Pitcher List’s 2018 Mock Draft Recap: Alasdair Thornton’s Picks

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It’s Alasdair Thornton’s turn to detail his round-by-round thoughts as we continue our coverage of the Pitcher List 2018 Mock Draft. Let’s do it.

To read the analysis of other teams in the draft, head to our Mock Draft hub page here.

1. Bryce Harper (OF, Washington Nationals) – Not only was Harper the best player available, considering his contract, it’s only logical to expect him to try his damnnest to improve on his 2017 stats (Slugging percentage of .595, 87 RBI and 29 homers). Look for Bryce to be in the MVP conversation come October.

On The Corner Podcast Episode 57 – Max Posner’s Mock Draft Recap

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Max Posner (@maxepo) joins Nick Pollack to talk all things Fantasy Baseball in Episode 57 of On The Corner. They discuss Max’s 23 picks in the Pitcher List Staff Mock Draft including Gary Sanchez, Trevor Bauer, Dylan Bundy, Walker Buehler, Josh Hader, Byron Buxton, Zach Britton, Craig Kimbrel, Blake Snell, and many others.

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Pitcher List’s 2018 Mock Draft Recap: Ben Pernick’s Picks

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As the PitcherList 2017 champion and winner of the PLATYPUS (PitcherList Award for Team this Year that Pulverized Us to Smithereens), I suppose there was some pressure on me to dominate the mock draft. So naturally, as a perennial fan of the underdog, I choked. Okay, all kidding aside, let’s look at the picks from my draft position on the far turn.

To read the analysis of other teams in the draft, head to our Mock Draft hub page here.

Round 1, Pick 13: Mookie Betts (OF, Boston Red Sox) I wanted to stick to my 2017 strategy of starting my draft with a 5-tool performer (last year was Altuve) so I was happy to find Betts still available. Much ado was made about his disappointing year, but I am confident that bad BABIP luck was a major factor and he should safely rebound to a .290+ average and great OBP with easy 30-30 ability and 100+ Runs and RBI. And he only just turned 25.  Here’s to hoping he gives Trout another run for his money.

Pitcher List’s 2018 Mock Draft Recap: Dave Cherman’s Picks

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It’s Dave Cherman’s turn to detail his round-by-round thoughts as we continue our coverage of the Pitcher List 2018 Mock Draft. Let’s do it.

To read the analysis of other teams in the draft, head to our Mock Draft hub page here.

Round 1, Pick 9: Carlos Correa (SS, Houston Astros) – When we posted the draft on /r/fantasybaseball, someone said they were surprised he went in the first round. I say, that’s crazy. He hit .315/.391/.550 with a 152 RC+ last season (with an absolutely awful April) and had he played 150 games, his pace would have left him with 33 HRs, 116 RBI, 113 Rs, and a 7.2 WAR. At SS?? Yes please. The best part is he underperformed his xStats triple slash. I absolutely LOVE Correa and was thrilled to build this team around him. If he’s somehow available at the 1/2 turn, snatch him up and ask questions later.

On The Corner Podcast Episode 56 – Felixir Of Life

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Kyle Bishop (@amoralpanic) joins Nick Pollack to talk all things Fantasy Baseball in Episode 56 of On The Corner. This week, they dive into the second half of their mock drafts, including Felix Hernandez, Luiz Gohara, Evan Gattis, Kelvin Herrera, Kenta Maeda, Jose Martinez, Taijuan Walker and many others.

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Pitcher List’s 2018 Mock Draft Recap: Steve Honovich’s Picks

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It’s Stephen Honovich’s turn to detail his round-by-round thoughts as we continue our coverage of the Pitcher List 2018 Mock Draft. Let’s do it.

To read the analysis of other teams in the draft, head to our Mock Draft hub page here.

Round 1: Kris Bryant (3B, Chicago Cubs) – When I draft, in my first 2-3 picks, I am almost always looking to lock down corner infield sluggers. I think these types are the building block of any fantasy squad – you need guys you can pencil in for 30/100 that won’t hurt your average and Bryant certainly fits the bill. Bryant lost 10 homers from 2016 to 2017, likely due to an increase in GB%. But he cut his strikeouts, bumped up his walks, and still has some upside at 25. He’s a great anchor, and if he can get a little more lift under the ball he could threaten forty homers again.

Pitcher List’s 2018 Mock Draft Recap: Nick Pollack’s Picks

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To kick off our Mock Draft analysis, I’ve gone round by round to discuss my thoughts as we conducted our first staff-wide 13 team mock draft. Let’s do it.

