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2012 MLB Fantasy Draft: Results from the Average Office League

Michael JakubowskiCorrespondent IMay 29, 2016

2012 MLB Fantasy Draft: Results from the Average Office League

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    We are now deep into the fantasy baseball draft season, with games starting overseas this week and the majority of baseball having their Opening Day next week. Most drafts were done over the past weekend to assure that the overseas games would be included, and the rest will trickle to a finish as the week progresses.

    The fantasy front has been bombarded with mock drafts, top picks, bust picks and sleeper picks...enough information to make your head explode. What is more interesting to look at and compare with is how an actual draft plays out.

    The following is the results of an office draft that occurred Monday night. It is a head-to-head league consisting of eight teams. The following are the stat categories that the league is based on:

    Hitting: R, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, BB, K, AVG, OPS

    Pitching: W, CG, SHO, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, K/BB

    The teams consisted of the following makeup: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, UTIL, UTIL, UTIL, UTIL, SP, SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, BN, BN

    The lineups were a bit different than standard fantasy setup, providing more utility spots and dedicating more of the P spots as SP positions. The extra utility spots, instead of additional bench spots, make the season more interesting as almost every draft pick counts every week.

    Each draft pick had a limit of one minute, and were picked in the following order...

Round 1: The Big Hitters

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    Team 1: Miguel Cabrera, 1B

    Team 2: Matt Kemp, OF

    Team 3: Albert Pujols, 1B

    Team 4: Jose Bautista, 3B/OF

    Team 5: Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

    Team 6: Troy Tulowitzki, SS

    Team 7: Ryan Braun, OF

    Team 8: Robinson Cano, 2B

    Team 9: Joey Votto, 1B

    Team 10: Evan Longoria, 3B

    Not one pitcher was drafted in the first round, and only two dedicated OF positions left the board in the first ten picks. The first four picks went as projected, but the pick of Adrian Gonzalez at the fifth pick by a Red Sox fan allowed Tulowitzki to drop to sixth.

Round 2: Pitching Steps in

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    Team 10: Justin Verlander, SP

    Team 9: Justin Upton, OF

    Team 8: Jacoby Ellsbury, OF

    Team 7: Carlos Gonzalez, OF

    Team 6: Roy Halladay, SP

    Team 5: Prince Fielder, 1B

    Team 4: Clayton Kershaw, SP

    Team 3: Dustin Pedroia, 2B

    Team 2: Curtis Granderson, OF

    Team 1: Hanley Ramirez, SS (soon to be 3B eligible)

    The second round saw both 2011 Cy Young winners scooped up, as well as big free agent Prince Fielder at the 16th overall pick. Hanley Ramirez fell to the 20th overall pick after being a top-10 pick in 2011, most likely because of his dismal season in 2011.

Round 3: Speedy Feet

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    Team 1: CC Sabathia, SP

    Team 2: Cliff Lee, SP

    Team 3: Ian Kinsler, 2B

    Team 4: Jose Reyes, SS

    Team 5: Adrian Beltre, 3B

    Team 6: Mark Teixeira, 1B

    Team 7: Giancarlo Stanton, OF

    Team 8: Andrew McCutchen, OF

    Team 9: Felix Hernandez, SP

    Team 10: Tim Lincecum, SP

    Round 3 was dominated by more star starting pitchers, and more importantly the speedy feet of Kinsler and Reyes becoming unavailable.

Round 4: The First Catcher

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    Team 10: Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

    Team 9: David Wright, 3B

    Team 8: Hunter Pence, OF

    Team 7: Zack Greinke, SP

    Team 6: Jered Weaver, SP

    Team 5: Josh Hamilton, OF

    Team 4: Cole Hamels, SP

    Team 3: Nelson Cruz, OF

    Team 2: Jon Lester, SP

    Team 1: Carlos Santana, C/1B

    Carlos Santana was the first catcher to be chosen in the draft, joining Miguel Cabrera and Hanley Ramirez for a strong hitting squad on Team 1.

Round 5: A Round of Potential Value

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    Team 1: Elvis Andrus, SS

    Team 2: James Shields, SP

    Team 3: Matt Holliday, OF

    Team 4: Pablo Sandoval, 1B/3B

    Team 5: Starlin Castro, SS

    Team 6: Alex Rodriguez, 3B

    Team 7: Brett Lawrie, 3B

    Team 8: David Price, SP

    Team 9: Dan Haren, SP

    Team 10: Mike Napoli, C/1B

    Round 5 had many players chosen that can perform with the likes of those taken in rounds 1-3. In particular: Alex Rodriguez, Dan Haren, David Price and Matt Holliday.

