Pitcher List on Rotographs: Trevor Bauer’s Third Pitch

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I’m writing about starting pitching for Rotographs and thought the Pitcher List community would enjoy the in-depth discussion.

Do you believe in Trevor Bauer? The Cleveland pitcher has been a polarizing arm since he’s stepped onto a major league field, never holding an ERA under 4.00 across four seasons of 25+ starts paired with a WHIP above 1.30, but Bauer continues to raise eyebrows with 20%+ strikeout rates and stretches where he flashes Top 20 SP ability. We all want him to succeed, but it seems everyone has a story behind why they simply can’t back him.

I’m not here to preach 2018 Bauer as the potential Top 20 SP that was promised nor that his previous struggles should demote him to the bottom of your draft boards. I’m here to tell you that Bauer may have grown in 2017 more than you realize.

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Pitcher List’s 2018 Mock Draft Recap: Rick Graham’s Picks

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It’s Ben Palmer’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: Jose Altuve (2B, Houston Astros) – Without a doubt my easiest decision of the draft, I would be more than ecstatic to end up with Altuve if I wind up with that third overall pick in a draft this year. I love Paul Goldschmidt too, and can’t argue against taking him second, but a big difference maker for me here is the position differential. Not too long ago 2nd base was looking like a potential offensive hot spot, where you would be fine waiting late in the draft and grabbing the 10th or 12th 2B off the board. Not so much anymore, and it’s nice to know I’d be almost guaranteed to win close to every category at the position with Altuve.

On The Corner Podcast Episode 61 – Rick Graham’s Mock Draft Recap

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Rick Graham (@IAmRickGraham) joins Nick Pollack to talk all things Fantasy Baseball in Episode 61 of On The Corner. They discuss Rick’s 23 picks in the Pitcher List Staff Mock Draft including Jose Altuve, Chris Archer, Gerrit Cole, Alex Wood, Michael Fulmer, Carlos Santana, Tommy Pham, Michael Kopech, Steven Matz, Ken Giles, and many others.

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On The Corner Podcast Episode 60 – Andrew Todd-Smith’s Mock Draft Recap

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Andrew Todd-Smith (@ErroneousMayo) joins Nick Pollack to talk all things Fantasy Baseball in Episode 60 of On The Corner. They discuss Andrew’s 23 picks in the Pitcher List Staff Mock Draft including Robbie Ray, Noah Syndergaard, Whit Merrifield, Danny Salazar, Ervin Santana, Brett Gardner, Elvis Andrus, Alex Cobb, and many others.

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Video: The Nastiest 150 Pitches of 2017

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It’s a new year and in honor of 2017 we have put together a special video that we can all enjoy. Sit back and enjoy fourteen minutes of the Nastiest 150 Pitches from the 2017 Season:

For those interested, here is the list of pitches as they appear in the video:

Pitcher List’s 2018 Mock Draft Recap: Andrew Todd-Smith’s Picks

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To come into possession of the No. 1 overall pick in a snake draft can be both a blessing and a curse. OK, who am I kidding? It IS a blessing and a curse. For our Pitcher List staff mock draft, that double-edged fate befell me. I was grateful for the simulated exercise, though. I had to be hyper-aware of the possibility that a coveted guy at a certain position wouldn’t be available during my next go-around, something that is especially true in a 13-teamer. As such, I discovered that the format made me act way less myopically. I was forced to view the entire pool of talent available now and make medium-term decisions, arguably more so than anyone else in the league. Focusing only on what stud I could snag now with no thoughtful regard for future picks—since I wouldn’t be able to pick for another 25 selections—could have been detrimental at best. Even though I believe it’s a little easier on the nerves to be in the 5-9 range of a typical draft order, I think I learned to adapt to what being atop the sequence entails. It’s not an easy task to lead off, but it can be manipulated into an advantageous spot if you scout it right.

I’m going to break down each of my selections by round below. Feel free to comment with your thoughts or questions on my decisions.

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

Round 1, Pick 1: Mike Trout (OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). This should require no elaboration whatsoever…but that wouldn’t be any fun. Baseball’s best offensive weapon unfortunately missed significant time last season after injuring a thumb ligament while stealing a base. In the likely event that he remains healthy in the coming year, the Angels would love to use him as much as they had the previous four seasons, a span across which he played in 158 games on average. In 2018 play, if he is able to replicate the pace at which he was producing during his 114 games in 2017, Trout could feasibly steal 30 bases, hit 45 homers, amass 127 RBI and come awful close to scoring 100 runs. Trout’s potential to dominate the 2018 competition in fantasy with his cross-category versatility when healthy should go unquestioned. In a world where accomplishing a FanGraphs’ Off(ense) rating of 45 is considered excellent, just process the fact that Trout rated a 54.9 in spite of the injury-shortened campaign. Shohei Ohtani dominated offseason headlines by picking the Angels, but he’s going to be decisively overshadowed by his mighty teammate in fantasy. Let’s move on.

