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Before we get this post-Festivus celebration of the back-end of this mock-u-mentiful draft going, I’d like to pass along a special thanks to our very own Grey Albright and Bryan Curley of Baseball Professor for setting up this multi-site super exposition of this crazy idea, because I apparently have nothing else to with my time during the off-season. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you can find the Round 1-5 Recap by clicking on this linkadink. For the Round 6-10 Recap, go ahead and marvel at this linkadink. For the complete results, you can check them out here. (Dat nineties website design, bro.) So let’s go to the jump and get this present unwrapped. HOLIDAY THEMES!

Here’s the lowdown, because nobody calls it the updown…

Style: 5×5 Roto, Size: 12-team, 25-man rosters, Positions: 2 C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, 5 OF, U / 5 SP, 2 RP, 2 P / 2 BN

Draft Roster and Order:

1 — George Fitopoulos, Baseball Professor@BaseballProf
2 — Chris McBrien, Dear Mr. Fantasy@cmcbrien
3 — Nate Springfield, Baseball Press@NateSpringfield
4 — Clave Jones, Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks@clavejones
5 — Eric Broutman, Baseball Professor@BaseballProf
6 — Paul Beck, Baseball Professor@mroaklanda
7 — Jake Devereaux, Baseball Professor@devjake
8 — Tanner Bell, Smart Fantasy Baseball@smartfantasybb
9 — Bryan Curley, Baseball Professor@BaseballProf
10 — Zach Pincince, Baseball Professor@BaseballProf
11 — Adam Nodiff, Baseball Professor@ANodBaseball
12 — Jason LongfellowRazzball@jaywrong

Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft Recap, Rounds 11-25

11.132 — Jedd Gyorko 2B, SD

I tried my hardest to hold off the fantasy baseball disease known as homerism, but there’s a breaking point. And I guess this was mine. I’m a huge Gyorko fan, could ya tell? Obvious statement is obvious. Even so, I still want to establish something here. He hit the most home runs (23) at the keystone, sans any player named Robinson Cano. And guest what? There’s only one player with that name. Oh, by the way, he achieved that total in only 125 games. On top of that, there’s enough of a minor league track record to show there should be an uptick batting average and on-base percentage.

Eleventh Round Notes: My original plan had been to draft Will Venable (11.128), but I missed him by four spots. I wanted to see him fall a bit more in this draft, but that might just be because I’ve been spoiled by picking up as an afterthought all these years. Jurickson Profar (11.123) was an interesting selection, and it feels a bit high, only because he’s going to have to start living up to his scouting reports pretty soon to justify it.

12.133 — Leonys Martin OF, TEX

I have to admit, I was a little uncomfortable with this pick and I still am, even moreso with the Choo signing. But at this point in the draft, my team really lacked speed and he was the only player remaining who had stolen more than 23 bases. In fact, he stole 36. With that large of gap, I used it as my main justification. I like the speed, and I think the home environment and a very good Texas lineup only helps here. Then again, the platoon splits, the likely back-end of the lineup slot, and poor zone control are worrisome. The fact remains that I always want to try and draft the best player off the board first, then draft for positional or categorical need. This, unfortunately, was the latter.

Twelfth Round Notes: Clay Buchholz (12.139) was an interesting choice. I think there will be some regression, but I liked his sequencing and velocity last season. Am I personally buying though? I never have, and that trend will most likely continue. Julio Teheran (12.137) could be a steal at this spot if he continues to control his off-speed stuff. Also, I would be remiss not to mention that Jose Abreu (12.138) gives us some perspective of where a few scouting reports place his value. Spring Training will illuminate a bit more for us, but for early drafts, it might be a nugget. I think he has 30-home run power, for what it’s worth, and love the ballpark he’s in.

13.156 — Anthony Rendon 2B, WAS

Let it be said that I’m a big fan of Rendon. We already know he can hit, and only would seem to get better from here on out. I think if he stays healthy, he’ll be a star. The key word there being if.

Thirteenth Round Notes: Everyone knows how I feel about Jeff Samardzija (13.153), so this appears to be a great buy-low. And I expect good things from both Brandon Belt (13.146) and Christian Yelich (13.148), and I’m buying in all drafts if this is the range they go.

