Sep 1, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) connects for a solo home run during the first inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Over the last two weeks, I’ve been posting my opinions and reactions to my most recent mock draft. The league set up was 10 teams. The positions were C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, CI, MI, 5 OF, UTIL, 9 P and 3 bench. I used Fantasypros.com‘s draft wizard simulator to conduct the mock draft.
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The numbers in parentheses represent the round and pick they were drafted. My team is as follows:
C – Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians (11.4)
1B – Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs (2.7)
2B – Jason Kipnis, Indians (8.7)
3B – Pablo Sandoval, Boston Red Sox (12.7)
SS – Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox (18.7)
CI – Lucas Duda, New York Mets (16.7)
MI – Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers (21.4)
OF – Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins (1.4)
OF – Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees (3.4)
OF – Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants (5.4)
OF – Marcell Ozuna, Marlins (14.7)
OF – Alex Rios, Texas Rangers (17.4)
UTIL – Brandon Belt, Giants (20.7)
P – Yu Darvish, Rangers (4.7)
P – Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies (6.7)
P – Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals (7.4)
P – James Shield, San Diego Padres (9.4)
P – Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh Pirates (10.7)
P – Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers (13.4)
P – Glen Perkins, Indians (15.4)
P – Mike Fiers, Brewers (19.4)
P – Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays (22.7)
Be – Austin Jackson, Seattle Mariners (23.4)
Be – Khris Davis, Brewers (24.7)
Be – Steven Souza, Rays (25.4)
I talked about each player as I drafted them and what I thought about them. As a whole, I like my team. Granted, if this were a real team, I’d be in a bit of trouble. I would have lost my No. 1 starting pitcher in Darvish and my No. 3 outfielder in Pence. I coulf sift through the waiver wire, but in a league this deep, the outfield position could be scarce.
I like my outfielders, sans Pence. Stanton, Ellsbury and Ozuna can provide power and speed. My sleeper picks could be considered to be Fiers and Souza. I owned Fiers last year and liked what I saw. Souza will now see regular playing time as a part of the Rays.
As you can see with my pitching staff, eight of them were drafted in Round 10 or later. Pitching is very deep. I can’t say this enough. The only downside is some of the players drafted. Hamels and Odorizzi are risks with their history. If it was to go south quickly, I could open one of those spots and use it for a daily streaming option.
Overall, I could see my team, if all healthy, finishing third or fourth in a 10-team Roto league.