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TGIF: 2009 Sports of Boston Friends and Family Baseball Draft

Yes it is that time of year again. This is the 2nd coming of the SoB Fantasy Baseball League and tensions were high last Sunday as 12 teams (five SoB writers) took part on draft day. Included among our readers and friends was last year’s league champion who had no hesitation about defending his prestigious title. I, myself, am trying to avenge a painful 2008 that saw me miss the playoffs by just one game. Redemption is a cruel mother (Woah, that was deep). How did each team do? Luckily, I am in a position to judge harshly so lets get to it.

NOTE: League format is 12×12 with categories as such…



SoB Dan aka Illume (former contributor Dan)

  1. Hanley Ramirez
  2. Alex Rodriguez
  3. Prince Fielder
  4. Curtis Granderson
  5. Chris Davis
  6. Dan Uggla
  7. Hunter Pence
  8. Javier Vazquez
  9. Yovani Gallardo
  10. Andre Ethier
  11. Chris Ianetta
  12. Jim Thome
  13. Pat Burrell
  14. Ted Lilly
  15. Scott Baker
  16. Justin Duchscherer
  17. J.D. Drew
  18. Adam LaRoche
  19. Jason Giambi
  20. Jonathan Sanchez
  21. Travis Snyder
  22. Kevin Kouzmanoff
  23. Hiroki Kuroda
  24. Brian Giles

What I Liked: A-Rod in the 2nd round? Who would have thought? Yes, the hip surgery dropped his value, but if he returns on schedule, then Dan’s offense is through the roof. I love Curtis Granderson. In this league, he is a goldmine due to all his across-the-board contributions. Leading off in Detroit will ensure the runs and his increased walks from ’07 to ’08 (increase of 19) means more runs scored and more stolen bases. 

Questionable Decision: Dan really stretched for Chris Davis in round five. In two other leagues, Dan did the same thing so I guess he really has high expectations for him. He will be good, just not fifth-round good.

SoB – Jeff

  1. Albert Pujols
  2. Carlos Beltran
  3. CC Sabathia
  4. Matt Kemp
  5. Joe Mauer
  6. Chipper Jones
  7. Ryan Ludwick
  8. Robinson Cano
  9. Scott Kazmir
  10. Jose Valverde
  11. David Price
  12. Kelly Johnson
  13. Ricky Nolasco
  14. Johnny Cueto
  15. Delmon Young
  16. Mike Gonzalez
  17. Mark Reynolds
  18. Ryan Theriot
  19. Jair Jurrjens
  20. Jeff Francoeur
  21. Casey Blake
  22. Phil Hughes
  23. Jeff Samardzija
  24. David Murphy

What I Liked: Ricky Nolasco in round 13. He was a very quiet 15 game winner last season and struck out over 180 batters. He posted sub-3.00 ERA’s in August and September while compiling a 5-2 record during that time: a great bargain pick.

Questionable Decision: Jeff’s bias toward Atlanta got him stuck with four Braves including the abysmal Jeff Francouer. Just keep in mind, when Atlanta has a bad offensive night, so will your team. David Price being optioned to Triple-A hurts too.

SoB – Chris

  1. David Wright
  2. Johan Santana
  3. Justin Morneau
  4. Jake Peavy
  5. Alex Rios
  6. Stephen Drew
  7. Corey Hart
  8. Bobby Abreu
  9. Howie Kendrick
  10. Carlos Pena
  11. Raul Ibanez
  12. Justin Upton
  13. Chris Young (SP)
  14. Willy Taveras
  15. Brett Myers
  16. Jered Weaver
  17. Heath Bell
  18. Denard Span
  19. Dioner Navarro
  20. Frank Francisco
  21. Manny Parra
  22. Todd Helton
  23. Clint Barmes
  24. Gary Sheffield

What I Liked: Corey Hart was on my list of must have players and Chris took him with the pick before me. Hart is having a ridiculous Spring where he is slugging .885 with 6 HR, 15 RBI and 3 SB. Usually Spring means nothing, but you can’t ignore these numbers.

Questionable Decision: I am sorry, but I am just not sold on Alex Rios as the next 25-25 guy. At most, he will barely reach 20 HR. However, the SB will be plentiful. Just don’t over bid or reach expecting a premiere power and speed guy.

