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Strategy - Never draft a top tier SP

Postby Robert DeNiro » Wed Apr 07, 2004 1:02 am

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.
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Postby Comp625 » Wed Apr 07, 2004 1:08 am

I draft a high tier pitcher only if he's DAMN AMAZING (eg: has to rack up 200+ Strikeouts).

Pedro, Schilling, Prior and Wood fall into these categories.
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Postby Quaker » Wed Apr 07, 2004 1:10 am

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).
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Postby canibus » Wed Apr 07, 2004 1:22 am

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.

My "worst" staff I drafted is probably:

Vazquez, Maddux, Clemens, Miller, Redman, DL- Lieber
Rivera, Herges, Baez
Quantrill, Gordon, Marte

And there are a GOOD amount of options in FA

Took Vazquez in the 3rd and Rivera in the 6th after an RP run.
Got Maddux in the 14th.

We'll see how it goes.

Good luck

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Postby Amazinz » Wed Apr 07, 2004 1:27 am

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.
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Re: Strategy - Never draft a top tier SP

Postby DieHardCubbie » Wed Apr 07, 2004 2:07 am

Robert DeNiro wrote: instead my first picks are always C, 2B, SS, 3B. .


drafting a C in the first round can be dangerous at best... :-o

I always draft the best availible player thru the first 5 rounds then go to position picks after that... :-)
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Postby thetruth » Wed Apr 07, 2004 2:22 am

i think he was meaning he would draft those positions first, obviously not a catcher in rd 1.
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Wed Apr 07, 2004 2:25 am

thetruth wrote:i think he was meaning he would draft those positions first, obviously not a catcher in rd 1.


I hope you are right.... :-)

Maybe I misread... :-]
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Postby giants8307 » Wed Apr 07, 2004 3:34 am

HA! I drafted prior with a #15 pick! Now I've got that top-teir, stud starting pitcher! oh....wait... :~( :~( :~( :~(
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Postby quickfingerz » Wed Apr 07, 2004 5:26 am

I'M THE NUMBER'S GUY:

I TOTALLY DISAGREE!!!

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:
Gagne
Vazquez
Schilling
Wood

Who I stay away from:
HALLADAY
HUDSON
COLON
MULDER
ZITO
ORTIZ
MILWOOD


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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