Updated Mock Draft (through Round 12)

Alex Cushing – MLB.com

Joe Sheehan – Baseball Prospectus
Jeff Erickson – Rotowire.com
Mike Siano – MLB.com
Jeffrey Ma – Citizen Sports   
                                                                                                                        
Jason Collette – Fanball.com
Nando Di Fino / Tom Herrera  – WSJ.com / AOL.com
Will Carroll – Baseball Prospectus
Cory Schwartz – MLB.com
Lawr Michaels – CREATiVESPORTS.com
Zach Steinhorn – MLB.com
Tony Cincotta – Fantasypros911.com

R1 P1    Alex Cushing      Ramirez, Hanley
R1 P2    Joe Sheehan      Reyes, Jose
R1 P3    Jeff Erickson       Rodriguez, Alex
R1 P4    Mike Siano         Pujols, Albert
R1 P5    Jeffrey Ma         Wright, David
R1 P6    Jason Collette   Sizemore, Grady
R1 P7    Nando Di Fino    Howard, Ryan
R1 P8    Will Carroll         Upton, B.J.
R1 P9    Cory Schwartz   Braun, Ryan
R1 P10  Lawr Michaels    Utley, Chase
R1 P11  Zach Steinhorn  Rollins, Jimmy
R1 P12  Tony Cincotta    Cabrera, Miguel

R2 P1   Tony Cincotta    Hamilton, Josh
R2 P2   Zach Steinhorn  Teixeira, Mark
R2 P3   Lawr Michaels    Morneau, Justin
R2 P4   Cory Schwartz   Kinsler, Ian
R2 P5   Will Carroll         Santana, Johan
R2 P6   Nando Di Fino    Hamels, Cole
R2 P7   Jason Collette   Longoria, Evan
R2 P8   Jeffrey Ma         Lincecum, Tim
R2 P9   Mike Siano        Beltran, Carlos
R2 P10  Jeff Erickson    Holliday, Matt
R2 P11  Joe Sheehan   Soriano, Alfonso
R2 P12  Alex Cushing   Lee, Carlos

R3 P1    Alex Cushing     Ramirez, Manny                                                     
R3 P2    Joe Sheehan     Kemp, Matt
R3 P3    Jeff Erickson      Suzuki, Ichiro
R3 P4    Mike Siano        Pedroia, Dustin
R3 P5    Jeffrey Ma         Sabathia, CC
R3 P6    Jason Collette  Crawford, Carl
R3 P7    Nando Di Fino   Markakis, Nick
R3 P8    Will Carroll        Berkman, Lance
R3 P9    Cory Schwartz  Roberts, Brian
R3 P10  Lawr Michaels   Youkilis, Kevin
R3 P11  Zach Steinhorn  Phillips, Brandon
R3 P12  Tony Cincotta    Ramirez, Aramis

R4 P1    Tony Cincotta      Ramirez, Alexei
R4 P2    Zach Steinhorn    Bay, Jason
R4 P3    Lawr Michaels     Drew, Stephen
R4 P4    Cory Schwartz    Fielder, Prince
R4 P5    Will Carroll          McCann, Brian
R4 P6    Nando Di Fino     Rios, Alex
R4 P7    Jason Collette    Martin, Russell
R4 P8    Jeffrey Ma          Ellsbury, Jacoby
R4 P9    Mike Siano         Quentin, Carlos
R4 P10  Jeff Erickson      Webb, Brandon
R4 P11  Joe Sheehan     Peavy, Jake
R4 P12  Alex Cushing     Ortiz, David

R5 P1     Alex Cushing      Granderson, Curtis
R5 P2     Joe Sheehan      Mauer, Joe
R5 P3     Jeff Erickson       Soto, Geovany
R5 P4     Mike Siano         Papelbon, Jonathan
R5 P5     Jeffrey Ma          Hart, Corey
R5 P6     Jason Collette   Gonzalez, Adrian
R5 P7     Nando Di Fino   Guerrero, Vladimir
R5 P8     Will Carroll        Jones, Chipper
R5 P9     Cory Schwartz  Victorino, Shane
R5 P10   Lawr Michaels   Haren, Dan
R5 P11   Zach Steinhorn Dunn, Adam
R5 P12   Tony Cincotta   McLouth, Nate