To read the analysis of other teams in the draft, head to our Mock Draft hub page here.

Round 1: Nolan Arenado (3B, Colorado Rockies) – I don’t think there is much to contest here. I’m a huge advocate of consistently productive bats in the first two rounds and Arenado is as secure as they come, with an average rising each season to .309 in 2017, and upside for 40/100/100 each year. I felt fortunate to see him fall the #6 overall.

Pitcher List’s 2018 Mock Draft Results

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It’s the offseason and we miss baseball. To help us forget that four months separate us and the peak of draft season, 13 members of the Pitcher List staff gathered to take part in a “way-too-early” mock draft, which concluded just last week. Here are the results:

A few notes:

  • 23 round with a 5×5 roto league in mind
  • Position slots: C (Gray), 1B (Brown), 2B (Green), SS (Black), 3B (Light Blue), OF, OF, OF (Orange), UTIL, UTIL (Dark Teal) | SP SP SP (Red) RP RP RP (Dark Blue) P P P | 4 Bench Spots
  • 13 teams with no strict draft clock as we drafted over two weeks

Through the next few weeks, each writer will have an article detailing their thoughts behind each pick of this 23 round draft and we’ll be updating this article to link to each piece as they are released:

Let’s dive into it in the comments below and check out the thread on Reddit’s /r/Fantasybaseball to dive in further.

On The Corner Podcast Episode 55 – Ronald mcDonald

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Kyle Bishop (@amoralpanic) joins Nick Pollack to talk all things Fantasy Baseball in Episode 55 of On The Corner. This week, they each discuss three hitters and five pitchers, including Collin McHugh, Josh Donaldson, Ronald Acuna, Jose Quintana, Wil Myers, and Mike Clevinger, while diving into the first 13 rounds of the Pitcher List mock draft.

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The Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Second Half Tournament 2017 – FINAL ROUND

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We’ve seen incredible pitches over the second half of the season, and you’ve been voting all year for your favorite pitches. Now that the dust has settled, this week we will be hosting a tournament to crown the Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Second Half. We just completed Round 3 and here are the results:

Lance McCullers’ Changeup (54.46%) defeated Zach Britton’s Fastball (45.54%) – Review

– Blake Treinen’s Slider (58.03%) defeated Aaron Nola’s Changeup (41.97%) – Review

As we enter the final round, here’s a quick reminder of the rules:

  • All GIFs were pulled from the eleven GIF of the Week competitions in the second half and a pair from the postseason.

  • Every winner was granted an automatic bid, with the extra slots being hand selected among other finalists.

  • There were two instances of the same type of pitch from the same pitcher being in contention for a spot (Blake Treinen’s Fastball and Aaron Nola’s Fastball) and we held two polls on Twitter to narrow it down to one of each.

  • Votes will last until 8:00am EST the following morning, with the next round starting at 10:00am every morning and final round beginning on Saturday morning. The winner will be revealed Monday morning next week.

Take a look at the contest’s beautifully hand-drawn bracket:

Here are the final two pitches, Lance McCullers’ Changeup and Blake Treinen’s Slider. Which pitch deserve the crown of the Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Second Half? Your vote will count!

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Lance McCullers’ Changeup vs. Blake Treinen’s Slider

Which was the better pitch? Vote to decide which pitch advances to the next round!

Pitcher List Staff League 2018 Mock Draft Is Live!

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It’s the off-season and we miss baseball.

To prepare for the 2018 season ahead, 13 members of Pitcher List staff elected to take part in a slow mock draft over the next week.

Check out the current draft board and let us know what you think of our selections thus far.

We are drafting according to a standard 5×5 format in a 13 team roto league.

At its conclusion, we’ll have a few articles from the staff detailing their picks while dissecting possible trends that may work in your favor come spring.

The Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Second Half Tournament 2017 – ROUND 3

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We’ve seen incredible pitches over the second half of the season, and you’ve been voting all year for your favorite pitches. Now that the dust has settled, this week we will be hosting a tournament to crown the Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Second Half. We just completed Round 2 yesterday and here are the results:

Lance McCullers’ Changeup (56.48%) defeated Jose Berrios’ Fastball + Curveball (43.52%) – Review

– Zach Britton’s Fastball (51.72%) defeated Jakob Junis’ Slider (48.28%) – Review

– Aaron Nola’s Changeup (55.68%) defeated Chaz Roe’s Slider (44.32%) – Review

– Blake Treinen’s Slider (60.37%) defeated Justin Verlander’s Curveball (39.63%) – Review

As we enter Round 3, here’s a quick reminder of the rules:

  • All GIFs were pulled from the eleven GIF of the Week competitions in the second half and a pair from the postseason.

