2017 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft: #1 Pick

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I’ll be posting mock drafts from picks 1-10 to get an idea of what to expect with each pick. I’ll list the team first and my explanations for each pick below.

1. Mike Trout (LAA – OF)
2. Joey Votto (Cin – 1B)
3. Corey Kluber (Cle – SP)
4. Jon Lester (ChC – SP)
5. J.D. Martínez (Det – OF)
6. Ian Kinsler (Det – 2B)
7. Todd Frazier (CWS – 1B,3B)
8. Hanley Ramírez (Bos – 1B)
9. Masahiro Tanaka (NYY – SP)
10. Wade Davis (ChC – RP)
11. Roberto Osuna (Tor – RP)
12. Matt Harvey (NYM – SP)
13. Dallas Keuchel (Hou – SP)
14. Adam Eaton (Was – OF)
15. Stephen Piscotty (StL – OF)
16. Tony Watson (Pit – RP)
17. Dansby Swanson (Atl – SS)
18. Brandon Belt (SF – 1B)
19. Jonathan Schoop (Bal – 2B)
20. Joc Pederson (LAD – OF)
21. Russell Martin (Tor – C)
22. Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY – OF)
23. Hisashi Iwakuma (Sea – SP)

Round 1) Mike Trout – This is the easiest pick of all time. Don’t overthink this. Trout is the best.

 Round 2) Joey Votto – There weren’t many batters left that I really wanted and I think this pick was a bit of a reach. I considered going with two starting pitchers here, but decided that I would rather grab an extra stud bat.

 Round 3) Corey Kluber – It came down to Kluber or Syndergaard and I decided to go with the safer option. I think Syndergaard has more upside and could potentially be a top two pitcher, but Kluber has a much safer floor.

Round 4) Jon Lester – Grabbing Lester in the fourth feels like stealing. I was able to lock down a second stud pitcher and this feels like great value.

Round 5) J.D. Martinez – It’s always nice to get a big power bat and Martinez fell right where I wanted him. Not only does he possess nice power, but he brings a solid average with him as well.

Round 6) Ian Kinsler – Kinsler isn’t the prettiest pick on the board and there were a few other players I was considering here instead. The thing I like about Kinsler is his consistency and his ability to produce in all categories.

Round 7) Todd Frazier – Frazier won’t have the best average, but he hits ding dongs with the best of them. My team can afford to take the hit in the average category for the big time power that Frazier provides.

Round 8) Hanley Ramirez – If Hanley can stay healthy this year he is going to be one of the best value picks in the draft. He provides nice power and will hit in the heart of a stacked lineup that is looking to prove they can produce without David Ortiz. Hanley should also see some at bats at DH which will help to keep him fresh throughout the season.

Round 9) Masahiro Tanaka – Tanaka has pitched like a stud his entire career and while there are a few minor injury concerns he is a really strong number three starter.

Round 10) Wade Davis – Davis should thrive as the Cubs new closer and is a top tier closer.

Round 11) Roberto Osuna – I figured I would go back to back closers here to make sure that I get some saves. Grabbing a few elite closers is also a nice boost to ERA and WHIP.

Round 12) Matt Harvey – I hated this pick the minute I made it. The Mets are going to be cautious with Harvey returning from injury and this was way too high to pick him. Bleh.

Round 13) Dallas Keuchel – I like this pick a lot more. Keuchel may not pitch like 2015, but he should bounce back from what was a disaster year in 2016.

Round 14) Adam Eaton – Eaton should provide decent numbers in all categories and is the type of player that is nice to pick up late in drafts.

Round 15) Stephen Piscotty – This pick really helps shape up the offense. Piscotty should provide solid power numbers while contributing in both runs and RBI.

Round 16) Tony Watson – Watson provides saves.

Round 17) Dansby Swanson – Swanson is one of my favorite sleeper picks this year as he should provide owners with nice stats in AVG and runs. He is my go to guy late in drafts if I miss one of the top shortstops.

Round 18) Brandon Belt – Belt fell pretty far in this draft and he is a nice guy to add to the bench.

Round 19) Jonathan Schoop – I like the power that Schoop provides as a second baseman and he is a really solid bench player.

Round 20) Joc Pederson – Pederson has the potential to provide some huge power numbers and he may even sneak some steals in.

Round 21) Russell Martin – Catcher is a tough position to fill once the bug guys are gone. I’m happy grabbing Martin this late.

