The Draft Fantasy Draft
Today is a huge day for the Blue Jays. Thanks to the Rangers having the first draft pick that can be lost for signing a free agent (Catalanotto), and absolutely nobody resigning with us over the offseason, the Jays are in prime position- and this year is supposedly pretty rich in talent through the first 100.
But of course the draft is a giant crapshoot. There will be a few flameouts, a couple sputters, and hopefully one or two pleasant surprises. But it is basically guaranteed that 3-5 years from now we will be moaning “if only we’d gone for (insert next Kazmir here), our team would be amazing…”
So, once the deal is done I invite you all to submit, and thus set in stone, the first 7 picks (if you know enough to draft into the third round then you’re an even bigger loser that I am for agreeing to keep track of this) you would have made if you were Ricciardi. Forget about Boras or signing concerns, we’re going for pure talent that was available at the time. You can even agree with J.P. if you like, but that’s pretty lame.
Every once in a while until I get bored, I will rank the submissions using John Sickels’ prospect guide and my own amazing innate talent evaluating ability. Each pick gets a score from 1-100 based on projected impact in the majors, with a bit of a bonus for actually having accomplished anything at a high level. So for example last year Travis Snider gets good marks for being the Appalachian player of the year, but so would Marcum for actually being passable in the big show. I know, I know…College players develop faster but have lower ceilings. Whatever. I’ll fudge it. I think it’s more significant when you brilliantly pass on Russ Adams to pick….Denard Span?! Of course, points off for injuries and players that don’t sign, etc, etc.
And this is not just for your health! The leader every year gets a pair of tickets to any Jays game I’m not going to, and then 3 days of them in 5 years or when I don’t care any more, whichever comes first. They’re pretty good, a little down the third base line and 20-25 rows back. I’ll also automatically enter in the Jays’ actual picks, and everyone who does better than them gets bragging rights and the official title of “Smarter Than J.P.” Doesn’t that sound good?? If he ends up winning it should be a good decade for the Jays- but I’m keeping the damn tickets.