I'm in a A.L. roto league with a 23-man active roster and 17-man reserve. We're allowed up to 15 keepers and heading into the auction I kept Brian Matusz, Desmond Jennings and Jesus Montero and traded Tyler Flowers, Austin Jackson and Josh Reddick for a reasonably-priced Alex Rodriquez (reasonablle by Arod standards).
Because our reserve picks get pegged with salaries that start at $15 and gradually drop to $2, I targeted a pitching prospect for the auction itself, picking Derek Holland, who had been among my last cuts during the off-season. His peripheral numbers were quite good last year, especially considering he had pitch only a few dozen innings above A-ball, and I'm glad the Rangers sent him to AAA where he can work on his command and pitch selection without the pressures of Arlington. I expect him up mid-year and think he will do well.
After our auction we had a 17-man snake draft in which anyone not in the NL is eligible, so people take major leaguers too. That said, I went almost exclusively with minor leaguers, in part because some of the key big leaguers I wanted were snapped up just before my picks.
Here's whom I took:
1. Justin Smoak (my last cut the off-season and I held my breath as I had the third pick in the first round -- two owners before me went for major leaguers).
5. Danny Valencia
6, 7, 8 -- keeper spots for Matusz, Jennings and Montero
9. Martin Perez
10. Jemile Weeks
12. Mike Montgomery
13. Eric Hosmer
14. Kam Mickolio
15. Jake McGee
16. Tanner Scheppers
For context, because of our keeper and salary rules, it's rare to hold on to a prospect for more than two years, so I draft mainly with that in mind - I want guys who have some chance of making the Bigs this year (preferably) or next. That's one reason I took Chisenhall and Valencia, for example. And since we have 12 owners, I had the 3rd, 22, 27, 46th etc. picks, so the talent pool shrinks by 18 going from an odd-numbr pick to an even number pick.
So who did you pick? Anyone in particular that pained you to see picked up from someone else?