Fantasy Insider: Mock Draft, Part 2

Here is The Insiders' Mock Draft, using the results of a real, live draft that was held earlier this month. 12 teams representing various sites on the sytem 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 Eleven

Pick

Player

Team

121

E. Alfonzo

SFDugout (Kevin Cunningham)

122

D. Ortiz

MadFriars (Denis Savage)

123

A. Benitez

Fishpitch (Mark Doring)

124

P. Burrell

Philly News (Chuck Hixson)

125

W. Miller

JaysTalk (Ben Strong)

126

D. Young

Tigs Town (Paul Wezner)

127

A. Cintron

CubsTalk (Steve Holley)

128

W. Williams

InsideThePark (Joe Kaiser)

129

P. Polanco

BostonGM (Christopher Guy)

130

R. Sanders

Nyfansonly (Patrick Teale/Steve Usinger)

131

J. Kendall

Halos Digest (John Teutschman)

132

F. Cordero

Pinstripes Plus (Mark Rubin)

Mark Says:  I grabbed my first closer here.  This isn't a strategy I recommend others use, but I tend to stay away from closers when drafting, or at least not actively pursue them.  Personal preference that deserves a column one day. 
Chris Says: 
Edgardo Alfonzo may have regained his form towards the tail end of 2003. During the postseason he hit .529 (9-for-17) with 5 RBI. Can he return to his Mets offensive form? If so then Kevin will look pretty darn smart.
Strongest Pick: 
Ortiz is a great player and could have gone sooner than the eleventh, same for Woody Williams.
Weakest Pick: 
Chuck loves his Phils, and he took Burrell here in the eleventh, much too soon for a guy that struggled to hit over .200 last year, 40 homers in 2002 or not.
Surprise Pick:  I balked when I saw Patrick take Sanders here, it's just not something I would do personally, but after thinking about it, it's a very good pick.

Round Twelve

Pick

Player

Team

133

R. Hidalgo

Pinstripes Plus (Mark Rubin)

134

A. Kennedy

Halos Digest (John Teutschman)

135

S. Podsednik

Nyfansonly (Patrick Teale/Steve Usinger)

136

J. Borowski

BostonGM (Christopher Guy)

137

O. Perez

InsideThePark (Joe Kaiser)

138

C. Zambrano

CubsTalk (Steve Holley)

139

S. Ponson

Tigs Town (Paul Wezner)

140

T. Walker

JaysTalk (Ben Strong)

141

B. Wilkerson

Philly News (Chuck Hixson)

142

R. Baldelli

Fishpitch (Mark Doring)

143

M. Ensberg

MadFriars (Denis Savage)

144

M. Batista

SFDugout (Kevin Cunningham)

Mark Says:  Lots of solid picks in this round, couple of good sleepers in Wilkerson, Ensberg and Batista.
Chris Says: 
People seem to underestimate Podsednik, but he really is a good pick. He has the ability to hit for average, steal bases, score runs, and mix in power, albeit a small amount.
Strongest Pick: 
Ensberg is going to be huge this season, and Savage will love him.  I love the Zambrano pick also.
Weakest Pick: 
Todd Walker may have trouble even finding playing time in 2004 with Grudzielanek in the picture, not sure why he was drafted so early.

Round Thirteen

Pick

Player

Team

145

J. Payton

SFDugout (Kevin Cunningham)

146

J. Peavy

MadFriars (Denis Savage)

147

S. Green

Fishpitch (Mark Doring)

148

L. Hernandez

Philly News (Chuck Hixson)

149

J. Burnitz

JaysTalk (Ben Strong)

150

R. Winn

Tigs Town (Paul Wezner)

151

M. Clement

CubsTalk (Steve Holley)

152

A. Dunn

InsideThePark (Joe Kaiser)

153

C. Koskie

BostonGM (Christopher Guy)

154

B. Looper

Nyfansonly (Patrick Teale/Steve Usinger)

