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February 22, 2016 6:00 am

The Quinton: The Biggest Advantage of Mock Drafts

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Jeff Quinton

Partaking in mocks carries a significant beyond helping us to identify strategies and trades before the real deal.

Partaking in mock drafts, like reading and eating fried chicken, is something I both highly recommend and do not participate in as frequently as I would like.

Herb Kelleher, the former CEO of Southwest Airlines, famously (around these parts) said, “We have a strategic plan. It’s called doing things.”

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February 12, 2016 6:00 am

Baseball Prospectus Mock Draft

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Mike Gianella

Mike breaks down his selections from the recent staff mock.

If it is February and there is snow on the ground (cram it, people who live in the bottom part of the United States) that means it is mock draft season. While articles on player valuation and rankings can help immensely, there is nothing quite a mock draft to help you prepare for live, on-the-ground conditions as you get ready to go do battle…er, play in a fun and relaxing league with your friends.

With the LABR Mixed Draft only five days away, Bret Sayre and I assembled 13 other Baseball Prospectus’ staffers together this past Monday evening so that we could have a practice run before we go and do battle with some of the industry’s best and brightest in our title defense. Since this was a LABR prep auction, we mirrored the format of LABR: a 15-team, mixed league, snake draft with 23-man rosters. In the interest of time and everyone’s sanity, we did not have a reserve round. This league will not play through, but it is important for me to let you know that Bret drafted the best mock team last year.

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A pair of tooled-up outfielders lead the next 30 names off the board.

For Rounds 1-2, follow this link.

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Corey Seager and Byron Buxton lead the way as the top 30 names come off the board.

It’s this time of year that we mock, both in a true and in a meta sense. Most fantasy mock drafts are drawn out, boring, and bring the over-the-top praise on social media out of the woodwork, where it’s thankfully been hiding all off-season thus far. However, when you can take a mock and turn it into something different and fun, then you’ve already won. This is not your ordinary mock. It’s a counterbalance to the force. This is now the fifth year I’ve overseen this exercise, and its third year here at Baseball Prospectus—and every year it gets more and more fun. This year we have a couple of new names, and new affiliations, as you’ll see in the write-ups below.

And just like we did last year (and the year before that), we first must examine the parameters. There are always parameters. Because it’s really stupid to try and fix something that’s not broken, I kept the exact same format as last year, which worked so well. And just like last year, these were the instructions for the participants of this draft, straight from the email I sent out prior to kickoff:

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March 27, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: BP Rankings vs. ADP

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Wilson Karaman

Comparing when the fantasy staff would advise you to take players to when they're actually being selected.

This article took shape thanks to the comments and suggestions of BP readers Tuck and TroJim. The former noted that a column elaborating on some of the larger discrepancies between Mike Gianella’s Top 300 list and current ADP numbers might be a helpful exercise in helping drafters determine value, and I agree. And then in a response to questions about the utility of our Darkhorses series focusing on generally known and highly drafted players, TroJim made the following excellent point: “Like the stock market... some people try to get rich on penny stocks and others find success in discerning which blue chips will perform the best.”

And lo, a column was born. I’m going to focus this article on the players with the largest gaps between our own ranking and ADP from the top 84 names on Mike’s list, as that cutoff represents the top six rounds of a standard 14-team league. I don’t think I’m breaking much ground with this declaration, but the top six rounds of a draft are extremely important rounds. These are your blue chip players, the foundation upon which your team is built. It’s possible to win with an underwhelming start, but it’s awfully difficult.

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Picks 106 to 150 take you from Rio Ruiz to Roman Quinn.

In all of our responsibilities, we make decisions and come up with ideas that are not our finest moments. It’s human nature. It’s what drives us to do better. When I came up with the idea to create a mock prospect draft for dynasty leagues years ago, it was one that frankly I wasn’t sure would be super helpful or entertaining—but it has turned into one of my favorite exercises of the off-season. And it’s only become more fun as the participants have gotten stronger. This year we added names from CBS, BaseballHQ and Rotoworld—along with many of our household-name-in-the-fantasy-community participants form last year.

