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Postby StlSluggers » Tue Oct 27, 2009 4:28 pm

I'm in a rebuilding mode in my 14-team, contract league with 5 minor league spots. Each filled spot takes away a draft pick in 2010, so I can't just go loading up on prospects. I need to focus on one or two guys that are more likely to produce at the MLB level. My best bet would be any player that won't contribute in 2010, because I have a healthy list of good players in expensive contracts that I can sell to teams looking to win in 2010.

My question to you: Which of these players* is most likely to be a solid contributor on Opening Day, 2011?
Please focus on OPS! Speedy guys only have value in my league if they have a very high success rate.

Apologies for some of the abbreviated names. Our league's system has some funky character limits.

Alonso,Yonder
Alvarez,Pedro
Anderson,Lars
Andrus,Elvis
Arrieta,Jake
Aumont,Philli
Bailey,Homer
Barton,Daric
Beckham,Gordo
Beckham,Tim
Bowden,Michae
Brignac,Reid
Brown,Dominic
Cardenas,Adri
Carrasco,Carl
Carter,Chris
Chacin,Jhouly
Chapman,Arold
Chisenhall,Lo
Davis,Wade
Drabek,Kyle
Flores,Wilmer
Flowers,Tyler
Fowler,Dexter
Freeman,Fredd
Gamel,Mat
Hayes,Brett
Hellickson,Je
Heyward,Jason
Holland,Derek
Holt,Brad
Hosmer,Eric
Hudson,Dan
Inoa,Michel
Jackson,Austi
Jeffress,Jere
Jennings,Desm
Kelly,Casey
Knapp,Jason
Kuwata,Masumi
LaPorta,Matt
Lewis,Scott
Lyles,Jordan
Marcum,Shaun
Martinez,Fern
Matusz,Brian
Matzek,Tyler
Maybin,Camero
Miller,Adam
Montero,Jesus
Morrison,Loga
Moustakas,Mik
Parker,Jarrod
Perez,Chris
Perez,Martin
Porcello,Rick
Posey,Buster
Ramirez,Maxim
Rondon,Hector
Samardzija,Je
Santana,Carlo
Saunders,Mich
Schafer,Jorda
Smoak,Justin
Snider,Travis
Taylor,Michae
Tillman,Chris
Viciedo,Dayan
Villalona,Ang
Vitters,Josh
Wallace,Brett
Weeks,Jemile
Weglarz,Nick
West,Sean
Young,Eric

* - This list represents every player assigned to a ML contract in my league now. I have removed a few players that would almost certainly be unobtainable.
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Re: Most Likely to Contribute Opening Day, 2011

Postby KCollins1304 » Tue Oct 27, 2009 5:15 pm

If it were me I'd be targetting Dan Hudson and Jemile Weeks.
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Re: Most Likely to Contribute Opening Day, 2011

Postby JTWood » Tue Oct 27, 2009 6:05 pm

KCollins1304 wrote:If it were me I'd be targetting Dan Hudson and Jemile Weeks.

Hey! You're in my league now. No lookie!!! :-b
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Re: Most Likely to Contribute Opening Day, 2011

Postby mblax10 » Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:29 pm

Villalona,Ang-Most likely to be in jail.

Except for the youngest guys (Kelly, Lyles, Ynoa, etc). Most should be contributing by Opening Day 2011 if they don't have any setbacks. Obviously, many will have setbacks.

Who did you remove that's unobtainable if you left guys like Heyward, Alvarez, Montero, Jennings, Santana & Posey?
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Re: Most Likely to Contribute Opening Day, 2011

Postby KCollins1304 » Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:51 pm

mblax10 wrote:Villalona,Ang-Most likely to be in jail.

Except for the youngest guys (Kelly, Lyles, Ynoa, etc). Most should be contributing by Opening Day 2011 if they don't have any setbacks. Obviously, many will have setbacks.

Who did you remove that's unobtainable if you left guys like Heyward, Alvarez, Montero, Jennings, Santana & Posey?


Guys like Colby Rasmus that he has a super hard-on for, but can't dream of having enough to trade for.
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Re: Most Likely to Contribute Opening Day, 2011

Postby JTWood » Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:20 am

I took out the "super keeper" minors players that had been retained as long as our rules would allow:

David Price
Colby Rasmus
Andrew McCutcheon

They have significant MLB time, relatively speaking, so they were obvious answers to question.

The latter two are also on Mr. Collins' newly adopted team. %-6 :-D
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Re: Most Likely to Contribute Opening Day, 2011

Postby jeffmerk » Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:41 am

Heyward, Alvarez, Smoak, Posey, Jennings and Santana all fit the bill. Catchers usually take a little longer to find their offense at the highest level.
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Re: Most Likely to Contribute Opening Day, 2011

Postby ensanimal » Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:13 pm

jeffmerk wrote:Heyward, Alvarez, Smoak, Posey, Jennings and Santana all fit the bill. Catchers usually take a little longer to find their offense at the highest level.



Taking into consideration OPS, I like G. Beckham, LaPorta, Montero and Snider as well as those mentioned.

Some good pitching also. Matsuz, Porcello, Hudson, Holland, Davis and Arrieta.

All in all, there are a ton of good options. Just depends on what you would have to give up to get them.
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Re: Most Likely to Contribute Opening Day, 2011

Postby StlSluggers » Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:10 pm

Thanks, gents. ;-D
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Re: Most Likely to Contribute Opening Day, 2011

Postby kab21 » Thu Oct 29, 2009 1:59 pm

I like Dominic Brown more than half of the guys mentioned. Jennings, Heyward, Montero and Brown are my favorites (quick glance). Posey, CSantana, the large group of 1B/CI prospects and a handful of pitchers like Martin Perez or hector Rondon (he'll be higher on lists this year than many expect) come in 2nd.

Your question is also a little misleading since you say that you're not looking for guys that will contribute right away but list other guys that I like in Beckham, Matusz, Holland, etc...
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