I decided in the off season to wait until rounds 9 and 10 to grab closers and only then if elite closers were available. My first choice was Joel Hanrahan. Hanrahan had a MM score of 76 going in and after adjusting for reliability he jumps up to 92. This basically gives me an elite closer in round 9. Moving into the 10th round I had my choice as I had the back to back slot selection. I went with a know commodity in Heath Bell. Bell had a MM score of 64 going in and when adding for reliability he jumps up to 85. Miami gave him a three year deal to be the closer and he should keep the job. Attempting to find a couple closers that will keep the job is the same as gambling. I try to keep it to a minimum with safe picks. Nothing is safe with closers.
The strategy going in was to roster four starters and four batters in the first 8 rounds. Here is what I ended up with. For the record I am a huge fan and member of Baseball HQ. Most of the decisions were made with the Mayberry Method and reliability in mind.
Evan Longoria 3B Tampa Bay Rays
With my custom tiers I had him as tier 1. Should be a rebound candidate. Should get 10 stolen bases and qualify as a power speed guy at a thin position. Good value at this spot.
Roy Halladay SP Philadelphia Phillies
Had my choice here of stud pitchers. I went with a proven pitcher on a team that will win games. 8.0 K/9
Eric Hosmer 1B Kansas City Royals
Most of the big guns were off the board by now so I took a chance with a power speed guy. If Hosmer avoids a sophomore slump the return could be huge.
Zach Greinke SP Milwaukee Brewers
Injured to start the year in 2011. Solid performer only two years removed from Cy Young Award. Elite skills. 9.4 K/9
Howie Kendrick 2B, OF Los Angeles Angels
Picked up a guy here who will bring a power speed mix and some positional flexibility if needed.
Mat Latos SP Cincinnati Reds
Changed coasts in a big trade. Some are worried about the new home park. Latos pitched well on the road last year. Will get help from offense. 8.4 K/9
Alexei Ramirez SS Chicago White Sox
I did not take Ramirez here because I am a huge Sox fan. I took Alexei because he is a consistent power speed guy that is often overlooked.
Cory Luebke SP San Diego Padres
Lefty in one of the best pitcher parks. Solid all around last year and I expect more of the same. 8.1 K/9