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Before we get this post-Turkey celebration of When Fantasy Baseball Writers Have Nothing To Do In The Offseason up and running, I’d like to pass along a special thanks to our very own Grey Albright and Bryan Curley of Baseball Professor for setting up this multi-site super exposition of the aforementioned When Fantasy Baseball Writers Have Nothing To Do In The Offseason, or WFBWHNTDITO, if you’re into the whole brevity thing. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you can find the Round 1-5 Recap by clicking on this conveniently placed hyperlink right… about… now. And for the full results, you can check them out here. (If nineties website design is your crème de jour, enjoy that layout bro.) Anyhow, let’s get this going after the jump so I can go make some turkey sammiches.

Here’s the lowdown, because nobody calls it the updown…

Style: 5×5 Roto, Size: 12-team, 25-man rosters, Positions: 2 C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, 5 OF, U / 5 SP, 2 RP, 2 P / 2 BN

Draft Roster and Order:

1 — George Fitopoulos, Baseball Professor@BaseballProf
2 — Chris McBrien, Dear Mr. Fantasy@cmcbrien
3 — Nate Springfield, Baseball Press@NateSpringfield
4 — Clave Jones, Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks@clavejones
5 — Eric Broutman, Baseball Professor@BaseballProf
6 — Paul Beck, Baseball Professor@mroaklanda
7 — Jake Devereaux, Baseball Professor@devjake
8 — Tanner Bell, Smart Fantasy Baseball@smartfantasybb
9 — Bryan Curley, Baseball Professor@BaseballProf
10 — Zach Pincince, Baseball Professor@BaseballProf
11 — Adam Nodiff, Baseball Professor@ANodBaseball
12 — Jason LongfellowRazzball@jaywrong

Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft Recap, Rounds 6-10

6.61 — Chris Sale SP, CHW

Mark this event down in your Bruce Lee themed calenders. Picking Chris Sale is probably the last ‘easy’ pick I had to make during the draft. Everything that followed could be construed as either Inception BWWWAHM mind-blowing awesomeness, or the opposite of that. Which, I guess is, err. I have no idea what the opposite of that is. Maybe it’s this. The point is, I don’t have to justify picking Chris Sale here, especially in a redraft league. UNNNNNGGGGG, BUT YOU ALWAYS SAY HE’S GOING TO GET INJURED! Yeah, I know. He is. Wait, what? Look, I’m sticking with my story. What I want to point out is, I’ve been saying this the last two seasons, and his arm has still amazingly stayed attached. So since we’re not in a keeper, I’m okay buying him and buying him at this price.

Sixth Round Notes: To further drive the Chris Sale nail into the proverbial coffin of the superior argument, which is probably made of wood from the forest in FernGully, ’cause that’s how I roll, David Price (6.62), Zack Greinke (6.67), and Cole Hamels (6.68) were the next three pitchers taken off the board. Out of all those names, I’m still selecting Sale and not thinking too much about it. As a noted Padres homer, hey buddy, we all have our vices, I’m still up in the air about the aggressive selection of Everth Cabrera (6.65). I mean, was it even aggressive? I’d like to say yes, since even I was reluctant to start thinking about him until another round or two. It just comes down to how much you believe in the year he just had. I am luke-warm with my assessment, which perhaps means you should be too. The speed will be there, no doubt. But BABIP driven players are the most volatile, so just keep that in mind.

