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1) I really liked Chris Iannetta’s promise for 2010 going into November, then Olivo happened.  What kind of ABs do you see Iannetta now getting?  What kind of numbers?

Despite little statements here and there in the traditional media about Spring Training determining the amount of playing time for both catchers, it’s hard to see how Olivo will overcome Iannetta. Olivo hits for more power, but he also takes hacks at pitches that hit the ground in front of home plate. Iannetta knows how to get on base, and bringing up his low batting average in 2009 is not the way to start an argument on who should be the Rockies’ starting catcher. With a bit more normal BABIP, Iannetta’s average will rise to the .250-.260 range. A season similar to his 2008 campaign (.264/.390/.505) would cement his place as the Rockies’ starter well into the future.

2) The Rockies are a dream team of upside for fantasy baseball.  Besides Iannetta, there’s Eric Young Jr., Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez.  The problem with lots of upside is usually managers just want producers in there — Barmes, Spilborghs, Smith, etc.  Will Young get 400 ABs without a 80 pound slab of deer meat falling from the sky onto Barmes?  Will Fowler and CarGo get 500 ABs each?  What kind of numbers do you see for these three in 2010? (Note: This question was asked before the Rockies announced Young would probably start the year in the minors.)

It’ll be hard for EY Jr. to gain that much playing time with Spilborghs and Smith able to backup the outfield corners and Barmes the starting second baseman. He’ll also receive a bit of a test from utility man Ryan Freel in Spring Training. And if the Rockies still have interest in Fernando Tatis, EY Jr. may find himself in the minors.

Fowler and CarGo are the starters in center and left, so 500 ABs for each isn’t out of the question. CarGo seems to be further along at this point with a strong final two months of the season. If you’re looking for stolen bases, Fowler should be a good flier (though he’ll also have a high number of CS), and you may just be surprised with what else he puts up.

3) I’ve got Rocky Mountain high-apple-pie-in-the-sky hopes for Ian Stewart. Tell me my meds haven’t got me thinking all crazy again.

Your meds haven’t messed with your thinking. . . well, not that much. Stewart’s going to be the starting third baseman without any competition since Garrett Atkins is plying his trade with the Orioles now. It’d be nice to see Stew strike out less and bring up his low line drive percentage (14.1%) in order to use that potential we’ve seen since he was drafted in 2003.

4)  Jorge de la Rosa’s FIP was 3.91 while he rocked a 4.38 ERA, so something was amiss.  Looks like it might be his strand rate, but his free passes sure don’t help.  His Ks are tantalizing for fantasy, but he also looks very risky.  What do you see for him in 2010?

I see a more confident De La Rosa taking the mound with numbers around the same as his 2009 ones. He’s going to be relied on heavily with Ubaldo Jimenez and Aaron Cook at the front of the rotation and Jeff Francis returning from a lost 2009 season.

5) Denver is home to hundreds of microbreweries, but what’s your favorite Rockies-themed beer?  A) Franklin Mor-Ales A) Helton’s Jesus Lager C) Stale Hawpes

Franklin Mor-Ales, because we still expect more from him, either out of the bullpen or in the rotation.

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  1. Shmorgie S. Board says:
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    Hey Grey, which Razzball forum would be best to post at if you’re looking to join a league? I have my keeper league but I’m dying to draft or auction from scratch.

  2. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Shmorgie S. Board: i just switched leagues,leaving an opening in donkeycorn league if it hasnt been filled yet

  3. Tony says:
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    I love a rockie with upside in that park.

    @Shmorgie S. Board: i think there might be an opening in an RCL league if you’re not already in one….

  4. SamYo says:
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    Hello Grey, I’ve drafted my first team this season, what do you think?
    C – Geovany Soto (Rd 14)
    1B – Kendry Morales (Rd 4)
    2B – Brandon Phillips (Rd 3)
    SS – Sexy Alexei – (Rd 17)
    3B – A-Rod (Rd 1)
    OF – Grady Sizemore (Rd 2)
    OF – Michael Bourn (Rd 5)
    OF – Adam Dunn (Rd 6)
    Util – Julio Borbon – (Rd 15)
    Util – Corey Hart – (Rd 19)
    SP – Ubaldo Jimenez (Rd 7)
    SP – Josh Beckett (Rd 8)
    RP – Billy Wagner (Rd 10)
    RP – Brian Fuentes (Rd 11)
    P – Ricky Nolasco (Rd 9)
    P – Matt Garza (Rd 12)
    P – Leo Nunez (Rd 13)
    P – David Aardsama (Rd 16)
    BN – Clay Buchholz – (Rd 18)
    BN – Kyle Blanks – (Rd 20)
    BN – Mat Latos – (Rd 21)
    BN – Matt Lindstrom – (Rd 22)
    BN – Alcides Escobar – (Rd 23)

    Thanks.
    *Its a 12 team, head to head, R, RBI, HR, BA, SB and then W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP. Then .. who do you think I should trade/target ? Thanks.

