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Dynasty Mock Draft

by Christopher Crawford
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

12 fantasy writers participated in a dynasty mock draft on February 17. The league is 5x5, standard 14 active hitters and nine active pitchers with two bench spots. In dynasty rules, every player drafted is eligible to be kept the following year.

 

Round 1

 

1.1 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Mike Trout, OF, LAA
1.2 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Bryce Harper, OF, WSH
1.3 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Mookie Betts, OF, BOS
1.4 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Kris Bryant, 3B, CHC
1.5 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
1.6 Matthew Pouliot - (Rotoworld) - Trea Turner, SS, WSH
1.7 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, AZ
1.8 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Corey Seager, SS, LAD
1.9 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
1.10 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Clayton Kershaw, LHP, LAD
1.11 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Carlos Correa, SS, HOU
1.12 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Jose Altuve, 2B, HOUJ

 

No surprises at the top, we would have had to test Mr. Silva if he didn’t take Trout with the first overall pick. If there was one minor surprise, it was Trea Turner at pick six, but in a dynasty draft, it makes a lot of sense.  He can hit for average, he can steal plenty of bases and he’s starting to develop a little bit of power. The other possible surprise was Machado falling to the ninth pick, but it’s tough to argue with any of the players who went above him. I don’t think Mr. Diamond is going to complain about getting him that late, however. With all of the cornerstone potential bats off the board, I took the one pitcher I believe belonged in the discussion in Kershaw.

 

Round 2

 

2.13 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
2.14 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS
2.15 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - George Springer, OF, HOU
2.16 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) Starling Marte, OF, PIT
2.17 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Noah Syndergaard, SP, NYM
2.18 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Francisco Lindor, SS, CLE
2.19 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) - Max Scherzer, SP, WASH
2. 20 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - Josh Donaldson, 3B, TOR
2.21 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET
2. 22 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
2. 23 Ben Duronio (Rotographs) - Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA
2. 24 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Joey Votto, 1B, CHC

 

After seeing only one pitcher go in the first, we see a couple of hurlers taken here in the form of Syndergaard and Scherzer, and they have a chance to be fantasy relevant for a long time, especially Syndergaard. We also see three first baseman go in the second, a sign of how much the position has improved over the past couple of years. I love the Stanton pick at the back of the second round; it wasn’t that long ago that he was looking like a top-five player in fantasy baseball, and he’s worth the risk this “late” in the draft.

 

Round 3

 

3.25 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Madison Bumgarner, LHP, SFG
3.26 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Rougned Odor, 2B, TEX
3.27 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Chris Sale, LHP, BOS
3.28 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Gregory Polanco, OF, PIT
3.29 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - AJ Pollock, OF, AZ
3.30 Matthew Pouliot- (Rotoworld) - Gary Sanchez, C, NYY
3.31 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Charlie Blackmon, OF, COL
3.32 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Jonathan Villar, 2B, MIL
3.33 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Corey Kluber, RHP, CLE
3.34 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Andrew Benintendi, OF, BOS
3.35 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, CLE
3.36 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Byron Buxton, OF, MIN

 

There were lots of interesting picks in this round, a combination of high upside and proven performers. Sanchez was outstanding in his somewhat limited time with the Yankees, and if he can stay behind the plate and provide those kind of numbers, he’s a steal. It’s also fascinating to see how much Villar’s stock has improved, going from interesting utility player to legit top-50 fantasy option. And finally, while I had Benintendi as my No. two overall fantasy prospect, I value him slightly more than Moncada in a format like this because of his success at the big-league level and what looks like guaranteed playing time to start the year.

 

Round 4

 

4.37 James Anderson (RotoWire)- Alex Bregman, 3B, HOU
4.38 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld)- Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA
4.39 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Wil Myers, 1B, SD
4.40 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) Christian Yelich, OF, MIA
4.41 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN
4.42 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Trevor Story, SS, COL
4.43 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) - Jake Arrieta, SP, CHC
4.44 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - Buster Posey, C, SFG
4.45 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT
4. 46 DJ Short (Rotoworld) - David Dahl, OF, COL
4. 47 Ben Duronio (Rotographs) - Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
4. 48 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Kyle Schwarber, OF, CHC

 

As a prospect analyst, it’s tough not to love the Buxton-Bregman turn, especially after seeing how well Buxton did in the last month of the season. It was a surprise that Yelich lasted this long; a young player with proven success who can do a little bit of everything. The Dahl and Story picks also have a chance to be rewarding early and late, especially if they both are going to stay in Coors Field in the medium-to-long term. The McCutchen pick is another one that’s noteworthy.

