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Major League Mayhem’s Second Mock Draft

We here at Major League Mayhem are big fans of fantasy baseball. So much so that we are going to be mock drafting every chance we get. This is our second draft and many of us have picks that we like, and some picks that we walk away going “that was dumb.” This draft was a six-by-six roto league, we are all pretty excited about how our teams turned out

Draft Format

10 team, Mixed, Snake Draft

Roster Settings

C, 1B,2B,SS,3B, CI, MI, UT(Any Hitter) – 1 Each

Outfield- 4

Starting Pitchers- 5

Relief Pitchers- 4

21 Active, 5 reserve

Scoring Format

6X6 Roto

Hitting – Avg, HR, OBP, RBI, R, SB

Pitching- K, ERA, WHIP, Saves, Holds, Quality Starts

Below is the  draft results as well as what each writer believed to be their best, worst, and sleeper picks.

 

Rnd Rhys’ Team Honey Nut Ichiros Jermaine’s Team Team Shroyer Shake N Bake Team Metz The Lindor Truffle Shuffle Wright to Bear Arms New Team 9 Bronx iz Burning
1 Trout, Mike

LAA (CF)

Betts, Mookie

BOS (RF)

Altuve, José

HOU (2B)

Bryant, Kris

CHC (3B)

Kershaw, Clayton

LAD (SP)

Arenado, Nolan

COL (3B)

Goldschmidt, Paul

ARI (1B)

Machado, Manny

BAL (3B)

Donaldson, Josh

TOR (3B)

Seager, Corey

LAD (SS)

2 Villar, Jonathan

MIL (SS)

Votto, Joey

CIN (1B)

Bumgarner, Madison

SF (SP)

Blackmon, Charlie

COL (CF)

Correa, Carlos

HOU (SS)

Turner, Trea

WAS (2B)

Rizzo, Anthony

CHC (1B)

Harper, Bryce

WAS (RF)

Scherzer, Max

WAS (SP)

Cabrera, Miguel

DET (1B)

3 Canó, Robinson

SEA (2B)

Dozier, Brian

MIN (2B)

Syndergaard, Noah

NYM (SP)

Freeman, Freddie

ATL (1B)

Segura, Jean

SEA (2B)

Lindor, Francisco

CLE (SS)

Kluber, Corey

CLE (SP)

Sale, Chris

BOS (SP)

Marte, Starling

PIT (LF)

Bogaerts, Xander

BOS (SS)

4 Stanton, Giancarlo

MIA (RF)

Lester, Jon

CHC (SP)

Myers, Wil

SD (1B)

Verlander, Justin

DET (SP)

Odor, Rougned

TEX (2B)

Arrieta, Jake

CHC (SP)

Story, Trevor

COL (SS)

Springer, George

HOU (RF)

Encarnación, Edwin

(N/A) (1B)

Seager, Kyle

SEA (3B)

5 Murphy, Daniel

WAS (2B)

Darvish, Yu

TEX (SP)

Sánchez, Gary

NYY (C)

Martínez, J.D.

DET (RF)

Cueto, Johnny

SF (SP)

Posey, Buster

SF (C)

Braun, Ryan

MIL (LF)

Pollock, A.J.

ARI (CF)

Abreu, José

CHW (1B)

Jansen, Kenley

(N/A) (RP)

6 Strasburg, Stephen

WAS (SP)

Lucroy, Jonathan

TEX (C)

Céspedes, Yoenis

NYM (CF)

Yelich, Christian

MIA (LF)

Price, David

BOS (SP)

Archer, Chris

TB (SP)

Britton, Zach

BAL (RP)

Gordon, Dee

MIA (2B)

Cruz, Nelson

SEA (RF)

Chapman, Aroldis

NYY (RP)

7 Trumbo, Mark

(N/A) (RF)

Béltre, Adrián

TEX (3B)

Carpenter, Matt

STL (3B)

Carrasco, Carlos

CLE (SP)

Hamilton, Billy

CIN (CF)

Ramírez, Hanley

BOS (1B)

Kinsler, Ian

DET (2B)

Polanco, Grégory

PIT (RF)

Kipnis, Jason

CLE (2B)

