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Dynasty Mock Draft

Updated On: April 16, 2020, 9:44 am ET

We don’t know when baseball is going to be played again, but that won’t stop the Rotoworld Baseball staff from getting together and mock drafting.

Twelve of us are in the midst of a “slow” dynasty mock draft, and in this space we will be providing round-by-round analysis. The draft remains ongoing, so be sure to keep checking back for updates as rounds are completed!

We are going by 5x5 roto scoring and a roster setup of one catcher, one first baseman, one second baseman, one third baseman, one shortstop, one middle infielder, one corner infielder, five outfielders, one utility, nine pitchers and six bench spots.

Here is the group we got together:

1. Tim McCullough (@TimsTenz)

2. Christopher Crawford (@Crawford_MILB)

3. Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot)

4. D.J. Short (@djshort)

5. Drew Silva (@drewsilv)

6. Nate Grimm (@Nate_Grimm)

7. Nick Doran (@RealNickDoran)

8. Seth Trachtman (@sethroto)

9. Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat)

10. George Bissell (@GeorgeBissell)

11. Dave Shovein (@DaveShovein)

12. Ryan Boyer (@RyanPBoyer)

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Round 1

1.1 Ronald Acuna, OF, Braves
1.2 Mike Trout, OF, Angels
1.3 Christian Yelich, OF, Brewers
1.4 Juan Soto, OF, Nationals
1.5 Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF, Dodgers
1.6 Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, Padres
1.7 Rafael Devers, 3B, Red Sox
1.8 Mookie Betts, OF, Dodgers
1.9 Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians
1.10 Alex Bregman, SS/3B, Astros
1.11 Walker Buehler, SP, Dodgers
1.12 Gerrit Cole, SP, Yankees

Round Analysis: Acuna is the clear-cut No. 1 pick in a dynasty format with his dominant five-category skill set and the fact that he just turned 22 over the offseason. I think you can make a case for Bellinger and Soto to be taken ahead of Trout and Yelich since Bellinger is four years younger than both of them and Soto is seven years younger. However, it’s hard to argue with the direction Chris and Matthew went. Devers is a stud and is just 23, but taking him at No. 7 looks like a slight reach to me with Betts and Lindor on the board. – Ryan Boyer (@RyanPBoyer)

Boyer’s Pick: Cole is the clear top pitching option to me even in a dynasty format. He’s over two years younger than Jacob deGrom, and the young guns like Buehler, Jack Flaherty and Shane Bieber aren’t on his level yet. I’m quite pleased to start off my pitching staff with him, and I will follow it up by getting a bat with my second of back-to-back picks. – Ryan Boyer (@RyanPBoyer)

Round 2

2.13 Trevor Story, SS, Rockies
2.14 Trea Turner, SS, Nationals
2.15 Yordan Alvarez, OF, Astros
2.16 Bryce Harper, OF, Phillies
2.17 Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies
2.18 Ozzie Albies, 2B, Braves
2.19 Jacob deGrom, SP, Mets
2.20 Jack Flaherty, SP Cardinals
2.21 Gleyber Torres, 2B/SS, Yankees
2.22 Max Scherzer, SP, Nationals
2.23 Pete Alonso, 1B, Mets
2.24 Jose Ramirez, 3B, Indians

Round Analysis: The standout pick in this round is deGrom falling all the way to the 19th selection. Pitchers have a tendency to go lower in dynasty formats because they carry volatility, but the 31-year-old has shown no signs of slowing down and should continue to be a top-of-the-rotation starter for the next three-to-five seasons. Alvarez was ridiculously good in his rookie campaign, but it is worth noting that he's dealing with knee issues and is likely going to have to be a DH for the majority of his career. Still, a player who can hit 40 homers and hit for a high average for the next decade makes his selection near the top of the second round anything but a reach – Christopher Crawford (@crawford_milb)

Crawford's Pick: I was hopeful that Torres would fall into my lap with my second selection; Mr. Short made sure that wasn't going to happen. Instead I took Alonso, who has as much -- if not more -- power than any bat in baseball, and should provide quality run-production for (hopefully) the next decade or so. There are still several quality arms on the board to take with my next selection, and starting the draft off with Trout and Alonso feels like a win, to me.  – Christopher Crawford (@crawford_milb)

Round 3

3.25 J.D. Martinez, OF, Red Sox
3.26 Shane Bieber, SP, Indians
3.27 Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves
3.28 Mike Clevinger, SP, Indians
3.29 Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox
3.30 Austin Meadows, OF, Rays
3.31 Wander Franco, SS, Rays
3.32 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays
3.33 Anthony Rendon, 3B, Nationals
3.34 Bo Bichette, SS, Blue Jays
3.35 Luis Robert, OF, White Sox
3.36 Keston Hiura, 2B, Brewers

Round Analysis: Guerrero might have been a first-round pick in a newly formed dynasty league last year. Letting him slip all of the way to 32nd because of a somewhat disappointing rookie season as a 20-year-old seems like a bit of a mistake. Still, the guy I'd argue really should have gone much higher is Robert; contact issues might hold him back some initially, but because of his stolen base ability, he could be a top-10 fantasy performer as soon as 2021 and perhaps a contender for the top overall pick in redraft leagues someday. – Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot)

Pouliot's Pick: My philosophy in dynasty drafts is to try to win the league this year, and I think I'm off to a great start there with a top three of Yelich, Scherzer and Freeman. Of course, this assumes there is a this year. I'll make some sacrifices for youth later on in the draft, but I'd rather get the best available player now. – Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot)

Round 4

4.37 Chris Paddack, SP, Padres
4.38 Lucas Giolito, SP, White Sox
4.39 Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox
4.40 Kris Bryant, 3B/OF, Cubs
4.41 Adalberto Mondesi, SS, Royals
4.42 Yoan Moncada, 3B, White Sox
4.43 Ketel Marte, OF/2B, Diamondbacks
4.44 Tyler Glasnow, SP, Rays
4.45 Matt Olson, 1B, Athletics
4.46 Javier Baez, SS, Cubs
4.47 Jo Adell, OF, Angels
4.48 Aaron Nola, SP, Phillies