 

Round 5

 

5.49 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Jonathan Lucroy, C, TEX
5.50 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Aroldis Chapman, RP, NYY
5.51 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Miguel Sano, 3B, MIN
5.52 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Yoan Moncada, 2B, CHW
5.53 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - David Price, SP, BOS
5.54 Matthew Pouliot- (Rotoworld) - Ian Desmond, OF, COL
5.55 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS
5.56 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Daniel Murphy, 2B, WSH
5.57 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Carlos Carrasco, SP, CLE
5.58 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Stephen Strasburg, SP, WSH
5.59 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Willson Contreras, C, CHC
6.60 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Addison Russell, SS, CHC

 

There was only one prospect taken in this round, but it was Moncada, and there isn’t a better one in baseball, at least on the fantasy side. They’re no longer prospects, but both Contreras and Russell have a chance to be well above-average regulars at their positions, particularly the former thanks to the lack of quality young catchers right now. The Sano pick also stands out; his stock has slipped after a so-so season with Minnesota last year, but his offensive talent rivals all but the cream of the crop.

 

Round 6

 

6.61 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Tim Anderson, SS, CWS
6.62 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Ryan Braun, OF, MIL
6.63 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Javier Baez, 2B, CHC
6.64 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Dansby Swanson, SS, ATL
6.65 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Yoenis Cespedes, OF, NYM
6. 66 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Carlos Martinez, RHP, STL
6.67 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) - Jose Peraza, 2B, CIN
6. 68 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - J.D. Martinez, OF, DET
6. 69 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN
7.70 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Jean Segura, SS, SEA
7.71 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Chris Archer, RHP, TB
7.72 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Yu Darvish, RHP, TEX

 

If we’re just talking about pure upside, this might be the best round since the first. Anderson’s approach is frustrating as you-know-what, but he also can steal bases and hit for average at a premium position. With Brandon Phillips now in Atlanta, Peraza’s value has gone up exponentially, even in a less-than-spectacular Cincinnati lineup. Swanson has one of the highest floors of any of the many talented shortstops, and Baez oozes offensive potential. Add in Yoenis Cespedes and Yu Darvish for good measure, and this round is loaded with talent.

 

Round 7

 

7.73 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Anthony Rendon, 3B, WSH
7.74 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
7.75 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Edwin Diaz, RP, SEA
7.76 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Johnny Cueto, SP, SF
7.77 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - DJ LeMahieu, 2B, COL
7. 78 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) - Nelson Cruz, OF, SEA
7.79 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Julio Urias, SP, LAD
8.80 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Roberto Osuna, RP, TOR
8.81 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Nomar Mazara, OF, TEX
8.82 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Jacob deGrom, RHP, NYM
8.83 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Dee Gordon, 2B, MIA
8.84 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Kyle Hendricks, RHP, CHC

 

There were three relievers taken in the seventh round, and if you’re looking for saves and strikeouts, you’d be hard pressed to do better than Jansen, Diaz and Osuna. It was a little surprising to see Diaz go ahead of Jansen, but considering Diaz was on pace to break the K/9 record until late in the season, it does make sense. Urias lasting this long was interesting, and while I understand the durability concerns, his stuff and command at this age should make him a quality fantasy option for a long time. DeGrom is a bit of a risk because of his health profile, but his track record of success and ability to miss bats make him worth the risk this late.

