April 3, 2005 at 2:24 pm #2549
Here’s my quickie assessment of the draft. It won’t rival Pippin’s projections or Winick’s treatise, but perhaps it will get the discussion started. In general, I think this looks like a balanced and competitive year. Almost everyone seems to have a least a decent chance.
- Flaming Brats. Came in loaded and didn’t screw it up. They did, however, leave some money on the table that could have been used to put a gap between themselves and the field.
- Hoosier Daddies. Solid throughout, with the notable exception of the bullpen. Need Putz to break through or to acquire an "A" closer during the season.
- Berliners. No major holes, but also no overwhelming strengths. A couple of positive breaks from the top and a couple of bad breaks from the second division.
- Bombers. Lots of offense, but questionable starting pitching. Remember to add in Sanchez’s SB’s when you do your projections.
- Lake Michigan Calamari. Opposite of the Bombers. Plenty of pitching, but a weak offense. That’s usually the wrong risk to take.
- Nukes. Decent draft, but didn’t have enough value coming in. Good offense, despite a couple of holes. Starting pitching an obvious weakness.
- Protective Cups. Came in loaded and screwed it up. Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Teahen and Guillermo Quiroz aren’t this year" players. Similarly, $13 for Kazmir? Not out of the running, but didn’t do themselves any favors.
- Klein Nine. Same team he drafts every year. Lots of offense and almost no pitching. Sometimes it works. We’ll see.
- Angry Young Men. Good news–balanced. Bad news–below average across the board.
- Republicans. Building for the future. Added some nice keepers, but won’t be contending this year.
- Mighty Red Hots. Came in with very little undervalue, then immediately went out and spent $81 on Podsednik and Beltre. That didn’t leave much to put together the rest of the team. Upton, Sizemore and League form the nucleus of a promising future–but not this year.
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