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2022 Fantasy Baseball Early Mock Draft

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With Fantasy Football in the rearview mirror, it was time for the staff at Fantasy Six Pack to turn their attention to a 2022 Fantasy Baseball Early Mock Draft.

“The only church that truly feeds the soul, day in and day out, is the church of baseball.” No truer words have ever been spoken than by Annie Savoy in the opening moments of Bull Durham.  Well, the doors to church are hopefully about to open again as we prepare for the 2022 Fantasy Baseball season. And an early Mock Draft is the best way to prepare

In late December, the Fantasy Six Pack staff got together (virtually) for the first Fantasy Six Pack 2022 Baseball Mock Draft of the season. It was a 12-team, 10-round, standard 5×5 exercise on Fantrax that wrapped up on Christmas Eve. You can see the results of the draft by visiting our league page, or later below is a screenshot of all 10 rounds.

The Participants

The mock drafters on the Fantasy Six Pack staff, in draft order, were:

Jason Beckner (@JRBecks)
Keith Lott (@WeTlkFntsySprts)
Joe Bond (@F6P_Joe)
Nick Zaniboni (@nzaniboni93)
Dave Eddy (@CorporalEddy)
Michael Schnieder (@mikecschneider)
Jonathan Chan (@JChan_811)
Trent Dickeson (@Trenciarte)
Connor Thomure (@ConnorThomure)
Travis Argo (@ArgoTravis)
Ryan Kirksey (@KirkseySports)
Jon Witt (@JPW2542)

This is an incredibly seasoned and gifted group of baseball writers and analysts and the competition (and trash-talking) was stiff right from the jump.

After the draft, the participants were asked several questions about their preferences, draft strategies, opinions on positional runs, and other information that should provide useful information throughout mock draft season. Here is what they had to say.

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2022 Fantasy Baseball Early Mock Draft

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Position Scarcity: What Led You To That Decision?

Keith Lott (@WeTlkFntsySprts) – Trea Turner (SS/2B), Pick 2 Overall

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Only Whit Merrifield and Freddie Freeman have more hits over the last three seasons than Turner and only Tim Anderson and Ketel Marte have a better batting average. Turner has turned into one of the best all-around players in the MLB and is a huge bonus in the SB category with only Starling Marte swiping more bags since 2019.

The only question mark at the time of this Mock Draft is what team will he be playing for in 2022, but that should have very little impact on his value this year.

Connor Thomure (@ConnorThomure) – Salvador Perez (C), Pick 57 Overall

With my pick in the 5th round, I selected Salvador Perez. He was the highest-ranked player available and the only 2021 Silver Slugger still on the board. Positional scarcity did play a role in this pick however Perez was also the best player available. One fact that helped sell him is he played 161 games in 2021. This screams VALUE!

Michael Schnieder (@mikecschneider), Josh Hader (RP), Pick 43 Overall

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For whatever reason, closers went a little later in this mock than the NFBC ADP where Hader and Liam Hendriks are in the top 35 overall. It was an easy decision to pick a closer here the more difficult decision was Hader or Hendriks. I went with the younger Hader for this mock. This year I believe you are better off selecting two relievers that are locked into the closer role early rather than trying to guess the closer later in the draft.

Stolen Bases in 2022: Secure An Anchor Or Spread It Out?

Joe Bond (@F6P_Joe)

I’m likely to spread steals out this year. I want to try and grab one or two of the 20+ steal guys, but then get a few guys who are projected to get double-digits. I may not win the category this way, but I won’t lose and I’ll have a much more balanced team in the other categories.

The only player I would consider targeting early who is a “stud” in steals is Trea Turner. He is the only one who I believe is worth the cost. The reason is that he is helpful in the power and batting average categories too. The other “studs” hurt you too much in other categories for the price they will cost you in the long run, hurting that balance I referred to.

Travis Argo (@ArgoTravis)

My approach this year to stolen bases is to grab a player you will hopefully anchor the category but offers power upside like Bo Bichette, Cedric Mullins, or Jazz Chisholm. That way, if their steals do take a dip, I at least have the power to counteract that dip.



