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2011 Cold Stove League Questionnaire

Postby dAnzac » Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:50 am

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1. What was your keeper plan, and do you regret jettisoning anyone yet?

2. What was your strategy in the MLB draft, and did you execute it to your satisfaction?

3. The best pick you made

4. The worst pick you made

5. Who have you got finishing top 3?

6. Who have you got finishing bottom 3 (show your working)?

7. Who was the steal of the draft?

8. Who was the reach of the draft?

9. Who is the biggest key to your success?
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Re: 2011 Cold Stove League Questionnaire

Postby smoovethug » Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:56 am

1. What was your keeper plan, and do you regret jettisoning anyone yet?

No regrets. My biggest dilemma was over my rookie keeper, between J. Chacin and D. Storen. I already loved my keeper pitching core of Carpenter/Hanson/Gallardo/Scherzer and didn't know if I needed another pitcher over saves. I missed out on the closer run and found myself scraping the bottom of the barrel, but with Storen's awful spring and the supposed CBC in WAS, I guess I made the right move.

2. What was your strategy in the MLB draft, and did you execute it to your satisfaction?

Best player available without putting too much stock into youth, as evidenced by Ichiro/Vlad at 1/2 of the MLB. :-b

3. The best pick you made

Tie b/w Miguel Montero and Ricky Nolasco. LOVE Montero at catcher, potential to emerge and be kept going into next year should some of my core falter. Equally love Nolasco and was surprised he 'fell' to me. I attempted to trade up with a few people as I was sure I'd have no shot at him. Some of the pitchers taken ahead of him made me go :-?. Further solidified my staff.

4. The worst pick you made

Frank Francisco. It was between him or Lyon. Didn't think the injury would turn into a DL stint and visit to Dr. Death.

5. Who have you got finishing top 3?

Me and two other scrubs.

6. Who have you got finishing bottom 3 (show your working)?

Haven't looked into others roster that deeply.

7. Who was the steal of the draft?

Cole Hamels.

8. Who was the reach of the draft?

Nothing really stood out.

9. Who is the biggest key to your success?

BJ Upton.
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Re: 2011 Cold Stove League Questionnaire

Postby RedHopeful » Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:19 am

1. What was your keeper plan, and do you regret jettisoning anyone yet?

Amass the best talent possible. Threw in 5 of my 8 players back into the pool but don't regret anything yet.

2. What was your strategy in the MLB draft, and did you execute it to your satisfaction?

The usual - don't reach, ensure you're drafting somewhat on need and think upside latter half of the draft. All in all, pretty happy.

3. The best pick you made.

My 3 RP's. In not wanting to reach for cemented roles, I went with my gut on Matt Thornton, Ryan Madson and Hong-Chih Kuo. Knock on wood, but things look good so far.

4. The worst pick you made.

Nothing glaring yet. Only wish I had flipped Capps ahead of McClellan on my queue (in which case I'd be sitting really pretty with late RP's for good save potential).

5. Who have you got finishing top 3?

Naturally not voting for myself, I'd say smoovethug, Fade2White12 and kaveman.

6. Who have you got finishing bottom 3 (show your working)?

Eh, not enough time to do another eye test but usually its the teams hit hardest with injury.

7. Who was the steal of the draft?

My gut tells me Kila K-however-u-spell-that-hawaiian name is going to be solid in an OPS league.

8. Who was the reach of the draft?

My first pick - Travis Snider. Kid hasn't done anything yet and who knows if he will.

9. Who is the biggest key to your success?

My whole outfield. If they avoid injury and general suckage, my team will have a legitimate shot a top 3 finish.
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Re: 2011 Cold Stove League Questionnaire

Postby Grounded Polo » Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:07 am

1. What was your keeper plan, and do you regret jettisoning anyone yet?

My plan was this draft is much easier than last year, my core is 10000x better than it was last year, not nearly as much pressure to nail the draft or finish in the cellar.

I haven't had any real OMFG WTF WAS I THINKING type decisions in this league. In my other keeper, I'm worse than Isiah Thomas. :-P

Quentin could put up numbers but he always can, he just never plays.

