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Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of May 26 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 May 2014 09:50

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. The Mixed leagues use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this is a bid tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

*PLEASE NOTE - We have slightly altered the presentation in an effort to help you reconstruct the actual bidding a little better. The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

New to the report is "Todd's Take" where Lord Zola will share his unique perspective focusing on FAAB strategy, game theory and league dynamics.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

nick_hundley

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

NHundley, Bal 19 Steve Moyer 21 Chris Liss 18 Larry Schechter 15
Andy Behrens 6 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
ESogard, Oak 5 Andy Behrens 7 Larry Schechter 4 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
CWhitley, NYY 5 Mike Podhorzer 6 Chris Liss 4 Jeff Erickson 4
Ron Shandler 3
JPetricka, CWS 2 Steve Moyer 11 Jeff Erickson 1
CGimenez, Tex 1 Andy Behrens 9 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
STolleson, Tor 1 Andy Behrens 1
LHendriks, Tor 1 Ron Shandler 1
BOberholtzer, Hou 1 Rob Leibowitz 4 Ron Shandler 0
KPillar, Tor 1 Larry Schechter 4
BCecil, Tor 1 Rob Leibowitz 4 Lawr Michaels 0
DOtero, Oak 1 Lawr Michaels 2
AMiller, Bos 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
JOviedo, TB 0 Jeff Erickson 0
MKohn, LAA 0 Jeff Erickson 0
BGuyer, TB 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JMurphy, NYY 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JGuerra, CWS Steve Moyer 1
FAbad, Oak Lawr Michaels 0 Jeff Erickson 0
BMatusz, Bal Rob Leibowitz 0
JBurton, Min Rob Leibowitz 0
SAtchison, Cle Rob Leibowitz 0
JParedes, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
IKrol, Det Jeff Erickson 0

 Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Much in the vein of Kyle Blanks last week, this cycle the player with a FAAB target on his back was new Oriole Nick Hundley, just emigrated from the same Padre team that sent Blanks to the Junior Circuit.

Hundley, who will have a platoon role with Steve Clevenger at present, cost the Inside Edge (Steve Moyer, who placed a $21 Vickery bid) $19 Cimolis as three other teams vied for the rights to backstop. Chris Liss, of Rotowire gambled a hefty $18 which pushed the winning price tag, but Larry Schechter (Winning Fantasy Baseball) also seemed to feel Hundley had something to offer throwing out a $15 gambit.

However, in an interesting twist on how fickle the Vickrey gods can be, Moyer also landed Pale Hose reliever Jake Petricka, hoping to cull some saves. The price tag this time was just $2 despite the $11 Moyer posited on the reliever as only Rotowire's Jeff Erickson even took a chance with a $1 try.

The Yankees Chase Whitley drew a lot of attention as well. with four squads vying for his services. Fangraphs Mike Podhorzer wound up the winner there, have thrown out a $6 bid, and acquiring Whitley for $5 as apparently the other three teams (Chris Liss,,Ron Shandler, Jeff Erickson) were curious, but not as committed.

In contrast, two known major league commodities--Liam Hendriks ($1 to Ron Shandler from Baseball HQ) and Brett Oberholtzer ($1 to Rob Leibowitz of Mastersball)--did not even merit a challenge bid.

Finally, Yahoos! Andy Behrens, bearing the brunt of the injury plague this year (Prince Fielder, Jurickson Profar, Giovani Soto, Tanner Scheppers, Sam Fuld, and Bruce Chan) tried to kick start something with three acquisitions: Eric Sogard ($1), Chirs Gimenez ($1), and Steve Tolleson ($1).

Poor Andy probably has to chalk it up to being "just one of those years."

Todd's Take

Attaboy Steve. I was hoping that's what you were doing. I've been monitoring Steve Moyer for several weeks as he has been placing a ton of $0 bids. On the surface, this appears to be a plan to be in the hunt for a top crossover player but upon closer inspection, Steve began the season in a $10 FAAB hole based in rules designed to keep owners competive for the whole season. The point is, even with all the $0 bids, there were several competitors ahead of Moyer in FAAB total so instead of hoping for a big fish in July, Steve was biding his time so he could strike hard previous to the deadline. This is a notion I support. Who knows what's coming over from the Senior Circuit. Hundley isn't Mike Piazza but he's capable of a John Buck-like run in cozy Camden Yards.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

stauffer

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TStauffer, SD 8 Tristan H. Cockcroft 10 Derek Carty 7 Peter Kreutzer 4
Gene McCaffrey 3 Phil Hertz 3 Brian Walton 2
Mike Gianella 2
ODespaigne, SD 1 Brian Walton 1
EArruebarruena, LAD 1 Lenny Melnick  2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JNelson, Mil 1 Mike Gianella 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 7
BTreinen, Was 1 Steve Gardner 7 Tristan H. Cockcroft 4 Scott Wilderman 2
RWolf, Mia 1 Scott Wilderman 6
TMedica, SD 1 Phil Hertz 3
CKelly, SD 1 Mike Gianella 1
KBryant, ChC 1 Mike Gianella 1
TGwynn, Phi 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
GLaird, Atl 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Steve Gardner 0 Scott Wilderman 0
JMathis, Mia 0 Steve Gardner 0 Scott Wilderman 0
MMaldonado, Mil 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Steve Gardner 0
DDescalso, StL 0 Derek Carty 0 Phil Hertz 0
RSantiago, Cin 0 Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty 0
NRamirez, ChC 0 Phil Hertz 0
BZiegler, Ari 0 Phil Hertz 0
ABarrett, Was 0 Lenny Melnick  0

UNAWARDED BIDS

ADykstra, NYM Phil Hertz 1
GDobbs, Was Peter Kreutzer 0 Phil Hertz 0
RBernadina, Cin Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
MEllis, StL Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
WNieves, Phi Steve Gardner 0
CStewart, Pit Scott Wilderman 0
ATorres, SD Phil Hertz 0
CTorres, NYM Phil Hertz 0
MAdams, Phi Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

This week in NL Tout was so 2012.

The only player to require more than one dollar to acquire, Tim Stauffer, last started early that season. The right-hander missed most of 2012 due to flexor tendon surgery and worked out of the pen in 2013. A strong five-inning spot start against the Cubs this past week could lead to more opportunities, as at least seven Tout warriors who placed bids must believe. $8 (down from $10 Vickrey) was ESPN’s Tristan H. Cockcroft’s winning amount.

2012 was also the last season Randy Wolf pitched in the majors, but the lefty is back with the Miami Marlins. Last week’s $13 acquisition, Anthony DeSclafani, was given just one start before the rotation spot was handed to Wolf, who yielded six runs, four earned, in five innings on Sunday against Milwaukee. Scott Wilderman of onRoto was willing to go $6, but had to spend just $1.

Former Red Sox first-rounder Casey Kelly made his six-start MLB debut with the 2012 Padres after earlier heading west in the Adrian Gonzalez trade. Kelly hasn’t been back to the bigs since due to Tommy John surgery, but reports from his Double-A rehab have been positive. Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus was willing to spend a buck and take a week of no stats now to receive the potential benefit later.

