We are in the midst of the 2016 roto draft and tour season, but that does not stop the ever driving #mockdraftarmy. So, for one last mock stab as the tour heads for Manhattan and Tout Wars next week, I joined Howard Bender (@rotobuzzguy) for a couple of final trips through the process.
I do have to note that some nasty bug was floating around in Phoenix, and I know my mates Jeff Mans and Ray Flowers got sick, and so did I. So, I went into these drafts with a pair of guidelines. First, I did not have a strategy at all. Second, I decided to build a roster around some players I like, but might not have ordinarily taken were these anything but mocks.
For instance, with the fifth pick of #MockDraft29 I grabbed George Springer in the first round, ahead of even Mike Trout. Mind you, I was not trying to be stupid with this selection, but a lot predict a season commensurate to what Trout can do, and my thought was if I take Springer, what will I assemble around him?
In contrast, for #MockDraft30, where I picked #1, I went more traditional. Still, I tried in both to push a little high with younger players I like, but again, I was making choices and picking a path pretty much on the spot.
|Round||MockDraft29 (Pick #5)||MockDraft30 (Pick #1)|
|1||George Springer||Paul Goldschmidt|
|2||Jose Altuve||Chris Sale|
|3||Yoenis Cespedes||Jacob deGrom|
|4||Jacob deGrom||Yoenis Cespedes|
|5||Xander Bogaerts||Corey Seager|
|6||Addison Russell||Randal Grichuk|
|7||Jung Ho Kang||Addison Russell|
|8||Carlos Martinez||Jung Ho Kang|
|9||Byung Ho Park||Carlos Martinez|
|10||Stephen Piscotty||Stephen Piscotty|
|11||Kole Calhoun||Jonathan Lucroy|
|12||Kyle Hendricks||Jeff Samardzija|
|13||Jose Quintana||Drew Smyly|
|14||Yasmani Grandal||Russell Martin|
|15||Jeff Samardzija||Ender Inciarte|
|16||Roberto Osuna||Santiago Casilla|
|17||Kevin Kiermaier||Arodys Vizcaino|
|18||Jonathan Schoop||Steven Souza|
|19||Marco Estrada||Nick Castellanos|
|20||Evan Gattis||Kyle Hendricks|
|21||Danny Valencia||Brett Lawrie|
|22||Jimmy Nelson||Jorge Soler|
|23||Wade Miley||Trevor Bauer|