2. What was your strategy in the MLB draft, and did you execute it to your satisfaction?

Just draft best player available, was fine with drafting a closer first, Bell is a stud. I normally like to get more youth at the end of the draft but ended up with lots of veterans who can bounce back. After getting lucky on Konerko last year, I'm more open to it. The young upside types were all drafted early or on MILB rosters.

3. The best pick you made

Manny in round 17 or whatever, he's looked good so far, could be a steal no longer fielding.

4. The worst pick you made

Brad Lidge is already hurt, FML

5. Who have you got finishing top 3?

fade, smoove (had a good team last year CRUSHED by injuries), and aussie (not counting myself)

6. Who have you got finishing bottom 3 (show your working)?

Wicked (Kinsler/Rollins/Rasmus won't get it done as the offensive core), Third Day (don't understand keeping BRob over Ichiro and pitching is suspect), Rockets (Utley injury, slow start by Tex, shaky pitching after Felix)

7. Who was the steal of the draft?

Ichiro, don't care if he was the 2nd pick, still amazed he was available to draft

8. Who was the reach of the draft?

Snider in Round 1, that seemed really early for a guy who hasn't done anything yet

9. Who is the biggest key to your success?

The deadly trio of Konerko, Bautista, and Beltre, all expected to be busts, all were top 15 guys last year. If they get it done, I like my chances to win, finished 4th despite keeping Scott Kazmir.
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Re: 2011 Cold Stove League Questionnaire

Postby Third Day » Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:03 pm

1. What was your keeper plan, and do you regret jettisoning anyone yet?
When I take over an existing keeper team, there are usually players on the team that I don't normally draft. Not that they are bad players, I just don't normally draft them. I kept players I was comfortable with.

2. What was your strategy in the MLB draft, and did you execute it to your satisfaction?
My draft was ok. Tried for a mix of vets and upside.

3. The best pick you made
Ask me at the end of the season. }:-)

4. The worst pick you made
See #3.

5. Who have you got finishing top 3?
Don't know all the owners well enough to say. You have to be able to work the wire to win in a league of knowledgeable owners.

6. Who have you got finishing bottom 3 (show your working)?
See #5

7. Who was the steal of the draft?
See #3

8. Who was the reach of the draft?
See #3

9. Who is the biggest key to your success?
I need Anderson and Matusz to pitch well.
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Re: 2011 Cold Stove League Questionnaire

Postby fezzik » Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:41 pm

1. What was your keeper plan, and do you regret jettisoning anyone yet?
My plan was to keep the best talent I had...I would have preferred to have more solid bats than my top 3, but at least my SPs should be first-rate.

2. What was your strategy in the MLB draft, and did you execute it to your satisfaction?
To not overvalue youth. With 10 keepers and a set time for players to be kept, the risk of unproven youth with upside is not worth as much risk as it would be in other keeper formats. I needed to get some veteran bats, focusing on power/OPS. I drafted completely cold...no mocks and minimal analysis at the beginning, so I made a couple picks I regret...but nothing major. I still like my team overall and felt I drafted a goodly number of veteran/old farts that fit well in my strategy.

3. The best pick you made
Brandon Belt

4. The worst pick you made
Torri Hunter...I had a need at 2B at the time and should have gone with Zobrist. I could have had Hunter later.

5. Who have you got finishing top 3?
I like Fade, GP and smoove...but I think my team can get there.

6. Who have you got finishing bottom 3 (show your working)?
Third Day and Wicked seem be a cut below, but largely due to lack of quality keepers.

7. Who was the steal of the draft?
I don't know. I liked the Thornton pick...I was going to take him, but as I'm looking to take him over Cordero I'm reading about how he just signed a new contract and would be happy to pitch the 8th now that he got paid...it made me change my pick, but he should definitely be a nice bargain.

8. Who was the reach of the draft?
Carlos Beltran - I was going to call myself out with Hunter, but this one was worse IMO.

