The second half of our 2015 Fantasy Baseball experts mock draft is in full effect!
Take a look at some of the rosters, as owners start to fill out their Rotisserie league lineups. Corner infielders and even a few designated hitters should start to find their way onto rosters, as owners are looking to snatch up value players that have dropped too far for comfort.
Each owner, from 12 different Fantasy Baseball sites that helped us out with our #Fantasy30for30 Team Previews series, has been writing analysis for each of his picks. So make sure you go back over the past rounds to see how it all went down.
Have a comment about some of these picks — or about how a writer is building his roster? Drop a comment at the bottom of this page. Which player would you have picked? Which team looks the best so far?
This 2015 experts mock draft is for a mixed Rotisserie mock draft, with standard 5×5 scoring, 12 teams, with the starting lineup set up this way: 2-Catchers, 1-1B, 1-2B, 1-3B, 1-SS, 5-OF, 1 corner infielder, 1 middle infielder, one utility hitter and nine pitchers.
Each writer was asked to give a sentence or two of analysis for each pick, so you’ll get to see the thinking behind each selection.
Rounds 1 & 2 | Rounds 3 & 4 | Rounds 5 & 6 | Rounds 7 & 8 | Rounds 9 & 10 | Rounds 11 & 12 | Rounds 15 & 16 | Rounds 17 & 18 | Rounds 19 & 20
13.01 Yasmany Tomas, OF, Arizona
Steve Pimental, FantasyAlarm.com: I’m expecting Brandon Moss-type production, though there is an outside chance Tomas is even better than that. He has a good home ballpark for a power hitter and the Diamondbacks really have no other options at third base. Even if Tomas only bats .220 I think my roster can take a hit in batting average and be just fine. I think there is a lot more speed than power available in the late rounds; Tomas is the last power hitter I really like.
Roster: C-Ramos, 1B-Votto, 2B-Pedroia, SS-Ramirez, 3B-Beltre, OF-Trout/Braun/Cruz/Tomas, SP-Wainwright/Lester/Shields, RP-Melancon
13.02 Joaquin Benoit, RP, San Diego
Chris Zolli, FantasyPros.com: Pimental, your revenge is swift as I was looking at Tomas. Benoit has been successful in the past, posting a 2.01 ERA in 2013 and 1.49 ERA in 2014, and the Padres should be a very good team this year. The issue is that Benoit has very little closing experience, as his 35 saves over the past two seasons consist of 73% of his career saves. Expect him to be closer to 35 saves this season, with his trademark elite control and low ERA that he has shown over the past five seasons, as the Padres compete for the NL wild card
Roster: C-Gomes/Rosario, 1B-Freeman, SS-Zobrist, 3B-Santana, OF-McCutchen/Kemp/Yelich/Betts/Gardner, SP-Hernandez/Darvish, RP-Benoit
13.03 Cody Allen, RP, Cleveland
Roster: C-d’Arnaud, 1B-Goldschmidt, SS-Desmond, 3B-Frazier, CI-Zimmerman, OF-Trumbo/Choo/Pollock, SP-Hamels, RP-Kimbrel/Chapman/Jansen/Allen
13.04 Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado
Andy Singleton, FantasyFiveStar.com: I flirted with taking him in the 12th, so to see him still here I can’t pass again (this is all assuming I didn’t miss something, and he is in fact still on the board). Maybe 2014 was an outlier. Maybe he finally ‘got’ it. Whatever you want to attribute his breakout to, it was real. He’s right in his prime having just turned 28, so I expect the HRs can maintain a 20+ pace. He has always shown speed to be in the 15-20 SB range, so he is a solid contributor to the category. Average has always been close to .300, so thats a win. He plays in Colorado. His middle name is Cobb. I’m starting to think maybe I should have taken him sooner. All this, from my #4 OF! Not having to rely on him makes it well worth the gamble he can repeat, or even improve upon his numbers from a season ago.
Roster: C-Mesoraco/Perez, 1B-Cabrera, SS-Reyes/Boagaerts, 3B-Seager, CI-Hosmer, OF-Springer/Marte/Soler/Blackmon, SP-Teheran/Gray
13.05 Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City
Roster: C-Posey/Lucroy, 1B-Duda, 2B-Wong, SS-Escobar, 3B-Donaldson, OF-Cespedes/Calhoun/Ozuna/Martin, SP-Wood/Ventura/Stroman
13.06 Steve Pearce, 1B/OF, Baltimore
Daniel Archer, LeagueSafePost.com: Not every late breakout is Jose Bautista, but I’m always a sucker for the combination of power and plate discipline. Every hitter who gets hot claims to see the ball better. With Pearce, the film backs it up. Changes to his swing and approach have him hitting more line drives, more (longer) fly balls, and more of everything against same handed pitching. The departure of Nelson Cruz clears Pearce for every day playing time, and I’m taking the over for both his projected home runs (22) and overall counting stats.