  5. Eric H. says:
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    @Grey: Love the Denard Span sleeper post, although I was curious to know why he wasn’t among your “Guys I’d Own” in the top 100.

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Shmorgie S. Board: http://razzball.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=20&sid=86d519867f39919ae1d4f3e0cd87368a

    @SamYo: You’re very low on power, so you can either trade Bourn for some power — don’t even bother trying to get 5th round value — or try and move Borbon, but I don’t think anyone’s going to give you anything for Borbon. Borbon’s worth more on your team. Who you should try and target, some power. You might have to try for some risk… Say Bourn for Hamilton.

    @Eric H.: I cheated… He’s someone I would own, but wouldn’t need to draft in the top 100.

  7. Freak says:
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    If EYJ is really tested by Freel…well, then, he shouldn’t be playing anyways.

  8. pjtres says:
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    grey…dilemma…
    i know you like to punt C…but vmart offers a sizeable advantage over other schmo’s in the hr/run/rbi/total bases department…also a good k/bb ratio (which are all counted in our league)..
    its only a 1 catcher league…12 teams…

    would you think its wise to keep him them?
    i could trade him for a 3rd round pick after keepers (so 9th round) and keep hamels instead…

    my keepers would be miggy/utley/arod/longoria/lester/hamels…
    or would you stand pat w/ vmart b/c of the sizeable advantage?

    i could just draft a nolasco/baker/kershaw in the first round of draft…(or i could draft a mccann in first…or a montero/soto later on)…

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @pjtres: I’d keep him over Hamels.

  10. pjtres says:
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    ok. thank you.

  11. Pirate Jesus says:
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    Bottom of the barrel closers, who do you take? Dotel, Lyon, Lindstrom, Downs, Frasor… or is it not even worth a draft pick?

  12. danimal35 says:
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    C Miguel Montero ARI R12
    1B Russ Branyan CLE R18
    2B Ian Kinsler TEX R2
    SS Asdrubal Cabrera CLE R14
    3B Gordon Beckham CHW R6
    OF Ryan Braun MIL R1
    OF Curtis Granderson NYY R4
    OF Raul Ibanez PHI R8
    OF Carlos Quentin CHW R10
    OF Garrett Jones PIT R13
    OF Nolan Reimold BAL R16
    SP Zack Greinke KC R3
    SP Adam Wainwright STL R5
    SP Chad Billingsley LA R11
    SP Ryan Dempster CHC R15
    SP Stephen Strasburg WAS R17
    SP Johnny Cueto CIN R19
    SP Jonathan Sanchez SF R21
    RP Mariano Rivera NYY R7
    RP Heath Bell SD R9
    RP Octavio Dotel PIT R20

    Wanted Braun, Zimmerman, Upton
    then Zimm went early 2nd and totally screwed my brain up

  13. Tom Reale says:
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    @Pirate Jesus: I like Dotel, Capps, and Mike Gonzalez late

  14. mc serch says:
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    Hey Grey…just finished up a Yahoo 12-team 5×5 roto draft with this team, picking from No. 10 slot:
    C – Soto (14)
    1B – M. Cabrera (2)
    2B – Stewart (10)
    3B – Longoria (1)
    SS – Reyes (3)
    OF – Werth (4)
    OF – BJ Upton (5)
    OF – Choo (6)
    U – Rios (11)
    U – Bruce (12)
    SP – Beckett (7)
    SP – Hamels (8)
    SP – Baker (9)
    SP – Oswalt (13)
    SP – J. Sanchez (15)
    SP – DelaRosa (16)
    SP – Liriano (20)
    RP – Aardsma (17)
    RP – Wood (18)
    RP – Hoffman (19)
    RP – Dotel (21)
    RP – Franklin (22)
    RP – Lidge (23)

    My league is a 21-man roster which uses only one U spot and no CI or MI spot, so either Bruce or Rios will likely be on the bench. A little more risky at picks 3 and 5 than I would like. I also think I’ll be hurting for avg. and possib WHIP. I figured I’d load up on closers at the end of this draft to use as trade chips for a SP or if Stewart disapppoints. The reality is my draft would have stopped at Rd. 21 and I would have only one extra closer.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    Thanks.

  15. mc serch says:
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    @danimal35: Your IF looks a bit weak…is this a three OF and one U league? If so, top 3 OF looks good and Quention in U spot is nice also. Jones and Reimold picks seem superfluous. Your SP gets sketchy after your top 3..maybe a SP at round 13 would’ve helped…love the sanchez pick at rd 21 though.

