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Sunday 25th Feb 2018

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

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