14.157 — Chase Headley 3B, SD

Something something, homerism. Pretty much. Look, I’ve finally resigned myself to the notion that 2012 might have been a fluke, but I’m still stubborn to the fact that this past-season was not the real Chase Headley. There were several injuries, including a fractured thumb to start the season, and he just never seemed to get comfortable. At this price, if he lands anywhere in the middle of the last two seasons, I think it’s a great return. And, you know, he plays for the Padres. So there’s always that.

Fourteenth Round Notes: I love the Danny Salazar (14.160) selection and think he’s a strong #2 guy flirting with ace-dom. I had weighed the pros and cons of drafting him with my pick, but, you know, he doesn’t play for the Padres. Not the best excuse, I know. I’m not really a Travis d’Arnaud fan, as nothing in his batting profile really pops out at me, but the position is a wasteland, so…

15.180 — Coco Crisp OF, OAK

16.181 — Dexter Fowler OF, HOU

I’m lumping these two players together because I wanted a little bit of power and a little bit of speed to round out my outfield. Coco Crisp had a career worst BABIP, so while the power might regress in the wrong direction, all the other numbers going the other way should soften the blow. And the Fowler selection occurred while he was still manning the outfield in Coors. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have selected him here after going to the Astros. I’m less than enthused with the ballpark change and his home/road splits, but I think he can still be an okay #4 or #5 outfielder.

Fifteenth And Sixteenth Round Notes: I really wanted R.A. Dickey (15.176), because I’m a masochist I guess, but there will be plenty of other drafts I’ll be a part of when I can profess my love of the Dickey. Doug Fister (16.189) was drafted as a Detroit Tiger, but I think he’ll get a huge boost from the current narrative of moving to the NL and pitching for the Nationals. Try not to overrate him, as he might be a top-25 starter next year, but the lack of strikeouts is certainly something to keep in mind.

17.204 — Corey Kluber SP, CLE

18.205 — Alex Wood RP, ATL

Again, some double-lump action. Because lumps rhyme with humps. And camels I guess. No idea where I’m going with that. But you should know I went with two young guys that have some strike-out potential. KNOWLEDGE! Out of the two, Alex Wood is the riskier choice, as I’m not quite sure if he’s a starter. And if he is, then the question becomes health.

Seventeenth and Eighteenth Round Notes: Oscar Taveras (17.193), Chris Archer (17.194), Corey Hart (17.201), Josh Reddick (18.209), and Nick Franklin (18.216) all represent a mix of young and old, but risky buys because of a question of health, playing time, or effectiveness.

19.228 — Oswaldo Arcia OF, MIN

I’m really happy with the Arcia pick here and think he’s a bit more polished than the earlier drafted Avisail Garcia. I like the raw power, and there’s some room to grow in his hitting profile.

Nineteenth Round Notes: I’m not a Khris Davis (19.225) believer and think he played a bit above his head this past season. That being said, I understand the flyer. The Taijuan Walker (19.220) selection feels right, but his secondary stuff seemed to have taken a step-back towards the end of the season.

20.229 — Rick Porcello SP, DET

Bacon, bacon, bacon. I think the new strikeout rate is real. Bacon. BACON. I rest my case.

Twentieth Round Notes: Nick Swisher (20.233) is a solid rebound candidate. I’m not sure what to think of Brian Dozier (20.230), which I guess is my passive aggressive way of saying I’m not a fan. Sort of. Maybe. And I’m still not convinced Darin Ruf (20.238) is an everyday starter. I know for sure he’s not an outfielder, so it should be interesting to see how that situation works out.

21.252 — A.J. Pierzynski C, BOS

15 home runs and an average I can live with… eh, you could do worse. You could probably do better too. I’m just thankful this isn’t an OBP league.

Twenty-First Round Notes: Nothing really much happened besides Brad Miller  (21.247) being selected. If I had known that he was going to last this long, my J.J. Hardy strategy might have changed a bit. I’ve always liked him more than Nick Fanklin, and think he could be an average to an above-average bat, which has real value at the shortstop position.

