Fantasy Insider: Mock Draft

Here is The Insiders' Mock Draft, using the results of a real, live draft that was held earlier this month complete with full commentary. 12 teams representing various sites on the network participated. Who came out on top? Where did your favorite pick go? See what the experts did! Insiders Club Members can find out right now!

Round One

Pick

Player

Team

1

A. Rodriguez

SFDugout (Michelle Benedicto)

2

A. Pujols

MadFriars (Denis Savage)

3

A. Soriano

Fishpitch (Mark Doring)

4

V. Guerrero

Philly News (Chuck Hixson)

5

B. Boone

JaysTalk (Ben Strong)

6

T. Helton

Tigs Town (Paul Wezner)

7

M. Prior

CubsTalk (Steve Holley)

8

G. Sheffield

InsideThePark (Joe Kaiser)

9

C. Beltran

BostonGM (Christopher Guy)

10

E. Gagne

Nyfansonly (Patrick Teale/Steve Usinger)

11

N. Garciaparra

Halos Digest (John Teutschman)

12

P. Martinez

Pinstripes Plus (Mark Rubin)

Mark Rubin Says:  Seeing Pedro slip all the way to the 12th spot was a moment of joy for me, particularly since I got him and Schilling back to back here.  And yes, I felt terrible about taking two Red Sox with my first picks, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity.
Chris Guy Says:  Nomar Garciaparrra is in a walk year and looking to prove that he can rebound from the trade rumors that almost had him out of Boston. Two factors that could amount to a massive year for the shortstop. Owners will reap the benefits.
Strongest Pick: Chris taking Beltran is a good sign that people are starting to see Beltran's true potential, and it's an excellent pick.
Weakest Pick:  There's rarely a bad pick in the first round, but one rarely sees Bret Boone go in the first round of a draft.  It's defendable, but taking Boone with the 5th overall pick is not generally advised, as he's more suitable for the second-fourth rounds.

Round Two

Pick

Player

Team

13

C. Schilling

Pinstripes Plus (Mark Rubin)

14

R. Halladay

Halos Digest (John Teutschman)

15

M. Piazza

Nyfansonly (Patrick Teale/Steve Usinger)

16

M. Ramirez

BostonGM (Christopher Guy)

17

B. Bonds

InsideThePark (Joe Kaiser)

18

R. Sexson

CubsTalk (Steve Holley)

19

E. Chavez

Tigs Town (Paul Wezner)

20

S. Rolen

JaysTalk (Ben Strong)

21

E. Renteria

Philly News (Chuck Hixson)

22

M. Tejada

Fishpitch (Mark Doring)

23

V. Wells

MadFriars (Denis Savage)

24

J. Schmidt

SFDugout (Kevin Cunningham)

Mark Says:  I love the attention that Wells got here, as the second round is the perfect place for him to be drafted.
Chris Says: 
I wonder about Richie Sexson going this early. Options such as Thome, Giambi, or Delgado may have been the better choices based upon the talent they are surrounded by on their respective clubs. Giambi has slipped in drafts, but he has reported to camp in excellent shape and should return to his perennial MVP form.
Strongest Pick: 
Schilling and Bonds could go in round one in most drafts.
Weakest Pick: 
Sexson may have gone too early, as first basemen after Pujols and Helton aren't really a hot commodity, but 40 homers are 40 homers.

Round Three

Pick

Player

Team

25

K. Wood

SFDugout (Kevin Cunningham)

26

M. Rivera

MadFriars (Denis Savage)

27

C. Delgado

Fishpitch (Mark Doring)

28

J. Vazquez

Philly News (Chuck Hixson)

29

T. Hudson

JaysTalk (Ben Strong)

30

M. Ordonez

Tigs Town (Paul Wezner)

31

S. Sosa

CubsTalk (Steve Holley)

32

K. Foulke

InsideThePark (Joe Kaiser)

33

R. Johnson

BostonGM (Christopher Guy)

34

J. Thome

Nyfansonly (Patrick Teale/Steve Usinger)