Round Analysis: Young pitching highlighted this round, as Paddack, Giolito, and Glasnow all came off the board despite big names like Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander still available. It’s hard to argue against it, though win-now types will get a nice value. It might stand out to some that Jimenez was selected later than Luis Robert, but obviously the latter has the potential to make more of an impact on the stolen base front. That’s no small thing. Chris Crawford was aggressive on Adell, but for good reason given that this is a dynasty format. We also have no idea how plans for 2020 will work out. Adell could be an elite power source for years to come. – D.J. Short (@djshort)

Short’s Pick: I really don’t like first base. We at least had some nice developments last year with Pete Alonso and Josh Bell, but it’s a bit murky beyond that in dynasty leagues. That’s why I was willing to grab the 26-year-old Olson here over a veteran like Anthony Rizzo. Olson smacked 36 homers in 127 games last season despite missing time with a hamate bone injury and all the power metrics love him. I see him as a top-five fantasy first baseman right now and probably for the next three or four years. – D.J. Short (@djshort)

Round 5

5.49 Jose Berrios, SP, Twins
5.50 Stephen Strasburg, SP, Nationals
5.51 Justin Verlander, SP, Astros
5.52 Victor Robles, OF, Nationals
5.53 Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees
5.54 Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros
5.55 Matt Chapman, 3B, Athletics
5.56 Luis Castillo, SP, Reds
5.57 Blake Snell, SP, Rays
5.58 Joey Gallo, OF, Rangers
5.59 Manny Machado, 3B/SS, Padres
5.60 George Springer, OF, Astros

Round Analysis: Robles looks like a good value at 52nd overall, given that he's gone inside the first six rounds in a good amount of standard redraft leagues this spring. The 22-year-old outfielder tallied 17 home runs and 28 stolen bases in 155 games last year for the World Series-champion Nationals, and as his rate stats improve, the counting stats will too. Castillo also stands out here at pick No. 56. The 27-year-old right-hander ranked second among all qualified starters last year in groundball percentage and 13th in strikeout percentage, which is a recipe for success at Great American Ball Park. And he might eventually pitch his way out of Cincinnati. – Drew Silva (@drewsilv)

Silva's Pick: Judge had been tumbling in redraft leagues, even before the postponement of the 2020 season, after being diagnosed in early March with a stress fracture in his first right rib. It's not a certainty that he will be ready for Opening Day 2.0, if there is an Opening Day 2.0, but he's only 27 years old and is a premier slugger when healthy. Judge has averaged a .973 OPS, 47 HR, and 104 RBI for every 162 games played since the beginning of 2017 and he'll be calling Yankee Stadium home for the foreseeable future. – Drew Silva (@drewsilv)

Round 6

6.61 Starling Marte, OF, Diamondbacks
6.62 Mike Soroka, SP, Braves
6.63 Charlie Blackmon, OF, Rockies
6.64 Patrick Corbin, SP, Nationals
6.65 Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Cubs
6.66 Carlos Correa, SS, Astros
6.67 Jesus Luzardo, SP, Athletics
6.68 Josh Hader, RP, Brewers
6.69 Jeff McNeil, 2B/3B/OF, Mets
6.70 David Dahl, OF, Rockies
6.71 J.T. Realmuto, C, Phillies
6.72 Whit Merrifield, 2B/OF, Royals

Round Analysis: Round 6 saw the first reliever and the first catcher go off the board. Realmuto’s ADP is much higher than 71 on most platforms, but he loses some appeal in a one-catcher dynasty league. Still, Chris had to be happy to get him there. Closers are also less appealing in dynasty formats since they’re so volatile from year to year, but Hader is universally viewed as the top reliever and it was time for him to get scooped up. Correa remains a health risk, but he’s a mega talent and still just 25, so nabbing him in the sixth round of a dynasty league looks like a pretty good get. – Ryan Boyer (@RyanPBoyer)

Boyer’s Pick: I didn’t fill any of my five outfielder spots with my first four picks, so I thought it was a good idea to grab a couple at the 5-6 turn. I have Blackmon ranked higher than both Springer and Marte in redraft and considered him here, but I swayed in the direction of the latter two because they’re a little younger. Marte gets a little boost in going from Pittsburgh to Arizona and he’s one of the few fairly safe bets to go 20-20 if he can stay healthy. – Ryan Boyer (@RyanPBoyer)

Round 7

7.73 Marcus Semien, SS, Athletics
7.74 Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers
7.75 Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Yankees
7.76 Kyle Tucker, OF, Astros
7.77 Max Muncy, 2B, Dodgers
7.78 Julio Urias, SP, Dodgers
7.79 Eugenio Suarez, 3B, Reds
7.80 Brandon Woodruff, SP, Brewers
7.81 Shohei Ohtani, SP/DH, Angels
7.82 Gavin Lux, 2B, Dodgers
7.83 Lourdes Gurriel, OF, Blue Jays
7.84 Gary Sanchez, C, Yankees

Round Analysis: Stanton's injury history sees him slip to pick 75, but the power is always going to be there, and if he can give Matthew 120 games, he's a steal this late. There are some question marks as to how much Tucker will play in 2020, but the ability to provide homers and steals in the future makes him a potential fantasy star in the coming seasons. Lux is one of the top prospects in all of baseball, and he has a chance to contribute in most categories and should be the starter at second for the Dodgers when/if the season gets underway. – Christopher Crawford (@crawford_milb)

