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.
This might be old news but Hammel was on ESPN 1000 and said that he changed his diet and workout routine over the off season and tweaked his delivery so it'd be more repeatable so he'd have a better second half. So...some cause for optimism anyway.
CHILDERS: RHSP Dylan Cease and LHSP Bryan Hudson are probably the top two SP prospects in the organization right now.
LHSP Jose Paulino has electric stuff (91-94 MPH fastball with sinking action and a mid-80's slider), but he also has trouble commanding it.
RHP Jose Albertos (2015 IFA - Mexico - $1.5M bonus) just turned 17 in November, and his fastball already sits at 95-96. He also throws a curve and a change-up, and is fairly advanced for a kid his age.
AZBOBBOP: Most of 2016 draft picks will get assigned to either Eugene or AZL Cubs, but the Opening Day Eugune roster will probably be almost 100% from the Extended Spring Training squad roster (pending the arrival of draft picks).
I think I can probably tell you which pitchers and players at EXST are in contention for roster slots at Eugene and which are in contention for slots with the AZL Cubs - AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW - (listed alphabetically):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Eloy Jimenez atop the leader board for minor-league home runs in the Cub system, with seven. Tied with Balaguert and Vogelbach, two 24-year-olds. Jimenez won't be 20 until late November. Leads the Midwest League in SLG and OPS. Maybe he'll get promoted to the Myrtle Beach squad that visits Woodbridge, VA, in June or Frederick, MD, in August.
Watched two Pelican games at Frederick the other week. Was most impressed by Stinnett and Happ. Happ may swing harder than Javier Baez, though more compactly. (Also got to see Brockmeyer hit a bomb.)
E-MAN: Jose Paniagua isn't a string-bean, but I wouldn't say he necessarily bulked-up during the 2015-16 off-season either, He led the DSL Cubs in HR and doubles in 2014, and he showed XBH power when he arrived in Mesa last year, leading the AZL Cubs in HR, doubles, and RBI in 2015. It's just that he has taken his HR power to a new level this year.
Paniagua displayed plus-HR power in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training games in March, and that got him a slot on the South Bend Opening Day roster. But he was sent to EXST after only six MWL games.
More on the Cub Way.
Martinez is one of my least favorite pitchers in baseball. I'd love to see a game like yesterday's against him.
Send Soler down!
Awesome thanks AZ
Great report, Phil! This organization has so many hitters to be excited about.
Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!
given that he seems to only be throwing low 90s these days rather than the 93-96mph he used to throw, along with his wildness issues this year, he may end up passing through.
i dunno if something is wrong with him physically or his past shoulder issues has rendered him what he currently is, but he's been throwing a lot of sliders he can't control well and his fastball isn't as sharp. even when his slider wasn't working in a game he was still throwing a lot of them.
Any scuttlebutt on where Neil Ramirez gets traded?
He seems better than some of the relievers on competitive teams. He ought to bring more than the waiver fee.
My guess? Toronto.
PHIL: It seems as if Paniagua has always played 1B with the Cubs. At 6'2 and 180#, what is his frame like? String bean? Have you seen him bulk up? Where do you project him? Thanks.
Phil, what's your thoughts on which position players are going to Eugene and who is staying in AZL?
Ahhh...way to bring me down BB.
Still - a win tomorrow will be an acheivement regardless.
Don't mean to spoil your mood, but with tonight's win the are 3-5 on the trip with one to play.
While I'm bringing the room down -- Richard comes in to pitch the 9th with a 12-1 lead...and can't finish the game. Woof.