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

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It’s Ben Palmer’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: Paul Goldschmidt (1B, Arizona Diamondbacks) – Why did I pick Paul Goldschmidt over Jose Altuve? That’s a good question, and if I’m being perfectly honest, looking back on the pick, it might’ve been a better idea to go with Altuve, but I’m not overly upset about it. Here’s why: Both Goldschmidt and Altuve will give me good power and steals, it’s just I chose the guy with great power and good steals as opposed to the guy with good power and great steals. This is just me, but I’m someone who likes to go power-heavy on my teams more than anything. I think power hitters, while they might lose you average, will gain you home runs, runs, and RBIs. Yes, speed guys often get you runs and steals, but I think you can manufacture steals with your speed-and-little-else kind of guys. Plus, if you end up with a Billy Hamilton type, you’re basically set in the steals category. Anyways, that’s why I went with Goldy, I decided I valued power over speed and figured the average was essentially a wash (because I think Altuve’s average will regress a bit next year). If you think I should’ve done Altuve over Goldschmidt, I don’t blame you, that’s not a hill I’m gonna die on.

On The Corner Podcast Episode 59 – Dave Cherman’s Mock Draft Recap

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Dave Cherman joins Nick Pollack to talk all things Fantasy Baseball in Episode 59 of On The Corner. They discuss Dave’s 23 picks in the Pitcher List Staff Mock Draft including Carlos Correa, Aaron Nola, Jacob deGrom, Robinson Cano, Joey Gallo, Luke Weaver, Aaron Sanchez, Patrick Corbin, Lucas Giolito, Collin McHugh, Justin Bour, J.A. Happ and many others.

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Pitcher List’s 2018 Mock Draft Recap: Nic Gardiner’s Picks

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It’s Nic Gardiner’s turn to detail his round-by-round thoughts as we continue our coverage of the Pitcher List 2018 Mock Draft. He is our Prospect Writer and you can find his writing here. Let’s get to it.

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

Round 1: Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

This is a bit of a no-brainer for me. I debated Mookie Betts here briefly, but I am a sucker for Z-scores and Clayton Kershaw is so much better than the average pitcher that the value at 12 is too much to pass on. Many experts on pitcherlist.com wait on pitching because they believe they will find the value later, but I am the opposite. Give me top tier pitching and I will find the bats. If you look at the youth surge in MLB it’s almost entirely of hitters. With a number of juicy hitting prospects coming up in 2018, I will take my pitching and find my bats later.

On The Corner Podcast Episode 58 – Ben Pernick’s Mock Draft Recap

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Ben Pernick joins Nick Pollack to talk all things Fantasy Baseball in Episode 58 of On The Corner. They discuss Ben’s 23 picks in the Pitcher List Staff Mock Draft including Mookie Betts, Willie Calhoun, James Paxton, Wil Myers, Johnny Cueto, David Price, Kevin Gausman, Rick Porcello, Trevor Story, Yasiel Puig, and many others.

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Pitcher List on Rotographs: The Tweak In Jose Quintana’s Approach

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I’m writing about starting pitching for Rotographs and thought the Pitcher List community would enjoy the in-depth discussion.

This offseason, I’m taking the time to study the arms that deserve a little bit of extra attention. Sure, every starter should get a bit more than your standard gloss over, but you know Max Scherzer is a top tier starter and you’re aware that Andrew Cashner will not come close to repeating his 3.40 ERA. I can also imagine that Jose Quintana will be getting this standard treatment by many. You’re going to have some that consider him a stable arm and grab him as a #2 SP and you have others – myself included – that treat him as someone who will wait to see him fall before considering him for your staff.

But that was the old me. Quintana made a significant tweak in his approach this season and I didn’t know any better.

Let’s talk about the 32 starts Quintana made in 2017. The shallow numbers aren’t very encouraging – 4.15 ERA, a career-high 7.7% walk rate, with the first HR/FB rate above 10% since 2013 (near league average of 13.2%). Not atrocious, but certainly not what you’d expect from someone going around the #20th SP off the board in early mock drafts.

2017 was a tale of two halves for Quintana, though. Well, not two halves exactly, but the first 11 games compared to the final 21 were vastly different.

Read the rest of the article here at Rotographs.

Pitcher List’s 2018 Mock Draft Recap: Kyle Bishop’s Picks

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Hi, I’m Kyle Bishop. You might remember me from such appearances as whatever the episode numbers were of the On The Corner podcast. Did you enjoy listening to me provide explanations of varying quality and cohesion for these picks in that medium? Well, have I got a deal for you! 1,800+ words on those very same picks, but slightly more organized and thought out! No need to thank me, just doing my job.

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

Round 1: Trea Turner (SS/OF, Washington Nationals)– We’ve heard quite a bit over the last couple of years about the scarcity of stolen bases in the current environment, and somewhat less about the increasing rarity of high-average hitters. Looking back on my overall fantasy performance during that time, I noticed an apparent lack of appreciation for these two categories. So, I went into the mock knowing I wanted Turner with my first pick. There just aren’t many players who can be a huge asset in steals without hurting you elsewhere. Turner has yet to play a full, continuous MLB season, and that’s certainly not something I can usually say of my early picks. But prorate his production thus far to 650 plate appearances and you end up with a .304 AVG, 106 R, 20 HR, 69 RBI, and 65 SB. That’s incredibly valuable. I might not have gone this way in a draft that counted, but I wanted to see how things would play out if I made sure to address speed early.

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.