Oh boy, does it feel good to be back! Now I am sure we are all thinking the same thing right now: With baseball season right around the corner, meaning Fantasy Baseball will be back soon, that has to mean that there is going to be a So-Called Fantasy Experts One-Man Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft! Maybe not? Oh well, suck it up, because that is what you are gong to get.
Well that was interesting. You may now be wondering, what is a One-Man Mock Draft? Basically, I will be using the brilliant Fantasy Pros Draft Wizard tool (if you haven’t even used it, I highly recommend it) and will go through and draft my team against the other computers.
For this mock draft, I will be assuming the spot of an owner of a 12-team rotisserie league snake draft. I will also be using the default Draft Wizard roster settings (C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 3 OF, 2 UTIL, 2 SP, 2 RP, 4 P, 6 BN).
One of the most underrated features of the Draft Wizard is that it randomizes your draft order for you so you don’t have to waste an entire 15 seconds of your life going onto a random number generator and having it pick a number for you. When I went onto the Draft Wizard, I was given the fourth pick, and then I pressed start draft and well, started my draft.
So, without further adieu, let’s get into the mock.
2017 Fantasy Baseball One-Man Mock Draft
1.4: Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs
As I said previously, I was given the fourth overall pick in this draft. The first three picks went as follows: Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and Clayton Kershaw. That left me with a decision at pick #4 that obviously shapes the way that the rest of my draft will go: Jose Altuve or Kris Bryant.
Yes, Altuve combines a crazy average with a good amount of steals and his fair share of home runs. And yes, he is able to do this at a very thin offensive position. However, there was no way I could pass up on the reigning NL MVP in Kris Bryant. He will give me (hopefully) anywhere from 40-50 (yes, I said 50) home runs this year as well as about 130 RBIs, all while maintaining a good average and scoring plenty of runs. In other words, yes please.
2.21: Noah Syndergaard, SP, New York Mets
Usually, I like to go with hitters for at least the first two rounds. However, when I saw Thor available at this pick, I couldn’t pass him up. He will give me elite strikeout numbers as well as plenty of wins and a solid ERA. He is a true ace, and is the perfect player to anchor my rotation. I was just lucky to get him when he fell to me. I can’t wait to see what he can do in his age-24 season.
3.28: Corey Kluber, SP, Cleveland Indians
When I said that I usually like to go with hitters for at least the first two rounds, that sort of implied that I usually wait on pitchers. However, this draft slot gave me a new opportunity: Thor+Klubot. Corey Kluber had an “off” season last year, but really was one of the best pitchers in baseball if you look at his underlying numbers. Having Kluber as my second starter gives me a crazy strength at SP, and also gives me the opportunity to wait a bit until I get my third starter.
4.45: Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies
First off, it is always good to add hitters to your team that play at Coors Field. Call it a bonus when they are as good as Cargo. He was able to hit .298 with 25 homers last year. Even though he dropped 15 homers from the previous season, he was able to make it all fine by almost reaching the .300 plateau for his batting average. I expect a bounce-back year in the home run category while still maintaining great RBI and run numbers, and that makes for a solid OF1.
5.52: Yoenis Cespedes, OF, New York Mets
After picking up Cargo in the previous round, I was ecstatic to be able to pair him with Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes is a great contributor in the home run and RBI categories, and I expect a big year from him. While he isn’t the best in the average category, he won’t hurt you there either, and not many teams would be able to have Yoenis as their OF2.
6.69: Ian Kinsler, 2B, Detriot Tigers
In the sixth round, I was very happy to nab Ian Kinsler. Kinsler had a huge season last year, batting .288 with 28 home runs. This is amazing for a middle infielder. While I expect him to regress a bit in the home run department, he’ll still give me plenty of RBI and runs, as well as average, and that makes him a great contributor for my team.
7.76: Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles
This is the point where my team really started to come together. I had a solid pitching foundation and already had great production at the RBI, HR, and R spots. Chris Davis sealed the deal on the last part. I got myself another elite contributor at those three categories.
While he will surely hurt my average, that is something that I can definitely work to make up for with the rest of my draft. It was also around this point that I decided to punt steals, as I didn’t want to have to go chase the leftover steals players who are mostly low-average players who only contribute with steals.
8.93: Willson Contreras, C, Chicago Cubs
In all of my drafts, I always like to grab a good catcher. For this particular draft, I opted to go with the Cubs budding backstop star. Contreras is a great hitter for the catcher position. While he wont hit too many homers, he should have a solid amount of RBI and runs playing in one of the league’s best lineups, and he will be one of the few catchers that will actually help you in the average category.
