Greetings, friends. I hopped over to the football side of things once last year’s baseball season ended, but now I’m back. And apparently, I am such a disturbed individual that I am doing fantasy baseball mock drafts in early January. And, I am writing about them. And, well, I just wanted to start another sentence with and because it feels so wrong but so right at the same time. Anyway, moving on.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Couch Managers 2017 Industry Mock Draft, and we’re going to recap it here. This mock was for a 15-team, 5×5 roto, with 23 roster spots made up of 9 pitchers (9), 1 spot for each position (8), a second catcher (1), 2 more outfielders (2), one corner infielder (1), one middle infielder (1), and one utility position (1). As long as I did that math correctly, that is 23 spots.

Below, I will provide the results for the first six rounds and a give my thoughts for each round. I’ll do the same for rounds 7-12, 13-18, and 19-23 in subsequent posts. I’ll try to keep it brief. All we really care about are the results here, right? Feel free to tell me how awesome or crappy you think my team is, along with what you think were the best and worst picks of the draft or the different rounds…

Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
1 1 Mike Trout LAA OF Paul Sporer
2 1 Mookie Betts BOS OF @Tim_Heaney
3 1 Kris Bryant CHC 3B Mike Maher
4 1 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP DerekCarty
5 1 Manny Machado BAL 3B rotoman
6 1 Nolan Arenado COL 3B ToddZ
7 1 Jose Altuve HOU 2B Tim McLeod
8 1 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B genemccaffrey
9 1 Paul Goldschmidt AZ 1B [email protected]
10 1 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B Captain Hook
11 1 Bryce Harper WSH OF Joelhenardbddr
12 1 Charlie Blackmon COL OF RayHQ
13 1 Max Scherzer WSH SP MikeGianella
14 1 Carlos Correa HOU SS Doug Anderson
15 1 Corey Seager LAD SS lawrm

Round 1 thoughts: I picked third and took Kris Bryant, and I think the first three picks were pretty predictable. I definitely do not like taking Kershaw that early at number four, and I am not even particularly crazy about Scherzer at 13, though I hate a pitcher at 13 much less than I do one at four. I would have taken Goldy over Rizzo, even though my dad knows Rizzo’s uncle and got me a signed Anthony Rizzo rookie card.

 

Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
16 2 Starling Marte PIT OF lawrm
17 2 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B Doug Anderson
18 2 Joey Votto CIN 1B MikeGianella
19 2 Chris Sale BOS SP RayHQ
20 2 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS Joelhenardbddr
21 2 Trea Turner WSH OF Captain Hook
22 2 Madison Bumgarner SF SP [email protected]
23 2 A.J. Pollock AZ OF genemccaffrey
24 2 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B Tim McLeod
25 2 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B ToddZ
26 2 Robinson Cano SEA 2B rotoman
27 2 Brian Dozier MIN 2B DerekCarty
28 2 Francisco Lindor CLE SS Mike Maher
29 2 George Springer HOU OF @Tim_Heaney
30 2 Daniel Murphy WSH 2B Paul Sporer

Round 2 thoughts: The pick that stands out to me here is Xander Bogaerts. I don’t love him at 20th overall, and I don’t like taking him before Francisco Lindor, either. I say this as a Red Sox fan who loves Bogaerts. I also say it as someone who was able to grab Lindor eight spots later, so maybe I am biased. Or reverse biased? I have Bogie at 31 and Lindor at 25 in my rankings right now.

 

Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
31 3 Trevor Story COL SS Paul Sporer
32 3 J.D. Martinez DET OF @Tim_Heaney
33 3 Rougned Odor TEX 2B Mike Maher
34 3 Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF DerekCarty
35 3 Jonathan Villar MIL 2B rotoman
36 3 Corey Kluber CLE SP ToddZ
37 3 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP Tim McLeod
38 3 Justin Verlander DET SP genemccaffrey
39 3 Jean Segura SEA SS [email protected]
40 3 Jake Arrieta CHC SP Captain Hook
41 3 Jon Lester CHC SP Joelhenardbddr
42 3 Buster Posey SF C RayHQ
43 3 Jose Abreu CHW 1B MikeGianella
44 3 Jonathan Lucroy TEX C Doug Anderson
45 3 David Price BOS SP lawrm

Round 3 thoughts: I loved being able to get Odor at 33, which meant locking up most of my infield with elite talent in the first three rounds (Bryant, Lindor, and Odor). I thought this was a little too early for Price, too. And again, I say that as a Red Sox fan who watched most of this games last season. Not a terrible pick, obviously, and he is on the wheel and felt he needed to grab a pitcher before the draft snaked back to him. So, I get it.