I made a similar $1 stash move with Kelly’s Double-A teammate, Cuban Odrisamer Despaigne. Already 27 years of age, the right-hander has made two strong Texas League starts since signing at the beginning of May. That has drawn favorable notice from Padres GM Josh Byrnes.

Todd's Take

I'm in this league along with Brian and the thing I see is our competitors are not afraid to stash current minor leaguers even though as Brian points out, you're taking a goose-egg for a week as rules require all acquired players to be active. Note that Phil Hertz backed up his Tommy Medica bid with current minor leaguer Allen Dykstra so it's more than just Kris bryant, Kelly and Despaigne. Looks like I have some work to do - scouring the minors for possible call-ups before they occur.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

ronald_belisario

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RBelisario, CWS 24 David Gonos 41 Al Melchior 23 Derek Van Riper 16
Zach Steinhorn 9 Ray Flowers 6
LChisenhall, Cle 16 Scott Swanay 16 Fred Zinkie 15 Tim Heaney 13
Nando DiFino 6 Scott Pianowski 5 Ray Flowers 4
Patrick Davitt 4
DWebb, CWS 12 Nando DiFino 14 David Gonos 11 Paul Singman 10
Ray Flowers 6
JRutledge, Col 11 David Gonos 11 Ray Flowers 11 Tim Heaney 6
DDietrich, Mia 6 Fred Zinkie 6 Derek Van Riper 5 David Gonos 3
BCrawford, SF 4 Scott Pianowski 4 Tim Heaney 3 Derek Van Riper 3
Cory Schwartz 1
LValbuena, ChC 4 Patrick Davitt 4 Derek Van Riper 3 Tim Heaney 2
DDeJesus, TB 1 David Gonos 5 Tim Heaney 0
EEscobar, Min 1 David Gonos 11 Cory Schwartz 0 Patrick Davitt 0
Fred Zinkie 0
JOdorizzi, TB 1 David Gonos 16 Derek Van Riper 3 Cory Schwartz 0
MGonzalez, Bal 1 Zach Steinhorn 5 David Gonos 2
MAviles, Cle 1 Cory Schwartz 1 Fred Zinkie 0
JOviedo, TB 1 Ray Flowers 6
YPetit, SF 1 Patrick Davitt 3 Derek Van Riper 1
DNava, Bos 1 Nando DiFino 11 Tim Heaney 2
DHolland, Tex 1 Derek Van Riper 3
NTepesch, Tex 1 Derek Van Riper 3
ELucas, Mia 1 Derek Van Riper 1
AGuerrero, LAD 1 Tim Heaney 3
MChoice, Tex 1 Tim Heaney 3 Fred Zinkie 0
CParmelee, Min 1 Al Melchior 5 Tim Heaney 2
MCarp, Bos 1 Fred Zinkie 6 Tim Heaney 0
BCumpton, Pit 1 Paul Singman 10
ARienzo, CWS 0 Cory Schwartz 0
ErChavez, Ari 0 Patrick Davitt 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JGuthrie, KC David Gonos 5
ISuzuki, NYY Nando DiFino 4 Tim Heaney 0
AGose, Tor Tim Heaney 3
RLudwick, Cin Tim Heaney 2
NMartinez, Tex Derek Van Riper 1
CMcHugh, Hou Patrick Davitt 1 Derek Van Riper 1
PKonerko, CWS Tim Heaney 1 Fred Zinkie 0
SPearce, Bal Patrick Davitt 0
ACallaspo, Oak Patrick Davitt 0
BHolt, Bos Fred Zinkie 0
DValencia, KC Fred Zinkie 0
JNicasio, Col Cory Schwartz 0
JTurner, LAD Cory Schwartz 0
KKendrick, Phi Cory Schwartz 0
MSierra, CWS Tim Heaney 0
TStauffer, SD Cory Schwartz 0
WFlores, NYM Fred Zinkie 0
ZCozart, Cin Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Even though the new White Sox closer could soon become their former closer, Ronald Belisario still fetched a $41 bid from David Gonos. This is the way potential saves sources have been treated all year in this league, and it appears that the trend will not change anytime soon. Although Belisario has converted two of his three save chances since taking over ninth inning duties for the injured Matt Lindstrom, he’s allowed runs in all three of those outings. With Daniel Webb (who went for a generous amount himself) and Jacob Petricka representing two viable alternative options, Belisario is surely on shaky ground. But he was pitching very well prior to the bullpen promotion, and neither Webb nor Petricka have any closing experience. The bottom line is that it’s tough to predict what will happen here, so I chose to avoid the mess, outside of a token bid on Belisario that I knew would be topped.

Securing Belisario wasn’t enough for the free-spending Gonos, as he also landed Josh Rutledge, who figures to see significant playing time, maybe even everyday playing time, with Nolan Arenado on the shelf. Rutledge has always possessed an intriguing combination of power and speed but has so far failed to stick around in the big leagues for good. Maybe he can capitalize on the opportunity this time.

Speaking of sticking around, Lonnie Chisenhall is hitting .381 over his first 113 at-bats this season, and although the former top prospect’s power has yet to fully develop at the major league level (only two homers this season), his 14 doubles are a promising sign.

Picking on the Astros lineup is fun, and Miguel Gonzalez sports a 2.84 ERA over his last three starts. Sounds like a recipe for success, though the fact that the Astros actually rank 11th in the Majors in runs scored this month does make me a bit nervous.

Todd's Take

Mixed league bidding with Vickrey is interesting. On one hand it's a safety net - bid a ton to make sure you get the player you want knowing the bid will be reduced. On the other hand, by how much? Especially in a league with $0 bids my lean is to be ultra-aggressive. As an example, Josh Rutledge would be mine, all mine. I admit, I have an unhealthy affinity for Rutledge but the point is in a mixed league, there are no crossover deals to wait for. When you see someone you feel can make a difference, go for it.

