It may be the beginning of February but Spring Training is less than a month away so it's time to start preparing for your fantasy baseball drafts! Besides doing some research and reading up on pre rankings, the best way to have a strategy heading into your draft, is to partake in a mock draft.
I participated in a 12-man mock draft on Yahoo! and drafted at number 6.
C - Carlos Santana
1B - Paul Goldschmidt
2B - Dustin Pedroia
3B - Kyle Seager
SS - Hanley Ramirez
OF - Bryce Harper
OF - Matt Holliday
OF - Shin-Soo Choo
UTL - Chase Utley
UTL - Austin Jackson
3. Tyson Ross
4. Lance Lynn
CL - Koji Uehara
CL - Fernando Rodney
CL - Joe Nathan
- Paul Goldschmidt
- Your first round pick should be your franchise player - the player you could build a solid team around. Goldschmidt is 27 and in his prime. In just 109 games last season before suffering an injury, Goldschmidt hit .300 with 19 home runs and 69 RBI. He's a lock for .300, and a minimum of 30 home runs and 100 RBI.
- After selecting my stud offensive player, I wanted to get an ace for my pitching staff. I had a choice between two lefties - Madison Bumgarner and Chris Sale. I went with Bumgarner just based off what he did in the playoffs last year, leading the Giants to a World Series title. I feel as if his stuff is good enough to overtake Clayton Kershaw as the top pitcher in baseball.
- There aren't too many shortstops who you can rely on in fantasy baseball and when I saw Hanley Ramirez sitting there I had to grab him. This guy was a 1st round pick just last year, so I felt confident grabbing him in the 3rd. Plus he's going to rake at Fenway Park hitting in between David Ortiz and Pablo Sandoval.
- This will be Bryce Harper's 4th season in the MLB and he just turned 22 back in October! Harper battled some injuries last season but hit 10 home runs in the final 2 months of the season. He's only getting stronger and better and this could be his breakout season.
- Back to back Nationals for me. Zimmermann is part of a ridiclous pitching staff in Washington - Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister and Zimmermann. With the offense the Nationls have Zimmermann should have no problem winning at least 15 games with a sub 3 ERA.
- There aren't really more consistent players in the league than Matt Holiday. At this point in his career he's a lock for .275, 20 home runs and 90 RBI.
- In late May last season, Seager was hitting under .240 and really struggling. He finished the season hitting .268 with 25 home runs and 96 RBI. With Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz in the lineup now Seager should have plenty of chances to do damage.
- Another guy who struggled early in the season was Carlos Santana. Santana didn't get over the .200 mark until June 20th but finished the season hitting .231 with 27 home runs and 85 RBI. Expect those numbers to rise in 2015.
- Drafting Pedroia in the 9th round? Don't mind if I do.
- Last season Ross posted a 2.81 ERA with 195 strikeouts but only won 13 games. The Padres have loaded up their offense this season trading for Justin Upton, Matt Kemp and Wil Myers. If Ross continues to pitch well he will see his wins increase thanks to better run support.
- The Red Sox will have a better season then they did last year and Koji has been unhittable the past few years. Last season he posted a WHIP of 0.92.
- Lynn has won 48 games over the past 3 seasons with the Cardinals with at least 180 strikeouts in each season. His career ERA is 3.46.
- It's not always pretty with Rodney but he gets the job done. Over the past 3 years Rodney has 133 saves.
- 14th round? This is still Justin Verlander people!