Roster: 1B-Gonzalez, 2B-Dozier, CI-Pearce, OF-Gomez/Puig/Harper/Moss/Pederson, SP-Greinke/Harvey/Tanaka, RP-Rosenthal
13.07 Gio Gonzalez, SP, Washington
David Kerr, FantasySquads.com: It seems as though people are forgetting about Gonzalez this season, but that shouldn’t be the case. While Gonzalez saw his ERA raise from 3.36 to 3.57 last season, his FIP actually dropped from 3.41 to 3.02. Gonzalez has seen a walk rate of 3.5 or lower in each of the last three seasons while posting a solid K/9 of 9.1 in that same time frame. I’ll gladly slot him in behind Johnny Cueto as my number two starter.
Roster: 1B-Martinez, 2B-Gordon, SS-Ramirez, 3B-Machado, CI-Harrison, MI-Walker, OF-Stanton/A.Jones/Ellsbury, SP-Cueto/Gonzalez, RP-Robertson
13.08 Daniel Murphy, 2B, N.Y. Mets
Brendan O’Brien-Cockson, FantasySquads.com: Slam dunk pick here for me, as Murphy is a double digit steal and .300 BA threat each year. Chip in decent numbers in HR, R, and RBI and you have a solid MI coming out of round 13.
Roster: C-Wieters/McCann, 1B-Fielder, 2B-Kinsler, SS-Castro, 3B-Longoria, OF-B.Hamilton/Polanco, MI-Murphy, SP-Kershaw/Bumgarner/DeGrom, RP-Street
13.09 Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas
Alex Kantecki, FakeTeams.com: I’m not in love with Andrus, but I still think he’s a top-10 producer at an overall weak position. I expect the Rangers to be a much better team in 2015 from top to bottom, with increased production from Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo among others; in that environment, Andrus can still bat .270 with 80 runs and 25-30 steals. I’m not loaded with speed, so I welcome his consistent production in that area.
Roster: 1B-Abreu, 2B-Rendon, SS-Andrus, 3B-Carpenter, CI-Adams, OF-Brantley/Gonzalez/Gordon/Martinez, SP-Strasburg/Zimmermann, RP-Holland/Cishek
13.10 Howie Kendrick, 2B, L.A. Dodgers
Brad Binns, MoxyBall.com: Remarkably consistent in the BA department — I will take someone who will approach double-digit HR, and should chip in with some bags as he has exactly 14 in 4 of the past 5 seasons. If I’m really lucky, he might be able to hit 15….plus, he should help out a great deal in the runs department hitting in the Dodgers line-up. All in all, I’m happy to plug Kendrick into my MI spot.
Roster: C-Molina, 1B-Encarnacion, 2B-Altuve, 3B-Davis, OF-Dickerson/Holliday/Werth, MI-Kendrick, DH-Ortiz, SP-Scherzer/Kluber/Cobb/Iwakuma
13.11 Rusney Castillo, OF, Boston
Neil Parker, LockerRoomFantasySports.com: Why not? He’s a five-tool player who will bat in a beefy lineup. Plus, those four games to finish his season are enough to warrant mid-round attention. Castillo went 8-13 with five runs, four RBIs, a double, two home runs, and he stole a pair of bases. There likely will be ups, downs and all arounds throughout the season, but his year-end numbers could yield five-category production.
Roster: C-Gattis, 1B-Pujols, 2B-Cano, SS-Tulowitzki, 3B-Arenado, CI-Bryant, OF-J.Upton/Pence/Bruce/Castillo, SP-Cole/Arrieta/Fister
13.12 Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, L.A. Dodgers
Greg Jewett, TheSportsScript.com: In each of the last two seasons Ryu has won 14 games. Last year his K/9 increased by one to 8.2 and his career ERA is 3.17. Ryu pitches for a National League contender and his career WHIP is 1.2. There are more upside arms available but sometimes a steady veteran is just right.
Roster: 1B-Rizzo, 2B-Kipnis, 3B-Sandoval, CI-Wright, OF-Bautista/Heyward/Revere, DH-Carter, SP-Sale/Price/Carrasco/Ryu, RP-Betances
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