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Postby hookem2003 » Tue Oct 03, 2006 12:58 am

If I learned one thing this season (or should I say I had a feeling strengthened), it's that drafting pitching early isn't worth it. Next year I'll target an ace and a top RP in the first 6-7 rounds, but the rest of my top 10-12 picks will be bats.

What did everybody else take away from this year?
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Postby George_Foreman » Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:02 am

That people sometimes will look at the way one year played out and assume that's how all years will play out, failing to note that there were some very unique aspects to this year. For one, the preponderance of young talent that emerged, especially the young pitching. This kind of thing doesn't usually happen, but people seem to be counting on a similarl crop emerging next year....
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Postby spamnon » Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:11 am

i agree, drafting SP early isn't worth it. too many question marks. also don't hesitate to drop an underperforming vet. name value is worthless when he can't back it up.
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Postby cordscords » Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:18 am

Avoid injury prone players who will still likely go early in drafts (Liriano).

Avoid those young rookie starters who were sensational (Verlander, Weaver, etc.) because the league will most likely catch up to them.

Don't draft any closers until after round 10.
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Postby whoseyourdaddy12 » Tue Oct 03, 2006 2:11 am

dont spend too much money on pitching :-P
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Postby bronxxbomber » Tue Oct 03, 2006 2:53 am

In my league you can't really find home run hitters on the waivers, but you can definitely land quality pitcher (i.e. Rich Hill, Scott Olsen, Bronson Arroyo, etc). So next season I'll focus a lot more on my hitting and worry less about pitching.
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Postby JTWood » Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:46 am

whoseyourdaddy12 wrote:dont spend too much money on pitching ...

...because there's always plenty of it on the WW - even in an 18-team league.


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Postby mikekim2121 » Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:53 am

Not to be so quick to pull the trigger on dropping underperforming bench players (Hamels and Cuddyer).

Also, not to drop people named Jonathon Papelbon after it is announced that he will not begin the season as a starter.
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Postby RugbyD » Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:25 am

to stop drafting Richie Sexson every year.
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Postby TheYanks04 » Tue Oct 03, 2006 9:59 am

Never draft first or second year pitchers anywhere near the top 12 rounds no matter what the hype. King Flop being the perfect example why even at round 11 prices you should not do it.


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