TDGX Fantasy Baseball Update: Team RS Limps Towards The All-Star Break
It’s been a rough year for Team ROTOscouting in the TDGX dynasty baseball league. In its inaugural season, league mate Nick Doran compiled quotes from other owners including yours truly. Languishing in 12th place, it’s difficult to say anything else other than, “we stink”. Admittedly, drafting a team of twenty somethings had Team ROTOscouting hoping for a finish in the top-8, but nothing has gone right. I summed up our season so far;
When we drafted a bunch of twenty something’s and three of the best young starters in the game, it became apparent Team ROTOscouting was built for the long haul. And when first round pick Jose Fernandez succumbed to Tommy John, any thought of competing abruptly ended and we began a slow slide down the TDGX standings. Since then, Robbie Erlin and Gerrit Cole have also gone down with injuries. Our staff of young starters has been reduced to rubble with Johnny Cueto holding it together. Speaking of Cueto, it’s a great time to sell him to the highest bidder and add a few bats. Anthony Rizzo has been strong, but early draft picks Pedro Alvarez and Eric Hosmer have been disappointing. Plus, the outfield has been a mash unit too and none of the Double-A/Triple-A sleepers expected to be up and producing by now have. Overall, it’s been a season with few pleasant surprises and plenty of heartbreak
TDGX and Johnny Cueto
As for Johnny Cueto, what’s he worth anyway? At 28, the right-hander is in the midst of a career season and trading him would leave me with a top-3 of Gerrit Cole, Zack Wheeler and Tyson Ross until Jose Fernandez returns. Robert Erlin is injured too. Lurking in the upper minors are Robbie Ray, Aaron Sanchez and Enny Romero, all top-100 prospects entering the season. The bullpen is also young and talented, anchored by Trevor Rosenthal. Is Cueto worthy of three young bats in return? If so, then it makes sense to deal him considering we haven’t earned more than five points in any offensive category (20 max).
With four outfield spots and two utility players, my TDGX strategy of throwing a bunch of young outfielders with 15/15 upside failed miserably. Abraham Almonte was exiled. Robbie Grossman was too, but brought back because he wound up starting again. Anthony Gose has been his underachieving self. Dexter Fowler and Colby Rasmus have battled injury. Prospects including Cesar Puello and Kyle Parker haven’t broken through as planned. If Cueto can bring back a balanced spread of offensive talent, then it makes sense to deal. Unfortunately, TDGX is so thin, finding MLB ready talent is difficult. And with such a pitching heavy MLB Draft in 2014, trading for arms isn’t really necessary.
23 Jun 2014 / Mike Newman /
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