Just like we did last year (and the year before that), we first must examine the parameters. There are always parameters. These were the instructions for the participants of this draft, straight from the email I sent out prior to kickoff:

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Mike shares and explains his picks from the recent experts draft.

As they like to say in high society, let’s dispense with the damn pleasantries. This is Bret Sayre and my second year in LABR mixed, what an honor it is to be invited, this is a tough draft room of experts, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. If you’re reading a fantasy article at Baseball Prospectus you know what LABR is. Let’s dive right in.

Last year, Bret and I finished 14th out of 15 teams. Some of this was due to an unfortunate, never-ending run of pitching injuries and some of this was due to a series of Hail Mary passes we started throwing in June, with the mindset that it is better to shoot for first than hit the ball down the middle of the fairway, play for seventh or eighth, and mix your sports metaphors. These are also excuses, which I hate almost as much as I hate losing.

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From J.T. Realmuto to Eduardo Rodriguez, with 43 others in between.

In all of our responsibilities, we make decisions and come up with ideas that are not our finest moments. It’s human nature. It’s what drives us to do better. When I came up with the idea to create a mock prospect draft for dynasty leagues years ago, it was one that frankly I wasn’t sure would be super helpful or entertaining—but it has turned into one of my favorite exercises of the off-season. And it’s only become more fun as the participants have gotten stronger. This year we added names from CBS, BaseballHQ, and Rotoworld—along with many of our household-name-in-the-fantasy-community participants form last year.

Just like we did last year (and the year before that), we first must examine the parameters. There are always parameters. These were the instructions for the participants of this draft, straight from the email I sent out prior to kickoff:

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From Jose Peraza to Trea Turner, picks 31-60 come off the board.

To see the previous rounds of this mock draft please click here: Rounds 1-2

In all of our responsibilities, we make decisions and come up with ideas that are not our finest moments. It’s human nature. It’s what drives us to do better. When I came up with the idea to create a mock prospect draft for dynasty leagues years ago, it was one that frankly I wasn’t sure would be super helpful or entertaining—but it has turned into one of my favorite exercises of the off-season. And it’s only become more fun as the participants have gotten stronger. This year we added names from CBS, BaseballHQ, and Rotoworld—along with many of our household-name-in-the-fantasy-community participants form last year.

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The top 30 names come off the board.

In all of our responsibilities, we make decisions and come up with ideas that are not our finest moments. It’s human nature. It’s what drives us to do better. When I came up with the idea to create a mock prospect draft for dynasty leagues years ago, it was one that frankly I wasn’t sure would be super helpful or entertaining—but it has turned into one of my favorite exercises of the off-season. And it’s only become more fun as the participants have gotten stronger. This year we added names from CBS, BaseballHQ, and Rotoworld—along with many of our household-name-in-the-fantasy-community participants form last year.

Just like we did last year (and the year before that), we first must examine the parameters. There are always parameters. These were the instructions for the participants of this draft, straight from the email I sent out prior to kickoff:

Read the full article...

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January 23, 2015 6:00 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Bonus Podcast: Mock Draft

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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

The Outcomes welcome John R. Mayne and Nate Stephens to discuss the recent mock draft.

In this special edition of the podcast, the Three True Outcomes are joined by John R. Mayne and Nate Stephens to talk about the recent Scoresheet Mock Draft, and many related topics.

Information about the mock draft, including links to the resources we mention, is available in the following locations:

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All of our pre-draft coverage, featuring hundreds of scouting reports, as well as mock drafts, player updates, case studies, the video library and more.

Below you will find links to our amateur content from this spring, including notes and video of the top prospects in this year’s draft class. It was a meaty spring on the draft content side, and we expect it to grow even more next year. Thanks for following us throughout the last four months, and we hope you’ll enjoy the 2014 draft content still to come!

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