MG's TCBL 2.0 Rule 5 Mock Draft (2011)

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  1. _MG_

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    Round 1
    1 Pittsburgh Pirates - SS Jimmy Rollins
    -Pittsburgh hasn't had a great SS since...ever. Rollins will be the face of the franchise for Pittsburgh that they desperately need and will replace a big need with the loss of Ronny Cedano.
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    2 Seattle Mariners - OF Grady Sizemore
    -Grady Sizemore showed this year he can stay healthy and showed flashes of his scary speed/power mix this year. If he can get back to 100%, the Seattle Mariners and their fans are in for a treat. He is the best option for an otherwise weak offense and has the potential to be a Hall of Fame caliber player.
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    3 Arizona Diamondbacks - OF Vernon Wells
    -Arizona just got done with a great draft and a surprise MVP season. What else to expect? How about another missing piece. Vernon Wells can provide some much needed protection to Justin Upton and Russell Branyan and will also bring a veteran presence and a genuine love for the game that should rub off on other players. The snakes look to be on the up and up next season, watch out NL West!​
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    4 Baltimore Orioles - SP Wade Davis
    -Wade Davis draft stock is WAYYY UP! It is understandable why, as most scouts agree he by far has the most upside of any starting pitcher in the draft. The offense seems to be clicking for the O's, they just need their pitching to progress and they will be competitive in the AL East again. Wade Davis is the perfect selection, as he could very easily be at the top of their rotation for seasons to come.​
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    5 Kansas City Royals - 2B Rickie Weeks
    -I know KC is trying to bolster their rotation this offseason, but the prospect of adding a player like Weeks is too enticing to not at least consider. Do not be surprised if the Royals go Ervin Santana or another pitcher here, but I think in the end they will go with the sexy pick of Rickie Weeks.​
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    6 Washington Nationals - SP Justin Masterson
    -This is a sleeper pick, as not many know who Justin Masterson is...yet. Masterson is coming off a monster year in Cleveland where he pleased the Cleveland faithful to the tune of 2.41 ERA in 33 innings. Masterson is a high ceiling guy who could go right along Strassberg, Zimmerman and company to help provide a strong pitching future for this lowly franchise.​
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    7 Cleveland Indians - RP Johnny Venters
    -The Indians pitching staff is getting blown up this offseason, so they must go pitching here. Originally it was thought they would go after a starting pitcher, but then Venters was discovered. The word is now out, and Venters is the best reliever in this draft. Not only is he a lefty, but he can get right handed batters out as well. With the loss of Chris Perez, Venters may indeed become the closer from day 1 and help bring Cleveland back to the playoffs.​
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    8 Chicago Cubs - 1B/C Victor Martinez
    -The Cubs are another team that is getting decimated by free agency. Carlos Pena had a great year with the Cubs last season, but he can be replaced with a bigger talent in Victor Martinez here, and the Cubs would be foolish not to add VMart to a lineup that looks pretty pedestrian and got bailed out by their pitching staff most of the season.​
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    9 Houston Astros - SP Kris Medlen
    -After considering bullpen, outfield and shortstop/2B help, the Astros decide to go pitching. They will be tempted to keep J.A. Happ, but Medlen has proven to be more talented and has more upside. With Happ and young Bud Norris, and Medlen is a better prospect than either of those two.​
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    10 Milwaukee Brewers - 3B Casey McGehee
    -Milwaukee already was prepared for the departure of weeks, but can ill afford to lose another bat the likes of McGehee all in one off season. Although they could go the route of OF, this is a very easy choice for the Brew crew as McGehee is a known and highly valued commodity within the Brewers organization.​

    11 New York Mets - SP Randy Wells
    -The Mets surprise run to the NLCS and perhaps beyond was shocking to the TCBL universe considering they didn't even have their best player, Johan Santana, this season. With the position spots being for the most part locked up, the Mets get a great value pick here with Wells, who at 28 still has a little room to improve and is coming off an IMPRESSIVE season where he lead the Cubs in strikeouts and ERA. Randy Wells pitched so good last year, the Cubs considered tagging him over the likes of Carlos Marmol. High praise for a guy who came into last season unheralded. Look for him to pitch solid innings for the Mets next season and continue his upward trend.​

    12 Florida Marlins - RP David Robertsen
    -Who? Robertsen might just be the best reliever in the rule 5, that's who. He showed in New York that he was capable of pitching in the big time, and will slide right in as a setup guy in the Marlins bullpen who is more than capable of replacing Brian Sanches's setup role out of the pen.​

    13 Los Angeles Dodgers - C Russell Martin
    -LA was extremely saddened last winter when fan favorite Russell Martin got swayed by the bright lights of New York to leave the Dodgers. Now that he has been released by the Yankees, perhaps this can very well be a story book ending. Besides, who wants Rod Barajas to be their starting catcher?​

    14 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - OF Carlos Quentin
    -The Angels counter the loss of Vernon Wells with a guy with a great bat in Carlos Quentin. Quentin is the best available outfielder and is still only 28. Carlos has time to get better and I doubt the Angels offense misses a beat with him in the middle of that lineup.​

    15 Oakland Athletics - 1B Carlos Pena
    -Perhaps the easiest choice of the night, Pena can fit right into 1B with the glove or DH for them. Pena showed he can still hit with the Cubs this season and brings another bat to a team that is loaded with pitching but needs help to score runs.​

    16 Detroit Tigers - SP Ervin Santana
    -Santana falling this far in the draft is a surprise, as he was at one time considered a can't-miss ace not too many years ago. Still, Santana can pitch against the best in the american league and will be an upgrade over Brad Penny and Phil Coke for Detroit next season. Good value here.​

    17 Colorado Rockies - RP Chris Perez
    -Steal of the draft, right here. Chris Perez might end up being the best pitcher of this draft. Scouts need to ignore his inflated era as he struggled last year for Cleveland and look at his talent. Perez could be a setup man and eventually challenge Houston Street for the closer spot in the not-too-distant future.

