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Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft: 12-Team, Late Pick (2024)

Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft: 12-Team, Late Pick (2024)

We are back with my second fantasy baseball mock draft of the offseason via the FantasyPros Draft Wizard mock draft simulator.

My last mock draft was with an early pick. This mock will be with a late pick (1.11 draft spot). I once again used most of the default settings to conduct a 12-team, 20-round snake draft with the standard five-by-five rotisserie categories.

12-Team Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft Results

Below is a pick-by-pick look at how this mock draft went. The results can be viewed here.

Rounds 1 & 2

It can sometimes be tough to draft at the turn simply because you’re usually considering several different players in that No. 11-14 range. I elected to draft two infielders here, but I also considered Gerrit Cole.

Rounds 3-6

In this group, I grabbed a couple of aces in Castillo and Webb to go along with the upside of McLain and Garcia to anchor my outfield group. McLain has the chance to take a huge step forward this season following the flashes he showed last year. He may even provide second- or third-round value by the end of the season.

I’m not against waiting on pitchers as there is value to be had late, but try to grab at least two starters in the first five or six rounds who can be relied upon all season.

Rounds 7-11

I waited super long for my closers in my last mock. I’m not against doing that as closers appear on the waiver wire every season, but I elected to go a different route here and lock in two reliable ones in Romano and Munoz. There was some inconsistency with Munoz last year after Paul Sewald was traded — something to monitor. Nonetheless, his upside is as good as anyone from a fantasy perspective.

Rounds 12-20

I generally shoot for upside late in drafts. Which I did here with the likes of Marte and McKenzie. There is certainly injury risk with the latter of the two, but that is all baked into him falling this far in drafts. When healthy, he holds the upside to be an extreme value this late.

I also took a catcher early in the last mock but waited in this one, landing Murphy late. I generally wait on the position as you’ll always find several catchers who can be reliable in the double-digit rounds.

FINAL GRADE: 75 OF 100 (C)

The simulator did not like this mock as much as the first one. Which was expected as there were instances I went away from the top suggested available players. The first mock was chalkier with top players available in more rounds as I was getting a feel of who was being drafted and when.

It is still very early and we’ll have a lot to learn in the coming weeks. This is the time to do mock drafts so you can try out different strategies to see what works best for you!


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