Here is the squad from this morning. You be the judge. Yahoo gave me a C+, but that happens frequently when I “punt” pitching in the early goings. Here’s the Twitter thread if you’re interested:
Mocking on @YahooFantasy this morning.— Heath Capps (@HeathCapps) February 2, 2019
1. Trea Turner (11)
2. Paul Goldschmidt (14)
3. Starling Marte (35)
4. Whit Merrifield (38)
5. Yasiel Puig (59)
6. Blake Treinen (62)
Puig has an XRank of 91. Guess I'll have him in plenty of places
Note: There were 12 teams mocking, and we each drafted 23 players. That’s 276 total, if you’re like me and you have a love/hate relationship with math.
1. Trea Turner (Was - SS)
I was really hoping to start out with Trea/Altuve, but someone actually took Altuve in the middle of Round 1. Apparently rumors of his demise have been exaggerated. This is why I like drafting with real people and not computers...
Also, if Turner is there at the end of Round 1 consistently, I guess I’ll have 100% Turner in 2019.
2. Paul Goldschmidt (StL - 1B)
3. Starling Marte (Pit - OF)
4. Whit Merrifield (KC - 1B,2B,OF)
5. Yasiel Puig (Cin - OF)
6. Blake Treinen (Oak - RP)
No starters in the first six rounds. Nope. I still think Goldy can be a top five overall player. As a Braves fan, I love Freddie Freeman. But why do that when I can get Goldy’s pop—or when I can take Votto rounds later?
7. Justin Turner (LAD - 3B)
8. Mike Clevinger (Cle - SP)
I was tempted to go Clevinger and Taillon back-to-back, but I thought Turner’s value was too good to ignore. Taillon went 96th, 10 picks after Clevinger.
9. Travis Shaw (Mil - 1B,2B,3B)
Shaw is underrated right now in multiple places. He can be an elite second baseman and the eligibility in three spots is awesome.
10. Andrew McCutchen (Phi - OF)
I labored over Cutch or Michael Brantley. In the end, I’m buying the narrative of Cutch finally having a permanent home in the best hitting environment he’s ever had (sans the short stint with the Yankees). He’ll likely bat second in Philly, which is very much an improved lineup. I know Brantley is going about 25 picks ahead of Cutch per NFBC data, but I don’t believe in that gap between the two.
11. Carlos Martínez (StL - SP,RP)
12. Stephen Piscotty (Oak - OF)
C-Mart and Piscotty were picks I wasn’t sure of. I don’t think they are bad, but it was a bit of an odd spot in the draft. If I hadn’t taken C-Mart I could have snagged Corey Knebel or Wade Davis, but I didn’t see the point since I knew Cody Allen would be around later.
13. Yasmani Grandal (Mil - C)
Just an absurd advantage at the catcher position, with his power and that home park.
14. Eduardo Rodriguez (Bos - SP)
15. Andrew Heaney (LAA - SP)
16. Cody Allen (LAA - RP)
I’m taking the major discount on Allen right now.
17. Franmil Reyes (SD - OF)
18. Josh James (Hou - SP)
@JoeGentileFT, are you happy?
19. Ian Happ (ChC - 3B,OF)
I compared Happ to Baez during Second Base Week. I like the growth he showed in O-Swing% (he chased way less last year) and the spike in his walk rate. He also makes a lot of hard contact and is a powerful dude. He only needs to make more contact. I’ll bite at this price.
20. Ross Stripling (LAD - SP,RP)
He’s buried, I assume due to playing time concerns. This is a case of drafting the talent and banking on that to win out.
21. Miguel Sanó (Min - 1B,3B)
I didn’t really need him, but I thought this team lacked some power and he can fill-in at both corners. Quality bench bat.
22. Garrett Hampson (Col - 2B,SS)
He sure is buried in Yahoo’s draft applet. This is a stupid amount of upside in Round 22. This ADP should rise.
23. Joe Musgrove (Pit - SP)
150+ innings of a sub-4.00 ERA with my last pick? Yes please! I considered Michael Wacha, too. Also, Max Kepler was drafted in Round 23, at pick 270. That is awesome value and I’ll have a ton of Kepler on Yahoo if that ADP holds steady.
What do you guys think? Should I have gone with a starting pitcher earlier, or do you like this staff enough?