BDD: Dream Draft, Update #2

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At Baseball Daily Digest, we’ve been doing a dream draft: myself and eleven others are picking players for a fictional team that we’ll be overlooking for the next six years. Click here for the first update that included the first two rounds. And click here for the next update that includes Rounds 3 and 4.

I went with Chase Utley and Russell Martin in the first two rounds, then took Matt Kemp and Chad Billingsley in the next two. I don’t have a Dodger fetish, I promise you.

We’re currently on Round 5 and I’ve selected Mike Moustakas, the 3B/SS prospect for the Kansas City Royals. It’s not posted yet, but here’s what Round 5 looks like so far:

1. Rob McQuown – Alex Gordon
2. John Burnson – Zack Greinke
3. Cory Schwartz – Chris Iannetta
4. Michael Street – Alexei Ramirez
5. Bill Baer – Mike Moustakas
6. Johanna Wagner – Edinson Volquez
7. Eric Seidman – Aramis Ramirez
8. Melissa Lockard –
9. Joe Hamrahi –
10. Brian Joseph –
11. Eric San Inocencio –
12. Kevin Goldstein –

My team looks like this:

  • C: Russell Martin
  • 2B: Chase Utley
  • 3B: Mike Moustakas
  • CF: Matt Kemp
  • SP: Chad Billingsley

Not bad for a team you need to be good for six straight years. As always, feel free to critique my picks.

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  1. Ernie

    February 15, 2009 09:56 PM

    Not a bad draft at all. The only thing I could say is I would’ve drafted Pedroia ahead of Utley, because isnt Utley going to be heading into his decline years soon?

  2. Bill Baer

    February 15, 2009 11:00 PM

    Well, the prime years are generally 27-29ish, and Utley is 30 now. Pedroia is five years younger, so he’s probably a safer bet. I won’t say it wasn’t a homer pick.

    But I don’t think Utley’s the breed of player that ages horribly, as compared to the guy a few feet to his left, Ryan Howard. And even if his bat declines, it doesn’t mean his glove does as well. He’s definitely not +47 as the Fielding Bible had him last season, but still is the best-fielding second baseman in baseball.

    Plus, he plays smart, something that never fades with age. I don’t know of any metrics that measure overall baserunning other than SB/CS, but he’s one of the smartest baserunners I’ve ever seen. And his smarts also apply to his defense, just watch that throw to home he made to nail Jason Bartlett in Game 5.

  3. Nick

    February 18, 2009 10:02 PM

    Bill, sign me up for the FBB league

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