2016 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft

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Thursday March 17th, 2016

Sure, March Madness may be sweeping the country, but that’s just a reminder that MLB’s Opening Day is approaching quickly. It’s prime time for fantasy baseball drafts, and SI.com is here to help you prepare.

Members of the SI.com fantasy baseball league conducted a mock draft for a 10-team, 6x6, mixed head-to-head league. The positions: one catcher, one first baseman, one second baseman, one shortstop, one third baseman, one utility player, three outfielders, five starting pitchers and three relief pitchers, with five bench spots and two DL spots. (For this mock draft, we only drafted one of the available bench spots.) Here, we present each round of the draft, and below, each owner gives a self-assessment, observations and more.

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Draft order:

1. Ben Glicksman
2. Jeremy Woo
3. Tom Mantzouranis
​4. Bette Marston
5. Colin Becht
6. David Kaye
7. Gary Gramling
​8. Jon Tayler
9. Bobby Clay
10. Eric Single

OVERALL

PLAYER

TEAM

POS.

OWNER

1

Mike Trout

LAA

OF

Glicksman

2

Bryce Harper

WAS

OF

Woo

3

Paul Goldschmidt

ARI

1B

Mantzouranis

4

Josh Donaldson

TOR

3B

Marston

5

Anthony Rizzo

CHC

1B

Becht

6

Nolan Arenado

COL

3B

Kaye

7

Manny Machado

BAL

3B

Gramling

8

Kris Bryant

CHC

3B

Tayler

9

Giancarlo Stanton

MIA

OF

Clay

10

Carlos Correa

HOU

SS

Single

 

OVERALL

PLAYER

TEAM

POS.

OWNER

11

Andrew McCutchen

PIT

OF

Single

12

Clayton Kershaw

LAD

SP

Clay

13

Edwin Encarnacion

TOR

1B

Tayler

14

A.J. Pollock

ARI

OF

Gramling

15

Miguel Cabrera

DET

1B

Kaye

16

Mookie Betts

BOS

OF

Becht

17

Jose Bautista

TOR

OF

Marston

18

Jose Altuve

HOU

2B

Mantzouranis

19

Jose Abreu

CHW

1B

Woo

20

Chris Davis

BAL

1B/OF

Glicksman

 

OVERALL

PLAYER

TEAM

POS.

OWNER

21

J.D. Martinez

DET

OF

Glicksman

22

Dee Gordon

2B

MIA

Woo

23

Starling Marte

PIT

OF

Mantzouranis

24

George Springer

HOU

OF

Marston

25

Max Scherzer

SP

WAS

Becht

26

Buster Posey

C/1B

SF

Kaye

27

Joey Votto

1B

CIN

Gramling

28

Jake Arrieta

SP

CHC

Tayler

29

Charlie Blackmon

OF

COL

Clay

30

Chris Sale

SP

CHW

Single

 

OVERALL

PLAYER

TEAM

POS.

OWNER

31

Zack Greinke

LAD

SP

Single

32

Todd Frazier

CHW

3B

Clay

33

Yoenis Cespedes

NYM

OF

Tayler

34

Nelson Cruz

SEA

OH

Gramling

35

Jose Fernandez

MIA

SP

Kaye

36

Miguel Sano

MIN

3B

Becht

37

Carlos Gomez

HOU

OF

Marston

38

Jacob DeGrom

NYM

SP

Mantzouranis

39

Troy Tulowitzki

TOR

SS

Woo

40

Madison Bumgarner

SF

SP

Glicksman

 

OVERALL

PLAYER

TEAM

POS.

OWNER

41

Justin Upton

DET

OF

Glicksman

42

Lorenzo Cain

KC

OF

Woo

43

Carlos Carrasco

CLE

SP

Mantzouranis

44

Corey Kluber

CLE

SP

Marston

45

Carlos Gonzalez

COL

OF

Becht

46

Gerrit Cole

PIT

SP

Kaye

47

Sonny Gray

OAK

SP

Gramling

48

Jason Kipnis

CLE

2B

Tayler

49

Felix Hernandez

SEA

SP

Clay

50

Jayson Heyward

CHC

OF

Single

 

OVERALL

PLAYER

TEAM

POSITION

OWNER

51

Kyle Seager

SEA

3B

Single

52

Eric Hosmer

KC

1B

Clay

53

Xander Bogaerts

BOS

SS

Tayler

54

David Price

BOS

SP

Gramling

55

Ryan Braun

MIL

OF

Kaye

56

Stephen Strasburg

WAS

SP

Becht

57

Chris Archer

TB

SP

Marston

58

Matt Harvey

NYM

SP

Mantzouranis

59

Dallas Keuchel

HOU

SP

Woo

60

Robinson Cano

SEA

2B

Glicksman

 

OVERALL

PLAYER

TEAM

POS.

