On Monday Feb.18th, 2013, I participated in a mock draft on MockDraftCentral.com hosted by Radio Host for ESPN Radio Detroit 1090 and Podcaster for FP911.com Dennis Farrell . You can listen to the podcast covering this mock here. It was rather spur of the moment but welcomed and appreciated the invite. The Mock draft pitted me up against Trader X and some brillant fantasy baseball minds so I knew I had to do a little homework. Good thing for me I had the FT411 Draft Guide handy. Below are the first 11 rounds of the Mock draft with my thoughts on my selections and others that may have stood out for good or bad reasons.
|R1 P1||Whudey||Cabrera, Miguel||3B||DET|
|R1 P2||Michael Pichan (RotoInfo.com, @FantasyNomad)||Trout, Mike||OF||ANA|
|R1 P3||DennisFarrell||Kemp, Matt||OF||LA|
|R1 P4||DUI for the queer guy||Braun, Ryan||OF||MIL|
|R1 P5||Jesse Sakstrup – Hardball Times||Cano, Robinson||2B||NYY|
|R1 P6||MrFantasyFreak||McCutchen, Andrew||OF||PIT|
|R1 P7||Nate||Gonzalez, Carlos||OF||COL|
|R1 P8||Travis Rowe (GoProFantasySports)||Votto, Joey||1B||CIN|
|R1 P9||Nick Raducanu (@FantasyTrade411)||Pujols, Albert||1B||ANA|
|R1 P10||andiesoxfan||Beltre, Adrian||3B||TEX|
|R1 P11||Wayne Bretsky (RotoInfo.com, @BretskyBall)||Upton, Justin||OF||ATL|
|R1 P12||JOEL||Fielder, Prince||1B||DET|
| My Selection: With the first pick in the draft many will go Ryan Braun or Mike Trout here. I went with Miggy because I felt he was the safest player to draft. Ryan Braun does intrigue me there given how solid he has been as a fantasy monster the last few seasons and Trout has the upside but not something I’m comfortable taking such a huge risk on at 1.01.
Things that make you go Hmmm: Justin Upton at 1.11? Even at the back of the round Justin Upton is too much of an unknown after a disaster campaign in 2012 with the Diamondbacks. Could he bounce back? Very well could but the 1st round isn’t the place for those types of gambles.
|R2 P1||JOEL||Longoria, Evan||3B||TB|
|R2 P2||Wayne Bretsky (RotoInfo.com, @BretskyBall)||Tulowitzki, Troy||SS||COL|
|R2 P3||andiesoxfan||Harper, Bryce||OF||WAS|
|R2 P4||Nick Raducanu (@FantasyTrade411)||Hamilton, Josh||OF||ANA|
|R2 P5||Travis Rowe (GoProFantasySports)||Wright, David||3B||NYM|
|R2 P6||Nate||Posey, Buster||C||SF|
|R2 P7||MrFantasyFreak||Stanton, Giancarlo||OF||MIA|
|R2 P8||Jesse Sakstrup – Hardball Times||Bautista, Jose||OF||TOR|
|R2 P9||DUI for the queer guy||Granderson, Curtis||OF||NYY|
|R2 P10||DennisFarrell||Reyes, Jose||SS||TOR|
|R2 P11||Michael Pichan (RotoInfo.com, @FantasyNomad)||Ramirez, Hanley||SS||LA|
|R2 P12||Whudey||Jones, Adam||OF||BAL|
| My Selection: Was hoping to get Harper with this selection but taking PacMan I can stomach. Adam Jones is becoming one of the more primer outfielders in the game. After a career year in 2012 and the arrow still trending upward, Jones is as solid of selection to close the 2nd round as any.
Public Service Announcement This is why Trader X recommends you try and draft as close to the start of the year as possible. Granderson going 2.09 is yesterday’s news.
