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Jamie Moyer Colorado Rockies
A pitching genius indeed, a nimble fielder for someone his age, or any age, and not bad with the quotes. In the wee small hours of Sunday morning (I admit it, I fell asleep): "I think it exceeded every expectation or thought or dream."
Alex Patton Alex
Oct 27 '08
Jayson Werth Washington Nationals
The un-Longoria: no finish at all on his swing.
Alex Patton Alex
Oct 27 '08
J.C. Romero Cleveland Indians
Quite a one-two punch the Phillies have, leading into Lidge.
Alex Patton Alex
Oct 27 '08
Ubaldo Jimenez Baltimore Orioles
As a perk of winning the 2008 CBS Sportsline Expert League for Patton & Co. this year, I was invited to participate in the 2009 CBS Sportsline League of Champions (LOC) Mock Draft.

The LOC is a 12 team 5x5 mixed league snake draft. The league is a pretty typical 14 position player, 9 pitcher draft with the standard positions. The participants include players from fantasybaseball.com, cbssportsline.com, Baseball Prospectus, and my good buddy Charlie Weigert, now over at fanball.com. Best name in the draft btw - Ferdinando diFino - love that name.

I am picking 8th, which means, on the wiper, 17th. This is not a prime position, though it is better because of mixed league dynamics.

So far, the roster, in order of selection, looks like this: Braun, Pedroia, Tulowitski, A. Gonzalez, Soto, Rios, Victorino, Votto, Ethier, Delmon Young, Price, Garza, Baker and U. Jimenez.

I like what I have done so far. Two problems...one, I took Braun before I took Longoria because I didn't know the draft was mixed league lol. Second, I didn't take Clayton Kershaw because I was at work and couldn't remember what pitchers were available.

Nonetheless, I think my plan has come together pretty well.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Oct 26 '08
Matt Garza Milwaukee Brewers
Well, Matt did not get the better of the aged one, Jamie Moyer, last night in Philly. I was there at 1:47 a.m. when it ended. Pneumonia symptoms aside, there is nothing like a World Series game.

Matt is also on the 2009 League of Champions roster...please go to Ubaldo Jimenez for an explanation of the league and a list of the roster to date...since I know some CBS players stop here from time to time, I will not be writing about strategy quite yet, though it may be self evident once you see my roster.

Also, I won't be posting the picks, order, etc. until the mock draft is over to give CBS an opportunity to get it out there.

Thanks!
John Toczydlowski Toz
Oct 26 '08
Matt Young Detroit Tigers
Work getting in the way? That's never a good excuse, especially on Saturday. I'll post here what game the crowd is going to watch on Saturday and expect to see you there!
Alex Patton Alex
Oct 24 '08
Drew Sutton Boston Red Sox
Two hits in 4 AB yesterday in the AFL, to drop his average to .563. Hit .317/.408/.523 in Double A this year. 20 HR, 20 SB. Someone to train the binoculars on, for sure, next weekend in Phoenix.
Alex Patton Alex
Oct 24 '08
Matt Young Detroit Tigers
Alex, and others, grab a good breakfast at Over Easy on 4oth Street at Indian School. No, I do not have a financial interest in the place, just a fun spot. I have not had a chance to get to a game (work is getting in the way), so has anyone seen Matt W. play so far?
Noah Hirsch NSH
Oct 22 '08
He's always been too little and it may now be too late, but Matt's hitting .429 in the Arizona Fall League after going 3-for-5 yesterday (2 doubles and a triple). Hit .289 and stole 30 bases (in 42 attempts) in the Southern League.

I'll be checking out Matt Young and the other AFL-ers a little over a week from now when I take part in Ron Shandler's highly enjoyable First Pitch Arizona.

http://www.baseballhq.com/seminars/arizona.shtml
Alex Patton Alex
Oct 21 '08
Jon Lester Chicago Cubs
The thing I still ponder, is he the ace of the staff as we end 08?
John Brand JohnB
Oct 21 '08
Delmon Young was the 10th round pick of Patton & Co. in the CBS League of Champions 2009 mock draft.

