As Ray wrote about, and some of you are definitely aware, we are in the process of drafting for the Fake Teams Dynasty League. We are also doing the minor league portion of our draft (5 rounds) at the same time as the major league draft. Some notes about the draft:
- Players who have not made their Major League debut are the only eligible players for this draft. So players like Mike Trout, Jesus Montero, and Matt Moore are all ineligible to be drafted in this portion of the league.
- The order was set via a random order generator, and as such is not related to the order for the Major League portion. Which of course makes it a bit tough for the Blue Jays as they had the last pick in both.
1. Texas Rangers - Bryce Harper - OF - Washington Nationals
2. Arizona Diamondbacks - Shelby Miller - SP - St. Louis Cardinals
3. Fake Teams - Jurickson Profar - SS - Texas Rangers
4. Boston Red Sox - Trevor Bauer - SP - Arizona Diamondbacks
5. Brooklyn Nets - Manny Machado - SS - Baltimore Orioles
6. Tampa Bay Rays - Anthony Rendon - 3B - Washington Nationals
7. Los Angeles Dodgers - Wil Myers - OF - Kansas City Royals
8. New York Mets - Nolan Arenado - 3B - Colorado Rockies
9. Oakland Athletics - Travis d'Arnaud - C - Toronto Blue Jays
10. Anaheim Angels - Danny Hultzen - SP - Seattle Mariners
11. Miami Marlins - Tyler Skaggs - P - Arizona Diamondbacks
12. Atlanta Braves - Yasmani Grandal - C - Cincinnati Reds
13. Bronx Bombers - Dylan Bundy - SP - Baltimore Orioles
14. Carl Winslows - Jameson Taillon - SP - Pittsburgh Pirates
15. Colorado Rockies - Miguel Sano - 3B - Minnesota Twins
16. Toronto Blue Jays - Gerrit Cole - SP - Pittsburgh Pirates
My Thoughts After the Jump...
- The #1 pick was always going to be Harper, right? There's absolutely no way anyone takes anyone else, and we were right about that. He is either the #1 or #2 prospect overall in the game right now, with only Mike Trout having the potential to be ahead of him in my opinion. Since Trout isn't eligible for the draft, Harper was a slam dunk here.
- Nolan Arenado was a popular pick, as there were a number of players (myself included) who were annoyed that he didn't make it to their picks. Arenado was recently named the MVP of the Arizona Fall League.
- I had to scramble a bit, as I had hoped that Arenado would fall to me at #9, and he just didn't quite get there. I instead went with d'Arnaud.
- I think d'Arnaud will spend 2012 at AAA while they get him ready to take over at the starting catcher in Toronto. I also think he will have double-digit home run potential, albeit with a relatively low batting average.
- I had debated between him and Tyler Skaggs, who also looks like he has the potential to be a top-30 starting pitcher once he has established himself in the Majors.
- I was kind of surprised to see Sano fall so far, as his bat has the potential to be amazing. However, his position remains up in the air, as he seems unlikely to stay at 3B.
None of the players taken in the first round really jump out at me as grossly over drafted for their anticipated rankings, and having seen a part of the 2nd round already, it seems to be moving along in the right direction overall.