|R3 P1||Whudey||Kershaw, Clayton||SP||LA|
|R3 P2||Michael Pichan (RotoInfo.com, @FantasyNomad)||Heyward, Jason||OF||ATL|
|R3 P3||DennisFarrell||Gonzalez, Adrian||1B||LA|
|R3 P4||DUI for the queer guy||Goldschmidt, Paul||1B||ARI|
|R3 P5||Jesse Sakstrup – Hardball Times||Verlander, Justin||SP||DET|
|R3 P6||MrFantasyFreak||Castro, Starlin||SS||CHC|
|R3 P7||Nate||Upton, B.J.||OF||ATL|
|R3 P8||Travis Rowe (GoProFantasySports)||Craig, Allen||1B||STL|
|R3 P9||Nick Raducanu (@FantasyTrade411)||Encarnacion, Edwin||1B||TOR|
|R3 P10||andiesoxfan||Cespedes, Yoenis||OF||OAK|
|R3 P11||Wayne Bretsky (RotoInfo.com, @BretskyBall)||Holliday, Matt||OF||STL|
|R3 P12||JOEL||Bruce, Jay||OF||CIN|
| My Selection: I don’t normally grab pitchers until late in the draft. But as I thought about Clayton/Verlander vs Heyward and then Clayton vs Verlander…the value of getting Clayton in the third round tough to ignore. Now I have an anchor to my pitching staff.
Things that make you go hmmmm: Watch out for the drafting Runs at First Base. If you are eyeing Goldschimdt or Craig play close attention to when Adrian Gonzalez comes off the board…
|R4 P1||JOEL||Kinsler, Ian||2B||TEX|
|R4 P2||Wayne Bretsky (RotoInfo.com, @BretskyBall)||Lee, Cliff||SP||PHI|
|R4 P3||andiesoxfan||Price, David||SP||TB|
|R4 P4||Nick Raducanu (@FantasyTrade411)||Ellsbury, Jacoby||OF||BOS|
|R4 P5||Travis Rowe (GoProFantasySports)||Pedroia, Dustin||2B||BOS|
|R4 P6||Nate||Desmond, Ian||SS||WAS|
|R4 P7||MrFantasyFreak||Strasburg, Stephen||SP||WAS|
|R4 P8||Jesse Sakstrup – Hardball Times||Butler, Billy||1B||KC|
|R4 P9||DUI for the queer guy||Kimbrel, Craig||RP||ATL|
|R4 P10||DennisFarrell||Molina, Yadier||C||STL|
|R4 P11||Michael Pichan (RotoInfo.com, @FantasyNomad)||Lawrie, Brett||3B||TOR|
|R4 P12||Whudey||Headley, Chase||3B||SD|
|My Selection: I know, I already have Miggy at 3rd what do I need Headley for? One of the game’s best overall 3rd Basemen in the 4th round AFTER Brett Lawrie? I couldn’t move myself from not making this pick. Of course you see I just love all my picks but I did have some reservations making this choice. Not gonna lie, wanted Weaver here just too own both LA Aces.
Arms Race: Four pitchers go in this round including Kimbrel. Many will laugh at the pick using the “Don’t pay for saves” moniker but the K/9 is just waaaay too ridiculous to argue the move. *Golf Clap*
|R5 P1||Whudey||Rizzo, Anthony||1B||CHC|
|R5 P2||Michael Pichan (RotoInfo.com, @FantasyNomad)||Medlen, Kris||SP||ATL|
|R5 P3||DennisFarrell||Zimmerman, Ryan||3B||WAS|
|R5 P4||DUI for the queer guy||Ramirez, Aramis||3B||MIL|
|R5 P5||Jesse Sakstrup – Hardball Times||Cain, Matt||SP||SF|
|R5 P6||MrFantasyFreak||Zobrist, Ben||2B||TB|
|R5 P7||Nate||Weaver, Jered||SP||ANA|
|R5 P8||Travis Rowe (GoProFantasySports)||Jackson, Austin||OF||DET|
|R5 P9||Nick Raducanu (@FantasyTrade411)||Hernandez, Felix||SP||SEA|
|R5 P10||andiesoxfan||Gonzalez, Gio||SP||WAS|
|R5 P11||Wayne Bretsky (RotoInfo.com, @BretskyBall)||Hamels, Cole||SP||PHI|
|R5 P12||JOEL||Wieters, Matt||C||BAL|
| My Selection: I just took Rizzo to have a semi attractive option at First base. The decline is actually very steep after him figured now was the time to pull the trigger.