  16. mc serch says:
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    @SamYo: Agree with Grey, Bourn and Borbon in starting lineup is gonna leave you lacking elsewhere…Bourn, Grady, Phillips, Alexei should cover you with speed, with A-Rod chipping in….your gonna need to get some pop in the U spots…think Quentin, Bruce, Vladdy, they are all going after round 10….love your top four SP and the Alexei pick late

  17. Pirate Jesus says:
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    @Tom Reale: Capps and Gonzalez aren’t available, hence the question :/

  18. mc serch says:
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    @Pirate Jesus: Dotel, Lyons, Frasor in that order…I believe Downs and Lindstrom are handcuffs at this point.

  19. peter says:
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    Keeper dilemma: In a 12 team h2h keeper, I can keep 8. I am definitely keeping these 5: Cano, Holliday, McCann, Billingsley and Carpenter.

    The candidates for the final 3 spots: Butler, Carlos Gonzalez, Alfonso Soriano, Chris Davis and Jake Peavy.

    Things worth noting: this league is shrinking from 14 teams to 12 this year. So there will be some decent picks available at the beginning of the draft. There are 5 OF on the roster… also, I have multiple “first” round picks. I was going to dedicate all those picks to power, but I’m now projecting Greinke to be available.

    I’m thinking I should keep Butler, CarGo and Soriano. But a zag occurred to me: keep Peavy, draft Greinke and then don’t draft another pitcher until the end of the draft. But the zig: building around risky pitching is a horrible idea.

  20. Smokey

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    @peter: Peavy, Butler and Cargo. Drafting Greinke would be a coupe. Than fill out you bats with SP set.

  21. Smokey

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    @Pirate Jesus: looking at closers late i like Dotel of the bunch, keep an eye on Chris Perez or a Juan gutierrez if you get stuck with just handcuffs i like these two options as well.

  22. mc serch says:
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    @Grey: Believe it or not, my last two drafts at Yahoo (includ. today) I’ve seen Span go in the 6th round, ahead of Victorino. The script is flipped! Victorino now the value play in rounds 7-8?

  23. mc serch says:
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    @peter: I say keep Butler, Cargo and Soriano, draft Greinke. Soriano and Peavy are the choice for the last spot, both risky but Soriano less so….I toss Peavy back cause you are projecting Greinke will be yours.

  24. Grey

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    @Pirate Jesus: In that order you listed them.

    @mc serch: I agree with your assessment. WHIP could be ugly, but that’s a symptom of dlR and Sanchez more than anything and, while I like both, I wouldn’t be surprised if you end up dropping one if both don’t come out on fire. Love that you loaded up on closers. Also, I think you might be about 15 homers short but that’s me conservatively counting. If you are, then you’re RBIs are probably in slight trouble. Neither figure is really cause for alarm though.

    @danimal35: It’s important to tell me how many teams. Otherwise, I assume 12 and that looks like a 10.

    @peter: Hmm… Bills and Carp and Peavy… Maybe… Almost think maybe take a bat first… Of course if Greinke by far the best, you should take him. No idea what big bats will be there. So Butler, CarGo and Soriano then Greinke… Or Peavy, CarGo and Butler then a big bat if there’s one there.

    EDIT: Word.

  25. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    ***20-team, H2H, salary keeper league***

    $70 team cap. 32-man roster, (20 starters, 8 bench, 4 minors)

    Players not kept (because they are deemed too expensive to keep), are thrown back into the pool. Draft picks are assigned $1 salaries, and the salary goes up $1 each year played. I can also assign two $0 contracts to two prospects that have not played in the MLB. A prospect’s salary doesn’t increase until he actually plays a majority of a MLB season.

    There’s always a handful of solid MLB player thrown back, but then it gets shallow pretty fast.

    I have the 4th overall pick, and I’m up. The first three picks went as follows:

    Carl Crawford
    Stephen Strasburg
    Aramis Ramirez

    I can chose between the following established players:

    Lance Berkman
    Carlos Lee
    Carlos Beltran

    or one of the following prospects:

    Dustin Ackley
    Aaron Hicks
    Aroldis Chapman
    Starlin Castro

    It’s tough to take a veteran that’s over 30…he’ll lose his usefulness before he becomes too expensive in 5+ years. But Beltran…bad knees and all…is calling out to me.

    I think Ackley is the safe play…stud prospect, should be up sooner rather than later. But Chapman could be a lottery ticket.

    What say you?

  26. danimal35 says:
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    @Grey: it’s a twelve teamer…i missed out on all the first basemen by taking grienke instead of votto and all the SS were gone and andrus went one pick before i was set to draft him so i waited some more SS…anything I should do with it?

