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February 20, 2014

Mock Auction Analysis

AL- and NL-Only

by Mike Gianella


Mock drafts are a staple of pre-season fantasy baseball coverage, and no magazine or website would be complete without them. It is more rare to see a mock fantasy auction, but there is still a healthy portion of fantasy players who play using the auction format. In response to this, Baseball Prospectus decided to hold mock auctions for our readers who play in auction leagues.

Since auction leagues often dig deeper, Baseball Prospectus held two auctions: an AL-only and an NL-only. Both leagues used the “standard” $260, 23 player roster (14 hitters and nine pitchers) and familiar 5x5 format. The auctions were hosted online using CBS Sports’ auction room feature.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

The Starting Lineup

  • Baseball Prospectus – Mike Gianella
  • Baseball Prospectus – Mauricio Rubio
  • Rotowire – Derek Van Riper
  • Fantasy Trade 411 – Michael Clifford
  • USA Today – Brent Hershey
  • KFFL – Nicolas Minnix
  • Fantasy Judgment – Michael Stein
  • Ask Rotoman – Peter Kreutzer
  • Fox Sports – John Halpin
  • Baseball HQ – Ron Shandler
  • Mastersball – Pasco Varnica
  • Roto Buzz Guy – Howard Bender

General Observations
For the most part, this auction played out the way you would expect an auction to play out among 12 experts. One rule wrinkle that was added to the auction was that players who played less than 20 games in the majors in 2013 were DH only. This was not intentional, but led to more teams being locked out of positions earlier in the auction. In turn, this led to some lower prices and the oddity of Nick Castellanos not being purchased at all.

On the whole, the room was “tight.” Only eight players cracked the $30 barrier, with Mike Trout predictably leading the way at $45. One surprise was that starting pitching was at a premium. Expert leagues typically don’t spend on pitching, but that was not the case here. Yu Darvish ($34), Chris Sale ($29), David Price ($27), Max Scherzer ($27), and Felix Hernandez ($26) all went for $25 or more. These prices weren’t out of line, but were not what I was expecting.

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