Something else to think about in mixed leagues is short term versus long term potential. Take Paul Konerko. Once Jose Abreu returns Konerko will return to part-time duty but until then, he'll receive regular playing time. I'd rather pick up Konerko for the time he'll be playing and replace him with the next Konerko than settle for a lesser option that may play the full season.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

rougned_odor

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ROdor, Tex 20 Eno Sarris 21 Nicholas Minnix 19 Adam Ronis 3
Charlie Wiegert 2 Scott Engel 1
LChisenhall, Cle 8 Tim McLeod 11 Charlie Wiegert 7 Grey Albright 2
Scott Engel 2 Perry Van Hook 2
RBelisario, CWS 6 Grey Albright 6 Eno Sarris 6 Tom Kessenich 4
Greg Ambrosius 4 Nicholas Minnix 0
DWebb, CWS 6 Greg Ambrosius 7 Tim McLeod 5 Eno Sarris 5
Grey Albright 3
AOttavino, Col 3 Eno Sarris 3 Nicholas Minnix 3 Tom Kessenich 2
RVogelsong, SF 3 Adam Ronis 8 Scott Engel 2 Nicholas Minnix 0
WFlores, NYM 2 Eno Sarris 3 Grey Albright 1
UJimenez, Bal 2 Charlie Wiegert 9 Ray Murphy 1
CParmelee, Min 1 Grey Albright 5
BHolt, Bos 1 Grey Albright 1
RBrothers, Col 1 Tom Kessenich 2 Eno Sarris 1 Nicholas Minnix 0
JArrieta, ChC 1 Scott Engel 1 Adam Ronis 1
SDrew, Bos 1 Nicholas Minnix 9
JRutledge, Col 1 Adam Ronis 4
NTepesch, Tex 1 Paul Greco 1 Adam Ronis 3 Perry Van Hook 2
TMilone, Oak 1 Perry Van Hook 4 Adam Ronis 3
DStubbs, Col 1 Charlie Wiegert 4
JHarrison, Pit 0 Scott Engel 0
WDavis, KC 0 Nicholas Minnix 0
DPhelps, NYY 0 Ray Murphy 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DDietrich, Mia Eno Sarris 6
JGuthrie, KC Greg Ambrosius 6
JOviedo, TB Eno Sarris 3
WChen, Bal Charlie Wiegert 3
JNicasio, Col Charlie Wiegert 2
MShoemaker, LAA Perry Van Hook 2
ARienzo, CWS Scott Engel 1
DNava, Bos Grey Albright 1
EStults, SD Charlie Wiegert 1
KGibson, Min Charlie Wiegert 1
LValbuena, ChC Charlie Wiegert 1 Adam Ronis 1
BZiegler, Ari Eno Sarris 1
JMercer, Pit Eno Sarris 1
JPeralta, TB Eno Sarris 1
RWebb, Bal Eno Sarris 1
YEscobar, TB Eno Sarris 1
PKonerko, CWS Grey Albright 1
JPeavy, Bos Nicholas Minnix 0
BWorkman, Bos Ray Murphy 0
SDeduno, Min Scott Engel 0
VNuno, NYY Scott Engel 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Not surprisingly the high bid for the TOUT Mixed Draft League was Texas Ranger rookie second baseman Rougned Odor [prn = RoogNed OhDoor] who went for $20 to Fangraphs Eno Sarris using all but one of his $21 bid to beat the $19 bid by Nick Minnix.

But the interesting secondary battle was for upcoming saves for the Chicago White Sox with both Ronald Belisario and Daniel Webb going for $6. Grey Albright bid won Belisario on a tie-breaker with Sarris for their full six dollar bids. Greg Ambrosius bid $7 for Webb and got him for six dollars. Strangely perhaps there was no underbid for Jake Petricka (prn = Petrichka] who could have been had for a zero bid … this week.

Todd's Take

Something I've always wondered about in this league (and at one point contacted Peter Kreutzer who is their SWAT to confirm) is whether everyone is aware that $0 bids are allowed since they're much rarer in Tout Draft as compared to Tout Auction. It may be strategic in that everyone wants to beat the occasional $0 bid with a buck or it may be that some are indeed not privy to the rule. But that means they also aren't checking the results on site each week (let alone this report) so chances are it's strategic. It's just an interesting dynamic between the two leagues as the auction version is much more liberal with $0 bids.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 11:20
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of May 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 May 2014 16:49

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

tepesch

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Kyle Blanks, OAK $13 SiriusXM 13 Mastersball 11 RotoWire 11
Baseball HQ 7 USA TODAY Sports 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Colton & The Wolfman 1
Nick Tepesch, TEX $11 Mastersball 11 Baseball HQ 8 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4
Colton & The Wolfman 3 Fangraphs 2 ESPN.com 1
Brock Holt, BOS $6 Baseball HQ 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Joel Peralta, TB $4 RotoWire 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Chase Whitley, NYY $4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Mastersball 4
L.J. Hoes, HOU $3 USA TODAY Sports 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Baseball HQ 1
Colton & The Wolfman 1
Kevin Pillar, TOR $3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Baseball HQ 1
Jesus Aguilar, CLE $2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Baseball HQ 4
Mike Carp, BOS $1 Baseball HQ 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1
SiriusXM 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Zoilo Almonte, NYY $1 Baseball HQ 1
Kyle Farnsworth, HOU $1 ESPN.com 1
Tom Wilhelmsen, SEA $1 Fangraphs 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Luis Jimenez, LAA Baseball HQ 5 Colton & The Wolfman 1 SiriusXM 1
Jonathan Herrera, BOS Baseball HQ 3
Danny Worth, DET Baseball HQ 1 SiriusXM 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Luis Sardinas, TEX Baseball HQ 1 SiriusXM 1
Cole Gillespie, SEA Baseball HQ 1 Baseball HQ 1
Erik Kratz, TOR SiriusXM 1
Carlos Corporan, HOU SiriusXM 1
Adrian Nieto, CWS SiriusXM 1
Mike Morin, LAA Fangraphs 1
Tyler Collins, DET Baseball HQ 1
Steve Tolleson, TOR Baseball HQ 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

In the twelve team AL LABR league there were two small double digit bidding wars. If you play in an AL only league you may have had the same two players claimed last weekend – Texas Ranger SP Nick Tepesch and Oakland Athletic 1B/OF Kyle Blanks as both were new to the AL last week.

Blanks was dealt to Oakland by San Diego where he never really got the chance to establish himself. He will have some chance to produce in Oakland as he will be the right handed bat of a first base platoon with Brandon Moss (although Moss may play some outfield as well). Blanks has real power so in need of a hitter this week I bid $11 which was tied for the underbid to the winning $13 bid of Sirius XM’s Ray Flowers. More than half the league – seven teams bid on Blanks.

My same $11 bid on Tepesch did hold up besting five other bids, the highest of which was $8.

Brock Holt the once and current third base fill-in for Will Middlebrooks went for $6 to Dave Adler of Baseball HQ.

Additional Analysis

The line has been drawn - or so it seems. There are three owners with more than $90 FAAB left and it likely isn't a coincidence that none bid more than $1 on several players that cost several dollars. Winning Fantasy Baseball has the hammer with ESPN and Yahoo neck and neck for second most FAAB. This will be interesting to track as needs arise before the July MLB trading deadline.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

desclafani

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Anthony DeSclafani, MIA $3 Baseball HQ 3 Sandlot Shrink 2
Jacob deGrom, NYM $3 Baseball HQ 3 Sandlot Shrink 2
Jose Valverde, NYM $3 Baseball HQ 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Rene Rivera, SD $1 Sandlot Shrink 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Sam LeCure, CIN Baseball HQ 1
Craig Stammen, WSH Baseball HQ 1
J.P. Howell, LAD Baseball HQ 1
Jeremy Affeldt, SF Baseball HQ 1
Pat Neshek, STL Baseball HQ 1
Aaron Barrett, WSH Baseball HQ 1
Anthony Varvaro, ATL Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Again, NL LABR was stunningly quiet, with just four players awarded although in each case, there were multiple bids for each athlete.

