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Friday 24th Mar 2017

OK, so I had not planned on writing about any more mocks, but this past week I finished off my #MockDraftArmy stint, curated by @rotobuzzguy Howard Bender, with a pair of 12-teamers, drafting in the middle of the pack. Complementing these mocks, I did an American League 12-teamer hosted by Paul White.

In all instances, I tried hard to not experiment, but rather to draft the best team I could. But, at the same time, I tried to draft different sets of players, although there are some, like Khris Davis and Brad Miller, who seem to fall to me and I cannot resist. But, for example, I did try to draft some combination of Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances and an actual closer when I could, though the universe never actually alligned for such a troika to hit my roster.

Still, as we lead into the big draft week, and I head to the Grapefruit League, then Tout Wars where again I go in the American League, the AL mock proved interesting. And then, compared to the two #MockDraftArmy procedures, things got even more interesting, results-wise.

So, here are some late thoughts about those mocks. Note this Monday the Hotpage will cover minor leaguers for you Ultra League, and a week from today, the Tout Wish List will be here.

RD Pick# Pos Player Pick# Pos Player Pick# Pos Player
1 7 3B Manny Machado 6 P Clayton Kershaw 6 P Chris Sale
2 18 P Noah Syndergaard 19 1B Freddie Freeman 19 SS Francisco Lindor
3 31 SS Francisco Lindor 30 SS Trevor Story 30 OF Khris Davis
4 42 P Johnny Cueto 43 OF Yoenis Cespedes 43 C Evan Gattis
5 55 OF Khris Davis 54 2B Dee Gordon 54 1B Carlos Santana
6 66 1B Carlos Santana 67 C Jonathan Lucroy 67 P Roberto Osuna
7 79 C Willson Contreras 78 OF Khris Davis 78 SS Brad Miller
8 90 SS Brad Miller 91 3B Alex Bregman 91 P Marcus Stroman
9 103 OF Odubel Herrera 102 P Danny Duffy 102 2B Devon Travis
10 114 C Evan Gattis 115 SS Brad Miller 115 P Dellin Betances
11 127 2B Devon Travis 126 OF Odubel Herrera 126 3B Nick Castellanos
12 138 OF Kole Calhoun 139 1B Adrian Gonzalez 139 P Kendall Graveman
13 151 P Jon Gray 150 P Jon Gray 150 P Blake Snell
14 162 P Dellin Betances 163 C Yasmani Grandal 163 OF Leonys Martin
15 175 P Brandon Finnegan 174 OF Kole Calhoun 174 OF Tyler Naquin
16 186 OF Ender Inciarte 187 OF Keon Broxton 187 P Ryan Madson
17 199 P Adam Ottavino 198 P Brandon Maurer 198 OF Steven Souza
18 210 P Marco Estrada 211 P Ryan Madson 211 P Luis Severino
19 223 OF Max Kepler 222 UTL Randal Grichuk 222 CI Danny Valencia
20 234 P Ryan Madson 235 P Brandon Finnegan 235 P Chris Devenski
21 247 SS Didi Gregorius 246 P Chris Devenski 246 UT Brock Holt
22 258 1B C.J. Cron 259 P Alex Cobb 259 MI Eduardo Escobar
23 271 UTL Leonys Martin 270 P Alex Wood 270 C Josh Phegley
24 282 P Chris Devenski 283 P Ervin Santana 283   Blank
25 295 P Jordan Zimmermann 294 OF Michael Conforto 294   Blank

In retrospect, the one thing that did surprise me was the depth of players in the American League. In fact, I will write up my Tout Wars summary, comparing those results with my AL LABR team, and with this mythical mock draft team, and see just how differently things will go. For life imitates art, and for sure art imitates life. 

Don't forget you can find me @lawrmichaels


0 #1 brooklyn49 2017-03-23 15:16
Lawrence, can you post a link to the two 12-team mocks?

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