If you have yet to read my column projecting the first two rounds of next year's draft, first of all, please do. All done? Terrific.
I'm thinking because of its size and scope, it's deserving of a behind-the-scenes look. Hey, if Big Top Pee-wee can be so bold as to include one on its home release, by golly, so can I.
(Now, does anyone actually own a copy to confirm it has one? Ah, whatever. You get what I'm saying.)
At one point in the column, I reference consulting my Twitter followers on a handful of fringy second-rounders, which is absolutely true. And I took their feedback to heart. After all, swimming against the current on Draft Day is ultimately self-defeating. Why take a player in the second round when you could have had him in the fourth?
Here's a sample of the conversation that helped shape the second round:
@CBSScottWhite Cueto, Rizzo, Donaldson, Brantly— AWMathis (@AWMathis) August 20, 2014
@CBSScottWhite Likely Rizzo, least likely Cueto.— Big Mike (@Big_Mike_150) August 20, 2014
Confused yet? We're only beginning ...
@CBSScottWhite Rizzo, for sure is a 2nd rd selection. I would pass on the others.— Eric Andrews (@aka_MR_FANTASY) August 20, 2014
@CBSScottWhite Rizzo should be a first rounder next year IMO. I would take Donaldson in the 2nd.— Brian (@LBrianJones) August 20, 2014
@CBSScottWhite Rizzo is most likely... Career progression still has upside and power is few and far between— Chris Imkamp (@champkamp) August 20, 2014
@CBSScottWhite Would only consider one and that would be Rizzo.— Eric James (@StopTheVetoing) August 20, 2014
@CBSScottWhite Rizzo and it's not close.— Andrew Manning (@AManning85) August 20, 2014
OK, now a pattern is beginning to emerge. Except what about ...
@CBSScottWhite Cueto least likely because I don't take pitchers that early.— Andrew Manning (@AManning85) August 20, 2014
@CBSScottWhite most likely to pick... Rizzo Brantley Donaldson Cueto...in that order. Don't think cueto can repeat.— John Russell© (@Jr_vpsc) August 20, 2014
@CBSScottWhite Donaldson gets my first nod, more HR, weaker pos. Then Rizzo cause he looks sooo legit. Cueto would be least likely.— Eddie (@EddieNoPants) August 20, 2014
@CBSScottWhite Least = Cueto. Most = Rizzo— Bryce Liesemer (@liefmeyer) August 20, 2014
But didn't the first respondent say he preferred Cueto to the rest? Surely, he's not the only one to believe in him.
@CBSScottWhite how is Cueto not a 1st rounder? Him and Brantley aren't compare able— Andrew Contrucci (@AndrewContrucci) August 20, 2014
So wait, now we're going after Brantley?
@CBSScottWhite Can't take Brantley that high. Limited sample of 2nd Rd production, OF has so many options.— Zach Bahorik (@bahozak) August 20, 2014
@CBSScottWhite For the 2nd rd I believe that Brantley will slide down. The others will prob go in the 2nd but not to me.— Eric Andrews (@aka_MR_FANTASY) August 20, 2014
@CBSScottWhite Brantley. I don't see him duplicating his numbers from this year.— Tyler Willhite (@Willhite3) August 20, 2014
OK, I get the point already.
Based on responses so far, Rizzo a popular choice for Round 2. Brantley (surprisingly) an unpopular choice. Let's add Beltre to the mix.— Scott White (@CBSScottWhite) August 20, 2014
@CBSScottWhite Brantley's out due to position scarcity at third, Beltre & Donaldson are clear standouts at third.— CC (@bigcolwell) August 20, 2014
@CBSScottWhite Cueto and Rizzo, would be weary of Brantley.— Arod2 (@A_POST22) August 20, 2014
But, but ...
@AndrewContrucci Brantley has been the 3rd-best hitter in Fantasy this year. Not saying you're wrong to prefer Cueto, but both in discussion— Scott White (@CBSScottWhite) August 20, 2014
@CBSScottWhite he's been great this year but I think he's risky because it'll be hard for him to repeat.— Andrew Contrucci (@AndrewContrucci) August 20, 2014
@CBSScottWhite Brantley, not buying the power surge.— Bradley Newman (@PhillyStars27) August 20, 2014
@CBSScottWhite I don't know what people have against Brantley, this looks like a legit breakout to me. He'd be my #2.— Andrew Manning (@AManning85) August 20, 2014
@CBSScottWhite After second glance there is no way Brantley slips past the 2nd round. His numbers this year are too McCutch like. I pass tho— Eric Andrews (@aka_MR_FANTASY) August 20, 2014
@CBSScottWhite Brantley is in— Ben Perkins (@ElderPerkins) August 20, 2014
At last, some headway.
Good responses, all. Seem most divided on Cueto. I say he's in b/c not enough deserving hitters. Who's out of Donaldson, Beltre, Brantley?— Scott White (@CBSScottWhite) August 20, 2014
@CBSScottWhite Beltre breaking down. Gimme Rizzo.— Eric Andrews (@aka_MR_FANTASY) August 20, 2014
@CBSScottWhite Prefer Rizzo over an aged Beltre.— Eric James (@StopTheVetoing) August 20, 2014
@CBSScottWhite still Riz,Beltre has been very consistent but showing signs of decline. Consistency got me Bruce and Choo this year. Ugh!— Adam (@AdamRaia) August 20, 2014
As I suspected, we're all a little wary of a 36-year-old Beltre, especially with his power now on the decline. So I think we're about settled then ... finally.
@CBSScottWhite what about freeman?— Chris Johnson (@ChrisJohnson84) August 20, 2014
Oh boy ...