22.253 — Yovani Gallardo SP, MIL

23.276 — Martin Perez SP, TEX

These two guys are pretty similar in that I’m not sure what I’m getting. I might be getting something good. I could also be getting something bad. Or average. So I could pretty much be getting anything… but at the very least I should net some strike-outs out of this, so I’ll just hope for the rest to follow through.

Twenty-Second and Twenty-Third Round Notes: I’m not sure what to make of Michael Pineda (22.257) or Neftali Feliz (22.259) this upcoming season, but you could make the argument for upside. For what it’s worth, I think Pineda has the stronger argument here. I don’t think Yan Gomes (23.265) repeats the season he just had, but at this price, I don’t see a negative. Yasmani Grandal (23.275) is an interesting lottery pick, but the time-table concerns me a bit, and I think he could have been had during the bench rounds.

24.277 — Ike Davis 1B, NYM

25.300 — Kole Calhoun OF, LAA

Grouped together basically because they’re the fat kids in the short pool. That’s my way of saying they’re on my bench. Sorry fat kids. Sorry short pool. Sorry Ike and Kole. I don’t necessarily like Ike Davis, but as far as really buy-low picks go, I’m fine with it. And while I think Kole Calhoun will have plenty of value, especially in deep leagues or AL-only formats, he seems to be more of an afterthought in your basic vanilla leagues. Which makes me hungry for ice cream. So thanks to me, jerk. You know I don’t have any ice cream.

Twenty-Fourth and Twenty-Fifth Round Notes: I like Colby Rasmus (24.282) as a power-only late pick. I’m not a Jhonny Peralta (24.286) fan, but I think he went a lot later than he should have. And both Scott Kazmir (25.295) and Ian Kennedy (25.294) represent some good fliers, especially with both of them pitching in the best environments to do so.

Should old acquaintance be forgot… Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year to the Razzball community!

 

 Jason Longfellow, aka Jay Long, aka JayWrong, aka Jay, aka JW-1, is a 31-year old Korean/Irish writer who finds solace using Makers Mark as a vehicle to impress women, and also has an affinity for making Jennifer Lawrence GIFs. You can follow him @jaywrong, read his blog Desultory Thoughts of a Longfellow, or, you can find his GIFs at his tumblr, named Siuijeonseo.

 

 

 

 

71 Responses

  1. Curt says:
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    Keeper question, Butler @ 68th overall or Aoki @ 110…..thanks.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Curt: I think Aoki can help more.

      • Curt says:
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        @Jay: TY, and Happy Hollidays, love ur posts!!!!!

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Curt: np. You too!

  2. Len says:
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    When did Eric young raja Davis Jarod dyson go

  3. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    Pick 133 is still quite early to chase speed. You mention here that Leonys Martin at that point in the draft was the only player left to have stolen more than 23 bases (alluding to 2013). I think you overlooked at least a few others who went significantly later in your mock. Among them were, Alexei Ramirez (30 SB, with better position eligibility at pick 168), Brett Gardner (24 SB, pick 218), Nate McLouth (30 SB, pick 231), EYoung Jr. (46 SB, pick 248 ), and Rajai Davis (45 SB, pick 258). Of course we can’t base everything on 2013′s stats. Ben Revere, Angel Pagan, Coco Crisp, and Michael Bourn each reached your 23 SB mark multiple years in a row prior to 2013. I’d say Jonathan Villar, Adam Eaton (the hitter), and maybe George Springer (called up early enough), among others could also reach 23+ SB in 2014.
    Power was what was really lacking availability from the 12th round on in this mock. Based on 2013 alone, guys like Mike Napoli, Kendrys Morales, Chris Carter, and Adam Lind should have taken on quite a bit of value since they belonged to a small group of hitters to reach 23+ HR. In fairness, Colby Rasmus should probably be included as well (22HR in 2013 in just 417 AB).
    What we should take from this is that speed, while in decline, can still be had late. On the other hand, finding a 20+ HR bat is far more difficult as a draft approaches something in the neighborhood of the 150th overall pick.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @PublicEnemy#1: fair enough. I will say, out of all the speed guys you mention, I still like Martin’s situation the best.

      Power was something I had in abundance as well, so I had the bonus of not needing it as the draft progressed.