9. Who is the biggest key to your success?
Nelson Cruz staying healthy...also, Hunter and Carlos Lee maintaining/regaining their form.
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Re: 2011 Cold Stove League Questionnaire

Postby dAnzac » Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:17 pm

1. What was your keeper plan, and do you regret jettisoning anyone yet?

I didn't really find any of my pitchers after Lince worth a top 10 pick, even though my pitching staff was strong last year. I backed myself to do it again.
I like Mitch Moreland so much that I didn't want to throw him back, he could either be my end of the season headache or "look at me I'm brilliant" trophy.

2. What was your strategy in the MLB draft, and did you execute it to your satisfaction?

I had holes at 3B and SS that were going to be difficult to fill, I planned on/hoped for a 3-way platoon of Lowrie/Uribe/Dan Johnson and got all three of them. Danny Espinosa could quietly sneak in SS eligibility, (and on a side note I was quite surprised he wasn't taken). Near the end of the draft I took my usual assortment of young dudes I thought could bust out - B.Allen/C.Carrasco/M.Joyce/E.Young.

3. The best pick you made

Well I could say Volquez/DeLaRosa because it cheesed someone off :-b , but I quite like Brandon Allen really really late. And Jaime Garcia.

4. The worst pick you made

Beltran. He's not as healthy as I thought he was.

5. Who have you got finishing top 3?

Me, Fade, kaveman. I think I pick something like this every year.

6. Who have you got finishing bottom 3 (show your working)?

Rockets, fezzik (haha), and one of the n00bs :-b Also, carry the 1 and divide by zero.

7. Who was the steal of the draft?

Ike Davis with 5.08. Potential powerhouse. He could be worth keeping next year. Coco Crisp with "300" could bring in a good return, I had him on my queue.

8. Who was the reach of the draft?

Ryan Raburn with 5.06. A guy who hasn't got solid job security, who just mashes LHP, BEFORE some good players like Ike Davis.


9. Who is the biggest key to your success?

Both Carlos Santana and Miguel Cabrera. My offense looks very different if one of those guys isn't there.
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Re: 2011 Cold Stove League Questionnaire

Postby RocketsDWM » Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:23 am

1. What was your keeper plan, and do you regret jettisoning anyone yet?
As each day goes by, I get more and more worried about Grady Sizemore. I didnt really have a better option to keep though.

2. What was your strategy in the MLB draft, and did you execute it to your satisfaction?
Best value regardless of need. While everyone was taking closers, I think I got some decent pitching in Danks and Wilson.

3. The best pick you made
JJ Hardy. Only 28 and could be a contributor in that O's lineup. And yes, I'm still trying to talk myself into my team.

4. The worst pick you made
It will probably be Lyon but at that point I just needed a closer and I didnt want to go near Rodney. Honestly, who else in that Astros bullpen is going to make a run at the closer's job?

5. Who have you got finishing top 3?
Fade, Fezzik (pitching staff), kaveman (I don't go against teams that have Pujols)

6. Who have you got finishing bottom 3 (show your working)?
Me (and I like being the underdog), Wicked, Smoove (just because everyone is putting you at the top)

7. Who was the steal of the draft?
Matt Thornton. I would have taken him ahead of some other closers and I was about to pick him if Red didnt.

8. Who was the reach of the draft?
Beltran.

9. Who is the biggest key to your success?
Chase Utley. Does he still play baseball? I need him and Sizemore to produce if I have any shot.
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Re: 2011 Cold Stove League Questionnaire

Postby Fade2White12 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:51 am

1. What was your keeper plan, and do you regret jettisoning anyone yet?

Pretty much it was just best player available. My final keeper was quite the decision though, a battle of semi-anagrams - Prado v. Panda. I was sour on Sandoval after last season, but his torrid spring has me thinking I may have made the wrong decision. We'll see.

