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Draft Strategy

Draft Guide Preview: AL-Only Mock Draft

by Rotoworld Staff
Updated On: March 18, 2019, 7:49 pm ET

Since opening day is less than two weeks away, time is running out to complete your fantasy baseball drafts. There's no better resource to help guide you to another championship than our 2019 MLB Draft Guide, as this year's edition is as jam packed as ever with over 1,500 player profiles, customizable projections, rankings, positional tiers and a ton of exclusive columns. 

The latest column is a 10-team, AL-only mock draft featuring Rotoworld writers and other friends in the industry. Here's a small sampling of what you can get in the full online Draft Guide. 

The participants, in draft order:

1. D.J. Short, Rotoworld
2. Ben Palmer, Pitcher List
3. Matthew Pouliot, Rotoworld
4. George Bissell, Rotoworld
5. Ryan Boyer, Rotoworld
6. Andrew Gould, FantasyPros
7. Dave Shovein, Rotoworld
8. Drew Silva, Rotoworld
9. Nate Grimm, Rotoworld
10. Nick Doran, Rotoworld

Now onto the analysis.

Round 1

1. Mike Trout, OF LAA
2. Mookie Betts, OF BOS
3. Jose Ramirez, 3B CLE
4. J.D. Martinez, OF BOS
5. Jose Altuve, 2B HOU
6. Chris Sale, SP BOS
7. Aaron Judge, OF NYY
8. Alex Bregman, 3B HOU
9. Andrew Benintendi, OF BOS
10. Francisco Lindor, SS CLE

Round analysis: As noted in the NL-only mock recap, the top of the AL-only draft looks a lot like the top of most mixed league drafts as well, as Trout, Betts and Ramirez often find themselves as the first three players off the board in some order. Martinez is no stranger to going fourth overall as well. Sale as the first pitcher off the board is no surprise, either, as he’s just a half-step above the Corey Klubers, Justin Verlanders and Gerrit Coles of the world. The most notable pick here is Lindor, of course. The right calf strain suffered early in camp dropped his draft stock, but in an AL-only it’s not crazy for him to remain in the first round. And if he’s ready to go on Opening Day or a few days later, the discount is even more appetizing.

Round 9

81. Asdrubal Cabrera, 3B TEX
82. Jonathan Schoop, 2B MIN
83. Luke Voit, 1B NYY
84. Nathan Eovaldi, SP BOS
85. Billy Hamilton, OF KC
86. Austin Meadows, OF TB
87. Willy Adames, SS TB
88. Collin McHugh, SP HOU
89. Jose Alvarado, RP TB
90. Jorge Polanco, SS MIN

Round analysis: D.J. Short had himself a nice turn between Laureano and Cabrera, who’s set to man the hot corner for the Rangers and who’s a good bet for 20-plus homers and some decent counting stats in Arlington. If Voit wins the Yankees’ first base job out of spring -- and Yanks manager Aaron Boone has already said it’s likely only one of Voit and Greg Bird will break camp with the big club -- he’s got huge upside. The floor is also, obviously, that he’s an All-Star at Triple-A. Eovaldi appears in for big things after he was the breakout star of the postseason for the Red Sox last fall. Meadows appears destined to hit leadoff for the Rays and could approach 20/20 territory with a bunch of runs scored. McHugh found something in relief for the Astros last year and holds a lot of intrigue as a starter this season.

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