 

Round 8

 

8.85 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
8.86 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Odubel Herrera, OF, PHI
8.87 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Aledmys Diaz, STL
8.88 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Jon Lester, SP, CHC
8.89 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Jose Ramirez, 3B, CLE
9.90 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Michael Fulmer, SP, DET
9.91 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) - Zach Britton, RP, BAL
9.92 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - Danny Duffy, SP, KC
9.93 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Hanley Ramirez, 1B, BOS
9.94 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Jose Quintana, SP, CWS
9.95 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Yasmani Grandal, C, LAD
9.96 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET

 

If we were going to give each of these rounds a name -- and we’re not -- we’d call this the “you’ve underrated me for too long” round. A little wordy, I know. Diaz was outstanding in his rookie year with the Cardinals, and even though you shouldn’t expect him to take another step in 2017, what you saw in 2016 was plenty good. If the White Sox deal Quintana, his value goes up substantially, but even if they don’t, his low ERA and ability to throw strikes make him a solid fantasy starter. The player with the most upside in this group is Fulmer; it’s reasonable to expect him to post the same low ERA but also miss more bats and give you more innings in 2017 and beyond.

 

Round 9

 

9.97 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Aaron Sanchez, SP, TOR
9.98 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY
9.99 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - J.T. Realmuto, C, MIA
9.100 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT
9.101 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
9.102 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) - Justin Verlander, SP, DET
9.103 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Jackie Bradley, OF, BOS
9.104 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Justin Upton, OF, DET
9.105 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Craig Kimbrel, RP, BOS
9.106 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL
9.107 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI
9.108 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Jameson Taillon, SP, PIT

 

Again, not a round that featured a ton of -- or any -- prospects, but lots of solid, young players that have plenty to contribute for the next several years. Not to toot my own horn, but I think Gonzalez is a steal. He’s been healthy the last two years, and he’s hit for average and power in super-friendly confines. Assuming Cole is healthy, he could be excellent value at this point in the draft; at this point last year he looked like he was on his way to being a fantasy ace. It was also surprising that Verlander fell this far; at the end of the year, there weren’t too many pitchers who were pitching better. If you don’t believe me, just ask Kate Upton.

 

Round 10

 

10.109 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Manuel Margot, OF, SD
10.110 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Lance McCullers, SP, HOU
10.111 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Matt Carpenter, 1B, STL
10.112 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Brendan Rodgers, SS, COL
10.113 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Julio Teheran, SP, ATL
10.114 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
10.115 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) - Aaron Nola, SP, PHI
10.116 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - Kevin Gausman, SP, BAL
10.117 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Matt Harvey, SP, NYM
10.118 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Devon Travis, 2B, TOR
10.119 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Danny Salazar, SP, CLE
10.120 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC

 

The Brendan Rodgers pick may shock you, but it shouldn’t. He was ranked at the top of our shortstop fantasy rankings, and his plus hitting and power talent at a premium position in Coors Field could pay huge dividends when he’s ready to go in a couple years. There were plenty of talented starters who went in this round as well. If Harvey is healthy, he’s as talented as any pitcher in baseball not named Kershaw, and even if you don’t get a huge quantity of innings, the ones you’ll get are quality. I also loved the Salazar pick, a pitcher that was a big reason Cleveland was able to make the playoffs and who can miss bats with the best of them.

 

Rounds 11-12

 

11.121 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Mark Trumbo, OF, BAL
11.122 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Stephen Piscotty, OF, STL
11.123 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - James Paxton, SP, SEA
11.124 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Cody Allen, RP, CLE
11.125 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) -  Ken Giles, RP, HOU
11.126 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) - Todd Frazier, 3B, CLE
11.127 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Khris Davis, OF, OAK
11.128 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Sean Manaea, SP, OAK
11.129 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
11.130 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
11.131 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Tom Murphy, C, COL
11.132 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Kelvin Herrera, RP, KC

12.133 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Max Kepler, OF, MIN
12.134 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Rick Porcello, SP, BOS
12.135 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Cole Hamels, SP, TEX
12.136 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Austin Meadows, OF, PIT
12.137 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Salvador Perez, C, KC
12.138 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Jeurys Familia, RP, NYM
12.139 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) - Brad Miller, 2B, TB
12.140 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - Adam Eaton, OF, WAS
12.141 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Marcell Ozuna, OF, MIA
12.142 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Joc Pederson, OF, LAD
12.143 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Carlos Santana, 1B, CLE
12.144 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Andrew Miller, RP, CLE

 

If you like homers, you have to like some of the picks in these rounds. Trumbo, Frazier, Davis, Miller and Santana all have hit 25-plus homers, and there’s no reason to think that’s going to stop anytime soon. The most intriguing pick here is Paxton. He’s struggled to stay healthy, but he was touching triple-digits on radar guns last year, and his offspeed pitches took a big step forward. It’s a little risky, but the reward is palpable. The Austin Meadows pick also stands out. There isn’t room in the inn right now, but Meadows has the potential to be a five-talent player and could score plenty of runs in a talented Pittsburgh lineup. Keep an eye on Murphy, a catcher who held his own and -- brace yourself -- will get to hit in Coors Field. It’s a big deal, folks.

