Yelich and Taijuan For Price? More Reader Comments
Part of the reason I’m semi-MIA on Twitter is because my goal is to dedicate that empty time towards the ROTOscouting message board and answering subscriber questions. Some of you take full advantage, while others don’t. Ultimately, it’s whatever floats your boat. Let’s do a little Q&A with some great comments from readers mixed in.
Did you watch the video of Edwards at the bottom of the BP page? Do you see a little Doc Gooden in him? (Note: not saying he will be Doc Gooden)
I did watch the video and see the long/lanky flamethrower comparison. However, I’m glad the note was there as Gooden was already one of the best pitchers in MLB by 21. That’s the dangerous thing about physical comps. Edwards dominated Single-A, but he is almost 22. Maybe he’s a late bloomer who will make a meteoric rise to MLB, but the only pitcher who loosely resembles Gooden for me is Taijuan Walker, but even he’s 20.
When I saw Edwards, I thought of Roman Mendez who also came out of relative anonymity to post strong numbers at Hickory. Mendez is now 23 and has made a successful conversion to reliever with 8th/9th inning upside.
Does Olt fall out of the Top 100 or is that too drastic?
Take Olt’s Top-100 ranking with a grain of salt. The ranking was more due to his being a pretty safe guy who flashed big power at the upper levels. Remember where these rankings come from in the first place. I’m not sure anybody who pushes out a top-100 list has actually seen all of the players. In some cases, you’d be surprised to learn just how few games prospect writers you trust see. I’ve always shied away from Top-100 lists because they are subjective and shitty at their core.
I’ve been offered David Price for my Christian Yelich and Taijuan Walker, but not sure if 1. I need another pitcher and 2. if I should deviate from my rebuilding plan even though I’m competing this year.
At face value, this is a fair trade. However, how much of a difference will one pitcher make who’s not named Kershaw, Harvey, Hernandez or Wainwright right now? That’s the tough thing with adding a pitcher. The difference between a league average and above average-to-stud on your roster is not that much when it’s only two-plus months.
With your staff being so young (Harvey, Teheran, Fernandez, etc.), I would worry about innings limits and not having those guys around for the final weeks. Even so, I’d spend my bullets on major offensive upgrades who still have 60 or so games to play.
I am curious as to if you have played the Ottoneu points setting before, and if so, would your advice change with regards to specific prospect to target, strategies, etc.
I have and do quite well actually. My current crop of prospects includes Christian Yelich, Xander Bogaerts, Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa, Gregory Polanco, Michael Choice, Maikel Franco and Aaron Sanchez. For starters, I rarely keep pitching prospects around in points leagues because weird guys have value. For example, Tyler Chatwood has been worth about 342 points in just over 76 innings pitched. Over 200 innings, he might be an 800 point pitcher even though nothing really stands out other than limiting free bases and home runs. One can fill a roster for $1-$5 with guys like that and do just fine in pitching categories.
As for bats, Michael Choice would be a great example of guys I target in this format that I wouldn’t in a 5×5. Choice will hit for some power and walk his fair share. I generally won’t be interested in a player who doesn’t find ways to reach base. For example, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon are having down years, but their ability to take a free pass leaves them on pace for 800 point seasons anyway. In points formats, I’m all about safety and limiting downside.
Alfonso Soriano has been great for my 5×5 Experts League team, but he’d never sniff my points roster.
I am interested if you think recognizable names are worth rostering for the purpose of them potentially having enough name value to trade easily.
This depends on what type of owner you are. If you like to wheel and deal, then sure. However, you have to be sure that roster spot wouldn’t be better spent someplace else. In a 12-team league where maybe 50-75 prospects are owned across the league, there’s bound to be a legit opportunity to keep a guy both you, and the other owner would covet.
In a more shallow league, I’d be more open to employing this strategy. Some owners feel 40 roster spots in Ottoneu is plenty, but I wish I had more. As for Ottoneu, I might need to find another format to play in now that I’m no longer affiliated with FanGraphs.
How many future “impact guys” have you seen for the first time this year???
If Sano at age 16 would have been draft eligible, where would he have been drafted this year. And if present-day Sano had been draft eligible, would he have been an easy 1-1?
I’d speculate top-2. If the Astros didn’t take him, the Cubs probably would have. Yes, I’d say he’d be an easy 1-1. Think of any player in the 2013 draft. Would you consider dumping them in Double-A today? I’m not so sure.
“I’m intrigued with the question about cheating players taking the place/money of clean players. A part of me wonders if A-rod had never cheated, would he have set the bar by which all other contracts are judged (his crazy 8 year $252M deal from Texas)? Without the Arod contract would players salaries have risen as quickly as they did (Both cheaters and clean players alike)? It’s a question that will never be able to be answered, but an interesting question for the cheaters to pose to the rest of the players association.”
On The Futures Game“I am from NY and so I was able to attend the (Futures) game. For some reason Citifield did no open until 12 so I missed the World team batting practice but from what I heard Sano and Polanco were crushing balls. The BP for the USA team was interesting. Joc Pederson actually stood out there for me but that might be because right field is short at Citifield.The game was as you would expect, most of the pitchers looked great because it was only one inning. Most impressive I thought was Eddie Butler from the Rockies who throws one of the most interesting side-arm change-ups I have seen, almost looked like a screwball. Archie Bradley also looked great in his inning of work.Brandon Nimmo looked out of his league at this game and I thought his play in the outfield was clumsy and his bat was slow (im a big mets fan so this saddens me).One of my personal favorites is Addison Russell and he looked great in the field, I would be surprised if he moved off SS he has a cannon arm and is quicker then he looks. At the plate he was not impressive because he was just taking his hacks. I will say that in BP he was rocketing balls into the alleys and looked strong so it may be that he just was in the moment.
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Eddie Butler was probably the most electric arm (IMO). Not sure if his stuff was sustainable for 6IP every 5 days, but still looked impressive.Addison Russell looked over-matched, which was to be expected from a 19 year-old against guys in AA/AAA.
2 Feb 2014 / Mike Newman /
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