I never spend a top draft pick on a pitcher, there's too much risk involved, instead my first picks are always C, 2B, SS, 3B. This is for a 12 team h2h league, does anyone else use this strategy? I'm just fine with having Maddux, Wells, Willis, Leiter, Peavy as my starters, all of whom I drafted late. Of course I think I am a little biased, I hate pitchers, and have the urge to draft them last, except I do know when I need to draft one.
I agree, I don't like taking SP with my top 3-4 picks. I usually end up with a good staff anyway. This year my SP staff is Mussina, Millwood, Mulder, C Zambrano, and Wade Miller. I don't think that's too shabby for lower picks (unless Mussina keeps up his current pace).
This is my first year. I'm playing in SEVERAL different leagues, a few private and a handfull of public ones.
I tried to grab at least one TOP pitcher. One guy I targeted was vazquez, because he usually made it around to pick 30 or so. This enabled me to grab a couple TOP hitters first. I then targeted the shallowest positions like 2B, C, SS and 1st/3rd.
I never take a pitcher in the first round. I'll usually grab one stud in the 2nd or 3rd and then fill out my rotation in the middle rounds. And never start the closer run lol. Also, I'd never take a C in round one either. This year I waited for the Posada/Piazza/Ivan/Lopez to be gone before I even thought C.
Maine has a good swing for a pitcher but on anything that moves, he has no chance. And if it's a fastball, it has to be up in the zone. Basically, the pitcher has to hit his bat. - Mike Pelfrey
I'm totally opposite: I draft top-tier/high K pitchers.. top-tier/High K pitchers generally don't drop off that far (aside from injuries)
This years pitchers that I'd take early:
Who I stay away from:
I say this because it's so easy to have a guy have a poor year. A high K pitcher will always have a powerful arm and is less likely to falter. Even if he does, you won't lose his K's and that's better than losing everything.
My drafting strategy: BAT, SP, SP, SP, SP, (everything else with another sleeper high-K SP somewhere down the road)
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