Originally posted on We Talk Fantasy Sports  |  Last updated 2/13/14
Understanding when to draft certain positions is the key to a great fantasy baseball draft.  This mock draft is based on CBS ADP, creates a 10 team league and requires each team draft the following roster:1 Catcher 1 First Base 1 Second Base 1 Third Base 1 Shortstop 3 Outfielders 3 Pitchers 1 CloserWhen a team was up to selected and it would have created an invalid roster, players were skipped until the next needed position was available. table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Team 1Team 2Team 3Team 4Team 5Team 6Team 7Team 8Team 9Team 10Mike TroutMiguel CabreraPaul GoldschmidtAndrew McCutchenClayton KershawCarlos GonzalezRobinson CanoJacoby EllsburyRyan BraunChris DavisDavid WrightEdwin EncarnacionEvan LongoriaAdrian BeltreTroy TulowitzkiJoey VottoYasiel PuigPrince FielderAdam JonesHanley RamirezBryce HarperAdam WainwrightAlex RiosCarlos GomezYu DarvishJason KipnisJustin VerlanderMax ScherzerGiancarlo StantonMatt KempJose BautistaJose ReyesStarling MarteStephen StrasburgCraig KimbrelJose FernandezJoe MauerJay BruceFreddie FreemanBuster PoseyJean SeguraCliff LeeDustin PedroiaFelix HernandezJustin UptonIan DesmondElvis AndrusJayson WerthChris SaleMark TrumboAlbert PujolsDomonic BrownMadison BumgarnerAroldis ChapmanJose AltuveBilly HamiltonShin-Soo ChooKenley JansenDavid PriceHunter PenceCarlos SantanaGreg HollandCole HamelsMatt HollidayMatt CarpenterWilin RosarioAdrian GonzalezJonathan LucroyTrevor RosenthalJosh DonaldsonKoji UeharaZack GreinkeAllen CraigDavid OrtizEric HosmerYeonis CespedesWil MyersEverth CabreraRyan ZimmermanIan KinslerJedd GyorkoEvan GattisYadier MolinaBrian McCannJosh HamiltonAnibal SanchezPedro AlvarezMike MinorMatt WietersJoe NathanMichael WachaJason HeywardGio GonzalezJordan ZimmermannCurtis GrandersonMat LatosMatt CainJulio TeheranHisashi IwakumaJered WeaverMasahiro TanakaShane VictorinoGlen PerkinsDaniel MurphySalvador PerezMartin PradoDavid RoberstonAaron HillHomer BaileyGerrit ColeSonny GrayBrandon PhillipsStarlin CastroAndrelton SimmonsShelby MillerSergio RomoJames ShieldsKyle SeagerBen ZobristAlex CobbRound 1The Trout vs Cabrera argument will never end and both are great #1 choices.  As mentioned before on the blog, it all depends on your league settings to determine which player has "more" value.    If you are a position scarcity drafter, than you would be the one picking Cano.  Interesting to see Ellsbury at pick 8, has super potential but I think most will be drafting him expecting Yankee Stadium to have a huge impact on his stats.Round 2By the end of the Round 2, there were just 4 teams with out at least 1 outfielder and just 1 team with 2 OFs.  Team 5 went SP/SS and even though they are great players in Kershaw/Tulo, I don't like that draft combo.Round 36 teams now have a player a 3 different positions, while Team 9 has selected all 3 of its OF in Braun/Jones/Stanton.  Continuing a strange draft, Team 5 has added Darvish and now has 2 SP and a SS.  Drafting Kipnis before Pedroia is a debatable move as well.Round 4Marte by no means should he be a 4th round draft pick.  I highly doubt he will be a top 40 fantasy player or a top 15 OF.  Selecting him ahead of Joey Bats, Justin Upton and a lot of other good OF is a mistake!  We ranked him 21st among OF.  I am also not sure I would start drafting closers this early.Round 5I am not looking to draft a SS this early if I missed on HanRam and Tulo but Segura ahead of Desmond isn't a good idea.  If you are looking for power at the SS position you can wait it out for J.J. Hardy.Rounds 6-97 of the 10 catchers were drafted in these rounds but I feel you can wait even longer because Salvador Perez goes a little later, while Jason Castro and Wilson Ramos don't even get picked up in a 10 team league.Rounds 10-12Both teams 1 and 10 drafted all 3 of their SP in the last 3 rounds.  Those 6 guys turned out to be Weaver, Wacha, Tanaka, Cole, Cobb and Gray.  That is solid young pitching that you can have this late in drafts and a draft strategy we all can follow.  9 other starters were drafted in between Team 1 and 10.Final Rosters table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Team 1Team 2Team 3Team 4Team 5Carlos SantanaCEvan GattisCYadier MolinaCBrian McCannCSalvador PerezCAlbert Pujols1BEdwin Encarnacion1BPaul Goldschmidt1BDavid Ortiz1BEric Hosmer1BJedd Gyorko2BBrandon Phillips2BDustin Pedroia2BDaniel Murphy2BJose Altuve2BDavid Wright3BMiguel Cabrera3BEvan Longoria3BAdrian Beltre3BMatt Carpenter3BJean SeguraSSJose ReyesSSStarlin CastroSSAndrelton SimmonsSSTroy TulowitzkiSSMike TroutOFDomonic BrownOFAlex RiosOFAndrew McCutchenOFJustin UptonOFBryce HarperOFJason HeywardOFStarling MarteOFCarlos GomezOFJosh HamiltonOFJose BautistaOFShane VictorinoOFAllen CraigOFMatt HollidayOFCurtis GrandersonOFMichael WachaSPAdam WainwrightSPMadison BumgarnerSPStephen StrasburgSPClayton KershawSPMasahiro TanakaSPCliff LeeSPCole HamelsSPFelix HernandezSPYu DarvishSPSonny GraySPZack GreinkeSPGio GonzalezSPJordan ZimmermannSPShelby MillerSPKoji UeharaCLGreg HollandCLGlen PerkinsCLAroldis ChapmanCLCraig KimbrelCL table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Team 6Team 7Team 8Team 9Team 10Wilin RosarioCJoe MauerCJonathan LucroyCMatt WietersCBuster PoseyCJoey Votto1BAdrian Gonzalez1BPrince Fielder1BFreddie Freeman1BChris Davis1BJason Kipnis2BRobinson Cano2BAaron Hill2BBen Zobrist2BIan Kinsler2BMartin Prado3BPedro Alvarez3BKyle Seager3BRyan Zimmerman3BJosh Donaldson3BIan DesmondSSElvis AndrusSSEverth CabreraSSHomer BaileySP3Hanley RamirezSSCarlos GonzalezOFYasiel PuigOFJacoby EllsburyOFRyan BraunOFMatt KempOFBilly HamiltonOFShin-Soo ChooOFJay BruceOFAdam JonesOFMark TrumboOFYeonis CespedesOFWil MyersOFJayson WerthOFGiancarlo StantonOFHunter PenceOFJose FernandezSPJustin VerlanderSPMax ScherzerSPChris SaleSPJered WeaverSPAnibal SanchezSPMatt CainSPMike MinorSPDavid PriceSPGerrit ColeSPMat LatosSPJames ShieldsSPJulio TeheranSPHisashi IwakumaSPAlex CobbSPSergio RomoCLDavid RoberstonCLKenley JansenCLTrevor RosenthalCLJoe NathanCLFree Agents table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } PlayerPOSMatt Adams1BAnthony Rizzo1BJose Abreu1BBrandon Moss1BMike Napoli1BBrandon Belt1BKendrys Morales1BChris Carter1BBrian Dozier2BJurickson Profar2BChase Utley2BChase Headley3BManny Machado3BPablo Sandoval3BBrett Lawrie3BAramis Ramirez3BWill Middlebrooks3BWilson RamosCJason CastroCYan GomesCTravis d'ArnaudCRafael SorianoCLGrant BalfourCLJim JohnsonCLJason GrilliCLSteve CishekCLJonathan PapelbonCLErnesto FrieriCLCasey JanssenCLFernando RodneyCLAddison ReedCLNate JonesCLJim HendersonCLHuston StreetCLJohn AxfordCLBobby ParnellCLTommy HunterCLBilly ButlerDHVictor MartinezDHAlfonso SorianoOFLeonys MartinOFAlex GordonOFDesmond JenningsOFGeorge SpringerOFCarlos BeltranOFKhris DavisOFMichael CuddyerOFAustin JacksonOFCoco CrispOFNelson CruzOFMichael BournOFCorey HartOFNorichika AokiOFWill VenableOFDanny SalazarSPPatrick CorbinSPKris MedlenSPTony CingraniSPMatt MooreSPFrancisco LirianoSPJohnny CuetoSPNeftali FelizSPCorey KluberSPHyun-Jin RyuSPJon LesterSPCC SabathiaSPR.A. DickeySPJeff SamardzijaSPDoug FisterSPA.J. BurnettSPJ.J. HardySSJonathan VillarSSXander BogaertsSSAlexei RamirezSS
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