Arms Race: Micheal Pichan selects Kris Medlen before more established arms. A bit high but a situation of where he was just getting his guy. After round five ADP becomes relative to personal tastes. Medlen had a great year and is someone I am targeting just not this early.
|R6 P1||JOEL||Bumgarner, Madison||SP||SF|
|R6 P2||Wayne Bretsky (RotoInfo.com, @BretskyBall)||Choo, Shin-Soo||OF||CIN|
|R6 P3||andiesoxfan||Trumbo, Mark||OF||ANA|
|R6 P4||Nick Raducanu (@FantasyTrade411)||Kipnis, Jason||2B||CLE|
|R6 P5||Travis Rowe (GoProFantasySports)||Jennings, Desmond||OF||TB|
|R6 P6||Nate||Escobar, Alcides||SS||KC|
|R6 P7||MrFantasyFreak||Santana, Carlos||C||CLE|
|R6 P8||Jesse Sakstrup – Hardball Times||Mauer, Joe||C||MIN|
|R6 P9||DUI for the queer guy||Teixeira, Mark||1B||NYY|
|R6 P10||DennisFarrell||Espinosa, Danny||2B||WAS|
|R6 P11||Michael Pichan (RotoInfo.com, @FantasyNomad)||Hill, Aaron||2B||ARI|
|R6 P12||Whudey||Gordon, Alex||OF||KC|
| My Selection: Alex Gordon is a beast. Great value in this round as I prefer him over guys like Desmond Jennings and Shin-Shoo Choo who were drafted over him.
Things that make you go hmmm: Alcides Escobar in the SIXTH round? I don’t know about all that…
|R7 P1||Whudey||Davis, Ike||1B||NYM|
|R7 P2||Michael Pichan (RotoInfo.com, @FantasyNomad)||Freeman, Freddie||1B||ATL|
|R7 P3||DennisFarrell||Halladay, Roy||SP||PHI|
|R7 P4||DUI for the queer guy||Montero, Miguel||C||ARI|
|R7 P5||Jesse Sakstrup – Hardball Times||Rollins, Jimmy||SS||PHI|
|R7 P6||MrFantasyFreak||Hosmer, Eric||1B||KC|
|R7 P7||Nate||Sandoval, Pablo||3B||SF|
|R7 P8||Travis Rowe (GoProFantasySports)||Andrus, Elvis||SS||TEX|
|R7 P9||Nick Raducanu (@FantasyTrade411)||Bourn, Michael||OF||CLE|
|R7 P10||andiesoxfan||Phillips, Brandon||2B||CIN|
|R7 P11||Wayne Bretsky (RotoInfo.com, @BretskyBall)||Wainwright, Adam||SP||STL|
|R7 P12||JOEL||Rios, Alex||OF||CHW|
|My Selection: The Kosher Pickle caught a blaze to close the 2012 season. With the way I have formed my roster I can stomach the low average with 30 plus home run upside here.
The Other Young First Basemen: Eric Hosmer and Freddie Freeman come off the boards here. Love the value for both of these guys in the seventh round.
|R8 P1||JOEL||Darvish, Yu||SP||TEX|
|R8 P2||Wayne Bretsky (RotoInfo.com, @BretskyBall)||Prado, Martin||OF||ARI|
|R8 P3||andiesoxfan||Sale, Chris||SP||CHW|
|R8 P4||Nick Raducanu (@FantasyTrade411)||Cueto, Johnny||SP||CIN|
|R8 P5||Travis Rowe (GoProFantasySports)||Sabathia, CC||SP||NYY|
|R8 P6||Nate||Altuve, Jose||2B||HOU|
|R8 P7||MrFantasyFreak||Greinke, Zack||SP||LA|
|R8 P8||Jesse Sakstrup – Hardball Times||Cabrera, Melky||OF||TOR|
|R8 P9||DUI for the queer guy||Napoli, Mike||C||BOS|
|R8 P10||DennisFarrell||Scherzer, Max||SP||DET|
|R8 P11||Michael Pichan (RotoInfo.com, @FantasyNomad)||Rosario, Wilin||C||COL|
|R8 P12||Whudey||Zimmermann, Jordan||SP||WAS|
| My Selection: I like Jordan Zimmerman a lot, as do many other fantasy analysts He has only been getting better and better each year..
