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.
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?