R6 P1    Tony Cincotta      Rodriguez, Francisco
R6 P2    Zach Steinhorn    Nathan, Joe
R6 P3    Lawr Michaels      Billingsley, Chad
R6 P4    Cory Schwartz     Rivera, Mariano
R6 P5    Will Carroll           Halladay, Roy
R6 P6    Nando Di Fino      Furcal, Rafael
R6 P7    Jason Collette     Oswalt, Roy
R6 P8    Jeffrey Ma           Lidge, Brad
R6 P9    Mike Siano         Abreu, Bobby
R6 P10  Jeff Erickson      Davis, Chris
R6 P11  Joe Sheehan     Hernandez, Felix
R6 P12  Alex Cushing     Soria, Joakim

R7 P1      Alex Cushing       Martinez, Victor           
R7 P2     Joe Sheehan        Lackey, John    
R7 P3     Jeff Erickson         Tulowitzki, Troy
R7 P4     Mike Siano           Young, Michael         
R7 P5     Jeffrey Ma            Liriano, Francisco    
R7 P6   
  Jason Collette     Shields, James    
R7 P7     Nando Di Fino     Beckett, Josh
R7 P8     Will Carroll          Uggla, Dan    
R7 P9     Cory Schwartz    Pence, Hunter
R7 P10    Lawr Michaels    Napoli, Mike    
R7 P11    Zach Steinhorn  Matsuzaka, Daisuke         
R7 P12    Tony Cincotta     Hardy, J.J.
    
R8 P1     Tony Cincotta      Santana, Ervin    
R8 P2     Zach Steinhorn    Young, Chris      
R8 P3     Lawr Michaels     Ordonez, Magglio      
R8 P4     Cory Schwartz    Votto, Joey    
R8 P5     Will Carroll          Bruce, Jay    
R8 P6     Nando Di Fino     Kazmir, Scott    
R8 P7     Jason Collette    Valverde, Jose    
R8 P8     Jeffrey Ma           Iannetta, Chris
R8 P9     Mike Siano          Doumit, Ryan    
R8 P10   Jeff Erickson       Cano, Robinson    
R8 P11   Joe Sheehan      Pena, Carlos    
R8 P12   Alex Cushing      Lee, Derrek

R9 P1     Alex Cushing      Vazquez, Javier     
R9 P2     Joe Sheehan      Chamberlain, Joba        
R9 P3     Jeff Erickson       Lee, Cliff    
R9 P4     Mike Siano         Huff, Aubrey    
R9 P5     Jeffrey Ma          Marmol, Carlos    
R9 P6     Jason Collette    Jeter, Derek    
R9 P7     Nando Di Fino    Ludwick, Ryan    
R9 P8     Will Carroll        Maybin, Cameron
R9 P9     Cory Schwartz  Peralta, Jhonny
R9 P10   Lawr Michaels   Figgins, Chone    
R9 P11   Zach Steinhorn Damon, Johnny    
R9 P12   Tony Cincotta   Molina, Bengie    

R10 P1   Tony Cincotta    Burnett, A.J.    
R10 P2   Zach Steinhorn  Fuentes, Brian    
R10 P3   Lawr Michaels   Ryan, B.J.    
R10 P4   Cory Schwartz  Encarnacion, Edwin
R10 P5   Will Carroll        Milledge, Lastings
R10 P6   Nando Di Fino   Volquez, Edinson    
R10 P7   Jason Collette  Gordon, Alex    
R10 P8   Jeffrey Ma        Atkins, Garrett    
R10 P9   Mike Siano       Lester, Jon    
R10 P10 Jeff Erickson     Wood, Kerry    
R10 P11 Joe Sheehan    Kendrick, Howie
R10 P12 Alex Cushing    Zimmerman, Ryan

