We are attempting to implement a Minor League Roster in a live auction, long-time league. It's a 12 team NL-only and alot of the guys have been playing in the league for a decade. Our system is pretty basic: Auction, then a 6-spot reserve draft. All Free Agent pick-ups are off the waiver wire. This includes top prospects. However, as new guys who are very active come in, a couple of the old-timers are complaining that they just don't have enough time to keep up tracking prospects throughout the season. Basically, the most active poach the prospects then trade them at deadline, creating a bit of competitive unbalance. On top of that, all new recruits for two years now have wanted a Farm System. So here is what I proposed to appeal to both sides. Can you guys share the usual pitfalls of implementing a minors draft? It would help. Thanks and WHIR with a link or even two, cause this is a bit long. Thanks again!
This proposal has been created with two groups in mind:
1) While recruiting new members to the league this year, it was made clear leagues with a Farm System are in high demand.
2) Even though this rule may seem counter-intuitive for them, there are current owners with real lives who cannot spend the same amount of time and energy tracking MLB:) The Farm System protects higher end prospects from being poached by the more active teams, ultimately giving the ultra-active teams more trade material. The Farm will ensure each team maintains three really good prospects.
Please note, the way the Farm is designed is not intrusive and widely maintains the current strategy employed by the league. By limiting the Farm to three picks, the system requires a small amount of research (a list of Top 36 Prospects are easy to find) and in return allows less waiver wire work throughout the season. An added bonus, you will be able to watch a well-picked prospect help your team for a good portion of three seasons, ultimately simulating the cheap talent system of MLB draft and arbitration.
We propose this rule as a way to create a cutting edge league that appeals to both current owners and new recruits. We feel this will help maintain the long-term stability of the league, which has been demonstrated more difficult by the inability to field twelve teams last year.
Proposed Minor League Draft:
FARM & MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS
- Immediately following the auction, teams shall participate in a Minor League Draft. The MiL Draft will be snake with order determined by the previous year's standings. Each team maintains a Farm System of three (3) players.
Players eligible to be drafted or kept as FARM players are those who have not lost their rookie eligibility (equal to or less than130AB, 50IP).
ONLY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS DRAFTED AS FARM PLAYERS MAY BE PLACED IN A TEAM'S FARM ROSTER.
- Major League Rookie players maintain eligible for the main auction.
·A farm system player taken in a draft can be kept as a farm system player until the season that he is activated by his MLB team.
_ At the time activated by MLB, fantasy owner must roster the Farm player in the active roster, reserves, or be released.
_The Farm player is then switched to a $5 Zero Year contract. (Zero contract simultaneously protects against September cups of coffee and rewards fantasy owners for foresight while providing young prospects with multiple years of team control)
- The MiL Draft implements a specialty seventh keeper, termed the Farm Keeper (F1 Keeper). Each owner retains the usual six keepers. In addition, the F1 Keeper allows each owner to protect one activated player each year developed by the Farm System. Activated farm players are marked by F0,F1, and F2 year contracts. This rule maintains the integrity of the Keeper and Farm Systems. This rule does NOT restrict keeping a second activated Farm player in a regular keeper spot.
- A farm player who is called up during the season by his MLB team cannot be reassigned to the FARM during that season.
·If a team acquires a 4th farm player in a trade that team would need to release a farm player to remain legal or include a farm player in the same trade where they acquired their 4th farm player. You may never exceed 3 farm players.
·Farm players retained from year to year are not considered Keepers.
If a Farm player is retained from year to year the lowest available Farm draft pick is forfeited. I.E. Team 1 decides to keep Player X for 2013. Team 1 loses a third round Farm pick. If you keep two farm players you would lose your 3rd and 2nd round picks.
·A minor league player not activated by his MLB is eligible as a farm system player, provided he has retained rookie status according to Major League Baseball rules.
- Following the MiL Draft, the Reserve Draft shall take place as usual. Any prospects not taken in the MiL Draft are eligible for the reserve draft with none of the aforementioned benefits above. For auction time constraints and amount of players taken via auction and Farm Draft, the reserve Draft is reduced to three rounds with the remaining reserve spots being filled from the waiver wire.