Crawford's Pick: I considered Lux and a few other prospects with pick 74, but I didn't want to risk Seager not making it back to me 22 selections later. He wasn't great in 2019, but let's remember he was coming off a lost 2018 campaign, and he's just two years removed from being one of the most exciting young players in the game. He hit 44 doubles in 2019, and I would guess that as he regains strength, a few of those two-baggers turn into homers this summer. Add in the fact that he doesn't turn 26 until April, and I'm pleased to have Seager on my roster for the long haul.  – Christopher Crawford (@crawford_milb)

Round 8

8.85 Josh Bell, 1B, Pirates
8.86 Nick Castellanos, OF, Reds
8.87 DJ LeMahieu, 2B, Yankees
8.88 Zac Gallen, SP, Diamondbacks
8.89 Andrew Benintendi, OF, Red Sox
8.90 Michael Conforto, OF, Mets
8.91 Ramon Laureano, OF, Athletics
8.92 Jonathan Villar, 2B/SS, Marlins
8.93 Amed Rosario, SS, Mets
8.94 Franmil Reyes, OF, Indians
8.95 Eddie Rosario, OF, Twins
8.96 Frankie Montas, SP, Athletics

Round Analysis: No one did much reaching for youth this round; Gallen and Amed Rosario would likely go somewhat later in redraft leagues, but both are players who should be assets right away. Villar would seem to be the biggest 2020 bargain of the bunch, and he's actually just turning 29 in May. Still, it's not surprising that people would be skeptical of him for 2021 and beyond; he could find himself in more of a utility role in a couple of years. – Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot)

Pouliot's Pick: Roberto Osuna and Eddie Rosario were the top players for 2020 left on my board, but Reyes wasn't too far behind and I'm a big fan of him as an annual 40-homer guy, even if the baseballs aren't quite as juiced going forward. – Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot)

Round 9

9.97 Rhys Hoskins, 1B, Phillies
9.98 Clayton Kershaw, SP, Dodgers
9.99 Trevor Bauer, SP, Indians
9.100 Yu Darvish, SP, Cubs
9.101 Dinelson Lamet, SP, Padres
9.102 Cavan Biggio, 2B, Blue Jays
9.103 Tim Anderson, SS, White Sox
9.104 Max Fried, SP, Braves
9.015 Brandon Lowe, 2B, Rays
9.106 Zack Greinke, SP, Astros
9.107 Roberto Osuna, RP, Astros
9.108 Jorge Soler, OF, Royals

Round Analysis: An interesting mix of youth and veterans as far as starting pitching here. I thought maybe it was possible to wait another round on the young arms like Lamet and Fried; I guess not. Biggio and Lowe probably stand out the most here coming off their rookie campaigns. They actually fit a similar profile in that strikeouts are going to hold them back in batting average, but they should both help in terms of counting stats. Biggio is slightly safer here because of his on-base ability and his playing time being more of a sure thing. The Rays have a ton of options for playing time, at least in the short-term. – D.J. Short (@djshort)

Short’s Pick: I sort of tried to play enforcer in this round. I definitely needed another starting pitcher to put alongside Mike Clevinger, so it was just a matter of who it would be. My original plan was to take Kershaw, but I was still satisfied with getting Darvish, who has been going about 40 picks earlier in redraft leagues. Even though I mostly focused on having a young core of players, you still need to take the values when they come. I have a bit more faith in Darvish’s upside for the next couple of years than Greinke, who is three years older. He should also have trade appeal with win-now teams if I'm not a contender. – D.J. Short (@djshort)

Round 10

10.109 Sonny Gray, SP, Reds
10.110 Miguel Sano, 1B/3B, Twins
10.111 Charlie Morton, SP, Rays
10.112 Oscar Mercado, OF, Indians
10.113 Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Cardinals
10.114 Dylan Carlson, OF, Cardinals
10.115 Jose Abreu, 1B, White Sox
10.116 Tommy Edman, 3B/2B/OF, Cardinals
10.117 Kirby Yates, RP, Padres
10.118 Alex Verdugo, OF, Red Sox
10.119 Josh Donaldson, 3B, Twins
10.120 Mike Moustakas, 2B/3B, Reds

Round Analysis: Morton is an interesting case given the tragic but growing possibility that there won't be any games in 2020. I had him ranked among my top 10 starting pitchers this spring for redraft leagues -- the guy boasts a 3.09 ERA and 441 strikeouts over his last 361 2/3 innings -- but he is 36 years old and will turn 37 in November. And how are vesting options going to work if there is no data from this season? Will he still be in pitcher-friendly Tampa Bay in 2021? Verdugo, drafted here at No. 118 overall, is a sneaky-good long-term bet in Boston. He was set to begin the year on the injured list after suffering a stress fracture in his back last September, but that will be a distant memory by the time our favorite sport returns. – Drew Silva (@drewsilv)

Silva's Pick: Edman, my selection with pick No. 116, is a dream in leagues with a 2B, 3B, MI, CI, OF, OF, OF, OF, OF roster layout. He might also pick up SS eligibility at some point. I'm skeptical that the 24-year-old can repeat his .304/.350/.500 rookie-year batting line, but he gives me a bit of power and a good amount of speed and a ton of flexibility. Edman put up 11 home runs and 15 stolen bases over his first 92 major league games (75 starts) last season in St. Louis. – Drew Silva (@drewsilv)

Round 11

11.121 Marcell Ozuna, OF, Braves
11.122 MacKenzie Gore, SP, Padres
11.123 Edwin Diaz, RP, Mets
11.124 Willie Calhoun, OF, Rangers
11.125 Max Kepler, OF, Twins
11.126 Will Smith, C, Dodgers
11.127 Julio Rodriguez, OF, Mariners
11.128 Kyle Schwarber, OF, Cubs
11.129 Byron Buxton, OF, Twins
11.130 Nelson Cruz, DH, Twins
11.131 Trey Mancini, 1B/OF, Orioles
11.132 Aroldis Chapman, RP, Yankees

