1. Mookie Betts (Bos – OF)
2. Corey Kluber (Cle – SP)
3. Chris Sale (Bos – SP)
4. George Springer (Hou – OF)
5. Jonathan Villar (Mil – 2B,3B,SS)
6. Buster Posey (SF – C,1B)
7. Carlos Carrasco (Cle – SP)
8. Jean Segura (Sea – 2B,SS)
9. Evan Longoria (TB – 3B)
10. Eric Hosmer (KC – 1B)
11. Rick Porcello (Bos – SP)
12. Adam Duvall (Cin – OF)
13. Kelvin Herrera (KC – RP)
14. Tony Watson (Pit – RP)
15. A.J. Ramos (Mia – RP)
16. Dustin Pedroia (Bos – 2B)
17. Miguel Sano (Min – 3B,OF)
18. Drew Smyly (Sea – SP)
19. Ben Zobrist (ChC – 2B,OF)
20. Melky Cabrera (CWS – OF)
21. Curtis Granderson (NYM – OF)
22. Matt Shoemaker (LAA – SP)
23. Brett Gardner (NYY – OF)
I thought this was a decent draft, but then I looked at my team and said, “Where are all the good players?” Actually, I think this is a pretty well rounded team. There are no categories that are really weak but there aren’t any that are really strong either. Yahoo actually gave this mock draft an A+ and while I can’t say I agree with that ranking I can be happy with how the team turned out.
Round 1) Mookie Betts – Betts provides huge upside with his ability to produce in all five categories.
Round 2) Corey Kluber – Kluber is a safe pitcher who will provide top ten value
Round 3) Chris Sale – I considered going Votto here and I think that would be a good pick. However, locking up two studs on the mound was too good to pass up.
Round 4) George Springer – I was happy to see Springer fall this far and scooped him up quickly.
Round 5) Jonathan Villar – Villar’s multi position eligibility around the infield is really nice and he does not lack power like many other speed guys. Combining him with Betts and Springer gives me three players who can produce in every category.
Round 6) Buster Posey – There is a significant drop off in the catcher position after the top four and Posey is arguably the best. His ability to play first base allows him to receive extra at bats and it’s nice to lock down a tough position.
Round 7) Carlos Carrasco – Carrasco has big time potential and to be able to grab him as a number three starter is fantastic.
Round 8) Jean Segura – Just adding to the speed that this team has. He fills the middle infield and brings nice 2B/SS eligibility with him.
Round 9) Evan Longoria – Longoria will bring some power to this team that is currently lacking a little bit. Third base thins out quickly and it’s good to grab a reliable one.
Round 10) Eric Hosmer – Hosmer rounds out the infield nicely and should provide decent numbers in four categories.
Round 11) Rick Porcello – Grabbing the reigning AL Cy Young winner as a number four starter is a good idea. He may not replicate his numbers, but he should still pitch well enough to warrant this pick.
Round 12) Adam Duvall – Duvall should help give this lineup some pop while hurting the average a little bit.
Round 13) Kelvin Herrera – I needed to grab a closer and Herrera was the best available.
Round 14) Tony Watson – Closers are going fast.
Round 15) A.J. Ramos – See above^^^
Round 16) Dustin Pedroia – He was the best bat available.
Round 17) Miguel Sano – I like that Sano has big time power and he could potentially be a steal this late in the draft.
Round 18) Drew Smyly – Pitching in Seattle should help Smyly bounce back after a disappointing year in 2016.
Round 19) Ben Zobrist – Bench depth
Round 20) Melky Cabrera – Decent all around numbers.
Round 21) Curtis Granderson – Solid power numbers, scores a lot of runs, will hurt in average.
Round 22) Matt Shoemaker – Taking a flier on a pitcher with upside.
Round 23) Brett Gardner – Gardner has shown he can provide decent numbers in all categories.