On Tuesday night, I took part in the Tout Wars Mixed League draft. It is a 15-team, 5×5 roto league using on-base percentage instead of average. We start two catchers, 14 offensive players, nine pitchers and have six reserves. This is my fifth year in the league and I have finished Top 5 every season, winning the championship in two of the last three years.
I had the fifth choice of where to draft and the 1,2, 12 and 15 spots were taken before me. I decided to go 10th. I didn’t see an obvious No. 3 and thought I could get two really good offensive players in the first two rounds and a good pitcher in round three. It worked. Here’s my breakdown and thoughts on how I built the team.
Round 1, Pick 10 – Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
I thought he might be there. It was a tough call between him, Charlie Blackmon and Paul Goldschmidt. Betts contributes in all categories and the Red Sox lineup gets a big boost with the addition of J.D. Martinez.
Round 2, Pick 6 – J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox
This was also a tough call between Martinez, Manny Machado and Aaron Judge. I would have considered Martinez late in the first round. Martinez was one of the best offensive players in baseball last season and has hit at least 38 home runs in two of the last three seasons. I don’t think Judge will be as good as last season and people are paying for a career year, but he gets a boost in on-base percentage leagues.
Round 3, Pick 10 – Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
I was shocked that Bumgarner was here. I expected to be looking at Jacob deGrom or Carlos Carrasco and both were gone. Some people are worried because he wasn’t as dominate when he came from his shoulder injury last season. He’s never been a high velocity pitcher and while he allowed more home runs than usual last year, a lot of pitchers did. Bumgarner threw three perfect innings on Friday. Every pitcher presents risk, but he’s healthy now.
Round 4, Pick 6 – Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
Another surprise here. I didn’t think Abreu would be here. Abreu is a consistent .290-.300, 30 home runs and 100 RBIs. He has a career .359 on-base percentage and has at least 30 home runs in three of his four seasons and at least 100 RBIs in all four seasons.
Ronis absolutely CRUSHED the first four rounds.