Round Analysis: Letting Gore slide to the 11th round in a dynasty league was probably a mistake. Chris – our resident prospect guru – decided enough was enough and scooped up the consensus top pitching prospect in the game. Both Kepler and Calhoun are guys I would have considered had they lasted until the end of the round, but D.J. and Drew made sure that wouldn’t happen. Jerks. Nick’s strategy for his outfield has been interesting. He was the last to grab an outfielder when he took Conforto in Round 8 and he then tripled up on outfield prospects in Rounds 10-12 with Carlson, Rodriguez and Jarred Kelenic. I’m not sure how well that will work for him in 2020, but he’s certainly setting himself up well at the position for the future. - Ryan Boyer (@RyanPBoyer)

Boyer’s Pick: It’s not a head-turning pick like Gore or Rodriguez, but I feel like I got a pretty solid value in nabbing Chapman at the end of Round 11. I still have him as a top-five option at closer and he’s not exactly ancient, having turned 32 in February. Only five closers have been selected thus far through 11 rounds. That would be unusual in a redraft league, but it’s not a surprise in a dynasty format. - Ryan Boyer (@RyanPBoyer)

Round 12

12.133 Scott Kingery, 3B/OF, Phillies
12.134 Taylor Rogers, RP, Twins
12.135 Michael Brantley, OF, Astros
12.136 Luke Weaver, SP, Diamondbacks
12.137 Nick Madrigal, 2B, White Sox
12.138 Jarred Kelenic, OF, Mariners
12.139 Bryan Reynolds, OF, Pirates
12.140 Ryan McMahon, 2B/3B, Rockies
12.141 Michael Kopech, SP, White Sox
12.142 Willson Contreras, C, Cubs
12.143 Nick Anderson, RP, Rays
12.144 Nate Pearson, SP, Blue Jays

Round Analysis: Some very interesting prospects go in this round, and I'm jealous that I missed out on some of these guys. Madrigal isn't likely to hit for power, but his line-drive stroke, ability to avoid strikeouts and plus speed make him a long-term fantasy play that should contribute to the White Sox if we get a season. Kelenic has one of the highest floors of any prospect regardless of position, and could help Seattle in 2020 as well. Two flame-throwing pitchers come off the board in Kopech and Pearson, and in addition to their 80-grade heaters, they also have swing-and-miss secondary offerings. This is a fun round. – Christopher Crawford (@crawford_milb)

Crawford's Pick: My queue was absolutely destroyed in this round, as I had Rogers at the top, followed by Madrigal, Kopech and Reynolds. I'm happy to get Anderson, however, one of the more underrated closing options in dynasty formats. He misses bats with the best of them, and even if he's not a "traditional" closer, he should get enough save chances while posting other quality rates to produce relevance. I do have some remorse in letting Pearson go to Tim, however, as I probably could have grabbed Anderson on the turn. Bummer. – Christopher Crawford (@crawford_milb)

Round 13

13.145 Tommy Pham, OF, Padres
13.146 Eduardo Escobar, 3B, Diamondbacks
13.147 Brendan Rodgers, 2B, Rockies
13.148 Zack Wheeler, SP, Phillies
13.149 Lance McCullers Jr., SP, Astros
13.150 Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, Red Sox
13.151 Nick Senzel, OF, Reds
13.152 Kyle Hendricks, SP, Cubs
13.153 Corey Kluber, SP, Rangers
13.154 Yasmani Grandal, C, White Sox
13.155 Mitch Garver, C, Twins
13.156 Madison Bumgarner, SP, Diamondbacks

Round Analysis: Half of the picks this round were starters, and among those taken were two guys compared to each other as free agents over the winter; Wheeler and Bumgarner. Both landed five-year deals, but Wheeler's was for far more money ($118 million vs. $85 million), even though Bumgarner has the far superior track record and is less than a year older than the righty. I'm partial to McCullers as the best pick of the bunch. He's become a better bet for 2020 with the shortened season, and there's always been a great deal to like about his strikeout and groundball rates. – Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot)

Pouliot's Pick: I wanted to take Senzel, but I already had five outfielders and I'm not sure if Senzel will ever qualify in the infield again. So, I did my first big reach for youth, taking Rodgers even though he might be a non-factor this year after shoulder surgery. Coors Field obviously played a big role in my thinking; I don't necessarily project Rodgers as a future major league All-Star, but I think he'll be an excellent fantasy second baseman for several years. – Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot)

Round 14

14.157 Khris Davis, UTIL, Athletics
14.158 Dustin May, SP/RP, Dodgers
14.159 Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, Blue Jays
14.160 Carlos Martinez, SP/RP, Cardinals
14.161 Luis Arraez, 2B/3B, Twins
14.162 Adley Rutschman, C, Orioles
14.163 J.D. Davis, 3B/OF, Mets
14.164 Sean Murphy, C, Athletics
14.165 Carter Kieboom, 2B, Nationals
14.166 Ian Happ, OF, Cubs
14.167 Casey Mize, SP, Tigers
14.168 Jose Urquidy, SP, Astros

Round Analysis: It’s about time we gave some love to the catcher position. We saw two of the most appealing dynasty backstops come off the board here with Rutschman and Murphy. Selected No. 1 overall in last year’s draft, Rutschman might be the catcher to target in a league like this. The switch-hitting 22-year-old offers tantalizing power with the goods to be an asset behind the plate. Get excited, Orioles fans. Murphy should provide more in the way of instant gratification, as he was expected to serve as the Athletics’ primary catcher prior to spring training being shut down. The 25-year-old has an injury history, but the power has progressed over the past two seasons in the minors and he held his own during his first taste of the majors last year. – D.J. Short (@djshort)

Short’s Pick: My general approach in this draft is to compete right now and for the next several years with the help of a young core. Kieboom fits into this strategy, as he was competing for the Nationals’ starting third base job during spring training. The 22-year-old didn’t do much in a small sample with the big club last year, but it would be foolish to hold that against him. He has the power and the approach to find a home on mixed league rosters in short order. – D.J. Short (@djshort)

