I was drafting last, having parlayed a strong pitching staff into wins in both the first half of the season, which all of the teams play on the computer, and the second half of the season, where I'm in the half of the teams that continue to play on the computer rather than trying to find the time to play face-to-face. This is a good reason to be drafting last. :) And it's an eight-team league, so the rosters are very strong, although we artificially restrict the starting pitching so that we're not always facing top-rated starters.
Somewhat to my surprise, there was a feeding frenzy over the outfielders in the first round. As a result, the second best available reliever came down to me at the end of the round, so I grabbed Joel Hanrahan and tucked him away. In the second round, I made a big reach and snagged Michael Pineda, because I wanted another starter who could pitch this year and -- under the rules of our league -- all of the high-grade starters who might have been available were frozen and unavailable for the draft. Pineda, on the other hand, is a pretty good prospect, assuming that he can recover the velocity that's been partially lacking this spring.
By the time we got to the end of the third round, all of the top-graded control relievers were gone, but I picked up the best of the second-graded control relievers in Drew Storen. I'd now pulled the trigger on three pitchers, which was more than I'd expected, but it was a pretty decent bunch of pitchers.
In the fourth round, I went for young and talented position player and grabbed Dustin Ackley, the second baseman for the Mariners. This gave me a stack three deep at second base, but Ben Zobrist was slated to start in the outfield for me while Brandon Phillips started at the position, so another body was helpful.
In the fifth round, I was shocked to find Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy still available. He hit well with power and had a top fielding rating, so I'm not sure why he was still around, other than that he's thirty-ish. But Hanley Ramirez is moving to third base this year, so Hardy gives me a second shortstop to team with Elvis Andrus next year and he can start ahead of Andrus this year, so he's a good buy.
In the sixth round, I filled out the bullpen with another reach, drafting Jeff Samardzija because the Cubs are putting him in the rotation. He's a top-rated reliever, but wild, which limits his usefulness, but as the fifth man in the pen, he'll be just fine and we'll see what he comes back as next year.
Finally, in the seventh round, I cut the "my batting average keeps going down every year" Mark Teixeira and replaced him with Braves first baseman
And that was the end of my draft. We'll see how it goes.
The roster ends up being:
C: Yadier Molina, Carlos Santana, Matt Wieters
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Freddy Freeman
2B: Brandon Phillips, Dustin Ackley
3B: Evan Longoria, David Freeze
SS: J.J. Hardy, Elvis Andrus, Hanley Ramirez
OF: Justin Upton, Ben Zobrist, Nick Markakis, B.J. Upton, Jason Heyward, (Dayan Viciedo)
SP: Clayton Kershaw, C.C. Sabathia, Zack Greinke, Rick Porcello, Michael Pineda, Ubaldo Jimenez, (Adam Wainwright), (Josh Johnson)
RP: Joel Hanrahan, Darren Oliver, Drew Storen, Matt Thornton, Jeff Samardzija