SoB – Pete (Yours Truly)

  1. Jose Reyes
  2. Carlos Lee
  3. Nick Markakis
  4. Dan Haren
  5. Aubrey Huff
  6. Joey Votto
  7. Felix Hernandez
  8. Chone Figgins
  9. Derrek Lee
  10. Jose Lopez
  11. Brad Hawpe
  12. Erik Bedard
  13. Pablo Sandoval
  14. Jayson Werth
  15. Josh Johnson
  16. Gil Meche
  17. Mike Fontenot
  18. Oliver Perez
  19. Kendry Morales
  20. Billy Butler
  21. Wandy Rodriguez
  22. Paul Maholm
  23. Mike Jacobs
  24. Cristian Guzman

What I Liked: Jayson Werth in round 14. He finally has the starting job locked down in Philly and was 24-20 last season. A potential 25-25 player that late is incredible

Questionable Decision: Friggin’ Chone Figgins! I didn’t even want to draft him, but my timer ran out in the draft room and I was stuck. It is my fault for not having someone ready to go in that situation. This better not bite me in the ass. Erik Bedard better come through in his contract year too!

Falcones (our friend Dave)

  1. Miguel Cabrera
  2. Alfonso Soriano
  3. Brian McCann
  4. Aramis Ramirez
  5. Francisco Liriano
  6. Rich Harden
  7. Troy Tulowitzki
  8. Derek Jeter
  9. Bobby Jenks
  10. Zack Greinke
  11. Chien-Ming Wang
  12. Milton Bradley
  13. Placido Polanco
  14. Derek Lowe
  15. Randy Winn
  16. Brandon Morrow
  17. Travis Hafner
  18. A.J. Pierzunski
  19. George Sherrill
  20. Kevin Gregg
  21. Ian Stewart
  22. Michael Bourn
  23. Ryan Garko
  24. Mike Cameron

What I Liked: Troy Tulowitzki’s value took a hit after an injury-plagued 2008. Don’t be scared off though, he is still legit. When he returned from injury after the All-Star break, he hit .327 with 5 HR. He ended the season on a very high note hitting .330 with 14 RBI in 24 September games.

Questionable Decision: Right after drafting Tulowizki, Dave took Derek Jeter. Why he took two starting SS back-to-back is a mystery because he could have used the pick to address other position vacancies.

Juiceheads (our friend Gregg)

  1. Grady Sizemore
  2. Manny Ramirez
  3. Roy Halladay
  4. David Ortiz
  5. Jacoby Ellsbury
  6. Josh Beckett
  7. Joe Nathan
  8. Brad Lidge
  9. Jhonny Peralta
  10. Carlos Marmol
  11. Matt Weiters
  12. Conor Jackson
  13. Ryan Dempster
  14. Alex Gordon
  15. John Danks
  16. Orlando Hudson
  17. Trevor Hoffman
  18. Shin-Soo Choo
  19. Cameron Maybin
  20. Casey Kotchman
  21. Joe Saunders
  22. John Smoltz
  23. Carlos Gomez
  24. Jarrod Saltalamacchia

What I Liked: Matt Weiters is being hyped up like the second coming of Jesus Christ. He is said to be the next Mike Piazza, but with great defense. He’ll start the year in Triple-A, but with Greg Zaun holding down the fort for Baltimore, Weiters may arrive sooner than you think.

Questionable Decision: Matt Weiters is also a gamble. What if he spends more time than expected in the minors and now you have a player taking up valuable bench space. Even worse is what will happen if he doesn’t live up to the hype.

A-Roid (last year’s champion, Fu)

  1. Ryan Braun
  2. B.J. Upton
  3. Carlos Quentin
  4. Vladimir Guererro
  5. Shane Victorino
  6. Nate McLouth
  7. Adam Dunn
  8. Michael Young
  9. Ervin Santana
  10. A.J. Burnett
  11. Edwin Encarnacion
  12. Justin Verlander
  13. Adam Wainwright
  14. Bengie Molina
  15. Aaron Harang
  16. Kevin Slowey
  17. Kaz Matsui
  18. Chad Qualls
  19. Joel Hanrahan
  20. Nick Swisher
  21. Adam Lind
  22. Fausto Carmona
  23. Fernando Rodney
  24. Eric Byrnes

What I Liked: I don’t care if I am biased towards my favorite players. Two words: Adam Dunn.

Questionable Decision: B.J. Upton means crap to me. He is ranked higher than he should be for a guy who hit 9 HR last season. Yes, the 44 SB are great, but he is being over-valued and is being expected to deliver close to a 30-30 season. Sorry, he will not do that and without the 2B eligibility, he is just a middle-of-the-pack outfielder.

