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Friday, January 22, 2010
Mock draft cityPosted by Paul Singman at 5:08pm
Last night I participated in my second mock draft of the offseason (the first was for Rotoworld Magazine) with a good compilation of websites represented. Baseball Digest hosted the draft and Kevin Orris of Fantasy Pros 911, Ivar Anderson of Fantasy Gameday, and our own Troy Patterson were some of the participants. Having the experience of one mock draft behind me, I did find this one much easier to get through so mock drafts certainly are not a complete waste of time if you take them seriously and take something away from each one.
Below is my team listed, and clicking this link should show you the full results of the draft.
Round 1 — Chase Utley
Round 2 — Justin Upton
Round 3 — Felix Hernandez
Round 4 — Roy Halladay
Round 5 — Curtis Granderson
Round 6 — Chone Figgins
Round 7 — Josh Johnson
Round 8 — Joakim Soria
Round 9 — Geovany Soto
Round 10 — Jason Bartlett
Round 11 — Rafael Soriano
Round 12 — Jorge Cantu
Round 13 — Brett Anderson
Round 14 — Frank Francisco
Round 15 — Colby Rasmus
Round 16 — Mark DeRosa
Round 17 — Alcides Escobar
Round 18 — Julio Borbon
Round 19 — Dexter Fowler
Round 20 — James Loney
Round 21 — Matt Thornton
Round 22 — Jesus Flores
Round 23 — Justin Duchscherer
Round 7 — Having taken the dominant duo of King Felix and Halladay in round three and four I thought I would hold off on starting pitching for a little longer, but Josh Johnson was too tempting in the seventh round. I believe he is as good as any pitcher in the league but is misrepresented with his current ADP around 80. If I'm looking for a good SP value in the seventh/eight rounds of drafts Johnson is a good guy to target.
Round 9 — Even though this was a two catcher league, taking Soto here was a mistake. After the elite catchers go, there is a definite middle tier with guys like Russell Martin, Kurt Suzuki, Jorge Posada, and Miguel Montero that start getting taken around pick 100. There is not much to distinguish among these backstops, so I would rather take the catcher that falls through to the 11th/12th round than start the catcher run as I did in this draft with Soto in the ninth round.
Round 13 — The word is out on Brett Anderson and even though his ADP is currently listed as 236 at Mock Draft Central, I believe it will fall below 200 sooner than later. This kid had a tremendous rookie season at age 21 and his sophomore season should be similar, if not better. I had the pleasure of seeing him pitch in person and although I am not a professional scout by any means, for what it's worth I was thoroughly impressed. He mixes his full arsenal of offerings well and was fooling hitters all night, and drawing weak contact when they did connect. If you are looking for someone whose ADP will be higher come next offseason, Anderson is a great bet.
Round 19 — Fowler did not have the greatest of rookie seasons batting .266 with four home runs and 27 steals, though he did do a lot of things well. He has a good all-around fantasy package that makes him my current outfielder of choice in the later rounds of drafts. I got him at pick 220 and his current ADP is 260, so he is a good fourth/fifth outfielder to round out your outfield rotation.
That's all for now. Any more mock drafts I participate in I'll be sure to share my thoughts in a similar post.
Paul has been managing fantasy baseball teams for many seasons and writing for THT Fantasy over the past three years. He is currently a student at UPenn welcomes readers' thoughts at his email here or in the comments below.
Your team is great compared to Troy’s lol. Who really needs to take that many SP’s that early when you get Lince in the 2nd round? He butchered his Infield with overdrafting on starting pitching. IMO
You got some gems late for sure. I love Borbon, Anderson, Soriano and FF that late.
Posted 01/23 at 05:07 AM
Paul Singman said...
I’m pretty sure if I remember correctly, Troy missed the draft for one reason or another. Thanks for the compliments on the [mock] team by the way.
Posted 01/23 at 05:14 PM
Explains alot lol.
Posted 01/24 at 04:19 AM
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