Tout Wars Mixed League Draft Results Analysis

Christian Petersen

Ray offers some thoughts on the Tout Wars mixed online league draft that took place on Tuesday night.

The Tout Wars mixed online league draft took place last night. This is the first of the four Tout Wars drafts that will be held over the next two weeks. I participated in this league last year and finished fifth, after a late season push for the toip spot. This year, I was asked to participate in the live mixed league auction held in New York City on Saturday March 22nd at 3pm.

The NL only Tout Wars auction takes place on March 22nd at 9am, while the AL only auction takes place on Sunday March 23rd at 10am. All auctions take place in New York City.

You can find the complete draft results in the link below, or at www.toutwars.com.

Follow the live spreadsheet here. Before I get to my thoughts on the draft, here is a list of those who participated in the draft:

The partiipants

Tom Kessenich (100)
Perry Van Hook (100)
Eno Sarris (100)
Greg Ambrosius (100)
Tim McLeod (100)
Paul Greco (98)
Nick Minnix (95)*
Grey Albright (82)
Scott Engel (81)
Anthony Perri (72)
Ray Murphy (100)*
Adam Ronis (100)*
Charlie Wiegert (93)
Paul Sporer (100)*
Brent Hershey (84)

First Round

Everyone likes to see how the first round went, so here you go:

1. Mike Trout, Angels

2, Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

3. Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks

4. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates

5. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies

6. Ryan Braun, Brewers

7. Adam Jones, Orioles

8. Prince Fielder, Rangers

9. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers

10. Bryce Harper, Nationals

11. Joey Votto, Reds

12. Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jay

13. Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees

14. Hanley Ramirez, Dodgers

15. David Wright, Mets

And the second round:

16. Chris Davis, Orioles

17. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays

18. Robinson Cano, Mariners

19. Jason Kipnis, indians

20. Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers

21. Yu Darvish, Rangers

22. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies

23. Yasiel Puig, Dodgers

24. Justin Upton, Diamondbacks

25. Adrian Beltre, Rangers

26. Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins

27. Evan Longoria, Rays

28. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox

29. Carlos Gomez, Brewers

30. Max Scherzer, Tigers

Quick Thoughts

There were no surprises with the first four picks, with Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, Paul Goldschmidt and Andrew McCutchen. They are the consensus top four hitters taken in drafts this season.

I thought it was interesting to see Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano fall to the second round for the first time in quite some time. Indians second baseman Jason KIpnis was picked right after Cano, so that tells you that his stock is up and Cano's is down this season. Kipnis has the potential to put up a 20 home run, 30 stolen base season, so Adam Ronis from Rotoexperts and SiriusXM radio got a potential first rounder in 2015 in the early second round.

I loved that Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was taken 6th overall, so that tells you that the experts don't think Braun's performance at the plate will be impacted now that he is "clean".

While I think Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury can improve his power production hitting in Yankee Stadium this season, I am not one who would draft him in the first round. His injury risk is too much for me to draft him that high.

I am surprised with how late the following hitters went in this draft:

Chris Davis

Evan Longoria

Troy Tulowitzki

Adrian Beltre

I would have taken Beltre over Bautista with the second pick in the second round here. He is more consistent, will hit for a higher average, and is not injury prone like Bautista is.

I can't explain why Davis went with the first pick in the second round, as he should have been selected before Votto and Encarnacion in the first round.

In the first two rounds, we saw 13 outfielders drafted in the first 30 picks. I am of the belief that outfield is thin after the top 40-50 this season, so it is best to grab outfielders early, if possible. The experts in this draft must have been of the same belief as well.

We saw just three starters taken in the first two rounds: Kershaw, Darvish, and Scherzer, and there were 11 pitchers taken with the first 46 picks in the draft. Here was my reaction on Twitter as the draft was going on:

I may have mentioned this elsewhere this week, but of all the experts drafts and mocks I have participated in, watched or reviewed, the top closers are going in the third to fifth rounds. For me, thats too early, but in a league this deep, you have to take them early for fear that you miss the run on closers. Something to chew on when devising your draft strategy.

If you want a top 5-6 shortstop in drafts this year, you will have to grab them in the first 3-4 rounds, as we saw the top six go by pick #42, but not in the order I would have ranked them? Hanley Ramirez was taken in the first round, Troy Tulowitzki in the second round, followed by Elvis Andrus, Jose Reyes, Jean Segura and Ian Desmond in the third round, and in that order. Desmond got no respect by the Tout Wars experts on Tuesday night. I think he should have been drafted after Tulo and ahead of the Andrus/Reyes/Segura trio.

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols dropped all the way to the fourth round this season, which is probably just about right for him. He is on the downside of his career, no matter what any one tells you.

Don't Believe the Hype

Here are where some of the hyped players were drafted:

Billy Hamilton: 6th round

Jose Abreu: 6th round

Masahiro Tanaka: 7th round

Gerrit Cole: 7th round

Michael Wacha: 7th round

Tony Cingrani: 7th round

Danny Salazar: 7th round

Value Picks

Brandon Belt: 10th round

Starlin Castro: 11th round

B.J. Upton: 13th round

Asdrubal Cabrera: 15th round

Ervin Santana: 19th round

J.J. Hardy: 13th round

Cole Hamels: 12th round

Alfonso Soriano: 14th round

C.J. Wilson: 10th round

Michael Bourn: 15th round

Let's hear your thoughts on the draft in the comments section below.

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