Round 15

15.169 Sandy Alcantara, SP, Marlins
15.170 Liam Hendriks, RP, Athletics
15.171 James Paxton, SP, Yankees
15.172 Carson Kelly, C, Diamondbacks
15.173 Garrett Hampson, 2B/OF, Rockies
15.174 Kenley Jansen, RP, Dodgers
15.175 Andrew Vaughn, 1B, White Sox
15.176 Lance Lynn, SP, Rangers
15.177 Michael Chavis, 1B/2B, Red Sox
15.178 Mark Canha, OF, Athletics
15.179 Jorge Polanco, SS, Twins
15.180 Hunter Dozier, 1B/3B/OF, Royals

Round Analysis: Paxton, selected here with the 169th overall pick, was set to open the 2020 season on the injured list after requiring February surgery to remove a cyst from his spine, but he resumed throwing just before spring training was suspended and should be ready to rock whenever games get underway. The 31-year-old left-hander owns a career 3.50 ERA and has tallied a combined 550 strikeouts in 447 innings over the last three seasons. Dozier, taken at the bottom of this round, stands out as a smart present-and-future mid-round grab. He broke out last season with an .870 OPS, 26 home runs, 84 RBI, and 75 runs scored in 139 games for a Royals club that will be looking to shift out of rebuilding mode in the years to come. – Drew Silva (@drewsilv)

Silva's Pick: I'm not sure where on the field Hampson is going to wind up playing in Colorado, but I'll be happy to own him in a dynasty format once he settles into a starting gig. The speedy 25-year-old mostly underwhelmed last season over his 105-game stay in the majors, but he slashed .311/.382/.462 with 10 home runs and 36 stolen bases in 110 games between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque in 2018. He should be a great long-term source of stolen bases and batting average, with maybe a little helping of power. – Drew Silva (@drewsilv)

Round 16

16.181 Trent Grisham, OF, Padres
16.182 Danny Santana, 1B/OF, Rangers
16.183 Mitch Keller, SP, Pirates
16.184 Aristides Aquino, OF, Reds
16.185 Brendan McKay, SP, Rays
16.186 Robbie Ray, SP, Diamondbacks
16.187 Ken Giles, RP, Blue Jays
16.188 Austin Riley, OF, Braves
16.189 Matthew Boyd, SP, Tigers
16.190 Brian Anderson, 3B/OF, Marlins
16.191 Carlos Santana, 1B, Indians
16.192 Brandon Workman, RP, Red Sox

Round Analysis: Some really interesting young arms went off the board in this round. I’m really intrigued by what Keller can do under the new pitching staff in Pittsburgh. The young right-hander’s peripherals last season were good, and the talent is obviously there. McKay’s results in 2019 were hit-or-miss, and he might not have a spot in the rotation whenever the season begins. His excellent K/BB ratios from the minors carried over, though, and in a dynasty format he’s very intriguing. Boyd broke out last season with 238 strikeouts and has the capacity to lower his ERA if he can get the home run rate down to a reasonable level. A trade to a better team would certainly help out his dynasty prospects. - Ryan Boyer (@RyanPBoyer)

Boyer’s Pick: Few players saw their stock improve as much as Grisham last season. The former first-round pick did next-to-nothing in the minors prior to last year, but he reverted back to his old grip on the bat and exploded for a 1.010 OPS, 26 home runs and 12 stolen bases between Double- and Triple-A before adding an addition six bombs and one steal with the Brewers. The move from Miller Park to Petco Park isn’t ideal, but Grisham looks to be locked into the center field job in San Diego and boasts immense power upside with some speed mixed in. - Ryan Boyer (@RyanPBoyer)

Round 17

17.193 Giovanny Gallegos, RP, Cardinals
17.194 Kevin Newman, SS, Pirates
17.195 Brad Hand, RP, Indians
17.196 Hector Neris, RP, Phillies
17.197 Nick Solak, 2B, Rangers
17.198 Carlos Carrasco, SP, Indians
17.199 Raisel Iglesias, RP, Reds
17.200 Salvador Perez, C, Royals
17.201 Josh James, SP, Astros
17.202 David Price, SP, Dodgers
17.203 Luis Urias, 2B, Brewers
17.204 Craig Kimbrel, RP, Cubs

Round Analysis: This was a reliever-centric round, as five closers were selected in round 17. The riskiest of these arms is Kimbrel, but he's not long-removed from being one of the best closers in baseball, and it's worth pointing out that his struggles in 2019 came after a long layoff. Two of the most intriguing names that come off the board are former top prospects in James and Urias, and both have a chance for long-term fantasy relevancy and could help in 2020, as well. Solak raked in his time with the Rangers last year, and while there are some defensive questions involving the 25-year-old, Texas is going to find a place for him to play. He can really swing the bat. – Christopher Crawford (@crawford_milb)

Crawford's Pick: I wasn't going to let Mr. Short select Newman again, as he stole him from me in several other drafts we did this winter/spring. It seems people aren't quite aware of how good the former first-round pick was in 2019 (.308/.353/.446, 12 homers, 16 steals), and  he doesn't turn 27 until August. With a swing built to hit line drives to all parts of the park and improving power, Newman is a potential above-average regular for a long time, and the bat will play whether he's at shortstop or second base for the foreseeable future. – Christopher Crawford (@crawford_milb)

Round 18

18.205 Chris Sale, SP, Red Sox
18.206 Cristian Pache, OF, Braves
18.207 Yuli Gurriel, 1B, Astros
18.208 Paul DeJong, SS, Cardinals
18.209 Joe Musgrove, SP, Pirates
18.210 Alex Colome, RP, White Sox
18.211 Alec Bohm, 3B, Phillies
18.212 A.J. Puk, SP, Athletics
18.213 Spencer Howard, SP, Phillies
18.214 Luis Severino, SP, Yankees
18.215 Justin Turner, 3B, Dodgers
18.216 James Karinchak, RP, Indians

