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Draft Strategy

Standard Mock Draft

by Drew Silva
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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This weekend (and the entire week following) represents the busiest period for fantasy baseball drafts. Especially standard, casual drafts that don’t require a ton of planning.


So to get you prepared for what might be coming, I recently hopped into a random 12-team league over at Yahoo’s Mock Draft Central and took a spin for 23 rounds. Hopefully the results and my analysis can serve as a template for our readers, or at least offer up some good ideas.


Analysis of the first two rounds and the mock draft's entire results are included here on the free Rotoworld site. If you want to dig into the rest of the analysis of this draft, click on over to our 2016 Rotoworld Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide. You're also going to get 1,000 player profiles and individual projections, many other forms of mock fantasy drafts, strategy articles, rankings, player showdowns, a full closer report and much more.


This is a one-catcher, three-outfielder league with one utility (UTIL, DH) spot. No middle infield (MI) or corner infield (CI) starters. 5x5 scoring -- AVG, R, HR, RBI, SB for the position players and W, ERA, WHIP, K, SV for the pitchers. About as standard as a fantasy baseball league can get.


To the picks (mine are highlighted) …


Round 1

1.1 Mike Trout, OF, Angels 
1.2 Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Diamondbacks 
1.3 Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals
1.4 Josh Donaldson, 3B, Blue Jays
1.5 Carlos Correa, SS, Astros
1.6 Clayton Kershaw, SP, Dodgers
1.7 Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies
1.8 Manny Machado, 3B, Orioles
1.9 Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers
1.10 Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Cubs
1.11 Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates
1.12 Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Marlins

Round Analysis: This is a pretty standard-looking first round. No real surprises. Some might take issue with Nolan Arenado going seventh overall -- his average draft position (ADP) right now on Yahoo is 10.8 -- but I’m fine with him as a top-seven guy and I’d probably even take him over Clayton Kershaw in a league with casual fantasy owners who aren’t going to dig deep for good late-round values at starting pitcher. Arenado tied Bryce Harper for the National League lead in home runs last season with 42 and he led all major leaguers in RBI with 130. He gets to play 81 games in the thin air at Coors Field. The poor supporting cast in that Rockies lineup doesn’t really bother me. It was just as bad last year, and Arenado thrived.


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Round 2

2.13 Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros
2.14 Max Scherzer, SP, Nationals
2.15 Jose Bautista, OF, Blue Jays
2.16 Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs
2.17 A.J. Pollock, OF, Diamondbacks
2.18 Buster Posey, C, Giants
2.19 Jose Abreu, 1B, White Sox
2.20 Mookie Betts, OF, Red Sox
2.21 Joey Votto, 1B, Reds
2.22 Dee Gordon, 2B, Marlins
2.23 Jake Arrieta, SP, Cubs
2.24 Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Blue Jays


Round Analysis: There seems to be a debate about which starting pitcher should be taken second this year after Kershaw -- Max Scherzer or Jake Arrieta. Scherzer got the nod in this draft, a whole 10 picks ahead of his Cubs counterpart. I think that’s probably the correct order, though it’s obviously an inexact science. Arrieta’s big workload jump from 2014 to 2015 is worrisome. He went from 176 2/3 innings to 248 2/3 innings. Scherzer has been doing the workhorse thing for much longer, and he quietly had a career year in 2015 with the Nationals. In a casual fantasy draft I personally like to focus on position player production first before shifting my attention to pitching. So it’s Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Altuve for me thus far, if you’re keeping track at home.


Round 3

3.25 Jacob deGrom, SP, Mets
3.26 Chris Sale, SP, White Sox
3.27 Madison Bumgarner, SP, Giants
3.28 Starling Marte, OF, Pirates
3.29 Chris Davis, 1B, Orioles
3.30 Jose Fernandez, SP, Marlins
3.31 Matt Harvey, SP, Mets
3.32 Charlie Blackmon, OF, Rockies
3.33 George Springer, OF, Astros
3.34 Corey Kluber, SP, Indians 
3.35 J.D. Martinez, OF, Tigers
3.36 Nelson Cruz, OF, Mariners

Round Analysis: Get the Draft Guide!


