Insidethemlb Prospect Draft

Recently here at Insidethemlb, we conducted a prospect draft. The idea of this exercise was to build a 25 man roster made entirely out of prospects or rookie eligible players. 4 of us competed in this exercise, making it a 4 team, 25 round draft. In all 100 players were selected. And if you notice, many players that were left off my top 100, were selected. We drafted snake style. Meaning we picked 12344321. This made it a little more fair, so that team 1 would not always have the best pick. The following are the rosters of all 4 team along with some commentary from their respective owners.

Team 1: Drafted by Justin Millar

C: Travis D’arnaud – Blue Jays (drafted in round 6)

1b: Yonder Alonso – Padres (10)

2b: Hak-Ju Lee – Rays (12)

SS: Jurickson Profar – Rangers (2)

3B: Anthony Rendon – Nationals (4)

OF: Mike Trout – Angels (1)

OF: Jake Marisnick – Blue Jays (8)

OF: Christian Yelich – Marlins (11)

DH: Xander Bogaerts – Red Sox (15)

Bench: Mike Olt – Rangers (21)

Bench: Mason Williams – Yankees (22)

Bench: Derek Norris – Athletics (16)

SP 1: Dylan Bundy – Orioles (3)

SP 2: Gerrit Cole – Pirates (5)

SP 3: Tyler Skaggs – Diamondbacks (7)

SP 4: Taijuan Walker – Mariners (9)

SP 5: Archie Bradley – Diamondbacks (14)

RP 1: Justin Nicolino – Blue Jays (17)

RP 2: Matt Harvey – Metz (13)

RP 3: Aaron Sanchez – Blue Jays (20)

RP 4: Taylor Jungmann – Brewers (23)

RP 5: Taylor Guerrieri  – Rays (24)

RP 6: James Paxton – Mariners (25)

Set up: Joe Ross – Padres (18)

Closer: Addison Reed – White Sox (19)

Commentary: I have to say I really love my team. My drafting strategy was to draft elite position players first, as I believe they are harder to come by. I also tried to draft high upside arms later in the draft. On offense I have a potential all-star at every position. Trout, Profar, Rendon, Marisnick, and D’arnaud all made the top 25 in my top 100 prospect list. There is a lot of younger guys like Profar and Bogaerts who will need to properly develop. Mason Williams is another potential 5 tool all-star coming off my bench. My pitching staff is made up of almost entirely young high upside arms. The rotation is spectacular as Bundy, Cole, Walker, Skaggs, and Bradley all could be number 1 starters. All 5 of my starters made the top 30 of my top 100 prospect list. For my bullpen I went with some safe guys in Reed, Jungmann, Paxton, Harvey, and Nicolino. I also included Aaron Sanchez, Joe Ross, and Taylor Guerierri, all of which have enormous upside. I could be looking at 8 pitchers capable of being called an ace in 5 years, but with all the upside, there is a lot of risk. My worst pick was probably Derek Norris in the 16th round. We were supposed to draft 2 catchers, and there was a run on catchers, so I had to scoop him up or else I likely would have had a guy outside my top 100 as my backup catcher. My favorite pick was getting Archie Bradley at 56th overall. I ranked him 30th on my top 100 prospect lit, but if I did it again he would likely be in the top 20. That’s a 36 slot differential, and I was happy to get a potential ace in the 14th round. – Justin Millar

Team 2: Drafted by Zachary Friedman

C: Devin Mesoraco – Reds (12)

1b: Nolan Arenado – Rockies (6)

2b: Eddie Rosario – Twins (15)

SS: Manny Machado – Orioles (3)

3b: Javier Baez – Cubs (10)

OF: Bryce Harper – Nationals (1)

OF: Gary Brown – Giants (11)

OF: Grant Green – Athletics (14)

DH: CJ Cron – Angels (22)

Bench: Billy Hamilton – Reds (20)

Bench: Josh Bell – Pirates (23)

Bench: Austin Hedges – Padres (24)

SP 1: Drew Pomeranz – Rockies (2)

SP 2: Trevor Bauer – Diamondbacks (4)

SP 3: Danny Hultzen – Mariners (5)