Hamels, Cole

TEX (SP)

8 Frazier, Todd

CHW (3B)

Davis, Chris

BAL (1B)

Longoria, Evan

TB (3B)

LeMahieu, DJ

COL (2B)

Dahl, David

COL (LF)

McCutchen, Andrew

PIT (CF)

González, Carlos

COL (RF)

Martínez, Carlos

STL (SP)

Hendricks, Kyle

CHC (SP)

Miller, Andrew

CLE (RP)

9 Schwarber, Kyle

CHC (LF)

Contreras, Willson

CHC (C)

deGrom, Jacob

NYM (SP)

Rendón, Anthony

WAS (3B)

Núñez, Eduardo

SF (SS)

Melancon, Mark

SF (RP)

Bregman, Alex

HOU (3B)

Quintana, José

CHW (SP)

Desmond, Ian

COL (CF)

Teherán, Julio

ATL (SP)

10 Báez, Javier

CHC (3B)

Kimbrel, Craig

BOS (RP)

Greinke, Zack

ARI (SP)

Santana, Carlos

CLE (1B)

Osuna, Roberto

TOR (RP)

Bautista, José

(N/A) (RF)

Tanaka, Masahiro

NYY (SP)

Ramírez, José

CLE (3B)

Sánchez, Aarón

TOR (SP)

Upton, Justin

DET (LF)

11 Porcello, Rick

BOS (SP)

Betances, Dellin

NYY (RP)

Pedroia, Dustin

BOS (2B)

Oh, Seung Hwan

STL (RP)

Davis, Khris

OAK (LF)

Miller, Brad

TB (SS)

Díaz, Edwin

SEA (RP)

Realmuto, J.T.

MIA (C)

Hosmer, Eric

KC (1B)

Piscotty, Stephen

STL (RF)

12 Fulmer, Michael

DET (SP)

Russell, Addison

CHC (SS)

Jones, Adam

BAL (CF)

Kemp, Matt

ATL (RF)

Davis, Wade

CHC (RP)

Familia, Jeurys

NYM (RP)

Herrera, Odubel

PHI (CF)

Duffy, Danny

KC (SP)

Gattis, Evan

HOU (C)

Roark, Tanner

WAS (SP)

13 Franco, Maikel

PHI (3B)

Sano, Miguel

MIN (RF)

Benintendi, Andrew

BOS (LF)

Allen, Cody

CLE (RP)

Colomé, Álex

TB (RP)

Duvall, Adam

CIN (LF)

Hill, Rich

LAD (SP)

Turner, Justin

(N/A) (3B)

Bradley Jr., Jackie

BOS (CF)

Mazara, Nomar

TEX (RF)

14 Urías, Julio

LAD (SP)

Andrus, Elvis

TEX (SS)

Diaz, Aledmys

STL (SS)

Cole, Gerrit

PIT (SP)

Buxton, Byron

MIN (CF)

Salazar, Danny

CLE (SP)

Pérez, Salvador

KC (C)

Giles, Ken

HOU (RP)

Maeda, Kenta

LAD (SP)

Hernández, Félix

SEA (SP)

15 Grandal, Yasmani

LAD (C)

Robertson, David

CHW (RP)

Pence, Hunter

SF (RF)

Swanson, Dansby

ATL (SS)

Lamb, Jake

ARI (3B)

Odorizzi, Jake

TB (SP)

Paxton, James

SEA (SP)

Thornburg, Tyler

BOS (RP)

Zobrist, Ben

CHC (2B)

Rodon, Carlos

CHW (SP)

16 Gausman, Kevin

BAL (SP)

Keuchel, Dallas

HOU (SP)

Herrera, Kelvin

KC (RP)

Reyes, Álex

STL (SP)

Pujols, Albert

LAA (1B)

Happ, J.A.