Delmon had a disappointing year, though one much akin to Mike's comments below.

Key components for me: 70 less AB and 9 more walks than 2007, to go with 22 less Ks. OBP up, OPS up. Scored 15 more runs, and stole 4 more bases.

My guess is that he becomes more comfortable with his new teammates next year, continues to grow as a player, and again ticks up the numbers.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Oct 21 '08
Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds
Mixed leagues are a new concept for me. I am trying to do something specific, and we'll see how it works out.

It is fun, though, to essentially have the first several picks be like running an All-Star team. The roster is filling out nicely so far...time to draft some pitchers.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Oct 21 '08
Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers
Andre Ethier was a ninth round selection of Patton & Co. in the CBS 2009 League of Champions Mock Draft. Ethier is an intriguing high risk/high reward pick.

The way I look at Ethier is: Jones is there to stay - there is no trading that contract. Pierre is a good candidate for a trade, however; he was the consummate professional this year and can still hit. Kemp has a lot of holes in his swing, and is also a candidate to be traded. I think the Dodgers make a spot for Ethier, and he hits 30 HR this year (at least).
John Toczydlowski Toz
Oct 21 '08
Matt Garza Milwaukee Brewers
Hats off to the Rays and especially -- especially -- Matt Garza.
Alex Patton Alex
Oct 20 '08
Evan Longoria San Francisco Giants
The one thing this series has done, cemented my idea (for a non keeper league) to buy all Sox and Rays for 2009. Will bet that would put me my own little corner of the auction.
Noah Hirsch NSH
Oct 17 '08
Seventh inning, Rays up 7-0, runners on first and second, no outs: a great at-bat by Evan Longoria against Jonathan Papelbon. Early in the count he took nasty pitches for called strikes. With two strikes, he fouled off three more nasty pitches. On the next two pitches, Papelbon tried to expand the strike zone, but Longoria didn't bite. With three balls and two strikes, Papelbon gave in, threw a fastball down the middle, and Longoria whacked a hard grounder right at the shortstop for an easy double play.

Just like that, the tide turned.

Two innings later, when Kevin Youkilis hit a moderately tricky grounder to Longoria with the scored tied, two outs and no one on, it was as if the entire Rays team had discovered itself too far out on a sand bar in the Bay of Fundy.
Alex Patton Alex
Oct 17 '08
Hey, can't I both read comments here and watch Olbermann? And I will probably do both after the 4th.
Dan Domike SeattleDan
Oct 16 '08
Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds
You mean your infield is Soto, Votto, AGonz, Pedroia, Tulo and Braun, with Victorino kicker in OF. Nice. I do love mixed leagues - my INF last year coming out of the auction was Mauer, Youkilis, Kinsler, Tulo, Mora with Braun as OF kicker (he did not qualify at 3B for that league). Mora became Longoria because I owned (weird league rules) the rights to all non ML (as of opening day) roster Tampa Bay players (and yes, I negotiated to get the Tampa rights at the auction). And, despite BJ Upton's shoulder not healing until now, managed to hold on to win because my remaining money was spent on Webb and Papelbon. A few trades along the way helped. All this to say, give me a mixed league and one good starter and one good reliever, and the rest will be hitting.
Noah Hirsch NSH
Oct 16 '08
As an aside, my infield in the CBS LOC is now Braun (who still qualifies there since this is going off of 2007 eligibilities), Adrian Gonzalez and Joey Votto. I like my infield.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Oct 16 '08
Joey had such an impressive rookie campaign, I made him my 8th round selection in the 2009 CBS League of Champions Mock Draft.

.297, 24HR, 84RBI and an OPS just shy of .900. What an impressive year, and, at 25, and in that bandbox, a lot of room to grow.

Key statistic - his numbers are nearly identical home and away.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Oct 16 '08

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