SoB – Mike

  1. Mark Teixeira
  2. Tim Lincecum
  3. Ichiro Suzuki
  4. Cole Hamels
  5. Victor Martinez
  6. Rafael Furcal
  7. Cliff Lee
  8. Francisco Rodriguez
  9. Edinson Volquez
  10. Jonathan Broxton
  11. Mike Aviles
  12. Jorge Cantu
  13. Brian Fuentes
  14. Brian Wilson
  15. Fred Lewis
  16. Jose Guillen
  17. Troy Glaus
  18. Coco Crisp
  19. Mike Pelfrey
  20. Melvin Mora
  21. Brandon Lyon
  22. Mark Buehrle
  23. Juan Pierre
  24. Kyle Lohse

What I Liked: Jorge Cantu is being called a fluke after his great ’08 season of 29 HR and 95 RBI. I hate to tell you, but he has done this before. In 2005 in Tampa Bay, he had 28 HR and 117 RBI. It is not like he had a sudden explosion of talent. It has always been there.

Questionable Decision: Edinson Volquez was a tale of two seasons in ’08. He was a top 5 pitcher in baseball in the first half with a 12-3 record and 2.29 ERA. Post break was a different story when he went 5-3 with a 4.60 ERA. His WHIP shot up to a staggering 1.46 in that time which means hitters finally figured his stuff out. Don’t expect to see amazing stuff in 2009.

A Bay Bay (former SoB writer Dev)

  1. Josh Hamilton
  2. Dustin Pedroia
  3. Matt Holliday
  4. Russell Martin
  5. Adrian Gonzalez
  6. John Lackey
  7. Ryan Zimmerman
  8. James Shields
  9. Jon Lester
  10. Joakim Soria
  11. Matt Cain
  12. Nelson Cruz
  13. Adrian Beltre
  14. Mark DeRosa
  15. Max Scherzer
  16. Matt Capps
  17. Elijah Dukes
  18. Mike Napoli
  19. Jeremy Hermida
  20. Jed Lowrie
  21. Chris Volstad
  22. Chris Dickerson
  23. Ian Snell
  24. Armando Galarraga

What I Liked: If Ryan Zimmerman bats in front of Adam Dunn then we will forget about his numbers from last season. Nelson Cruz is also good since he is slated to bat third in that incredible Rangers’ lineup.

Questionable Decision: I think Russell Martin is incredibly overhyped because he is a catcher who steals bases and now had 3B eligibility. I guess the stats are good for a catcher, but he is just being drafted too early.

wheredidyoucomefrom (our friend Ryan)

  1. Ryan Howard
  2. Ian Kinsler
  3. Brandon Phillips
  4. Carl Crawford
  5. Jonathan Papelbon
  6. Geovany Soto
  7. Mariano Rivera
  8. Jay Bruce
  9. Vernon Wells
  10. Ryan Doumit
  11. Lastings Milledge
  12. Miguel Tejada
  13. Kerry Wood
  14. Francisco Cordero
  15. Carlos Guillen
  16. Ben Sheets
  17. John Maine
  18. Gavin Floyd
  19. Matt Lindstrom
  20. Khalil Greene
  21. Orlando Cabrera
  22. Hank Blalock
  23. Joey Devine
  24. Mark Ellis

What I Liked: Even though Ian Kinsler was universally ranked to go in the first round, Ryan got lucky and was able to snag him at the start of round two. Hopefully he plays a full season this time.

Questionable Decision: Where do we start? In his defense, he had to leave the draft room early for personal reasons and left his fate up to the auto draft. It rewarded him with a crap load of closers and terrible starting pitching (except for Ben Sheets…who is still a free agent). Good luck this season!

On a Boat (a new face to our league)

  1. Evan Longoria
  2. Jimmy Rollins
  3. Kevin Youkilis
  4. Brandon Webb
  5. Magglio Ordonez
  6. Alexei Ramirez
  7. Joba Chamberlain
  8. Torii Hunter
  9. Johnny Damon
  10. Carlos Zambrano
  11. B.J. Ryan
  12. Jorge Posada
  13. Rick Ankiel
  14. Matt Garza
  15. Huston Street
  16. Paul Konerko
  17. Rickie Weeks
  18. Chris Carpenter
  19. Kelly Shoppach
  20. Troy Percival
  21. Jack Cust
  22. Felipe Lopez
  23. Aaron Cook
  24. Mark Teahen

What I Liked: Paul Konerko’s overall numbers looked bad, but look closer. After the break he hit .270 with 13 HR and nine of those came in September where he had 15 RBI. He adjusted his approach after a bad start and hopefully it can carry over to this season.

