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Draft Guide Preview: NL-Only Mock Draft

by Rotoworld Staff
Updated On: March 18, 2019, 7:50 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, NL-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. Nick Doran, Rotoworld
2. Matthew Pouliot, Rotoworld
3. Jesse Roche, The Dynasty Guru
4. Christopher Crawford, Rotoworld
5. Drew Silva, Rotoworld
6. Marc Hulet, Fangraphs
7. Ryan Boyer, Rotoworld
8. Jonathan Merkel, The Dynasty Guru
9. Nate Grimm, Rotoworld
10. Scott Pianowski, Yahoo Sports

Without further ado, on to the analysis.

Round 1

1. Nolan Arenado, 3B COL
2. Christian Yelich, OF MIL
3. Trea Turner, SS WSH
4. Ronald Acuna, OF ATL
5. Max Scherzer, SP WSH
6. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B STL
7. Bryce Harper, OF PHI
8. Trevor Story, SS COL
9. Manny Machado, 3B SD
10. Javier Baez, SS CHC

Round analysis: The top of NL-only drafts looks a bit strange at first glance, with both Mike Trout and Mookie Betts -- and even Jose Ramirez, depending on your persuasion -- all residing in the American League. Even the order at the top is open to interpretation, as all of Arenado, Yelich and Scherzer have legitimate claims to the top spot. Acuna isn't in that conversation yet, but he certainly belongs in the first round and could lay claim to a top overall pick next spring with a big year. The other interesting storyline in this round is Bryce Harper's landing spot after having signed with the Phillies. In a good ballpark and with a great lineup around him it should be a stellar season for the 26-year-old, but it's hard to take issue with the six players taken above him.

Round 9

81. Nick Pivetta, SP PHI
82. Chris Archer, SP PIT
83. Mike Foltynewicz, SP ATL
84. Robbie Ray, SP AZ
85. Brian Dozier, 2B WSH
86. Johan Camargo, 3B ATL
87. Yu Darvish, SP CHC
88. Franmil Reyes, OF SD
89. Brandon Nimmo, OF NYM
90. Kyle Hendricks, SP CHC

Round analysis: The top of this round proves there's still plenty of pitching available in the middle of even an NL-only draft. Pivetta, Archer, Foltynewicz, Ray and Darvish could all easily out-earn this draft position. Of course, things could also go the other direction for any of the group. Camargo is an interesting case in that he doesn't currently have a path to everyday playing time in a Braves infield, and while he can hit, it's hard to stomach drafting a backup this early, even in an NL-only. Ditto for Reyes, who could hit 35 homers this year, but who more likely will be relegated to fourth outfielder or Quad-A star in a crowded Padres outfield. Nimmo is the opposite -- he's not super exciting, but he's a solid hitter with good on-base skills who is expected to hit at the top of an improved Mets lineup. That's valuable.

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