 

Rounds 13-14

 

13.145 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
13.146 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Steven Matz, LHP, NYM
13.147 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Jorge Soler, OF, KC
13.148 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Evan Gattis, C, HOU
13.149 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - Carlos Rodon, SP, CWS
13.150 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) - Eric Thames, 1B, MIL
13.151 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Ryon Healy, 3B, OAK
13.152 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Marcus Stroman, SP, TOR
13.153 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Brian McCann, C, HOU
13.154 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Wade Davis, RP, KC
13.155 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Jon Gray, SP, COL
13.156 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Mark Melancon, RP, SF

14.157 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Zack Greinke, SP, AZ
14.158 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Michael Brantley, OF, CLE
14.159 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Lewis Brinson, OF, KC
14.160 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Kenta Maeda, SP, LAD
14.161 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Jake Lamb, 3B, AZ
14.162 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC
14.163 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) - Alex Colome, RP, TB
14.164 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - Keon Broxton, OF, MIL
14.165 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Victor Robles, OF, WAS
14.166 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Joe Ross, SP, WAS
14.167 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
14.168 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Seung Hwan Oh, RP, STL

 

At this point in the draft, we start seeing more and more players who aren't likely to have a chance to contribute in 2017, such as Brinson and Robles. Those players are both five-talent prospects who have a chance to be among the best young outfielders in a few years, but you won’t see them in the big leagues for another year, at least. You also see plenty of young talent in these two rounds, and I particularly like the selection of Rodon here. There have been ups and downs, but the talent here is immense. The same can be said -- to a lesser extent -- for Soler, but it’s just a matter of him staying healthy rather than anything on the field. The Brantley pick is also interesting; he missed all of 2016, but he was a fantasy standout in 2015. He’s certainly worth a flyer in the middle of this draft.

 

Rounds 15-16

 

15.169 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Matt Moore, SP, SF
15.170 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Justin Turner, 3B, LAD
15.171 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BAL
15.172 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Troy Tulowitzki, SS, TOR
15.173 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - Josh Bell, 1B, PIT
15.174 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) -Domingo Santana, OF, MIL
15.175 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Jharel Cotton, SP, OAK
15.176 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Vincent Velasquez, SP, PHI
15.177 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Eloy Jimenez, OF, CHC
15.178 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Adam Jones, OF, BAL
15.179 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Hunter Renfroe, OF, SD
15.180 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Dellin Betances, RP, NYY

16.181 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Joey Gallo, UTIL, TEX
16.182 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Dallas Keuchel, SP, HOU
16.183 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Ben Zobrist, 2B, CHC
16.184 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Sonny Gray, SP OAK
16.185 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Yasmany Tomas, OF, AZ
16.186 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Wilson Ramos, C, TB
16.187 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) - Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD
16.188 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - Rich Hill, SP, LAD
16.189 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Robert Gsellman, SP, NYM
16.190 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Michael Conforto, OF, NYM
16.191 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Eduardo Nunez, 3B, SF
16.192 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Marcus Semien, SS OAK

 

Lots of young talent was procured in these two rounds, particularly with the bat. Jimenez and Renfroe both have big-time power and stood out in the Futures Game this summer, and Renfroe should be the Padres’ everyday right fielder for most of 2017. Bell also should be an everyday player for his big-league club in 2017, and he more than held his own in his time with the Pirates last summer. As disappointing as he was in 2016, Puig still possesses middle-of-the-order talent, and there’s a chance a change of scenery might bring it out of him. On the pitching side, Velasquez might be the most interesting arm here, but we’ll have to see if he’s healthy before we can really determine his ceiling and floor. Even without the saves, Betances is solid value here, because he’s going to strike out everyone and everything.