Round 4

4.37 Stephen Strasburg, SP, Nationals
4.38 Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Mets
4.39 Zack Greinke, SP, Diamondbacks
4.40 David Price, SP, Red Sox
4.41 Justin Upton, OF Tigers
4.42 Gerrit Cole, SP, Pirates
4.43 Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers
4.44 Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Rockies
4.45 Adam Jones, OF, Orioles
4.46 Noah Syndergaard, SP, Mets
4.47 Prince Fielder, 1B, Rangers
4.48 Dallas Keuchel, SP, Astros


Round Analysis: Get the Draft Guide!


Round 5

5.49 Todd Frazier, 3B, White Sox
5.50 Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Dodgers
5.51 Lorenzo Cain, OF, Royals
5.52 Chris Archer, SP, Rays
5.53 Robinson Cano, 2B, Mariners
5.54 Miguel Sano, 3B, Twins
5.55 Kyle Schwarber, OF, Cubs
5.56 Carlos Gomez, OF, Astros
5.57 Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox
5.58 Jason Kipnis, 2B, Indians
5.59 Felix Hernandez, SP, Mariners
5.60 Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Blue Jays

Round Analysis: Get the Draft Guide!


Round 6

6.61 Carlos Carrasco, SP, Indians
6.62 Matt Kemp, OF, Padres
6.63 Matt Carpenter, 3B, Cardinals
6.64 Jason Heyward, OF, Cubs
6.65 Johnny Cueto, SP, Giants
6.66 Sonny Gray, SP, Athletics
6.67 Brian Dozier, 2B, Twins
6.68 Hunter Pence, OF, Giants
6.69 Jon Lester, SP, Cubs
6.70 Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals
6.71 Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Yankees
6.72 Wade Davis, RP, Royals


Round Analysis: Get the Draft Guide!


Round 7

7.73 Carlos Rodon, SP, White Sox
7.74 Craig Kimbrel, RP, Red Sox 
7.75 Kenley Jansen, RP, Dodgers
7.76 Adam Wainwright, SP, Cardinals
7.77 Cole Hamels, SP, Rangers
7.78 Yasiel Puig, OF, Dodgers 
7.79 Albert Pujols, 1B, Angels
7.80 Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves 
7.81 Adrian Beltre, 3B, Rangers
7.82 Tyson Ross, SP, Padres
7.83 David Ortiz, 1B, Red Sox
7.84 Kyle Seager, 3B, Mariners

Round Analysis: Get the Draft Guide!


Round 8

8.85 Jeurys Familia, RP, Mets
8.86 Danny Salazar, SP, Indians
8.87 Kole Calhoun, OF, Angels
8.88 Ian Kinsler, 2B, Tigers
8.89 Rougned Odor, 2B, Rangers
8.90 Michael Brantley, OF, Indians
8.91 Michael Wacha, SP, Cardinals
8.92 Maikel Franco, 3B, Phillies
8.93 Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers
8.94 Mark Melancon, RP, Pirates
8.95 Gregory Polanco, OF, Pirates
8.96 Masahiro Tanaka, SP, Yankees


Round Analysis: Get the Draft Guide!


Round 9

9.97 Aroldis Chapman, RP, Yankees
9.98 Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Rangers
9.99 Adam Eaton, OF, White Sox
9.100 Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians
9.101 Marcus Stroman, SP, Blue Jays
9.102 Ben Revere, OF, Nationals
9.103 Trevor Rosenthal, RP, Cardinals
9.104 Garrett Richards, SP, Angels
9.105 Francisco Liriano, SP, Pirates
9.106 Hanley Ramirez, 1B, Red Sox
9.107 Brett Gardner, OF, Yankees
9.108 Jonathan Lucroy, C, Brewers

Round Analysis: Get the Draft Guide!


