Gotta admit, I'm thrilled with Day 1. Filled three hard positions (C, 2B, SS) and over 200 awesome RP innings.
C - 1970 Johnny Bench, Power-hitting Catchers. #1 pick, went with one of the best ever.
1B - 1886 Roger Connor,1B with 3B (via trade). Completes a really solid IF.
2B - 1927 Hornsby, HOF Second Basemen. #1, none better.
3B - 1933 Pinky Higgins, Hot Potato, #10. Happy with this; C/C- is as good a fielding as you can expect from this category, and very good Avg#.
SS - 2000 Nomar Garcaiparra, 2000 Starting SS. A touch light on PA, but awesome numbers (#1 pick).
O - 1987 Tony Gwynn, .360+ Avg (#15 pick). Needed an OF desperately, and did pretty well methinks.
O - 1987 Willie McGee, All-Star Willies (#21). Very happy to get him at 21; had him a few places higher.
O - 1894 Tuck Turner, .400 OF (#18 Pick). This one hurt; expected to get a full-time player, missed by one draft spot.
B - 1888 Harry Lyons, 1887/8 Browns (323, picked last). Got a defensive replacement for 2b/3b/ss/o and a few PAs to rest Nomar.
SP - 1953 Robin Roberts, 198-199 K (#5 Pick). No complaints here! Love the quality 300+ IP/162.
SP - 2006 Johann Santana, Smokin' Southpaws (#8 Pick). Love the value with an 8 pick.
SP - 1967 Jim Bunning, 300-400 IP SP (#14 pick). Projected Bunning at 11th, so I'm quite happy! Rotation looks good.
S/R - 1937 Johnny Allen, High Win % Pitchers (#5 Pick). Minor disappointmet, would have liked more IP; really good numbers for LR/spot starter though.
S/R - 1993 Juan Guzman, Wild Thang (#18 pick). Not really expecting anything ($1 bid); he'll be Mop-up.
RP - 1983 Quiz, Soft-Toss Closers. Over 100 IP of great relief (#1 Pick).
RP - 2008 Mariano Rivera, Beanball RP. Awesome numbers with beaucoup innings for a late man (#1 pick).
RP - 1986 Brad Havens, 1986 ALE RP (via Trade). Sacrificed bullpen depth with Henke but got an awesome 1B in the process.
RP - 2006 Cla Meredith, Low ERAs (#17 pick). Ninth lowest ERC# in the entire WIS database (50+ IP/162). Can't believe he lasted to 17.
RP - 1958 Bill Henry, 30-59 Pitchers (#16 pick). 86 IP/162 of 2.14 ERC# and 1.86 BB/9# with the 16th pick? I'll take it!
Day 1 Comments: Did not expect any #1 Picks, let alone 5. Bid heavier in some more difficult positions (C, 2B, SS) and a couple harder - i.e., lots of drop-off from top to bottom - RP categories, and scored in them as well (Beanball RP and Soft-Toss RP). Needed to score well, though, as I have a lot of $1 bids!
Day 2 Comments: Would have liked over 200 IP with the High Win % pick, but the talent drop-off was such that I went with Allen as LR/Spot Starter. Very happy with Henke, as he gives me a total of over 300 very strong bullpen innings with Rivera and Quiz. Landed 600 IP/162 with Roberts and Santana, so the SP situation is looking up; 33 Higgins at 3B rounds out the scarce IF positions as all I need is 1B (and, of course, all three OF!).
Day 3 Comments: Only one pick so far today, and that may be all. Added another 51 IP to the 'pen with RP standout Cla Meredith.
Day 4 Comments: thrilled with adding Bunning to the rotation; that pretty much sets my SPs. Very disappointed in the .400 OF category, though; was really expecting to get a full-time player, but missed by one draft position. Pretty much sewed up the bullpen as well. Gwynn gets me going on the OF, but I'm still a little worried about that position.
Day 5 Comments: no selections (the downside of lots of $1 bids), but a trade. Swapped Henke and my pick in 1b w/3B for 86 Connor and 96 Havens. Havens will be a middle reliever, but Connor should be lights-out at the top of the lineup.
Day 6 Comments: another slow day, only one pick and it was last. Got some defensive IF relief. Whoopee.
Day 7 Comments: And the drudgery of low bids continues. Lucked into 87 McGee with a 21st pick; not gripping so much about OF.
Final Comments: got lucky with my last pick of the entire process, getting 1979 Brock to rest Tuck Turner in the OF: D is weak, but AVG# of .303 is noce for a scrub! Overall, I liked my draft except for falling one draft slot lower than I needed in .400 hitting OFs, costing me a full-timer. Overall, the combined RL number for the nine starters: .337/.392/.522. For my pitching staff, trading Henke dropped my numbers a bit but not horribly so. Not including the two starters who will share time as Mop-up, my combined pitching numbers are 2.54 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 6.13 K/9, 1.90 BB/9, 0.64 HR/9 in 1491 IP/162.