OWNER

61

Gregory Polanco

PIT

OF

Glicksman

62

Adam Jones

BAL

OF

Woo

63

Yasiel Puig

LAD

OF

Mantzouranis

64

Matt Carpenter

STL

2B/3B

Marston

65

Brian Dozier

MIN

2B

Becht

66

Noah Syndergaard

NYM

SP

Kaye

67

Ian Kinsler

DET

2B

Gramling

68

Marcus Stroman

TOR

SP

Tayler

69

Adam Wainwright

STL

SP

Clay

70

Adam Eaton

CHW

OF

Single

 

OVERALL

PLAYER

TEAM

POS.

OWNER

71

Kyle Schwarber

CHC

C/OF

Single

72

Johnny Cueto

SF

SP

Clay

73

Hunter Pence

SF

OF

Tayler

74

Corey Seager

LAD

SS

Gramling

75

Prince Fielder

TEX

1B

Kaye

76

Jacoby Ellsbury

NYY

OF

Becht

77

Adrian Gonzalez

LAD

1B

Marston

78

Corey Dickerson

TB

OF

Mantzouranis

79

Tyson Ross

SD

SP

Woo

80

Jon Lester

CHC

SP

Glicksman

 

OVERALL

PLAYER

TEAM

POS.

OWNER

81

Cole Hamels

TEX

SP

Glicksman

82

David Peralta

ARI

OF

Woo

83

Anthony Rendon

WAS

2B/3B

Mantzouranis

84

Francisco Lindor

CLE

SS

Marston

85

Albert Pujols

LAA

1B

Becht

86

Michael Brantley

CLE

OF

Kaye

87

Freddie Freeman

ATL

1B

Gramling

88

Travis d’Arnaud

NYM

C

Tayler

89

Kenley Jansen

LAD

RP

Clay

90

Wade Davis

KC

RP

Single

 

OVERALL

PLAYER

TEAM

POS.

OWNER

91

Craig Kimbrel

BOS

RP

Single

92

Brian McCann

NYY

C/1B

Clay

93

Jeurys Familia

NYM

RP

Tayler

94

Matt Kemp

SD

OF

Gramling

95

Danny Salazar

CLE

SP

Kaye

96

Trevor Rosenthal

STL

RP

Becht

97

Francisco Liriano

PIT

SP

Marston

98

Raisel Iglesias

CLE

SP

Mantzouranis

99

Jordan Zimmermann

DET

SP

Woo

100

Aroldis Chapman

NYY

RP

Glicksman

 

OVERALL

PLAYER

TEAM

POS.

OWNER

101

Maikel Franco

PHI

3B

Glicksman

102

Lance McCullers

HOU

SP

Woo

103

Russell Martin

TOR

C

Mantzouranis

104

Michael Wacha

STL

SP

Marston

105

Garrett Richards

LAA

SP

Becht

106

Adrian Beltre

TEX

3B

Kaye

107

Masahiro Tanaka

NYY

SP

Gramling

108

Carlos Martinez

STL

SP

Tayler

109

David Ortiz

BOS

1B/DH

Clay

110

Brett Gardner

NYY

OF

Single

 

OVERALL

PLAYER

TEAM

POS.

OWNER

111

Carlos Rodon

CHW

SP

Single

112

Rougned Odor

TEX

2B

Clay

113

Randal Grichuk

STL

OF

Tayler

114

David Robertson

CWS

RP

Gramling

115

Mark Melancon

PIT

RP

Kaye

116

Ian Desmond

TEX

SS

Becht

117

Addison Russell

CHC

2B/SS

Marston

118

Cody Allen

CLE

RP

Mantzouranis

119

Ken Giles

HOU

RP

Woo

120

Yu Darvish

TEX

SP

Glicksman

 

OVERALL

PLAYER

TEAM

POS.