TOR (SP)

Healy, Ryon

OAK (3B)

Pérez, Hernán

MIL (3B)

Tomás, Yasmany

ARI (LF)

Inciarte, Ender

ATL (CF)

17 Ramos, A.J.

MIA (RP)

Heyward, Jason

CHC (RF)

Gray, Sonny

OAK (SP)

Dyson, Sam

TEX (RP)

Brantley, Michael

CLE (LF)

Eaton, Adam

WAS (RF)

Belt, Brandon

SF (1B)

González, Adrián

LAD (1B)

Taillon, Jameson

PIT (SP)

Tulowitzki, Troy

TOR (SS)

18 Gray, Jon

COL (SP)

Fowler, Dexter

STL (CF)

Beltrán, Carlos

HOU (RF)

Cain, Lorenzo

KC (CF)

Nola, Aaron

PHI (SP)

Forsythe, Logan

TB (2B)

Rodríguez, Francisco

DET (RP)

Harvey, Matt

NYM (SP)

Iglesias, Raisel

CIN (SP)

Molina, Yadier

STL (C)

19 DeSclafani, Anthony

CIN (SP)

Velásquez, Vince

PHI (SP)

Watson, Tony

PIT (RP)

Martin, Russell

TOR (C)

Matz, Steven

NYM (SP)

Ottavino, Adam

COL (RP)

Dayton, Grant

LAD (RP)

Peraza, José

CIN (2B)

Maurer, Brandon

SD (RP)

Walker, Neil

NYM (2B)

20 Glasnow, Tyler

PIT (SP)

Jones, Nate

CHW (RP)

Rondón, Héctor

CHC (RP)

Phelps, David

MIA (RP)

McCullers, Lance

HOU (SP)

Bruce, Jay

NYM (RF)

Moore, Matt

SF (SP)

Ray, Robbie

ARI (SP)

Bundy, Dylan

BAL (SP)

Pomeranz, Drew

BOS (SP)

21 Johnson, Jim

ATL (RP)

Renfroe, Hunter

SD (RF)

Holland, Greg

(N/A) (RP)

Stroman, Marcus

TOR (SP)

Reed, Addison

NYM (RP)

Andriese, Matt

TB (SP)

Gómez, Carlos

TEX (CF)

Cotton, Jharel

OAK (SP)

Devenski, Chris

HOU (RP)

Barraclough, Kyle

MIA (RP)

22 Madson, Ryan

OAK (RP)

Ozuna, Marcell

MIA (CF)

Crawford, Brandon

SF (SS)

Neris, Héctor

PHI (RP)

Manaea, Sean

OAK (SP)

Snell, Blake

TB (SP)

Richards, Garrett

LAA (SP)

Castellanos, Nick

DET (3B)

Schoop, Jonathan

BAL (2B)

Napoli, Mike

(N/A) (1B)

23 Moncada, Yoan

CHW (3B)

Edwards Jr., Carl

CHC (RP)

Carter, Chris

(N/A) (1B)

Ross, Joe

WAS (SP)

Giolito, Lucas

CHW (SP)

Finnegan, Brandon

CIN (SP)

Calhoun, Kole

LAA (RF)

Guerra, Júnior

MIL (SP)

Semien, Marcus

OAK (SS)

Puig, Yasiel

LAD (RF)

24 Arcia, Orlando

MIL (SS)

Strahm, Matt

KC (RP)

Morales, Kendrys

TOR (DH)

Rodríguez, Eduardo

BOS (SP)

Judge, Aaron

NYY (RF)

Straily, Dan

CIN (SP)

Shoemaker, Matt

LAA (SP)

Estrada, Marco

TOR (SP)

McCann, Brian

HOU (C)

Cabrera, Melky

CHW (LF)

25 Reyes, José

NYM (SS)

Eickhoff, Jerad

PHI (SP)

Anderson, Tim

CHW (SS)

Davis, Rajai

(N/A) (CF)

Maybin, Cameron

LAA (CF)

Gyorko, Jedd

STL (2B)

Lackey, John

CHC (SP)

Musgrove, Joe

HOU (RP)

Gregorius, Didi

NYY (SS)

Bird, Greg

NYY (1B)

26 Alfaro, Jorge

PHI (C)

Margot, Manuel

SD (CF)

Ellsbury, Jacoby

NYY (CF)

Samardzija, Jeff

SF (SP)

Wieters, Matt

(N/A) (C)

Martínez, Víctor

DET (DH)

Kiermaier, Kevin

TB (CF)