155

J. Guillen

Halos Digest (John Teutschman)

156

S. Stewart

Pinstripes Plus (Mark Rubin)

Mark Says:  Seven outfielders and three good starting pitchers make up the bulk of this round.  If you've read my columns, you'll know I don't care for Stewart, but I had to take him here.
Chris Says: 
Jeromy Burnitz bounced back with an extremely strong 2003, swatting 31 homers. Will he hit for a high average? Of course not. But Coors Field does wonders. Just look at Preston Wilson last season.
Strongest Pick: 
Koskie is a great 3B to get this late in the draft, and Looper is a quality closer when most of the quality closers are long gone.
Weakest Pick: 
Not sure about Dunn here (or anywhere).  He could hit 40 homeruns, but he could also bat .220.
Surprise Pick:  The Friars have the inside scoop on Peavy, who is due for a breakout season.

Round Fourteen

Pick

Player

Team

157

F. Thomas

Pinstripes Plus (Mark Rubin)

158

F. Garcia

Halos Digest (John Teutschman)

159

C. Floyd

Nyfansonly (Patrick Teale/Steve Usinger)

160

R. Harden

BostonGM (Christopher Guy)

161

M. Cameron

InsideThePark (Joe Kaiser)

162

C. Biggio

CubsTalk (Steve Holley)

163

G. Jenkins

Tigs Town (Paul Wezner)

164

C. Sabathia

JaysTalk (Ben Strong)

165

S. Hillenbrand

Philly News (Chuck Hixson)

166

J. Gonzalez

Fishpitch (Mark Doring)

167

J. Mauer

MadFriars (Denis Savage)

168

S. Casey

SFDugout (Kevin Cunningham)

Mark Says:  Mauer finally went.  It's always interesting to see where players with no ML experience go in drafts.  I actually have a problem with Thomas, but if he hits 40, I'll be ecstatic.
Chris Says: 
Mauer can flat out hit and the field of catchers at this point of the draft was thin. Denis came away with a good selection. The only knock was that it may have been a round or two early. Harden showed a lot of inconsistency during his stay with the A's, but he has the talent to come up with a strong 2004 season.
Strongest Pick: 
Nothing really stands out here, Patrick and Steve should be happy with a healthy Floyd
Weakest Pick: 
Not a fan of Sean Casey, he's gone undrafted in other places.

Round Fifteen

Pick

Player

Team

169

M. Redman

SFDugout (Kevin Cunningham)

170

D. Willis

MadFriars (Denis Savage)

171

D. Kolb

Fishpitch (Mark Doring)

172

T. Batista

Philly News (Chuck Hixson)

173

J. Gibbons

JaysTalk (Ben Strong)

174

J. Affeldt

Tigs Town (Paul Wezner)

175

L. Hawkins

CubsTalk (Steve Holley)

176

R. Aurilia

InsideThePark (Joe Kaiser)

177

A. Kearns

BostonGM (Christopher Guy)

178

V. Padilla

Nyfansonly (Patrick Teale/Steve Usinger)

179

Ra. Hernandez

Halos Digest (John Teutschman)

180

D. Jimenez

Pinstripes Plus (Mark Rubin)

Mark Says: Gibbons is going to have a good season with all that new protection around him.  Jimenez is actually a favorite pick of mine this season, he could be going places.
Chris Says:  Questionable call on Steve taking Hawkins considering middle relievers have such a small effect on fantasy baseball. People seemed to forget about what Kearns did prior to falling victim to injury.
Strongest Pick: Padilla is an excellent pitcher to get this late.
Weakest Pick: Hawkins.  He's good, but there's little room for non-closing relievers.
Surprise Pick:  Affeldt has a ton of potential, and Paul just might get his money's worth here.