35

D. Lee

Halos Digest (John Teutschman)

36

M. Mussina

Pinstripes Plus (Mark Rubin)

Mark Says:  The first non-Gagne closers went here, and their names weren't Smoltz.  Denis gave a big nod toward Rivera, who should be as effective as ever this season.  Interesting to see Vazquez go before Mussina, but I wasn't complaining.
Chris Says: 
Derek Lee at Wrigley Field is something I can't wait to see. Delgado is a huge steal in the third round. I am a believer that Johnson's career isn't over and that he will once again pitch like the man that has claimed three Cy Young Awards in the last four seasons. 
Strongest Pick: 
Fishpitch got a bargain with Delgado, who should be more productive than Sexson, who went nine picks earlier.
Weakest Pick: 
Johnson could make or break many fantasy teams this season.  If he stays healthy, a third-round flyer is a bargain, but this is one big "if".
Surprise Pick:  Derrek Lee in the third round would have been mind-boggling a year or two ago, but he could actually warrant it this season.

Round Four

Pick

Player

Team

37

B. Abreu

Pinstripes Plus (Mark Rubin)

38

B. Colon

Halos Digest (John Teutschman)

39

J. Kent

Nyfansonly (Patrick Teale/Steve Usinger)

40

I. Suzuki

BostonGM (Christopher Guy)

41

J. Giambi

InsideThePark (Joe Kaiser)

42

C. Jones

CubsTalk (Steve Holley)

43

B. Zito

Tigs Town (Paul Wezner)

44

B. Giles

JaysTalk (Ben Strong)

45

J. Vidro

Philly News (Chuck Hixson)

46

P. Wilson

Fishpitch (Mark Doring)

47

J. Reyes

MadFriars (Denis Savage)

48

B. Wagner

SFDugout (Kevin Cunningham)

Mark Says:  I took my first position player in this round, after creating a troika of pitchers of which I'm quite proud.  Abreu isn't good enough to carry a team, but I like him anyway.
Chris Says: 
Speed is at a premium and therefore Reyes is a fantastic pick. This is a guy who could swipe 40 bases this year and add a load of extra base hits. Plus, he is hitting in front of two rejuvenated sluggers: Mike Piazza and Cliff Floyd. 100 runs scored? Not out of the question.
Strongest Pick: 
Jason Giambi should have a nice rebound season, and his going in the fourth is excellent for Kaiser's team.
Weakest Pick: 
PhillyNews probably jumped the gun on Vidro, who could have gone later, but there were few top-tier second basemen left.
Surprise Pick:  Jose Reyes went, much to the chagrin of Teale's team.  The much-hyped prospect was just the fifth shortstop taken in the draft, ahead of more proven vets like Derek Jeter and Orlando Cabrera.

Round Five

Pick

Player

Team

49

J. Bagwell

SFDugout (Kevin Cunningham)

50

M. Mulder

MadFriars (Denis Savage)

51

D. Jeter

Fishpitch (Mark Doring)

52

M. Lieberthal

Philly News (Chuck Hixson)

53

J. Pierre

JaysTalk (Ben Strong)

54

J. Smoltz

Tigs Town (Paul Wezner)

55

E. Guardado

CubsTalk (Steve Holley)

56

T. Glaus

InsideThePark (Joe Kaiser)

57

K. Brown

BostonGM (Christopher Guy)

58

O. Cabrera

Nyfansonly (Patrick Teale/Steve Usinger)

59

H. Blalock

Halos Digest (John Teutschman)

60

M. Lowell

Pinstripes Plus (Mark Rubin)

Mark Says:  It's amazing how much steals will get an owner hot under the collar, when a guy hits around one homerun a season, you don't expect him to go in the fifth, but Juan Pierre is simply awesome on the bases.
Chris Says: 
I worry about Glaus. From an average standpoint, I don't think he will ever hit above .280 again like he did in 2000.  He hasn't shown me anything over the last two years that would lead me to believe he can hit forty again.
Strongest Pick: 
Mulder.  If not for that hip injury, he would have been closer to the top of this year's draft.
Weakest Pick: 
Lieberthal.  Looks like a little bit of team loyalty here, as Lieberthal went well ahead of guys like Posada and Javy Lopez, but to his "hometown" PhillyNews.
Surprise Pick:  Three third basemen went in this round, including Blalock.  Still a little rough around the edges, Blalock might have the raw talent to make this selection worthwhile.