OWNER

121

Zach Britton

BAL

RP

Glicksman

122

Evan Longoria

TB

3B

Woo

123

Jorge Soler

CHC

OF

Mantzouranis

124

Hector Rondon

CHC

RP

Marston

125

Drew Smyly

TB

SP

Becht

126

Curtis Granderson

NYM

OF

Kaye

127

Shelby Miller

ARI

SP

Gramling

128

Byron Buxton

MIN

OF

Tayler

129

Billy Hamilton

CIN

OF

Clay

130

DJ LeMahieu

COL

2B

Single

 

OVERALL

PLAYER

TEAM

POS.

OWNER

131

Billy Burns

OAK

OF

Single

132

Michael Pineda

NYY

SP

Clay

133

A.J. Ramos

MIA

SP

Tayler

134

Jonathan Lucroy

MIL

C/1B

Gramling

135

Huston Street

LAA

RP

Kaye

136

Hisashi Iwakuma

SEA

SP

Becht

137

Jonathan Papelbon

WAS

RP

Marston

138

Brad Boxberger

TB

RP

Mantzouranis

139

Jose Quintana

CWS

SP

Woo

140

Devin Mesoraco

CIN

C

Glicksman

 

OVERALL

PLAYER

TEAM

POS.

OWNER

141

Jake Odorizzi

TB

SP

Glicksman

142

Andrew Miller

NYY

RP

Woo

143

Byung-ho Park

MIN

1B

Mantzouranis

144

John Lackey

CHC

SP

Marston

145

Jeff Samardzija

SF

SP

Becht

146

Brandon Crawford

SF

SS

Kaye

147

Shawn Tolleson

TEX

RP

Gramling

148

Luis Severino

NYY

SP

Tayler

149

Sean Doolittle

OAK

RP

Clay

150

Julio Teheran

ATL

SP

Single

 

OVERALL

PLAYER

TEAM

POS.

OWNER

151

Taijuan Walker

SEA

SP

Single

152

Michael Conforto

NYM

OF

Clay

153

Alex Rodriguez

NYY

DH

Tayler

154

Steven Matz

NYM

SP

Gramling

155

Ben Zobrist

CHC

2B/OF

Kaye

156

Francisco Rodriguez

DET

RP

Becht

157

Dellin Betances

NYY

RP

Marston

158

Collin McHugh

HOU

SP

Mantzouranis

159

Christian Yelich

MIA

OF

Woo

160

Yordano Ventura

KC

SP

Glicksman

 

OVERALL

PLAYER

TEAM

POS.

OWNER

161

Jung-Ho Kang

PIT

3B/SS

Glicksman

162

Salvador Perez

KC

C

Woo

163

Scott Kazmir

LAD

SP

Mantzouranis

164

Yan Gomes

CLE

C

Marston

165

Kole Calhoun

LAA

OF

Becht

166

James Shields

SD

SP

Kaye

167

Drew Storen

TOR

SP

Gramling

168

Kolten Wong

STL

2B

Tayler

169

Elvis Andrus

TEX

SS

Clay

170

Carlos Santana

CLE

1B/DH

Single

 

OVERALL

PLAYER

TEAM

POS.

OWNER

171

Glen Perkins

MIN

RP

Single

172

Jake McGee

COL

RP

Clay

173

Lucas Giolito

WAS

SP

Tayler

174

Shin-Soo Choo

TEX

OF

Gramling

175

Patrick Corbin

ARI

SP

Kaye

176

Steven Vogt

OAK

C/1B

Becht

177

Joc Pederson

LAD

OF

Marston

178

Ketel Marte

SEA

SS

Mantzouranis

179

Arodys Vizcaino

ATL

RP

Woo

180

Dexter Fowler

CHC

OF

Glicksman

Ben Glicksman: Mike Trout, Chris Davis, JD Martinez, Madison Bumgarner, Justin Upton, Robinson Cano, Gregory Polanco, Jon Lester, Cole Hamels, Aroldis Chapman, Maikel Franco, Yu Darvish, Zach Britton, Devin Mesoraco, Jake Odorizzi, Yordano Ventura, Jung Ho Kang, Dexter Fowler. My strategy was to load up on power bats in the early rounds and then target high-upside starters later. Picking Mike Trout No. 1 overall was a no-brainer, and I was happy to grab Robinson Cano with the final pick of the sixth. I may have reached a bit for Devin Mesoraco—he took only 45 at-bats last year before undergoing season-ending hip surgery—but if he can come close to replicating his 2014 stats (25 home runs, 80 RBIs), he’ll provide value at the catcher position. I also couldn’t stay away from Yu Darvish; he is a major risk coming back from Tommy John surgery, but he has the stuff to rack up 175-plus strikeouts even in limited action.​

