MLB Open Draft Day
H2H weekly play
Set your lineups weekly
Point system (Single = 1, Double = 2, Triple = 3, Home Run = 4, Run = 1, RBI = 1, Walk = 1, Stolen Base = 2, Caught Stealing = -1 )
Draft entire Pitching Staff, not individual pitchers (basically Wins, K's, ERA and WHIP are counted)
That's the basics, so let's see how we drafted.
It's a twelve team league and here's the owners/teams that joined, by draft order (please correct me if I'm wrong on the usernames).
Marfa Polecats - Belive he goes as "Henry" around here
- formerly Wrigley's Believe it or Not, now John Beasley
Kill the Goat
- I'll go with "Q"
Hendry's Okonomi Buffet - I believe that's DCTom, but might go as Tom K.
(too many Tom's around here)
The Christian Coalition - Ruz
Nippon-Hamilton Fighters - The Joe
WISCGRAD'S TEAM - naturally, Wiscgrad
For Seeking Heat - Matt of America
Kerry Wood's Hot Tub - believe he goes by "OmarLittle" around here
Karl Hungus' Logjammers - Dr. Aaron B.
PEDia Lights - cubswinthepennant (my vote for best team name)
The Cub Reporter - myself
So let's see how it went (click on the image for a larger version).
Here's my draft with comments. I wasn't pleased with the last pick in the draft, but the two picks in a row is nice.
|1||Ryan Howard (1B, PHI)||"For Seeking Heat" started off early grabbing my players, by taking Utley.|
|2||Grady Sizemore (OF, CLE)||Have him in another keeper league, makes life easier for me|
|3||Alex Rios (OF, TOR)||Feel he's a guy ready to take the leap to super-stardom this year|
|4||Chicago Cubs (P, CHC)||Bit of a reach, but team should be good and always up there in K's.|
|5||Chipper Jones (3B, ATL)||Was hoping for Aramis or Garrett Atkins (FSH strikes again), but happy to "settle" on Chipper.|
|6||Nick Swisher (1B, OF, CWS)||Multiple position eligibility and the park should be friendlier.|
|7||Aaron Hill (2B, TOR)||Was thinking Orlando Hudson would fall here, but Ruz grabbed him earlier|
|8||Rafael Furcal (SS, LAD)||Meh, guess he can't be worse than he was last year.|
|9||Jason Bay (OF, PIT)||Was hoping for Salty from Texas, but FSH struck again. Bay should rebound, but he's a bench player at the moment.|
|10||Alex Gordon (1B, 3B, KC)||Multiple positions and counting on him to take a huge step forward this year|
|11||Howie Kendrick (2B, LAA)||Amazed he fell this far...|
|12||Josh Hamilton (OF, TEX)||Lefties usually feast at the Ballpark or whatever it's called these days.|
|13||Dioner Navarro (C, TB)||Counting that Joe Sheehan will be right about his breakout players for 2008|
|14||Scott Rolen (3B, TOR)||Guess you can't have enough third basemen|
|15||David Eckstein (SS, TOR)||needed a backup SS and Eck was the last one left who might get regular playing time.|
So there you have it, how did I do? Shortstop and catcher are my big worries, but should have enough depth around the rest of the diamond. We're filling up a second league and it might be full (big lowitzki is running commish on that one), but drop me a line if you're interested.
sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.
he's throwing a bit differently this season, especially with more sliders and less changeups like earlier in his career, but all his stuff still looks great even if the HRs are a little elevated and the Ks are down.
Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?
"The White Sox are reportedly asking for “five top prospects” for Chris Sale, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports."
Unless he develops 30+ HR power and keeps his walk rate close to his K rate at the MLB level, he's not going to turn into Prince Fielder. And even if he does turn into Prince Fielder, he's gonna have a short prime. His very limited athleticism is likely to also detract some value from his ability to reach base--I don't buy making an out as being preferable to base clogging, but you'd certainly prefer just about any base runner other than Vogelbach, David Ortiz, etc.
seeing as arod has played a total of 27.1 innings of D at 1st/3rd and somehow managed a -0.5 dWAR with his 1 error at 1st and an overall positive total zone rating...he might end up even more in the shitter via the characteristics/flaws/whatever of how some sites determine various WAR values. dWAR doesn't directly lead to a WAR value, but the 2 main entities pushing the most popular variations of WAR sometimes lead to some interesting discrepancies in value.
I have a lot of faith in Baez that he's going to turn into a more consistent, solid player. It looks like it took him about a half season or so of futility at the plate to figure out he was not talented enough to get away with the crazy approach he had. I think his running game will eventually have a more measured aggression.
I hope the D and bullpen show up. Cubs haven't had much luck against Davies, and he's been going well lately. A little uncomfortable with the Cards only 6.5 back--feels like they're right on our tails compared to the 11 game lead I've grown accustomed to.
Cardinals, stop that. Right now.
In a year or two, a lot of fans are going to point at trading him as a mistake. He'll probably be slashing something like 280/400/480 for Seattle at the time. Of course, by WAR, he'll still be worth less than 3, since we're talking zero defensive value.
vogelbomb debut for tacoma (AAA SEA)... 3-3, 1bb, 1 HR, 1 double...DH'd.
while he mostly played 1st considerably more than DH for AAA CHC, DJ Peterson is probably going to see most of the time at 1st for AAA SEA.
Carl Jr.! Very nice!
Baez with another "WTF?" play trying a delayed steal with a runner on 3rd and one out.. Remarkable talent, needs to make better decisions.
m.montgomery up in the pen with a man on 2nd, 2 out, and rondon 20 pitches into the inning.
...and rondon ends it 22 pitches in with a popout to RF.
I gotta say with the crappy defense the Brewers have displayed outside of Fowler I'm pretty disappointed the offense hasn't shown more and Rizzo seems to be very swing happy lately. That said my god am I happy Madden has finally given Carl Edwards a chance after multiple times up with nothing. I don't think he could handle a starting role with his body frame but his stuff plays so well in a relief role and he seems to be able to handle high stress situations very well.
2nd at bat. Fowler is good for the Cubs run differential.
welcome back fowler.
More slow news...
Did Davey Martinez have to bring the shotgun?
glad to see almora going to AAA to get work.
.265/.291/.422 through 86PA...2hr, 7 doubles.
i don't expect too much of an improvement when he's taking over CF next year, but the team doesn't really need him right now as much as they need him to get regular work (imo).