SP 4: Zach Wheeler – Mets (8)

SP 5: Manny Banuelos – Yankees (9)

RP 1: Noah Synderaard – Blue Jays (16)

RP 2: Mike Montgomery – Royals (17)

RP 3: Jacob Turner- Tigers (18)

RP 4: Casey Kelly – Padres (19)

RP 5: Stetson Allie – Pirates (21)

RP 6: Kevin Quackenbush – Padres (25)

Set Up: Jarred Cosart – Astros (13)

Closer: Carlos Martinez – Cardinals (7)

Commentary: Before picking any team, first you have to decide in which direction your going to take your team in.  First set out a devised plan, and then adapt to what the other people’s picks are.  After finding out that I got the 2nd pick, I knew that my outfield was going to be strong.  Something that I have learned about the current top prospects in baseball, is that there are more pitchers than position players.  Therefore; position players come at a premium.  For that reason, I spent two of my first three picks on position players.  When GM’s in baseball are building their teams some positions are of more value than others.  The positions that GM’s covet are catchers, shortstops, center fielders, and an ace (lefties are better).  With my first three picks I satisfied those needs (Harper in center, Pomeranz ace and is a lefty, and Machado at short).  After gaining two solid middle of the order bats, and my ace, I decided to dive into the pitching depth that the 2011 MLB draft possessed by snagging Bauer, and Hultzen.  I followed those picks up with selecting one of my favorite bats in all of minor league baseball in Nolan Arenado.  I followed that selection with selecting a very interesting prospect in Carlos Martinez.  I made this selection with the intent on moving Martinez to the bullpen, and making him my closer.  To fill out my rotation I picked Wheeler, and Banuelos.  Baez had insane high school stats in 2011, hitting over .700 with over 20 home runs!  With the draft moving along the way it was, I decided to strengthen my outfield by complimenting Harper’s power with some speed, and selected Gary Brown to be my center fielder.  After the selection of Brown, I decided to fill the that last coveted position, catcher.  Devin Mesoraco has been a prized prospect of the Reds for a while now, and is one of the reason why they were able to part with Yasmain Grandal earlier this off-season.  In my following pick I selected Jarred Cosart.  I made this selection with the intention of moving Cosart to the bullpen to be the primary set-up man for Martinez.  With the following two picks I made selections whom are polar opposites of each other.  Green for many years now has been a prized prospect going back to his days at Canyon High School in Anaheim, CA, while Rosario was a little known 4th round pick by the Minnesota Twins in 2010.  Both have played well in the minors; however Green has just lived up to expectations, while Rosario has easily passed them already.  With my next four selections, I turned my attention to my bullpen.  I made the selections of Syndergaard, Montgomery, Turner, and Kelly all with the intention of using them out of the pen.  After those picks I selected my first bench player.  Billy Hamilton is now well-known for his insane 103 steal season this past year, the man can just flat-out fly.  Stetson Allie was an interesting pick, and another part of my bullpen.  CJ Cron is basically all bat, and no glove.  This is reason for me taking him, and making him my DH.  Josh Bell would have been a first round pick in this past draft, if it wasn’t for his strong commitment to the University of Texas.  Rather he was the first player taken in the 2nd round, and got an astonishing 5 million dollar signing bonus!! Hedges has always drawn praise for his defensive ability, but earlier word out of Padres camp is that his bat is lighting up even better than expected!  I made my last selection with the intent of filling out my bullpen, and that is what I did.  Kevin Quackenbush is an amazing prospects; however, has had some trouble with the law.  If he can stay out of trouble, we will definitely see him in the Padres bullpen sometime soon, barring injury. – Zachary Friedman

Team 3: Drafted by Max Chase

C: Gary Sanchez – Yankees (16)

1b: Anthony Rizzo – Cubs (9)

2b: Cory Spangenberg – Padres (12)

SS: Francisco Lindor – Indians (8)

3b: Miguel Sano – Twins (6)

OF: Wil Myers – Royals (4)

OF: Brett Jackson – Cubs (7)

OF: Starling Marte – Pirates (13)

DH: Jesus Montero – Mariners (3)