7.84 — Aroldis Chapman RP, CIN

8.85 — Greg Holland RP, KC

I’m combining these two picks and rounds together because I went all closer’s, all the time, for at least two of those times. Makes total sense. No it doesn’t. Look. I get it. Nobody pays for saves. Well, except for that one dude who always drafts Craig Kimbrel. In this draft, that was Eric Broutman (Baseball Professor). Once that happens, you’ve pretty much opened the door that cannot be closed anymore. Like virginity. And Spam containers. But I digress. Now, I understand what I did was… uncanny, but I just didn’t like what was on the board at that particular moment. And if you are going to pay for saves, make sure it’s for the ‘sure thing’. As mentioned, with Craig Kimbrel (Did anyone notice that Holland had a better year than Kimbrel?) taken the round before, my strategy here could be described as two-fold. First, the obvious, was to nab the remaining two elite closers left in one fell swoop with a shock and awe campaign. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. (Because that tagline totally worked out so well the last time.) The second part to my strategy was… I just wanted to see what would happen. Would I start a rush on closers? Would I be burned at the stake as a heretic? Would someone buy me a Twix bar? Apparently, none of the above, seeing as I had to buy myself a Twix (Jerks!). On one hand, you could say it was an action of mine that fell pretty much flat. On the other hand, you could say that I was able to concentrate in other areas of my team later on the in the draft when other teams were fighting over scraps like Fernando Rodney and LaTroy Hawkins. There’s something to be said for that peace of mind with a side of 65+ saves. Maybe. If this was a real draft, would I do something like that again? Eh. I’ll let you know when I finish up this Twix bar.

Seventh and Eighth Round Notes: So, I guess you should know Billy Hamilton (7.78) happened. My first reaction was “man, that’s crazy”. My second reaction was “man, that’s crazy”. This is my third reaction: “man, that’s crazy”. I’m nothing if not consistent. I understand the payoff here, but something just worries me. I keep on reading ’100 SB+’ everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Even here. You know how I feel about that? The same way people were talking up C.J. Spiller in the preseason. How’s that working out for us? WHERE ARE THOSE 1500 ALL-PURPOSE YARDS YOU PROMISED US FANTASY PUNDITS! Yes, I drafted him everywhere. How could you tell? Jose Altuve (7.82), Starling Marte (7.83), and Alex Gordon (8.88) were selected afterwards, and I’d feel more comfortable with all three of them. This could be a personal preference type of selection, that’s fine. And don’t get me wrong, I believe in the speed. But in baseball, you sorta have to get to first base to use it. That’s the part I’m worried about.

9.108 — Anibal Sanchez SP, DET

I’m not quite sure how Anibal Sanchez fell this far, but was quite happy to scoop him up this late. Sure, he missed some starts, but still managed a 2.57 ERA (2.39 FIP) and 202 K’s in 182 innings pitched. What am I missing here? Jordan Zimmermann and Homer Bailey were selected before him. Why? No, seriously, I’m asking you, the reader. No, no, stop talking to the screen. That’s silly. And you look stupid. Scroll down to the comments and type it out.

Ninth Round Notes: Starlin Castro (9.98), Nelson Cruz (9.101), and Brett Lawrie (9.107) were interesting choices here, but offer a lot of question marks going into the 2014 season. It’s fair to say that Castro has the highest upside of the three, but also has the ability to make you want it to snow cocaine all over the place to stave off those feelings of disappointment and sadness. With these discounts, I’d take a gamble on both Castro and Cruz. Lawrie? Yeah buddy, we were just talking about disappointment and sadness. You’ve burned me way too many times. Fool me once, shame on – shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again. Exactly. Xander Bogaerts (9.103) also got snagged off the board this round as well. Eh, I’m okay with that. Sorta. You really wouldn’t catch me doing it (says the guy who cornered the saves market), but there are some plausible arguments to be made. The biggest wild card is the playing time, and that’s something that should be more fleshed out as the off-season progresses.

10.109 — J.J. Hardy SS, BAL

The thing is, I usually don’t fill my MI positions until late in the draft. The strategy has always seemed to work out quite well for me. For example, I grabbed Daniel Murphy and Everth Cabrera at the end of a lot of drafts last season, and that seemed to work out spectacularly, sans Cabrera’s suspension. But for some reason, Hardy just stuck out to me, like a beacon. To bad it wasn’t bacon. Darn, now I want some bacon. Here’s the thing. Besides bacon, there were only 27 players in the MLB that hit 25 or more home runs last season. Hardy was one of them. And he was tied with Prince Fielder AND Troy Tulowitzki. Yeah, it’s only using home runs as a litmus, but still, that statement has merit when you look at the cost. The average is manageable for the position he plays, and I found the power potential to be intriguing at this point in the draft.

