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2023 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft 3.0: Where do you pick Shohei Ohtani?

The Yahoo fantasy baseball analystsAndy Behrens, Scott Pianowski and Dalton Del Don — took part in a three-round mock draft. Each analyst gets four picks in the first round (to represent a 12-team league). You can see the first-round mock here and the second-round mock here.

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Now, on to the picks:

Round 1, Pick 1: Ronald Acuña Jr., OF, Atlanta Braves

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Ronald Acuña Jr.
IL60
RF - ATL - #13
2022 - false season
467
AB
.266
AVG
15
HR
29
SB
.764
OPS

Given his age and power/speed upside, Acuña remains comfortably atop my fantasy board. — Del Don

Round 1, Pick 2: Trea Turner, SS, Philadelphia Phillies

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Trea Turner
SS - PHI - #7
2022 - false season
652
AB
.298
AVG
21
HR
27
SB
.809
OPS

Turner actually saw a downgrade in parks moving away from Dodger Stadium, but he remains in a terrific situation in Philadelphia. — Del Don

Round 1, Pick 3: Julio Rodríguez, OF, Seattle Mariners

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Julio Rodríguez
CF - SEA - #44
2022 - false season
511
AB
.284
AVG
28
HR
25
SB
.853
OPS

I’m closer to moving him up than down. Still just 22, J-Rod is probably the current favorite to be 2024’s top fantasy pick. — Del Don

Round 1, Pick 4: Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees

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Aaron Judge
CF - NYY - #99
2022 - false season
570
AB
.311
AVG
62
HR
16
SB
1.111
OPS

Even with inevitable regression and more games missed, Judge shouldn’t fall further than this. — Del Don

Round 1, Pick 5: José Ramírez, 3B, Cleveland Guardians

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José Ramírez
3B - CLE - #11
2022 - false season
601
AB
.280
AVG
29
HR
20
SB
.869
OPS

Five-category stat-grabber who covers a thin position. — Pianowski

Round 1, Pick 6: Kyle Tucker, OF, Houston Astros

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Kyle Tucker
IL10
RF - HOU - #30
2022 - false season
544
AB
.257
AVG
30
HR
25
SB
.808
OPS

Upside is AL MVP, though check on the ankle injury before committing. — Pianowski

Round 1, Pick 7: Mookie Betts, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Mookie Betts
IL10
SS - LAD - #50
2022 - false season
572
AB
.269
AVG
35
HR
12
SB
.873
OPS

More floor than upside at this point, but I like picks unlikely to fail. — Pianowski

Round 1, Pick 8: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B, Toronto Blue Jays

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
1B - TOR - #27
2022 - false season
638
AB
.274
AVG
32
HR
8
SB
.818
OPS

Fences coming in, and the Vlad Jr. arrow is still pointed up. You want shares of this destination offense. — Pianowski

Round 1, Pick 9: Shohei Ohtani, UTIL, Los Angeles Angels

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Shohei Ohtani
DH - LAD - #17
2022 - false season
586
AB
.273
AVG
34
HR
11
SB
.875
OPS

This is the ideal spot from which to land both the hitter and pitcher versions of Ohtani, so we'll see if that works out. Ohtani the batter has already given us a 46/26 season, and the new shift rules should help him. — Behrens

Round 1, Pick 10: Bo Bichette, SS, Toronto Blue Jays

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Bo Bichette
IL10
SS - TOR - #11
2022 - false season
652
AB
.290
AVG
24
HR
13
SB
.802
OPS

He's a five-category hitter entering his age-25 season. Bichette is a year removed from going 121-29-102-25-.298. — Behrens

Round 1, Pick 11: Yordan Alvarez, OF, Houston Astros

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Yordan Alvarez
LF - HOU - #44
2022 - false season
470
AB
.306
AVG
37
HR
1
SB
1.019
OPS

You shouldn't need a hard sell on a guy who offers average, run production and top-of-the-charts power. Alvarez is getting healthy just in time for Opening Day. — Behrens

