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Postby BoBtheMule » Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:52 pm

Our league's stat threshold for a player to be considered a minor league player is 100 GP for a position player and either 18 GS or 30 APP for a pitcher. We draft minor leagues and auction for major leaguers... once a minor leaguer is called up, he's assigned a $1 contract value and if he's kept after that his price increases by $4 each year. So Wieters was the top pick, will be called up immediately and kept for $5 for 2011. That said I'd like opinions on the first six rounds of this draft (we're going 15 rounds). Who did the best, who did the worst (well I know that... what about the 2nd worst).

EDIT I have posted a reply on the 2nd page w/ the next four rounds... I'd love to hear opinions on these four rounds and overall. Thanks guys... I'm running this league (my real name is Marshall... I'm not a mule) and the feedback has been really interesting and great.

Round 1

Adam-Matt Wieters, C BAL
Keith B-Jake Fox, 3B OAK
Dennis-Jason Heyward, OF ATL
Marshall-Stephen Strasburg, SP WAS
Andrew-Mike Stanton, OF FLA
Keith P-Chris Carter, 1B OAK
Brian-Madison Bumgarner, SP SF
Josh-Neftali Feliz, RP TEX
Steve-Justin Smoak, 1B TEX
Ryan-Brian Matusz, SP BAL

Round 2
Ryan-Buster Posey, C SF
Steve-Alcides Escobar, SS MIL
Josh-Tim Beckham, SS TB
Brian-Dan Hudson, SP CHW
Keith P-Jesus Montero, C NYY
Andrew-Pedro Alvarez, 3B PIT
Marshall-Wade Davis, SP TB
Dennis-Tim Alderson, SP PIT
Keith B-Taylor Teagarden, C TEX
Adam-Chris Tillman, SP BAL

Round 3
Adam-Kyle Drabek, SP TOR
Keith B-Jhoulys Chacin, SP COL
Dennis-Michael Taylor, OF OAK
Marshall-Carlos Santana, C CLE
Andrew-Casey Kelly, SP BOS
Keith P-Desmond Jennings, OF TB
Brian-Jeremy Hellickson, SP TB
Josh-Dustin Ackley, OF SEA
Steve-Jake Arrieta, SP BAL
Ryan-Matt LaPorta, OF CLE

Round 4
Ryan-Cameron Maybin, OF FLA
Steve-Jason Castro, C HOU
Josh-Carlos Carrasco, SP CLE
Brian-Tyler Flowers, C CHW
Keith P-Starlin Castro, SS CHC
Andrew-Dominic Brown, OF PHI
Marshall-Brett Wallace, 3B TOR
Dennis-Yonder Alonso, 1B CIN
Keith B-John Mayberry, OF PHI
Adam-Martin Perez, SP TEX

Round 5
Adam-Logan Morrison, 1B FLA
Keith B-Bud Norris, SP HOU
Dennis-Jenrry Mejia, SP NYM
Marshall-Kyle Blanks, OF SD
Andrew-Cliff Pennington, SS OAK
Keith P-Austin Jackson, OF DET
Brian-Mat Latos, SP SD
Josh-Aaron Hicks, OF MIN
Steve-Jaff Decker, OF SD
Ryan-Brett Cecil, SP TOR

Round 6
Ryan-Casey Crosby, SP DET
Steve-Ben Revere, OF MIN
Josh-Michael Ynoa, SP OAK
Brian-Christian Friendrich, SP COL
Keith P-Josh Vitters, 3B CHC
Andrew-Junichi Tazawa, SP BOS
Marshall-Mike Trout, OF LAA
Dennis-Scott Barnes, SP CLE
Keith B-Reid Brignac, SS TB
Adam-Ryan Westmoreland, OF BOS

As an aside... we got to round 8 of this slow draft and two owners decided they wanted in so they drafted 8 and we continued the draft. Once things are done I'll post a follow up post to get more opinions.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Start-up Minor League Draft... Who did the best?

Postby Steve-o » Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:02 pm

I like them like this:

1 Keith P
2 Adam
3 Marshall
4 Brian

5 Ryan
6 Steve
7 Andrew
8 Josh

9 Dennis


10 Keith B

I understand what Keith B was doing, but I don't think it will work for him. I think Keith P cleaned up. The other three in the top group are not far behind. Actually the first 8 are pretty close, and the order of the second four could easily be flipped around depending on who like most.
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Re: Start-up Minor League Draft... Who did the best?

