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Rate my Minor League Draft class (so far)




The minor league draft for one of my baseball dynasty leagues is currently underway, and I need to put together a good haul to get my team re-tooled for a big run in 2014 or so. It's a points league, generally quite standard, but with some slight adjustments to make hitters a bit closer to pitchers than in the normal points format where pitchers are significantly more valuable. Pitchers still have a slight advantage, though. The rosters have 2 catchers, 6 outfielders, and MIF and CIF spots. I came in with a bigger short-term need in pitching, so that's where I focused early. The available pool of players included all players in the 2011 MLB draft, international free agents, and any prospects that were not owned by June 1st, 2011. The league has 16 teams.

First selection (1.3)- Danny Hultzen, SP, Sea- My thought here was to get someone who could help right away, and Hultzen could break with the M's. I'm also a big fan of Hultzen, I think his stuff from the left side is underrated and that he will be a very nice #2 SP. Also considered- Anthony Rendon

Second selection (1.5)- Gerrit Cole, SP, Pit- Now I look like the guy who doesn't know anything and just took players who went high in the real draft. I hoped Rendon would make it past 4, but I wasn't too disappointed that he didn't, I think his shoulder is a big worry. Cole's stuff makes him a 5-star prospect, and a potential future ace. His upside made me feel very comfortable with this pick, especially since no one is in his way in Pittsburgh. Also considered- Xander Bogaerts, Dylan Bundy, Bubba Starling, Yoenis Cespedes

Third selection (2.1)- Josh Bell, OF, Pit- Another Pirate. I absolutely love Bell's bat, I think he'll move through the system faster than some seem to think and he should be a fantasy stud if everything goes as planned. I was absolutely thrilled to see him fall. Also considered- Justin Nicolino, Cheslor Cuthbert, Leonys Martin, Taylor Guerrieri

Fourth selection (3.1)- C.J. Cron, 1B/DH, LAA- Maybe a reach, but I absolutely had to get Cron. The scouting reports on his bat had me drooling, and his professional debut made me like him even more. Not considered about the injury. Somewhat blocked, but I think his bat will find a place for him in LA or another team by trade sooner rather than later. Also considered- Daniel Norris, Kolten Wong, Dante Bichette

Fifth selection (4.1)- Vinnie Catricala, 3B/1B/OF, Sea- Another all bat guy, a type of player that is obviously far more attractive in fantasy circles than in real life. His production was pure insanity and with the state of Seattle's offense I think he'll force himself into the majors somewhere at some point in 2012. Also considered- Alex Meyer, Brandon Nimmo, Trevor Story.

How have I done so far? Any glaring mistakes? Any names to target going forward who people may be sleeping on? All the "also considered" players have been taken save for Nimmo and Story, one of which I will hopefully take at 5.1.

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