The Z Files: Dissection of an Early Draft, Part Two

The Z Files: Dissection of an Early Draft, Part Two

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

Earlier this week, Dissection of an Early Draft, Part One was posted. Here is the exciting conclusion. Sorry, I guess I've been watching too many two-part episodes of the Six Million Dollar Man.

By means of a quick reminder, I co-manage this team with a guy who has a bionic voice, Derek VanRiper. I'll do my best to minimize "We took him because he's good at baseball"-level analysis and focus on some of the behind the scenes build-up to each pick.

13.191 Triston McKenzie

As was discussed last time, we were full throttle in the "get your guy" portion of the draft. We had both been mentioning McKenzie for a few rounds. Our starters to this point are Corbin Burnes, Logan Webb, Shane McClanahan and Logan Gilbert, so we're taking on significant risk in terms of lacking a foundation with a track record. Even with Burnes, it can be argued he hasn't proven he's worthy of a first round pick. Shown? Yes, but not proven, there's a difference.

Even so, I could tell DVR was intrigued with McKenzie, as am I. We're not concerned about the perceived durability issues since he's such a thin guy. Cleveland has a knack for managing their arms to maximize production. The exchange went a little something like this:

Todd Zola, Oct 7, 3:08 PM

I think we're close to, if not in "if we like McKenzie, we better get McKenzie" territory.

Derek VanRiper, Oct 7, 3:44 PM

Love it

14.200 Andrew

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Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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