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.
43. Kris Bryant 3B-Chicago Cubs
2019 was a down year for Kris and he still hit .282 with 31 HR and 108 runs. His OPS was .900 for the third time in four years as well. He hit a home run every 17.5 at bats. Bryant showed his defensive versatility playing four different spots last season. He’s a top 40 pick no doubt and a perfect selection late round 3 or early in round 4.
44. J.T. Realmuto C-Philadelphia Phillies
A friend opened my eyes last season in terms of drafting the best guy available at his position then leaving a gap between talent at said possible. Owning JT give you a massive advantage at the catcher spot. Another set it and forget it play. Realmuto stayed healthy and set career bests with at-bats, runs, doubles, homeruns, RBI and walks. He has maintained a nice batting average the past few seasons also. He a top not catcher and his glove will have him in the lineup A TON!
45. Luis Castillo SP-Cincinnati Reds
Luis had a 5.49 ERA in the first half last season but bounced back big time after the hype was gone. His ground ball rate jumped up by 9% and he limited the home-runs. His fastball velocity jumped up a tad and he maintained that to the end. His best pitch, a change-up, was used more often and it yielded fantastic results. The Reds are getting better around him and at only 28 years old should have his best season as a pro in 2020. He’s on my short list of pre-season CY Young candidates!
46. Aaron Nola SP-Philadelphia Phillies
He’s no doubt one of the most talented pitchers in baseball. He started slow(6.66 ERA in April) and ended the season badly (6.51 ERA in September). The four months in between he was a stud and went 10-4. The Phillies lost during his last 7 starts. Nola has three plus pitches with a fastball in the low to mid 90s and a sick curveball. He had crappy control that led to 22 more walks in 10 fewer innings. I’m all in on him returning into the CY talk this season.
47. Matt Olsen 1B-Oakland Athletics
Missed a month of the season after hand surgery and STILL set personal bests in average, home-runs and RBI in 35 less games then 2018. Has good power and takes enough walks to be a stud first baseman. He has won two Golden Gloves and will be a cleanup hitter for years to come. Olsen hit 36 HR in 127 games and batted .267 in 127 games. He’s a serious candidate for 40 Hrs and 95+ RBI. First base is shallow this season. Draft with confidence!
48. Paul Goldschmidt 1B-St. Louis Cardinals
Goldy is a good guy. Great ball player and a good man but the downward spiral of his career is upon us. His OPS went down 100 points last season. The speed isn’t there anymore and the high BA he once had isn’t coming back. He had a great second half and his numbers should be perfect for where he’s being drafted.
49. Ozzie Albies 2B-Atlanta Braves
A 20-20 season is a given, 25-25 could be done and a 30-30 season is definitely possible. His batting average is fantastic mixed with the speed and steals makes his a lovely pick at second base! His OPS is 89 points higher at home and his line drive rate keeps rising. At only 23 years old the upside here is limitless!
50. Adalberto Mondesi SS-Kansas City Royals
30-50 stolen bases is why you draft him. His BA won’t clear .250. Oh well right? He’s still an impact player! 20 Hrs and 45 SB isn’t that much of a stretch! He had shoulder surgery in late September so I’d monitor his progress before drafting. Either way he’s a top 50 player.
51. Chris Sale SP-Boston Red Sox
Is his elbow healthy or not? It’s a scary proposition. His K rate was still awesome last season, only Gerrit Cole had one better (13.82). Don’t need a big talk up here, you know who Sale is and what he can do. Are you willing to take the gamble? Does the risk outweigh the reward? At this spot in a draft he could be a massive stud. A top 10 pitcher at pick 50? The choice is yours!
52. Yoan Moncada 3B-Chicago White Sox
Moncada had a .406 BABIP in 559 AB. That was next level! Its not sustainable. Either is he batting average. He’s a source of good power and some speed. A reasonable BA is between .250 and .270. Yoan is finally living up to the hype from his prospect years! The White Sox lineup is about to explode and Moncada with it!
53. Patrick Corbin SP-Washington Nationals
His best pitches are the fastball and slider combo. Once he cut out all his other non-sense pitches he made it big. Three straight 200 innings pitched and three straight 200+ strikeout seasons in a row. It’s quite clear what you’re going to get with Corbin. He’s a steal at this spot. Ace level production without the high price tag!
54. Blake Snell SP-Tampa Bay Rays
What a bummer 2019 was for Blake. Went from super lucky to super unlucky. Only able to pitch 107 innings last season due to injuries. Nothing here leads me to believe he’s done or he’s horrible. Sometimes it just happens that way. 2019 was a bitch for Snell. I don’t expect that in 2020. His price tag on draft day will be super low but his skills remain outstanding. If it matters, I’m buying!
55. Giancarlo Stanton OF-New York Yankees
Gio had only 59 plate appearances last season. I will be honest and upfront with you here, I want no part of Giancarlo Stanton. EVER. On the flip side this might be the cheapest he ever is. You could draft hoping for 25-30 home-runs and wind up with 45. Lets hope he sees 450+ ABs this season. If that’s the case 40+ HR is definite possibility. Once again, the decision is all yours.
56. Trevor Bauer SP-Cincinnati Reds
Trevor was traded halfway through the season from Cleveland to Cincinnati. A move from the AL to the NL is supposed to be good from pitchers! Trevor has only had one season with his ERA under 4.18. He should find his groove and come closer to his 2018 numbers, not 2019! His stuff is still fantastic and his a solid mid range SP2 for your team!
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