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Friday 23rd Jun 2017

Alas, we are in the throes of the industry mock season. That means those of us who write about baseball hither and yon in real and virtual print are multi-drafting; that is drafting in several mocks at the same time.

That tells me some players the insiders are looking to now in those mocks when the real bullet hits the draft bone in March. So, since we have already reviewed some starting pitchers, and outfielders, let's continue the trend and take a peek at the middle-infielders who have mock props (or in some instances, those who were overlooked).

Rob Refsnyder: I have been carrying the Yankees prospect on a couple of teams since 2013, when he posted a .293-6-57 mark with 23 swipes and a .413 OBP (84 walks to 82 strikeouts). As a minor leaguer Refsnyder logged a .290-33-198 line over 433 games, with 55 steals, 245 runs, and a .380 OBP. The second sacker then put together a .302-2-5 mark after a call-up, and looks to be the man at second in the Bronx.

Eduardo Escobar: I got Escobar as a trade throw-in in Strat-O-Matic three years ago, and I got a .275-6-37 line with the infielder playing all over the diamond. With Danny Santana, et al, Escobar was reduced to a utility role in 2015, but Santana's failure spelled opportunity, and Escobar came through with a .262-12-58 contribution over 127 games, playing 71 at short, 36 in the outfield, and five at third. For a 12-team mixed format, Escobar is at best a reserve pick at this point, but in an AL only format or deeper contest he is more than worth the minor anticipated investment.

Corey Seager: Last year the Dodgers had Joc Pederson, this year they have Seager, who went in the seventh round of the MLB.com mock curated by our mate Zach Steinhorn. Seager was the Dodgers #1 pick (18 overall) in 2012, and basically quieted any doubters with a .337-4-17 line after his call-up. He should be good, but, Seager will not be devalued like some others on this list.

Ketel Marte: Probable middle guy for the Mariners, Marte put in 51 games at short (plus a handful in the outfield and at second) debuting at Safeco as a 21-year old. Marte went a solid .283-2-17 with eight steals and a solid .351 OBP (24 walks to 43 whiffs) over 247 plate appearances. In the minors, Marte scored 284 runs and ran a .293 average with 100 swipes in the minors.

Rougned Odor: Who out there thought two years ago that Odor would shoot past Jurickson Profar? Well, the Venezuelian who turns 22 in February, certainly did, posting a .261-16-61 record for the Rangers last year. It would be nice if Odor showed an improved eye (40 walks to 150 strikeouts as a Major Leaguer) but, with 79 whiffs last year, he does make good enough contact. Either way, the best is likely ahead.

Dustin Pedroia: Taken in the ninth round of one mock, after Devon Travis and Odor, at 32, with diminishing totals and health issues the past couple of seasons, Dped seems to have lost a bit of luster as compared to the new new thing. Pedroia still hit .291-12-42 over 93 games, so he can clearly still hit his lasers, but, with the newer shiny players, the Red Sox keystone man could be undervalued. And, if the Sox give him 140 starts to keep him healthy, well, the numbers should be just fine.

 

 

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