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Postby j_d_mcnugent » Thu Aug 10, 2006 1:29 pm

rookie eligibility rules


Q: We are having a rookie eligibility controversy in my fantasy league. Can a pitcher with fewer than 50 innings pitched (or player with fewer than 130 at-bats) lose rookie eligibility by spending more than 45 days on a Major League roster? Are days after roster expansion counted differently for this purpose?

-- Don B., Watertown, Massachusetts

A: Yes, and yes, Don. The 45-day measure exhausts a player's rookie status even if he hasn't pitched 50 innings or amassed 130 at-bats, but September service doesn't count towards the 45 days (though September innings pitched and at-bats do count).

Case in point: C.J. Wilson logged 48 innings in 2005 but is no longer a rookie, as he spent 59 days on the Rangers' active big league roster before September. Similarly, Nick Regilio has only 37 frames on his big league ledger but, between 2004 and 2005, he spent 86 days with Texas and accordingly lost his rookie status.
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Postby jake_harv88 » Thu Aug 10, 2006 1:32 pm

true sowers has pitched really well in some starts. But how long can a guy who has a 3.76 K/9 ratio keep it up? I'll think he'll hit some trouble once teams get a better look at him, and unlike a guy like Liriano or Hamels he can't just lean back and rely on his stuff to get him through. If Sowers isn't hitting his spots or doesn't change speeds well he's going to be in a lot of trouble. But considering how Sowers has pitched lately it would be hard to keep him off the roster....Plus Hamels in the bullpen could be pretty deadly as well ;-D
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Postby hookem2003 » Thu Aug 10, 2006 1:52 pm

Where's Rickie Weeks?
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Postby j_d_mcnugent » Thu Aug 10, 2006 1:56 pm

hookem2003 wrote:Where's Rickie Weeks?


probably in milwaukee waiting to have surgery? :-)


oh, why isnt he on the list? he isnt a rookie.
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Postby flowbee » Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:30 pm

jake_harv88 wrote:true sowers has pitched really well in some starts. But how long can a guy who has a 3.76 K/9 ratio keep it up? I'll think he'll hit some trouble once teams get a better look at him, and unlike a guy like Liriano or Hamels he can't just lean back and rely on his stuff to get him through. If Sowers isn't hitting his spots or doesn't change speeds well he's going to be in a lot of trouble. But considering how Sowers has pitched lately it would be hard to keep him off the roster....Plus Hamels in the bullpen could be pretty deadly as well ;-D


Yep....When you throw 2 consecutive complete game shutouts, walk only 1 batter every 6 innings and your track record before getting into the majors was a 2.00 era and under at every level you've pitched...you gotta have him in your starting rotation.

He has deadly control, its just the homeruns that have plagued him, and he hardly gave up any in the minors so if he can improve on that he's going to be special. He can get his fastball to 90mph so he's not exactly weak like Jamie Moyer. Hamels is great I'm still a little leary about his consitency
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Postby jake_harv88 » Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:32 pm

when i think of sowers, i tend to imagine a young (and previous 06) Tim Hudson....what do you think?
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Postby Gold Rush » Fri Aug 11, 2006 12:07 am

What about King Felix? Now, I don't think he counts as a rookie this year by any means. I'm just putting the question out there because in the video game MLB '06: The Show, it counts him as a rookie pitcher still.

Now I don't know the rookie rule,(and I'm going by a video game for god's sake) but a little input would be nice
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Postby dannahann » Fri Aug 11, 2006 8:00 am

spacehamster01 wrote: Had to put Quentin in there though because there aint many rookie OFs.

I think Duncan is being overlooked, I'd even consider starting him over Willingham he's been better defensively and at the plate. Two more HR last night gets him to 10 in just 46 games played. He's hitting 300+ with a 950+ OPS. Altho LaRussa protects him from facing most lefties he has HRed twice off left handers in just 31AB. Plus he isn't an all or nothing K machine like so many of these rooks included. At the very least he deserves to be on the 25 man roster, IMO he should start.
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