 

Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
46 4 Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF lawrm
47 4 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP Doug Anderson
48 4 Wil Myers SD 1B MikeGianella
49 4 Billy Hamilton CIN OF RayHQ
50 4 Hanley Ramirez BOS 1B Joelhenardbddr
51 4 Johnny Cueto SF SP Captain Hook
52 4 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF [email protected]
53 4 Yu Darvish TEX SP genemccaffrey
54 4 Ryan Braun MIL OF Tim McLeod
55 4 Dee Gordon MIA 2B ToddZ
56 4 Nelson Cruz SEA OF rotoman
57 4 Ian Desmond COL OF DerekCarty
58 4 Kyle Seager SEA 3B Mike Maher
59 4 Chris Archer TB SP @Tim_Heaney
60 4 Christian Yelich MIA OF Paul Sporer

Round 4 thoughts: Wil Myers is going to be an interesting guy to follow this year. Was last year a breakout year for a young star who was finally able to stay healthy and productive for a full season? Or will 2016 be an outlier on his Razzball profile page? The Padres clearly think he’s a stud. After last year, there is a lot to like about Myers, especially as a first baseman who could steal a pile of bases (#SAGNOF). But holy shit does he scare me. I would also have taken everyone else in this round ahead of Hanley Ramirez except for maybe Christian Yelich. On my side of things, I was thrilled to grab Kyle Seager this late. I already had Kris Bryant, but this league has CI and Util spots for me to use Seager, plus Bryant has outfield eligibility and can move around a bit for me if needed.

 

Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
61 5 Gary Sanchez NYY C Paul Sporer
62 5 Todd Frazier CHW 3B @Tim_Heaney
63 5 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP Mike Maher
64 5 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP DerekCarty
65 5 Gregory Polanco PIT OF rotoman
66 5 Carlos Gonzalez COL OF ToddZ
67 5 Jason Kipnis CLE 2B Tim McLeod
68 5 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B genemccaffrey
69 5 Zach Britton BAL RP [email protected]
70 5 David Dahl COL OF Captain Hook
71 5 Evan Longoria TB 3B Joelhenardbddr
72 5 Matt Carpenter STL 1B RayHQ
73 5 Justin Upton DET OF MikeGianella
74 5 Mark Trumbo FA OF Doug Anderson
75 5 Andrew McCutchen PIT OF lawrm

Round 5 thoughts: Carlos Gonzalez at 66 could be the steal of this draft, and I like getting Kipnis and Carpenter this late, too. I think Andrew McCutchen has a bounce-back year, and round 5 in a deep league is a great spot to grab him. The Gary Sanchez pick was a smart grab since catcher has a pretty steep dropoff at catcher after the upper tier. We also saw the first two relievers taken, and the 5th round is wayyyyyy too early for me to start thinking about relievers, even in 5×5 roto.

 

Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
76 6 Carlos Martinez STL SP lawrm
77 6 Chris Davis BAL 1B Doug Anderson
78 6 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP MikeGianella
79 6 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B RayHQ
80 6 Addison Russell CHC SS Joelhenardbddr
81 6 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF Captain Hook
82 6 Danny Duffy KC SP [email protected]
83 6 Matt Kemp ATL OF genemccaffrey
84 6 Aaron Sanchez TOR SP Tim McLeod
85 6 Ian Kinsler DET 2B ToddZ
86 6 Jacob DeGrom NYM SP rotoman
87 6 Jose Bautista FA OF DerekCarty
88 6 Adam Jones BAL OF Mike Maher
89 6 DJ LeMahieu COL 2B @Tim_Heaney
90 6 Kenley Jansen LAD RP Paul Sporer

Round 6 thoughts: I like almost this entire round except for Danny Duffy and, you know, the reliever. You could make the argument that this was a little bit early for Andrew Benintendi to go, but he wasn’t going to last much longer and is may very well hit near the top of Boston’s order (read: runs). Andrew B. Nintendo is another player I will be interested in watching during Spring Training. Will he offer enough pop or speed to entice fantasy owners to take him earlier? Also in this round, I like the bold move of taking Jose Bautista, a man without a team.

 

And (starting another sentence with and!) that wraps up the first six rounds. For those of you counting at home, I came away with Kris Bryant, Francisco Lindor, Rougned Odor, Kyle Seager, Stephen Strasburg, and Adam Jones. I would sign up for those six every time in a 15 team league if you told me I could. I’ll be posting the remaining rounds and thoughts over the course of the next week.

I would love to hear your feedback on these teams so far. I feel great about the players I was able to grab. If I had to pick a team (other than my own stable of dreamboats, of course) that I liked the most after six rounds, I would go with ToddZ, who walked away with Nolan Arenado, Edwin Encarnacion, Corey Kluber, Dee Gordon, Carlos Gonzalez, and Ian Kinsler.  The team I like the least so far is genemccaffrey, who drafted Anthony Rizzo, A.J. Pollock, Justin Verlander, Yu Darvish, Adrian Beltre, and Matt Kemp.