Pitchers Anthony DeSclafani , Jose Valverde, and Jacob deGrom all went to Doug Dennis and BaseballHQ for $3, while the final successful bid went to Bob Radomski for backstop Rene Rivera, for just a dollar, acing out the competing attempt at the rights to  Rivera by virtue of a lower slot in the standings.

What is interesting is that among the 12 NL teams, seven of them still have a FAAB balance of over $90 which suggests a couple of potential things.

One is simply that no players worth a significant investment, like Jose Fernandez last year, have been brought up. Well, either that or the players who have been promoted were drafted by the teams as reserve picks and thus could not yield a FAAB bid.

Another is that since the range from first to last is still not great enough to consider any team out of it, owners are playing it safe as the Super 2 players and then the trade deadline give us something to spend those precious dollars on.

With nearly one-third of the season gone, it will be interesting to see which way this goes. As for me, if I now someone worth owning, I will not be shy about it.

Additional Analysis

NL only is NL only right? The stats count the same, right? Then why did Anthony DeSclafani and Jacob deGrom cost $3 in NL LABR and $14 in NL Tout Wars? Two reasons. The main reason is Tout uses Vickrey bidding so those owners are a little more liberal with their spending. The second is Tout Wars permits $0 bids which not only keeps totals down throughout the season but it also enables acquisition of players with a $0 FAAB budget. The dichotomy between the two leagues (as well as AL LABR and Tout Wars). If you play in single league formats, comparing the weekly reports may help eludicate which style of FAAB best suits your league.

MIXED LEAGUE

britton

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Zach Britton, BAL $33 FNTSY 33 Baseball HQ 11 Baseball Prospectus 4
Fangraphs 3 KFFL.com 3
Rafael Montero, NYM $7 Baseball Prospectus 7 MLB.com 3 Rotowire-Colton 3
RotoExperts 2 Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com 1
Sean Doolittle, OAK $6 KFFL.com 6 FNTSY 7 Fangraphs 4
Jacob deGrom, NYM $3 RotoExperts 3 KFFL.com 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Wade Davis, KC $3 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 3
Drew Stubbs, COL $3 ESPN.com 3
James Jones, SEA $3 MLB.com 3 Mastersball 1
Anthony DeSclafani, MIA $2 KFFL.com 2 RotoExperts 1
Miguel Gonzalez, BAL $2 Baseball Prospectus 2
Brandon Crawford, SF $2 ESPN.com 2 Rotowire-Colton 1
Nick Tepesch, TEX $1 Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com 2
Grant Green, LAA $1 MLB.com 1 Mastersball 1
Derek Dietrich, MIA $1 MLB.com 1 Mastersball 1
Gregor Blanco, SF $1 Mastersball 1
Eduardo Escobar, MIN $1 Mastersball 1 MLB.com 1 ESPN.com 1
Hector Sanchez, SF $1 Rotowire-Colton 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Luis Valbuena, CHC MLB.com 1 Mastersball 1
Tyler Moore, WSH ESPN.com 1 Mastersball 1
Tyler Colvin, SF MLB.com 1 ESPN.com 1
Jordy Mercer, PIT MLB.com 1 ESPN.com 1
Tony Sanchez, PIT Rotowire-Colton 1
Steve Clevenger, BAL Rotowire-Colton 1
J.P. Arencibia, TEX Rotowire-Colton 1
Rickie Weeks, MIL MLB.com 1
Jonathan Schoop, BAL Mastersball 1
Gaby Sanchez, PIT Mastersball 1
Anthony Gose, TOR Mastersball 1
Matt Shoemaker, LAA KFFL.com 1
Reed Johnson, MIA ESPN.com 1
Chris Young, SEA Bloomberg Sports 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

You know when you watch a post-game press conference or better yet the presser once a team is eliminated from the playoffs and those in front of the microphone claim that injuries had nothing to do with their loss but you know they're lying? Well, the myriad of injuries my Mixed LABR team has incurred has nothing to do with my last place standing.

The good thing is we're still only a quarter of the way through so I have plenty of time to make up for the plethora of health woes that aren't responsible for having 14 teams above me in the standings.

I probably should look into some trades but for now I am still waiting for things to flesh out a little more to get a better grasp of the best approach. As such, I need to fill the corner spot left vacated by Mark Trumbo, Adam LaRoche and Will Middlebrooks via FAAB. This, Eduardo Escobar is aboard as he's getting full-time play at shortstop in Minnesota and I need at bats.

The acquisition of Gregor Blanco helps cover the loss of Carlos Beltran. Blanco isn't playing regularly but Angel Pagan was dinged up over the weekend so there's a chance Blanco plays a bit more than usual. More importantly, he's running a lot and while at bats are integral, so are stats so the idea here is to add some steals so when the walking wounded return, I can look at the categories and decide where to go.

Additional Analysis

To go the extra dollar or not go the extra dollar, that is the question. It looks like $2 will get you almost anyone you want which means you should bid $3! On the other hand, if you don't have a preference, a strong of $1 bids will get the job done. The real lesson is only go the extra buck if you feel there is a significant difference in talent. A buck doesn't seem like much but when a player of impact does emerge, every dollar counts.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 19:31
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of May 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 19 May 2014 10:27

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. The Mixed leagues use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this is a bid tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

*PLEASE NOTE - We have slightly altered the presentation in an effort to help you reconstruct the actual bidding a little better. The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

kblanks

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KBlanks, Oak 16 Lawr Michaels 23 Jeff Erickson 15 Chris Liss 11
Mike Podhorzer 7
JAguilar, Cle 5 Rob Leibowitz 19 Mike Podhorzer 4
BHolt, Bos 4 Chris Liss 4 Mike Podhorzer 4 Jeff Erickson 1
KGibson, Min 3 Jeff Erickson 3 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
JPeralta, TB 1 Chris Liss 11 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JHapp, Tor 1 Rob Leibowitz 11
CFigueroa, TB 1 Jason Collette 2
SBaker, Tex 1 Jason Collette 2
MGonzalez, Hou 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
RChirinos, Tex 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
BBoxberger, TB 0 Rob Leibowitz 0
AWarren, NYY 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

GCecchini, Bos Chris Liss 1
BGuyer, TB Chris Liss 1
DOtero, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
STolleson, Tor Mike Podhorzer 0
SKelley, NYY Rob Leibowitz 0
KPillar, Tor Mike Podhorzer 0
BCecil, Tor Rob Leibowitz 0

 Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Former Padres’ top prospect Kyle Blanks drew the most activity this week. The right-hander slugger will back up at first base, outfield, and see some time at designated hitter, the latter position being his best path to regular at-bats. Blanks’ game remain what it is – a patient all or nothing approach that sees him walk about 10% of the time, strike out a quarter to a third of the time which makes him best suited to platoon play.

