The earliest of early mock drafts: Rounds 11 - 15

Otto Greule Jr

Ray takes a look at rounds 11 - 15 of the #earlymock14 fantasy baseball draft with the guys from Fantasy Assembly.

We completed the 25 round draft in the #earlymock14 fantasy baseball draft, but today I offer my thoughts on rounds 11 - 15. You can find my thoughts on the earlier rounds here:

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Round Four

Round Five

Round Six

Rounds 7 - 10

Tommy L from Fantasy Assembly wrote his thoughts for rounds 1-5 and 6-15 in the links below:

Mock Draft Analysis: Rounds 1-5

Mock Draft Analysis: Rounds 6-15

Here is a quick look at how the picks for rounds 11 - 15 of the #earlymock14 fantasy baseball draft went:

Pick

Player

Position

Owner

11.121

Gio Gonzalez

SP

asfarfaketeams

11.122

Andrelton Simmons

SS

BrianC@FakeTeams

11.123

Mat Latos

SP

Jeff Q RotoWords

11.124

Hyun-Jin Ryu

SP

FakeTeams

11.125

Michael Wacha

SP

Paul@FantasyAssembly

11.126

David Robertson

RP

Kevin@theassembly

11.127

Brandon Moss

1B

Alex K Fake Teams

11.128

Brian McCann

C

Daniel Kelley

11.129

Clay Buchholz

SP

tommyl@theassembly

11.130

Jim Johnson

RP

peter@theassembly

11.131

Curtis Granderson

OF

JimF FantasyAssembly

11.132

Brad Miller

SS

DanS.@RotoBanter

12.133

Sonny Gray

SP

DanS.@RotoBanter

12.134

Chase Utley

2B

JimF FantasyAssembly

12.135

Jered Weaver

SP

peter@theassembly

12.136

Jed Lowrie

SS

tommyl@theassembly

12.137

Rafael Soriano

RP

Daniel Kelley

12.138

Kris Medlen

SP

Alex K Fake Teams

12.139

Patrick Corbin

SP

Kevin@theassembly

12.140

Christian Yelich

OF

Paul@FantasyAssembly

12.141

A.J. Burnett

SP

FakeTeams

12.142

Joe Nathan

RP

Jeff Q RotoWords

12.143

Norichika Aoki

OF

BrianC@FakeTeams

12.144

Jon Lester

SP

asfarfaketeams

13.145

Addison Reed

RP

asfarfaketeams

13.146

Pablo Sandoval

3B

BrianC@FakeTeams

13.147

Martin Prado

3B

Jeff Q RotoWords

13.148

Glen Perkins

RP

FakeTeams

13.149

Oscar Taveras

OF

Paul@FantasyAssembly

13.150

Doug Fister

SP

Kevin@theassembly

13.151

Andrew Cashner

SP

Alex K Fake Teams

13.152

Michael Bourn

OF

Daniel Kelley

13.153

Julio Teheran

SP

tommyl@theassembly

13.154

Matt Wieters

C

peter@theassembly

13.155

B.J. Upton

OF

JimF FantasyAssembly

13.156

Tony Cingrani

SP

DanS.@RotoBanter

14.157

Danny Salazar

SP

DanS.@RotoBanter

14.158

Joe Mauer

C

JimF FantasyAssembly

14.159

Mike Moustakas

3B

peter@theassembly

14.160

Casey Janssen

RP

tommyl@theassembly

14.161

Jurickson Profar

2B

Daniel Kelley

14.162

Brett Gardner

OF

Alex K Fake Teams

14.163

Kendrys Morales

1B

Kevin@theassembly

14.164

Zack Wheeler

SP

Paul@FantasyAssembly

14.165

Salvador Perez

C

FakeTeams

14.166

Sergio Romo

RP

Jeff Q RotoWords

14.167

Justin Masterson

SP

BrianC@FakeTeams

14.168

Wilson Ramos

C

asfarfaketeams

15.169

Todd Frazier

3B

asfarfaketeams

15.170

Anthony Rendon

2B

BrianC@FakeTeams

15.171

Brandon Belt

1B

Jeff Q RotoWords

15.172

Chase Headley

3B

FakeTeams

15.173

Jimmy Rollins

SS

Paul@FantasyAssembly

15.174

Jonathan Papelbon

RP

Kevin@theassembly

15.175

Asdrubal Cabrera

SS

Alex K Fake Teams

15.176

Jason Grilli

RP

Daniel Kelley

15.177

Brian Dozier

2B

tommyl@theassembly

15.178

Derek Holland

SP

peter@theassembly

15.179

Johnny Cueto

SP

JimF FantasyAssembly

15.180

Steve Cishek

RP

DanS.@RotoBanter

Round 11

After grabbing Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro in round 10, I targeted a starter in round 11, and had to "settle" for Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. I wanted Reds ace Mat Latos, but he was grabbed a pick before mine. Ryu was the best of the rest in my opinion, and he pitches for one of the better teams in the National League and in a pitchers park, so there is little risk with this pick.