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      Jay says:
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      @PublicEnemy#1: I should say ‘liked’ as this was pre-Choo. More of a function of– how helpful can a mock this early be? With all the transactions… its already severely outdated.

  4. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    Though outdated, it’s still much appreciated that you and the Razz-crew are helping us get through the offseason with some witty fantasy baseball reading material! Razzball fans need a nickname btw.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @PublicEnemy#1: haha, np. Maybe Razzmunity? Sounds like a disease…

      • SwaggerJackers says:
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        @Jay: Aren’t we called Razzbabies? LOL

  5. The Thumb says:
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    Who, other than yourself of course, do you think came away with the best team?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @The Thumb: I think Clave Jones’ and Jake Devereaux’s could hypothetically make a lot of noise. But, yeah, your right, I like mine the best. Hah.

  6. The Thumb says:
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    Also, Mr. Padre, is Benoit the new closer or is he stepping into Gregerson’s former setup role.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @The Thumb: I think he steps into the SU role, unless Street really lays an egg in ST. Honestly, I’d still handcuff there, as Street started of real lousy last season.

  7. Johan Barleycorn says:
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    Jay,

    I’m in a 10 team 6×6 H2H league. We can keep 5 players. If we keep fewer we get supplemental picks prior to round 1. Here are my keeper worthy players:

    Chris Davis
    Adam Jones
    Machado
    Encarnacion
    Segura
    Allen Craig
    Alex Rios

    Who would you keep, and would you keep all five? There are always good players available in the supplemental rounds. Mauer, A. Gonzalez, Pedroia, and Price were picked in last year’s supplemental rounds. Thanks for your help.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Johan Barleycorn: If that’s the case, then I keep Davis, Jones, and E-5. Based on what you said, everyone else there seems replaceable.

  8. AA says:
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    Jay-

    I need to keep 5 of the following players:

    Pujols, Trout, Miggy, Cano, Verlander, Choo, Segura, Myers

    Which 5 should I keep?

    Thanks.

    • The Thumb says:
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      @AA: trout Miggy cano segura myers

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @AA: Trout, Miggy, Cano, Segura, Choo. I might flip a coin with Myers, but I like the balance Choo brings. Going to Texas won’t be a negative either.

  9. Charlie says:
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    I’m just now playing catch up and reading through the previous rounds comments.

    I’m in a keeper league and you forfeit your pick in the round the player was drafted that you choose to keep. You can keep that player forever.

    I plan on keeping Trout in round one and Goldschmidt in round five. However, I’m a bit torn as to my last keeper. I was going for broke last year and one owner was trading players for picks me and two other owners got into a trading war where I’d make a trade one day and another owner a trade the following day and then the third owner another day…this went on until the owner selling players had practically sold off his team. Anyways, one of the players I had traded for was Posey. I had given up a second round pick and received Posey and Kershaw in the deal. I can’t keep Kershaw as he was drafted in the second round and I traded away that pick but I was thinking of keeping Posey. He would cost me a third round pick. I know you should never draft catchers that early but my other options are

    Posey in the third, JUp in the third, Zobrist in the fourth, Choo in the eigth, Alex Gordon in the ninth, or and this may be tricky E5 in the 24th. I traded away my 24th round pick and might be able to get it back. If I can’t acquire a 24th round pick then I can’t keep E5.

    So who should my final keeper be? Posey is the best catcher in the game. Would he be worth it to keep?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Charlie: I’d try to keep E5, that’s insane value. So if you think you can trade for it back, I’d go that route. Otherwise, I’d keep Choo. Good pick/production allotment there.

      • Charlie says:
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        @Jay:

        I was afraid of that. Although with this being a ‘keep a player forever’ scenario E5 is 30 years old whereas Posey is 26 and Choo is 31. I know you have to take into account round and relative value to that round/what you could draft with that pick but all things being said don’t you think Posey now and a few years down the line is more valuable than E5? Or Choo?

        You also have to take into account what if it would cost me, for example, a 10th round pick for someone else’s 25th round pick. If that person knows what I’m trying to do I would certainly hope for their sake that they would ask for something valuable in return, ie a lower pick. So then you have to start thinking about E5 in round 24 is equal to me exchanging what round pick in a trade. This is a 24 round, 10 team league. So what round pick would you exchange for a 24th pick to keep E5?

