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Drafting: 1B

Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:57 am
by VinWins
Grey's recap of the top 20 first basemen according to ESPN's player rater:

http://razzball.com/top-20-1st-basemen- ... -baseball/

The tables below show Grey's preseason ranking, # of leagues they were drafted in, the average draft position of those selected in all 38 leagues, and the earliest and latest each was selected (ND = Not Drafted).

The Top 20

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Other Drafted and Ranked First Basemen

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Re: Drafting: 1B

Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:35 pm
by Grey
This is awesome, Vin! Ouch on some of these. Dunn and Morneau, especially.

Re: Drafting: 1B

Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:39 pm
by VinWins
Yeah, better off drafting Kendrys than Dunn this year.

Re: Drafting: 1B

Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:45 pm
by Grey
That actually would be interesting to know... Where the teams ended up depending on the drafted 1st baseman...

Re: Drafting: 1B

Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:36 am
by VinWins
Teams drafting our old friend Billy Butler finished first 8 times! Among 1st basemen drafted in all 38 leagues, only Gaby Sanchez never finished last. No team that drafted Aubrey Huff or Carlos Pena finished first. Even Justin Morneau (3) and Adam Dunn (2)were on winning teams.

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Re: Drafting: 1B

Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:12 pm
by Grey
Wow, that is very cool, Vin! Thanks!

Re: Drafting: 1B

Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 7:06 pm
by RandomItalicizdVoice
I wasn't aware that Lyle Overbay's mom had an RCL team this year.

In all seriousness...really love this kind of data Vin. Thanks as always.

Hard to believe Pujols only brought his owners 2 titles, while Butler brought 8. Of course, I bet Butler got drafted as a CI on many teams. In fact, when you consider that Butler, Napoli, and Kendrick all likely played positions other than 1B for many of their owners, and Kila and LaRoche likely got dropped pretty quickly, it seems like the Vottobomber was clearly the most valuable 1B in the RCLs this year judging by final position of owners, with AGonz coming in 2nd.

Re: Drafting: 1B

Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 7:51 pm
by VinWins
Definitely, most teams already had a 1st baseman before a lot of these guys were drafted. Shows who the smart guys drafted later.

As for Votto, I think he benefited from being drafted later, thus pairing with a better 2nd-rounder. This season, anyways, having a pick in the 1st 4 slots did not pay off. Only 7 of the 39 1st-place teams had a top 4 pick.

Re: Drafting: 1B

Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:04 pm
by RandomItalicizdVoice
As for Votto, I think he benefited from being drafted later, thus pairing with a better 2nd-rounder. This season, anyways, having a pick in the 1st 4 slots did not pay off. Only 7 of the 39 1st-place teams had a top 4 pick.
Very valid point. I think the same goes for AGonz...