• Jeremy Woo: Bryce Harper, Jose Abreu, Dee Gordon, Troy Tulowitzki, Lorenzo Cain, Dallas Keuchel, Adam Jones, Tyson Ross, David Peralta, Jordan Zimmermann, Lance McCullers, Ken Giles, Evan Longoria, Jose Quintana, Andrew Miller, Christian Yelich, Salvador Perez, Arodys Vizcaino. I came away fairly happy with this team, going offense-heavy early as tends to be my preferred approach. I wanted to address middle infield early, and was pretty pleased getting Gordon back at the turn. Tulo, as always, is a dice roll with injury, but I’ll take even 130–140 games from him in that lineup and go home happy. My bats came out well-rounded, and I thought Peralta and Perez were good value picks. As far as pitching goes, in the past I’ve had success waiting even longer than I did to take a starter. But bottom line, just blending the bankable types (Zimmermann, Quintana) with the right upside guys (Ross, McCullers) tends to work well. Guys always pop up by midseason if you stay active. And for that reason, per the old adage, never pay for saves. That variance was why I was fine with leasing Miller for a month—remember that literally any late-round closer could be waiver fodder in three weeks with the wrong breaks. 

• ​Tom Mantzouranis: Paul Goldschmidt, Jose Altuve, Starling Marte, Jacob DeGrom, Carlos Carrasco, Matt Harvey, Yasiel Puig, Corey Dickerson, Anthony Rendon, Raisel Iglesias, Russell Martin, Cody Allen, Jorge Soler, Brad Boxberger, Byung-ho Park, Collin McHugh, Scott Kazmir, Ketel Marte. Every year, I battle with how early to draft my starting pitchers, telling myself I’m going to wait and load up on second-tier guys instead of chasing the elites. And every year, I get antsy and wind up splurging on a guy in the top 20 picks. This draft, I finally got it right. By waiting, I was able to pick up three top-25 hitters and still get a lot of very solid pitching in rounds 4–6 (seriously, how did Matt Harvey last that long?!?!). Adding one of my favorite sleepers, Raisel Iglesias, in the 10th round was just gravy. This strategy came at the expense of my hitting overall, especially at the mid-rounds, but I’m confident enough that between my three first-rounders and some strategic sleepers (Puig, Park and Marte) I’ll get enough hitting to make my strategy successful.

• ​Bette Marston: Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, George Springer, Carlos Gomez, Corey Kluber, Chris Archer, Matt Carpenter, Adrian Gonzalez, Francisco Lindor, Francisco Liriano, Michael Wacha, Addison Russell, Hector Rondon, Jonathan Papelbon, John Lackey, Dellin Betances, Yan Gomes, Joc Pederson. The No. 4 spot is tricky this season, since the first three players off the board are practically a given. But I feel comfortable taking Josh Donaldson, since I think he’ll come close to replicating his 2015 MVP season. I told myself that I wasn’t going to draft pitchers before the seventh round, but I zoned in on Carlos Carrasco in the fifth, and when he got snatched up before me, I got nervous and snagged Corey Kluber to anchor my staff. Unfortunately, I missed out on some guys I had my eye on (the aforementioned Carrasco, Kyle Schwarber), but I didn’t waste time getting Archer or Russell, two players highlighted on my cheat sheet. 

• ​Colin Becht: Anthony Rizzo, Mookie Betts, Max Scherzer, Miguel Sano, Carlos Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg, Brian Dozier, Jacoby Ellsbury, Albert Pujols, Trevor Rosenthal, Garrett Richards, Ian Desmond, Drew Smyly, Hisashi Iwakuma, Jeff Samardzija, Francisco Rodriguez, Kole Calhoun, Steven Vogt. I’m happy with how my draft worked out for the value I got in starting pitching. Scherzer in the third and Strasburg in the sixth both have the potential to give higher returns than their draft placement. And I’m excited about Samardzija as a possible sleeper pick in the 15th. A return to the National League, and in the pitcher-friendly confines of AT&T Park to boot, spells rebound year. My position players have solid pop, with the possibility of 20+ home run seasons nearly across the board. My first three position players drafted are all in their early-to-mid 20s, so I’m hoping for even bigger numbers than they’ve already produced so far.

