ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 26: Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws during a rehab session before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium on August 26, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
Fake Teams Dynasty League draft continues, even on Thanksgiving day, and we just completed round 5, and here are the results. I needed a starting pitcher and decided to select Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright. Selecting Wainwright is a bit of a risk as he is returning from Tommy John surgery, but I think he will be return to the ace that he was before the surgery. He may struggle initially, but he is one of the best pitchers in baseball, and was worthy of my 5th round selection.
Here are the results of Round 5:
Round 5 - $8 - 3 Years
Oakland Athletics - Dan Haren - SP - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Colorado Rockies - Yovani Gallardo - SP - Milwaukee Brewers
Arizona Diamondbacks - Dan Uggla -2B - Braves
Brooklyn Nets - Pablo Sandoval - 3B - San Francisco Giants
Anaheim Angels - Tommy Hanson - SP - Atlanta Braves
Tampa Bay Rays - Rickie Weeks - 2B - Milwaukee Brewers
Carl Winslows - Nelson Cruz - OF - Texas Rangers
Atlanta Braves - Michael Pineda - SP - Seattle Mariners
Miami Marlins - Daniel Hudson - SP - Arizona Diamondbacks
Fake Teams - Adam Wainwright - SP - St. Louis Cardinals
Boston Red Sox - Adrian Beltre - 3B - Texas Rangers
New York Mets - Mike Napoli - C - Texas Rangers
Texas Rangers - Shin-Soo Choo - OF - Cleveland Indians
Bronx Bombers - Matt Cain - SP - San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles Dodgers - Dee Gordon - SS - Los Angeles Dodgers
Toronto Blue Jays - Matt Wieters - C - Baltimore Orioles
My Round 5 analysis after the jump:
The Bronx Bombers selected the other starting pitcher I was looking at and was hoping he would fall the round 6, but he was one of the few top starters left in the draft pool. Dee Gordon was another guy I was hoping would fall to a later round, but fellow Dodgers fan, T.C. Engel, selected the shortstop with the 15th pick in round 5. Gordon has the potential to steal 45-50 bases in 2012, and possibly more. I own Gordon in the UBA NL-Only league as well.
The Blue Jays took the catcher I was targeting for round 6, and I almost held off on selecting Wainwright to pick Matt Wieters with my pick in the 5th round. I think Wieters is going to have a breakout season in 2012, approaching 30 home runs and 90 RBI.
The Blue Jays also grabbed catcher Joe Mauer in the 6th round, this after grabbing Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes back to back in the 1st and 2nd round, so he is cornering the market for catchers and shortstops, but Wieters should fare better than Mauer in 2012.
The Brooklyn Nets selected Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval here and on the surface, it appears to be too soon, but Sandoval is probably the best third baseman left in the pool, with the exception of the older Aramis Ramirez. Sandoval had a bounce back season in 2011, but his bat was not the only thing to bounce back for Pablo. His weight also bounce back up, so he will be looking to shed some pounds again this offseason.
Did I select Adam Wainwright a few rounds too soon?
Yes (22 votes)
No (19 votes)
41 total votes