Martín, Leonys

SEA (CF)

Kang, Jung Ho

PIT (3B)

Pederson, Joc

LAD (CF)

 

 

Rhys’ Team

Best Pick: Mark Trumbo, while Mike Trout would be an easy pick, I love that I got Trumbo in the seventh. If Trout’s former teammate lands in Colorado I will love this pick even more. I believe that this past year for Trumbo was not a fluke and he could replicate these numbers in the right situation. With Colorado’s quest to outscore every team he would make the Rockies among the most dangerous teams to play on any given night. If for some reason he doesn’t join the mile high city, he still is a great pick in the top of the seventh round.

Worst Pick: Stephen Strasburg in the sixth round is a move I’m not a big fan of. He was my tenth best pitcher but I like to wait for pitchers. I just don’t feel comfortable as having him as my ace because of his injury history. I’m not opposed to selecting pitchers early but I love to wait and build up a pitching staff of solid secondary pitchers with upside. It was a risky pick that I could regret down the line but he always has the potential to end the season as a top five pitcher.

Sleeper Pick: Jorge Alfaro is my sleeper this year. I am probably the biggest fan of Alfaro that is not a part of his immediate family. Getting him in the twenty sixth round pick is a great get because I believe he could end the season as a top three catcher and to get that as not only my twenty sixth round pick but he could be the best value in fantasy sports as he was the last pick. I believe this is Alfaro’s year to make the impact, I will take him every chance I get.

-Rhys White

Honey Nut Ichiros

Best pick: Joey Votto, 2nd round. In an OBP league he can mask a bad player pretty easily and it allowed me to gamble. Pairing Votto and Davis gives me a solid 1B/CI combo.

Worst pick: Darvish, 5th round. I could’ve gone with Posey or even Sanchez and felt better about my catcher spot than I do with Lucroy and Darvish is a very similar pitcher to what I could’ve got a round or two later.

Sleeper: Contreras, 9th round. I really like that he has dual eligibility in the outfield and behind the plate. It gives me good bench flexibility and it helps that I think the player is going to continue to improve.

-Ryan Pierce

Jermaine

Best Pick: Noah Syndergaard is the best pick. Landing him in the third round is great value. He has the potential to finish the season as the top pitcher because of his talents and the team that is built around him. Especially with him being my second pitcher, after taking Bumgarner the round before, I decided to double down and grab two top five pitchers.

Worst Pick: Zack Greinke, not because I believe he is a bad value in the tenth round but because I have used four of my top ten picks on pitching. Going with him builds a dominant pitching core but I had to scramble as other teams had built better batting lineups.

Sleeper Pick: Aledmys Diaz. He has all the potential to build upon what he did last year and add to that. Grabbing him in the fourteenth round is a move that could pay huge dividends. It is just one of those moves that help win championships because I got great value.

-Jermaine

Team Shroyer

Overall: I felt really “meh” after this draft. I had my internet go out a few times so some of my picks were autopicked, but I didn’t love the players around those spots anyway. As of right now, the #4 spot is not somewhere I want to pick this offseason/preseason. The first 10 or so rounds went O.K., but after that I really didn’t “love” my team.

Best Pick: Carlos Santana, 1B, Cleveland Indians (Rd. 10, Pick 7, #97 overall) I love taking Santana in OBP leagues. A consistent source of 20+ homers (he set a career high of 34 in his age 30 season of 2016), he has maintained his signature on-base ability to the tune of a career mark of .365 (.358 in 2016). Additionally, he is durable. Since becoming a full-timer in 2011, the fewest amount of games he has played in a season is 143, and he also set a career high in that department in 2016 (158). On top of all that, he has shown the ability to swipe a few bags (a rarity at 1B), with 16 over the past three seasons. The downside is his batting average, but he kept it at a respectable .259 this past season. I think he’s a great value for a corner infield spot in the 10th round.

Worst Pick: Lorenzo Cain, OF, Kansas City Royals (Rd. 18, Pick 7, #177 overall)I like Lorenzo Cain, but in hindsight, this was a spot were I should have addressed my bullpen, since this league counts both saves and holds, and my outfield already looked pretty good with J.D. Martinez, Christian Yelich, and Matt Kemp. I struggled to find the bullpen help I needed later on.

