A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to participate in a minor league dynasty-style fantasy mock draft by Baseball Prospectus.
The rules were as follows:
The premise is very simple, we're drafting a minor-league roster for a brand new dynasty league team (no one has a major league roster yet). The "league" is a standard 15-team 5x5 rotisserie where you keep all players indefinitely with no contracts/salaries involved. The first rule is that any player you select must currently still have their prospect status in tact. The second rule is that there are no other rules. You don't have to fill any position requirements, it's just about building the type of farm system you would want to start from scratch with.
The contestants were (in draft order): Jim Callis of MLB.com, Nick Shlain of BP, Al Melchior of CBS, Craig Glasser of BSports, myself, Brent Hershey of Baseball HQ, James Anderson of Rotowire, Bret Sayre of BP, Chris Crawford of ESPN, Eno Sarris of Fangraphs, Mike Rosenbaum of Bleacher Report, D.J. Short of Rotoworld, Craig Goldstein of BP, and Ray Guilfoyle of Faketeams.com/SB Nation.
We looked at the first four rounds last week and my picks were Corey Seager, Franklin Barreto, Kyle Schwarber, and Luis Severino. In rounds five through seven I chose Andrew Susac of the Giants, Aaron Blair of the Diamondbacks, and wildcard Raisel Iglesias of the Reds. What do you think of my team so far?
The articles for the draft are NOT behind the Prospectus pay wall, so go ahead and take a look. There is a comment for each player.