Questionable Decision: Can Alexei Ramirez hit 20+ HR again? I say no. His low K total (61) combined with abysmal BB total (18) means that he hacks at and tries to make contact with anything that comes across the plate. When pitchers exploit this, the power and average will drop.

SoB – KC

  1. Lance Berkman
  2. Chase Utley
  3. Jason Bay
  4. Brian Roberts
  5. Chad Billingsley
  6. Garrett Atkins
  7. Roy Oswalt
  8. Jermaine Dye
  9. J.J. Hardy
  10. Daisuke Matsuzaka
  11. Chris Young (OF)
  12. Carlos Delgado
  13. James Loney
  14. Clayton Kershaw
  15. Hideki Matsui
  16. Randy Johnson
  17. Xavier Nady
  18. Adam Jones
  19. Ramon Hernandez
  20. Yunel Escobar
  21. Mike Lowell
  22. Ubaldo Jimenz
  23. Skip Schumaker
  24. Jason Motte

What I Liked: Jermaine Dye may be turning 35 this season, but he can still bring the power and he is in a contract year. Randy Johnson moving to the pitcher-friendly confines of San Francisco can only help his numbers.

Questionable Decision: Dice-K’s BB total (94) suggests that his fantastic 2.90 ERA can’t hold up. If you allow that many free passes, then it will eventually catch up to you and he has allowed over 170 of them over the past two seasons. He won’t stay lucky for another full year.

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9 comments for “TGIF: 2009 Sports of Boston Friends and Family Baseball Draft”

  1. Allow me to defend Daisuke Matsuzaka and Mike’s pick of Edinson Volquez.

    Sure, Volquez wasn’t off-the-charts good in the second half, but his K numbers are too high to ignore. He may have trouble allowing baserunners, but his strikeout numbers are extremely good, and in Round 9, that’s not really a huge reach.

    And Dice-K….no matter what, he strikes people out. I expect his ERA to rise…but I can deal with 15-18 wins, 3.50 ERA, and 180 Ks for a 10th Round pick.

    Posted by KC | March 27, 2009, 5:36 pm
  2. chris – two pitchers in first two rounds?

    pete – aubrey huff in round 5? is he worth that much?

    fav team – tie between kc and dan

    Posted by lokesh | March 28, 2009, 4:42 am
  3. KC, thanks for defending Volquez. That’s exactly my reasoning, he’s a K machine. He pitches in a hitter’s park, of course, and everyone has a book on him now, but there’s too much upside to a guy that can strike guys out like he can.

    As for Dice-K, I’m steering clear of him. I don’t know how many times last year, he would throw so many pitches because he walked 4-5 or 8 guys and left after five. Because he got run support, he got tons of wins while barely qualifying. In Japan, these guys throw till their arms fall off, but the Sox love their pitch counts and with his continued wildness, he’s going to be a 5 inning pitcher again. With the Sox reduced offense, his wins will drop if he regularly goes only five. And, as Pete noted, he’s asking for ERA trouble when you put that many guys on. That said, there’s a good value there in round 10 because of the K’s and the wins he will get.

    Posted by Mike | March 28, 2009, 7:57 am
  4. lokesh – thanks for the praise!

    Posted by KC | March 28, 2009, 12:24 pm
  5. I did not say I was making judgments based on what round they fell to/draft value.

    I am just naming players I like and don’t like. Deal with it.

    Aubrey Huff = Contract Year.

    KC: You defend Dice-K to the death and then immediately trade him for Ryan Doumit.

    Posted by Pete | March 29, 2009, 2:31 pm
  6. I saw that, so hilarious! I think he was just trying to hype him up and increase his trade value 🙂

    Posted by Mike | March 29, 2009, 4:47 pm
  7. haha Pete well isnt their draft value more important than if you dont like them?

    and Huff wouldve been available in round 6, maybe 7

    and…i 100% guarantee your friend didnt read my comments here.

    Posted by KC | March 29, 2009, 4:50 pm
  8. Huff should have been gone in round 1, so I was lucky he fell to me.

    Posted by Pete | March 29, 2009, 5:38 pm
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