This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.
Last week's column began with a look at my Too Early Mock draft, an exercise designed to show how fantasy analysts across the industry are viewing players before the 2020 draft season kicks off. We'll continue that this week, looking at some of the names I've been drawn to in the middle rounds. Deciding between players who have minimal or no experience and established but boring veterans continues to be a perplexing problem with no ADP or projections to guide us. I've wound up leaning toward the veterans, as you'll see below, though not necessarily by design.
Here are my thoughts for next year on the guys I grabbed in rounds 9 to 18:
Round 9, pick 132: Carlos Santana, 1B, Indians. Paired with Jose Abreu in the previous round, I now have the sixth- and seventh-best first basemen according to our earned auction values. Yes, he's 33, but he's posted career highs in homers (34), runs (102), RBI (89) and batting average (.280).
Round 10, pick 139: [EDIT] The player selected is involved in a legal matter and no longer warrants a mention.
Round 11, pick 162: Matthew Boyd, SP, Tigers. His ADP will be one to watch, as he's gone as high as 134 and as low as 200. I'll take his 30.7 percent strikeout rate and hope that his ERA next season looks more like his 3.82 xFIP and 3.56 SIERA this year than his homer-inflated 4.54 actual ERA.
Round 12, pick 169: