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Mock Draft Fever is upon us! Here are the results of a Yahoo 12-team Roto Mock Draft I did this evening. I didn't think much of it at the time, but upon reviewing the results, I really hope I do as well in a "real" draft. I drafted from the # 4 position:

1. Miguel Cabrera (Det - 1B) - Pujols, Kemp, Bautista, to answer your question.
2. Curtis Granderson (NYY - OF) - He hasn't peaked yet.
3. Tim Lincecum (SF - SP) - Liked King Felix here, but Lincecum's ratios win out.
4. Mike Napoli (Tex - C,1B) - Don't usually go Catcher early, but power and avg. work at any position.
5. Michael Bourn (Atl - OF) - Reached a bit for speed and balance.
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (Cle - SS) - More balanced pick than Rollins here.
7. Ian Kennedy (Ari - SP) - Solid ace for a 2nd starter.
8. Matt Moore (TB - RP) - Hype pick, but I think it pays off.
9. Corey Hart (Mil - OF) - Starting to trust him again after 2 good seasons.
10. Dustin Ackley (Sea - 2B) - Justifies taking Bourn over Zobrist, Utley, Phillips.
11. David Freese (StL - 3B) - Justifies taking Lincecum rather than Wright, Zimmerman
12. Nick Swisher (NYY - 1B,OF) - Power and flexibility in 1st Utility spot.
13. Jordan Walden (LAA - RP) - I usually go earlier for my first closer,
14. Yoenis Céspedes (Oak - OF) - Major upside gamble in 2nd Utility spot.
15. Emilio Bonifacio (Mia - 3B,SS,OF) - 40 SB and 3 positions in 15th round? Yes, please!
16. Chris Sale (CWS - RP) - I love low-ratio, high K RPs at this point in the draft.
17. Kelly Johnson (Tor - 2B) - Jays offense looks potent, nice power option on the bench.
18. Jonny Venters (Atl - RP) - Would have preferred a 3rd closer, but will settle for Kimbrel insurance,
19. Johan Santana (NYM - SP) - Let's see what he can do.
20. Gavin Floyd (CWS - SP) - Decent Ks this late, completely disposable for a hot waiver pickup.
21. Ricky Nolasco (Mia - SP) - Marlins will win a lot of games early this year.
22. Addison Reed (CWS - RP) - Could lead this team in Saves.
23. Tyler Clippard (Was - RP) - Solid contributor in 3 categories.

Of course, no league is won on draft day, but I thought this team had a nice, balanced feel to it. I waited too long on closers, but rather than punting Saves, I pooched - hoping for 4 or 5 points worth of Saves, while filling the pitching slots every day with high K, low-ratio RPs.

No matter how I draft, I usually have a pitcher-heavy roster by May. I thought I got enough positional flexibility early to load up on pitching options and create a good situation for streaming back-end SPs.

Let me know what you think!


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