Round 6: Pitching Gamble

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    Team 10: Desmond Jennings, OF

    Team 9: Dan Uggla, 2B

    Team 8: Stephen Strasburg, SP

    Team 7: Matt Cain, SP

    Team 6: Brandon Phillips, 2B

    Team 5: Matt Moore, SP

    Team 4: Paul Konerko, 1B

    Team 3: Jay Bruce, OF

    Team 2: Eric Hosmer, 1B

    Team 1: Madison Bumgarner, SP

    Round 6 had a couple of pitching gambles. Stephen Strasburg, who's career was derailed slightly for Tommy John surgery, is projected to be a fantasy stud. It's hard to ignore the fact that he hasn't pitched a full season yet and has already undergone Tommy John surgery. Matt Moore looks to be a solid addition to Tampa Bay's rotation, but only has two games started under his belt.

Round 7: The Beginning of Drafting Relief Pitching

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    Team 1: Michael Morse, 1B/OF

    Team 2: Kevin Youkilis, 1B/3B

    Team 3: Ben Zobrist, 2B/OF

    Team 4: Craig Kimbrel, RP

    Team 5: Ian Kennedy, SP

    Team 6: Yovani Gallardo, SP

    Team 7: Michael Young, 1B/2B/3B

    Team 8: Buster Posey, C

    Team 9: Shin-Soo Choo, OF

    Team 10: Jimmy Rollins, SS

    Craig Kimbrel, the RP who won the 2011 NL Rookie of the Year, was the first closer to go in the draft. The seventh round was also dominated by players who are eligible for multiple positions, including Texas utility player Michael Young.

Round 8: The Round of Injury Concern

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    Team 10: Mariano Rivera, RP

    Team 9: Derek Jeter, SS

    Team 8: Asdrubal Cabrera, SS

    Team 7: Josh Johnson, SP

    Team 6: Brian McCann, C

    Team 5: Rickie Weeks, 2B

    Team 4: Michael Cuddyer, 1B/2B/OF

    Team 3: Alex Gordon, OF

    Team 2: Lance Berkman, 1B/OF

    Team 1: C.J. Wilson, SP

    Consider this the round of potential injury. Some are injury prone due to age (Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Lance Berkman), while others are at risk because of their injury history (Josh Johnson, Rickie Weeks).

Round 9: The Next Japanese Star

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    Team 1: Aramis Ramirez, 3B

    Team 2: Dustin Ackley, 2B

    Team 3: B.J. Upton, OF

    Team 4: Howie Kendrick, 1B/2B/OF

    Team 5: John Axford, RP

    Team 6: Jonathan Papelbon, RP

    Team 7: Freddie Freeman, 1B

    Team 8: Yu Darvish, SP

    Team 9: Michael Bourn, OF

    Team 10: Drew Stubbs, OF

    There was a lot of offseason focus given to Yu Darvish, an ace from Japan. It will be interesting to see if he lives up to his expectations, or goes the way of Dice-K.

Round 10: Comeback Kids

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    Team 10: Shane Victorino, OF

    Team 9: Drew Storen, RP

    Team 8: Adam Wainwright, SP

    Team 7: Carl Crawford, OF

    Team 6: Ichiro Suzuki, OF

    Team 5: Andre Ethier, OF

    Team 4: Jason Heyward, OF

    Team 3: Dee Gordon, SS

    Team 2: Jemile Weeks, 2B

    Team 1: Tommy Hanson, SP

    A lot of players in this round were once elite picks, have since fallen either to injury or sub-par years, and now are set to rebound to former glory. Adam Wainwright becoming an ace again, Carl Crawford returning to the top-10 pick he once was, Ichiro Suzuki returning to his yearly 200 hits (last year was the only season he was below 200) and Jason Heyward returning to become the face of the Braves offense.

