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Wednesday 21st Feb 2018

Over the past weeks, I have been a party to a bunch of the #MockDraftArmy soirees, coordinated by the inimitable This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Since the start of the Mock Season, I have done a bunch of various formats, but the last couple of weeks Howard and I have been playing with switching between picking 1st and 15th, and seeing how the variations might form.

So, this week, let's look at three #MockDraftArmy efforts, in which I drafted 7th, 15th, and then 1st.

The entire boards for these drafts can be seen below:

MockDraftArmy #4

MockDraftArmy #16

MockDraftArmy #21

First, let's look at the first round picks for each, in order:

Draft Spot   MDA #4   MDA #16 MDA #21
1 Mike Trout  Mike Trout   Clayton Kershaw 
2 Paul Goldschmidt  Paul Goldschmidt  Paul Goldschmidt 
3 Bryce Harper Bryce Harper Mike Trout
4 Clayton Kershaw Clayton Kershaw Bryce Harper
5 Carlos Correa Manny Machado Josh Donaldson
6 Giancarlo Stanton Josh Donaldson Miguel Cabrera
7 A.J. Pollock Nolan Arenado Manny Machado
8 Anthony Rizzo Giancarlo Stanton Antony Rizzo
9 Manny Machado Carlos Correa  Carlos Correa
10 Josh Donaldson Andrew McCutchen  Andrew McCutchen
11 Miguel Cabrera Anthony Rizzo Giancarlo Stanton
12 Andrew McCutchen  Miguel Cabrera Jose Altuve
13 Nolan Arenado Kris Bryant Kris Bryant
14 Jose Altuve Jose Altuve Nolan Arenado
15 Kris Bryant Mookie Betts A.J. Pollock
Whether you follow ADP or not, the top 15 are the top 15. Mookie pushed Pollock in MDA #16, but Betts was my selection, and my #2 pick was indeed Pollock. So, for all intents and purposes, those selections were interchangable. For the archivists, Betts was 2.5 in MDA #21 and 2.3 in MDA #4.
Here are my top five picks in each draft, to see just how differently I trekked and who was still there:
Round   MDA #4  MDA #16  MDA #21 
1 A.J. Pollock  Mookie Betts  Clayton Kershaw 
2 Madison Bumgarner  A.J. Pollock Joey Votto
3 Lorenzo Cain Xander Bogaerts  Lorenzo Cain
4 Yoenis Cespedes Adrian Gonzalez Xander Bogaerts
5 Adrian Gonzalez Kenley Jansen Kyle Seager

But, just for grins today, how about my bottom five selections as a point of contrast/filling need:

Round   MDA #4  MDA #16  MDA #21 
19 Jesse Hahn Danny Valencia Robinson Chirinos
20 Odubel Herrera  Trea Turner Brock Holt
21 Oswaldo Arcia Brock Holt  Ben Paulsen
22 Jose Iglesias Nick Markakis  :Leonys Martin
23 Brock Holt Oswaldo Arcia  Hunter Strickland

The end might indeed be where a win would come from. I will continue to try to break down the mocks as the season gets closer. Remember, your comments are always welcome, and you can hit me up @lawrmichaels.

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