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Thursday 18th Jan 2018

Last week during the #MockDraftArmy review, I wrote about taking two pitchers with my first two selections, then two more with my next four picks, and with my seven and eight picks, a pair of relievers, meaning six of my first eight selections were hurlers.

During that draft, I selected in the #15 spot, or last with two picks at the wheel. This past Thursday, I again selected at the end, albeit of a 12-team Mock, and went a completely different route.

I do need to note ahead that the difference between 12 and 15 teams is indeed huge--it means a difference of 69 more players drafted in the larger framework--but fashioning a strategy and assembling a team under varying circumstances is part of what makes the mock exercise revealing and contextual.

So, today, let's look at the picks, round-by-round, nabbed at the end of one round/beginning of the next just to see the difference. 

Note that I do realize I am spending a lot of time reviewing mock results here, but again, mocking is the best prep there is for both understanding the player pool, draft tendencies, and getting a grasp for navigating through all this.

If you want to be a part of the #MockDraftArmy, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of Fantasy Alarm and he can get you on the list. It is a lot of fun and Howard always assembles a good group of experts, strong players, and good guys for his weekly fetes.

For links, here are the results of Mock Draft 8 (15 teams) and Mock Draft 11 (12 teams). Note that the first pick noted is for #8, the second for #11.

1) Max Scherzer/Kris Bryant: Trying to force the selection of pitchers versus grabbing the fun next big new thing.

2) Chris Sale/Carlos Correa: More of round 1 logic at the wheel in both instances. I was surprised that both Correa and Bryant lasted to me, not that I am suggesting either is really a first rounder just yet. And, well, grabbing two is sort of jumping off a cliff with my eyes closed.

3) Carlos Carrasco/Yoenis Cespedes: Exploiting pitching still, versus drafting who I think has the best confluence of tools to bang 50 homers.

4) Jacob deGrom/Chris Sale: Again, stacking pitching, as noted, and then grabbed a #1 starter who went around 40 picks earlier in the deeper format.

5) Francisco Lindor/Jason Kipnis: In the deeper league, I could not get Correa, but Lindor is interesting at this juncture and just about as much fun. As for Kipnis, I expect a slight bump from last year, but last year is just fine as a bottom line.

6) Kolten Wong/Carlos Carrasco: Deeper league means thinner impact second sackers. Kipnis was gone but Wong has some great upside. As for Carrasco, again, like Sale in the shallower environ, he was right there for the grabbing three rounds later.

7) Trevor Rosenthal/Randal Grichuk: I took back-to-back closers in the deeper format, and went for some potential pop in the shallow one.

8) Mark Melancon/Jonathan Lucroy: Locked up saves in one league, bagged one of the three best hitting catchers in the other.

9) Kole Calhoun/Byung Ho Park: Solid Calhoun actually slipped in my view. Park is another youngster gamble, but there appears to be some power and all the front line first sackers were gone.

10) Randal Grichuk/Lance McCullers: My Grichuk attraction is well known. As for McCullers, good team, resume, and whiffs lie ahead, I hope.

11) Carlos Santana/Stephen Piscotty: I took Santana because the first base ranks were thin (Park was gone) as opposed to Piscotty, who has major upside on a team that knows how to groom prospects.

12) Stephen Piscotty/Taijuan Walker: Piscotty redux, but Walker is much like McCullers in potential upside.

13) Blake Swihart/Jeff Samardzija: In the deep league, I doubled up on backstops here, while adding K's with the hopes that the Shark settles down in pitcher friendly ATT.

14) Derek Norris/Ender Inciarte: Norris and Swihart make a nice combo in the deep league, while Inciarte is a well known objet de art in my view.

15) Nick Castellanos/J.T. Realmuto: Third base getting lean in the deep format, and I like Castellanos' production potential while Realmuto is a nice #2 to Lucroy.

16) Domingo Santana/Marco Estrada: I am big on Santana's power potential just like I am big on Estrada keeping it together for a second year.

17) Kevin Kiermaier/Ketel Marte: In the deep league, Inciarte was gone, so Kiermaier is the alternative. In shallow city, the exciting potential of Marte at middle infield is great.

18) Marco Estrada/Domingo Santana: Have both on both teams, selected the exact opposite in round 16. Hmmmmm?

19) Avisail Garcia/Brandon Finnegan: Garcia a nice power gamble this late while Finnegan has a lot of promise (I am thinking he can produce a la McCullers last year).

20) Brandon Finnegan/Brett Lawrie: Finnegan becomes a nice flier in the deeper format while Lawrie is pretty solid up the middle in the 12-teamer.

21) Nathan Eovaldi/Luke Gregerson: Eovaldi and his whiffs should be a nice crapshoot this late, while in the shallow format I blew off closers till the end. Why you ask? Well, 12 teams generally means 24 closers and that ideally means six will not even be chosen. You can indeed be flexible with closers in the shallower format.

22) Martin Prado/Andrew Miller: Would I rather have Lawrie than Prado? Yes, but so be it. As for Miller, again, grabbing potential sources of saves late in the shallow format makes things a lot different.

23) Jose Iglesias/Denard Span: Iglesias was the best there was to offer at the time in the deep format, while Span went in the 16th round of the deeper format, making him a steal for me.

Don't forget you can follow me @lawrmichaels.

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