Another player who could push his way into a full-time DH gig is Jesus Aguilar. The Indians’ 1B prospect does not have Blanks’ raw power, but has over the past two seasons started to tap into the 20-plus homer potential projected of him while maintaining a disciplined approach. Aguilar has torched left-handed pitching this season, (.346/.460/.673) and while weaker against righties, did manage a .266/.348/.418 line with 3 of his 7 homers coming against righties.

With Grant Balfour walking more batters than he has struck out this season, Joel Peralta earned a number of speculative bids. The 38-year old has posted solid strikeout and walk numbers, but has had poor command within the strike zone and owns a 5-plus ERA for the season thanks to a 18% home run to fly-ball rate. Peralta has generally been better against lefties than righties over the course of this year, but this season lefties are absolutely lighting him up, batting .302/.348/.488 against.

Additional Analysis

Coincidence or needs? Noted Bay Area resident Lawr Michaels (Mastersball) and Tampa Bay blogger Jason Collette (Rotowire) both were the winners of players close to home. Chances are both bids were spurred by needs and not fandom but it always helps to know your competitors tendencies if only to know it may cost a little more to wrest a player with hometown familiarity. Little should be inferred from Michaels' acquisition of Blanks; he had a need and Blanks fills it. However, it is noteworthy that Collette would be willing to take a chance on Figueroa. he likely trusts the talent or anticipates opportunity that familiarity can recognize.

Cornering the hot corner in Fenway, Chris Liss backed up his bid of Brock Holt with Garin Cecchini taking advantage of a Tout Wars rule allowing the acquisition of a minor leaguer previous to recall (with the caveat the bid has to be non-zero and by rule all acquired free agents are active the week ensuing acquisition). This is a situation that bears monitoring especially since the ability for 29 clubs outside of Boston to sign Stephen Drew without giving up a draft pick is about two weeks away. The rumors of Drew back to the Red Sox are already simmering.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

degrom

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JDeGrom, NYM 14 Phil Hertz 14 Lenny Melnick  22 Gene McCaffrey 13
Mike Gianella 9 Tristan H. Cockcroft 8 Todd Zola 7
ADeSclafani, Mia 14 Lenny Melnick  22 Gene McCaffrey 13 Todd Zola 13
Seth Trachtman 10 Phil Hertz 9 Mike Gianella 2
Derek Carty 1
JHarrison, Pit 2 Brian Walton 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Scott Wilderman 0
JMachi, SF 1 Mike Gianella 4 Brian Walton 0 JMachi, SF
JDiekman, Phi 1 Phil Hertz 2
TWatson, Pit 0 Brian Walton 0 Mike Gianella 0
DMatsuzaka, NYM 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
EHerrera, Mil 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
JBianchi, Mil 0 Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty 0
RSantiago, Cin 0 Derek Carty 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DDescalso, StL Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty 0
GDobbs, Was Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty 0
CTorres, NYM Brian Walton 0
ATorres, SD Phil Hertz 0
BLeague, LAD Phil Hertz 0
CTorres, NYM Phil Hertz 0
KSiegrist, StL Phil Hertz 0
NRamirez, ChC Phil Hertz 1
ZDuke, Mil Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

It was another quiet week in terms of call-ups to the National League. So it followed that only 10 players were added by the 12 teams in NL Tout. Of the 10, only three went for more than a dollar, including two at $14. Oddly, both big acquisitions are right-handed starting pitchers with a surname starting with “de”.

Lenny Melnick swung the big hammer, willing to go up to $22 for Miami’s Anthony DeSclafani or Jacob deGrom of the Mets. He acquired the former. In both cases, Gene McCaffrey was the enforcer, with his $13 bids coming in second each time.

It only seemed fitting that Melnick acquired DeSclafani. After all, he owned Jose Fernandez, whom he placed on the disabled list to make room for his newest acquisition. With the Marlins’ ace done for the season, DeSclafani was given a shot. The 24-year-old made a nice initial start against the Dodgers last week, but with newly-signed Randy Wolf lurking, the rope provided may be short.

Phil Hertz offered $14 for deGrom and that is exactly what it took to get the job done. Up from Triple-A to take the rotation spot of injured Dillon Gee, deGrom yielded just one run in seven innings versus the Yankees on Thursday. The 25-year-old is a top 10 prospect in the Mets system.

I had the other crooked number winning bid, willing to go to $3 to acquire Josh Harrison of the Pirates. Vickrey Rules dropped that to two bucks. The bid made sense to me given the Bucs’ rash of outfield injuries and my ownership of Jose Tabata. Harrison had a good outing on Sunday, doubling and homering against the Yankees, though he was giving third baseman Pedro Alvarez a breather.

Additional Analysis

A baker's dozen - that's what it's going to take to acquire a starting pitcher, at least if Gene McCaffrey (Wiseguy Baseball) has something to say about it as he's put his fellow competitors on notice. Bid 14 or run the risk of not getting the player. There's no guarantee McCaffrey will repeat his $13 bids next time but will you be willing to take the chance if you really need a starting pitcher? Most league scoring sites avail this information for everyone to see. If they don't, contact your league commissioner or SWAT to see if they have access to the losing bids and if so, request they make them privy to the rest of the league.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

mejia

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JMejia, NYM 25 Nando DiFino 33 Ray Guilfoyle 25 Paul Singman 24
Derek Van Riper 22 Zach Steinhorn 22 David Gonos 20
Eric Mack 18 Scott Pianowski 13 Tim Heaney 7
Ray Flowers 7 Fred Zinkie 5 Cory Schwartz 0
ZBritton, Bal 22 Scott Pianowski 22 Al Melchior 22 Zach Steinhorn 14
Scott Swanay 8 Tim Heaney 7 Ray Flowers 5
DStubbs, Col 17 Eric Mack 20 David Gonos 16 Ray Guilfoyle 4
DDuffy, KC 16 Eric Mack 21 Zach Steinhorn 19 Tim Heaney 2
RMontero, NYM 16 Zach Steinhorn 21 Eric Mack 15 Derek Van Riper 11
Ray Guilfoyle 8 Fred Zinkie 5
BColon, NYM 8 Fred Zinkie 10 Zach Steinhorn 7 Patrick Davitt 0
BArroyo, Ari 6 David Gonos 9 Fred Zinkie 6 Scott Pianowski 2
Derek Van Riper 1
ADeSclafani, Mia 4 Tim Heaney 4 Derek Van Riper 3
JGarcia, StL 4 Eric Mack 9 Tim Heaney 4 Zach Steinhorn 3
DJeter, NYY 2 Scott Swanay 3 Scott Pianowski 1 Derek Van Riper 1
RWeeks, Mil 1 David Gonos 6 Derek Van Riper 1
KBlanks, Oak 1 David Gonos 4
EJackson, ChC 1 Derek Van Riper 1 Zach Steinhorn 0 Cory Schwartz 0
JLake, ChC 1 Tim Heaney 17 Scott Pianowski 0
MFranco, Phi 1 Tim Heaney 8
ROdor, Tex 1 Derek Van Riper 1 Tim Heaney 4
CAnderson, Ari 1 Al Melchior 5 Patrick Davitt 0
JDeGrom, NYM 1 Derek Van Riper 1
CGillaspie, CWS 1 Scott Swanay 6
JJones, Sea 1 Fred Zinkie 5
TColvin, SF 1 Ray Guilfoyle 12 Fred Zinkie 2
JMotte, StL 1 Ray Guilfoyle 50
SDeduno, Min 0 Cory Schwartz 0
JTomlin, Cle 0 Patrick Davitt 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

