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Fantasy Baseball 2023 Mock Draft 2.0: Should Aaron Judge be the 2023 No. 1 overall pick?

The Yahoo fantasy baseball analystsAndy Behrens, Scott Pianowski and Dalton Del Don — took part in a two-round mock draft. Each analyst gets four picks in the first round (to represent a 12-team league). The first iteration, the first round, of this mock draft is here; their updated picks, along with Round 2 selections, are below. Stay tuned for our Mock Draft 3.0, which will feature their picks for the first THREE rounds.

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Now, on to the picks:

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

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

Power sells the tickets, but he was a five-category god last year. And his 2021 season shows a ridiculous floor, too. — Pianowski

Round 1, Pick 2: Ronald Acuña Jr., OF, Atlanta Braves

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

Two frustrating seasons but still just 25 and probably hasn't had his career year yet. — Pianowski

Round 1, Pick 3: Trea Turner, SS, Philadelphia Phillies

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

There's black ink all over his résumé, and the Phillies lineup might represent an upgrade. — Pianowski

Round 1, Pick 4: Julio Rodríguez, OF, Seattle Mariners

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

Injuries curbed his running game in the second half of 2022, but a fully healthy Rodríguez is going to stuff five categories. — Pianowski

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

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

He can realistically go 100-30-100-30, which is outrageous at any roster spot (and ridiculous at third base). — Behrens

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

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

It wouldn't be crazy to see Tucker finish as the season's No. 1 overall player; he should benefit from the shift rules in a significant way. — Behrens

Round 1, Pick 7: Mookie Betts, OF/2B, Los Angeles Dodgers

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

Betts remains a category leader who checks all the fantasy boxes, and it's hard not to love the lineup. — Behrens

Round 1, Pick 8: Juan Soto, OF, San Diego Padres

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

Soto will be an MVP candidate for the next dozen seasons. Plus, the Padres lineup is silly. — Behrens

[2023 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP]

Round 1, Pick 9: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B, Toronto Blue Jays

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

His knee soreness is a concern, but Vlad is my pick to win MVP this year if healthy. — Del Don

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

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

He has vowed to steal more bases this season and will benefit from Toronto's new launching pad. — Del Don

Round 1, Pick 11: Shohei Ohtani, UTIL, Los Angeles Angels

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

There’s some worry he won’t run as much, and UTIL only isn’t ideal, but Ohtani has fallen far enough here. — Del Don

Round 1, Pick 12: Fernando Tatís Jr., SS, San Diego Padres

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

He’s coming off multiple surgeries and won’t be eligible to play until April 20, but Tatis’ fantasy upside is second to none, and he might even be healthier now. — Del Don

Round 2, Pick 13: Bobby Witt Jr., 3B/SS, Kansas City Royals

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

He just went 20/30 as a 22-year-old, but it came with a .722 OPS. Third base and shortstop eligibility add to his value. — Del Don

Round 2, Pick 14: Gerrit Cole, SP, New York Yankees

Gerrit Cole headshot
Gerrit Cole
IL60
SP - NYY - #45
2022 - false season
200.2
IP
3.50
ERA
1.02
WHIP
257
K
50
BB

Cole won’t have to pitch with so many “Goldilocks” balls this year and remains fantasy’s top SP given his advantage in wins over Burnes. — Del Don

Round 2, Pick 15: Corbin Burnes, SP, Milwaukee Brewers

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

There’s certainly an argument that Burnes remains worthy of a first-round fantasy pick. — Del Don

Round 2, Pick 16: Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels

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

I decided Trout’s injury concerns are slightly less than Yordan Alvarez’s current situation (he has yet to attempt swinging with a sore hand), but that could easily backfire. — Del Don

Round 2, Pick 17: Manny Machado, 3B, San Diego Padres

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

The great thing about the No. 8 pick in a draft is you can open with Pocket Padres. — Behrens

Round 2, Pick 18: Yordan Alvarez, OF, Houston Astros

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

Look, you are gonna have to deal with worrisome injury notes throughout the season — today it's a hand, next month it'll be an ankle — but that's a small price to pay for an elite power profile. — Behrens

Round 2, Pick 19: Freddie Freeman, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers

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

Freeman is a near lock to reach triple-digit runs and RBIs while challenging for a batting title. — Behrens

Round 2, Pick 20: Pete Alonso, 1B, New York Mets

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

You're getting 40-plus bombs and exceptional run production; it's not absurd to consider Alonso at the end of the first. — Behrens

Round 2, Pick 21: Austin Riley, 3B, Atlanta Braves

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

The 2021 breakout was a little out of nowhere, but last year's monster year validated everything. The Braves' lineup is deliciously buoyant. — Pianowski

Round 2, Pick 22: Marcus Semien, 2B/SS, Texas Rangers

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

He'll be a third-round pick in many leagues but shouldn't last that long. Horrible start with his new team last year, but Semien was fantasy's No. 4 player from May 18 forward. — Pianowski

Round 2, Pick 23: Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox

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

Nice to see Boston finally lock up one of its homegrown stars, but this is the worst supporting cast Devers has ever dealt with. — Pianowski

Round 2, Pick 24: Francisco Lindor, SS, New York Mets

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

Likely a five-category contributor, and the Mets lineup will challenge for the runs scored title. — Pianowski