Updated Mock Draft (through Round 21)

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

R13 P1   Alex Cushing     Gonzalez, Mike       
R13 P2   Joe Sheehan     Hawpe, Brad    
R13 P3   Jeff Erickson      Ibanez, Raul    
R13 P4   Mike Siano        Cain, Matt
R13 P5   Jeffrey Ma         Bradley, Milton
R13 P6   Jason Collette  Devine, Joey    
R13 P7   Nando Di Fino   Sheets, Ben    
R13 P8   Will Carroll        Guzman, Cristian    
R13 P9   Cory Schwartz  Wainwright, Adam    
R13 P10 Lawr Michaels   Span, Denard    
R13 P11 Zach Steinhorn Myers, Brett    
R13 P12 Tony Cincotta   Hunter, Torii
    
R14 P1   Tony Cincotta     Taveras, Willy    
R14 P2   Zach Steinhorn   Johnson, Kelly    
R14 P3    Lawr Michaels   Navarro, Dioner    
R14 P4    Cory Schwartz  Wells, Vernon    
R14 P5    Will Carroll        Wilson, Brian    
R14 P6    Nando Di Fino    Iwamura, Akinori    
R14 P7    Jason Collette   Dye, Jermaine    
R14 P8    Jeffrey Ma         Jackson, Conor    
R14 P9    Mike Siano       Delgado, Carlos    
R14 P10  Jeff Erickson    DeRosa, Mark         
R14 P11  Joe Sheehan   Price, David    
R14 P12  Alex Cushing   Polanco, Placido
    
R15 P1     Alex Cushing    Danks, John    
R15 P2     Joe Sheehan    Scherzer, Max    
R15 P3     Jeff Ericks
on     Garza, Matt
R15 P4     Mike Siano        Dempster, Ryan    
R15 P5     Jeffrey Ma         Escobar, Yunel    
R15 P6     Jason Collette   Lowe, Derek    
R15 P7     Nando Di Fino   Tejada, Miguel    
R15 P8     Will Carroll        Kershaw, Clayton    
R15 P9     Cory Schwartz  Lilly, Ted    
R15 P10   Lawr Michaels   Baker, Scott    
R15 P11   Zach Steinhorn LaRoche, Adam    
R15 P12   Tony Cincotta   Burrell, Pat

R16 P1     Tony Cincotta    Suzuki, Kurt        
R16 P2     Zach Steinhorn  Posada, Jorge     
R16 P3     Lawr Michaels    Sanchez, Jonathan     
R16 P4     Cory Schwartz   Hanrahan, Joel     
R16 P5     Will Carroll         Reynolds, Mark
R16 P6     Nando Di Fino    Bedard, Erik     
R16 P7     Jason Collette   Slowey, Kevin     
R16 P8     Jeffrey Ma         Weeks, Rickie     
R16 P9     Mike Siano        Cabrera, Orlando     
R16 P10   Jeff Erickson      Qualls, Chad
R16 P11   Joe Sheehan     Stewart, Ian     
R16 P12   Alex Cushing     Weaver, Jered 

R17 P1    Alex Cushing      Nady, Xavier      
R17 P2    Joe Sheehan      Dukes, Elijah
R17 P3     Jeff Erickson      Jones, Adam     
R17 P4     Mike Siano        Cantu, Jorge     
R17 P5     Jeffrey Ma         Gomez, Carlos     
R17 P6     Jason Collette  Guillen, Carlos     
R17 P7     Nando Di Fino   Konerko, Paul     
R17 P8     Will Carroll        Johnson, Randy
R17 P9     Cory Schwartz  Pierzynski, A.J.     
R17 P10   Lawr Michaels   Saunders, Joe     
R17 P11   Zach Steinhorn Harang, Aaron     
R17 P12   Tony Cincotta   Sandoval, Pablo
 
R18 P1     Tony Cincotta    Johnson, Josh     
R18 P2     Zach Steinhorn Hernandez, Ramon     
R18 P3     Lawr Michaels   Sherrill, George     
R18 P4     Cory Schwartz  Young, Chris     
R18 P5     Will Carroll        Francisco, Frank     
R18 P6     Nando Di Fino   Byrnes, Eric     
R18 P7     Jason Collette   Lewis, Fred     
R18 P8     Jeffrey Ma         Balfour, Grant     
R18 P9     Mike Siano        Morrow, Brandon     
R18 P10   Jeff Erickson     Matsui, Hideki     
R18 P11   Joe Sheehan    Renteria, Edgar     
R18 P12   Alex Cushing    Lopez, Felipe
   
