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The Draft Fantasy Draft

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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.


Written by halejon

June 7, 2007 at 7:37 am

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  1. I pick every guy taken right “after” J.P. makes a pick.

    Scott Kazmir
    Nick Swisher
    Cole Hamels
    John Lester
    Conor Jackson
    Jonathan Papelbon

    (interstingly Kazmir is the only big guy who is the “next” pick)

    Ok, I revise that, everyone Boston and the A’s pick after us.

    Ok, that was kinda unfair to J.P. due to the crapshoot that is the MLB draft. And the Jays (and the Devil Rays) probably have some most recently drafted talent that has matured into ML caliber players.

    Some food for thought:

    I remember reading an article, that said that the Jays currently have the most players drafted in the Majors right now. Which is a tribute to both JP (or his desperation) and the previous 2 administrations – which did a fantastic job finding great talent in the early rounds.


    June 7, 2007 at 3:41 pm

  2. Ok, I get the first three- those are from the (insert Kazmir here) year. But Lester and Jackson? Instead we got Dave Bush and Aaron Hill, so it’s hardly a big loss. And Papelbon was 4th round flukage ((which rarely happens, apparently)

    Yah, everyone is down on J.P. because our system is weak right now, but other than Adams we really haven’t been doing bad lately. For every Cole Hamels that slips by there are a dozen guys that go in the first round that go absolutely nowhere. College may be boring, but we’re obviously not stuck in that mode any more, and I don’t know how you can complain that loudly when Marcum, Janssen, Hill and Lind are some of our best players right now


    June 7, 2007 at 4:25 pm

  3. Hey did you see this, even is rooting for “Game Over Gronk”:

    Jordan De Jong-R- Blue Jays Jun. 6 – 6:23 pm et

    Blue Jays purchased the contract of RHP Jordan De Jong from Triple-A Syracuse.

    “If the Jays are just going to keep cycling through random arms, it’d be nice to see Lee Gronkiewicz get an opportunity at some point. De Jong, 28, had a 2.31 ERA in 25 1/3 innings of relief for Syracuse. He shouldn’t last as a middle reliever “


    June 7, 2007 at 4:37 pm

  4. As for the the curent crop of Jays Draftees, aside from Russ Adams Experience which has the concrete boots stuck in AAA, and the Ricky Romero setback last season – which is quickly tumbling into this season, I have trouble finding huge faults for J.P. on many of his selections.

    I think Lind in the 3rd may look like quite the steal down the road.

    And its a little out of date, but here’s a quick Romero update:

    ROMERO UPDATE: Lefty starter Ricky Romero, Toronto’s first pick in the 2005 draft, will not be joining the team in Bowie. Instead, he’s heading to Toronto’s minor league headquarters in Dunedin, Fla., to continue a comeback from a sore throwing shoulder.

    An MRI showed inflammation but no structural damage following his most recent outing at Trenton. Romero is not expected to face live hitters for perhaps another three or four weeks.

    “I hope it’s less, but we’ll have to see. It’s actually been feeling good through the rehab process,” Romero said.

    If you can’t pitch, a plane trip to Florida sure beats an eight-hour bus ride to Bowie.

    “They didn’t want me going on the road and not having the access to all the things we have in Florida,” Romero said.


    June 7, 2007 at 4:45 pm

  5. J.P. Ricciardi is the greatest GM of all time when it comes to finding middle-relief help.


    June 7, 2007 at 6:08 pm

  6. You mean like Shaun Marcum??


    June 7, 2007 at 6:49 pm

  7. Uhhhh…..thanks, Dan. It’s about a month out of date and says he’s coming back in about a month. 😉


    June 8, 2007 at 1:28 am

  8. It was the best I could do at the time. I’ve been suffering from a serious case of nearly summer-itis.


    June 11, 2007 at 3:04 pm

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