Bench: Nick Castellanos – Tigers (21)

Bench: Blake Swihart – Red Sox (24)

Bench: Jedd Gyorko – Padres (25)

SP 1: Matt Moore – Rays (1)

SP 2: Yu Darvish – Rangers (2)

SP 3: Julio Teheran – Braves (5)

SP 4: Martin Perez – Rangers (10)

SP 5: Zach Lee – Dodgers (11)

RP 1: Jake Odorizzi – Royals (17)

RP 2: Wily Peralta – Brewers (18)

RP 3: Nathan Eovaldi- Dodgers (19)

RP 4: Trevor May – Phillies (20)

RP 5: Arodys Vizcaino – Braves (22)

RP 6: Garrett Richards – Angels (23)

Set Up: Randall Delgado – Braves (15)

Closer: Dellin Betances – Yankees (14)
Commentary: I’ve always thought pitching was more important than hitting when putting together a team for the future, and I drafted accordingly, taking Matt Moore and Yu Darvish with my first and second picks. I believe Matt Moore has a huge future in this league, as a big, strong lefty with fantastic stuff. Yu Darvish was a bit riskier, but I believe in his control and his wide range of above average pitches. Julio Teheran is my favorite kind of prospect: Latin American Freak. He throws fire, and can ice the hitters too with his hook. Hitting wise, Jesus Montero will rake in the majors, most likely as a DH. However, I believe that he will put in the work to become better behind the plate in coming years. My biggest steals were Teheran and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who will finally get a chance at a starting job and looks like a solid power hitter, hitting 26 home runs with a .331 average in 93 games at AAA Tuscon last year. In conclusion, my team will be hard to beat for years to come. – Max Chase
Team 4: Drafted by Austin Metzger

C: Yasmani Grandal – Padres (11)

1b: Jonathan Singleton – Astros (3)

2b: Kolten Wong – Cardinals (13)

SS: Jean Segura – Angels (8)

3b: Zack Cox – Cardinals (9)

OF: Yoenis Cespedes – Athletics (2)

OF: Bubba Starling – Royals (4)

OF: Michael Choice – Athletics (7)

DH: Mikie Mahtook – Rays (15)

Bench: Joe Panik – Giants (17)

Bench: Ryan Lavarnway – Red Sox (21)

Bench: Brandon Snyder – Orioles (22)

SP 1: Shelby Miller – Cardinals (1)

SP 2: Jameson Taillon – Pirates (5)

SP 3: Jarrod Parker – Athletics (6)

SP 4: AJ Cole – Athletics (10)

SP 5: Drew Smyly – Tigers (18)

RP 1: Brad Boxberger – Padres (14)

RP 2: Heath Hembree – Giants (23)

RP 3: Chris Archer – Rays (25)

RP 4: Brad Peacock – Athletics (19)

RP 5: Jed Bradley – Brewers (20)

RP 6: John Lamb – Royals (24)

Set Up: Jesse Biddle – Phillies (16)

Closer: Sonny Gray – Athletics (12)

Commentary: This team was drafted with a mix of high upside arms, and safer postion players. The offense is led by first round pick, Yoenis Cespedes, as well as 4th rounder Bubba Starling. Both players are amazing athletes with extreme ceilings. The rest of the offense is filled with good upside, closer to the majors type players such as Jean Segura, Yasmani Grandal, and Kolten Wong. The offense is overall well rounded as it has power (Choice, Cespedes, Singleton) and speed (Segura, Wong, Starling). The rotation is strong, with Shelby Miller and Jameson Taillon each being potential aces. Miller was the first round pick here at 4th overall, and its hard to argue with the choice, as there are a plethora of names worthy of being in the second tier behind the magnificent trio (Harper, Trout, Moore). Jarrod Parker, AJ Cole, and Drew Smyly are each safer picks, as each are likely to play in the majors this season. The bullpen is full of potential and question marks with the likes of Jesse Biddle, John Lamb, Chris Archer, and Sonny Gray. Archer, Hembree, and Boxberger are each true relievers, so the picks make sense as throwing a group made up of entirely starters may be a bit riskier. – Justin Millar on Austin Metzger’s team

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