Round 11: Scramble for Catching

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    Team 1: Gio Gonzalez, SP

    Team 2: Ian Desmond, SS

    Team 3: Matt Wieters, C

    Team 4: Adam Jones, OF

    Team 5: J.P. Arencibia, C

    Team 6: Brett Gardner, OF

    Team 7: Joe Mauer, C

    Team 8: Ike Davis, 1B

    Team 9: Carlos Beltran, OF

    Team 10: David Ortiz, Util

    Round 11 appeared to be the round where post managers realized that their catcher spot was empty, and the elite catchers were drying up. Team 7 will hope that Mauer can return to his high average and high home run totals he once exhibited.

Round 12: Filling in the Rest

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    Team 10: Ryan Howard, 1B

    Team 9: Heath Bell, RP

    Team 8: Mat Latos, SP

    Team 7: Josh Beckett, SP

    Team 6: Matt Garza, SP

    Team 5: Jesus Montero, UTIL (will be C)

    Team 4: Paul Goldschmidt, 1B

    Team 3: Daniel Hudson, SP

    Team 2: Erick Aybar, SS

    Team 1: Neil Walker, 2B

    Ryan Howard could be a steal this far down in the draft if he rebounds from injury. The same can be said about Josh Beckett if he can turn around from the debacle that was September in Boston last year.

Round 13

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    Team 1: J.J. Putz, RP

    Team 2: Jordan Zimmermann, SP

    Team 3: Brandon Beachy, SP

    Team 4: Jayson Werth, OF

    Team 5: Michael Pineda, SP

    Team 6: Jose Valverde, RP

    Team 7: Billy Butler, 1B

    Team 8: Ricky Romero, SP

    Team 9: Alex Avila, C

    Team 10: Kelly Johnson, 2B

    Steals of the round? Michael Pineda and Billy Butler. Pineda has the stuff to become an ace on the Yankees staff, and Billy Butler may be one of the most underrated fantasy picks over the past few years (go ahead and look at his stats).

Round 14

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    Team 10: Miguel Montero, C

    Team 9: Chris Carpenter, SP

    Team 8: Cameron Maybin, OF

    Team 7: Emilio Bonifacio, 3B/SS/OF

    Team 6: Corey Hart, OF

    Team 5: Jeremy Hellickson, TB

    Team 4: Logan Morrison, OF

    Team 3: Shawn Marcum, SP

    Team 2: Andrew Bailey, RP

    Team 1: Nick Markakis, OF

    Chris Carpenter and Andrew Bailey could be the best picks of this round, picked much lower than they should due to health concerns.

Round 15

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    Team 1: Rafael Betancourt, RP

    Team 2: Jordan Walden, RP

    Team 3: Ubaldo Jimenez, SP

    Team 4: Joel Hanrahan, RP

    Team 5: Brian Wilson, RP

    Team 6: Jaime Garcia, SP

    Team 7: Brandon Morrow, RP

    Team 8: Sergio Santos, RP

    Team 9: Cory Luebke, SP/RP

    Team 10: Anibal Sanchez, SP

    Round 15 was dedicated to filling all those pitching spots, seeing former fantasy studs Brian Wilson and Ubaldo Jimenez go off the board, as well as underrated pitcher Jaime Garcia.

Round 16

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    Team 10: Carlos Marmol, RP

    Team 9: Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B

    Team 8: Sean Marshall, RP

    Team 7: Clay Buchholz, SP

    Team 6: Jose Tabata, OF

    Team 5: Chris Young, OF

    Team 4: Ervin Santana, SP

    Team 3: Max Scherzer, SP

    Team 2: Alexei Ramirez, SS

    Team 1: Justin Masterson, SP

    Clay Buchholz, if he returns to his prior ace status, would be one of the biggest steals in the draft. Scherzer also has the potential to become a solid No. 2 behind Justin Verlander.

Round 17

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    Team 1: Melky Cabrera, OF

    Team 2: Martin Prado, 3B/OF

    Team 3: David Freese, 3B

    Team 4: Jason Motte, RP

    Team 5: Brandon League, RP

    Team 6: Kyle Farnsworth, RP

    Team 7: Derek Holland, SP

    Team 8: Adam Lind, 1B

    Team 9: Nick Swisher, 1B/OF

    Team 10: Tim Hudson, SP

    With age, Tim Hudson appears to be returning to the form he exhibited as a young ace on the Athletics staff. Let's see if he can keep it up in 2012.