Tenth Round Notes: I call this round the pitcher round, because most of the picks were pitchers. Except for Michael Cuddyer. But it’s Michael Cuddyer, so who cares. Actually, out of all the pitchers selected, there wasn’t one here to complain about. Mike Minor (10.110), Shelby Miller (10.111), Kris Medlen (10.117), Gerrit Cole (10.118), Gio Gonzalez (10.119), and Jered Weaver (10.120) present a good mixture of young guys with potential, along with guys who have been around the block, are somewhat stable, and offer a good amount of K’s.

Don’t worry folks, I’ll be back soon to finish off this wonderful Mock Draft Recap, going over the 11-25 rounds of WFBWHNTDITO. But not until all my turkey leftovers are gone. TURKEY TURKEY TURKEY.

 

Jason Longfellow, aka Jay Long, aka JayWrong, aka Jay, aka JW-1, is a 31-year old Korean/Irish writer who finds solace using Makers Mark as a vehicle to impress women, and also has an affinity for making Jennifer Lawrence GIFs. You can follow him @jaywrong, read his blog Desultory Thoughts of a Longfellow, or, you can find his GIFs at his tumblr, named Siuijeonseo.

10 Responses

  1. Sky

    Sky says:
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    I have a WFBWHNTDITO bracelet but in reality, it’s so long it’s more like a necklace I stupidly put on my wrist.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Sky: I’m assuming the check is in the mail? I certainly don’t give those things out for free…

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Thanks(for)giving us this post, Wrong… I have a WFBWHNTDITO t-shirt and sweats… The worst is when I wear WFBWHNT shirt without the DITO sweats and everyone’s confused without the DITO…

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Grey: Happens to me all the time as well. I mean, what are they thinking? It’s pretty obvious…

  3. Nice write-up again, Jay. To your Sanchez point, I don’t really get it either. Have you ever seen a pitcher win the ERA title and K 200 batters while receiving less fanfare than Sanchez? Me neither. His lack of hype (and concerns over injuries) are what pushed him down in the draft. If Scherzer didn’t pitch for Detroit, Sanchez would have received more attention, and thus been drafted higher. I’d take him over Bailey and Zimmermann. I’d even take him over Matt Cain.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bryan Curley: Thanks! And yeah, I ‘m with you here on everything.

  4. Tom Jacks

    Tom Jacks says:
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    So seventh round is the 2014 anti-sagnof round, with hamilton and closers going around the same time? As long as you had no follow-up questions, I’d say that that makes perfect sense to me somehow… And nice pick with Sanchez.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Tom Jacks: haha, touché brotha.

  5. The Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    ooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOooooooooooooooo OOOOOoooo UUUUUUUUUUNNNN EEEEEEEEEENNNNTTTT!!! ENTTT!! EEENNNTTT!!

    O dear!!!!! I hate it when that happens…. Don’t worry about that ectoplasmic residue potty mess… Sometimes shit happens!!! Really…

    No worries about clean up either, it will disappear when I do…

    JAY: How, I have missed you and the Star Power of your FBB wisdom while on the other side..

    What are weeks – to you – are going by without you.. They are making this the longest hot stove season of my life…Well, now, afterlife – You know what I mean,,, All thanks to that horrible little man – whose name cannot be spoken – the one who backs into parking places, drinks cocktails in the early morning out of his thermos and just sits there thinking of whom, he is going to disappear next…

    There have been times, I missed your threads so much, I wished, I had never read you in the first place..

    Sorry, my time is shortening and I don’t want to waste it complaining…

    Looking forward to your 2014 earthly FBB hot tips when I can cross over…

    Still tormented, even in the other worlds, about making the wrong decisions come draft day… As a ghost, I would have not thought this possible.. I need you!!! We all do,Jay

    My time here across the boundaries is drifting away, Jay… What about Kazmir now that he’s landed on …. t.. he …. a ‘ s j ..a y ! …………………. j… … a … y……….. j ……….a…………….

    Oooooo OOOoooooooooooooo oooooOOOOooo o ooo oo …..o……. …………..o

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @The Ghost of the Disappeared: I’m going to need the entire offseason to get a handle on this.

      I missed you, regardless. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

      And Kazmir, in the coliseum? I like it.

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