Day 2 of 20! Round 2 of our 2020 MLB Mock Draft series
What sets fantasy baseball aside for me is all the strategy that goes in. Some owners like crafty veterans while other want young prospects. There is no right way! It’s your team! You’re able to build it how you want!
I’m asking you all now to please get involved in a dynasty start up. I’m not trying to push my ideals on anyone but I promise you’ll thank me later! The excitement that builds inside of me this time of year can only be explained as Christmas 1989 and getting my first Nintendo. Only this time you get to relive that excitement over and over.
We all find our own way in terms of fantasy sports. There is no wrong way! Build how you want and build to maximize your enjoyment.
What I’m going to bring you this time around is a 14 team mixed league mock draft. 5×5 rotisserie scoring format. Which means, batting average, home runs, RBI’s, stolen bases and runs for hitters. Wins, saves, ERA, strikeouts and WHIP for pitchers.
15. Freddie Freeman 1B-Atlanta Braves
Freddie has a terrific floor and helps pump up your teams batting average. Should also finish over .300 again with 30+ homeruns. He will be fully healthy for spring training and once again among the leagues best first basemen.
16. Justin Verlander SP-Houston Astros
JV showed no signs of slowing down or losing any of his stuff in 2019. So why would I think he does this season? If you dig in a little you’ll see both his lowest BABIP ever and highest strand rate of his career. That could have been due to a lot of good luck. So maybe just maybe there will be a tad of regression but not enough to spook me.
17. J.D. Martinez OF-Boston Red Sox
I will be honest with everyone, I’ve never been a fan of JD. Even when he played for my hometown Tigers. Can’t let are personal opinions get in the way of our fantasy decisions. JD is going in a lot of first rounds so #17 in my mock is a stretch but it works. JD has big power, a strong slash line and batting in the Boston lineup should see a ton of RBI opportunities. His batting average did slip but still posted his forth straight .300 season and recorded his second highest RBI total. I’m ok with letting him slip. I’m not going to reach for a 32-year-old with back problems.
18. Fernando Tatis Jr. SS-San Diego Padres
Tatis will soon be a superstar at a premium position. 22 HR, 16 SB in only 334 AB last season. He drives the ball with authority and is aggressive at the plate. His hamstring injury and the stress fracture in his back were unfortunate. Only 21 years old and entering camp at 100%! Tatis Jr. is a top 10 fantasy shortstop with immense upside!
19. Aaron Judge OF-New York Yankees
Are any of you starting to believe he’s injury prone? Regardless of the answer there is too much power here to pass up. I debated putting Judge in the top 20 given his past two shortened seasons. His slugging percentage has bounced back but I feel like he’s capped out in all other counting stats. He’s no doubt a stud in OBP formats. His batting average is nothing special but I’m not passing up on him in this spot.
20. Max Scherzer SP-Washington Nationals
The second starting pitcher in round 2 has been dominate for almost a decade. I love Max and being able to, “set it and forget it”. Max threw under 180 innings for the first time since 2010. Is father time catching up with him? Are his injuries finally going to catch up with him? Then you notice he lead the league in FIP at 2.45 and 12.9 K/9. Some owners may pass leaving Max in just the right spot for you! He’s still the pitching anchor on your fantasy team.
21. Yordan Alvarez OF-Houston Astros
As a DH he’s limited for fantasy purposes but he should see some time at first base. The biggest flaw in his game are the strikeouts right? He struggled in the playoffs but made some serious adjustments. Yordan has massive four category upside this season and the K’s will come down a tad. If they don’t then oh well, he hit’s the ball often enough!
22. Jose Altuve 2B-Houston Astros
To be honest, pick #21 and Jose at #22 could be flipped flopped and I wouldn’t mind. Altuve looked like his old self in the second half last season. He’s a high batting average guy and one of the toughest outs in baseball. The only concern here are the stolen bases. Went from 32 to 17 to 6 but continues to make up for it in other categories. He had 22 home runs in 384 plate appearances and 89 runs scored. So lets say 25 HR and 90-100 runs this coming season. That’s still elite for a second baseman.
23. Starling Marte OF-Arizona Diamondbacks
If you haven’t heard Marte is now playing in Arizona. Rumors were swirling that a trade away from Pittsburgh could hurt his value a bit. I find that to be false. His walk rate dipped last season and if he could reverse that, the steals would come in bunches. His BA, power and speed had him close to the top 15 fantasy players last season. Marte is 32 years old and he’s still a good bet for 20+ home runs and 30+ steals.
24. Jose Ramirez 3B-Cleveland Indians
Oh boy. Was a top 3 pick last and halfway through owners were panicking. J-Ram was batting .218 at the All-Star break and there wasn’t much that us owners could do. He wasn’t worth much and selling him that low was just stupid. In the second half he came back to life including BABIP and HR/FB rebounds. I’ll tell you this, I’d rather draft a 25 HR hitter while others in my league are looking to a draft a 35 HR version of J-Ram that won’t happen. If it’s the right spot draft him, don’t over pay here please!
25. Jonathan Villar 2B-Miami Marlins
Villar had a fantastic 2019 season! Setting personal bests in hits, triples, home runs and RBI. He also stole the 2nd most bases in the AL last year. In turn Miami gave him a nice one year 8.2 million dollar deal. Giving Jonathan a healthy 4.83 million dollar raise. Camden Yard is very hitter friendly so leaving for Miami may hurt a little. Does that matter though? He’s eligible at 2B and short stop. Oh, there’s no one else to take playing time from here. We’re looking at 630-650 at bats this season for Villar, given he stays healthy. 20+ HR and 30+ SB is a real possibility for Villar in 2020.
25. Pete Alonso 1B-New York Mets
A well deserved NL rookie of the year award last season! The Polar Bear lead the ML in home runs and finished 3rd in RBI. Yes I know, that was last season. Just giving credit where credit is due people! As far as this season goes, not many men have gone 50-120 in back to back seasons. Only two men have done that in the 21st century (A. Rod and S. Sosa). Pete has absolutely zero speed and I don’t expect a sudden jump in BA. 45+ HR and 100+ RBI is very much do-able. Just don’t fall in love and over draft.
26. Walker Buehler SP-Los Angeles Dodgers
Did you see what Walker did in game 1 and 5 of the NLDS last season? 1 run in 12 2/3 innings and struck out 15 batters. That should tell you all you need to know. Buehler is backed by an awesomely powerful offense. I wouldn’t be shocked, actually I’d count on Walker finishing as top 5 fantasy pitcher this season.
27. Javier Baez SS-Chicago Cubs
A late season thumb injury limited him to only pinch running. He’s only 28 and I feel as if fantasy owners are forgetting about him. Did he have a “down year”? He’s going to wind up hitting around .285 with 30+ home-runs. I’m guessing due to all the younger talent that been infused into the league mixed with an “below” average season in 2019 right now is a good chance to sneak up on people and draft Javy!
28. Rafael Devers 3B-Boston Red Sox
Had a legit breakout season in 2019! Devers had an extremely productive season, in all aspects! Even his defense at 3rd base was solid! Kid had 647 AB’s last season and took advantage of each one! Repeating that many at bats is a tough task. If he could improve hitting vs. LHP then he could take another step forward. He’s still young and the upside is crazy!
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