Last night, I had my first higher-stakes fantasy baseball draft. It is a 12-team 5x5 mixed non-keeper league. I drew the seventh selection and took OF Matt Holliday. When the draft swung back, both Johan Santana and Jake Peavy were taken so I selected Dave Ortiz. He has 1B eligibility in this league. I couldn't pass up Ortiz with that postion eligibility.
With Holliday and Ortiz anchoring my power and AVG, I took SP Brandon Webb with my third pick. I wanted to test my pitcher theory, but losing out on Santana and Peavy changed it. However, I still wanted to give a little more emphasis to the SP because this league starts just seven pitchers which should make the top hurlers more valuable.
In the 4th round, I decided to play on position scarcity and selected Minnesota's Joe Mauer. With Holliday and Ortiz on board, I felt adding Mauer would make it easier for me to reach for a Adam Dunn/Andruw Jones type of power hitter later. I followed-up the Mauer selection with Oriles' OF Nick Markakis, whose availability in the 5th round was too good to pass-up. I went with him over Hunter Pence.
Scott Kazmir was my target in the 6th round, but he was taken right before my selection. Aaron Harang became my #2 SP. In the seventh, I grabbed Diamondbacks' OF Chris Young for his incredible power/speed combination. With my earlier selections at hitter, I had little concern about Young's AVG. Much to my satisfaction, Hunter Pence was still available in the 8th round. I could not pass him up.
In the 9th round, I began to get greedy and hoped to land both Nationals' 3B Ryan Zimmerman and Brewers' 2B Rickie Weeks. When my 9th selection came-up, I decided to take Zimmerman because he was the top 3B on the board, and I felt he wouldn't make it back. Unfortunately, Ricke Weeks was taken four picks before he got back to me.
With a solid four-out-of-five categories covered, I turned to completing my pitching staff and grabbing speed/power combos to use as trade bait to address my roster needs as they arise during the season.
How did I do? I've included the PECOTA projections for the players I drafted.