Round Six

Pick

Player

Team

61

J. Posada

Pinstripes Plus (Mark Rubin)

62

G. Anderson

Halos Digest (John Teutschman)

63

M. Teixeira

Nyfansonly (Patrick Teale/Steve Usinger)

64

R. Oswalt

BostonGM (Christopher Guy)

65

M. Buehrle

InsideThePark (Joe Kaiser)

66

M. Giles

CubsTalk (Steve Holley)

67

L. Berkman

Tigs Town (Paul Wezner)

68

J. Rollins

JaysTalk (Ben Strong)

69

A. Pettitte

Philly News (Chuck Hixson)

70

A. Huff

Fishpitch (Mark Doring)

71

T. Hoffman

MadFriars (Denis Savage)

72

A. Jones

SFDugout (Kevin Cunningham)

Mark Says:  Things are progressing nicely for my team at this point, as I managed to nail the only catcher on my radar screen.  With my starting pitching settled, I'm on an offensive kick.
Chris Says: 
Teixeira will be something special this year in Arlington. The guy can flat out hit. I wouldn't be surprised if he hit 40 homers easily. Oswalt has looked phenomenal this spring and I didn't hesitate selecting him.
Strongest Pick: 
Anderson, who is one of the top offensive players in the game these days, slipped all the way to the sixth, great pickup for the Halos (here and in real life).
Weakest Pick:
  Buehrle had such a strange season in 2003, that it's hard to justify his going this early.  
Surprise Pick:  I saw a league where Rollins didn't get drafted until the very last round, if he wants it bad enough, he could actually merit a high selection like this.

Round Seven

Pick

Player

Team

73

J. Edmonds

SFDugout (Kevin Cunningham)

74

L. Gonzalez

MadFriars (Denis Savage)

75

J. Santana

Fishpitch (Mark Doring)

76

Ru. Ortiz

Philly News (Chuck Hixson)

77

O. Dotel

JaysTalk (Ben Strong)

78

L. Castillo

Tigs Town (Paul Wezner)

79

A. Ramirez

CubsTalk (Steve Holley)

80

J. Moyer

InsideThePark (Joe Kaiser)

81

K. Matsui

BostonGM (Christopher Guy)

82

E. Loaiza

Nyfansonly (Patrick Teale/Steve Usinger)

83

T. Percival

Halos Digest (John Teutschman)

84

P. Nevin

Pinstripes Plus (Mark Rubin)

Mark Says:  It's generally against my draft strategy to go after guys with injury-plague pasts, but I have a weird soft spot for Nevin - who is injured at the moment, by the way.  It's probably because I used him at catcher a few years back, despite the fact that he never played there that season.
Chris Says: 
Kazuo Matsui has been slowed this spring due to a lacerated finger, but he's the whole package nonetheless. He can steal bases and hit for both power and average. Johan Santana is an excellent pick by Mark Doring, he'll prove to be the stopper on the Twins staff in 2004.
Strongest Pick: 
Fishpitch came off with a steal when they took Santana in the seventh.  Santana should emerge as a borderline elite pitcher this season, and he could actually anchor a fantasy staff.
Weakest Pick: 
Very solid round throughout, Loaiza was actually taken by accident when Teale's computer crashed on him, but it's a decent pick at this point.

