brandon Beachy #37 of the Atlanta Braves pitches to the Florida Marlins at Turner Field on September 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Fake Teams Dynasty League is really moving along now and today I bring you the results from Round 4 of the MLB draft. I selected Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira and although I am happy to have him, I probably would have picked someone else had I known he was still available. More on that in my Round 4 analysis, so let's take a look at Round 4:
Round 4 - $9 - 4 Years
Toronto Blue Jays - Josh Hamilton - OF - Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Dodgers - Cole Hamels - SP - Philadelphia Phillies
Bronx Bombers - Freddie Freeman - 1B - Atlanta Braves
Texas Rangers - Jon Lester - SP - Boston Red Sox
New York Mets - Alex Gordon - OF - Kansas City Royals
Boston Red Sox - Madison Bumgarner - SP - San Francisco Giants
Fake Teams - Mark Teixeira - 1B - New York Yankees
Miami Marlins - Craig Kimbrel - RP - Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves - Brandon Beachy -SP- Atlanta Braves
Carl Winslows - Dustin Ackley - 2B - Seattle Mariners
Tampa Bay Rays - CC Sabathia - SP - New York Yankees
Anaheim Angels - Jermey Hellickson - SP - Tampa Bay Rays
Brooklyn Nets - Ike Davis - 1B - New York Mets
Arizona Diamondbacks - Matt Holliday - OF - St. Louis Cardinals
Colorado Rockies - Ian Kennedy - SP - Arizona Diamondbacks
Oakland Athletics - Brian McCann - C - Atlanta Braves
My Round 4 analysis after the jump:
In this round, owners can keep the players drafted for 4 years at $9, so that, like the 3rd round, might have impacted the decision making in this round. But not mine. I saw Mark "text message" Teixeira on the board, and grabbed him. But, if I had done my homework, I probably would have drafted Yankees ace CC Sabathia. At this point in the draft, I have no pitchers on my roster, and all the ace starters are off the board.....I think.
Like I said, plenty of young guys were drafted in this round, including Freddie Freeman, Madison Bumgarner, Brandon Beachy, Dustin Ackley, Jeremy Hellickson, and Ike Davis. I have to say I am surprised that Beachy and Kimbrel were both drafted in this round, far too early for me, as I think there are better starters available.
I am not a fan of Dustin Ackley so I did not like Winslow's pick here. I just think he will be a solid fantasy second baseman, but nothing special. The A's picked Brian McCann with the last pick of the 4th round, and I had given him some thought as well, but catcher seems to be pretty deep now, so I decided to wait.
The Mets selected Alex Gordon here, and I like the move. I think he can come close to his breakout 2011 season in 2012. Good story and shows sometimes you can't give up on your prospects.