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2B ADP: Yahoo vs MDC

Posted By Jeff Zimmerman On February 15, 2012 @ 4:15 pm In Mock Draft Analysis,Second Base | 8 Comments

With Yahoo finally opening up its mock drafts, I am going to look today at how second basemen are being drafted at Yahoo compared to MockDraftCentral.com. Here is the list of 2B drafted at Yahoo and their positions drafted at MDC along with some notes.

Note: Remember that the rankings are highly based off of the website’s initial rankings of the players.

Name Position Yahoo MDC Difference Yahoo! MDC Differnce
Robinson Cano (NYY – 2B) 8 10 2 100% 100% 0%
Dustin Pedroia (Bos – 2B) 18 19 0 100% 100% 0%
Ian Kinsler (Tex – 2B) 21 24 3 100% 100% 0%
Dan Uggla (Atl – 2B) 48 53 5 100% 100% 0%
Ben Zobrist (TB – 2B,OF) 53 80 27 100% 100% 0%
Michael Young (Tex – 1B,2B,3B) 59 71 13 100% 100% 0%
Brandon Phillips (Cin – 2B) 60 61 1 100% 100% 0%
Chase Utley (Phi – 2B) 65 77 12 100% 100% 0%
Howie Kendrick (LAA – 1B,2B,OF) 78 105 27 100% 100% 0%
Michael Cuddyer (Col – 1B,2B,OF) 82 96 14 100% 100% 0%
Rickie Weeks (Mil – 2B) 89 79 -10 100% 100% 0%
Dustin Ackley (Sea – 2B) 139 137 -2 100% 100% 0%
Jemile Weeks (Oak – 2B) 157 155 -3 100% 100% 1%
Neil Walker (Pit – 2B) 164 144 -21 100% 100% 0%
Danny Espinosa (Was – 2B) 179 151 -29 100% 100% 0%
Kelly Johnson (Tor – 2B) 212 235 24 100% 71% 29%
Ryan Theriot (SF – 2B,SS) 217 273 56 3% 4% -1%
Gordon Beckham (CWS – 2B) 221 238 17 9% 32% -23%
Jose Altuve (Hou – 2B) 222 221 0 3% 13% -10%
Omar Infante (Mia – 2B) 223 238 15 5% 17% -12%
Ryan Raburn (Det – 2B,OF) 224 241 18 7% 42% -35%
Ryan Roberts (Ari – 2B,3B) 224 196 -28 98% 95% 3%
Darwin Barney (ChC – 2B) 224 417 192 2% 0% 2%
Allen Craig (StL – 2B,OF) 225 233 8 19% 56% -37%
Scott Sizemore (Oak – 2B,3B) 228 299 70 6% 3% 3%
Ruben Tejada (NYM – 2B,SS) 232 270 38 2% 18% -16%
Mike Aviles (Bos – 2B,3B,SS) 233 237 3 16% 3% 13%
Maicer Izturis (LAA – 2B,3B,SS) 234 ND NA 7% 0% 7%
Eduardo Nunez (NYY – 2B,3B,SS) 234 273 39 6% 2% 4%
Sean Rodriguez (TB – 2B,3B,SS) 234 267 32 7% 21% -14%
Jason Kipnis (Cle – 2B) 235 166 -69 92% 97% -5%
Brian Roberts (Bal – 2B) 237 242 4 7% 54% -47%
Daniel Murphy (NYM – 1B,2B,3B) 239 232 -7 64% 74% -10%
Aaron Hill (Ari – 2B) 254 233 -21 83% 81% 2%

Notes

- The first major difference in the drafts was Ben Zobrist being taken 27 places higher. I have Zobrist lumped in with a group of 2B including Uggla, Young, Phillips, Utley, Kendrick, Cuddyer and Weeks (Rickie). At MDC, Rickie Weeks, on average, is being taken 1 spot ahead of Zobrist. At Yahoo, Zobrist is being taken 36 spots earlier. As a group, these 7 2B average being a taken at 67th over all at Yahoo. At MDC, they average being taken at the 77th spot. I believe there is plenty of talent at the 2B position and there is no reason reach for one of this group early. I think MDC’s numbers are closer to where these 2B should be drafted, about one round later.

- Danny Espinosa and Neil Walker are lower at Yahoo compared to MDC. I am guessing it is because everyone has already participated in a run on the over-ranked 2B earlier in the draft. The pair has been taken 100% of the time on both websites.

- Kelly Johnson is loved and Aaron Hill is hated by Yahoo compared to MDC. At MDC, they are being taken at almost the same clip. Johnson was taken 71% of the time with a ADP of 235. Aaron Hill was taken 81% of the with an ADP of 233. Aaron’s ADP drops 21 places to the lowest value among 2B at Yahoo. Johnson’s ADP jumps 24 spots and is the last 2B taken 100% of the time at Yahoo. Owners know that Hill has the ability to produce and are taking him late in 83% of the Yahoo leagues.

- Jason Kipnis is the biggest dropper from MDC to Yahoo of the 2B. His percentage drafted is similar (92% vs 97%), but is being taken almost 6 rounds later in the draft.

- I would not use the preset rankings for reference at all at Yahoo, especially later in the draft. If a person was to go off the percentage drafted, the ranking of the players are much improved.


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