Nick Zaniboni (@nzaniboni93)

I ended up with two 25+ stolen base players in Starling Marte and Trevor Story. I usually don’t target stolen bases but value is value and these guys were too good to pass up at their value.

Saves In 2022: Grabbing A Sure Thing Or Finding Them On Waivers?

Jonathan Chan (@JChan_811)

Chasing saves is always a viable strategy but with the decrease in true ninth-inning guys I would like to anchor my Fantasy bullpen with at least one “sure thing”. I didn’t take any closers in the first 10 rounds. Guys like Aroldis Chapman, Ryan Pressly, Kenley Jansen, and Emmanuel Clase are available in the 11th round and beyond and should provide plenty of value in those draft spots.

Keith Lott (@WeTlkFntsySprts)

I will target one “closer” eventually but other than that I will draft relief pitchers that I trust can strike batters out. Then I will play the waiver wire chasing saves throughout the year or, I hate to say it, wait for an injury.

Picking At The Turn: What Is Your Strategy? Start A Run? Avoid The Run?

Connor Thomure (@ConnorThomure)

I picked near the turn and went with two aces in Corbin Burnes and Jacob deGrom right away. If healthy, these two pitchers will give me a great foundation for my starting rotation.

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Ryan Kirksey (@KirkseySports)

Drawing the 11th spot in this draft, my strategy was to take the best hitter and pitcher available. I felt I had to take a pitcher here and I was proved right. Two went before my first pick and another seven went before my third pick came back around. I was fortunate to grab Gerrit Cole with the 11th pick as I have seen him get mocked much earlier than this.

Bryce Harper and his guaranteed MVP-level production over Kyle Tucker and his tantalizing upside was my big decision with my second pick, and I ended up going with the safety of Harper.

Who Would Be The Best Picks Of This Draft If It Played Out The Season?

Joe Bond (@F6P_Joe)

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I really like Mike Trout at pick 2.03. We know if he can stay healthy Trout is a first-round talent, easy. We could see upwards of 40 home runs and 200+ RBI/R combined. He and Shoehei Ohtani together will be a force. He just needs to stay healthy.

Travis Argo (@ArgoTravis)

I feel Jazz Chisholm Jr. in the eighth round is one of the better picks in the draft. Chisholm has the potential to provide Trevor Story-like production, and you get him four rounds later than Story.

Trent Dickeson (@Trenciarte)

Outside of my picks, I loved Yordan Alvarez in the third. I think he could provide somewhat similar numbers to Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. but go twenty or so picks later. Alvarez could be a late first-round pick in 2023 drafts if things go well.

Giancarlo Stanton in the 8th has the potential to be a steal. Depending on the league, if he is DH only, it will hurt his value some, and he has a tendency to miss a lot of games due to injury. When he is feeling right, however, there is no denying he is one of the best hitters in baseball. For myself, grabbing Ronald Acuna at No. 8 overall will be a steal if he comes back healthy for the start of the season. Even if he only misses 2-3 weeks, he should easily return first-round value and then some. I also loved getting Matt Olson in the third. I would not be shocked if he ended up as the top first baseman this season.

Jonathan Chan (@JChan_811)

Mike Trout in the second round could be the best pick of the draft if he’s able to stay healthy. It is obviously a huge question mark, but the reward is massive.

For my own picks, I like Blake Snell in the 10th. He was a big disappointment to start last season but found his stride in August before a groin injury ended his season. Through his first 19 starts, Snell had a 5.44 ERA in 84.1 innings pitched. He finally looked comfortable in his final eight starts of the year, posting a 1.83 ERA with 65 strikeouts over 44.1 innings.

Snell is as volatile as they come. However, the former Cy Young winner could have a bounce-back year if he’s able to maintain some of the adjustments he made in August.

Stay Tuned For More Fantasy Baseball Content From Fantasy Six Pack

We hope this helps guide you in mock draft season over the next few months. Look for much, much more preseason MLB content coming from Fantasy Six Pack very soon.


For now, let’s just hope and pray that the church doors open in February and we have a season in April.


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About Ryan Kirksey

Proudest husband and dad you will ever find. In my week I split my time working in higher ed, grinding DFS and season-long content, collecting silver age comics, studying behavioral economics, and drinking coffee. Astros apologist. Team Terry #McSoarin

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