TMoore, Was Nando DiFino 7
CDenorfia, SD Eric Mack 7
JValverde, NYM Eric Mack 7
GBlanco, SF Eric Mack 5
LChisenhall, Cle Scott Swanay 5
AHicks, Min Tim Heaney 4
BCrawford, SF Tim Heaney 4 Derek Van Riper 1
JGiavotella, KC Scott Swanay 3
CYoung, NYM Tim Heaney 3
DDeJesus, TB Tim Heaney 3
RJohnson, Mia Tim Heaney 3
SRodriguez, TB Tim Heaney 3 Derek Van Riper 1
EEscobar, Min Scott Swanay 1
JMercer, Pit Scott Swanay 1
MAviles, Cle Scott Swanay 1
JMachi, SF Scott Pianowski 1
ACallaspo, Oak Derek Van Riper 1
DDietrich, Mia Derek Van Riper 1 Scott Swanay 1
JLyles, Col Scott Pianowski 0
SCasilla, SF Scott Pianowski 0
JFamilia, NYM Cory Schwartz 0
KKendrick, Phi Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The Mixed Auction Touts had no problem emptying out their wallets this week, as five players fetched a winning bid of at least $16.

Although no official announcement has been made, it sure sounds like the Mets would ideally like to use Jenrry Mejia as their regular closer, with their only concern being his ability to pitch on consecutive days. This might rob him of a few save chances, but Mejia clearly has the stuff to succeed in the ninth inning role, and he looked good on Saturday while recording his first career save. Considering the prices that potential closers have been going for all year, the $25 winning bid wasn’t much of a surprise. Zach Britton’s $22 price tag was somewhat surprising to me, as it’s not even clear whether or not Tommy Hunter has lost his job. But Britton is a former top prospect and he’s been exceptional out of the bullpen so far this year. Still, he’s not a dominant strikeout guy and left-handed closers are rare, with most managers preferring to use their southpaws as matchup-based specialists.

Drew Stubbs’ hot hitting has earned him increased playing time, and power/speed guys seem to be fairly popular in fantasy baseball. But with Michael Cuddyer close to making his return from the DL, Stubbs will soon have a tougher time finding at-bats.

Rounding out the top-5 are a pair of high upside young arms in Danny Duffy and Rafael Montero. Duffy, coming off a gem of an outing during which he retired the first 20 batters he faced, will remain in the Royals’ starting rotation at least until Bruce Chen returns, but even then, Bruce Chen isn’t going to stand in Duffy’s way if the former top prospect continues to deliver. I had hoped to add at least one of Duffy or Montero, as I needed another rotation option in light of the injury to Gio Gonzalez. Fortunately, I was aggressive enough in my Montero bid to land him. I liked what I saw from Rafael in his big league debut and I’m betting that it will be Jacob deGrom, and not Montero, who will get sent down once Dillon Gee returns from the DL. The fact that Montero is in line for a two-start week is an added bonus.

Additional Analysis

It's very interesting that Ray Guilfoyle (Fake Teams) was willing to spend half his budget on Jason Motte who is returning from TJS this week and is likely headed to a set-up role (despite some rough outings from Trevor Rosenthal) while the same $50 bid would have won Jenrry Mejia who has been named the Mets closer - at least for now. A closer look at Guilfoyle's roster reveals he's leading the league in saves with Craig Kimbrel and LaTroy Hawkins. He doesn't have Rosenthal but he does own Carlos Martinez. Guilfoyle's fellow owners should anticipate that at some point he'll be looking to shop saves and is looking for some support for down the road. One read could be Guilfoyle trusts Motte more if he were to get the closer gig than he does Mejia. The take-home message is there is usually a purpose behind FAAB bids, especially those that are a little curious and deciphering the reason may give you a head start on their intent. Mixed auction owners that need saves should drop Ray a note.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

britton

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ZBritton, Bal 10 Ray Murphy 11 Brent Hershey 9 Adam Ronis 3
Scott Engel 1
AHarang, Atl 3 Paul Sporer 10 Scott Engel 2 Ray Murphy 1
TColvin, SF 2 Grey Albright 3 Scott Engel 1 Perry Van Hook 1
DBetances, NYY 2 Paul Sporer 3 Scott Engel 1 Tim McLeod 1
GGreen, LAA 2 Adam Ronis 2 Ray Murphy 1
ADeSclafani, Mia 1 Paul Greco 12 Scott Engel 0
JJones, Sea 1 Eno Sarris 6
SDoolittle, Oak 1 Adam Ronis 6 Tim McLeod 6 Paul Sporer 3
Anthony Perri 1 SDoolittle, Oak
RMontero, NYM 1 Greg Ambrosius 10 Adam Ronis 6 Anthony Perri 1
JGarcia, StL 1 Anthony Perri 3 Adam Ronis 4 Perry Van Hook 1
JDeGrom, NYM 1 Tim McLeod 5 Greg Ambrosius 4 Adam Ronis 1
Perry Van Hook 1
CLewis, Tex 1 Perry Van Hook 2 Adam Ronis 1
RWeeks, Mil 1 Ray Murphy 1
WVenable, SD 1 Ray Murphy 1
AEthier, LAD 1 Brent Hershey 11
JMotte, StL 1 Tim McLeod 7

UNAWARDED BIDS

DDeJesus, TB Brent Hershey 9
KBlanks, Oak Brent Hershey 9
UJimenez, Bal Ray Murphy 4
NTepesch, Tex Perry Van Hook 2 Ray Murphy 1
RBrothers, Col Tim McLeod 2
WChen, Bal Tim McLeod 1
TSnider, Pit Eno Sarris 1
RVogelsong, SF Adam Ronis 1
ROdor, Tex Grey Albright 1 Adam Ronis 0
GSizemore, Bos Eno Sarris 1
EEscobar, Min Adam Ronis 1
DODay, Bal Adam Ronis 1
LValbuena, ChC Adam Ronis 1
YEscobar, TB Adam Ronis 0
JGomes, Bos Ray Murphy 0
JGiavotella, KC Adam Ronis 0
DDietrich, Mia Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

There were several bids in the nine to eleven dollar range for players this week but the only one that cost a bidder double digits was new Orioles closer Zach Britton who was rostered by Ray Murphy of Baseball HQ for a Vickrey $10 saving Murphy a dollar.

Popular targets were Angels’ 2B Grant Green, Atlanta SP Aaron Harang, Oakland reliever Sean Doolittle, and new Mets SP Rafael Montero but the order of winning bids reduced them all to winning bids of $1 to $3. There were many playable pitchers available so I put just two on the Rangers duo of Colby Lewis and Nick Tepesch and got Lewis for just a dollar.

