We are currently in Round 13 of the Fake Teams Dynasty League draft, but today I will discuss the results of Round 11. I was really at a loss as to who to pick here, but decided to select Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis, partly because a few readers called me out on not including him in my outfielder rankings a few weeks ago. I took a closer look at him and liked the BA and OBP along with the double digit stole bases in 2011. Can he return to the 20+ home run totals from 2007 and 2008? Well, he's 29 years old, so if it doesn't happen soon, he could wind up being a 4th outfielder at some point. I own him for 2 years, so I am hoping for the best.
Now let's take a look at the results of Round 11:
Round 11 - $3.50 - 2 Years
Oakland Athletics - Ichiro Suzuki - OF - Seattle Mariners
Colorado Rockies - Howie Kendrick - 2B - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Arizona Diamondbacks - Jordan Walden - RP - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Brooklyn Nets - Jhonny Peralta - SS - Detroit Tigers
Anaheim Angels - Carlos Beltran - OF - Free Agent
Tampa Bay Rays - Ervin Santana - SP - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Carl Winslows - Johan Santana - SP - New York Mets
Atlanta Braves - Colby Lewis - SP - Texas Rangers
Miami Marlins - Drew Pomeranz - SP - Colorado Rockies
Fake Teams - Nick Markakis - OF - Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox - Justin Masterson - SP - Cleveland Indians
New York Mets - Josh Willingham - OF - Free Agent
Texas Rangers - Scott Baker - SP - Minnesota Twins
Bronx Bombers - Jeff Francoeur - OF - Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Dodgers - Chris Sale - SP/RP - Chicago White Sox
Toronto Blue Jays - Yunel Escobar - SS - Toronto Blue Jays
Round 11 brought about a drop in talent level amongst hitters and pitchers, but I did like a few of the picks in this round. Check out my thoughts after the jump:
Before I get to the picks I liked, Carl Winslows took a risk with his choice of Johan Santana here. I hope I am wrong about Santana, but I don't think he will start more than 20 games this season. Not many pitchers return from the surgery he had and we have not heard that he has made any progress in his rehab.
I liked the Angels choice of Carlos Beltran here. Beltran can still contribute in many categories, the exception being stolen bases, and if he can stay healthy, he could be a 20-25 HR, 85 RBI hitter in 2012, with a solid batting average. I don't see him going all Adam Dunn on us.
Another guy I was looking at before he was chosen a few picks before me was Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta. The middle infield choices are starting to get real thin, and Peralta is a solid shortstop who could provide power and a decent BA for the Brooklyn Nets. He needs to change his team name to the Brooklyn Dodgers!!