Round 10

10.109 Ken Giles, RP, Astros
10.110 David Robertson, RP, White Sox
10.111 Cody Allen, RP, Indians
10.112 Hector Rondon, RP, Cubs
10.113 Christian Yelich, OF, Marlins
10.114 Anthony Rendon, 2B, Nationals
10.115 Jeff Samardzija, SP, Giants
10.116 Jordan Zimmermann, SP, Tigers
10.117 Brandon Belt, 1B, Giants
10.118 Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays
10.119 Michael Pineda, SP, Yankees
10.120 Salvador Perez, C, Royals


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Round 11

11.121 Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers
11.122 Zach Britton, RP, Orioles
11.123 Carlos Martínez, SP, Cardinals
11.124 Jake Odorizzi, SP, Rays
11.125 Kendrys Morales, 1B, Royals
11.126 Raisel Iglesias, SP, Reds
11.127 Steven Matz, SP, Mets
11.128 Russell Martin, C, Blue Jays
11.129 Gerardo Parra, OF, Rockies
11.130 David Peralta, OF, Diamondbacks
11.131 Ben Zobrist, 2B, Cubs
11.132 Curtis Granderson, OF, Mets

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Round 12

12.133 Matt Holliday, OF, Cardinals
12.134 Ian Desmond, SS, Rangers
12.135 Alex Gordon, OF, Royals
12.136 Billy Burns, OF, Athletics
12.137 Jonathan Papelbon, RP, Nationals
12.138 Justin Verlander, SP, Tigers
12.139 Huston Street, RP, Angels
12.140 Randal Grichuk, OF, Cardinals
12.141 Jose Quintana, SP, White Sox
12.142 Taijuan Walker, SP, Mariners
12.143 Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals
12.144 Lance McCullers, SP, Astros


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Round 13

13.145 Dexter Fowler, OF, Cubs
13.146 John Lackey, SP, Cubs
13.147 Brian McCann, C, Yankees
13.148 Travis d'Arnaud, C, Mets
13.149 Francisco Rodriguez, RP, Tigers 
13.150 James Shields, SD, Padres
13.151 Billy Hamilton, OF, Reds
13.152 Collin McHugh, SP, Astros
13.153 Yu Darvish, SP, Rangers
13.154 A.J. Ramos, RP, Marlins
13.155 Scott Kazmir, SP, Dodgers
13.156 Lucas Duda, 1B, Mets

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Round 14

14.157 Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, Mariners
14.158 Shelby Miller, SP, Diamondbacks
14.159 Patrick Corbin, SP, Diamondbacks
14.160 Shawn Tolleson, RP, Rangers
14.161 Daniel Murphy, 2B, Nationals
14.162 Glen Perkins, RP, Twins
14.163 Corey Dickerson, OF, Rays
14.164 Gio Gonzalez, SP, Nationals
14.165 Matt Duffy, 3B, Giants
14.166 Josh Reddick, OF, Athletics
14.167 Elvis Andrus, SS, Rangers
14.168 Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox


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Round 15

15.169 Brandon Crawford, SS, Giants
15.170 Julio Teheran, SP, Braves
15.171 Khris Davis, OF, Athletics
15.172 Wei-Yin Chen, SP, Marlins
15.173 Jason Hammel, SP, Cubs
15.174 Jay Bruce, OF, Reds
15.175 Addison Russell, SS, Cubs
15.176 Jaime Garcia, SP, Cardinals
15.177 Andrew Miller, RP, Yankees
15.178 Kevin Pillar, OF, Blue Jays
15.179 Yordano Ventura, SP, Royals
15.180 Drew Smyly, SP, Rays

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Round 16

16.181 Jarrod Dyson, OF, Royals
16.182 Sean Doolittle, RP, Athletics
16.183 Starlin Castro, 2B, Yankees
16.184 Dellin Betances, RP, Yankees
16.185 Brad Boxberger, RP, Rays
16.186 Santiago Casilla, RP, Giants
16.187 Jose Reyes, SS, Rockies
16.188 Alex Rodriguez, 1B, Yankees
16.189 Michael Conforto, OF, Mets
16.190 Jake McGee, RP, Rockies
16.191 Stephen Vogt, C, Athletics 
16.192 Byron Buxton, OF, Twins


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Round 17

17.193 Luis Severino, SP, Yankees
17.194 David Wright, 3B, Mets
17.195 Mike Fiers, SP, Astros
17.196 Arodys Vizcaino, RP, Braves
17.197 Byung Ho Park, 1B, Twins
17.198 Brad Ziegler, RP, Diamondbacks
17.199 Josh Harrison, 2B, Pirates
17.200 Kyle Hendricks, SP, Cubs
17.201 Kenta Maeda, SP, Dodgers
17.202 Jung Ho Kang, SS, Pirates
17.203 Justin Turner, 3B, Dodgers
17.204 Delino DeShields, OF, Rangers