2. What was your strategy in the MLB draft, and did you execute it to your satisfaction?

I was lucky enough that my keepers fell in a way where there really wasn't a lot of redundancy at a position - all I had to fill for my offense was C, CF, and Util. With a pretty solid foundation, I did what I always do in this league, and that's draft upside like Kila, Ike, Fowler, EE, Morrow, Sanchez, Norris, etc. I can afford most of these guys not panning out, but if any of them blow up, I'm sitting pretty.

One of the other things I tried to do was work hard on position flexibility. Last year I was disappointed because I didn't have enough reserves who could fill in at other positions throughout the year. With a lot of minor injuries and DL stints, I was leaving positions open which hurt a lot more than I had anticipated. Drafting Zobrist to add with Prado who can both play almost anywhere, I think I can amass those counting stats.

3. The best pick you made

I agree with Aussie - Ike Davis. Love him, especially in an OPS league.

4. The worst pick you made

Meh, Drew Storen. I went with upside here when I really should have went safe. A couple other safer guys went right after him, so if this ends up a committee situation in WAS, I'll definitely regret this pick.

5. Who have you got finishing top 3?

I'm an optimist, so I'm going with GP to finish top 3. Has a lot of risk with that lineup, but I like risk. ;-D
I'll also say Aussie. He had a good set of keepers, but I'm not sure about his pitching and some of those draft picks. Since he finished first last year, it'd be hard to pick against him this year - plus I know how strong of an in-season manager he is.
This is my dark horse - Third Day. Not only does he have a lot of extra time on his hands, but I actually think his team is pretty decent. Now I don't honestly think he finishes top 3, but I think he's competitive all year.

6. Who have you got finishing bottom 3 (show your working)?

Rockets. Sorry bud. I have Utley in another league where you only keep 5 and I kept him as a Rd1 pick. Ouch. Keepers were due before this knee shit came up. Now if he only misses April, I think you have a chance to rebound a little.
Wicked. I think the team is better than last year and is going in the right direction, but just not enough this year.
Red Hopeful. Now I think you had a fantastic draft. You got a lot of guys I really like - Zimmerman, Snider, Gio, Thornton, and the Pride of Muskegon (McClouth). It's hard to turn a team around the first year, but I think you've taken a good first step.

7. Who was the steal of the draft?

I don't know if it was the steal of the draft by conventional wisdom, but I love Gio Gonzalez. I think he brings much more of a return based on his draft position.

8. Who was the reach of the draft?

Napoli. I don't think he gets enough PT to really get ABs needed to justify that pick.

9. Who is the biggest key to your success?

Injury. I feel like every year I have a great team ready to finish 1st, but it seems like I always have a lot of minor injuries at the most inopportune times. I remember losing players like Upton, Reyes, Youk, Heyward, and Votto when playing against the best teams and getting destroyed 10-2.

I can't really put my finger on any specific player, but I'm hoping that I can go the whole year without having one of my best players missing a lot of time.
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Re: 2011 Cold Stove League Questionnaire

Postby kaveman » Sat Mar 26, 2011 3:53 pm

1. What was your keeper plan, and do you regret jettisoning anyone yet?
I had 5 solid keepers and 5 borderline keepers. I had hoped to trade to get a couple more decent keepers, but that didn't happen. My keepers weren't that great last year either and I still managed to get 1st regular season/2nd playoffs.

2. What was your strategy in the MLB draft, and did you execute it to your satisfaction?
I generally take BPA.

3. The best pick you made
I was happy to be at the beginning of the closer run rather than the end.

4. The worst pick you made
I took Cueto just before he got hurt. Also kind of wish I had gone with Gardner over Tabata.

5. Who have you got finishing top 3?
Fade, GP, Fezzik (if Latos isn't out long)

6. Who have you got finishing bottom 3 (show your working)?
Giantsfan's replacement, Rockets, Aussie's replacement

7. Who was the steal of the draft?
Jeter at 1.09

8. Who was the reach of the draft?
Beltran at 1.11. Probably the worst pick I'll see this year. Not as bad as the Nolan Reimold pick last year though.

9. Who is the biggest key to your success?
Pujols putting up monster numbers, and hopefully Pedroia and Ellsbury stay healthy this year.
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