MLB Barometer: Risers & Fallers
MLB Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.

This week, we'll peek into the crystal ball. With just a few weeks left in the season, it's time to take a glance at next year's drafts. To that end, I was lucky enough to participate in one of the six Too Early Mocks, a series of 2020 mock drafts run by FanGraphs'  Justin Mason prior to the end of the 2019 season. The draft boards can be found here. ADP data can be found here.

It's been quite the interesting experience. I've always used projections and auction calculators heavily in my own personal rankings, but those aren't available for 2020 yet, so we're in many ways drafting blind. There isn't any ADP data available yet by which to check your intuitions or to guess whether a player will be available next round, as the whole point of the exercise is to get an early ADP to use in offseason discussions before draft season really gets going.

The following is a quick rundown of the players I've taken with my first handful of picks. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Round 1, pick 12: Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies. His 2019 campaign doesn't stand out compared to his previous several seasons, but that's in no way a bad thing. Very happy to get him a few spots later than his 2019 NFBC ADP of 7.7.

Round 2, pick 19: Justin Verlander, SP, Astros. Discussed below. Getting this season's top-earning pitcher as the third pitcher off

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Erik Halterman
Erik Halterman is an MLB staff writer at RotoWire and the winner of the staff's 2018 RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Championship.
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