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I gathered 11 of the industry’s finest to join me in this 2017 Fantasy Baseball mock draft, and they’re going to share their expertise with each pick. Who knows what 2017 holds for any of us, much less our Fantasy Baseball drafts!?!

We could be driving around in hovercrafts, eating Soylent Green and watching Netflix streaming through our eyelids!

Rather than just look at what next year’s draft might hold, we decided to shoot ahead TWO years, to really give keeper-league and dynasty-league owners a great idea of what’s coming down the pike from a Fantasy Baseball perspective.

A couple years ago, in 2013, I ran a similar mock draft of the future — for 2015, actually. The draft itself was a ton of fun, and there were some really interesting picks!

Three of the consensus top-four picks were correct for this season! However, there were also a few misses … remember that guy, Jurickson Profar? … He’s awesome.

I’d have to say, though, that the most prescient picks went to Jeff Mans of, as he chose 1.12 Troy Tulowitzki, 2.01 Christian Yelich, 3.12 Matt Wieters and 4.01 Jose Abreu.

This year, we’re going four rounds deep, once again. And while some of the top talent has shifted in the past couple seasons, with more Cubans entering the fray (hello, Abreu), we’ve also seen more aging veterans slipping (goodbye, Justin Verlander).

This 2017 Fantasy Baseball mock draft of the future is just four rounds, and it’s for a standard mixed Rotisserie league, with standard 5×5 scoring, 12 teams, and a two-catcher starting lineup. Each writer was asked to tweet a sentence or two of analysis for each pick, so you’ll get to see the thinking behind each selection.

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft of the Future! — Round 1

1.01 Mike Trout, OF, L.A. Angels

Cory Schwartz,

Roster: OF-Trout

This pick may seem anticlimactic, but he’s that good, and still has room to improve. In 2014, Trout traded contact and speed for power, but I don’t view that as the start of any negative trend… he’s a 23-year-old superstar who’s still building his game. By 2017, he’ll be a 25-year-old megastar who will have had another two years to consolidate his skills, making a 2017 projection of .315-35-110-25 seem like a pretty reasonable baseline.

1.02 Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh

Ray Flowers,

Roster: OF-McCutchen

1.03 Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami

David Gonos,

Roster: OF-Stanton

1.04 Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona

Nando Di Fino,

Roster: 1B-Goldschmidt

1.05 Yasiel Puig, OF, L.A. Dodgers

Tim Heaney,

Roster: OF-Puig

1.06 Stephen Strasburg, SP, N.Y. Yankees

Brent Hershey,

Roster: SP-Strasburg

1.07 Bryce Harper, OF, Washington

Derek VanRiper,

Roster: OF-Harper

1.08 Clayton Kershaw, SP, L.A. Dodgers

Doug Anderson,

Roster: SP-Kershaw

1.09 Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs

Jeff Mans,

Roster: 3B-Bryant

1.10 Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Chicago Cubs

Nick Raducanu,

Roster: 1B-Rizzo

1.11 George Springer, OF, Houston

Lawr Michaels,

Roster: Springer

Struggled much like Trout (.182 first two weeks) before working into a groove and clubbing 20 big flies — .294-10-25 in May — and then torqued his knee and missed the rest of the season. He is 25, meaning he is going into those peak years — as a seasoned vet Opening Day 2017. This year, he will be pretty good, too.

1.12 Jason Heyward, OF, St. Louis

Eric Mack,

Roster: Heyward

2017 Future Mock Draft - Colin JordisonLet us know what you think about these picks in the comments below — or tweet about them with the hashtag #2017FutureMock.

Click the arrow to see the picks and analysis of the next round of our Rotisserie mock draft!

Colin Jordison, Future No. 1 Overall Pick? Photo Credit: Eric Mack, his kinda/sorta Step-Dad/Coach

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