With the 2008 mock draft fast approaching, I thought it'd be fun to go back and take a look at our own previous efforts and offer a candid self-assessment. The rules are simple: if you've taken part in a mock draft before, post your picks and then your thoughts.
I did not take part in the 2007 draft, but I did draft in 2005 and 2006 for the White Sox. Here's 2005:
1---15---Wade Townsend, RHP
3---95---Josh Lindblom, RHP, Harrison HS, West Lafayette, Ind.
4---125--Chris Robinson, C, University of Illinois
5---155---Josh Zeid, RHP, New Haven CT HS
My thoughts: Not a great go at it for me, although I was a bit of a newbie at the time to analyzing draft prospects. Townsend has sucked, although in fairness he also blew his arm out almost immediately after signing. Lindblom went unsigned by the Astros in real-life and went on to college. He's flourished as a reliever this year and projects to go in the first several rounds as a hard-throwing closer candidate. Robinson was drafted by the Tigers and then traded to the Cubs. Looks like his bat has stagnated in Double A. Zeid went on to college at Vanderbilt and then Tulane, but has been wracked with injuries and has barely pitched. So 2 years later, one guy who looks like he's still a solid prospect and a bunch of organizational fodder. Eh.
2006 went a bit better for me:
- Adrian Cardenas, SS, Florida HS
- Cory Rasmus, RHP, Alabama HS
- Joe Benson, C-OF, Illinois HS
- Charles Brewer, RHP, Arizona HS
- Ryan Jackson, SS, Florida HS
My thoughts: I was basically down to Chris Tillman and Cardenas for the pick at 29. Tillman went at #18 IIRC in the mock making it an easy decision for me. Cardenas has moved to 2B but looks awfully good so far. Stock rapidly rising, although he may ultimately slot in better as a corner OF from a defensive standpoint. Rasmus hurt his shoulder and hasn't pitched in the last couple of years, but given his youth and the Braves' ability to bring their pitchers along there's still time for something. Benson was raw when drafted and still raw now, but hasn't been a disappointment. He's going to take some time to develop but the talent assessment appears to have been accurate enough. Brewer went unsigned as an 18th round pick and honored his commitment at UCLA - he'd probably pitch better as a pro but he wouldn't go 135 today. Jackson, glove guy with questionable bat, went on to the University of Miami. He didn't do much last year but has started to blossom offensively in 2007. He'd probably project as a high floor low ceiling utility guy were he in the draft today, but that's still a valuable prospect and there are plenty of guys like that who go as early as the sandwich round.