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Postby CubsFan7724 » Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:45 pm

I'm talking about the young "sleepers" you drafted for your bench or the backend of your rotation. How long do you watch them do poorly until you cut them loose? I remember 2 years ago I cut Tulowitzki loose and ended up regretting it the rest of the year. I had to do the same with Longoria in one league too last year. But then again, you don't want to hang on to them and have them collect 0s on your bench, or even worse, in your starting lineup.
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Re: How long do you give young players usually?

Postby j24jags » Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:46 pm

A month...
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Re: How long do you give young players usually?

Postby NZ Eff » Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:55 pm

j24jags wrote:A month...


Sounds about right if you drafted them in the late rounds.
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Re: How long do you give young players usually?

Postby Ender » Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:02 pm

Depends on the player and the situation they are in and just how much upside I feel they have.
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Re: How long do you give young players usually?

Postby j24jags » Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:02 pm

NZ Eff wrote:
j24jags wrote:A month...


Sounds about right if you drafted them in the late rounds.

Yeah I should have clarified that. If I take a guy after round 18-20 I give about a month, but if they are more expensive investments (Wieters/J Upton/Ethier/whoever it may be in the mid-rounds, I give more time)
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Re: How long do you give young players usually?

Postby jzfran » Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:47 pm

A very good player who starts out struggling I give til June 1. Worse guys I give a month
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Re: How long do you give young players usually?

Postby prateem » Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:15 am

As much as it hurts to watch Justin Upton and Cameron Maybin suck it up right now. Im going to probably ride out the storm for the better part of the first half of the season if not to the all star break.
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Re: How long do you give young players usually?

Postby ukrneal » Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:44 am

Depends on various factors: MLB experience, how young they are, position, FA available, etc. If a pitcher I was twitchy about has a bad start to the season, I'll often ditch them quickly. But if the player is someone I feel has decent prospects for the year (or longer term if a keeper), I'll give them more time (in which case a month is a reasonable amount of time +/-).
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Re: How long do you give young players usually?

Postby CBMGreatOne » Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:01 am

If you drafted guys like Billy Butler or Cameron Maybin in the last couple of rounds of a normal sized league, they don't necessarily deserve a full month of patience. Your level of patience should depend on the size of your investment and the last couple of picks are not significant investments at all. If I took the philosophy that young players that I drafted late deserved a month to prove themselves, I would have missed out on a number of hugely profitable FA pickups in years past. Nate McLouth from last year comes to mind.

I wouldn't be hanging on to a guy like Maybin in a 12 team mixed league right now. I'd turn to a guy like Nyjer Morgan, for example, and wouldn't hesitate. Odds are he won't be picked up anyway. In fact I've been kicking myself for not simply dropping Maybin for Bonifacio before opening day, given Bonifacio was named leadoff hitter before the season started. Player values are in such a constant state of flux that you just can't get the most out of your roster if you fall in love with the potential of your own players at the expense of recognizing the potential in the players that are currently available. Players are constantly moving in and out of the top 150 or so and the skill to fantasy baseball is knowing when this happens and acting accordingly.

So yeah, I'm not going to wait through 100 ABs for my 21st rounder who hasn't proved anything yet at the major league level to turn it around. There are just too many productive players that emerge during that time.

On the other hand, if I pick a guy in the 10th or 11th round and they had a reasonably good year the year before, sure, then I'll give them some time.
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Re: How long do you give young players usually?

Postby Bwanna » Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:06 am

CBMGreatOne wrote:... Player values are in such a constant state of flux that you just can't get the most out of your roster if you fall in love with the potential of your own players.


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