Cheap Pitching And Ottoneu Draft Strategy
With less than two weeks until Ottoneu keepers are selected, we find ourselves in a conundrum. To keep or not keep top young pitchers? What young arms are you sitting on? For me, It’s Rubby De La Rosa @ 5, Tyler Skaggs and Carlos Martinez @ 4, Trevor Rosenthal, Nate Eovaldi, Zack Wheeler @ 3, Jose Fernandez and Aaron Sanchez @ 2. What’s the best Ottoneu draft strategy to utilize?
On the surface, a few of these seem easy. Sanchez, Wheeler, Fernandez and Rosenthal strike me as definite keepers. Actually, Rosenthal might be a guy on the fence for most owners, but I’m emotionally invested having grabbed the right-hander just after a scout in Chattanooga told me he was the best pitcher he’d seen in 2012 to date. Rosenthal is a reason for starting this newsletter. I wanted a place to share information collected at the park with you. As an Ottoneu draft strategy, it never hurts to stockpile future closers.
Ottoneu Draft Strategy: Young Pitchers On The Fence
As for RDLR, Skaggs, Martinez and Eovaldi, the picture is much less clear. When I have Kyle Lohse, Jeff Samardzija and Jason Grilli @ 3 each, it becomes tough to justify keeping young pitchers around unless there’s true impact potential down the road — Especially when the opportunity is there to simply re-add the same arms at a lesser price. For whatever reason, owners drop a guy and often forget to add them back to their draft board. Been there, done that. As an Ottoneu draft strategy, it makes sense to bring players back at a discount.
RDLR has an elite arm, but I’d be shocked if I couldn’t get him back for $3 at auction. Eovaldi will go for $1/2. Martinez too. The only question is whether or not Skaggs will go for $4 or not. Personally, I don’t think he will. Last year, I bought Alex Rios for $7, the expected savings from dropping and re-bidding on a bunch of pitching prospects is an excellent Ottoneu draft strategy to employ. That’s the goal. Pinch your pennies and use them to add more offense.
20 Jan 2013 / Mike Newman /
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