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C - Russ Martin (23 years old)
1b - Justin Morneau (25 years old)
2b - Rickie Weeks (23 years old)
ss - Jimmy Rollins (27 years old)
3b - Ryan Zimmerman (21 years old)
Lf - Carl Crawford (25 years old)
cf - Grady Sizemore (23 years old)
rf - Alexis Rios (24 years old)
dh - Brandon Wood (21 years old)
sp - Johan Santana (27 years old)
sp - Brandon Webb (27 years old)
sp - Justin Verlander (23 years old)
sp - Josh Johnson (22 years old)
sp - Jeremy Bonderman (23 years old)
cp - Craig Hansen (22 years old)
1. Joel Zumaya- Future stud closer. I've seen him pitch comfortably between 99-101 and I've also seen the radar gun read 104 in one game. If he improves his curve and fully develops his change-up he will be down right unhittable.
2. Alex Gordon- This guy has the most upside of any 3B out there. I thought he should've been drafted. Not all the 3B drafted have the defense that Gordon has and he has amazing hitting potential.
3. Stephen Drew- Probably the most ML ready SS in the minors right now. Was the consensus #1 pick coming out of college (fell because he was a Boras client). I felt someone should've taken him based on his pedigree and potential.
4. Freddy Sanchez- Some dont think hell stick around for long and although he doesnt have amazing potential, he has decent potential. His production this year has been too good to ignore. The age mightve been a factor (28 turning 29) but he is still a young guy that can produce for 5-7 more years.
5. Garrett Atkins- He has been probably the most underrated young player in the majors. Hes hitting over .330 and is a pretty good defender. Hes not that old at 26 and I felt he shouldve been drafted over some of the other 3B.
Top 3 reaches:
1. Alex Rodriguez- I hate this pick. Yes, A-Rod is the second best player in the majors, but in a dynasty draft I dont think you draft a SS that is about to turn 31 number 2 overall. Hell hang around for another 5-7 years but you want more longevity out of your first round pick, especially the second overall pick.
2. Travis Hafner- He is a good young player with loads of potential but hes also a DH. Not sure if I would go with a DH in the second round Hafner probably shouldve dropped a round or two later minimum and I think you need to take a nice combination of offense and defense with your first few picks.
3. Miguel Tejada- Another 30 year old SS, this time in the 2nd round, not the first. I thought there were younger alternatives and for my money Id prefer a Michael Young in the 5th over a Miguel Tejada in the 2nd.
Top 3 steals:
1. Delmon Young- He lasted all the way until the 11th or 12th round of this draft. Someone with as much potential as he does shouldnt have gone that low. I understand he has the attitude problems and has never played in the majors, but as one scout put it, Delmon is going to be as good as Delmon wants to be.
2. Justin Verlander- This guy was rated by most as either the 2nd or 3rd pitching prospect in all of baseball. He has been pitching very well his rookie year and in a dynasty draft someone like this should go in the top 4 rounds. He shouldve gone before guys like Sabathia, Zito, and Oswalt.
3. Justin Upton- As one scout said, There is no such thing as a sure thing when it comes to baseball prospects. But if there were, their names would be Delmon Young and Justin Upton. The best high school prospect to ever come out, someone needed to risk a top 7 or 8 pick on his potential.