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Houston Astros Shadow Draft - 2010

Here is the original post. I just wanted it archived here as well.

Every year, I plan on doing a shadow draft for a team. This last season I used the Houston Astros when I did it. I may use them again this season for continuity. I chose them because their farm system is poor and their major league team is rebuilding. The Astros Payroll was projected to be $10 million less in 2010 than the previous season. The trades of Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman opened up at least $30 million of salary over the next 2 years. They didn't get a lot prospect wise in the trades, so why not invest it in the future of the team. If I were in charge I would open up the checkbook, so my draft budget was to be between 13 and 26 Million, depending on who would sign. This we will never know because many of these guys didn't sign but this is just an idea of what a team could do if they wanted to really spend on the future. I plan to keep track of my drafts and compare my team to the real life Astros.

I didn't go strictly on talent, I took a few guys that I like in other ways to fill rosters. Since I did this to prove a point, my plan is to keep all of these players in my shadow Astros farm system. I don't really plan on doing this in the future, I just wanted to see how much one draft can turn around a farm system. Below is the round for each Astros pick as well as what number it was overall, the player I chose there as well as my offers to the player. The actual bonus is posted if they signed. Players in bold are the players that signed with their real drafting team.

Round Overall Name, POS, TEAM Initial Offer Max Offer Actual Bonus
1 8 Josh Sale, OF, TB $2,043,000 $2,043,000 $1,620,000
1 19 Nick Castellanos, 3B, DET $1,863,000 $4,000,000 $3,450,000
1s 33 A.J. Cole, P, WSH $2,043,000 $2,043,000 $2,000,000
2 58 Stetson Allie, P, PIT $2,043,000 $2,043,000 $2,250,000
3 90 Garin Cecchini, SS, BOS $1,332,000 $1,332,000 $1,310,000
4 123 Kevin Gausman, P, LAD $1,467,000 $1,467,000 Did Not Sign
5 153 Drew Cisco, P, CIN $1,242,000 $1,242,000 $975,000
6 183 Chris Hernandez, P, BOS $500,000 $500,000 $375,000
7 213 Austin Wilson, OF, STL $972,000 $4,000,000 Did Not Sign
8 243 Kris Bryant, 3B, TOR $918,000 $918,000 Did Not Sign
9 273 DeAndre Smelter, P, MIN $858,600 $858,600 Did Not Sign
10 303 Jared Lakind, 1B, PIT $537,300 $537,300 $400,000
11 333 Jacoby Jones, SS, HOU $450,000 $450,000 Did Not Sign
12 363 Michael Ojala, P, FLA $150,000 $150,000
13 393 Michael Palazzone, P, CLE $150,000 $150,000 Did Not Sign
14 423 Evan Rutckyj, P, NYY $258,300 $1,000,000 $500,000
15 453 Kevin Patterson, 1B, TB $150,000 $218,700 Did Not Sign
16 483 Daniel Renken, P, CIN $150,000 $150,000
17 513 Zach Alvord, 2B, ATL $430,200 $500,000 Did Not Sign
18 543 Kevin Jordan, CF, NYY $275,500 $500,000 Did Not Sign
19 573 Rock Shoulders, 1B, BOS $150,000 $150,000 Did Not Sign
20 603 Dale Carey, OF, PIT $150,000 $150,000 Did Not Sign
21 633 Brian Ragira, OF, TEX $150,000 $500,000 Did Not Sign
22 663 Krey Bratsen, OF, OAK $150,000 $500,000 Did Not Sign
23 693 Alex Sogard, P, HOU
24 723 Trae Davis, P, TEX $100,000 $100,000 Did Not Sign
25 753 Kirby Bellow, P, CLE $100,000 $100,000 Did Not Sign
26 783 Make Payton, OF, MIN $100,000 $100,000 Did Not Sign
27 813 Rolando Botello, P, WSH $100,000 $100,000 Did Not Sign
28 843 Kyle Necke, P, MIN
29 873 Forrest Snow, P, SEA
30 903 Brett Bruening, P, CHW
31 933 Casey Upperman, P, ARZ
32 963 Daniel Barnes, P, TOR
33 993 Matt Roberts, C, ARZ Did Not Sign
34 1023 Dean Kiekhefer, P, STL
35 1053 Cody Martin, 1B, LAD Did Not Sign
36 1083 Ethan Stewart, P, PHI
37 1113 Andrew Smith, P, OAK Did Not Sign
38 1143 Seth Maness, P, FLA Did Not Sign
39 1173 Thomas Pecoraro, P, HOU Did Not Sign
40 1203 Daniel Child, P, SD Did Not Sign
41 1233 Trevor Teykl, P, TEX Did Not Sign
42 1263 Lonnie Kauppila, SS, OAK Did Not Sign
43 1293 Jonathan Crawford, P, FLA Did Not Sign
44 1323 Clayton Crum, P, CHC Did Not Sign
45 1353 Christopher Triplett, SS, DET Did Not Sign
46 1383 Alex Schmarzo, P, BAL
47 1413 Kelly Norris-Jones, C, TOR Did Not Sign
48 1443 Matt Rice, C, NYY Did Not Sign
49 1473 Trey Griffin, OF, Not Drafted Did Not Sign
50 1503 Rudy Acosta, P, Not Drafted Did Not Sign
Total $18,832,900 $25,802,600 $12,880,000


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