I recently took part in a 2013 fantasy baseball mock draft as part of the â€śSunday Night with Timâ€ť mock drafts hosted by Tim McLeod of RotoRob on Mock Draft Central. He holds them every Sunday night (hence the name â€“ who says hence anymore?Â Tim probably does; he’s old*. *Note added by Grey.) and itâ€™s a good time all around so I suggest you check it out. I plan to do another one in a couple weeks. Anyway, these are 15 team mixed league drafts. Howâ€™d I do? What should I have done differently? How have your mocks gone so far this year? Some of my thoughts on this team are below:
|C||A.J. Pierzynski||TEX||R15 P8|
|C||Chris Iannetta||ANA||R21 P8|
|1B||Joey Votto||CIN||R1 P8|
|2B||Jose Altuve||HOU||R5 P8|
|SS||Elvis Andrus||TEX||R6 P8|
|SS||Asdrubal Cabrera||CLE||R7 P8|
|3B||Kyle Seager||SEA||R10 P8|
|3B||Kevin Youkilis||NYY||R20 P8|
|OF||Mike Stanton||MIA||R2 P8|
|OF||Jason Heyward||ATL||R3 P8|
|OF||Shin-Soo Choo||CIN||R4 P8|
|OF||Ichiro Suzuki||NYY||R11 P8|
|OF||Wil Myers||TB||R13 P8|
|DH||David Ortiz||BOS||R8 P8|
|SP||Tim Lincecum||SF||R9 P8|
|SP||Anibal Sanchez||DET||R12 P8|
|SP||Lance Lynn||STL||R14 P8|
|SP||Edwin Jackson||CHC||R16 P8|
|SP||Michael Fiers||MIL||R17 P8|
|SP||Felix Doubront||BOS||R22 P8|
|SP||Ted Lilly||LA||R23 P8|
|RP||Carlos Marmol||CHC||R18 P8|
|RP||Bobby Parnell||NYM||R19 P8|
- Iâ€™m most proud of my first three picks. Iâ€™d be ecstatic to start off my team with Joey Votto, Giancarlo Stanton, and Jason Heyward. I think Stanton fell to me at pick 23 because of concerns about his lack of a supporting cast. It bothers me slightly, but Iâ€™m inclined to think that talented hitters will more or less produce their numbers no matter who hits before or after them. As for Heyward, I think heâ€™s a steal at pick 38 and believe heâ€™ll have his best season yet in 2013.
- Did I reach for Choo? Pick 53 felt early, but I felt myself gravitating towards him over the remaining outfielders. Gotta love the move to the Reds, but maybe I shouldâ€™ve let my fear of Dusty hold me back.
- I could have waited longer on middle infield. I got ahead of myself with Altuve and took him earlier than I wanted to after looking at the remaining second base names. Although I like him, I probably could have better filled a different area instead of drafting Asdrubal for my middle infield slot. I was partly disgusted at the remaining MI options and somewhat curious to see who others would draft for their MI.
- On the other hand, I received several compliments for snagging Andrus in the sixth round at pick 83. I donâ€™t normally draft him, but I couldnâ€™t help it after still seeing him on the board. He’s locked in as a great second tier shortstop.
- I basically punted top pitching, but wish I had grabbed a pitcher a round or two earlier than Lincecum. I saw a few great pitchers still on the board and figured I had time, but they were snatched up before I knew it. Was Lincecum a panic pick? Not exactly. I donâ€™t know how heâ€™ll perform next year, but I donâ€™t mind gambling at pick 128 in the draft. Although I’ll admit that I wouldn’t have taken that gamble if I had landed a top pitcher.
- I would gladly take most of my pitchers in the same spot in future drafts and bet Iâ€™ll end up consistently drafting some of these guys: Anibal Sanchez, Lance Lynn, Edwin Jackson, and Michael Fiers. If I could get an ace or two to go along with a few of these guys, I’d be very happy with my rotation.
- Just to show you that I practice what I preach, I drafted some guys that I’ve recently written about, like David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis. I was thrilled to get them where I did.
- Did I really just draft Ichiro? I didnâ€™t expect to be drafting him, but consider him a solid grab in that spot. He performed well on the Yankees last year and I expect Yankee Stadium to help him stave off old age for one more season.
- My closers are iffy, but SAGNOF!
- Overall, I believe this team is competitive in a 15 team league. I really like my hitting and view it as a good blend of power, speed, and batting average. Next time, I’ll probably grab a top pitcher early instead of a middle infielder.