Friday, January 09, 2009

Couch Managers Slow Mock Draft

posted by Jon Williams

I just finished a slow mock draft that I did with a bunch of the guys from RotoJunkie. We used a relatively new service called Couch Managers. The draft interface works well enough but seemed a little glitchy at times. I also thought the page was a little too colorful and busy (says the guys with the black&white blog). Couch Managers will not be replacing Mock Draft Central any time soon but it is completely useable and if you do a lot of mock drafts it might be a nice change of scenery.

You can check out the complete results here. The rotojunkie thread linked to above is the discussion the drafters are having about their own drafts and the Couch Managers website.

Here is my team:

C Ryan Doumit (6) - I like Doumit here and I like to have at least one strong catcher.
C Benji Molina (11) - Computer pick -eh, I'm not a big fan but I have no huge problem with it.

1B Justin Morneau (3) - A top first baseman who is an annual MVP candidate.
3B Kevin Kouzmanoff (13) - A fine pick but not a favorite of mine.
CR Adrian Beltre (14) - I love having him in a contract year.

2B Brian Roberts (4) - I love Roberts, he is a consistent stolen base stud.
SS JJ Hardy (7) - I like Hardy and his power a lot, streaks and all.
MI Jason Bartlett (20) - I like he'll improve his batting average and steal more bases in 2009.

OF Josh Hamilton (1) - Love everything about him.
OF BJ Upton (2) - A 30/50 season would not surprise me at all.
OF Pat Burrell (12) - I wanted a power boost and the bat should provide.
OF Justin Upton (17) - I had too many established vets and wanted to see some upside.
OF Carlos Gomez (19) - Grabbing those steals and hoping he continues to improve.

Utl Mike Cameron (21) - A 20/20 guy in the 21st round.

P Carlos Zambrano (8) computer pick - I wouldn't have but if he's healthy he should be fine.
P John Lackey (9) computer pick - but I like it. One of my favorites.
P AJ Burnett (10) computer pick - eh I think the thrill of a pennant might provide a heart injection.
P Scott Baker (15) - He'll take another step up this season.
P Brandon Morrow (16) - He'll either become a solid starter or the Mariner's closer.
P Andrew Miller (23) - I love his upside, he was unlucky in 2008.

RP JJ Putz (22) - My considerable gut tells me K-Rod gets injured.
RP Joey Devine (18) - One of the better relievers in MLB last season and now getting saves.
RP Jonathan Papelbon (5) - A top three closer on a great team.

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