Looking At The Results Of My Third Mock Draft

I continued my weekly mock draft this past weekend, drafting eighth this time.  For the most part I was happy with the results, especially with Miguel Cabrera falling to me, but it certainly wasn’t perfect.  Let’s take a look at how things turned out: 

C – Miguel Montero (R14)
C – Ryan Doumit (R17)
1B – Miguel Cabrera (R1)
2B – Brandon Phillips (R3)
SS – Elvis Andrus (R19)
3B – Jhonny Peralta (R16)
CI – Billy Butler (R9)
MI – Ben Zobrist (R5)
OF – Carl Crawford (R2)
OF – Justin Upton (R4)
OF – Andre Ethier (R7)
OF – Franklin Gutierrez (R20)
OF – Kyle Blanks (R22)
U – Hideki Matsui (R21) 

P – Chris Carpenter (R6)
P – Yovani Gallardo (R8)
P – Ubaldo Jimenez (R10)
P – James Shields (R11)
P – Scott Baker (R12)
P – Clay Buchholz (R18)
P – Aaron Harang (R23)
P – Brian Wilson (R13)
P – Frank Francisco (R15)


  • Overall, I’m happy with the results, but I wasn’t happy only nabbing two closers.  We’ll get to my theory on drafting closers soon, but I always like to get three.  Only having two would put me at a disadvantage in saves and if I were to be drafting a bench, I’d probably take a setup man with the potential to take over as the closer before long.  I had been eyeing Mike Gonzalez, but took Elvis Andrus in Round 19 over him.
  • In the end, I’m not upset getting Aaron Harang as my last round pick.  He’s got a ton of upside and really does well to fill out my rotation.
  • Similarly to the Gonzalez scenario, I had been eyeing Ryan Zimmerman in the fourth round only to have him go the pick before me.  Settling for Justin Upton is a fine consolation prize, but the chain of events caused me to wait a while to grab a third baseman.  I am high on a Jhonny Peralta rebound, but my first reserve pick likely would have gone to give me some protection there.
  • This may be one of the few drafts I’m able to get Billy Butler in.  As high as I am on him, I’m not about to reach to get him.  He has an ADP of around 88, meaning he’s been a late seventh round or early eighth round pick.  I ended up getting him with pick 104.
  • I know it’s not common to take three starting pitchers in successive rounds, but I just couldn’t help myself.  I love the top five pitchers in my rotation, and Buchholz does a great job of filling it out.  I was hoping to have Clayton Kershaw, but he went immediately following my pick of Butler. 
  • It seems like Montero & Doumit are my go to catching tandem, at least in the early going.  In my second draft I had them in Rounds 13 & 14, while the first time around I took them in 11 & 15.  It’s kind of surprising that I’ve managed to get the same two in all three drafts, but that goes a long ways in telling you how highly I think of both of them.

What are your thoughts?  Which picks do you like?  Dislike?

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  1. MDS says:

    Shields n Baker look like nice value picks, the SP is strong but Im not a big believer in Buchholz. Upton will likely be a steal in rd 4. Are you really that sold on Peralta as your 3B? hmmmm

  2. Rotoprofessor says:

    I like Peralta, but I would agree, I wouldn’t want him as my starting 3B. Unfortunately, that’s the way things fell in this draft. If I could get him as a MI or CI, I’d certainly be much more comfortable, but in this league I have Zobrist & Butler, better than what most people get in those spots. In order to be strong there, you unfortunately have to give somewhere else.

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