Your friendly neighborhood group of Fantasy analysts took to the virtual field again this week, drafting in a standard Head-to-Head Points league.
We actually simulcast the draft live on Fantasy Baseball Today, with commentary from all 12 of our participants. This had the expected side-effect of making the first nine rounds clock in at three hours -- but it was worth it, as the drafters thoroughly explained their choices and got to take their time with their picks, making for less-rushed picks and more nuanced selections.
The Ryan Braun/Miguel Cabrera/Mike Trout triumvirate led off the draft -- as is tradition! -- with Cabrera going first, Trout second and Braun third. Only one pitcher was taken in the first round (Clayton Kershaw), with five coming in the second (Justin Verlander, David Price, Stephen Strasburg, Felix Hernandez and Cole Hamels, in that order). Buster Posey was the first catcher taken, mid-way through round three, while Carlos Santana and Joe Mauer were off the board in the fourth. As far as relief pitchers, Kris Medlen was the first taken, in the sixth, with Craig Kimbrel being the first actual reliever taken, one round later. Aroldis Chapman, who will apparently start the season as the Reds' closer now, went in the ninth round, right before Victor Martinez.
The final round is always the most interesting to me, as it's really the best place for gambles in a shallower league like this. Mark Teixeira dropped all the way down to Round 21, rubbing elbows (or wrists, as it were) with Ervin Santana, Robbie Ross, Dylan Bundy, Chris Archer and Brian Roberts. And just because we feel like everyone needs to know where he's going, would-be Padres stud Jedd Gyorko was selected in the 19th round, right after Trevor Bauer, who was sent to Triple-A on Thursday.
The results of the full draft are below.
Here are the league participants ...
1. Jameson Fleming, CBSSports.com Social Media Editor
2. Igor Mello, Fantasy Writer
3. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
5. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
6. Jack Moore, Fantasy Writer
7. Peter Madden, Director, Fantasy Editorial
8. Ed Gauna, Fantasy Writer
9. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
10. Adam Moore , Fantasy Writer
11. Chris Cwik, Fantasy Writer
12. Jeff Lippman, Fantasy Writer
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