Sleeper: Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, Boston Red Sox (Rd. 24, Pick 7, #237 overall)I like Rodriguez to bounce back this year. As his legs got healthy towards the end of the year, he was able to correct some clunky mechanics that were part of the reason he was getting shelled so often (tipping his pitches also contributed to that). He flashed his potential in the second half, pitching to a 3.24 ERA with a little over a strikeout per inning over 14 starts. He got even better over the last two months of 2016, where he held batters to a .188/.268/.294 triple slash and put up a 12% swinging strike rate. Here’s hoping he can build on that short-sample dominance in 2017.

-Patrick Shroyer

Shake n Bake

Best Pick – Michael Brantley – Cleveland Indians – Outfielder – 17th round. Only in a December mock would this happen.  Once word gets out that he is healthy or will be ready for Spring Training his draft stock will improve drastically.  Speaking of which I just heard today, Monday, December 5th that Brantley will be or should be ready for Spring Training.  With that kind of news taking Brantley in the 17th round is the type of pick that elevates you to the top of the league.  One can only hope you can get this kind of quality this late in a draft come March.  Highly Unlikely but I’ll take it when i can.

Worse Pick – Eduardo Nunez – San Francisco Giants – 3B/SS – 9th Round. I like his ability to steal bases and in a roto league that is very useful.  This is my worse pick because I really wanted Alex Bregman.  I thought he might fall another round.  I was wrong as he went 2 picks later and I was kicking myself because Nunez might have fallen instead.  I like my team in many ways and don’t hate the idea of having Nunez on my team.  I would just like my team more if I had just taken Bregman there instead.

Sleeper Pick – Lance McCullers – Houston Astros – SP – 20th Round. I love McCullers and what he can bring to the table.  His stuff is nasty and racks up strikeouts.  The only thing keeping McCullers low on the draft boards is his health.  In the 20th Round though I won’t complain I’ve he misses the season, but if he stays healthy he is very close to being an ace, and could in my opinion take over as the Astros ace this year and beyond.  All he has to do is stay healthy and I have struck pitching gold in the 20th round.

-Eric Sylvester

Team Metz

Best pick: This was a close one between a few players but overall it is definitely Nolan Arenado. He was my first round pick. It came down to him and Hanley Ramirez especially considering last season. Buster Posey would be the third best pick for batters. The best pitcher was Jake Arrieta. Nolan Arenado is not a surprise pick considering what he’s done. He’s the best player on the Colorado Rockies and his statics in 2016 were insane. He hit 41 home runs and drove in 133 according to Fantrax. Not to mention he was batting .298 and the third highest, OBP which he’s tied with Buster Posey and Adam Duvall on my draft, is .362 with Trea Turner having an OBP of .370 also according to Fantrax.

Worst Pick: Jose Bautista had not the best of a season last year but with the numbers he’s capable of putting up he’s not the worst. Some would even say that with Chris Archer’s numbers last season he was the worst pick either. I don’t. Necessarily agree with that either but I feel like based on a season those two would be my picks.

Sleeper Pick: Matt Andriese for sure is a sleeper pick. This pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays at one point was their best pitcher. If a starter in the rotation does get traded it would seem like it would be his job to start. Overall, he may not have the best numbers but there’s upside. Same with Brandon Finnegan who I think will be a solid starter for the Cincinnati Reds.

My draft strategy was to really try and pick players that have the potential to really break out. I drafted players like Adam Duvall and Francisco Lindor which have high ceilings. Duvall can strike out a ton but he provides power and is a home run threat for the Reds. Lindor and even Logan Forsythe won’t get you the most home runs but the average wise they are becoming very good solid hitters in the American League. Forsythe did miss more games than Lindor due to injury which is why He’s only hitting .264 but is capable of hitting over .300 consistently.

-Cecelia Metz

The Lindor Truffle Shuffle

Best Pick: Ryan Braun. Projections have loved Braun the past couple years as he’s led me to a couple league championships during that time. The main factor here, and why he’s being taken so low, is that he hasn’t been a model of perfect health over the years, as well as the PED fiasco from a couple years ago. Braun is still very fantasy relevant, and is actually a fantasy star, combining great power and average with stolen bases.