        And if I can’t do it you still think I should Choo in the 8th over Posey in the 3rd? Choo is 31 whereas Posey is 26. And I know you can find value at the catching position but after Posey and Santana there is a drop off for me. I owend Rosario at one point last year and his 3 games a week became really frustrating.

        • Jay

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          @Charlie: I hear ya, and you have a better grasp on the context. Here’s where I’m coming from. I think the age part is a negligible gap when you open up the third round. Even though Rosario is barely a catcher, I’d rather have him than Posey.

          Also, 30 isn’t that old. I’d argue that catchers age faster, and it’s not like E5 man’s an athletic area of the field. Choo is suited for a corner… both of these guys will produce good numbers on a three-year scale, which is how I evaulate keepers.

          Posey makes sense, but I’d rather have E5 to compete with now or Choo, with that 3rd round savings. He jist seems pricey to me.

          • Charlie says:
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            @Jay:

            But that’s not to say I can’t obtain either E5 and/or Choo later in the draft along with keeping Posey. I don’t know where Yahoo will have their ADP but as usual these players tend to be ranked higher by Razzball than Yahoo, rightfully so.

            Which scenario is better:

            a) Posey in the third and possibly getting E5 and/or Choo later

            or

            b) whoever I can draft in the third round (keep in mind others will be keeping players so it’s hard to gauge who will/won’t be available here) + Choo as an 8th round keeper (also assume I can’t get a 24th round pick via trade to keep E5)

            • Charlie says:
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              @Charlie:

              I forgot to also mention this is a 5×5 league (avg, obp, hr, rbi, sb)

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @Charlie: The thing is, E5 is pretty darn elite, top-15 if not top-10. Even in your format. There’s no reason he should go outside the first or second round.

              I guess I see it this way. You have a way better chance getting Posey post-3rd round than you have of getting Choo later than the 8th round.

              • Charlie says:
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                @Jay:

                Thanks! I think given the option of Posey at 3 or E5 at round 24 I’d probably go E5. However given the option of Posey at 3 or Choo at 8 I may go Posey and try and draft Choo. Just want to see what Razzball rankings have him at vs what Yahoo’s ADP is.

                Let me ask you this. Since I’ll have to trade for a 24th round pick and others will have their keepers lined up the only way I see myself getting a 24th round pick is by trading a lower round pick to that person as a clean exchange. What is the earliest round you’d be willing to give up to get that 24th round pick in a trade?

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                  Jay says:
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                  @Charlie: If I understand correctly, you are basically trading for the right to keep E5?

                  I’d probably go all the way up to giving up round 2.

                • Jay

                  Jay says:
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                  @Charlie: Oh, and FYI, I believe the rankings come out sometime next month. Grey should have a better date on that.

                  • Charlie says:
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                    @Jay:

                    Great. Thanks!

                    There was a lot of trading of picks last year in this league. I didn’t record who has what pick in each round so I have to wait until Yahoo opens the league again to see which rounds I have and which rounds I’m missing. I just know I’ll be missing rounds 1 and 5 as I’ve ear marked them for Trout and Posey and I don’t have a second round pick as I’ve traded that already last year when acquiring Posey and Kershaw. I wonder if I go to someone and say ‘hey, I’ll trade you my 10th round pick for your 24th round pick.’ if they’d know what I was trying to do, ha!

                    • Charlie says:
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                      @Charlie:

                      edit: I mean I have rounds 1 and 5 ear marked for Trout and Goldschmidt.

                      And yes, you are correct. I would be trading someone a higher pick so I could acquire 24th round pick and then use that pick to keep E5.

                      In our league if you pick up a free agent or claim someone off the waiver wire they assume a 24th round draft pick. Someone dropped E5 the last week of the playoffs when he got hurt. I picked him up but after I had traded my 24th round pick.

                      I know the rule seems a bit unfair and we didn’t realize it until after the season had started. I think we’re gonna take a vote on having it changed.

