Would a fantasy owner assess their draft options differently if he had actually stood in a batter's box or on a pitching mound and stared down his potential draftees? MLB.com put that question to the test this month, when we asked a group of 10 Major Leaguers to participate in a three-round fantasy mock draft. The players proved to be ready, as their intimate knowledge of their opponents allowed them to make terrific selections.
Let's take a closer look at their choices and insights. Players are listed below by draft order.
For a full play-by-play of the players-only mock draft, with additional analysis, click here.
Fuld applied an unconventional draft strategy, but I like it. His twin aces give him an excellent chance to dominate the pitching categories, and third-round-pick Donaldson could post huge numbers during his first season with the Blue Jays.
Tulowitzki was a considerable risk as the 14th-overall selection, but one Frandsen could afford to make after drafting the ultra-reliable Cabrera in Round 1. And Rizzo in Round 3 was one of the best value picks of the draft.
By selecting Hernandez, Gomez and Rendon, Ziegler was able to nab three players who are going in the first round of many drafts. He has terrific balance, both within the hitting categories and between hitting and pitching.