9.100: Edwin Diaz, RP, Seattle Mariners
Next, it was time to get back to work on my pitching staff. I was shocked to see nine closers off the board, yet Edwin Diaz was still available. Diaz is one of my favorite closers in the game and I believe he has unlimited upside to help me at the saves department. This was a no-brainer pick for me.
10.117: Danny Salazar, SP, Cleveland Indians
Oh boy, if Salazar could stay healthy, then this would be one nasty pitching staff. I already have two aces, and now I add Salazar, who was the front-runner for the AL Cy Young award until he got hurt. With my staff great as it stands, I could afford to take the risk. If it pays off, then I would be set at the SP position.
11.124: Adam Eaton, OF, Washington Nationals
To complete my starting outfield, I was able to grab Adam Eaton in the 11th round. Not much to say here other than you know what you get with Eaton. Solid average (which will help me make up for the Chris Davis pick) and a decent contribution at every other category. You can’t ask much more from your OF3.
12.141: Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Toronto Blue Jays
Seeing that I needed a shortstop, I looked at the available players and was shocked to see Tulo still there. Even though he is getting older and doesn’t have the best average, he still will be one of the top power contributors at the shortstop position. Getting a value like this in the 12th round made a perfect addition to my team.
13.143: Steven Matz, SP, New York Mets
Again, since I was able to grab two stud aces early on in the draft, I was able to go in a little bit more of the upside route by picking Matz in this round. Just like Salazar, he carries injury potential. However, also like Salazar, he has huge potential if he is able to stay on the field.
14.165: Hunter Pence, OF, San Francisco Giants
Here I was able to pick a very similar player to Adam Eaton, who I drafted earlier. He wont be stellar in any category, but he will be a decent player in all five of them. I really like having these types of players as OF4/UTIL, so that’s is why I went with Pence here.
15.172: Carlos Rodon, SP, Chicago White Sox
This will be the last upside pitcher, I promise. I really do like the flexibility that drafting two aces gave me, as now I have drafted three straight high-upside guys. Not all of them have to fully pan out for my rotation to be elite, but all of them have very reasonable chances to do so.
Rodon is one of my favorite pitchers. He is a lefty with electric stuff, and that is always music to the ears of any Fantasy player. I believe Rodon will breakout this year with career highs in strikeouts, wins and ERA and could even finish in the Top 30 of Fantasy pitchers. But then again, if he doesn’t reach that mark, he will still be solid, and I have plenty of talent to make up for it.
16.189: Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians
Here I began to kind of regret picking both Adam Eaton and Hunter Pence, but you can never have enough outfielders. In Brantley I get a third player who fits the mold of being solid in all categories, but here I get the extra upside factor. Brantley is only a few years removed from being an OF1, and if he can stay healthy, that is his upside. He is a steal for me here.
17.196: Hector Neris, RP, Philidelphia Phillies
At this point, I felt solid about most parts of my roster besides saves. I had one great closer in Edwin Diaz, but I usually like to grab at least two, preferably three. So due to my solid current roster, I felt that I could overpay and use back-to-back picks on closers. First, I picked Hector Neris of the Phillies. Saves were scarce at this point in the draft, so I felt that I would go with the best pure pitchers available rather than the best team, and that is what led me to picking Neris. With 102 strikeouts last season, I expect a good season out of him.
18.213: Fernando Rodney, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Then, I went and picked the old and reliable Fernando Rodney. He is aging, but he should be able to hold onto the closer job now in Arizona after a great season last year. These two players, combined with Edwin Diaz, should make me at least serviceable in the saves department.
At this point, I just had to fill out my six bench slots. I started it off by drafting Drew Pomeranz, someone who I think will be a great addition to the end of my rotation. Next, I drafted my backup catchers in Wilson Ramos. He was amazing last year, and when he comes back from injury, I would have a good trade piece for other teams in need of a catcher. He also would make good insurance behind Willson Contreras.
Then, I went over to second base and drafted Neil Walker. He is someone who will hit a decent average while hitting a good amount of home runs from the second base spot, and that makes a great bench player.
After that, I went with Chris Carter. While he will kill your batting average, he led the NL in homers last year, making him a crazy good value in the late rounds of the draft. Kyle Barraclough of the Miami Marlins was my next pick. He currently is not the closer for the Marlins, but is extremely talented and I believe he will surpass A.J. Ramos as the Marlins closer this season, the worst case scenario is a stud middle reliever, which never hurts.
Lastly, I was shocked to see Robbie Ray available in the last round, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to add his crazy amount of strikeouts to my roster.
All in all, I believe this was a solid draft. My pitching could be absolutely dominant if a couple of my high upside guys pan out, and I have plenty of hitting talent for home runs, RBIs, runs and average. This is definitely a dangerous squad.
I hope you enjoyed this One-Man Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft. Be sure to check out other articles from our Draft Kit here at So-Called Fantasy Experts.
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