• David Kaye: Nolan Arenado, Miguel Cabrera, Buster Posey, Jose Fernandez, Gerrit Cole, Ryan Braun, Noah Syndergaard, Prince Fielder, Michael Brantley, Danny Salazar, Adrian Beltre, Mark Melancon, Curtis Granderson, Huston Street, Brandon Crawford, Ben Zobrist, James Shields, Patrick Corbin​. Miguel Cabrera is no longer 3B-eligible and he showed the first-ever sign of wear and tear in his 13-year career with a calf strain last season, but his .338 batting average still led the majors. I didn’t mind taking Buster Posey, the clear-cut No. 1 catcher at a position with no depth, a little early. Expect young guns Jose Fernandez, Gerrit Cole, Noah Syndergaard and Danny Salazar to all move up in SP rankings by season’s end. My 15th-round pick, Brandon Crawford, led all shortstops in RBI last season despite a weak finish, and Ben Zobrist’s 2B/OF eligibility makes him a steal in the 16th round.

• ​Gary Gramling: Manny Machado, A.J. Pollock, Joey Votto, Nelson Cruz, Sonny Gray, David Price, Ian Kinsler, Corey Seager, Freddie Freeman, Matt Kemp, Masahiro Tanaka, David Robertson, Shelby Miller, Jonathan Lucroy, Shawn Tolleson, Steven Matz, Drew Storen, Shin-Soo Choo​. I subscribe to the old adage: Get hitting that wins, get pitching that survives. I always assume I can play waiver wire and matchups well enough to make up for a mediocre staff at the end of draft day. As far as specific picks go, I was stunned that Jonathan Lucroy was still on the board in the 14th (so stunned that I would have taken him two rounds earlier had I not missed him on my cheat sheet). Tanaka is a bit scary. Ditto Drew Storen; I’ll have to be a waiver-wire ninja in case Roberto Osuna fends him off for the Jays’ closer job.​

• ​Jon Tayler: Kris Bryant, Edwin Encarnacion, Jake Arrieta, Yoenis Cespedes,Jason Kipnis, Xander Bogaerts, Marcus Stroman, Hunter Pence, Travis d’Arnaud, Jeurys Familia, Carlos Martinez, Randal Grichuk, Byron Buxton, A.J. Ramos, Luis Severino, Alex Rodriguez, Kolten Wong, Lucas Giolito​. My strategy was pretty straightforward: Lock up a top-five player at every position, fill in the rest of the roster with young, high-upside players (and Alex Rodriguez). The result? A lot of power in the lineup and some high-strikeout (albeit high-variance) pitchers in the rotation​

• ​Bobby Clay: Giancarlo Stanton, Clayton Kershaw, Charlie Blackmon, Todd Frazier, Felix Hernandez, Eric Hosmer, Adam Wainwright, Johnny Cueto, Kenley Jansen, Brian McCann, David Ortiz, Rougned Odor, Billy Hamilton, Michael Pineda, Sean Doolittle, Michael Conforto, Elvis Andrus, Jake McGee. While the hitting on this team may be a bit questionable, there’s no doubt that—barring injury, of course)—this pitching staff will dominate (or, at least serve for some trade fodder). Kershaw is the only pitcher worth drafting in the first round, and honestly, getting him with the No. 12 pick was a bargain. And Ortiz may be old, but he’ll certainly give this team a needed hitting boost. 

• ​Eric Single: Carlos Correa, Andrew McCutchen, Chris Sale, Zack Greinke, Jason Heyward, Kyle Seager, Adam Eaton, Kyle Schwarber, Wade Davis, Craig Kimbrel, Brett Gardner, Carlos Rodon, DJ LeMahieu, Billy Burns, Julio Teheran, Taijuan Walker, Carlos Santana, Glen Perkins​. My goal every time my swing turn came up was to dictate how the board would fall to me 18 picks down the line as much as I could. To do that, I tried to put some pressure on the positions the average owner often waits on, first grabbing Sale and Greinke back-to-back, then landing Davis and Kimbrel in succession. My biggest depth concerns are at first base (whose top players were all off the board by my first pick) and starting pitcher (which can be a dice-roll in even the best of times), but I hope being proactive about things like steals and average helps counteract my middling return in the more glamorous categories.​

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