Which teams do you like the most and least?

 

 

If you want to talk fantasy football or have players you want Mike to feature, hit him up on Twitter at @mikeMaher or post a comment below!

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Big Odio
Big Odio
5 years ago

It feels scary to go with Jones as your OF1. I would of had a hard time passing on Springer to take Lindor. I usually punt SS a little and would rather take a shot on an improved BA from Semien this year and paid the reduced cost.

You know who’s team I don’t like…Lawr’s. But that might have to do with the fact when I met him I wanted to throw his ass over the balcony of the hotel. He was the worst old guy ever. Pompous, arogant and more full of shit than a parking lot port a potty at a college football game.

But please, hate for that bastard aside, I see your logic with having a strong infield, just not sure the outfield depth is there this year. Im all for roster construction and I dont like to pay for scarcity but that was in the days of scarce infields. Is it me or is outfield turning into a real shit show the past few years? With a min. of three slots to fill does the scarcity argument actually apply to outfield? I never believed it for catchers and infield.

Big Odio
Big Odio
Reply to  mikeMaher
5 years ago

@mikeMaher: good point. I’ve always said…I only taketh what the draft giveth. And as long as you understand roster construction then youre good.

Tweak
Tweak
5 years ago

Not bad at all Mike. Contrary to the opinions of some, I like posts like this. I think they help declutter the comment sections of other articles.

I also like your RDS 2/3 picks, but Odor smells like a risk. He is young and long term looks good, but I worry that his K heavy ways might hit him hard this year. Or not and he goes for 30 HRs and 20 SB.

For other teams, I think Tim McLeod had picks most up my alley: Altuve at 7 (!?!), Freeman, Thor, Braun, Kipnis, Sanchez. Braun could be an even better pick it he ends up in LA. I assume Altuve counts at 2B/SS here, so Kipnis at the keystone and Altuve at short?

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  mikeMaher
5 years ago

@mikeMaher: you yourself, if you don’t use bryant in OF will be light in OF. i’m assuming you do end up doing just that. unless i misread it it’s a 5 OF league. otherwise i’d be hella scared of having jones as my #1 OF even if this were a 16 team league.

Packers
Packers
5 years ago

Analyzing the 1st 3 rounds. 10 out of 15 drafted their perceived ace.
Heany drafted 3 outfielders. It will be interesting to see how he rounds out his team.
Rotoman with two 2bm, I don’t like that.
Gianella with two 1b, don’t like that.
I like Sporer and your 1st 3 picks. I think with Bryant having 3b and OF eligibility makes him the number 2 pick in the draft. It gives the manager flexibility in the later rounds. Turner and Machado are like that too.
What are your thoughts on drafting best player available vs roster make up?

Geoff
5 years ago

I’m not sure what to make of Wil Myers either. How could you? His 2016 breakout was so over the top. He went from stealing a handful of bases in the minors to swiping 28 in 2016. The craziest part is how efficient he was as a baserunner only getting caught 7 times. Is that sustainable? I have no idea, but the Padres do run a lot and it’s not like there’s anyone in the lineup to move him along (maybe Renfroe). Not what to make of stolen base projections but Steamer has him projected for 17.

Now for the 28 homers. There’s some indicators in his bated ball profile that tell me the jump in power might be legit. His line drive rate jumped from 16.9% to 21.4%, he started going to the opposite field more, and he swung at less pitches and made contact with a lot more of the ones he swung at. His ability to hit offspeed stuff improved as well. On it’s face he scares me too, but I’m kind of intrigued.

Geoff
Reply to  mikeMaher
5 years ago

@mikeMaher: No doubt he’s hurt a lot, but like a lot of players they’re injury prone until they are not.

Chicken Shack
Chicken Shack
5 years ago

Biggest R1/R2 take-away was X Bogaerts going before Trea Turner. Turner has a ton of helium and checks in at #12 on the NFBC ADPs. Interesting these alleged ‘perts passed.
Other notes, Sporer blew off SPS (mock move, IMO) and Mike G was auto-picking early. The Bendi pick was way too early for 5×5. Captain Hook got his 2 aces early…not a fan of his team. .

Where do you like Duffy? What the hate?

muskysmell
muskysmell
5 years ago

Great list…

You surprised at all that Corlos Correa is the top SS taken off the board?

I’m not complaining cuz I got him in my stacked Fantasy keeper roster…but still interesting

Moneyball
Moneyball
5 years ago

Granted I’m extremely biased (got T.Story for almost nothing in auction last year and get to keep him with minor inflation) but I’d put Story ahead of Lindor. If he develops any patience whatsoever (average) and is then on the basepaths more often (stolen bases)… JUMANJI !!!

