Yahoo Friends and Family Draft
1.5 Giancarlo Stanton - he's the player I liked best on the board, and he wasn't coming back to me. Probably would have been there until about 12 or 13. Took him over Matt Kemp, Andrew McCutchen and Carlos Gonzalez.
3.5 Starlin Castro - I don't love Castro, but he seems fairly safe, and I didn't want to take a pitcher outside the top-four this year in a relatively low innings cap league. Took him over Yoenis Cespedes, Paul Goldschmidt and Cole Hamels.
4.10 Aramis Ramirez - I don't love him, either, but he was my top 3B on the board, there was plenty of depth at 1B and OF, and none of the SP were both rock solid and big strikeout options. Took him over Adam Wainwright and Shin Soo Choo.
6.10 Max Scherzer - Big-time strikeout pitcher who plays well in this format. Took him over Kris Medlen and Matt Moore. Just missed out by one pick on Martin Prado who I noticed was SS, 3B, 2B and OF eligible and now playing in AZ. Probably would have taken Prado in Round 4 had I noticed sooner.
8.10 Justin Morneau - corners are slightly inflated in this format with fewer OF and an extra utility, and they were flying off the board. Took him ahead of Curtis Granderson and Mariano Rivera. (Next CI was David Freese, next 1B was Nick Swisher).
12.10 Matt Wieters - Missed out on Broxton, the last of the closers I trust, so I went with one of my top catchers even though it's a one-catcher league. Took him over Brandon League and Kendrys Morales.
16.10 Justin Smoak - needed a CI, and was accused of making a reach here. (Typically when that happens, the player blows up). Smoak crushed it down the stretch and credited a new shorter stroke. Hoping it unlocks his former prospect potential. Next CIs: Tyler Colvin, Kevin Youkilis, Garrett Jones, Yonder Alonso). Took him over Vinny Pestano and Matt Garza.
18.10 Jurickson Profar - need a MI and on the off chance he makes the club out of camp, he'd be by far the best one left. If not, I'll work the waiver wire. Took him over Tyler Greene, Domonic Brown and Aaron Hicks.
22.10 Mitch Moreland - able-bodied power bat in hitter's park.
23.5 Junichi Tazawa - Just in case Bailey hurts himself after Hanrahan implodes later this spring.
24.10 Brian Roberts - I punted on 2B all draft. Why not?