Picks I liked

I liked the Brandon Moss and Brian McCann picks here by Alex and Daniel. Moss has shown that he can be a consistent power hitter from year to year, even though most of his production comes in the second half of the season. McCann has a chance to sign with either the Yankees, Red Sox or Rangers, and should see time at catcher and DH assuming he signs with an American League team.

Picks I didn't like

I was a little surprised that David Robertson was taken before some other established closers here in round 11. The Yankees have yet to name him their closer for 2014, so this pick is a little risky in my opinion.

Round 12

I grabbed another starter here, A.J. Burnett, assuming he will not retire. Burnett is a favorite of mine as he has put up solid numbers in Pittsburgh, yet gets no love due to his poor history in Toronto and New York.

Picks I liked

I was hoping Phillies second baseman Chase Utley would fall to me here, but that wasn't the case, as he was picked several picks before me. Utley was the best second baseman left on the table, and even with his injuries, he is still a productive second baseman.

Grabbing Curtis Granderson in the 11th round is stealing. We don't know where he will be playing next season, but he has 25-30 home run power in most ball parks. Then again, he strikes out a lot, and won't provide much in the batting average category.

Picks i didn't like

The outfield pickings were getting slim, but I think there were better options than Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki. Guys I like more than Aoki that were still available include Torii Hunter, Will Venable and Coco Crisp, to name a few.

Round 13

I thought about not drafting a closer, but decided against that strategy and chose Twins closer Glen Perkins in the 13th round. Electing to go with the closer strategy, I wanted one top 12 closer, and Perkins is a top 12 option.

Picks I liked

I love Andrew Cashner in 2014. I think he can establish himself as a legitimate ace pitching in Petco Park for half of his starts. Cashner had a very solid 2013 season, and was under owned in most mixed leagues, so that has to change in 2014.

Picks I didn't like

Michael Bourn stopped running in 2013 and I have no idea why. I assume he had some leg injuries, but off the top of my head, I don't recall. When your one solid skill is stealing bases, and you don't do that for your fantasy owner (Me-I owned him in the Tout Wars mixed league this season), said fantasy owner doesn't like you anymore.

Round 14

I was targeting Kendrys Morales to fill my first base slot,but he was chosen two picks before me, so I decided to fill my catcher position with the best catcher left on the board, Royals catcher Salvador Perez. Perez helps you in four of the five categories and is one of the better hitting catchers in the game.

Picks I liked

Jim from Fantasy Assembly must have been happy to hear that Joe Mauer will no longer catch and will play first base on a full time basis. Mauer in the 14th round is a steal, and he could end up being the #1 fantasy catcher in 2014.

Picks I didn't like

I think there were better options at the third base position, so grabbing Mike Moustakas here before Chase Headley and Aramis Ramirez was too early for me. Moustakas has yet to reach his potential but he will still play every day in Kansas City, so there is the chance that he does break out in 2014.

Round 15

Since Headley was still sitting there in the 15th round, I couldn't pass him up, and he filled my corner spot on my roster. He had a poor 2013 season, and that is why he fell to the 15th round in this draft. He is a better hitter than he showed this season, and I can see a nice bounce back from him, although he will never hit 30 home runs again.

Picks I liked

Gotta be honest here, I wanted either Anthony Rendon or Brandon Belt here, but settled for Headley. I like them both as slightly better values than Headley in round 15, and I think Belt could have a break out season in 2014.

Picks I didn't like

I didn't have a problem with any of the picks here.

Roster

My roster through 15 rounds is as follows:

Rd.1 Andrew McCutchen

Rd. 2 David Wright

Rd. 3 Ian Desmond

Rd. 4 Alex Rios

Rd. 5 Hunter Pence

Rd. 6 Zack Greinke

Rd. 7 Alex Gordon

Rd. 8 George Springer

Rd. 9 Matt Moore

Rd. 10 Starlin Castro

Rd. 11 Hyun-Jin Ryu

Rd. 12 A.J. Burnett

Rd. 13 Glen Perkins

Rd. 14 Salvador Perez

Rd. 15 Chase Headley

I don't have any hitters who can hit 30+ home runs on a year in or year out basis, but as stated in earlier mock draft analysis pieces, have a handful of hitters who can put up 20 home runs, 80 runs, 80 RBI and 20 stolen bases with batting averages above league average. My first five hitters meet these qualifications, and Alex Gordon may not have the 20 home run power, but he scores and drives in runs and steals double digit bags.

My pitching staff is headed by Zack Greinke, with Matt Moore, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and A.J. Burnett forming a solid top four starters capable of winning 13-14 games, with low to mid 3.00 ERA and solid strikeout totals.

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