R19 P1     Alex Cushing     Crisp, Coco     
R19 P2     Joe Sheehan     Saltalamaccia, Jarrod     
R19 P3     Jeff Erickson      Lind, Adam     
R19 P4     Mike Siano        Young, Delmon     
R19 P5     Jeffrey Ma         Hermida, Jeremy     
R19 P6     Jason Collette  Clement, Jeff     
R19 P7     Nando Di Fino   Kendall, Jason     
R19 P8     Will Carroll        Theriot, Ryan     
R19 P9     Cory Schwartz  Cameron, Mike     
R19 P10   Lawr Michaels   Jurrjens, Jair     
R19 P11   Zach Steinhorn Maine, John     
R19 P12   Tony Cincotta   Street, Huston

R20 P1     Tony Cincotta    Wang, Chien-Ming
R20 P2     Zach Steinhorn  Pettitte, Andy
R20 P3     Lawr Michaels   Drew, J.D.
R20 P4     Cory Schwartz  Shoppach, Kelly 
R20 P5     Will Carroll        Ankiel, Rick
R20 P6     Nando Di Fino   Perez, Oliver 
R20 P7     Jason Collette  Parra, Manny 
R20 P8     Jeffrey Ma        Hafner, Travis
R20 P9     Mike Siano       Pierre, Juan
R20 P10   Jeff Erickson    Duchscherer, Justin 
R20 P11   Joe Sheehan   Butler, Billy
R20 P12   Alex Cushing   Kotchman, Casey

R21 P1     Alex Cushing   Cueto, Johnny 
R21 P2     Joe Sheehan    Lyon, Brandon
R21 P3     Jeff Erickson     Hanson, Tommy
R21 P4     Mike Siano       Laird, Gerald
R21 P5     Jeffrey Ma        Penny, Brad 
R21 P6     Jason Collette Rodriguez, Wandy
R21 P7     Nando Di Fino  Varitek, Jason
R21 P8     Will Carroll       Floyd, Gavin 
R21 P9     Cory Schwartz Meche, Gil
R21 P10   Lawr Michaels  Blake, Casey
R21 P11   Zach Steinhorn Putz, J.J. 
R21 P12   Tony Cincotta   Jacobs, Mike 
 

7 Comments

What’s the story with Tommy Hanson? I’ve never heard of him.

Wow, Jacobs at 21.12 seems really late for a guy who hit 30 homers last year.

To scottlginsburg:

Hanson is one of the top pitching prospects in the game, was the MVP of the Arizona Fall League, tossed a 14K Minor League no-hitter this past season. He probably won’t break with the Braves but there’s a good chance he’ll be up at some point this season and for more than just a cup of coffee. He still needs to refine his command a bit but aside from that he’s the complete package. Oh and has great strikeout ability, which is obviously key in fantasy.

-Jeff.

Scott, Jeff’s right on about Hanson. See my comment under today’s blog post for a bit of additional info, but Jeff mostly covered it right here.

Zach

Dan, it’s late for 30 homers, but this is a very pitching-heavy league. We’re almost in the 23rd round and guys like Thome, Kouzmanoff, Choo, Kubel and others are still on the board. And don’t forget that there are some serious knocks on Jacobs: .299 OBP last year (.318 career) so he won’t score many runs, going to the tougher league (AL vs. NL), awful vs. lefties (.677 OPS last year, .689 career).

I like him that late as a cheap corner/UT power source, but if he drops to, say, 23 homers, he’s probably a waiver wire guy.

–Cory

Hi guys. this draft has taken so long I am wondering if you could go back in time which picks would you re-do either because they were bad picks or because your view of the players has changed since you made the pick?

I just made my 23rd and last pick (Shin-Soo Choo, UT) and according to the projected standings I’m in 1st place, woo hoo! I rule!

Kevin, to your question, there aren’t any picks I truly regret. In hindsight though I might’ve gone for two “balanced” bats in the 3rd/4th rounds, rather than another 2nd baseman and a slugger/speedster. A tandem of Martin/Rios (for example) would’ve provided better roster balance without sacrificing much in terms of categories.

I would’ve preferred a better 2nd closer than Heath Bell (although I think he’ll be fine), and I like Vernon Wells even less now than when I picked him due to his injury concerns.

Still, top-to-bottom this is a pretty good lineup of “my guys” and fits the basic 411 model: a big-time offense (projections have me winning HR, RBI and runs), a solid K-heavy bullpen (although Bell and Hanrahan are still somewhat unproven) and a decent upside rotation. If this were a “real” draft I probably would’ve de-emphasized SP even more, too, but I like the guys I got in the rounds I got them.

I haven’t done any other mock drafts lately but I hope to do another one soon and will post those results. NFBC is 17 days away!!

–Cory

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