Round 1, Pick 12: Juan Soto, OF, San Diego Padres

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Juan Soto
RF - NYY - #22
2022 - false season
524
AB
.242
AVG
27
HR
6
SB
.853
OPS

Soto is lightly dinged at the moment, a clear concern. But he also might just be the best hitter in the game. — Behrens

Round 2, Pick 13: Manny Machado, 3B, San Diego Padres

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Manny Machado
3B - SD - #13
2022 - false season
578
AB
.298
AVG
32
HR
9
SB
.898
OPS

When the draft gives you the chance to take Pocket Padres at the top, I think you gotta do it. Machado fills one of the messiest roster spots, too. — Behrens

Round 2, Pick 14: Freddie Freeman, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Freddie Freeman
1B - LAD - #5
2022 - false season
612
AB
.325
AVG
21
HR
13
SB
.918
OPS

Freeman is a perennial batting title contender who has led the NL in run-scoring for three straight years. — Behrens

Round 2, Pick 15: Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels

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Mike Trout
IL10
CF - LAA - #27
2022 - false season
438
AB
.283
AVG
40
HR
1
SB
.999
OPS

Sure, the base-stealing is gone and might never come back, but Trout still hit 40 bombs in just 119 games last season. — Behrens

Round 2, Pick 16: Pete Alonso, 1B, New York Mets

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Pete Alonso
1B - NYM - #20
2022 - false season
597
AB
.271
AVG
40
HR
5
SB
.869
OPS

Elite power, bubbly personality; I'm in. Alonso clearly has the potential to be the overall leader in multiple fantasy categories. — Behrens

Round 2, Pick 17: Corbin Burnes, SP, Milwaukee Brewers

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Corbin Burnes
SP - BAL - #39
2022 - false season
202
IP
2.94
ERA
0.97
WHIP
243
K
51
BB

The safest strikeout bet in the majors and still in a comfortable age pocket. — Pianowski

Round 2, Pick 18: Austin Riley, 3B, Atlanta Braves

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Austin Riley
3B - ATL - #27
2022 - false season
615
AB
.273
AVG
38
HR
2
SB
.878
OPS

Turned into a superstar the past two years, and Atlanta's lineup is stacked top to bottom. — Pianowski

Round 2, Pick 19: Gerrit Cole, SP, New York Yankees

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Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY - #45
2022 - false season
200.2
IP
3.50
ERA
1.02
WHIP
257
K
50
BB

A pitcher this great has to win a Cy Young Award sometime. — Pianowski

Round 2, Pick 20: Bobby Witt Jr., 3B/SS, Kansas City Royals

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Bobby Witt Jr.
SS - KC - #7
2022 - false season
591
AB
.254
AVG
20
HR
30
SB
.722
OPS

The free-swinging approach is a modest concern, but if Witt falls this late, I'll gladly take his category juice. — Pianowski

Round 2, Pick 21: Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, San Diego Padres

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Fernando Tatis Jr.
RF - SD - #23
2022 - false season
-
AB
-
AVG
-
HR
-
SB
-
OPS

I have Tatis as a top-10 player this year, so he was an easy call here. — Del Don

Round 2, Pick 22: Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox

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Rafael Devers
3B - BOS - #11
2022 - false season
555
AB
.295
AVG
27
HR
3
SB
.879
OPS

Third base is relatively thin, and I actually prefer Devers over Machado and Riley. — Del Don

Round 2, Pick 23: Spencer Strider, SP/RP, Atlanta Braves

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Spencer Strider
IL60
SP - ATL - #99
2022 - false season
131.2
IP
2.67
ERA
0.99
WHIP
202
K
45
BB

Strider is the real deal and has crept into Round 1 of some NFBC Main Event drafts. — Del Don

Round 2, Pick 24: Jacob deGrom, SP, Texas Rangers

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Jacob deGrom
IL60
SP - TEX - #48
2022 - false season
64.1
IP
3.08
ERA
0.75
WHIP
102
K
8
BB

DeGrom is the best pitcher alive — and the biggest boom/bust fantasy pick. — Del Don

Round 3, Pick 25: Aaron Nola, SP, Philadelphia Phillies

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Aaron Nola
SP - PHI - #27
2022 - false season
205
IP
3.25
ERA
0.96
WHIP
235
K
29
BB