Round 18

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    Team 10: Francisco Cordero, RP

    Team 9: Huston Street, RP

    Team 8: Colby Rasmus, OF

    Team 7: Vance Worley, SP

    Team 6: Matt Joyce, OF

    Team 5: Yoenis Cespedes, OF

    Team 4: Ryan Dempster, SP

    Team 3: Chris Perez, RP

    Team 2: Johnny Cueto, SP

    Team 1: Kendrys Morales, 1B/OF

    This round indicates the time in the draft when managers are scrambling to fill their remaining pitching slots and utility positions. Ryan Dempster has the tools to be a more-desirable starting pitcher, but whether he uses them or not is the key.

Round 19

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    Team 1: Mike Moustakas, 3B

    Team 2: Geovany Soto, C

    Team 3: Javy Guerra, RP

    Team 4: Ted Lilly, SP

    Team 5: Hiroki Kuroda, SP

    Team 6: J.J. Hardy, SS

    Team 7: Jeff Francoeur, OF

    Team 8: Edwin Encarnacion, 1B/3B

    Team 9: Joe Nathan, RP

    Team 10: Danny Espinosa, 2B

    Gems from this round include Hiroki Kuroda, which the Yankees acquired this offseason, and shortstop J.J. Hardy, who hit 30 HR with an average hovering around .270 in 2011.

Round 20

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    Team 10: Colby Lewis, SP

    Team 9: Chase Utley, 2B

    Team 8: Brandon McCarthy, SP

    Team 7: Neftali Perez, RP

    Team 6: Jair Jurrjens, SP

    Team 5: Coco Crisp, OF

    Team 4: Wandy Rodriguez, SP

    Team 3: Frank Francisco, RP

    Team 2: Jhoulys Chacin, SP

    Team 1: Lucas Duda, 1B/OF

    Look. If Chase Utley's knees can hold up, then getting him in the 20th round of the draft is outstanding. Also note that Oakland's Brandon McCarthy has moved to the "ace" role on their pitching staff, as he is slated to be the opening day pitcher. McCarthy had five complete games in 2011, and posted a decent 3.32 ERA. Jair Jurrjens had 13 wins in 2011 with a sub-3.00 ERA, and he somehow fell to Round 20.

Round 21

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    Team 1: Johan Santana, SP

    Team 2: Doug Fister, SP

    Team 3: Torii Hunter, OF

    Team 4: Yadier Molina, C

    Team 5: Chad Billingsley, SP

    Team 6: Justin Morneau, 1B

    Team 7: Chris Sale, RP

    Team 8: Brennan Boesch, OF

    Team 9: Bud Norris, SP

    Team 10: Jhonny Peralta, SS

    Again, there are a couple of gems in this round if they can rebound from a recent plague of injuries. Former first and second-round picks Johan Santana and Justin Morneau fell to the 21st round (201st and 206th overall picks). Yadier Molina signed a sizable contract this offseason, which will hopefully encourage a strong performance.

Round 22

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    Team 10: Ryan Vogelsong, SF

    Team 9: Mark Trumbo, 1B/OF

    Team 8: Chase Headley, 3B

    Team 7: Adam Dunn, 1B

    Team 6: Daniel Murphy, 1B/2B/3B

    Team 5: Carlos Lee, 1B/OF

    Team 4: Jason Kipnis, 2B

    Team 3: Alex Rios, OF

    Team 2: Peter Bourjos, OF

    Team 1: Jason Kubel, OF

    Ryan Vogelsong is a solid starting pitcher to pick in the 22nd round, who had 13 wins in 2011 and a 2.71 ERA. Adam Dunn had one of the biggest fallouts in baseball last year, and one can only believe that his HR totals should rebound in 2012. Daniel Murphy is a great utility/bench pick given the fact that he can play first, second and third base.

Round 23

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    Team 1: Matt Capps, RP

    Team 2: Dexter Fowler, OF

    Team 3: Francisco Liriano, SP

    Team 4: Yunel Escobar, SS

    Team 5: Mike Aviles, 2B/3B/SS

    Team 6: Trevor Cahill, SP

    Team 7: Aaron Hill, 2B

    Team 8: Kenley Jansen, RP

    Team 9: Ryan Roberts, 2B/3B

    Team 10: Josh Willingham, OF

    While this is the round where a manager scrapes the bottom of the barrel, there are a few bright spots. Cahill and Liriano have the ability to put up decent stats as starting pitchers. Aviles provides a great utility add with the ability to play three positions. Aaron Hill, the new Diamondbacks second baseman, had dismal numbers in 2011, but batted .315 in games once he joined Arizona.

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