Additional Analysis

Practicing what their company preaches, Baseball HQ's Ray Murphy and Brent Hershey both focused on veteran players with a track record as opposed to rolling the dice on an unknown. Murphy picked up Rickie Weeks and Will Venable while Hershey rostered Andre Ethier. Venable was especially intriguing as no one else bid at all. Everyone's risk profile is different but a player with 20/20 ability should have drawn more attention. More importantly, a definite pattern can be seen from this week's successful and contingency bids. There are some owners more willing to take a shot on an unproven player while others prefer the tried and true. This can be relevant in trade talks.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 18:14
 
Watching More Elbow Injuries or Trying to Prevent Them PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Thursday, 15 May 2014 00:00
The rash of pitchers with arm injuries, especially those who have or will undergo Tommy John surgery, was punctuated this week with the news about Marlins’ star Jose Fernandez.

MLB and MLB teams have been trying to get a handle on the reasons and predictability for elbow injuries but those efforts really have to be ramped up now – anyone involved in the sport will tell you that – well with one prominent exception and that is the coaches of very young boys who are on a path to be injury risks years from now.

On Saturday, May 10 and then Sunday, May 11, MLB Network ran a roundtable show about “The Pitching Dilemma On Widespread Pitching Injuries in MLB This Season.”

Bob Costas moderated the panel discussion, which included Dr. David Altchek, Tom House, Jim Kaat, John Smoltz and Tom Verducci.

The show will now re-air on Saturday, May 17 at 12 PM ET

I was struck by several things in watching the show. Having an “old school” view on all this, I was certainly predisposed to agree with those who would say that young boys certainly increase their chances for injury by throwing sliders and curve balls when their bodies have not developed to the point it can handle that stress. I also agree that those identified as better pitchers who are recruited for and play on “travel teams” or “tournament teams” in addition to the school teams they play for are pitching too much and, despite the fact that they are still kids, are pitching too many “stressful” innings – either in their minds or those of their coaches and parents.

I think every one of the participants agreed with that in some form. And many of them also voiced the concern that the younger players today don’t play in other recreational sports activities as they did in the past. Long story cut short, but when my brother and I started to play organized baseball, it caused my stepfather to drive up and down a long canyon above Beverly Hills. He then spent a whole weekend looking for a better place to move to which had a city recreational park about a block away where my parents could know exactly where we were almost any summer day and most weekend days after school.

The point is we played – we played whatever sport was being played at that time of the year and we threw off flat ground most of that time, whether it was with a baseball or a football or a tennis ball or whatever.

Tom House, the former major league pitcher and then pitching coach, said “We’re designed to throw on flat ground. What happens to kids today? They pitch too much year-round and they don’t throw enough. The only time they throw is in a practice or a game, and the pitchers are [throwing] off the mound. Let them play on flat ground. Let them throw stuff, throw anything. Stay off the mound except for game day, throw as much as you can on flat ground the rest of the time.”

Kaat agreed with that and talked about playing and throwing as a kid but he also had a great story about Tommy John when both were pitching in the Majors: “I had pitched nine innings against [Tommy John] in Chicago and the next day I’m at the mound throwing. Not pitching, [but] exercising. He’s running his laps and he said, ‘What are you doing? You pitched nine innings. You can’t do that.’ I said, ‘Well, I throw every day. It will rust out before it will wear out.’ Well, when he had the surgery, he called me and said, ‘Guess what Dr. [Frank] Jobe told me to do?’ He got his wife in the backyard and played catch every day. Throw a little more - I think that’s one thing that’s lacking.”

In addition to the thoughts of Dr. Altchek, the Co-Chief of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery, there were some clips with Dr. James Andrews, and here is what he said about what is causing elbow injuries: “The basic thing that parents out there and coaches and players alike need to know is if you throw with fatigue at a young age – in high school, for example, or youth baseball – you have a 36-to-1 chance of injuring your shoulder or elbow. Fatigue could be event fatigue, seasonal fatigue or year-round fatigue, so it’s a big problem.”

“What we really found out is that [high school patients] only had one week off each year from competitive baseball and that one week was – you could guess what – between Christmas and New Year’s. So they’re playing year-round baseball - that’s the number one risk factor in youth baseball.”

“If you take a coat hanger and you bend it enough times, what happens? It breaks clean and then of course that injury didn’t begin with that last bend; it began with all of those multiple, multiple bends. It’s a developmental ligament and the stress that it will take is only about 80 miles per hour, so our high-velocity throwers in high school – unless they’ve got great genetics - are really suspect to really injure their ligament along the way.”

All agree that there is not one clear cut definition of which young pitchers will be in danger of having an elbow injury, but there is research that MLB has from their new injury tracking system that suggests that if pitchers are going to have an elbow injury, it will be at between 250 and 500 innings of professional baseball. Supposedly, if they go past that number of innings, it is rare they develop the problem. I am not sure how they correlate this for those who pitched in high school and then went pro versus those who pitched three or four years in college, but it does show they are trying to define the problem for more study and to get the individual clubs to take better care of their young arms.

We all hope that there are fewer injuries to the players and of course our fantasy teams, but I think that until there is enough effort spent to educate parents and coaches of young baseball players and get them to look at the long view rather than just trying to push them towards pitching more for local, scout, college and professional recognition, we will continue to have a pandemic rise in surgeries for young pitchers. If you would like to see a clip from the show that summarizes that point, you can click here

Any fathers of young boys playing baseball out there (or those who plan to be) should watch, if not tape, this excellent and informative show.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 01:59
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of May 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 12 May 2014 09:31

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

tommilone

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Rougned Odor, TEX $18 USA TODAY Sports 18 SiriusXM 11 RotoWire 11
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 8 KFFL.com 6 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Tommy Milone, OAK $17 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 17 RotoWire 12 Colton & The Wolfman 7
Winning Fantasy Baseball 5 Baseball HQ 1
James Jones, SEA $14 SiriusXM 14 Mastersball 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 5
KFFL.com 2 RotoWire 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Robbie Ray, DET $13 RotoWire 13 Mastersball 11 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7
USA TODAY Sports 6
Josh Tomlin, CLE $13 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 13
Steve Clevenger, BAL $6 Colton & The Wolfman 6
Danny Santana, MIN $6 Fangraphs 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 USA TODAY Sports 2
KFFL.com 2 SiriusXM 1
Johnny Giavotella, KC $4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 SiriusXM 12 USA TODAY Sports 3
Colton & The Wolfman 1
Vidal Nuno, NYY $2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 6 RotoWire 4
ESPN.com 1
Efren Navarro, LAA $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Frank Francisco, CWS $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Alfredo Aceves, NYY $1 Baseball HQ 1
Logan Forsythe, TB $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 SiriusXM 1
Chris Parmelee, MIN $1 KFFL.com 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Willie Bloomquist, SEA USA TODAY Sports 2
Carlos Corporan, HOU Colton & The Wolfman 1
Bryan Holaday, DET Colton & The Wolfman 1
Erik Kratz, TOR Colton & The Wolfman 1 SiriusXM 1
Adrian Nieto, CWS Colton & The Wolfman 1
Jose Molina, TB Colton & The Wolfman 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Well we saw more bidding on Sunday night than we have in quite a while. I am still not sure that was just because there were a few new players up from the minors or the bidders were feeling more desperate into month two.