Postby hybrid » Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:03 pm

I don't get this draft order at all, some players went way to long with out being drafted. Steve-o's rankings were pretty good, and if Kieth B wanted to draft the worst players with no upside... he succeeded wonderfully :-P
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Re: Start-up Minor League Draft... Who did the best?

Postby BoBtheMule » Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:36 pm

Keith B has a strategy where he's trying to pick low risk guys that will play this year so he can make a push to win this year... I just don't think he picked a lot of the right guys. As for some guys falling... I think that happens in a lot of minor league drafts just because people tend to go to favorite teams or the hyped systems. We started Jan. 3rd so a lot of the info on minor league guys hadn't started coming out or was only half posted (like BA didn't have their team by team top 10 completed) and the guys in this league have a varying amount of minor league experience. Anymore opinions?

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Re: Start-up Minor League Draft... Who did the best?

Postby RDD15 » Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:46 pm

hybrid wrote:I don't get this draft order at all, some players went way to long with out being drafted. Steve-o's rankings were pretty good, and if Kieth B wanted to draft the worst players with no upside... he succeeded wonderfully :-P


I am Ryan in this draft. Steve is a good buddy of mine, but outside of his Smoak pick, I dont think his draft was that fantastic. Which picks of his are outstanding? I think that all of his choices saw a similar player drafter later, most times a couple of rounds later.

What are some of the guys that lasted way too long?
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Re: Start-up Minor League Draft... Who did the best?

Postby Steve-o » Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:01 pm

RDD15 wrote:What are some of the guys that lasted way too long?


Hicks. Best value pick in the draft. Westmoreland and Trout were also good picks imo (although I am higher on Trout than most).

RDD15 wrote:Steve is a good buddy of mine, but outside of his Smoak pick, I dont think his draft was that fantastic. Which picks of his are outstanding?


You're right that none are outstanding besides Smoak, but he didn't hurt himself at all either. Lotsa potential.

Sounds like a good league with knowledgeable guys. As I said previously, any of the top 8 are probably good fantasy players and it's certainly possible that the difference in rankings above was based almost entirely on the draft order.
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Re: Start-up Minor League Draft... Who did the best?

Postby mblax10 » Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:23 pm

RDD15 wrote:What are some of the guys that lasted way too long?

Montero, Jennings, Hellickson, Ackley, Vitters, Westmoreland.

Keith P-Ended up with 3 of my 4 highest ranked prospects (I guess 3 out of 5 since Weiters is a prospect in your league). He pretty much dominated this draft.
Adam-6 solid picks
Mashall-Also 6 good picks
Ryan-I like the Casey Crosby pick a lot.
Steve-No bad picks, but no great ones either.
Josh-Weird draft. Overdrafted a couple guys, than got a couple steals. If they were taken in the order: Feliz, Ackley, Hicks, Beckham, Ynoa, Carrasco I think I'd like it more.
Brian-Some really good pitching, but I don't like taking 5 pitchers in the first 6 picks.
Andrew-Was doing really well for the first 4 rounds. Than 2 awful picks.
Dennis-Heyward and Taylor picks were really good. The others were bad. Hard to give too much credit when the top prospect falls in your lap at #3.
Keith B-I like Chacin & Brignac but hate his strategy. Have seen people in my league try it and it doesn't work. Not to mention Heyward, Matusz, Escobar and about 3 undrafted guys (don't want to name them since the draft is still going) and possibly Feliz, Posey & Strasburg all have more value for 2010 alone than Jake Fox.
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Re: Start-up Minor League Draft... Who did the best?

Postby hybrid » Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:05 am

RDD15 wrote:
hybrid wrote:I don't get this draft order at all, some players went way to long with out being drafted. Steve-o's rankings were pretty good, and if Kieth B wanted to draft the worst players with no upside... he succeeded wonderfully :-P


I am Ryan in this draft. Steve is a good buddy of mine, but outside of his Smoak pick, I dont think his draft was that fantastic. Which picks of his are outstanding? I think that all of his choices saw a similar player drafter later, most times a couple of rounds later.

What are some of the guys that lasted way too long?


Ha, I was talking about Steve-o the poster, not your friend. Sorry for the mix up.
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Re: Start-up Minor League Draft... Who did the best?

Postby littlebilly3 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:37 am

I thought Matt LaPorta could have gone a little higher. Should be the starting 1B for the Indians this year, seems like a nice combo of upside and help now. Same cpuld be said for Blanks.
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Re: Start-up Minor League Draft... Who did the best?

Postby raiders_umpire » Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:30 pm

Desmond Jennings middle of the 3rd round. 8-o Will probably easily be the steal of that draft. I agree with the others, Keith P dominated this draft.
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