Picks of the litter (cont.)
Posted: Thursday June 28, 2007 11:31AM; Updated: Thursday June 28, 2007 2:40PM
9) Joe Mauer, Twins catcher. Superb all-around catcher can win a batting title and stop the running game.
10) Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks starting pitcher. Jake Peavy's tempting, but this guy's more consistent. Not too bad for my No. 4 starter.
(I would have liked a center fielder but couldn't decide between Carlos Beltran, Andruw Jones, Torii Hunter, Curtis Granderson and Grady Sizemore.)
By concentrating on pitching and thinking about my up-the-middle defense, I stole a page out of the book of my 14 experts. However, I generally went for more power and age than they did.
The 14 panelists I polled all took a starting pitcher among their five, a majority took a closer and exactly half took a catcher. Reyes won the poll of experts; he tied Papelbon with eight total votes but easily took the tiebreaker of points based on five first-place votes and my 5-4-3-2-1 scoring system.
The experts' emphasis on up-the-middle defense and concern about payroll in some cases produced a decidedly youthful and cost-efficient roster of 25 who received at least one vote. Here was how the experts voted:
1) (tie) Reyes, Mets 8 votes (36 total points)
Thirteen other players received one vote: Takashi Saito, Guerrero, J.J. Putz, Dan Haren, Miguel Cabrera, Mariano Rivera, Prince Fielder, Roy Halladay, Hunter, Josh Beckett, Beltran, Russell Martin and Yadier Molina.
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