My first fantasy baseball slow draft is complete. This is a 5×5, 12-team roto league where we will all be keeping six each year for as long as we want.
A couple things I was happy about:
- Getting Mookie Betts at the sixth pick overall. I had him in the slot that a lot of people have Altuve this year (even with Altuve going one overall in this draft, which I heavily disagree with). I’ll take him at six this year. I think he rebounds big and carries my team.
- Landing Bellinger at two is going to be a crossroads pick. I chose him over Francisco Lindor because I don’t think Lindor sniffs his home run total from 2017 again. I think it was an outlier year. I also knew the depth at shorstop was deep. Landing Dejong later in the draft was something I’m okay with. I think Dejong could homer as many times as Lindor. If I’m wrong about this pick, it will cost me dearly.
- I never pay for catcher, I rarely even draft catcher. But Willson Contreras slipped well beyond his NFBC ADP and into the 7th round, and I decided it was time to lock down the position advantage over other teams for one of the first times ever. I’m happy I did it. I still hate catchers, as a rule.
- Loved getting Severino, even if he’s my SP1 and he’s not up to par with other SP1.
- Gerritt Cole and Miguel Sano are the most pivotal players on my team.
- I didn’t get the one big 50+ steal threat, but I tried to get as many guys as I could with the ability to get 10, 15, and 20 steals.
Matt Joyce was actually Shohei Ohtani the hitter version. If he becomes anything that’s a steal. Right now my keep six going into 2019 would be:
Then a combination of two that pan out: Weaver? Lamet? Ohtani? Vlad Jr.? Sano? Bird? I need two more to emerge in a big way.
I think this is no worse than a 5th place team but I think it will be a dogfight to win this league. I will continue to update on how this goes – the group assembled by the commissioner was very sharp and they left little on the table for me in the early rounds. I started to get some perceived “wins” in the middle-to-late rounds that I am confident in, albeit I may have reached for Guerrero Jr. but I believe in what scouts say about his bat and if nothing else, he could be flipped to a team that is selling off late in the year if he moves up several levels this year like prospects have done at high regularity lately.