2015 FANTASY BASEBALL: EXAMINING FIRST MOCK DRAFT

The 2015 fantasy baseball season is fully underway with many websites opening up registration over the past couple of days. This means starting the process of getting ready for the upcoming season and doing mock drafts. Yahoo’s fantasy baseball game opened on Friday evening and since that is my normal site to go; a 9pm mock draft had to happen in between writing other stories. It was a 12-team draft and there were definitely a few things that would make owners scratch their heads.

The other suspects were at the top of the draft with Mike Trout going first, Andrew McCutchen second and Miguel Cabrera going third. Clayton Kershaw ended up being taken fifth and my eighth pick ended up being Jose Abreu. The most interesting thing that happened was with the No. 10 and 11 picks.

This is where Felix Hernandez and Max Scherzer went back-to-back. Obviously, it is a mock draft and some people are testing out draft styles which is exactly what the practice is for but for those two to go in the first round is odd and not a good strategy at the end of the day.

There are simply too many offensive prospects to be taking before going for King Felix or Scherzer, who is moving back to the National League. The likes of Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Anthony Rizzo could have been had before taking either one of those two pitchers.

The two owners who took those pitchers did take Rizzo and Encarnacion with their next picks however so thankfully they saved their days. There was also the arrival of Freddie Freeman in the third round with the 26th overall pick.

While there is nothing really wrong with Freeman on the surface, the team around him with the Atlanta Braves has fallen apart. The opportunities for Freeman to put up huge RBI totals went down when Justin Upton and Jason Heyward were traded.

The American League Cy Young winner in Corey Kluber went as well in that third round but went before Yu Darvish a few picks later. (This is where credit is due to the owner from earlier. They now had Darvish and Hernandez as their top two starters now.)

There are going to be plenty of people who try different ideas. My second round pick was George Springer before taking Troy Tulowitzki. Springer has been rocketing up draft boards as the offseason has went on and has reached a point where he is going to go in the late second round or the third round now.

Tulowitzki is a classic high-risk, high-reward player. If he stays healthy, he is going to be a top-five player but if injuries hit again like what has happened to him a lot in recent years, the pick is going to look bad. In the third round though at pick 32, it was worth the risk looking for the best.

There is plenty of time to practice and that’s what the month of February will be for.

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