The Fake Teams Expert Mock Prospect Draft, Final Rosters

Michael Chang

We let a bunch of Fake Teams writers and industry experts draft a minor league roster to their imaginary dynasty league teams. This is what happened.

Bret Sayre posted our thoughts on the prospects we drafted as a part of our Experts' Mock Prospect Draft by round (Rounds 1-3, Rounds 4-6, and Rounds 7-10). These were the instructions for the participants of this draft, straight from the e-mail he sent out prior to kicking it off:

The premise is very simple, we're drafting a minor league roster for a brand new dynasty league team (no one has a major league roster yet). The "league" is standard 13-team 5x5 rotisserie where you keep all players indefinitely with no contracts/salaries involved. The first rule is that any player you select must still have their prospect status. The second rule is that there are no other rules. It's just about building the type of farm system you would want to start from scratch with.

With that in mind, here are the final rosters for each owner:

Nick Shlain, Rotowire

Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN
Archie Bradley, SP, ARI
Trevor Bauer, SP, CLE
Jake Marisnick, OF, MIA
Aaron Sanchez, SP, TOR
Slade Heathcott, OF, NYY
Lewis Brinson, OF, TEX
D.J. Davis, OF, TOR
Zach Lee, SP, LAD
Rob Brantly, C, MIA

Derek Carty, Derekcarty.com

Jurickson Profar, SS, TEX
Kevin Gausman, SP, BAL
Noah Syndergaard, SP, NYM
Mason Williams, OF, NYY
Trevor Story, SS, COL
Adalberto Mondesi, SS, KCR
Alex Meyer, SP, MIN
Michael Choice, OF, OAK
Jarred Cosart, SP, HOU
Dan Straily, SP, OAK

Bret Sayre, Baseball Prospectus

Oscar Taveras, OF, STL
Jonathan Singleton, 1B, HOU
Brian Goodwin, OF, WAS
Casey Kelly, SP, SD
Max Fried, SP, SD
Dan Vogelbach, 1B, CHC
WIly Peralta, SP, MIL
Gary Brown, OF, SF
John Lamb, SP, KC
Jeimer Candelario, 3B, CHC

Ray Guilfoyle, Fake Teams

Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS
Jameson Taillon, SP, PIT
Jorge Soler, OF, CHC
Corey Seager, 3B/SS, LAD
Tyler Austin, OF, NYY
Austin Hedges, C, SD
Jorge Bonifacio, OF, KCR
Justin Nicolino, SP, MIA
Arodys Vizcaino, SP, CHC
Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B, KC

John Sickels, Minor League Ball

Mike Zunino, C, SEA
Tyler Skaggs, SP, ARI
Jedd Gyorko, 2B/3B, SD
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD
Kyle Crick, SP, SF
Dorssys Paulino, SS, CLE
Brad Miller, SS, SEA
Tony Cingrani, SP, CIN
Michael Wacha, SP, STL
Joc Pederson, OF, LAD

Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus

Wil Myers, OF, TAM
Miguel Sano, 3B, MIN
Delino DeShields, 2B, HOU
Chris Archer, SP, TAM
Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN
Bruce Rondon, RP, DET
Luis Heredia, SP, PIT
Jorge Alfaro, C, TEX
Matt Adams, 1B, STL
Josh Fields, RP, HOU

Spencer Schneier, Beyond the Box Score

Dylan Bundy, SP, BAL
Byron Buxton, OF, MIN
Trevor Rosenthal, SP, STL
Bubba Starling, OF, KC
Matt Barnes, SP, BOS
Matt Davidson, 3B, ARI
Wilmer Flores, 3B, NYM
C.J. Cron, 1B, LAA
A.J. Cole, SP, WAS
Andrew Toles, OF, TAM

Craig Goldstein, Fake Teams

Nick Castellanos, 3B/OF, DET
Anthony Rendon, 3B, WAS
Alen Hanson, SS, PIT
Carlos Martinez, SP, STL
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN
Eddie Rosario, 2B, MIN
Stryker Trahan, C, ARI
Jonathan Schoop, 2B/3B, BAL
Blake Swihart, C, BOS
Jesse Biddle, SP, PHI

J.D. Sussman, Bullpen Banter

Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
Carlos Correa, SS, HOU
Albert Almora, OF, CHC
George Springer, OF, HOU
Kyle Zimmer, SP, KCR
Jackie Bradley, OF, BOS
James Paxton, SP, SEA
Joe Ross, SP, SD
Chris Stratton, SP, SF
Manny Banuelos, SP, NYY

Mike Newman, Fangraphs and RotoScouting.com

Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA
Christian Yelich, OF, MIA
Francisco Lindor, SS, CLE
Danny Hultzen, SP, SEA
Julio Teheran, SP, ATL
Courtney Hawkins, OF, CHW
Roman Quinn, SS, PHI
Nick Franklin, 2B/SS, SEA
Domingo Tapia, SP, NYM
Jairo Beras, OF, TEX

Ben Carsley, Fire Brand of the AL

Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT
Javier Baez, SS, CHC
Mike Olt, 3B, TEX
Rymer Liriano, OF, SD
Lucas Giolito, SP, WAS
Adam Eaton, OF, ARI
Joey Gallo, 3B, TEX
Kyle Gibson, SP, MIN
Luis Sardinas, SS, TEX
Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI

Jason Catania, Fangraphs

Shelby Miller, SP, STL
Jose Fernandez, SP, MIA
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
Gregory Polanco, OF, PIT
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL
Kaleb Cowart, 3B, LAA
Yordano Ventura, SP, KC
Kyle Parker, OF, COL
Max Kepler, OF, MIN
Marcell Ozuna, OF, MIA

Jason Hunt, Fake Teams

Zach Wheeler, SP, NYM
Addison Russell, SS, OAK
David Dahl, OF, COL
Gary Sanchez, C, NYY
Taylor Guerrieri, SP, TAM
Robert Stephenson, SP, CIN
Richie Shaffer, 3B, TAM
Allen Webster, SP, BOS
Roberto Osuna, SP, TOR
Josh Bell, OF, PIT

Here's a few of my thoughts on the draft as a whole:

  • I really like how Mike Newman's draft turned out - he took a number of players whose perceived value has dropped, but were considered first round talents a year ago.
  • Pitching seemed to fall to some extent, as a large number of the prospects I was interested in didn't make it back around to me through the 24 picks in between.
  • My own draft ended up pushing more heavily toward upside, and toward potentially finding players with potential trade value in another season rather than taking the safer, closer to the Majors prospects. Both ways work well, but without a major league roster to help determine which direction to go, I went solely toward the upside.
  • I don't feel like there were any of the drafters who ended up with a large amount of prospects I wouldn't want, and thought the overall draft went very well.
What are your thoughts? Are there specific rosters that turned out substantially ahead or behind? Was there a prospect that fell way too far in your opinion?

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