                      I’m just worried bc I’m the commish and if I keep E5 at 24 and then have the rule changed I’m afraid I’ll look all sketchy.

                    • Jay

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                      @Charlie: I hear ya. I might keep that on the down-low, heh.

                      And yeah, rule changes can be choppy waters, especially in your case.

  10. Big AL says:
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    Do you have access to Matt Cains fastball velocity for 2011,2012,and 2013. Thanks if you do. Happy Festivus from the rest of us !!!!!

  11. roomba says:
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    Please rank for 2014 in a pts lg… Danny Duffy, David Robertson, Felipe Paulino

    thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @roomba: Robertson, Paulino, Duffy.

  12. Curt says:
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    my 14 team league has a 3 player minor league—–is Olt or Hultzen worth keeping, our draft 2 new minors?…..

    • Jay

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      @Jay: @Curt: Depends on who’s out there… those are second tier guys for me.

      Olt’s power is alluring, but I want to see if he still is having issues with his eyesight. I like Hultzen’s environment, and the fact that he’s slated for the starting rotation… so far. But still, pretty marginal guys.

      Gut reaction is that I think you can do better.

      • Curt says:
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        @Jay: thanks

  13. Curt says:
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    sorry, is should be in there

  14. Justin says:
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    Happy Holidays to you sir, and thank you for the write ups and very early research. I have a keeper question as well. 12 team league R HR RBI SB AVG OPS .. W SV K ERA WHIP QS. Keep seven, no picks given up. Took over a team and am currently rebuilding. I have 12 picks in the first seven rounds of the this years draft so I know there will be some good players for my taking but I think i’m on the right track

    This is a list of potential keepers…

    Rizzo Kinsler Taveras Starlin Castro M.Adams A. Garcia Jennings Granderson Yelich

    A.Sanchez Iwakuma Cobb Samardzia R.Soriano

    I tend to lean toward Rizzo Kinsler Adams(IF slot) Castro Taveras Sanchez Iwakuma ..

    Please help. And thank you in advance for the help

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Justin: Thanks, and you too!

      I might do this:

      Yelich, Castro, Adams, Kinsler, Taveras, Rizzo, Sanchez

      I’m a big Iwakuma fan, but Sanchez, despite his injury, looked dominant. Also, I’m a huge Yelich guy. Not a huge Garcia guy though, I’m not sure how much contact he’ll make.

  15. LA Sound Guy says:
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    I’d love to know your thoughts on how the 3B situation shook out in this draft. I saw that you liked the Josh Donaldson pick at 44 overall. Guess you’re a believer, eh? No fear of a Chase Headley impersonation? Do you like him 26 picks ahead of a proven commodity like Ryan Zimmerman? Or 62 picks ahead of the wunderkind Machado? Kids typically recover from injuries better than veterans, so I’m not as worried about the knee. Especially since speed isn’t really his forte. Anyhow, I think I’d just like a bit more info on Donaldson. 44 overall seems a bit pricey to me, but I’d love to hear why I’m wrong. Thanks, Man. Happy 48 days til the first pitchers and catchers report!

    • Jay

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      @LA Sound Guy: Well, I’m a fan, and believe he can repeat. So… based on that, a corner guy that can repeat a 300/20/90/90/5? That’s top tier. Based on my assumption, sure… but that’s where the love comes from.

      • LA Sound Guy says:
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        @Jay: Any reasoning why you think he can repeat? Obviously, it’s all speculation, but with Bautista a few seasons back, there were some small adjustments in his swing that Dwayne Murphy helped him with which fundamentally changed him as a hitter. Have you heard any stories of Chili Davis being a similar kind of bat whisperer? Sorry to press you for details here, I just don’t see any evidence in his slow ascent through the minors to indicate that he’s the type of hitter that he was last year. That having been said, I know the guy is a gamer, and if there is some regression, I don’t expect it to be severe. I guess I’m just looking for some justification to take him that much higher than Ryan Zimmerman this year. Thanks again.

        • Jay

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          @LA Sound Guy: The batted ball profile doesn’t look out-of-this-world to me. The zone control looks legit. I think that was his peak, but I just don’t believe it was a one-year wonder type of thing.

          But you may be right, he could be underrated. If so, I’m buying.