Round 22) Jacoby Ellsbury – These late rounds are all about taking chances and why not with Ellsbury. He’s shown he can put up big time numbers if he remains healthy and he is worth a shot this late in the draft.

Round 23) Hisashi Iwakuma – I grabbed Iwakuma for some pitching depth.

FULL DRAFT

Round 1
(1)  – Mike Trout (LAA – OF) 
(2)  – José Altuve (Hou – 2B)
(3)  – Mookie Betts (Bos – OF)
(4)  – Kris Bryant (ChC – 1B,3B,OF)
(5)  – Nolan Arenado (Col – 3B)
(6)  – Paul Goldschmidt (Ari – 1B)
(7)  – Manny Machado (Bal – 3B,SS)
(8)  – Clayton Kershaw (LAD – SP)
(9)  – Trea Turner (Was – 2B,OF)
(10)  – Josh Donaldson (Tor – 3B)

Round 2
(1)  – Anthony Rizzo (ChC – 1B)
(2)  – Madison Bumgarner (SF – SP)
(3)  – Max Scherzer (Was – SP)
(4)  – Bryce Harper (Was – OF)
(5)  – Miguel Cabrera (Det – 1B)
(6)  – Corey Seager (LAD – SS)
(7)  – Charlie Blackmon (Col – OF)
(8)  – Carlos Correa (Hou – SS)
(9)  – Starling Marte (Pit – OF)
(10)  – Joey Votto (Cin – 1B) 

Round 3
(1)  – Corey Kluber (Cle – SP) 
(2)  – Noah Syndergaard (NYM – SP)
(3)  – Edwin Encarnación (Cle – 1B)
(4)  – Chris Sale (Bos – SP)
(5)  – Ryan Braun (Mil – OF)
(6)  – Francisco Lindor (Cle – SS)
(7)  – George Springer (Hou – OF)
(8)  – David Price (Bos – SP)
(9)  – Jake Arrieta (ChC – SP)
(10)  – Yu Darvish (Tex – SP)

Round 4
(1)  – Robinson Canó (Sea – 2B)
(2)  – Jonathan Villar (Mil – 2B,3B,SS)
(3)  – Johnny Cueto (SF – SP)
(4)  – Xander Bogaerts (Bos – SS)
(5)  – Brian Dozier (Min – 2B)
(6)  – Freddie Freeman (Atl – 1B)
(7)  – Trevor Story (Col – SS)
(8)  – Nelson Cruz (Sea – OF)
(9)  – Giancarlo Stanton (Mia – OF)
(10)  – Jon Lester (ChC – SP) 

Round 5
(1)  – J.D. Martínez (Det – OF) 
(2)  – Daniel Murphy (Was – 1B,2B)
(3)  – Rougned Odor (Tex – 2B)
(4)  – Carlos González (Col – OF)
(5)  – A.J. Pollock (Ari – OF)
(6)  – Kyle Seager (Sea – 3B)
(7)  – Christian Yelich (Mia – OF)
(8)  – Andrew McCutchen (Pit – OF)
(9)  – Carlos Carrasco (Cle – SP)
(10)  – Yoenis Céspedes (NYM – OF)

Round 6
(1)  – Jacob deGrom (NYM – SP)
(2)  – Kenley Jansen (LAD – RP)
(3)  – Adrián Béltre (Tex – 3B)
(4)  – Ian Desmond (Col – OF)
(5)  – Justin Verlander (Det – SP)
(6)  – Wil Myers (SD – 1B,OF)
(7)  – Buster Posey (SF – C,1B)
(8)  – José Abreu (CWS – 1B)
(9)  – Stephen Strasburg (Was – SP)
(10)  – Ian Kinsler (Det – 2B) 

Round 7
(1)  – Todd Frazier (CWS – 1B,3B) 
(2)  – Chris Davis (Bal – 1B)
(3)  – Zach Britton (Bal – RP)
(4)  – Kyle Schwarber (ChC – C,OF)
(5)  – Grégory Polanco (Pit – OF)
(6)  – Justin Upton (Det – OF)
(7)  – Gary Sánchez (NYY – C)
(8)  – Dee Gordon (Mia – 2B)
(9)  – Jean Segura (Sea – 2B,SS)
(10)  – Aroldis Chapman (NYY – RP)