Nola continues the pitcher run and sort of begins a new SP tier here. — Del Don

Round 3, Pick 26: Max Scherzer, SP, New York Mets

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Max Scherzer
IL60
SP - TEX - #31
2022 - false season
145.1
IP
2.29
ERA
0.91
WHIP
173
K
24
BB

A beast in the best park; age is the only question with Scherzer. — Del Don

Round 3, Pick 27: Justin Verlander, SP, New York Mets

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Justin Verlander
IL15
SP - HOU - #35
2022 - false season
175
IP
1.75
ERA
0.83
WHIP
185
K
29
BB

Not quite as elite as others at age 40, but he remains plenty good. He's also in a terrific situation and still in the honeymoon TJ phase. — Del Don

Round 3, Pick 28:, Brandon Woodruff, SP, Milwaukee Brewers

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Brandon Woodruff
IL60
SP - MIL - #53
2022 - false season
153.1
IP
3.05
ERA
1.07
WHIP
190
K
42
BB

I mostly target aces and bases early in fantasy drafts, and Woodruff qualifies as the former. — Del Don

Round 3, Pick 29: Shane McClanahan, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

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Shane McClanahan
IL60
SP - TB - #18
2022 - false season
166.1
IP
2.54
ERA
0.93
WHIP
194
K
38
BB

Skills are elite, so it's just a matter of how many innings we can expect. In the third round, yes, please. — Pianowski

Round 3, Pick 30: Marcus Semien, 2B/SS, Texas Rangers

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Marcus Semien
2B - TEX - #2
2022 - false season
657
AB
.248
AVG
26
HR
25
SB
.733
OPS

Didn't hit for about six weeks, then was a top-five fantasy producer the rest of the way. The market has undersold him all spring. — Pianowski

Round 3, Pick 31: Jazz Chisholm Jr., 2B, Miami Marlins

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Jazz Chisholm Jr.
CF - MIA - #2
2022 - false season
213
AB
.254
AVG
14
HR
12
SB
.860
OPS

Assuming he's not harried over positional change, we're looking at a possible 20-homer, 40-steal season. — Pianowski

Round 3, Pick 32: Francisco Lindor, SS, New York Mets

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Francisco Lindor
SS - NYM - #12
2022 - false season
630
AB
.270
AVG
26
HR
16
SB
.788
OPS

If he merely matches last year's return, we make a profit. And given his age and supporting cast, it's possible we haven't seen Lindor's best season yet. — Pianowski

Round 3, Pick 33: Shohei Ohtani, SP, Los Angeles Angels

Shohei Ohtani headshot
Shohei Ohtani
DH - LAD - #17
2022 - false season
166
IP
2.33
ERA
1.01
WHIP
219
K
44
BB

I'm not typically someone who drafts pitchers near the top, but if you're gonna give me two scoops of Ohtani, I'll take it. This man struck out 219 batters over 166 innings last year, which is just obscene. — Behrens

Round 3, Pick 34: Randy Arozarena, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

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Randy Arozarena
LF - TB - #56
2022 - false season
586
AB
.263
AVG
20
HR
32
SB
.773
OPS

He's coming off a legendary WBC run, plus he has gone 20/20 the past two seasons. My great preference is to get steals from players who aren't single-category specialists. — Behrens

Round 3, Pick 35: Corey Seager, SS, Texas Rangers

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Corey Seager
SS - TEX - #5
2022 - false season
593
AB
.245
AVG
33
HR
3
SB
.772
OPS

After a monumentally unlucky season (.242 BABIP) in which he still managed to hit 33 home runs, we should expect a massive bounce-back. Seager is likely to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the limitations on defensive shifting. — Behrens

Round 3, Pick 36: Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals

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Paul Goldschmidt
1B - STL - #46
2022 - false season
561
AB
.317
AVG
35
HR
7
SB
.981
OPS

This was a long, awkward fall for Goldy. You'll almost never get him this late. He doesn't need to match last year's production to earn this draft price. — Behrens