Round Analysis: It had been somewhat quiet on the prospect front of late, but Pache, Bohm and Howard all came off the board here. Pache lasted longer than one might expect; it was impressive what he did as a 20-year-old between Double- and Triple-A last year (.277/.340/.462), but his basestealing issues seem to have taken away some of his fantasy potential. After swiping 32 bases in his first full minor league season in 2017, he's gone 7-for-15 and 8-for-19 the last two years. Maybe better coaching will help there, since he's certainly plenty fast.  – Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot)

Pouliot's Pick: I'd have preferred Sale, but I opted for another Tommy John rehabber in Severino. He's posted a 3.13 ERA in 66 starts the last three years, and he'll be just 27 when he returns next year, perhaps in June or July. I'd rather take my chances on him coming back at 100 percent than on any prospect available at this point. – Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot)

Round 19

19.217 Alex Kirilloff, OF, Twins
19.218 Drew Waters, OF, Braves
19.219 Dansby Swanson, SS, Braves
19.220 Miguel Andujar, UTIL, Yankees
19.221 German Marquez, SP, Rockies
19.222 Yasiel Puig, OF, Free Agent
19.223 Jose Leclerc, RP, Rangers
19.224 Hunter Renfroe, OF, Rays
19.225 Francisco Mejia, C, Padres
19.226 Kenta Maeda, SP, Twins
19.227 Matt Manning, SP, Tigers
19.228 Andrew Heaney, SP, Angels

Round Analysis: The push and pull of youth vs. veteran is a constant in dynasty drafts and we see that on display here. Maeda and Puig look like possible bargains for a win-now team, at least assuming the latter eventually signs with someone. Kirilloff is coming off a down-year in the minors, but a lot of that — especially the drop in power — can be attributed to a wrist injury. He looked good this spring and could quickly reestablish himself as one of the top hitting prospects in the minors. The thing to watch long-term is if a full-time move to first base is in the cards. This season is going to be depressing for Tigers fans, but there's some light at the end of the tunnel with Manning and Casey Mize, who was selected way back in Round 14. – D.J. Short (@djshort)

Short’s Pick: Andujar has become a bit of a forgotten man after his labrum surgery last year, but let’s not forget that he hit .297 with 27 homers and an .855 OPS over 149 games as a rookie in 2018. His role was a bit unclear before the spring training shutdown, but the Yankees were giving him exposure in the outfield and first base. With Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton looming as health risks, chances are Andujar will get plenty of at-bats this year. Still just 25 years old, he has a promising future ahead of him, whether it’s with the Yankees or elsewhere. – D.J. Short (@djshort)

Round 20

20.229 Sean Manaea, SP, Athletics
20.230 Dylan Bundy, SP, Angels
20.231 Mike Minor, SP, Rangers
20.232 Kwang-Hyun Kim, SP, Cardinals
20.233 Gregory Polanco, OF, Pirates
20.234 Forrest Whitley, SP, Astros
20.235 Marcus Stroman, SP, Mets
20.236 Sam Hilliard, OF, Rockies
20.237 Luke Voit, 1B, Yankees
20.238 Pablo Lopez, SP, Marlins
20.239 Dylan Cease, SP, White Sox
20.240 Joey Bart, C, Giants

Round Analysis: There was a big run on starting pitchers in this round, and the one who stands out most to me is probably Manaea. The 28-year-old left-hander returned from major shoulder surgery late last season and put up a dominant 1.21 ERA, 0.775 WHIP, and 30/7 K/BB ratio over 29 2/3 innings (five starts) for an Athletics team that finished with 97 regular-season wins and would appear to have a bright long-term future. Voit, taken at 237th overall, is another pick worth highlighting. The late-blooming 29-year-old looks to be the answer at first base for the Yankees, as he is under team control through 2024. He boasts a .901 OPS with 35 home runs and 95 RBI in 157 games since being acquired from the Cardinals in the summer of 2018. – Drew Silva (@drewsilv)

Silva's Pick: I've been touting Hilliard as an attractive late-round sleeper in redraft leagues, so I put my money where my mouth is in this dynasty mock and plucked him off the board with the 236th overall pick. Hilliard, 26, racked up 35 home runs, 101 RBI, 22 stolen bases, and 109 runs scored across 126 games last summer at Triple-A Albuquerque before rolling to a 1.006 OPS with 13 extra-base hits (seven homers) in his first 27 games at the major league level. He was well on his way to carving out an everyday role in the Colorado outfield before the 2020 season got suspended. – Drew Silva (@drewsilv)

Round 21

21.241 Deivi Garcia, SP, Yankees
21.242 Noah Syndergaard, SP, Mets
21.243 Masahiro Tanaka, SP, Yankees
21.244 Ryan Mountcastle, 1B, Orioles
21.245 Jordan Hicks, RP, Cardinals
21.246 Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, White Sox
21.247 Archie Bradley, RP, Diamondbacks
21.248 Joey Lucchesi, SP, Padres
21.249 Shogo Akiyama, OF, Reds
21.250 Jake Odorizzi, SP, Twins
21.251 Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Royals
21.252 Sixto Sanchez, SP, Marlins

Round Analysis: A couple guys recovering from Tommy John surgery were popped in this round. Syndergaard went under the knife just a few weeks ago, so he’s obviously a long-term play for Chris but one that should offer plenty of value in the 21st round as long as he regains his pre-op form. Hicks is nearly 10 months removed from his operation and is slated for a midseason return (what had been scheduled as midseason, anyway). We also saw our first teenager scooped up this round when Shovein nabbed Witt Jr. Obviously Dave is going to have to be patient with him, but Witt Jr. has immense five-category upside. – Ryan Boyer (@RyanPBoyer)

Boyer’s Pick: I missed out on a few of my young pitching targets like Mitch Keller and Forrest Whitley earlier in the draft but was happy to land Sanchez here. The 21-year-old’s upside compares with any top pitching prospect, it’s just been a lack of durability that’s sometimes held him back. Sanchez was healthy in 2019, though, and had an excellent first season in the Marlins’ system, setting him up to debut at some point in 2020. It’s not difficult to summon enthusiasm for a guy who can reach triple digits with his fastball while also boasting superb control. – Ryan Boyer (@RyanPBoyer)

Round 22

22.253 Lorenzo Cain, OF, Brewers
22.254 Justin Upton, OF, Angels
22.255 Didi Gregorius, SS, Phillies
22.256 Nico Hoerner, 2B/SS, Cubs
22.257 Michael Pineda, SP, Twins
22.258 Domingo German, SP, Yankees
22.259 Aaron Civale, SP, Indians
22.260 Mike Foltynewicz, SP, Braves
22.261 Jordan Montgomery, SP, Yankees
22.262 C.J. Cron, 1B, Tigers
22.263 Oneil Cruz, SS, Pirates
22.264 Niko Goodrum, 2B, Tigers

Round Analysis: Lots of starting pitchers and middle infielders in this portion of the draft. Hoerner was impressive in his short time with the Cubs last year, and he's a high-floor prospect that should be a regular before the 2020 season ends -- assuming the 2020 season begins. Civale is not a hurler that is favored by the analytics, but because he locates so well, he might be an exception to the rule. Cain and Upton are both closer to the finish line than the beginning, but still have relevance, and should at least be strong depth on their respective fantasy clubs. – Christopher Crawford (@crawford_milb)

Crawford's Pick: There was just one prospect left in the top 20 of my Top 100 list, and it was Cruz. He's a 6-foot-7 (or 6-foot-6, depending on where you get your information) shortstop who probably has to change positions one day, but he possesses enormous offensive upside with a chance to hit for power, average and also provide some steals. If he sticks at short somehow he's a potential superstar, but even in the outfield, the 21-year-old Cruz has a chance to be a fantasy stalwart. – Christopher Crawford (@crawford_milb)

Round 23

23.265 Gio Urshela, 3B, Yankees
23.266 Yoshi Tsutsugo, OF, Rays
23.267 Sean Doolittle, RP, Nationals
23.268 Adam Eaton, OF, Nationals
23.269 Jazz Chisholm, SS, Marlins
23.270 Evan White, 1B, Mariners
23.271 Hansel Robles, RP, Angels
23.272 Rougned Odor, 2B, Rangers
23.273 Nomar Mazara, OF, White Sox
23.274 Dallas Keuchel, SP, White Sox
23.275 Joe Jimenez, RP, Tigers
23.276 Jean Segura, SS, Phillies

Round Analysis: Most were working on rounding out their rosters here, with only a couple of youngsters going in Chisholm and White. The Marlins drew some criticism for parting with Zac Gallen for Chisholm in a trade with the Diamondbacks last summer (Gallen was pick No. 88 here), but Chisholm possesses all of the tools to become a quality regular shortstop and he should be a factor in 2021. Segura was probably the best value for 2020 in this group; he had hit .300 with at least 20 steals in three straight seasons prior to a disappointing 2019.  – Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot)

Pouliot's Pick: I was happy to get a third quality closer in Doolittle to boost my chances for this season. I was disappointed a few picks later when Odor went; I fully intended to pick him next round to give myself another option at second base to go along with young Brendan Rodgers. – Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot)

Round 24

24.277 Mitch Haniger, OF, Mariners
24.278 Justus Sheffield, SP, Mariners
24.279 Elvis Andrus, SS, Rangers
24.280 Nolan Gorman, 3B, Cardinals
24.281 Kyle Gibson, SP, Rangers
24.282 Keone Kela, RP, Pirates
24.283 Chris Archer, SP, Pirates
24.284 Andres Munoz, RP, Padres
24.285 Austin Hays, OF, Orioles
24.286 Jonathan Schoop, 2B, Tigers
24.287 Emmanuel Clase, RP, Indians
24.288 Omar Narvaez, C, Brewers

Round Analysis: Kela is a closer right now, but some “closers of the future” also came off the board this round. Acquired from the Rangers in the Corey Kluber deal, the hard-throwing Clase should move right into a late-inning role in short order assuming his upper back strain doesn’t linger. Munoz required Tommy John surgery last month and will miss the entire 2020 season, but he should contribute with the big club next year. That’s notable with Kirby Yates due to hit free agency after this season. With the uncertainty surrounding this season, Munoz is a smart late-round play. Haniger might have been my favorite pick in this round. He’s had some horrible luck over the past year, including a second core surgery in January, but he’s a significant beneficiary of this long layoff. There’s no questioning his talent if healthy. – D.J. Short (@djshort)

Short’s Pick: I took Ryan Mountcastle in Round 21 and went back to the Orioles this time with the selection of Hays. The 24-year-old fits in the post-hype category after dealing with injuries over the past two seasons, but he impressed down the stretch with the Orioles last year and was projected to be the team’s leadoff hitter prior to the shutdown. He offers pop and a little bit of speed while getting to play half of his games in one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in the sport. There’s every reason for the rebuilding O’s to give him a chance to sink or swim, which is why he’s a fine option to fill out my outfield. – D.J. Short (@djshort)

Round 25

25.289 Kristian Robinson, OF, Diamondbacks
25.290 Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers
25.291 Yonny Chirinos, SP, Rays
25.292 Jon Gray, SP, Rockies
25.293 Will Smith, RP, Braves
25.294 Jameson Taillon, SP, Pirates
25.295 Mark Melancon, RP, Braves
25.296 Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Blue Jays
25.297 Miles Mikolas, SP, Cardinals
25.298 Mallex Smith, OF, Mariners
25.299 Austin Voth, SP, Nationals
25.300 Ian Kennedy, RP, Royals