 

Rounds 17-19

 

17.193 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Kevin Kiermaier, OF, TB
17.194 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Jake Odorizzi, SP TB
17.195 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Robbie Ray, SP, AZ
17.196 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Jose Bautista, OF, TOR
17.197 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - Carlos Gomez, OF, TEX
17.198 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) - Raisel Iglesias, RP, CIN
17.199 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Matt Kemp, OF, ATL
17.200 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Adam Ottavino, RP, COL
17.201 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Nick Castellanos, 3B, DET
17.202 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) -Lucas Giolito, SP, CWS
17.203 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Randal Grichuk, OF, STL
17.204 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Brandon Drury, OF, AZ

18.205 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Dexter Fowler, OF, STL
18.206 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - David Robertson, RP, CWS
18.207 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Sandy Leon, C, BOS
18.208 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Neil Walker, 2B, NYM
18.209 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
18.210 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Cam Bedrosian, RP, LAA
18.211 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) - Chris Owings, SS, AZ
18.212 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - AJ Ramos, RP, MIA
18.213 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Blake Forsythe, 2B, LAD
18.214 D.J. Short (Rotoworld)- Sam Dyson, RP, TEX
18.215 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs)-Jason Heyward, OF, CHC
18.216 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Matt Wieters, C, FA

19.217 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Adam Duvall, OF, CIN
19.218 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Didi Gregorius, SS, NYY
19.219 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Greg Bird, 1B, NYY
19.220 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Garrett Richards, SP, LAA
19.221 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - Rajai Davis, OF, OAK
19.222 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) - Kole Calhoun, OF, LAA
19.223 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Anthony DeSclafani, SP, CIN
19.224 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Daniel Norris, SP, DET
19.225 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Blake Snell, SP, TB
19.226 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Dylan Bundy, SP, BAL
19.227 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Greg Holland, RP, COL
19.228 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, BOS

 

This is a fascinating mix of reclamation projects, intriguing young talent and specialists. One of my favorite reclamation projects is Heyward, a hitter who is just too talented to possibly struggle the way he did in 2016. The same can be said of Kemp -- to a lesser extent -- and his numbers after the trade have to inspire a little, even if the sample size is small. Gomez also qualifies, and -- like Kemp -- his numbers were much more in line with his talent after the move to Texas. The SP run of Norris, Snell and Bundy was also very interesting. All three have considerable talent and have shown the ability to miss bats, it’s just a matter of showing consistency and health, particularly for Bundy and Norris. The Bird pick is also notable. He may lose some playing time to the recently-signed Chris Carter, but he can really hit, and if he’s fully recovered the Yankees are going to find a way to get him into the lineup.

 

Rounds 20-22

 

20.229 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Travis d’Arnaud, C, NYM
20.230 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA
20.231 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Russell Martin, C, TOR
20.232 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Blake Swihart, OF/C, BOS
20.233 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Ender Inciarte, OF, ATL
20.234 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Austin Hedges, C, SD
20.235 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) - Francisco Rodriguez, RP, DET
20.236 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - Orlando Arcia, SS, MIL
20.237 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Neftali Feliz, RP, MIL
20.238 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Alex Cobb, SP, TB
20.239 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
20.240 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Ivan Nova, SP, PIT

21.241 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Junior Guerra, SP, MIL
21.242 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
21.243 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Mike Zunino, C, SEA
21.244 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Taijuan Walker, SP, AZ
21.245 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - Lance Lynn, SP, STL
21.246 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) - John Lackey, SP, CHC
21.247 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Matt Shoemaker, SP, LAA
21.248 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Starlin Castro, 2B, NYY
21.249 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - A.J. Reed, 1B, HOU
21.250 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Tony Watson, RP, PIT
21.251 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Mike Montgomery, SP, CHC
21.252 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Cody Bellinger, 1B, LAD

22.253 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Rafael Devers, 3B, BOS
22.254 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Drew Smyly, SP, SEA
22.255 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Yulieski Gurriel, 3B, HOU
22.256 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Alex Reyes, SP, STL
22.257 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Stephen Vogt, C, OAK
22.258 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Brad Zimmer, OF, CLE
22.259 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) - Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN
22.260 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - Gleyber Torres, SS, NYY
22.261 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, NYM
22.262 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Amed Rosario, SS, NYM
22.263 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Tanner Roark, SP, WAS
22.264 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Kendrys Morales, UTIL, TOR