  27. peter says:
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    @Smokey: @mc serch: @Grey: Thanks for the feedback. I’ll have three picks in the first round. Since they’re basically consecutive picks, I project Greinke, specifically, will be on the board. As for likely available bats: think Lind, Sandoval, Carlos Lee and Kendry. Good bats, but not blue chip; so it will be hard to *not* grab Greinke with one of those three picks.

    As for the final keeper, I think it comes down to basically Peavy vs. Soriano. Even though I don’t like Peavy that much this year, he might be the way to go. Isn’t Soriano’s knee still only at 80%? Ouch. Plus, maybe there’s a possibility that Peavy is a little undervalued; he did pitch a nice 20 innings for CHW last year. Then again, as all of Grey’s ex’s tell me, beware the small sample size.

  28. mc serch says:
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    @Grey: Thanks! I took Choo in Rd. 6 and am thinking that in hindsight I should have taken Carlos Lee or maybe Nelson Cruz. Or, even better, should’ve grabbed Lester there, followed with two out of Johnson/Beckett/Hamels/Nolasco group and waited for Pence/Ibanez/Quentin as third OF in round 9.

  29. Grey

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    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): Hard to say without knowing your other keepers, but I’d take Beltran or Aroldis.

    @danimal35: Since it’s a 12 team, then I like your team. Obviously Branyan at 1st isn’t ideal, but the rest of your team looks real nice. I don’t mind Asdrubal and your pitching’s real solid.

    @peter: Ugh, this isn’t easy at all. Probably just go Peavy and Greinke. Then I’m probably going to suggest you trade Bills or Carp in-season for a bat. Because your pitching’s going to be stronger than your hitting.

    @mc serch: Yeah, Lee or Cruz would’ve been better there.

  30. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Grey:

    Agreed…but I didn’t think I should list my entire team. I’ve got a lot of quality young keepers (Matusz, Feliz, Porcello, Posey, Blanks, Rasmus, Bruce, Bard…to go along with Tulo, Cano, Hamels & Pena), so I’m at least a year away.

    It all boils down to who would be the better keeper moving forward? Beltran at $1 this year, $2 in 2011, $3 in 2012, etc., or Ackley or Chapman at $0 until they come up.

    I’m just worried that if I pass on Ackley, he’ll become the 2010 version of Gordon Beckham.

    Thanks a lot for the input.

  31. Roger Dorn's Nemesis says:
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    Gotta say I was pretty disappointed in my first Yahoo mock of the year. It was shaky drafting by folks starting early on. I don’t think I’d have a prayer of putting together this squad in any real league. Standard yahoo scoring & positions, 12-teamer.. drafted from the 9-hole:
    C – Ianetta
    1B – Teix
    2B – Kinsler
    3B – Reynolds
    SS – Reyes
    OF – Granderson
    OF – Quentin
    OF – Pence
    Util – Morneau
    Util – JBruce
    Bench – Ian Stewart
    Bench – Alex Rios
    SP – Josh Johnson
    SP – Hamels
    SP – Slowey (autodrafted when IE crashed)
    SP – Price
    SP – Cueto
    RP – Aardsma
    RP – Franklin
    RP – Mike Gonzalez
    RP – Lidge
    RP – Madson
    RP – Jenks

  32. Roger Dorn's Nemesis says:
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    Two other comments on the mock.. Denard Dog went in the 6th round, so at least in Yahoo he’s not slipping due to their rankings. & My squad might struggle to hit above 260 for BA, but I’m trying to ignore average per the master’s advice.. It’s actually funny how horrific the batting average for this team could turn out.

  33. peter says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, I’ve been behind offensively ever since I drafted Peavy in the 2nd round when the league started in 2008. At the time, I also thought Holliday was going to cary a lot more water. My chance for redemption is this draft; with so many picks in the first round, I’m hoping to be able to capitalize and net some potential offense thrown away by a moron and/or contraction.

  34. Tony says:
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    @Roger Dorn’s Nemesis: ya you’re average could be horrendous…. and the mocks i’ve been doing CANT be realistic either. I’ve put together all star teams i’d play anyone with. LOL.

    AND YOU’RE IN MY RCL DORN! WATCH OUT! LOL

  35. Tony says:
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    Here’s my 12 team mock at ESPN from the #3 spot:

    3 Hanley
    22 Wright (yes i got wright at 22 overall? full draft)
    27 Votto
    46 Grandy
    51 Wainwright
    70 Aaron Hill
    75 Josh Johnson
    94 Kershaw
    99 cargo
    118 reimold
    123 montero
    142 Ian stewart (coulda waited longer, but come on, haha, lets be realistic)
    147 AArdsma
    166 Corey Hart
    171 robot jones
    sanchez
    snider

    then i had to go “drop the kids off at the pool” so i let it auto draft basically….

    seriously i questioned the active guys in the draft “how do you let wright go that far”…. all answers were “we dont think he’s gona bounce back, blah blah blah….”