R11 P1  Alex Cushing       Greinke, Zack     
R11 P2  Joe Sheehan       Broxton, Jonathan
R11 P3  Jeff Erickson        Gallardo, Yovani
R11 P4  Mike Siano          Cordero, Francisco    
R11 P5  Jeffrey Ma           Wieters, Matt    
R11 P6  Jason Collette    Cruz, Nelson    
R11 P7  Nando Di Fino    Hoffman, Trevor
R11 P8  Will Carroll         Jenks, Bobby    
R11 P9  Cory Schwartz   Bell, Heath    
R11 P10 Lawr Michaels   Ethier, Andre    
R11 P11 Zach Steinhorn Zambrano, Carlos
R11 P12 Tony Cincotta   Lindstrom, Matt
 
R12 P1   Tony Cincotta    Matsui, Kaz    
R12 P2   Zach Steinhorn  Beltre, Adrian    
R12 P3   Lawr Michaels   Werth, Jayson    
R12 P4   Cory Schwartz   Nolasco, Ricky    
R12 P5   Will Carroll        Harden, Rich    
R12 P6   Nando Di Fino   Blalock, Hank    
R12 P7   Jason Collette   Lopez, Jose
R12 P8   Jeffrey Ma         Aviles, Mike
R12 P9   Mike Siano        Verlander, Justin    
R12 P10 Jeff Erickson     Loney, James    
R12 P11 Joe Sheehan    Upton, Justin    
R12 P12 Alex Cushing    Capps, Matt
   

9 Comments

Wow Will takes his 4th starting pitcher in the 12th and it is Harden!?! I would be more than pleased w/ Harden as my 2… I guess when you mock you try to win it on Draft Day instead of counting on wheeling and dealing.

I only count that as his 3rd SP. Very Strong Rotation though.

Zach, With Nathan and Fuentes you already have a very impressive Pen and 2 good starters with Dice-K and C-Zam although you might lead the league in walks with those two, which makes them a strange pairing. Great K’s and good ERA, but the WHIP might struggle.
But I am mainly interested in your thoughts regarding C-Zam who has plummeted in value this year compared to last. Along with Bedard, Harang and Verlander these 4 could offer tremendous value for those who are brave enough, but how do you compare them for this year. How do you explain last years drop off? Which would you take (And if so where) and who will you not touch with a barge pole?

Hey guys….when is the again today?

Fourth Starter – Santana, Jenks, Halladay, Harden

damnit I am an idiot… Jenks/Danks – why can’t I keep those guys straight…

Kevin, you’re right. Ideally, I wouldn’t want to pair Dice-K with Zambrano, but it was almost impossible to pass on the value of Big Z at the end of the 11th round. Despite the high walk totals, both Dice-K and Zambrano posted respectable WHIP numbers for the sole reason that they don’t give up a lot of hits. Zambrano underwent eye surgery during the offseason to correct blurry vision, a problem he says has bothered him for awhile. Could this have contributed to his inconsistency? Quite possibly. And don’t forget he was flat out dominant in the first half of ’08. The declining strikeouts is a legitimate concern, and I know a lot of people are down on him, but I have a gut feeling he bounces back.

Of the other three guys you mention, I’m least optimistic about Bedard. He burned me last year, and just seems to have a very low tolerance for pain. He’s really only had one and a half strong seasons, and it appears the Mariners still don’t even know what exactly is wrong with him. It’s a very strange situation, and I’m just unwilling to go through another year of it.
Harang and Verlander are both excellent value picks, but I chose Big Z since he has a longer track record of dominance. I strongly suggest taking a flier on one of these three, but keep it to one.

Zach

Where should i draft David Price in a 20 team, 25 man roster, keeper league. Thanks guys

Rokhed, Price’s ADP in MDC.com is 134, which would mean 7th round in your format. It’s a very deep keeper league with big rosters, so presumably he’ll go in the 6th or even 5th round, maybe even higher. The question is, how high do you want to go for ANY pitching prospect? He looks like a good one, but we thought Verlander and Clay Buchholz would be studs too…

–Cory

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