2012 Yahoo Fantasy Draft
My bi-yearly self-indulgent post on my fantasy draft. Mock away...
You probably know the drill by now, but a reminder; it's a Yahoo points league with 9 offensive players (C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, LF, CF, RF, Util) and 9 pitchers (4 SP, 3 RP, 2 Util) with 7 bench spots. Points are rigged in a way that stolen bases aren't nearly as valuable as roto leagues, i.e like real baseball. It counts as an extra base and if you get caught stealing it counts against the player. If it leads to more runs scored then that will show in the runs scored points. In other words, most of your fantasy guides aren't much use for the speedsters that get valued for their stolen bases. Middle infielders get a small defensive boost to put them closer to their corner position comrades. It's a 15-team league and we keep 6 keepers a year and draft those keepers in the appropriate round determined by their point value the year before. So a Miguel Cabrera is a first round pick and a Josh Johnson is a 25th round pick because of his injuries last year. My keeper options were Cliff Lee, Tim Lincecum, Albert Pujols, Starlin Castro, Evan Longoria, Matt Garza, Paul Goldschmidt, Brett Lawrie and Mike Trout. I picked Lee, Lincecum, Pujols, Castro, Longoria and Lawrie. Then me and JD, whom you may know from the comments, pulled off a Jason Heyward for Brett Lawrie swap right before the draft. I picked 11th or 5th in each round, snake-style.
To my super-important draft...
- Cliff Lee (Keeper) - duh
- Tim Lincecum (Keeper) - duh
- Albert Pujols (Keeper) - duh, although he's getting near the age where I wouldn't mind moving him to get younger. Oh no, I gave away my strategy, what am I to do?
- Rickie Weeks - my first pick and it was the 11th overall in the draft when discounting other folks' keepers. I was thrilled at this. (2 players drafted before and after my pick not counting keepers: B. Gardner, J. Papelbon/M. Latos, A. Ethier)
- Starlin Castro (Keeper) - too young to give up and better things to come hopefully
- Evan Longoria (Keeper) - down year last year and hopefully he's over his injuries
- Miguel Montero - probably should have waited for a catcher later, but he was the last decent bat at that position besides Soto and I'm not convinced which Soto we're getting this year. (Melky Cabrera, S. Santos/F. Freeman, M. Scherzer)
- Y. Cespedes - potential power bat in center field, worth a shot, was hoping for J. Valverde but got nabbed just before. (Valverde, F. Cordero/B. Morrow, S. Marcum)
- J. Nathan - closers were already going including H. Street that I desperately wanted (Street, A. Sanchez/Maybin, Markakis)
- K. Farnsworth - must have closers although I was eyeing E. Santana (J. Santana, Bonifacio/E. Santana, J. Garcia)
- J. Willingham - Besides the utility spot, left field was the last position spot I needed and at least there is some power there with Willingham. Ultimately I seem to always have terrible luck at that position. (J. Guerra, C. Perez/G. Soto, F. Francisco)
- J. Broxton - well there's upside there if he gets the closer job (A. Lind, T. Lilly/F. Rodriguez, H. Kuroda)
- M. Thornton - him and Capps were the last 2 closers left. Was looking at Kendry Morales to stash on the DL. (I. Desmond, B. Boesch/J. Kubel, K. Morales)
- J. Danks - looking for starting pitching with some upside and Danks had a string of bad luck to start the year including a BABIP on the season that was well above his career norms. (D. Espinosa, D. Holland/V. Pestano, D. Murphy)
- C. Volstad - homer pick, hoping this is the year he catches up to his once-upon-a-time prospect status (Iannetta, Doumit/S. Baker, A. Escobar)
- R. Nolasco - Another BABIP victim last year, although the new park might hurt him. (Jurrjens, Altuve/Aviles, J. Lowrie)
- C. Headley - Could use a back-up for Longoria since I traded Lawrie away and he's young enough to possibly break out a bit. An early drop candidate if I need a roster spot. (L. Duda, Scutaro/L. Lynn, C. Pena)
- B. McCarthy - I can't imagine he'll do as well as last year, but worth a risk this late. And I like his Twitter feed. I did pass up on Cozart here hoping he'd last another round or two. (F. Liriano, K. Wood/J.D. Martinez, Cozart)
- A. Soriano - spring training stats count, right? Between him and Willingham maybe I can ride out the hot streaks. (Ogando, P. Coke/Quentin, Ruiz)
- J. Mayberry - wanted a right fielder just in case JD balked on me and Mayberry's 4-position eligibility should be useful (M. Brantley, Vlad/Lidge, O' Flaherty)
- E. Bedard - he's the Pirates #1, he must be good. See how he does in the N.L. and a lefty-friendly park. (L. Cain, Lucroy/Revere, Viciedo)
- Rex Brothers - we do get credit for holds and Betancourt's tagged as a possible quick hook to lose his closing job. You always want 5 relievers in our league as well, since you rarely have that many of your starters going on the same day. (G. Floyd, J. Smoak/L. Perez, M. Harrison)
- G. Sizemore - stash him on the disabled list and pick up someone on waivers. (Infante, Gorzelanny/Dickey, C. Davis)
- Brett Jackson - homer pick, first to get waived if I need room. Hope that I can stash him though until he gets called up to replace losing Mike Trout...at least in my heart if not in the points. (Rizzo, Reimold/Thole, I. Stewart)
- Brett Lawrie (Keeper)
I was pretty thrilled with my keepers going in, so I was going to be happy with my team regardless and flipping Lawrie for Heyward hopefully netted me another long-term keeper option while filling a position of need. Past my 2 horses, starting pitching tends to be more about wise waiver manuevering and good old fashioned luck when it comes to the mid-tier guys so we'll see how that pans out. I think my offense is pretty damn solid though with the outfield being the question mark, but there's upside there.
They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?
He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.
What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.
(All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)
Lester will probably be all right.
I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.
I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.
Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?
He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.
But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.
The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.
Yup. Thanks Q
Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTNekUcY-XM
I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.
O/B interesting you should mention that. Google ESPN Science Aroldis Chapman and you'll be treated to how his mechanics and delivery are possibly historic. It's the 120% of his body stretch plus the torque. They compare him to the Unit and NRyan.
Amazing how much lower the production gets when Bryant runs into a mini-cold streak. He doesn't stay cold for long. If just one of Zobrist or, gulp, Heyward, gets hot, they oughta have one more really nice winning streak in them. Having a closer that you have absolute confidence in can't hurt.
I hope they hold onto Jimenez. Outfield depth is questionable, especially with McKinney, who struggled this year but still, gone.
You don't think he's improved? He looks completely different out there than he did when he first came up. The last I checked his K rate was in the low 20% range - 22-23 or so. When he came up it was 40%+.
To me, what is scary about him if I'm the other guy is that he IS learning the strike zone. This guy could easily be the MVP someday.
So, playing .500 for the rest of the year puts them at 91 wins. You would think there is enough talent to do a little better than that, right?
First team to 60 wins! Onward to 70, 80, 90 and 100!