    I’m sorry but Wright at 22 with 3B the way it is? Thats a ridicuous steal?
    What do you think of the rest of this team? or what i’m showing of it!

  36. peter says:
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    @Tony: …and Hanley fell to #3. But, more egregiously, Snider was after Jones/171? Huh.

    Did you really only end up w/ 3 SP or did you not list the others? Also, only 1 closer?

  37. Tony says:
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    @peter: wainy, JJ, kershaw and sanchez, thats 4…. it autodrafted everyone else so i’m not gonna post guys I didn’t pick. Again with the closer, i wasn’t present.

    Hanley fell to #3, Pujols was #1, guess who was #2? fielder? YES seriously… wtf. People are blowing my mind. Are they just trying to F drafts up? Trying to be as unrealistic as possible?

    FULL DRAFT for about the first 8 or 10 rounds….

  38. Grey

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    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): I’d go with Beltran over Ackley.

    @Roger Dorn’s Nemesis: Yeah, this team could have a struggle with average… It might be the only place the team really struggles though. I wish other team of mine autodrafted Slowey when it crashed. Weird Span went that early there, and went Serch said earlier too. Lots of sites I looked Span was being told to be drafted later.

    @peter: You’ve been behind in offense and you want to take Greinke? I’m really thinking you might want to do Peavy and Sandoval…

    @Tony: “Drop the kids off…” Ha! — Even I would take Hill at 70. Team looks good, that’s earlier than I would probably take CarGo. I’d probably take Raul Ibanez to complement the upside of Reimold and Snider and bounce back of Hart. Your outfield as it is is a little risky.

    EDIT: Word.

  39. mrbaseball says:
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    Does anyone know the good new players yahoo added to be drafted for the first time this year

    jason haywood
    anddis chapman
    strasburg
    Drabek
    scott sizemore
    carlos santana
    justin smoak
    micheal stanton

    not sure if I missed any

  40. mrbaseball says:
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    Runs (R), Singles (1B), Doubles (2B), Triples (3B), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base Percentage (OBP), Slugging Percentage (SLG)

    with stats like this does your top 300 work the same – or should I have a different approach to this draft

  41. mrbaseball says:
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    found micheal taylor

  42. Grey

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    @mrbaseball: I think the 300 should work, but you might need the Point Shares as you get deeper, isn’t this league a 20 teamer?

  43. mrbaseball says:
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    16 team draft – C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, Util, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP, P, P, P, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL

    the point shares – wow players use the point shares – don’t they teach that in fantasy school grade 5 – I am only in fantasy school grade 3

  44. mrbaseball says:
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    I will talking to you later in the week about my 20 team dynasty league when we do our draft – I have the 7th pick -

  45. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @Grey:

    I went with Beltran. Thanks again.

  46. Roger Dorn's Nemesis says:
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    @Grey: I didn’t hate the slowey auto-pick too much, but SPs were falling so I’m pretty sure that he would have been there a couple rounds later. As for Span, he’s probably going after the 9th round in espn since they rank him around 115. Yahoo’s ranking him so high that I’ll never own him in one of their leagues. I drafted Morneau a couple picks before him & that’s just nuts.@Tony: Gotta say that your first 4 picks are pretty much ideal in a 12-teamer. You threw in a fair amount of razzball favorites over the course of the draft too.
    Can’t wait til the real draft for our RCL.. Should be a blast

  47. Grey

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    @mrbaseball: That’s a pretty deep 16 team league, I think you might be above Grade 3.

  48. Tony says:
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    @Grey: hill at 70 was awesome, i felt awesome taking him there…lol and its funny you say you woulda complimented the guys i had with Ibanez, because he went RIGHT before i was gonna take him….

    and hey, when the “kids” want to go to “the pool” in ohio in FEB, you take them!

    HA!

  49. Steve says:
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    Nothing but open water between Chile and us, but fear not, we’re OK!

  50. GopherDay says:
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    Grey or anyone, I know you don’t do prospect rankings, but is there a website you could direct me to that gives good fantasy baseball prospect rankings?

  51. mrbaseball says:
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    mrbaseball: That’s a pretty deep 16 team league – Hey you and I won that league last year

  52. mrbaseball says:
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    what ever happened to David Purcey – he was my last pick last year in every year -

  53. Grey

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    @Steve: Good to hear you’re doing okay.

    @GopherDay: Stephen does them every Wednesday. Other than that, maybe try Baseball America.