 

I won’t say who or which player, but someone in the mock draft chat brought up the fact that a particular player is going ahead of Felix Hernandez. Several times. It was a down year, but if he’s even a semblance of the 2012-2015 version of King Felix he’s a steal. There are several talented prospects here to discuss, starting with the shortstops at the end of round 22. Gleyber Torres flashes big upside and was the MVP of the Arizona Fall League; he could be the Yankees’ shortstop by 2018. The same can be said about Rosario, just trade Mets for Yankees and take away that AFL MVP. Bellinger also deserves discussion. The industry is higher than me, but he flashes the ability to hit for average and power, and he might be ready to help the Dodgers right now, assuming they find room for him. Of the non-prospects, the most interesting arm in this group is Walker. He hasn’t shown a lick of consistency, but the chance to face the National League and the change of scenery could help him reestablish his once impressive stature. I also liked the Montgomery pick; even if he’s not part of the rotation, he can miss bats and keep the ball in the park. You can do worse.

 

Rounds 23-25

 

23.265 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Drew Pomeranz, SP, BOS
23.266 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - J.A. Happ, SP, TOR
23.267 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Mike Napoli, 1B, TEX
23.268 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Dan Vogelbach, 1B, SEA
23.269 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - Jim Johnson, RP, ATL
23.270 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) -Nick Senzel, 3B, CIN
23.271 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Matt Strahm, RP, KC
23.272 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Adam Conley, SP, MIA
23.273 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Tyler Glasnow, SP, PIT
23.274 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Francis Martes, SP, HOU
23.275 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Tommy Joseph, 1B, PIT
23.276 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Mike Foltynewicz, SP, ATL

24.277 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Joe Musgrove, SP, HOU
24.278 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Aaron Judge, OF, NYY
24.279 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - J.P. Crawford, SS, PHI
24.280 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Jorge Alfaro, C, PHI
24.281 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - Hernan Perez, 3B, MIL
24.282 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Franklin Barreto, SS, OAK
24.283 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) - Matt Holliday, OF, NYY
24.284 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - Jarrod Dyson, OF, SEA
24.285 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Tyler Skaggs, SP, LAA
24.286 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Carlos Beltran, OF, HOU
24.287 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Hunter Pence, OF, SF
25.288 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Cesar Hernandez, 2B, PHI

25.289 Drew Silva (Rotoworld) - Dan Straily, SP, MIA
25.290 Ben Duronio (RotoGraphs) - Welington Castillo, C, BAL
25.291 D.J. Short (Rotoworld) - Nate Jones, RP, CHW
25.292 Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) - Zack Collins, C, CHW
25.293 Ryan Boyer (Rotoworld) - Yadier Molina, C, STL
25.294 Matthew Pouliot (Rotoworld) -Michael Pineda, SP, NYY
25.295 Dave Shovein (Rotoworld) - Mitch Haniger, OF, SEA
25.296 Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ) - CJ Cron, 1B, LAA
25.297 Ben Diamond (Dynasty Guru) - Marco Estrada, SP, TOR
25.298 Christopher Crawford (Rotoworld) - Clint Frazier, OF, NYY
25.299 Nathan Grimm (Rotoworld) - Leodys Taveras, OF, TEX
25.300 James Anderson (RotoWire) - Chance Sisco, C, BAL

 

Lots of prospects in these last three rounds as we’d expect, but even this late, there were plenty of interesting big-leaguers that went late. Drew Pomeranz will probably be forever known as “the guy traded for Anderson Espinoza,” but even if it’s in relief, he can miss bats and limit self-inflicted damage. Dan Vogelbach has always been a better fantasy prospect than a real-life one, because his inability to run or play defense won’t show up on a fantasy scorecard. One of the prospect picks I liked the most was Judge; yes, he struggled mightily in his time with the Yankees, but with plus power and his ability to hit the ball out the other way, he has a chance to be a very nice fantasy player, particularly with the short porch in Yankees Stadium.

Christopher Crawford

Christopher Crawford is a baseball and college football writer for NBC Sports Edge. Follow him on Twitter @Crawford_MILB.