Final Slow Mock Draft Results
That’s right! The Fantasy Baseball Trade Market slow mock draft has finally come to an end. Click Here to view the Round 23 results and use the links on the right side panel to see the rest of the draft results. You can also access the Draft Grid, a PDF document that shows the picks in grid format as well as each team’s roster.
A few observations:
-Habiger taking Aaron Hill over Dustin Pedroia in the second round is a risky move to say the least considering Hill’s very short track record. I wouldn’t have done it as Hill will need to go .280-30-100 minimum to make this investment pay off.
-The Markakis/B.J. Upton/Hamilton/Granderson debate: In almost all of the mock drafts I’ve seen so far, these outfielders have been taken very close together and in several different orders. This mock was no exception. I have them ranked Granderson, Upton, Markakis, Hamilton but an argument can be made for any one of these guys going first. I’m not willing to gamble on the injury-prone Hamilton in the fourth round and believe that Markakis simply does not have the #1 OF upside of Granderson or Upton.
-Top tier starters like Halladay, Sabathia, King Felix, Verlander and Johan not being drafted until the fifth or sixth round isn’t much of a surprise considering that all of these participants seem to be devout 411 followers when it comes to SP draft strategy but in most drafts you’ll never see all of them falling this far.
-Jay Bruce getting drafted in the early eighth round ahead of more established names like Hunter, Abreu and Ibanez says a lot about the perceived value of a high-potential former top prospect vs an older veteran coming off a very productive season.
-Corey Hart in the 19th, Harang in the 20th and Cueto in the 23rd are all outstanding value picks.
While Cory’s team lacks a true bopper, he somewhat made up for it by drafting above-average power guys at thin positions (Utley, Rollins, Zobrist) though I would not have taken Zobrist over Verlander. The underrated Valverde in the 12th and Homer Bailey in the 20th were, in my opinion, his best value picks.Rios could also turn out to be a steal if he can ever regain the form that made him a top-15 OF just a couple seasons ago.
As for Siano’s squad, his strength is clearly in the outfield as Braun, Sizemore and Werth were all gobbled up within the first four rounds. I really like the power/speed balance among this group. Mike usually tries to draft two closers back-to-back early on but made out real well thanks to K-Rod falling to the 10th round. Love the Billingsley-Weaver-Burnett-Jackson foursome considering that all were drafted in Round 11 or later. Passing on Wright in the mid-third round in favor of Roberts is a little surprising, especially since third base lacks depth this year. I’m also not high on the decision to draft an aging Berkman over aces like Haren and Verlander but this can be explained by a difference in strategy. I have no problem with taking a starter in the sixth round if a truely elite one is still available.
Well those are just some of my quick thoughts. Let us know what you think.