Rounds 6-10 of My #2EarlyMock Draft

I posted my first five rounds yesterday and you can check those out here. I was going to post my first nine rounds, but I was minutes away from my 10th pick so I decided to break it up into two 5s.

Round 6, Pick 62: Marcell Ozuna | OF, STL (ADP: 69… nice)

While I was ahead of the ADP on Ozuna, this still felt like a bargain to me. He labored through much of the first half as his shoulder was clearly bothering him, but he’s looked like his 2017 self in the second half with a .303/.353/.527 line and 12 homers in 218 PA. He hit just 10 HR in 377 first half PA and had just a .645 OPS through May. A healthy Ozuna is a top 50 pick.

Round 7, Pick 83: Aaron Hicks | OF, NYY (ADP: 83… I’m the only one to take him so far)

I guess I could’ve waited on Hicks as I’m the only one in all eight leagues to take him and at least 6 of the 8 leagues are 100 picks deep. I know he’s hitting a meager .244, but he’s one of just 21 players to go 20+ HR/10+ SB this year with 24 and 11. And that’s in just 129 games. Of course, health has been a career-long issue so I don’t want to lean too heavily on the fact that he didn’t play a full season and expect 150+ games in ’19. If he does get that lucky health season, though, a 30/15 in coming.

Round 8, Pick 86: Scooter Gennett | 2B, CIN (ADP: 79.8)

Gennett completely backed up his 2017 breakout with an excellent follow up: .315/.365/.495 with 22 HR, 88 RBI, and 84 R. The Reds offense was once again formidable even with Joey Votto’s power outage. Even if there’s a little dip in the power, I like that he’s hit .307 in the last two years.

Round 9, Pick 107: Matt Olson | 1B, OAK (ADP: 93.3)

I definitely like the Gennett pick on its own, but it’s even more useful in the context of sandwiching a pair of sub-.250 hitters around him in Hicks and Olson. Obviously, more was expected of Olson after he popped 24 HRs in just 59 games last year, but if his 41% HR/FB rate from last year was the absolute high end, I think his 16% this year is pretty close to the low end of what these skills should deliver.

His batted ball profile didn’t change nearly enough to foster a 25-point drop in HR/FB rate so I think there was some bad luck there. His pull percentage did dip eight points, but his flyball rate was essentially neutral (-3 pts to 43%) and he’s hit the ball harder (+7 to 47%). First base just isn’t super-deep, either. I was really surprised looking at the pool as this pick was coming up and felt I had to go with Olson’s 30+ HR upside here.

Round 10, Pick 110: Luis Castillo | SP, CIN (ADP: 97)

Hey, looks who’s back!!!! Dr. Tanner mentioned to me that he was surprised to see me take Castillo after hearing me say on the podcast that I wouldn’t make the same mistake in 2019, but I was meaning that I wouldn’t make the same mistake with a Castillo type… in other words, overdrafting a small sample god who wasn’t a finished product (maybe Jack Flaherty next year… although his 143 IP are quite a bit more than Castillo’s 89 from last year). Castillo was an obvious disappointment this year, carrying a 5.85 ERA through June, but he’s rallied in the second half with a 2.93 ERA and 1.05 WHIP with a 20% K-BB rate in 74 innings of work. Home runs remain his biggest issue, but he’s improved from 1.9 HR/9 in the first three months to 1.2 since July 1st.

While I was undoubtedly all in on Castillo this year, the one reservation I had was that the Luis Severino comp that many were fond of simply overlooked the sophomore campaign of Sevvy and just hoped/expected that Castillo would jump to the 2017 version. In the end, I overlooked it, too, citing his age and developed changeup as reasons he could skip the trajectory of Sevvy that included the bumpy second season. Castillo is still a budding stud as far as I’m concerned and I’ll be happy to dive back in for 2019, especially at a lower price.

The team through 10:

C:

1B: Olson (9)

2B: Gennett (8)

3B: Machado (2)

SS: Bogaerts (3)

CI: Rendon (5)

MI:

OF: Harper (1)

OF: Ozuna (6)

OF: Hicks (7)

OF4-5:

UT:

P: Cole (4)

P: Castillo (10)

P3-9:

Whattya think? Here’s the #2EarlyMock ADP board again, who has been over- and under-drafted in your estimation?

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Capper2227
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Capper2227

The big question mark with Hicks is playing time, no?
On a team with Judge, Stanton, Clint Frazier, and potentially bidding on Harper, where is he supposed to play?

hipsterdoofus
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Hicks has a 123 WRC+ and is a good defender. Clint Frazier’s upside is probably Aaron Hicks right now. Seems like a safe job for Hicks if he’s healthy.