Round 8
(1)  – Billy Hamilton (Cin – OF)
(2)  – Mark Trumbo (Bal – OF)
(3)  – Adam Jones (Bal – OF)
(4)  – Chris Archer (TB – SP)
(5)  – Khris Davis (Oak – OF)
(6)  – Kyle Hendricks (ChC – SP)
(7)  – Matt Carpenter (StL – 1B,2B,3B)
(8)  – Matt Kemp (Atl – OF)
(9)  – Evan Longoria (TB – 3B)
(10)  – Hanley Ramírez (Bos – 1B) 

Round 9
(1)  – Masahiro Tanaka (NYY – SP) 
(2)  – Seung Hwan Oh (StL – RP)
(3)  – Mark Melancon (SF – RP)
(4)  – Jason Kipnis (Cle – 2B)
(5)  – Gerrit Cole (Pit – SP)
(6)  – Alex Bregman (Hou – 3B)
(7)  – Eric Hosmer (KC – 1B)
(8)  – Anthony Rendón (Was – 3B)
(9)  – Carlos Santana (Cle – 1B)
(10)  – Zack Greinke (Ari – SP)

Round 10
(1)  – Jonathan Lucroy (Tex – C,1B)
(2)  – Kenta Maeda (LAD – SP)
(3)  – Jackie Bradley Jr. (Bos – OF)
(4)  – Cole Hamels (Tex – SP)
(5)  – David Dahl (Col – OF)
(6)  – Carlos Martínez (StL – SP)
(7)  – Julio Teherán (Atl – SP)
(8)  – Craig Kimbrel (Bos – RP)
(9)  – José Quintana (CWS – SP)
(10)  – Wade Davis (ChC – RP) 

Round 11
(1)  – Roberto Osuna (Tor – RP) 
(2)  – Brad Miller (TB – 1B,SS)
(3)  – José Bautista (Tor – OF)
(4)  – Rick Porcello (Bos – SP)
(5)  – Andrew Miller (Cle – RP)
(6)  – Danny Salazar (Cle – SP)
(7)  – DJ LeMahieu (Col – 2B)
(8)  – Albert Pujols (LAA – 1B)
(9)  – Edwin Díaz (Sea – RP)
(10)  – Willson Contreras (ChC – C,OF)

Round 12
(1)  – Dellin Betances (NYY – RP)
(2)  – Álex Colomé (TB – RP)
(3)  – Félix Hernández (Sea – SP)
(4)  – Michael Fulmer (Det – SP)
(5)  – Ken Giles (Hou – RP)
(6)  – Odubel Herrera (Phi – OF)
(7)  – Justin Turner (LAD – 3B)
(8)  – Danny Duffy (KC – SP,RP)
(9)  – Evan Gattis (Hou – C)
(10)  – Matt Harvey (NYM – SP) 

Round 13
(1)  – Dallas Keuchel (Hou – SP) 
(2)  – Kelvin Herrera (KC – RP)
(3)  – Adam Duvall (Cin – OF)
(4)  – John Lackey (ChC – SP)
(5)  – Dustin Pedroia (Bos – 2B)
(6)  – David Robertson (CWS – RP)
(7)  – Cody Allen (Cle – RP)
(8)  – Yasmani Grandal (LAD – C)
(9)  – Kendrys Morales (Tor – 1B,OF)
(10)  – Aarón Sánchez (Tor – SP)

Round 14
(1)  – Lorenzo Cain (KC – OF)
(2)  – José Ramírez (Cle – 3B,OF)
(3)  – Tanner Roark (Was – SP)
(4)  – Jameson Taillon (Pit – SP)
(5)  – Rich Hill (LAD – SP)
(6)  – Aaron Nola (Phi – SP)
(7)  – Adrián González (LAD – 1B)
(8)  – Marcus Stroman (Tor – SP)
(9)  – Andrew Benintendi (Bos – OF)
(10)  – Adam Eaton (Was – OF) 

Round 15
(1)  – Stephen Piscotty (StL – OF) 
(2)  – Kevin Gausman (Bal – SP)
(3)  – Miguel Sano (Min – 3B,OF)
(4)  – Kole Calhoun (LAA – OF)
(5)  – Steven Matz (NYM – SP)
(6)  – J.T. Realmuto (Mia – C)
(7)  – Jake Lamb (Ari – 3B)
(8)  – Eduardo Núñez (SF – 3B,SS)
(9)  – Salvador Pérez (KC – C)
(10)  – Víctor Martínez (Det – 1B)