Who I really wanted!?: Chris Sale. I know he regressed mightily to close the year in 2012. The skills are there for dominance and The future CY Young award winner… I think could finish the year Top 5.
|R9 P1||Whudey||Latos, Mat||SP||CIN|
|R9 P2||Michael Pichan (RotoInfo.com, @FantasyNomad)||Frazier, Todd||3B||CIN|
|R9 P3||DennisFarrell||Dickey, R.A.||SP||TOR|
|R9 P4||DUI for the queer guy||Konerko, Paul||1B||CHW|
|R9 P5||Jesse Sakstrup – Hardball Times||Ortiz, David||DH||BOS|
|R9 P6||MrFantasyFreak||Davis, Chris||1B||BAL|
|R9 P7||Nate||Howard, Ryan||1B||PHI|
|R9 P8||Travis Rowe (GoProFantasySports)||Shields, James||SP||KC|
|R9 P9||Nick Raducanu (@FantasyTrade411)||Moustakas, Mike||3B||KC|
|R9 P10||andiesoxfan||Pence, Hunter||OF||SF|
|R9 P11||Wayne Bretsky (RotoInfo.com, @BretskyBall)||Weeks, Rickie||2B||MIL|
|R9 P12||JOEL||Gallardo, Yovani||SP||MIL|
|My Selection: Homer Pick. I do like Latos skill set as a whole…. it was very encouraging to see him get his crap together and really start to dominate to end the 2012 campaign for the Reds.
Power Grid: Lots of Power come off the board …..Fraizer, Konerko, Ortiz, Davis, Howard, Moustakas…..not bad for Round nine in terms of value.
|R10 P1||JOEL||Aoki, Norichika||OF||MIL|
|R10 P2||Wayne Bretsky (RotoInfo.com, @BretskyBall)||Crawford, Carl||OF||LA|
|R10 P3||andiesoxfan||Martinez, Victor||C||DET|
|R10 P4||Nick Raducanu (@FantasyTrade411)||Chapman, Aroldis||SP||CIN|
|R10 P5||Travis Rowe (GoProFantasySports)||Moore, Matt||SP||TB|
|R10 P6||Nate||Willingham, Josh||OF||MIN|
|R10 P7||MrFantasyFreak||Machado, Manny||3B||BAL|
|R10 P8||Jesse Sakstrup – Hardball Times||Victorino, Shane||OF||BOS|
|R10 P9||DUI for the queer guy||Motte, Jason||RP||STL|
|R10 P10||DennisFarrell||Beltran, Carlos||OF||STL|
|R10 P11||Michael Pichan (RotoInfo.com, @FantasyNomad)||Utley, Chase||2B||PHI|
|R10 P12||Whudey||Samardzija, Jeff||SP||CHC|
| My Selection: I am in love with The Shark … I have finally forgiven him for giving up football because This is a guy I am targeting heavy…Love the High K numbers this late in the draft after Chapman and Matt Moore were selected.
Forgotten Man!?: I always seem to forget about Josh Willingham. I don’t know if the fact he now plays in Tiny-Sota or that he always dealing with back problems and hitting the DL. I like him greatly…that is when he is healthy great source of power in the middle rounds.
|R11 P1||Whudey||Cabrera, Asdrubal||SS||CLE|
|R11 P2||Michael Pichan (RotoInfo.com, @FantasyNomad)||Fister, Doug||SP||DET|
|R11 P3||DennisFarrell||Sanchez, Anibal||SP||DET|
|R11 P4||DUI for the queer guy||Papelbon, Jonathan||RP||PHI|
|R11 P5||Jesse Sakstrup – Hardball Times||Middlebrooks, Will||3B||BOS|
|R11 P6||MrFantasyFreak||Morrow, Brandon||SP||TOR|
|R11 P7||Nate||Haren, Dan||SP||WAS|
|R11 P8||Travis Rowe (GoProFantasySports)||Johnson, Josh||SP||TOR|
|R11 P9||Nick Raducanu (@FantasyTrade411)||Aybar, Erick||SS||ANA|
|R11 P10||andiesoxfan||Lincecum, Tim||SP||SF|
|R11 P11||Wayne Bretsky (RotoInfo.com, @BretskyBall)||LaRoche, Adam||1B||WAS|
|R11 P12||JOEL||Swisher, Nick||OF||CLE|
| My Selection: I needed a Shortstop and figured why not take Cabrera here.
Nightmare on Elm Street: The Arms that come off the board with the exception of Fister all scare me in terms of projecting marginal success in 2013. Just don’t think I could come to drafting any of them over any position player at this point. Middlebrooks and Swisher are perfect examples of that.
(To Be Continue…)
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