Round Analysis: Robinson is a great value here at 289th overall given where many other consensus top-75 position player prospects were selected in this draft -- as in, far earlier than the 25th round. The 19-year-old outfielder from the Bahamas has tallied 21 home runs and 29 stolen bases through his first 126 professional games, and he put up an .881 OPS over 291 plate appearances last season in Low-A ball. Taillon, taken in this round at 294th overall, fell through the cracks somewhat as he continues his recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. The right-hander is not expected to pitch this year, but he sadly may not be alone in that regard. In 2018, his last full season, Taillon registered a 3.20 ERA, 1.178 WHIP, and 179/46 K/BB ratio across 191 innings. – Drew Silva (@drewsilv)

Silva's Pick: I snagged Josh Hader early in this draft and later picked up a couple of potential future saves compilers in Jordan Hicks and Andres Munoz, but it was time to dip back into the reliever well for more immediate help at fantasy baseball's most volatile scoring category. Will Smith signed a three-year, $40 million free agent contract with the Braves this winter, whereas Melancon is set to become a free agent leading into the 2021 campaign. It seems clear how the ninth-inning situation is going to play out in Atlanta, whether or not there is baseball in 2020. – Drew Silva (@drewsilv)

Round 26

26.301 Caleb Smith, SP, Marlins
26.302 Ryan Yarbrough, SP, Rays
26.303 Christian Walker, 1B, Diamondbacks
26.304 Willy Adames, SS, Rays
26.305 Garrett Richards, SP, Padres
26.306 Anthony DeSclafani, SP, Reds
26.307 Corbin Burnes, SP/RP, Brewers
26.308 Griffin Canning, SP, Angels
26.309 Jeter Downs, SS, Red Sox
26.310 Mike Toglia, 1B, Rockies
26.311 Luis Patino, SP, Padres
26.312 Shane Baz, SP, Rays

Round Analysis: I considered Richards with my pick to lead off this round. The right-hander struggled during his brief time with the Padres last season after making his way back from Tommy John surgery, but the velocity was pretty much back and the stuff was there. My favorite pick of this round might be Drew snagging Canning. There’s obvious injury concern there, but he’s 23 and has flashed a lot of upside. Patino is 20 and hasn’t thrown 100 innings as a pro yet. However, for dynasty purposes it’s easy to get excited about the young Colombian. He has an electric arm. – Ryan Boyer (@RyanPBoyer)

Boyer’s Pick: As I mentioned, I thought about taking Richards here. Ultimately, I opted for Smith because he is over three years younger and I think has more strikeout upside. The southpaw’s ERA was in the low 3’s in early August last season before he seemed to tire down the stretch. Smith is an extreme flyball pitcher, so home runs are likely to always be an issue. However, if he has a little luck in that regard there is significant upside. – Ryan Boyer (@RyanPBoyer)

Round 27

27.313 Brusdar Graterol, RP, Dodgers
27.314 Nate Lowe, 1B, Rays
27.315 Diego Castillo, RP, Rays
27.316 Aaron Bummer, RP, White Sox
27.317 Franchy Cordero, OF, Padres
27.318 Yusei Kikuchi, SP, Mariners
27.319 Adrian Houser, RP, Brewers
27.320 Alex Wood, SP, Dodgers
27.321 David Peralta, OF, Diamondbacks
27.322 Eric Hosmer, 1B, Padres
27.323 Kyle Lewis, OF, Mariners
27.324 Kevin Gausman, SP, Giants

Round Analysis: The selection of Graterol drew a positive review in our chat room, and for good reason. He has the stuff to be an upper-echelon closer, and it's not hard to see him filling that role for the Dodgers in the next couple of years. We also see a couple of the better set-up men in baseball in Castillo and Bummer, and both have a chance to be stoppers at some point in the next few seasons, as well. The Lewis selection this late is one worth noting; this is a former top prospect who impressed during his time with the Mariners last year, and he's likely an everyday player if/when the season gets started for Seattle in 2020. – Christopher Crawford (@crawford_milb)

Crawford's Pick: Lowe's situation is a bit murky, but I'm going with talent over the current depth chart in this case. He held his own with a .774 OPS in his 50 games with the Rays last year, and he showed the ability to hit for average, power and get on-base at a high clip with Triple-A Durham. I believe the 24-year-old is a long-term answer at first base, and even if it's not with the Rays, there'll be plenty of fantasy relevance in Lowe's left-handed bat. In the penultimate round, it's worth the risk. – Christopher Crawford (@crawford_milb)

Round 28

28.325 Joey Votto, 1B, Reds
28.326 Isan Diaz, 2B, Marlins
28.327 Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Rangers
28.328 Dakota Hudson, SP, Cardinals
28.329 Bryse Wilson, SP, Braves
28.330 Cole Hamels, SP, Braves
28.331 Lewis Brinson, OF, Marlins
28.332 Mauricio Dubon, 2B, Giants
28.333 Dominic Smith, 1B, Mets
28.334 Daulton Varsho, C, Diamondbacks
28.335 Wil Myers, OF, Padres
28.336 Mike Yastrzemski, OF, Giants

Round Analysis: Some big names went at the very end of the draft... Votto, Hamels and, of course, Yaz. Because everyone wanted to get their prospects in -- and probably partly because we're not playing this out -- there were some pretty good players left unpicked, such as Andrew McCutchen, Avisail Garcia, Jose Quintana, Starlin Castro and Johnny Cueto. One that really surprises me is that no one took a flier on Clint Frazier. I'm rather regretting not doing that myself – Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot)

Pouliot's Pick: I was looking at Sean Newcomb and Hunter Harvey here before going with the pure prospect in Varsho, who hit .301/.378/.520 with 18 homers and 21 steals in Double-A last season. He's still rather iffy behind the plate and he might make the most sense in the outfield, but if he does stick at catcher, he could be elite there for fantasy purposes. Even if he winds up in the outfield, the speed-power combo will remain intriguing. – Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot)


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