Round Eight

Pick

Player

Team

85

R. Furcal

Pinstripes Plus (Mark Rubin)

86

T. Nixon

Halos Digest (John Teutschman)

87

C. Lee

Nyfansonly (Patrick Teale/Steve Usinger)

88

J. Lopez

BostonGM (Christopher Guy)

89

J. Isringhausen

InsideThePark (Joe Kaiser)

90

I. Rodriguez

CubsTalk (Steve Holley)

91

A. Berroa

Tigs Town (Paul Wezner)

92

M. Cabrera

JaysTalk (Ben Strong)

93

R. Wolf

Philly News (Chuck Hixson)

94

J. Beckett

Fishpitch (Mark Doring)

95

M. Morris

MadFriars (Denis Savage)

96

J. Damon

SFDugout (Kevin Cunningham)

Mark Says:  Kind of odd to see Pudge go so late in a draft, but that's what being on the Tigers will do for you.
Chris Says: 
Extremely solid round by all 12 teams. I am hoping Camden Yards will help Lopez maintain his numbers from last season. Cabrera had a strong rookie campaign and I expect him to have a stellar career, but I think he may hit a few road bumps this season.
Strongest Pick:
  Morris is capable of being one of the top ten pitchers in the league, but he goes here in the eighth round.
Weakest Pick: 
None, actually.
Surprise Pick:  Trot Nixon.  How about that?

Round Nine

Pick

Player

Team

97

A. Pierzynski

SFDugout (Kevin Cunningham)

98

C. Patterson

MadFriars (Denis Savage)

99

B. Webb

Fishpitch (Mark Doring)

100

R. Biddle

Philly News (Chuck Hixson)

101

R. Clemens

JaysTalk (Ben Strong)

102

J. Pineiro

Tigs Town (Paul Wezner)

103

G. Maddux

CubsTalk (Steve Holley)

104

T. Glavine

InsideThePark (Joe Kaiser)

105

M. Sweeney

BostonGM (Christopher Guy)

106

H. Nomo

Nyfansonly (Patrick Teale/Steve Usinger)

107

K. Escobar

Halos Digest (John Teutschman)

108

K. Millwood

Pinstripes Plus (Mark Rubin)

Mark Says:  The starting pitching run took off here, with seven of the 12 picks falling into that category.  I was thrilled to see Millwood still hanging around this late.
Chris Says: 
When the news came down that Patterson was going to miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL on July 7, he was hitting very well. This could turn out to be a fabulous selection for Denis. As for Rocky Biddle, a huge blunder by Chuck. I had a load of closers ranked ahead of him considering both Chad Cordero and Luis Ayala are becoming favorites of Frank Robinson.
Strongest Pick: 
Sweeney can be a frontline offensive player when healthy, and he should be healthy now.
Weakest Pick: 
Glavine probably didn't earn this high of a selection with his performance last year, and there were definitely better closers to take than Biddle.

Round Ten

Pick

Player

Team

109

C. Crawford

Pinstripes Plus (Mark Rubin)

110

D. Baez

Halos Digest (John Teutschman)

111

R. Palmeiro

Nyfansonly (Patrick Teale/Steve Usinger)

112

A. Rhodes

BostonGM (Christopher Guy)

113

M. Young

InsideThePark (Joe Kaiser)

114

D. Marte

CubsTalk (Steve Holley)

115

J. Varitek

Tigs Town (Paul Wezner)

116

R. Klesko

JaysTalk (Ben Strong)

117

J. Nathan

Philly News (Chuck Hixson)

118

M. Mantei

Fishpitch (Mark Doring)

119

R. Nen

MadFriars (Denis Savage)

120

R. Durham

SFDugout (Kevin Cunningham)

Mark Says:  I'm a big fan of Crawford's for next season.  He can run like crazy, and he's still getting better as he adjusts to the league.  Six closers went in this league.
Chris Says: 
It was apparent that a rapid closer run was about to take place so Arthur Rhodes, who gets the ninth inning duties with the A's, was my selection. He has never proven himself in this role, which may be a reason for some to be scared away, but I feel he has the mentality and talent to come through with a big season for Oakland.
Strongest Pick: 
Besides Crawford, I like Young going this late, he's a solid option at 2B and will add SS eligibility to his repertoire soon.
Weakest Pick: 
Kind of early to take a closer that doesn't really have the job yet, but Chicago's Marte went before the more guaranteed Mantei.  Marte is the better pitcher though, to be fair. 

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