Round 16
(1)  – Hunter Pence (SF – OF)
(2)  – Aledmys Diaz (StL – SS)
(3)  – Jeurys Familia (NYM – RP)
(4)  – Francisco Rodríguez (Det – RP)
(5)  – Jeff Samardzija (SF – SP)
(6)  – Lance McCullers (Hou – SP)
(7)  – Sonny Gray (Oak – SP)
(8)  – Jake Odorizzi (TB – SP)
(9)  – Marcell Ozuna (Mia – OF)
(10)  – Tony Watson (Pit – RP) 

Round 17
(1)  – Dansby Swanson (Atl – SS) 
(2)  – Vince Velásquez (Phi – SP)
(3)  – Troy Tulowitzki (Tor – SS)
(4)  – A.J. Ramos (Mia – RP)
(5)  – Brian McCann (Hou – C)
(6)  – James Paxton (Sea – SP)
(7)  – Sean Manaea (Oak – SP)
(8)  – Maikel Franco (Phi – 3B)
(9)  – José Peraza (Cin – 2B,SS,OF)
(10)  – Héctor Neris (Phi – RP)

Round 18
(1)  – Adam Wainwright (StL – SP)
(2)  – Raisel Iglesias (Cin – SP,RP)
(3)  – Ben Zobrist (ChC – 2B,OF)
(4)  – Julio Urías (LAD – SP)
(5)  – J.A. Happ (Tor – SP)
(6)  – Ryan Madson (Oak – RP)
(7)  – Anthony DeSclafani (Cin – SP)
(8)  – Drew Smyly (Sea – SP)
(9)  – Sam Dyson (Tex – RP)
(10)  – Brandon Belt (SF – 1B) 

Round 19
(1)  – Jonathan Schoop (Bal – 2B) 
(2)  – Garrett Richards (LAA – SP)
(3)  – Adam Ottavino (Col – RP)
(4)  – Álex Reyes (StL – SP,RP)
(5)  – Dexter Fowler (StL – OF)
(6)  – Michael Brantley (Cle – OF)
(7)  – Addison Russell (ChC – SS)
(8)  – Jay Bruce (NYM – OF)
(9)  – Byron Buxton (Min – OF)
(10)  – Yasmany Tomás (Ari – OF)

Round 20
(1)  – Javier Báez (ChC – 2B,3B,SS)
(2)  – Matt Moore (SF – SP)
(3)  – Trevor Bauer (Cle – SP,RP)
(4)  – Ryon Healy (Oak – 3B)
(5)  – Elvis Andrus (Tex – SS)
(6)  – Randal Grichuk (StL – OF)
(7)  – Michael Conforto (NYM – OF)
(8)  – Welington Castillo (Bal – C)
(9)  – Joe Ross (Was – SP)
(10)  – Joc Pederson (LAD – OF) 

Round 21
(1)  – Russell Martin (Tor – C) 
(2)  – Mike Napoli (Tex – 1B)
(3)  – Ender Inciarte (Atl – OF)
(4)  – Keon Broxton (Mil – OF)
(5)  – Devon Travis (Tor – 2B)
(6)  – Melky Cabrera (CWS – OF)
(7)  – Taijuan Walker (Ari – SP)
(8)  – Curtis Granderson (NYM – OF)
(9)  – Yoan Moncada (CWS – 3B)
(10)  – Carlos Beltrán (Hou – OF)

Round 22
(1)  – Tim Anderson (CWS – SS)
(2)  – Michael Pineda (NYY – SP)
(3)  – Yadier Molina (StL – C)
(4)  – Carlos Rodon (CWS – SP)
(5)  – Matt Shoemaker (LAA – SP)
(6)  – Jon Gray (Col – SP)
(7)  – Marco Estrada (Tor – SP)
(8)  – Jerad Eickhoff (Phi – SP)
(9)  – Robbie Ray (Ari – SP)
(10)  – Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY – OF) 

Round 23
(1)  – Hisashi Iwakuma (Sea – SP) 
(2)  – Drew Pomeranz (Bos – SP)
(3)  – C.J. Cron (LAA – 1B)
(4)  – Stephen Vogt (Oak – C)
(5)  – Tyson Ross (Tex – SP)
(6)  – Matt Holliday (NYY – 1B,OF)
(7)  – Nomar Mazara (Tex – OF)
(8)  – Danny Valencia (Sea – 1B,3B,OF)
(9)  – Chris Carter (NYY – 1B)
(10)  – Logan Forsythe (LAD – 2B)