Round Sixteen

Pick

Player

Team

181

M. Bradley

Pinstripes Plus (Mark Rubin)

182

P. Lo Duca

Halos Digest (John Teutschman)

183

A. Leiter

Nyfansonly (Patrick Teale/Steve Usinger)

184

J. Contreras

BostonGM (Christopher Guy)

185

B. Santiago

InsideThePark (Joe Kaiser)

186

K. Millar

CubsTalk (Steve Holley)

187

R. Ibanez

Tigs Town (Paul Wezner)

188

G. Meche

JaysTalk (Ben Strong)

189

T. Hunter

Philly News (Chuck Hixson)

190

K. Griffey Jr.

Fishpitch (Mark Doring)

191

H. Matsui

MadFriars (Denis Savage)

192

M. Loretta

SFDugout (Kevin Cunningham)

Mark Says:  I've taken Bradley in every draft of mine so far.  He was doing superbly before he got hurt last year.  Let's just hope he runs.
Chris Says: 
Al Leiter battled knee inflammation during the beginning of 2003, but showed over the last few months that age has yet to catch up with him. His ERA was well under 3.00 over the last few months. Anyone who counts him out is joking with themselves. Great pick by Patrick.
Strongest Pick: 
Leiter and Bradley.
Weakest Pick: 
Lo Duca has absolutely no power, but he's fine otherwise.  The Loretta pick is a little confusing, but the ranks are thin at the middle infield.
Surprise Pick:  Good morning, Mr. Griffey.  This is some serious dice-rolling, sadly.

Round Seventeen

Pick

Player

Team

193

K. Ishii

SFDugout (Kevin Cunningham)

194

A. Gonzalez, FLA

MadFriars (Denis Savage)

195

V. Castilla

Fishpitch (Mark Doring)

196

B. Penny

Philly News (Chuck Hixson)

197

F. Rodriguez

JaysTalk (Ben Strong)

198

C. Guillen

Tigs Town (Paul Wezner)

199

B. Mueller

CubsTalk (Steve Holley)

200

J. Washburn

InsideThePark (Joe Kaiser)

201

B. Crosby

BostonGM (Christopher Guy)

202

B. Kim

Nyfansonly (Patrick Teale/Steve Usinger)

203

E. Martinez

Halos Digest (John Teutschman)

204

B. Myers

Pinstripes Plus (Mark Rubin)

Mark Says:  Getting the batting champ (Mueller) in the 17th round is generally a good thing.  I'm not quite sure how Ishii went before Myers, but I'm not complaining. Washburn should be good too.
Chris Says: 
Brett Myers isn't asked to be the Phillies' savior at the top of their rotation. The young stud is simply being requested to fill one of the bottom two slots on the staff of a team that has a potentially lethal offense. Excellent pick by Mr. Rubin. He may have just chosen a hurler that will give him 17-20 wins.
Strongest Pick: 
We seem to be a fan of Mr. Myers.
Weakest Pick: 
If I'm forced to choose, I'll say Castilla, but Coors Field can do wonders for a player.
Surprise Pick: Crosby could be the next big thing in shortstops, but it's more likely he'll hit 15 dingers and steal 20 bags, which is great.

Round Eighteen

Pick

Player

Team

206

A. Burnett

Pinstripes Plus (Mark Rubin)

207

U. Urbina

Halos Digest (John Teutschman)

208

B. Lawrence

Nyfansonly (Patrick Teale/Steve Usinger)

209

E. Hinske

BostonGM (Christopher Guy)

210

D. Lowe

InsideThePark (Joe Kaiser)

211

T. Worrell

CubsTalk (Steve Holley)

212

E. Munson

Tigs Town (Paul Wezner)

213

B. Anderson

JaysTalk (Ben Strong)

214

R. Mondesi

Philly News (Chuck Hixson)

215

L. Walker

Fishpitch (Mark Doring)

216

J. Spivey

MadFriars (Denis Savage)

217

D. Mientkiewicz

SFDugout (Kevin Cunningham)

Mark Says:  It's also generally against my draft strategies to take injury-prone pitchers, but I felt like taking a risk with Burnett.  Hope he actually plays sometime before June.  Larry Walker is a great player to go this late.
Chris Says: 
Pretty late for Derek Lowe. Will this guy ever have a 2.58 ERA again like he did during his stellar 2002 season? Highly unlikely. But owners will gladly accept the 17 wins he posted last year. Strong pick by Joe.
Strongest Pick:
Walker could be huge in Coors (anyone can, really).  Spivey's a good pick too.
Weakest Pick: 
Urbina doesn't have a team and Worrell doesn't have a closing job.  Waste of a pick if Urbina goes to Japan.