    18 Toronto Blue Jays - SP/RP Phil Coke
    -Coke had a monster year for the Tigers and is verstile in that he has experience both starting and out of the pen. He will be able to help out of the pen and perhaps the rotation if needed in Toronto as a dependable arm who is still fairly young.​

    19 St. Louis Cardinals - SP J.A. Happ
    -Although it has now become apparant that Happ has just about hit his ceiling as far as his talent is concerned, he is still a darn good pitcher and probably the best left at this spot for St. Louis. The Cardinals have taken in less-thought pitchers before and turned them into winners. Happ will come in without much hype but should be a solid contributor in the rotation.​

    20 Chicago White Sox - SP/RP Brad Penny
    -Penny is a guy who has made the transition successfully before from bullpen to rotation. With Ben Sheets gone, Penny can fit that role perfectly as a long reliever who can also get a spot start if needed. Good fit here.

    21 Boston Red Sox - SP John Lackey
    -Big John might not be a fan favorite, but he is a solid pitcher and maybe even underrated due to his early struggles in Boston with his huge contract. Boston picks him back up at 21 and throws him right back into the AL East fire.​

    22 San Diego Padres - SP Aaron Harang
    -Picking this low, the Padres would jump for joy if they can resign Harang who put up good numbers and was solid for them this year. A guy like Harang can make a good rotation great and a great rotation over the top.​

    23 Texas Rangers - RP Sean Burnett
    -Burnett is 28 but still has the potential to improve. He is the best reliever left, and with some of the older guys in the Rangers pen they would gladly add Burnett, who is coming off a career year. Look for Burnett to be a 7th inning guy for the Rangers next season.​

    24 Cincinnati Reds - RP Robinson Tejada
    -The trend continues as another pitcher comes off the board. Tejada moved from Kansas City to Cleveland last year in the Matt Laporta deal, and was a pleasent surprise for the Indians. It wouldn't hurt for the Reds to add another arm out of the pen here and Tejada fits the bill. Nice pick, Cincy.​

    25 Atlanta Braves - SP Barry Zito
    -Just to keep the weird trend of former Oakland A's pitchers finding their way to Atlanta, I have the Braves taking Barry Zito here. They lost Medlen and Venters and need to reload with arms. Zito is coming off his best year in San Francisco and could really help ease the pain of losing two young, talented pitchers.​

    26 San Francisco Giants - 2B Blake DeWitt
    -With the loss of Barry Zito, their rotation will be filled with young, talented pitchers. Wheeler and Bumgarner will progress as Cain, Sanchez and Lincecum continue to dominate. The biggest problem here is shortstop. Tejada was downright awful defensively. Blake Dewitt is a guy who came on strong at the end of the year for the Cubs, batted near .300 for them and was strong defensively. Not only that, he is 25 and continues to get better. He has shown in the past he can play short stop, and if the Giants end up liking him he can turn into their every day starter.​

    27 Minnesota Twins - RP Darren O'Day
    -The Twins are not losing much to free agency this year, but they need a lot of help after coming off a terrible 2011 season. Darren O'Day is a guy who showed a lot of good stuff in his tenure with the Rangers and would easily slide into the bullpen and be a late innings guy next to Matt Capps and Joe Nathan in an otherwise weak bullpen. Solid reliever and probably the best relief pitcher available who can come in and contribute right away, and best of all he is still relatively young at 28.​

    28 New York Yankees - RP/CP Jon Rauch
    -The Yankees have had a shocking offseason thus far with Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada retiring. They are also prone to lose one of their best bullpen guys in Dave Robertsen. Jon Rauch can come in and compete with Joba Chamberlain and Rafael Soriano in the spring for the closer role vacated by the best ever. Solid pick here by the Yankees.​

    29 Tampa bay Rays - RP Sean Marshall
    -With the loss of two starting pitchers out of the rotation this offseason, it is tempting for the Rays to go after a starting pitcher here. However, I don't see anyone fitting in with their team (Unless Jason Marquis is what they are looking for..). They should take a look at Sean Marshall, who, for all intensive purposes was the best left handed reliever in the National League last year for the Cubs. He would immediately boost that bullpen and be a setup man.​

    30 Philadelphia Phillies - OF Connor Jackson
    -The immediate reaction here by Phillies fans would be to scoop back up Carlos Ruiz, a catcher who helped them to the World Series and NLCS back to back seasons. Not so fast, Philadelphia fans. With young catchers like Geovany Soto, Jared Saltalamacchia and JP Arencebia available and still on the board and along with the fact that no real impact shortstops are worth their first round pick, they choose to wait until next round to address the vacant catcher position and scoop up the replacement to the recently retired Raul Ibanez. Connor Jackson is 28 and although he has never fully lived up to his expectations, he can still play and still has a chance to finally live up to the hype.​

     
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  2. Emmdotfrisk

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    damn this looks so good! Great Work MG!
     
  3. G_T_G

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    Very nice! I like how Vmart looks in cubbie blue.
     
  4. _MG_

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    Thanks guys, we will see how right I am!
     
  5. G_T_G

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    Well, this mock got blown up lol

    Been a hell of a draft.
     

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