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Round 18

18.205 Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, Red Sox
18.206 Matt Wieters, C, Orioles
18.207 Mark Teixeira, 1B, Yankees
18.208 Drew Storen, RP, Blue Jays
18.209 Jimmy Nelson, SP, Brewers
18.210 Mike Leake, SP, Cardinals
18.211 Yan Gomes, C, Indians
18.212 Joe Ross, SP, Nationals
18.213 Marco Estrada, SP, Blue Jays
18.214 Jean Segura, SS, Diamondbacks
18.215 Clay Buchholz, SP, Red Sox
18.216 Victor Martinez, 1B, Tigers


Round Analysis: Get the Draft Guide!


Round 19

19.217 Edinson Volquez, SP, Royals
19.218 DJ LeMahieu, 2B, Rockies
19.219 Neil Walker, 2B, Mets
19.220 Steven Souza, OF, Rays
19.221 Evan Gattis, OF, Astros
19.222 Ender Inciarte, OF, Braves
19.223 Joe Panik, 2B, Giants
19.224 Carlos Santana, 1B, Indians
19.225 Welington Castillo, C, Diamondbacks
19.226 Andrew Cashner, SP, Padres
19.227 Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals
19.228 Steve Cishek, RP, Mariners

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Round 20

20.229 Andrew Heaney, SP, Angels
20.230 Mitch Moreland, 1B, Rangers
20.231 Hector Santiago, SP, Angels
20.232 Wil Myers, OF, Rays
20.233 Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, Nationals
20.234 Derek Norris, C, Padres
20.235 Denard Span, OF, Giants
20.236 J.T. Realmuto, C, Marlins
20.237 Aaron Nola, SP, Phillies
20.238 Adam Lind, 1B, Mariners
20.239 Jorge Soler, OF, Cubs
20.240 Anibal Sanchez, SP, Tigers


Round Analysis: Get the Draft Guide!


Round 21

21.241 Jerad Eickhoff, SP, Phillies
21.242 Alcides Escobar, SS, Royals
21.243 Mark Trumbo, OF, Orioles
21.244 James Paxton, SP, Mariners
21.245 Andrew Bailey, RP, Phillies
21.246 Howie Kendrick, 2B, Dodgers
21.247 Trevor Bauer, SP, Indians
21.248 J.J. Hoover, RP, Reds
21.249 Logan Forsythe, 2B, Padres
21.250 Stephen Piscotty, OF, Cardinals
21.251 Devin Mesoraco, C, Reds
21.252 Domingo Santana, OF, Brewers

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Round 22

22.253 Will Smith, RP, Brewers
22.254 Marcus Semien, SS, Athletics
22.255 Ian Kennedy, SP, Royals
22.256 Carlos Beltran, OF, Yankees 
22.257 Melky Cabrera, OF, White Sox
22.258 Chris Carter, 1B, Brewers
22.259 Alex Wood, SP, Dodgers
22.260 Nathan Eovaldi, SP, Yankees
22.261 Kris Medlen, SP, Royals
22.262 Rusney Castillo, OF, Red Sox
22.263 Marcell Ozuna, OF, Marlins
22.264 Luke Gregerson, RP, Astros


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Round 23

23.265 Darren O'Day, RP, Orioles
23.266 Pablo Sandoval, 3B, Red Sox
23.267 Ketel Marte, SS, Mariners
23.268 Kevin Kiermaier, OF, Rays
23.269 Phil Hughes, SP, Twins
23.270 Eugenio Suarez, SS, Reds
23.271 Josh Tomlin, SP, Indians
23.272 Brett Lawrie, 2B, White Sox
23.273 Pedro Alvarez, 1B, Orioles
23.274 Francisco Cervelli, C, Pirates
23.275 Justin Bour, 1B, Marlins
23.276 Jesse Hahn, SP, Athletics

Round Analysis: Get the Draft Guide!




Drew Silva

Drew Silva is a longtime baseball writer and editor for Rotoworld. He can be found on Twitter.