Mock Draft: 10-Team Late Pick (2020 Fantasy Baseball)
If your league either did not complete its draft earlier this year, or scheduled a re-draft, chances are your league’s draft is coming up very soon. We wanted to do what we can to prep you for this new-look draft, so we are taking you through a handful of mock drafts here. Check the rest of those posts below.
Today, we will knock out a 10-team late pick mock draft and see where it takes us.
I set up this league to have 20 starting slots (10 hitters, 10 pitchers). I left off the bench spots. Here are the full details:
Rosters: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF x3, UTIL x2, P x10
Categories: R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, W, ERA, WHIP, K, SV
My Pick: 9th
I do think the way to go for this season is to rely on veteran starters that you can feel more confident about getting full pitch counts out of right out of the gate. Pitching is always a bit more variable than hitting, so I want to spend most of my early draft capital on premium hitters. There will also be an emphasis placed on home runs and steals in this draft, since those categories are a typically easier to project. Let’s get to going!
1.9 Trea Turner (SS – WAS)
The back end of the first round usually presents you with a tough choice. There were tons of great options, but I decided to begin the draft by hammering the steals category. Turner is a true five-category player and easily has the upside to take down the #1 overall hitter title in a short season.
Also considered: Jacob deGrom (SP – NYM)
2.2 Max Scherzer (SP – WAS)
If pitchers are going to be capped at 12 starts, I want the man who has been the best pitcher in baseball for the last several seasons. Scherzer is healthy right now and I feel very confident about getting twelve really strong starts from him. He and deGrom both come in ahead of Cole for me in this weird season.
Also considered: Nolan Arenado (3B – COL)
3.9 Yordan Alvarez (DH – HOU)
This is a bit of a risk, given how little we have seen from Alvarez. However, I started off behind the pack in homers and RBI, and Alvarez could help me majorly in those two categories. Unlike a lot of the other heavy hitters available here, he also provides me with some batting average upside.
Also considered: Clayton Kershaw (SP – LAD)
4.2 Clayton Kershaw (SP – LAD)
I debated Kershaw on the last pick, so I was happy to see him hang on for my fourth pick. Just like Scherzer, the health questions are reduced this year as he begins a quick season ready to go. He has already been named the Dodgers’ Opening Day starter, lining him up for a shot at 12 starts, and he has the skill to be extraordinarily effective in those outings.
Also considered: Adalberto Mondesi (SS – KCR)
5.9 Yoan Moncada (2B – CHW)
I did want to get Mondesi in this draft, but after taking Turner first it was not as big of a priority. Despite missing out on that pick, I wanted to continue the assault on the steals category. While Moncada did have a very lucky 2019 season, I feel pretty good about him stealing bases and scoring runs – something my team needed a bit more of.
6.2 Matt Olson (1B – OAK)
Olson is simply one of the best bets for a good supply of homers this year. While I can’t feel good about his batting average, and I know he won’t steal any bases – he gives me a nice floor of power production, and he’ll even get to play some games in Coors Field this year.
Also considered: Charlie Morton (SP – TBR), Eloy Jimenez (OF – CHW)
7.9 Jose Berrios (SP – MIN)
The Twins have the easiest pitching schedule in the league by far, facing teams like the Tigers, Royals, and Pirates all season long. Berrios is an innings eater and should be ready to throw 100 pitches really quick. I wanted reliable arms on this team, and that’s what I have here with Berrios.
8.2 Eugenio Suarez (3B – CIN)
Back to the homer category. My strong start in the batting average arena has probably been ruined with this pick, but I don’t care. There aren’t many certainties in fantasy baseball 2020, but Suarez hitting dongs is a very good bet.
Also considered: Marcell Ozuna (OF – ATL)
9.9 Marcell Ozuna (OF – ATL)
Another strong homer and RBI source from a guy in a great offense. Ozuna has quietly put up really strong fantasy seasons in the last few years, and he is just too cheap in these drafts. I love the Braves lineup even against that tough pitching schedule (Rays, Yankees, Nationals, Mets), and Ozuna offers a ton of upside.
10.2 Michael Brantley (OF – HOU)
I’m trying to regain some batting average here. Brantley is no young man anymore, but his contact skills are nearly unmatched. He gives me a nice boost to the batting average category while helping in RBI and runs as well.
Also considered: Brandon Woodruff (SP – MIL)
11.9 Madison Bumgarner (SP – ARI)
I’m being very consistent with my pitching selections – old, former Cy Young winners. Add Bumgarner to Scherzer and Kershaw and I have a dream staff from 2015.
Also considered: Carlos Correa (SS – HOU)
12.2 Andrew Benintendi (OF – BOS)
Benintendi will lead off for the Red Sox this year, which should help him score runs and steals bases at the very least. There are a lot of question marks about him, but we all know the upside he has – and the floor of runs and steals justifies the pick by itself.
Also considered: Kyle Hendricks (SP – CHC)
13.9 Kyle Hendricks (SP – CHC)
Hendricks has been one of the safest starting pitchers over the last three seasons. This is the year for boring pitchers that won’t kill you in a single given outing. I’ll draft Hendricks here, hopefully for the last time in my life.
14.2 Cavan Biggio (2B – TOR)
More steals and upside here with Biggio, although he could completely crater my batting average. The Blue Jays could be a sneaky good offense, and Biggio should sit in the #2 hole of that lineup as long as he’s performing decently.
Also considered: Corey Seager (SS – LAD)
15.9 Jake Odorizzi (SP – MIN)
Another veteran starter here. This pick was all about the schedule, which we’ve already talked about in the Berrios writeup. This could end up terribly, but I think Odorizzi is good enough to put up some solid numbers this year.
Also considered: Craig Kimbrel (RP – CHC)
16.2 Hansel Robles (RP – LAA)
I was way past due to grab some saves, so Robles was my guy. The Angels are a very talented team, and Robles has the full time closer job to start the year. This was just a “sort by projected saves” pick.
Also considered: Nick Anderson (RP – TBR)
17.9 Giovanny Gallegos (RP – STL)
Same as the above, I wanted to get two closers that have the job. Jordan Hicks is looming, of course, but I think Gallegos will have at least a few weeks in the closer role, and if he starts hot – the Cardinals might not want to risk the switch.
Also considered: Mallex Smith (OF – SEA)
18.2 David Dahl (OF – COL)
I love David Dahl this year. He will hit for a strong batting average at home, and he even has steals upside.
Also considered: Mallex Smith (OF – SEA), Josh James (SP – HOU)
19.9 Will Smith (C – LAD)
I needed a catcher, so I went with the highest upside available. Smith was incredible for a long stretch in his rookie year before being absolutely horrible down the stretch. I will ride the upside for now and be quick to bail if he starts the year striking out 40% of the time.
Also considered: Willie Calhoun (OF – TEX)
20.2 Rich Hill (SP – MIN)
Adding my third Twins’ starter to the team, Hill could put up ace-like numbers in this short season. I still doubt he can stay healthy enough to make even 10 starts, but the upside is too much to pass up on with your final pick of the draft.
Also considered: Khris Davis (DH – OAK)
Somehow I still only came out in 6th in steals and 7th in homers. By the projections, I only really excel in WHIP, and I am firmly average in everything else. Despite that, I really like this team. I have a good supply of steals, power, and reliable starting pitching.
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