Round Nineteen

Pick

Player

Team

218

B. Tomko

SFDugout (Kevin Cunningham)

219

J. Julio

MadFriars (Denis Savage)

220

S. Chacon

Fishpitch (Mark Doring)

221

J. Phillips

Philly News (Chuck Hixson)

222

P. Konerko

JaysTalk (Ben Strong)

223

R. Soriano

Tigs Town (Paul Wezner)

224

B. Williams

CubsTalk (Steve Holley)

225

J. Drew

InsideThePark (Joe Kaiser)

226

M. Hampton

BostonGM (Christopher Guy)

227

J. Bay

Nyfansonly (Patrick Teale/Steve Usinger)

228

R. Alomar

Halos Digest (John Teutschman)

229

R. Wagner

Pinstripes Plus (Mark Rubin)

Mark Says:  Wagner should steal the closer's job away from Graves a few hours into the season.  Jason Phillips is a great grab for a late-inning catcher.  I'm also going to have to denounce Konerko, who looked totally done for most of last year.
Chris Says: 
Take out September, when he hit a brick wall, and Paul Konerko was beginning to show signs of life.  From 1999 to 2002, Paul was an above-average fantasy contributor. One bad season and everyone gives up on him. Watch for a tremendous 2004. Ben with the good choice here.
Strongest Pick: 
Hampton should do even better than last year with another season away from Colorado.  Nice pick by Chris.
Weakest Pick: 
Good picks all around.  Expect bounce-back years from both Alomar and Williams (not to previous heights, but definitely better than 2003).
Surprise Pick:  Patrick pulled the sleeper trigger and took Jason Bay.  Teale has boldly guaranteed that Bay will be a top-10 NL outfielder this year. 

Round Twenty

Pick

Player

Team

230

J. Lieber

Pinstripes Plus (Mark Rubin)

231

M. Mora

Halos Digest (John Teutschman)

232

B. Roberts

Nyfansonly (Patrick Teale/Steve Usinger)

233

N. Johnson

BostonGM (Christopher Guy)

234

D. Eckstein

InsideThePark (Joe Kaiser)

235

M. Grudzielanek

CubsTalk (Steve Holley)

236

J. Johnson

Tigs Town (Paul Wezner)

237

B. Radke

JaysTalk (Ben Strong)

238

K. Lohse

Philly News (Chuck Hixson)

239

A. Sanchez

Fishpitch (Mark Doring)

240

E. Milton

MadFriars (Denis Savage)

241

E. Wilson

SFDugout (Kevin Cunningham)

Mark Says:  I can't believe I broke my no-injuries rule again for Lieber, but any Yankee pitcher with talent can win 15.  He just has to pitch.  Nick the Stick went here too, I wish him luck.  Mora, Roberts, Eckstein and Milton round out the injury-plagued round.
Chris Says: 
This is the round where those with injuries in 2003 look to rebound during 2004. If Johnson can avoid the injury bug, he's a steal in round twenty. Same goes for Milton, who looks to re-establish himself in Philly. How about Lieber with the Yankees? Recently proclaimed himself as healthy as he ever has been. We'll see what that translates into. Could be a load of victories.
Strongest Pick: 
Radke was tremendous down the stretch last year.  Went 9-1 after the break.  Twins need someone to step forward.
Weakest Pick: 
We don't care if he is a Yankee, Wilson won't be a useful fantasy player.

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