Worst Pick: Alex Bregman. Although I like this pick and viewed Bregman as one of the safer rookie last year, he’s definitely a more valuable real-life player than fantasy. I reached here due to a definite need and wanting some safety, however I think Bregman will end up putting up somewhat pedestrian fantasy numbers next year. I think .275/.340/.430 is where I’d put his triple slash at, with middling power and a couple stolen bases here and there. A relatively conservative pick for a round that I think I should have focused more on volatility or buying low on a star.

Sleeper: Ryon Healy. Healy broke onto the scene last year with the A’s, which is why he demanded little to no attention when he was called up. He was absolutely rock solid last year, and a great value at a deep position. I can see him hitting .280/.330/.450 next year with roughly twenty home runs. Third base is a deep position, filled with a lot of offense and star power. With Healy, you’ll likely get most of the offense, but none of the star power. Good thing that’s not a category in fantasy.

-Jack Boulia

Wright to Bear Arms

Best Pick: I was able to get Bryce Harper at 13 overall which seems pretty surprising, especially considering his value with getting on base. I personally think Harper in 2017 will be somewhere between his 2015 season and 2016 season. Somewhere along the lines of 25-35 home runs, 80-90 RBIs 80+ runs with a 280/400/500 slashline. In 2016 he added stolen bases to his game as well jumping from 6 in 2015 to 21 in 2016. Harper is now a contributor in every roto category, and I would guess by March or April, you would be praying to be able to have the chance to get Harper at the top of the 2nd round.

Worst pick: I am not the biggest fan of Carlos Martinez at 73. I like Martinez heading into 2017, he will give you a mid 3 ERA with around an 8+ K/9. His WHIP in his first two years has been between 1.2-1.3 and will mostly not change heading into 2017. I don’t mind Martinez in theory, but some things that concern me about Martinez is his lack of quality starts, having only 20 in his 31 games started. He was able to put up 16 wins in 2016 but was able to get 5.1 runs per games started. I look for that number to regress and Martinez to become more of an 12-14 win pitcher. He almost projects similar to Matt Harvey who I was able to get in the end of the draft.

Sleeper PickMatt Harvey in the 18th round seems perfect to gamble on his bounce back. Heading into 2016 he was a consensus top 20 pitcher for fantasy coming off an elite 2015. However he struggled in 2016, partially due to his injury. He was shut down half way through the year. With Harvey you are banking on him performing along the lines of 2015 rather than his 2016 self. Steamer projects him as a mid 3 ERA pitcher, a sub 1.2 WHIP, and a mid 8 K/9. I will take that 100 percent of the time when you are paying a 18th round pick for him, especially with the chance he even exceeds Steamers projections.

-Austin Perodeau

Team Nine

Best Pick: Ian Desmond, landing a Coors hitter in the 9th round is a good value. He had 22 HR’s this past season, it’s not inconceivable for him to increase his output to 30 in the Mile High City. If he stays closer to 25 I believe that I still got great value.

Worst Pick: Starling Marte, while I believe that he will not have as bad of a season as he did this past season, it is still pretty risky to select him in the third round. He had an awful season so he could be a buy low but a third round buy low is to risky.

Sleeper Pick: Jung Ho Kang is a pretty sleepy pick. Despite serious character issues and some very poor judgement landing him in the twenty-sixth round is a great get. If legal action is taken out on him then this could be a very bad pick, but at the moment he is a great value.

Bronx is Burning

Best Pick: Justin Upton, a player that produced 30 homers that also was selected in the tenth round is a great pick. Upton has all the tools to replicate this season and could even add to these numbers.

Worst Pick: Felix Hernandez in the 14th, while he is not a bad option, he is just incredibly risky. I have the type of team to allow me to take this type of risk, but he is still risky despite getting him at an okay value.

Sleeper Pick: Yasiel Puig, the former phenom in the 23. He has all the tools, I am inclined to believe that he can turn his career around and when Puig does I will be reaping the benefit of grabbing him.

-Bryan Webb

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