High bid for the week was the $18 Steve Gardner spent to roster Rougned Odor now playing second base for the Texas Rangers while they wait for Jurickson Profar to return. In all six teams bid on the young Ranger with two eleven dollar underbids.

When Baseball HQ tried for a save or two by rostering Toronto’s Aaron Loup last week they dropped one of their underperforming starters but eight shutout innings and a W made Tommy Milone look good as gold - $17 worth spent by the NFBC/Stats team. Four other teams bid on Milone the highest underbid being $12.

Eight of the twelve AL teams bid for the services of Seattle’s James Jones won by Rotowire at $14 – my consolation was being the highest underbid at $6. Josh Tomlin another player promoted from the minor leagues this week went for an uncontested $13 to the NFBC/Stats duo of Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs.

Perhaps the most interesting bidding war was for Detroit SP Robbie Ray who prior to this week was best known for being the unrecognized minor league pitcher obtained by the Tigers in the Doug Fister trade. But Ray pitched two terrific games this week and despite the fact that he might not get another start this week if Anibal Sanchez is deemed ready for duty, Rotowire topped my $11 bid for Ray with a $13 winning bid. I won Ray at $11 in an AL only keeper league so was a little surprised he went for more in a redraft league.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

chaseanderson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Chase Anderson, ARI $18 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 18 Sandlot Shrink 1
Jeurys Familia, NYM $17 RotoExperts 17 Baseball HQ 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Josh Harrison, PIT $9 RotoExperts 9 Fantasy Insiders 1 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Baseball HQ 1
Tyler Colvin, SF $6 Yahoo Sports 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Mastersball 3
Fantasy Insiders 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Charlie Culberson, COL $1 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Chone Figgins, LAD $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Chris Coghlan, CHC $1 Fantasy Insiders 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Eric Campbell, NYM $1 Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1
Roger Bernadina, CIN $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Tony Watson, PIT $1 Sandlot Shrink 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Reed Johnson, MIA Fantasy Insiders 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Brent Morel, PIT Baseball HQ 1
Caleb Gindl, MIL Colton & The Wolfman 1
Donovan Solano, MIA Baseball HQ 1
Jake Diekman, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Joey Butler, STL Colton & The Wolfman 1
Juan Perez, SF Fantasy Insiders 1
Neftali Soto, CIN Inside Edge 1
Zach Walters, WSH Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

FAAB bidding is such an odd pairing of perceived need, and supply and demand.

As in this week during the NL FAAB transactions, team NFBC/STATS Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs forked out $18 for the rights to Arizona hurler Chase Anderson with only one challenge of a buck (meaning if LABR played with Vickery rules, the price tag would have only been two bucks).

Similarly, RotoExperts Lenny Melnick spent $17 for another pitcher in the Mets Jeurys Familia, for whom there was a pair of $2 bids.

Conversely, second baseman Josh Harrison cost Lenny $9 additional, but note there were four other attempts to grab the new Pirate, one for $2 and three for a dollar, while Tyler Colvin went to Yahoo!'s Dalton del Don for $5, and Dalton also beat four league mates and bids of $4, $3, and a pair of $1 tries.

What this suggests is there are more owners scrambling for at-bats than innings, and that means if you are thinking about FAAB  moves in a National League might want to beef up their hitters bids, while scaling down the pitching ones.

The remaining bids were all $1 stabs at statistical hope: Tony Watson (Bob Ramdowski), Chris Coughlan and Eric Anderson  (Derek Carty), Charlie Culberson (Doug Dennis), Roger Bernadina (Greg and Shawn), while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton took the ultimate plunge with Chone Figgins.

MIXED LEAGUE

bryanshaw

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Drew Pomeranz, OAK $8 KFFL.com 8 RotoExperts 7 RotoExperts 7
Baseball HQ 3 MLB.com 3 Rotowire-Erickson 2
Bryan Shaw, CLE $8 Fangraphs 8 RotoExperts 7
Razzball 3
Jeurys Familia, NYM $4 KFFL.com 4 Bloomberg Sports 1 Razzball 1
Chris Iannetta, LAA $3 Baseball HQ 3
Mike Aviles, CLE $2 ESPN.com 2
Collin Cowgill, LAA $2 ESPN.com 2
Wilmer Flores, NYM $2 MLB.com 2 Bloomberg Sports 1
Gavin Floyd, ATL $2 Baseball HQ 2
Tom Milone, OAK $1 Rotowire-Erickson 1 KFFL.com 1
David Carpenter, ATL $1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Henderson Alvarez, MIA $1 Bloomberg Sports 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Colby Lewis, TEX $1 Rotowire-Erickson 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Drew Stubbs, COL ESPN.com 2
Michael McKenry, COL Baseball HQ 1
Erik Bedard, TB Baseball HQ 1
Eduardo Escobar, MIN ESPN.com 1
Chris Parmelee, MIN ESPN.com 1
James Jones, SEA ESPN.com 1
Chris Young, SEA USA TODAY Sports 1
Wade Davis, KC USA TODAY Sports 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Dammit, I screwed up. I know I put in a $2 bid for Wilmer Flores because I changed it to $2 from $1 in case someone else decided to go $2 to beat the $1 bids. Being at the bottom, I would have the tie-breaker. My best guess is when I went back to change the bid, I failed to hit submit.

Don't tell me to calm down, it's only Wilmer Flores.

I'm not saying Flores is a game-changer, but with third base and soon to be shortstop eligibility and a possible full-time job, he could be a difference-maker. Especially with so many injuries, getting a full-timer eligible at the corner and in the middle really serves to extend your bench and perhaps allow you to stash a minor leaguers like Gregory Polanco, a DL player like Kole Calhoun or an underperforming player like Hector Santiago another transaction cycle or two.

Enough whining. Just saying don't make the same mistake I did. Measure twice - cut once. And make sure you hit submit.

More fun with closers this week but in both instances, I'm not sure they got the right guy (though you can't fault them for trying, it's part and parcel to trolling for saves and the cost wasn't exhorbinant.

The Indians are going to a closer committee and it's no secret we're fans of Chad Allen so this may be wishful thinking but there's a chance Allen was brought into Sunday's game to get out of the jam (using best option when it's needed most) and he'll pick up the saves over Shaw. Or maybe not.

The Mets announced Jeurys Familia could be close to taking over the closer role. That's great - I'm just not sure he can keep it as his control is still spotty. On the other hand, the next logical option, Vic Black on the farm, is struggling even more with walks.

 
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