Section 312 Lushes

I had the last of my three fantasy baseball drafts today, with the Section 312 Lushes (named after my section in the new Yankee Stadium) joining the Hoboken Honkies and the Hoboken Nine.

The 2009 Section 312 Lushes are:

C Mike Napoli, LAA (round 17): He hit more than 20 homers in limited at-bats last season, and even stole seven bases.

Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard

1B Ryan Howard, PHI (keeper): It wasn’t too hard of a decision to keep a monster when it comes to home runs and RBIs.

2B Dustin Pedroia, BOS (keeper): I actually picked up Pedroia as an injury replacement last season, cut him, then picked him back up three weeks later.

SS Jhonny Peralta, CLE (round 10): It’s a good thing spelling isn’t one of the categories in fantasy baseball.

3B Garrett Atkins, COL (round 7): He’ll probably move to first base to make room for Ian Stewart, but he’s a good power threat, albeit inconsistent.

IF Mike Aviles, 2B/SS, KC (round 14): This kid can just flat-out play and would be a lot better known if he played anywhere besides Kansas City.

OF Carl Crawford, TB (round 4): He’s been one of my favorite players since he broke in with the Rays, and it was hard to pass up his speed.

OF Curtis Granderson, DET (round 6): A solid all-around ballplayer with some speed and some power.

OF Vernon Wells, TOR (round 12): He’s on a little bit of a downswing for his career, but I was surprised to see him available so late.

UTIL Howie Kendrick, 2B, ANA (round 16): When healthy — which, sadly, he wasn’t for most of last season, when he was also on my roster — he’s a good hitter with some speed.

SP Ervin Santana, ANA (keeper): He’ll be on the disabled list until the end of May, but he’s a strong pitcher on a strong team, averaging almost one strikeout per inning.

SP Jake Peavy, SD (round 5): He was an absolute steal here, especially if he ends up getting traded to a better team than the Padres.

SP Jon Lester, BOS (round 8): I hate drafting Red Sox, but he was by far the best pitcher available here, and I had to take him.

SP Matt Garza, TB (round 13): He was another guy whose availability this late was a pleasant surprise.

RP B.J. Ryan, TOR (round 9): I fell victim to the run on closers, and the guy I wanted, the Dodgers’ Jonathan Broxton, got snatched up with the pick directly before mine.

RP Matt Capps, PIT (round 11): He was one of the few closers left at this point, probably due to the Pirates being a lousy team.

P John Danks, SP, CHW (round 15): With Santana on the DL, I needed another starter, and he was a solid pick, especially this late in the draft.

P Jose Arredondo, RP, LAA (round 19): This guy is a strikeout machine and could inherit the closer’s role at some point.

P Grant Balfour, RP, TB (round 20): He’s not the closer, but he ate a lot of innings and posted a lot of strikeouts last season.

Bench Jeff Francoeur, OF, ATL (round 18): He’s coming off a miserable year, so I’m looking for a bounce-back. It was good to see him jack one in his first at-bat tonight.

Bench Hank Blalock, 1B/3B, TEX (round 21): He’s sliding a little, but he’s still got some pop, and I like the positional flexibility, especially with Atkins’ tendency to be inconsistent and Howard’s tendency to slump.

Bench Jeremy Hermida, OF, FLA (round 22): What in the world was this guy doing out there in the last round of the draft?

One comment on “Section 312 Lushes

  1. […] This league is fairly competitive, but not as much as the Section 39 Fantasy League. That being said, I have had no success, and I’ve been in this league quite a few years. These were my drafts in 2011, 2010, and 2009. […]

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