With the Fantasy Baseball season ramping up, I will be reviewing a mock draft done on Yahoo. I drafted out of the 9th spot in a 12 team league. Basic Yahoo formats are a roster of 23 players, with your standard starting lineup, two UTIL, two SP, two RP, and four P spots. There are also five bench spots. This differs quite a bit from the ESPN construction, where you have middle and corner infielders, but also five outfield spots.
1.9 - Juan Soto - Trea Turner was the projected guy here based on ADP, yet with a quick turnaround, I preferred Trevor Story at my SS position. Juan Soto is one of the best hitters in baseball, and deserving of a top ten pick. This ended up working out well as I snagged Story who gives me more power than Turner and still puts in stolen bases.
2.16 - Trevor Story - A shortstop who can knock 40 HR and 20 SB in any given season, sign me up. A Soto-Story combo gives me plenty of power, runs, and RBI already also projecting for around 30 steals between the two of them.
3.33 - Rafael Devers - One of 2019's breakout studs was no fluke. His plate skills really took a turn for being an above average hitter. He hits to all fields and will still be in a great Red Sox lineup to produce.
5.57 - Ketel Marte - He is someone going in the 4th and 5th rounds of most leagues. His batted and expected numbers from last season backed the big breakout. I expect a slight decrease in home runs, but still a double digit steals guy. He also has great multi-position eligibility.
7.81 - Jose Abreu - An uber consistent first base option, who is always good for 25+ home runs and does not kill your average. There isn't much difference between him, Goldschmidt, and Rizzo these days, except Abreu tends to go a round or two later.
9.105 - Nicholas Castellanos - I could not click his name fast enough. Chances are he is going to go a round or even two ahead of where he fell in this draft. The shift to Cincinnati is going to be a bump for his fantasy value.
12.136 - Franmil Reyes - For my third outfield spot, Franmil Reyes is a big power upside guy. I have a fair amount of strong average players already, so I can take a few true boom or bust power options.
14.160 - Amed Rosario - This was a bleh range for me, and Amed Rosario isn't necessarily a guy I was after. This range I could have easily skipped, as I knew guys I would have reached for would still be there next pick. However he chips in with some steals. My first real dislike pick of the draft, especially with Segura and Didi still out there.
15.177 - Khris Davis - A big boom or bust power bat here, who had a down year in 2019. Generally you take a flier on this guy in the right build, and he is going later than usual in drafts this season.
17.201 - Garrett Hampson - One of the young Colorado studs who can breakout this season. Has really good speed and should get plenty of time.
19.225 - J.D. Davis - This guy absolutely mashes, and hit over .300 last season with 22 homers. He projects well again this year, and is a nice late round grab.
20.232 - Eric Hosmer - Not a sexy fantasy guy, but needing a backup first baseman I had some limited options.
21.249 - Omar Narvaez - Basically a guy I want to get all draft season. A nice park shift to Milwaukee from Seattle, and this guy is a solid hitting catcher. Has a chance to hit .270 with 20 HRs on a better team and better ballpark.
23.273 - Wil Myers - Wil Myers has had his durability issues, and taking him late is still worth it. There is 20/20 potential if he can stay healthy.
4.40 - Luis Castillo - With a long wait until I get back around, I reach a bit for Luis Castillo. He is a potential 200+ strikeout guy with a low WHIP and a chance to nab a ton of wins this year. Castillo is also someone I can count on for innings, and that wasn't the case with a few names around.
6.64 - Luis Severino - Getting a discount on an injured pitcher from last season here. Luis Severino's return value has a chance to be huge given he is going outside of the first few rounds. Potentially getting an SP1 in the 6th round is big.
8.88 - Roberto Osuna - I was originally going to draft Eddie Rosario here, but he went a pick before. I wasn't fond of the outfielders in this range, so I grabbed a top tier closer who should have 35+ saves this season. Not as big of strikeout arm as the others, but that is fine.
10.112 - Brad Hand - I jumped the gun a bit here, seeing that I could have grabbed a few closers later on. Still a guy with 30+ save upside, but not happy with this one.
11.129 - Madison Bumgarner - A shift to the desert isn't going to be a big deal, and a workhorse arm who can hopefully avoid those random injuries is a great value with the 11th pick.
13.153 - Mike Minor - Danny Santana was sniped right before as I was looking for a super utility guy with 20/20 potential. Mike Minor in this range isn't too bad, as I have most of my SP positions solidified already. He is another innings eater, who has shown consistency in Texas.
16.184 - Mike Foltynewicz - He battled injuries early in the year, and finished the second half strong. He can be a strikeout per inning guy, and carry an ERA under four. As a fifth starter, I like that a lot.
18.208 - Keone Kela - Won't notch a ton of saves, but could find himself in the 20-25 range. He has good strikeout stuff, and an excellent third reliever option to pair with the other two.
22.256 - Steven Matz - Going to be someone to work in and out of starts as he is somewhat matchup dependent. An average left-handed arm that will have some value throughout the year.