Curious… if you took CarGo instead of Strasburg, which SP could you have taken instead of Adam Jones?

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  mikeMaher
5 years ago

@mikeMaher: much rather have had carmart or degrom over stressbird even if you didn’t improve from jones to cargo 1, but esp so if that.

M
M
5 years ago

Dahl at 70, interesting.

M
M
Reply to  mikeMaher
5 years ago

@mikeMaher: i’d love to see that-he sure does have the tools

Chucky
Chucky
5 years ago

Why the Lindor love. I get the avg and OBP for us OBP leaguers, but he didn’t run out of the 3 hole. I’m keeping Villar and his position eligibility over Lindor.

Another Dan
Another Dan
5 years ago

Hey Mike,

Interesting how SP’s are going that early.

Since it’s a mock, the league won’t actually play out will it? How hard were the league settings you were drafting to nailed down? I say all this because I think the SP’s being taken early are part of the drafters subconscious interpretation of how the league pans out. If you think you can add high K relievers with low ERA and low WHIP to compliment (RCL type) your SP stats then drafting SP’s high makes less sense. But if you don’t play in those type of leagues, or you play in leagues with transaction limits, then elite SP’s become a bit more valuable.

I’m not as experienced at fantasy baseball as you guys, so maybe I’m stating the obvious.

Best wishes,

Dan

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Another Dan
5 years ago

@Another Dan: mocks by definition don’t play out, otherwise they’d not be called mocks. calling a league that played out a mock would be like calling a reenactment of something the thing itself. if you went to a WW2 battle reenactment in 2007 you’d not tell anybody that you were at a real WW2 battle since you were, in fact at a mock battle.

Another Dan
Another Dan
Reply to  The Harrow
5 years ago

@The Harrow:

Thanks, it was a rhetorical question really regarding mocks. Were you mocking me ? ;-)

I wasn’t questioning their commitment to the mock either. It was more of a point that saying it was a 5×5 roto with 9 pitchers leaves the league open to all sorts of interpretations of how you could manage your pitching staff. Grey, for instance, has not got a pitcher ranked in his top 20, yet 3 pitchers were drafted in the first 20 picks in this mock. Grey, I asume, in a real league, will use middle relievers and streamers to replace the stats he ‘loses’ by not drafting an ace. But if other drafters are trying to get the best roster that they can at the end of the draft, then fair comparisons can’t be made,

So how do you evaluate how well the draft went ? Have you set targets for Categories? I’m interested how you guys do it, I’m pretty new to fantasy baseball and my early leagues were not really competitive (not many people in the UK I know play fantasy baseball).

Best wishes,

Dan

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Another Dan
5 years ago

@Another Dan: one of grey’s main draft strategies involves mostly never taking a SP before around pick 45 or so (he’ll have particular posts about this coming fairly soon)

i wasn’t mocking you at all, only mentioned it from you line of this “I’m not as experienced at fantasy baseball as you guys, so maybe I’m stating the obvious.”

Another Dan
Another Dan
Reply to  The Harrow
5 years ago

@The Harrow:

The mocking thing was supposed to be a play on words… Funnier in my head.

45 picks until a SP, think 9 SP’s had been taken by pick 45. It’s amazing how different people’s draft strategies can be.

Dan

thatguy
thatguy
5 years ago

You should have just left this post in the comments section of another post. Real light on analysis, real heavy on patting yourself on the back. Usually when Razzball commenters want help, they comment. I think this post was super lame.

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  mikeMaher
5 years ago

@mikeMaher: LOL

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  thatguy
5 years ago

@thatguy: it’s really neat that you’ve found the time to type this for something that’s lame to you. you spend a lot of time pulling the wings off flies or kicking dogs you’ve heard bark before too?

JoeG414
JoeG414
5 years ago

Been looking at this draft for a few days as a reference; I get to keep Harper(last year as a keeper ) as a first rounder , 12th overall. So who is the best pickup with my next pick 15 overall; I’m thinking T Turner (who I really want) , S.Marte , maybe Miggy and Votto are gone. Other picks like Correa and C.Seager are keepers. 6×6 mixed roto.
Should be available: Blackman, Pollack,Springer, Lindor, Edwin E.

JoeG414
JoeG414
Reply to  mikeMaher
5 years ago

@mikeMaher:
So, Lindor over Bogaerts as you talked about ? Worth a …15th overall pick ,but with the keepers its like 20th overall.
Get to keep one hitter and pitcher in the round they were drafted for two years after they are drafted.

howtathor
howtathor
5 years ago

Nice pick of Lindor at 28! Can’t believe I drafted him at 60 last year. I’m wary of Strasburg, drafted him as my ace last year and well…

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  mikeMaher
5 years ago

@mikeMaher: I will second the lack of faith in Strasburg. That dude always finds a way to disappoint.