tribe_fan_09, maybe someone has mentioned this, but when you next use the Draft Center, click on a position to draft and before entering names or draft criteria, go to the bottom of that page and change the "Search Interface" to "Advanced" - this allows you to use the more complex criteria to draft.
Second, remember that your players, good as they may be in general and in their own time, are up against the best players (at least in Open Leagues or OLs) of all time baseball. So hitters hitting regularly against Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson or most of all Addie Joss (about whom do a search in the forums search engine) are not going to hit well compared with their usual performance.
At the same time the WIS database has some so-called "cookies" - Howard Johnson 1989, Bip Roperts, Cy Williams etc. that are used over and over, plus the WIS as currently constructed in its pricing per player structure has a bias in favor of the running game. So the most effective offenses are often base-stealing teams, to an absurd extent. An A plus arm catcher is minimum standard for survival against such teams (many use Gary Carter 1975 as a low price way to deal with this). Anyway, cookies are players who outperform their Real Life stats in WIS simulation leagues more often than not.
Finally, and most important of all is "normalization", which, grossly oversimplified is how well players perform against all-time baseball average performances. To find that out, when you click on a player's name, look at their real life stats, tehn click then on "advanced stats" and look for the # type stats which tell you how well they perform against all time periods.
ps also look at your ballparks - the real world Houston Astros for some years in the 1960s and 70s could not figure out why their good hitters were not hitting better, and one answer was of course the Astrodome, while the early Coors was notorious for inflated hitting stats.
If you already knew all this already, I apologize, but i remember being a beginner here and it is very frustrating to not find a way to generate a good team. Plus I like to leave no dead horse unbeaten.