  16. Dan says:
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    Was Alex Cobb’s season a fluke? I like his improvement but should we expect numbers like 2013?

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      @Dan: Well, he’s an a slightly above-average pitcher in the AL East, which counts for something. My expectations are tampered, and I’m not over-paying. At the right price? Sure.

  17. Dan says:
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    Was Alex Cobb’s season a fluke? I like his improvement but should we expect numbers like 2013?

  18. The Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    oooooooOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooo OOOOOooooooooooo ooooooo

    Mr Jay Wrong: Don’t worry, I’m now wearing a diaper under my shroud when traveling between the Otherworlds now..

    Sorry, about the mess last time – if there was any ectoplasmic potty residue left about after I departed last time..

    Believe me, this inter-Otherworldly traveling is hard on the bowels… It just squeezes the stuff right out of ya – when you pass through those tiny portals they provide us with… They have got to do something about them – they are filthy and they stink!!!

    Thanks for posting the end of your draft after the Holiday rush… It gets crazing around this time of “your” year on the Otherside… When all the ghosts seem to want to go back over for one reason or another… This place gets quiet as a tomb on Xmas eve here – oops, that was in poor taste…

    Back to FBB

    Still trying to figure out your draft…

    Seems balanced on offense – worried about your BA though…

    Did a good job mid-late filling out your OF with Fowler and Crisp…

    I would have snagged Butler (CORE NUMBERS) instead of Martin’s (SBs)… Worry about his place in the BO and PT???s for that early of a pick… I would have mined for extra OFers for my bench instead of SPs and Ike Davis – like you did with Calhoun late too… There are always 1b and DH types to be pickup in season… OFers can be hard to find – in a 5 OFer system…

    Sorry, but I REALLY believe, you choked the proverbial chicken on Rendon … There were Closers to be had there for you.(Perkins) .. Same later with Wood and Kulber – Would have grabbed Frieri (If still there after grabbing Perkins earlier – these things change) there for my 4th Closer and left one of the SPs on the table…

    Flexing at 2nd base is OK…

    You could have had Rendon much later or not drafted one at all IMO… Again, easy to flex at 2nd until you find one you like…

    My bench would have been hitters (OFers) or Demi-Closers – ones behind high risk Closers … Closers are wonderful for K totals, ERA and RAT (and saves)

    To much SPing on the squad IMO…. Super SPing is always dumped after a couple ugly early outings EVERY YEAR… And we know that unlooked for SPer youngsters are always there – who come out of the woodwork from nowhere – EVERY YEAR…

    Sorry, if I have over criticized… You are still and will always be my Star of the Show…

    My time is up… Got to go back now…

    OOoooooooooooo OOOooooo ooo oo………………………. .o

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @The Ghost of the Disappeared: I’M DRUNK RIGHT NOW. SO OBVIOUSNESS… LET”S ELOPE

      Yeah, I’ll only admit to you, Martin might have been a mistake. Not big on Frieri, but don’t you dare talk anything on Rendon. He’s the only man I know who can wear a goat-tee. Well, besides Iron Man.

      My fantasy is we make a fantasy team together… fate? More LIKE CERTAINTY

      • The Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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        OOOOOOOooooooooo OOOooooo…. oooooooOOOO

        Mr. Jay Wrong: Sorry, had to pop back over… I forgot to share something…

        I know, you (unlike the other neanderthals [in his own image] The-One-Whose-Name-Cannot-Be-Spoken surrounds himself with and himself too) do read novels…

        Seeing this is still the hot-stove season, I thought, I might throw out some reading ideas for you..