  • Every winner was granted an automatic bid, with the extra slots being hand selected among other finalists.

  • There were two instances of the same type of pitch from the same pitcher being in contention for a spot (Blake Treinen’s Fastball and Aaron Nola’s Fastball) and we held two polls on Twitter to narrow it down to one of each.

  • Votes will last until 8:00am EST the following morning, with the next round starting at 10:00am every morning and final round beginning on Saturday morning. The winner will be revealed Monday morning next week.

Take a look at the contest’s beautifully hand-drawn bracket:


Click the link below to start voting!

Note: If the GIFs aren’t loading, refresh the page once or twice.

The Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Second Half Tournament 2017 – ROUND 2

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We’ve seen incredible pitches over the second half of the season, and you’ve been voting all year for your favorite pitches. Now that the dust has settled, this week we will be hosting a tournament to crown the Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Second Half. We just completed Round 1 yesterday and here are the results:

– Blake Treinen’s Slider (69.11%) defeated Blake Treinen’s Fastball (30.89%) – Review

Justin Verlander’s Curveball (59.27%) defeated Stephen Strasburg’s Curveball (40.73%) – Review

– Aaron Nola’s Changeup (52.63%) defeated Aaron Nola’s Fastball (47.37%) – Review

– Chaz Roe’s Slider (53.99%) defeated Marcus Stroman’s Slider (46.01%) – Review

– Zach Britton’s Fastball (52.19%) defeated Collin McHugh’s Curveball (47.81%) – Review

– Jakob Junis’ Slider (50.74%) defeated Felipe Rivero’s Slider (49.26%) – Review

Jose Berrios’ Fastball + Curveball (73.11%) defeated Adam Ottavino’s Cutter (26.89%) – Review

Lance McCullers’ Changeup (61.41%) defeated Miguel Castro’s Fastball (38.59%) – Review

As we enter Round 2, here’s a quick reminder of the rules:

  • All GIFs were pulled from the eleven GIF of the Week competitions in the second half and a pair from the postseason.

  • Every winner was granted an automatic bid, with the extra slots being hand selected among other finalists.

  • There were two instances of the same type of pitch from the same pitcher being in contention for a spot (Blake Treinen’s Fastball and Aaron Nola’s Fastball) and we held two polls on Twitter to narrow it down to one of each.

  • Votes will last until 8:00am EST the following morning, with the next round starting at 10:00am every morning and final round beginning on Saturday morning. The winner will be revealed Monday morning next week.

Take a look at the contest’s beautifully hand-drawn bracket:


Click the link below to start voting!

Note: If the GIFs aren’t loading, refresh the page once or twice.

The Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Second Half Tournament 2017

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We’ve seen incredible pitches over the second half of the season, and you’ve been voting all year for your favorite pitches. Now that the dust has settled, this week we will be hosting a tournament to crown the Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Second Half. Sixteen pitches will enter, who will win?

Update: Round two is now live! Only eight GIFs remain!

Here are the rules:

  • All GIFs were pulled from the eleven GIF of the Week competitions in the second half and a pair from the postseason.

  • Every winner was granted an automatic bid, with the extra slots being hand selected among other finalists.

  • There were two instances of the same type of pitch from the same pitcher being in contention for a spot (Blake Treinen’s Fastball and Aaron Nola’s Fastball) and we held two polls on Twitter to narrow it down to one of each.

  • Votes will last until 8:00am EST the following morning, with the next round starting at 10:00am every morning and final round beginning on Saturday morning. The winner will be revealed Monday morning next week.

Take a look at the contest’s beautifully hand-drawn bracket:

Click the link below to start voting!

Note: If the GIFs aren’t loading, refresh the page once or twice.

The 10 Nastiest Pitches Of The 2017 Postseason

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It was one of the most exciting postseasons we’ve had and it came with no shortage of fantastic pitches for us to adore. Before we run our Best Pitching GIF of the Second Half Tournament, we still need to crown the best pitch from the 2017 playoffs.

Let’s look back on the incredible October and try our best to select just one pitch that will carry the torch into this week’s tournament. It won’t be easy.

Yu Darvish’s Slider – The Dodgers traded for Darvish for a stable arm in the playoffs, and Darvish gave them just that in the NLDS, pitching over five frames and striking out seven, allowing just one ER. When Darvish is on, his Slider is public enemy #1 and the pitch made a fool of Paul Goldschmidt as its late bite pulled the pitch off the outside corner.