May 23, 2008

5th Round All-Stars

The fifth round is where we crack into the top 100, with selections 81-100. There is a noticeable, though hardly dramatic, increase in talent. This team is long on solid average hitters, though short on power. We also have the makings of a strong rotation.

c - Henry Blanco, Podunks, 2000 (92nd overall)
1b - Chad Tracy, Rebels, 2005 (85)
2b - Placido Polanco, Roadrunners, 2001 (84)
3b - Melvin Mora, Jackals, 2001 (97)
ss - Michael Young, HearseRiders, 2002 (87)
of - Chone Figgins, Eagles, 2004 (97)
of - Coco Crisp, Hooded Crows, 2003 (81)
of - Randy Winn, Podunks, 2002 (96)
sp - Erik Bedard, Miracle, 2005 (86)
sp - Aaron Harang, HearseRiders, 2003 (89)
sp - Ted Lilly, Heat, 2002 (86)
sp - Chris Young, Razorbacks, 2005 (88)
rp - Scot Shields, Wind, 2003 (93)
rp - Juan Rincon, Jive, 2004 (81)

Best finds: Michael Young has collected 200 hits in each of the last five seasons, hitting over .300 every year and winning a batting title in 2005. Polanco is a .305 career hitter who has posted .331 and .341 averages in two of the past three seasons. Figgins blossomed into a super utility player with awesome speed and leadoff ability. Harang is a workhorse who led the NL in strikeouts in 2006 and finished second last year.
Deepest position: If you want an unheralded starting pitcher, this is your round. In addition to the four on the team above, Bronson Arroyo (Jackals, 2001, 85), Doug Davis (Blackhawks, 2004, 88), Ian Snell (Dobermans, 2006, 84) and Edwin Jackson (Beaz, 2006, 86) have all contributed.
Weakest position: Catcher. Most of the backstops taken have been one-year patches. Blanco, who was cut loose and drafted again in the 7th round in 2005, is about the only one to maintain any kind of value over time.
Lucky number: 86. In addition to Bedard, Lilly, and Jackson, the 86th spot has produced of Jason Michaels (Dirtnappers, 2003) and lhp Chris Capuano (Roadrunners, 2004).



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