    @mrbaseball: Nice on the win. Purcey had a terrible year and may not have a spot in the rotation.

  54. nate marcum says:
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    Grey….

    I have the first pick in a draft and it never fails that I take Albert with my first pick, and than when it comes to my second pick, I seem to have the option to take Holliday. I am tempted to go Pujols, Holliday, and Zimmerman (if they all are available) Should I go with Holliday or go with an Upton if he is there and avoid having the 3-4 hitters from the same team. I guess production is production, no matter how you look at it.

  55. nate marcum says:
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    As a continuation of my first message..I was in a mock and the situation came up, but Zimmerman was taken 2 picks earlier.. With no Zimmerman, i doubled on OF…what do you think? Tried new things!
    C Mike Napoli ANA R14 P12 Comment
    C Carlos Ruiz PHI R21 P1 Comment
    1B Albert Pujols STL R1 P1 Comment
    1B Adam LaRoche ARI R15 P1 Comment
    2B Jose Lopez SEA R10 P12 Comment
    SS Elvis Andrus TEX R12 P12 Comment
    SS Everth Cabrera SD R16 P12 Comment
    3B Gordon Beckham CHW R9 P1 Comment
    OF Justin Upton ARI R2 P12 Comment
    OF Grady Sizemore CLE R3 P1 Comment
    OF Carlos Quentin CHW R8 P12 Comment
    OF Garrett Jones PIT R13 P1 Comment
    OF Nolan Reimold BAL R17 P1 Comment
    OF Julio Borbon TEX R19 P1 Comment
    SP Adam Wainwright STL R4 P12 Comment
    SP Jon Lester BOS R5 P1 Comment
    SP Wandy Rodriguez HOU R11 P1 Comment
    SP Justin Duchscherer OAK R22 P12 Comment
    SP Shaun Marcum TOR R23 P1 Comment
    RP Jonathan Broxton LA R6 P12 Comment
    RP Joe Nathan MIN R7 P1 Comment
    RP Chad Qualls ARI R18 P12 Comment
    RP Octavio Dotel PIT R20 P12 Comment

  56. Tony says:
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    @nate marcum: can’t complain about grady and J-up, not bad…. and to take a YOUK or Sandoval over them is hard to do…. I’d just look at Beckham or ? Later….. AS I SCROLL BACK UP I SEE U DID HAHAHA…..

    might be a hair early on wainy and lester in the 4th/5th back to back…. but i understand, if you dont take them they’re gone….

  57. Grey

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    @nate marcum: Holliday’s ranked way ahead of Upton in my rankings. It’s not close.

    re: Mock — No idea how many teams… If it’s 12 teams, the only issue might be the average, which isn’t much of an issue anyway. Pretty impressive feat you were able to get that good of an offense after taking four straight pitchers. However, you do have a bunch of risk on your offense…. Quentin, Jones, Reimold, Andrus, Everth, Borbon, Upton, Ruiz…

    EDIT: Word.

  58. Frogurt says:
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    Mike Napoli (LAA – C)
    Prince Fielder (Mil – 1B)
    Chase Utley (Phi – 2B)
    Jason Bartlett (TB – SS)
    Ryan Zimmerman (Was – 3B)
    Curtis Granderson (NYY – OF)
    Nick Markakis (Bal – OF)
    Bobby Abreu (LAA – OF)
    Nelson Cruz (Tex – Util)

    Bench
    Shane Victorino (Phi – OF)
    José López (Sea – 1B,2B)
    Nolan Reimold (Bal – OF)
    Corey Hart (Mil – OF)
    Garrett Jones (Pit)

    CC Sabathia (NYY – SP)
    Chad Billingsley (LAD – SP)
    Matt Garza (TB – SP)
    Kevin Slowey (Min – SP)
    Jorge De La Rosa (Col – SP)
    Carlos Zambrano (ChC – SP)
    Stephen Strasburg (Was – SP)
    Leo Núñez (Fla – RP)
    Francisco Cordero (Cin – RP)

    Thoughts, people?

  59. Grey

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    @Frogurt: That looks like a very shallow league you have there, though I have no idea because you didn’t say anything. So the team looks fine, but you need everyone to be an All-Star to have a fighting chance. I don’t like to leave a draft with any bench hitters, whereas you have guys on your bench that would fit into most teams. I’d try to get into a deeper league. If this is a mock, mock a deeper league.

  60. Frogurt says:
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    @Grey: I’m in a shallow 10 team league and this was a mock draft. Trying to draft a more balanced team this year.

  61. paulzone says:
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    just drafted this team…thoughts? improvements? i had 4th pick and took utley. thanks for comments.

