I am back hardcore with The Mock Draft Army, hosted by our friends at Fantrax, and my bud Howard Bender's (@rotobuzzguy) push to improve our drafts, after a week of vacation playing golf and sitting in the Maui sun.
Three weeks ago, I began my latest drafting experiment, drafting in 12-team and 15-team formats, grabbing hitters with at least four of my first five selections. This week, I repeated the process, going with four pitchers out of my first five selections in both formats. In all drafts, I selected from the #9 slot, and that position was simply based upon the random spot I was assigned over the first of the four drafts.
The question obviously was could I go hitter heavy and still assemble a pitching staff, both in 12-team and 15-team formats. Note that each team held a standard 23-man roster plus two reserve selections.
|12-Team Hitting||12-Team Pitching||15-Team Hitting||15-Team Pitching|
|Rizzo, Anthony||Syndergaard, Noah||Harper, Bryce||Syndergaard, Noah|
|Syndergaard, Noah||Bumgarner, Madison||Freeman, Freddie||Scherzer, Max|
|Freeman, Freddie||Cueto, Johnny||Cespedes, Yoenis||Cueto, Johnny|
|Cespedes, Yoenis||Archer, Chris||Carpenter, Matt||Cespedes, Yoenis|
|Carpenter, Matt||Cespedes, Yoenis||Kipnis, Jason||Chapman, Aroldis|
|Davis, Khris||Carpenter, Matt||Hendricks, Kyle||Davis, Khris|
|Duffy, Danny||Kipnis, Jason||Duffy, Danny||Santana, Carlos|
|Miller, Brad||Miller, Brad||Miller, Brad||Miller, Brad|
|Gausman, Kevin||Eaton, Adam||Gausman, Kevin||Herrera, Odubel|
|Travis, Devon||Herrera, Odubel||Herrera, Odubel||Travis, Devon|
|Piscotty, Stephen||Piscotty, Stephen||Calhoun, Kole||Ottavino, Adam|
|Vogt, Stephen||Santana, Carlos||Ozuna, Marcell||Vogt, Stephen|
|Calhoun, Kole||Belt, Brandon||Gray, Jon||Gray, Jon|
|Ray, Robbie||Gray, Jon||Neris, Hector||Kiermaier, Kevin|
|Ozuna, Marcell||Pence, Hunter||Cervelli, Francisco||Crawford, Brandon|
|Ottavino, Adam||Ray, Robbie||Ottavino, Adam||Gyorko, Jedd|
|Neris, Hector||Inciarte, Ender||Santana, Ervin||Finnegan, Brandon|
|Finnegan, Brandon||Vogt, Stephen||Bandy, Jett||Cervelli, Francisco|
|Gray, Jon||Ottavino, Adam||Cabrera, Asdrubal||Devenski, Chris|
|Cervelli, Francisco||Neris, Hector||Finnegan, Brandon||Prado, Martin|
|Crawford, Brandon||Crawford, Brandon||Prado, Martin||Santana, Ervin|
|Inciarte, Ender||Bandy, Jett||Choo, Shin-soo||Pillar, Kevin|
|Pederson, Joc||Madson, Ryan||Pillar, Kevin||Conforto, Michael|
|Foltynewicz, Mike||Dull, Ryan||Barraclough, Kyle||Souza Jr., Steven|
|Barraclough, Kyle||Reddick, Josh||Conforto, Michael||Dull, Ryan|
The big question, of course, is did I manage enough hitting on the teams favoring pitching, and vice versa, to be competitive? Well, let's take a look.
Of course there were considerations with each draft even if I was selecting specifically towards hitting or pitching, as in with the 15-team format I had to think about closers around the sixth round, while in a 12-team format, I did not worry about saves till nearly the end of the draft. Similarly, I tried to milk strikeouts and power, and obviously that was tougher in the deeper leagues.
But, how exactly do the numbers project? Well, loosely, which is what projections kind of are, here is the shakeout.
|12-team hitter heavy||12-team pitcher heavy||15-team hitter heavy||15-team pitcher heavy|
|81W 1385K 61Sv 3.53 1.28||96W 1720K 80Sv 3.43 1.24||71W 1055K 61Sv 3.56 1,29||92W 1595K 70Sv 3.37 1.24|
I do think these numbers, however iffy they might be during the pre-season, look like they have enough pop and arms to at least compete. Of course, the number totals do include all 25 players, so that must be accounted for. But, if you draft carefully, there are indeed veins of players each round who can be successfully statistically mined.
Don't forget you can find me @lawrmichaels.