I was again fortunate enough to participate in an expert mock draft run by Howard Bender over at RealTime Fantasy Sports. And again, Howard, from Fantasy Alarm and host on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, wasn't the only expert in this draft. Ivar Anderson (@johnwhorfin), writer for FantasyGameday.net and FantasyAlarm.com was also a participant as well as Sean Murphy (@bpsmurph), contribute at Numberfire, Last Word on MLB, & Hardball Scoop. There were also a number of other excellent players making this quite a competitive mock.
Similar to my last mock (check it out here), this one was a 23 round standard 12 team draft (14 hitters / 9 pitchers). This time I landed with the 11th pick overall which was a nice change of pace. In other recent mocks, I drafted near the beginning to I was looking forward to seeing how this one played out.
Before I dive into my picks, you can go here to see the full grid results of every team's picks round by round.
Now, onto the picks:
I was happy with this squad for the most part. I felt likeIi killed it with pitching, both starting and relief. I also felt like my hitting was better than average especially considering all of the picks I invested into pitching early (4 of my first 8 picks).
Here is how my batting looks with my projections:
Not elite anywhere, but good enough to compete everywhere. I would have liked to have seen a better projected average, but power was better than anticipated.
For a deeper look at my pitching:
Really couldn't be much happier with my pitching. Pretty dominant starters and happy with the closers I got. If this squad held up through the season, it should more than make up for my batting.
ERA and WHIP are elite and I would contend for saves, wins and K's if I managed the team effectivly through the year.
After this mock, I looked at the FantasyPros Draft analyzer. Again, I understand these analyzers don't always provide accurate projections, however if there is any one I would put some trust into, it's FantasyPros. Their logic using experts consensus rankings and projections is one of the best methods of draft research available in my opinion. That said, here are the results.
This is the second mock I completed where they loved my team, so hopefully i'm doing something right.
Thanks again to Howard Bender for hosting this mock draft and thanks to all that participated.