    Mike NapoliC17164
    Joey Votto1B544
    Chase Utley2B14
    David Wright3B324
    Jose B. ReyesSS217
    Nelson R. CruzOF1097
    Carlos N. LeeOF11104
    Hunter PenceOF13124
    Grady SizemoreOF437
    Justin UptonOF657
    Nolan ReimoldU19184
    Ian StewartU16157
    Cole HamelsP764
    Phil HughesP21204
    Clayton KershawP984
    Carlos MarmolP14137
    Ricky NolascoP12117
    Wandy RodriguezP877
    Kevin SloweyP18177
    Rafael SorianoP15144
    Kerry WoodP20197
    Jason FrasorP22217

  62. Tony says:
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    @grey- what do you think of baseballmonster.com?

    I have described my 12 team H2H Yahoo league, its a 10×10, very wild… i put my settings in there and here’s the top 12 it gives me:

    Pujols
    hanley
    prince
    mauer
    jeter
    figgins
    pedroia
    carp
    tex
    cano
    tulo
    brian roberts

    it has mark reynolds as a 15th round value, the whole deal seems kinda wonky… ?

  63. Grey

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    @paulzone: No idea how many teams are in this league. If it’s a 12 team league, team looks good but a little light on speed, which isn’t terrible. The pitching staff looks great.

    @Tony: Honestly, I haven’t played around with it much. That top 12 shouldn’t be a top 12 in any league though, so it makes me worrisome.

  64. paulzone says:
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    sorry, 12 teams in this league. wait, light on speed? reyes, sizemore, jupton, wright, utley, cruz, pence…i figured that was enough, lol.

  65. peter says:
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    @Grey: I have 3 consecutive picks in round “1” (received 2 in trades) so I can grab both Greinke and Sandoval. And then grab a Lind-type bat, too.

  66. nate marcum says:
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    @Grey: Sorry about not being more informative. It was a 12 person league. I guess I am wondering if loading up too many players from the same team is a bad idea. I think there could be a case where I have up to 4 Rangers on my team. Kinsler, Cruz, Andrus, and Borbon are all nice talents that I like to contribute this year, but that is a lot of Texas Rangers….Now if I could only draft Chuck Norris….the real Texas Ranger.

    Speaking of Chuck Norris…go to google…type in Chuck Norris and look for the “do you feel lucky” or “find chuck norris” link. Pretty funny stuff.

  67. sean says:
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    Reds manager Dusty Baker confirmed on Sunday that 2B Brandon Phillips will bat cleanup for him again this season, reports MLB.com. “He’s the best selection I’ve got,” Baker said. “He has power and speed. Especially now that he’s learned to be an RBI man. I like [Scott] Rolen in the fifth spot more than the fourth spot. He might getter pitches to hit because Brandon might steal.”

    WTF???? ROLEN?!?! Where you batting Bruce, douche?

  68. Tony says:
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    @sean: hahahah…. 2 hole? lol

    i wonder about some of these major league managers….

  69. Grey

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    @paulzone: My guess is when I looked at your team, I scrolled slightly too far and saw Frogurt’s Bartlett rather than your Reyes. You look to be around 160 steals, which is fine. And your homers are around 280 which is perfect. So, yeah, your team is real solid.

    @peter: Cool, make sure you get a bat or two.

    @nate marcum: Yeah, always enjoy a few Chuck Norris facts. Too many Rangers is like having too many Rockies hitters or too many Padres pitchers when they’re at home. It’s nearly impossible. Imagine Kevin Correia on the Orioles or Iannetta on the Marlins. Different ballgame.

    @sean: Ha! Rolen won’t last more than 80 games anyway.

  70. Tony says:
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    @Grey: will P. Alvarez see time this year for pittsburgh? how soon?

  71. mikey boy324 says:
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    grey who do you like better rzepenski or marcum on the jays?

  72. Martin says:
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    what do you think of the 7th spot out of 12 in a draft?

  73. Grey

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    @Tony: June at the earliest is my guess.

    @mikey boy324: The RZE

    @Martin: Get a big 1st base bat there no problem, so it’s fine.

  74. matthole says:
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    @Grey: u like span in which rd and as an OF3 or 4?

  75. Smokey

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    @Tony: Larouche gets moved early, for pitching prospects that suck awfully, may 15 is my best guess.

    @mikey boy324: i likey me some Marcum

    @Martin: prime spot to have your pick of Howard, Mcab, Fielder or Tex.

  76. Grey

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    @matthole: A 3 would be fine, a 4 would be ideal. Around the 8th or 9th sounds fine.

  77. CocoPoolies says:
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    Grey, in a 7 keeper, ten team, +OPS, h2h, 4 OF, +MI league with Hanley, Sizemore, and Granderson, and Bay as keepers would you target steals somewhere in the draft or would you feel good about the foundation they offer?