        Below is a short list of some of the best, I have done this past 1/2 year since being disappeared ( many, I cannot believe I had not read when still among the living) … Forgive me – as I will forget to list too many…

        The Things They Carried – O’Brian – a Vietnam War Novelette – Brilliant!!! – “The Red Badge Of Courage” of the 20th Century… His sorrowful prose of war are wonderful… He cracks open the door in this one…

        Counting By 7s – Goldburg-Sloan – a YA fiction section timeless gem – that is beyond worthy for readers of all ages …. A story of a teenage girl – a victim of family tragedy – It’s a Little Man Tate type meets Our Lady of Bakersfield fairy tale with teeth – Reminded me of “Cannery Row” only circa 2010.. A beautiful read.. Have your Kleenex ready…

        The Tin Drum. – Grass – Why did I wait so long!!!… He inherited the torch of German literature from Hesse, Fallada, Kafka… WOW!!!! WOW!!! Buckle up for this one… Warning – If you are looking for a story line, you are reading the wrong book… BANG BANG… “Scream” and glass shatters…

        The Help – Stockett… To “Kill a Mockingbird” grows up… An American Classic!!!…

        The Wasp Factory – Banks…. If you like the strange, this is it… Have you given this a spin???… The surprise ending of all endings…. A shorter and different strange than the Tin Drum…

        A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – Twain.. His best??? Really a reread – but from a completely different prospective giving to me by my age and that I’m now dead (so a different book than the same one I had read before)… It is out there… A Hitchers-Guide of the 19th century by a man with an excellent political conscientiousness for his time… FUNNY!!!!!! = See – directions with Sandy AKA, Demoiselle Alisande a la Carteloise…

        Always keep reading… Even if it is accursed by the CRAVEN LIDLESS EYE in the RAZZBALL TOWER…

        On eloping… I think, your going to need a great big ladder to reach my high window in the Otherworld of the Disappeared… Keep looking for one… I’m all packed and ready to go…

        Got to go….

        OOOOOOOOOOOOooooooo oooooooOOOOO……………………….ooo

  19. goodfold2 says:
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    i love how that website looks, didn’t remember that as a 90′s thing.

    • Jay

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      @goodfold2: YOU DIDN’T HEAR THE OFFSPRING?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Jay: the band? yes. i’m mentioning how you said the website your mock was done at resembles website designs from the 90′s.

        • Jay

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          @goodfold2: I know, I was just playing.

  20. Terrence Mann says:
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    Thanks for doing this draft, posting this draft, and analyzing it. We can all nitpick but this draft is basically the only place to start for projected income adp’s for folks (like me) looking ahead 5 more weeks. Props to you and the rest of the participants. Hopefully, this becomes a staple – and just wishing here – includes a follow up draft around the new year (with the same participants in the same spots).

  21. Terrence Mann says:
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    Take the word income out of my post. Rudy, can we please get an ‘edit’ option?

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  23. Big League Wood says:
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    I learned some insight to Chase Headley’s injury situation that makes me bearish and looking to acquire him in later rounds. His knee injury was an issue early in the season and he had opinions to get surgery. Having already missed time with the thumb, he chose to play through the damage. I have to think his 2014 season will be closer to his 2013 finish and could be a steal, especially in the range you acquired him and where folks seem to be ranking him.

    Also think Jyorko’s ADP will move upward as draft’s approach.

    I like your approach of “best player” early with an emphasis towards power. The aforementioned commentary on all the speed guys avail late fits this strategy well.

    • Jay

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      @Big League Wood: Yeah, homerism aside, I think his demise is way overblown and is a big sleeper candidate. I agree on Jerko too.

  24. Chris says:
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    Keeper question in a 10 team H2H Points league (10 total keepers). I’m going to keep seven of these. Which seven?
    Fielder, Cano, Cabrera, Reyes, Stanton, Kemp, Myers, Tulo, Cargo.
    I planned on letting Reyes and Myers go but was starting to wonder about keeping Myers over Kemp. Just got a bad feeling about him. What do you think?

    Also keeping Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Bumgarner to round out my 10

    • Jay

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      @Chris: Cabrera, Fielder, Cano, Stanton, Tulo, Cargo, Reyes

      I feel like Myers is being a bit overrated this off-season. I mean, he’s good, but I’d rather go with the sure things. If anything, I might keep Myers over Hamels… but it’s real close.

  25. Mick9019 says:
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    I have the first pick in an espn dynasty league. Tanaka, abreu, Appel are the top talent available. Now that tanaka is posted, how would you value and who would you pull the trigger on?

    • Jay

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      @Mick9019: Tanaka and it’s not close. I see him as Darvish, minus %20 across the board. So maybe a strong #2, possible ace.

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