    Also, out of curiosity, how much info about the league in question is necessary to include (5×5, keeper, etc.)?

  78. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: What do you think of this mock I just did? 12 team 5X5

    1. Hanley Ramírez (Fla – SS)
    2. Matt Holliday (StL – OF)
    3. Grady Sizemore (Cle – OF)
    4. Brandon Phillips (Cin – 2B)
    5. Johan Santana (NYM – SP)
    6. Ubaldo Jiménez (Col – SP)
    7. Adam Dunn (Was – 1B,OF)
    8. Ricky Nolasco (Fla – SP)
    9. Scott Baker (Min – SP)
    10. Matt Wieters (Bal – C)
    11. Ian Stewart (Col – 2B,3B)
    12. Roy Oswalt (Hou – SP)
    13. David Price (TB – SP)
    14. Billy Wagner (Atl – RP)
    15. A.J. Burnett (NYY – SP)
    16. Mike González (Bal – RP)
    17. Leo Núñez (Fla – RP)
    18. David Ortiz (Bos – 1B)
    19. Octavio Dotel (Pit – RP)
    20. Dexter Fowler (Col – OF)
    21. Phil Hughes (NYY – SP,RP)
    22. Colby Rasmus (Stl – OF)
    23. Brandon Lyon (Hou – RP)

    I almost never draft from the number 2 slot, so this was a change for me. I was suprised that both Holliday and Sizemore were left. All the 1B were taken really early, so I had to settle for Dunn.

    A question regarding Reynolds, though. I almost had to option of drafting him int the 5th round. At what point do you give the green light to draft him?

    Thanks Grey!

  79. mrbaseball says:
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    A’s legend Rickey Henderson declared Saturday that outfielder Rajai Davis could steal between 75 and 80 bases this season.

  80. mrbaseball says:
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    A’s legend Rickey Henderson declared Saturday first baseman Steve Bye Bye Balboni could steal between 0 and 1 bases – he made this statement in 1985 and that was the year that Steve Balboni got his only steal of his career

  81. Grey

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    @CocoPoolies: After the amount of teams, whatever is necessary — keeper, roto, H2H, who the other keepers are… But the amount of teams is most important, without that I’m just guessing 12.

    re: I’d feel good about the steals I have from the first three guys, I’d probably fill my MI with steals too though. Think Everth, Andrus, etc.

    @GopherDay: I’d take Reynolds in the 5th. Your team’s a bit light on speed and power. Nothing too dramatic. I think the hitting will be fine with in-season tweaks. Your average is pretty poor. Your pitching’s very strong. A bit too strong. If this were a real team, I’d probably tell you to trade Ubaldo for a different piece. You know you took too many starters when your last one needed (the 6th) is Burnett in the 15th round.

  82. CocoPoolies says:
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    @Grey: Thanks Grey. I’m a little worried about those two guys and the hit to OPS. How do you feel there?

  83. Grey

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    @CocoPoolies: If you take them late, I wouldn’t be too worried.

  84. Steve says:
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    @mrbaseball: @Grey: You can rest assured that now matter how many bases Ricky says a guy could steal, Ricky thinks HE could steal more himself.

  85. SamYo says:
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    @Grey: @mc serch: Thanks for the feedback. I did another draft and people were avoiding Hunter Pence like he had a disease. I had to google to see if he was injured or something. I took him in the 15 (th!!!) round. Unbelievable. haha.

    Would you draft either Kerry Wood or Kevin Gregg ?

  86. Grey

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    @Steve: True

    @SamYo: Nothing wrong with Pence. I’d draft both. Wood first.

  87. mc serch says:
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    @SamYo: I’ve been drafting wood as a second or third closer late in every draft

  88. The Dude says:
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    @Grey: where’s a good spot to target Liriano?

  89. The Dude says:
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    Keepers were due today and I estimate that it’s between myself and another team for the best set pre-draft. Which would you prefer? 12 Team, 5×5 -HR -AVG +TB +OBP (Std Pitching cats).

    Team A:

    A. Pujols
    J. Reyes
    G. Sizemore
    T. Lincecum
    D. Pedroria
    J. Bay
    J. Verlander
    M. Ramirez

    Team B:

    A. Rodriguez
    M. Kemp
    R. Howard
    Z. Greinke
    F. Hernandez
    I. Suzuki
    R. Cano
    S. Choo

  90. CocoPoolies says:
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    Ten team, 7 keeper.

    Utley and Pujols for Hanley and Fielder?

  91. The Dude says:
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    @Grey: Team B is mine, so I’m pleased you like it. Now I just need to nail the draft :D

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