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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.

 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of May 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 12 May 2014 01:06

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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

rougnedodor

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ROdor, Tex 28 Ron Shandler 36 Rob Leibowitz 27 Chris Liss 9
Mike Podhorzer 8 Jeff Erickson 8 Andy Behrens 6
Steve Moyer 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
ENunez, Min 17 Larry Schechter 23 Chris Liss 16 Joe Sheehan 11
Mike Podhorzer 4 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2 Steve Moyer 0
JGiavotella, KC 9 Chris Liss 9 Jeff Erickson 9 Steve Moyer 0
DValencia, KC 8 Mike Podhorzer 10 Andy Behrens 7 Jason Collette 3
Steve Moyer 0
NMorgan, Cle 5 Chris Liss 5 Mike Podhorzer 4 Steve Moyer 0
SDoolittle, Oak 3 Chris Liss 3 Rob Leibowitz 3 Jason Collette 3
Mike Podhorzer 1 Jeff Erickson 0
AAceves, NYY 3 Rob Leibowitz 16 Jason Collette 2 Jeff Erickson 1
DBarton, Oak 1 Andy Behrens 4
RBelisario, CWS 1 Andy Behrens 3
LSardinas, Tex 1 Rob Leibowitz 6 Chris Liss 0
CParmelee, Min 1 Mike Podhorzer 6 CParmelee, Min
NTepesch, Tex 1 Mike Podhorzer 1
JBuck, Sea 1 Larry Schechter 1 Steve Moyer 0
MShoemaker, LAA 1 Jeff Erickson 1
DKelly, Det 1 Jason Collette 2
FFrancisco, CWS 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
SPearce, Bal 0 Steve Moyer 0 Andy Behrens 3
EKratz, Tor 0 Steve Moyer 0 Larry Schechter 1
ASwarzak, Min 0 Jason Collette 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

BGuyer, TB Chris Liss 1
BBoxberger, TB Jason Collette 1
AMiller, Bos Mike Podhorzer 0
FAbad, Oak Jeff Erickson 0
BBoxberger, TB Rob Leibowitz 0
JMurphy, NYY Steve Moyer 0
CCorporan, Hou Steve Moyer 0
BHoladay, Det Steve Moyer 0

 Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As with C.J. Cron last week, the Rangers promotion of second sacker Rougned Odor was the high priced item, costing BBHQ's and Shandler Park's Ron Shandler $28 in a bidding frenzy that included eight of the twelve teams and bids ranging from Mastersball's Rob Leibowitz's $27 shot, to Steve Moyer's $0 miss.

However, after Odor, Minnesota's Eduardo Nunez had the big price tag, costing Larry Schechter $17, with five other owners gambling for rights to the shortsop cum-play-everywhere.

It was Rotowire's Chris Liss who bid $16 on Nunez, forcing the $17 tag (Schechter's actual bid was $23 in the Vickery format)

Chris did score with a $3 bid on Oakland's Sean Doolittle which is the same amount I paid for the reliever during the auction, but I dropped the hard throwing southpaw a couple of weeks back during a reserve list squeeze (we only get to keep four players on the Tout reserve list). Liss was also awarded Nyjer Morgan for $5 more.

Aside from that, Kansas City infielders were in demand as Chris Liss spent $9 on Johnny Giavotella  (three additional bids) while Fangraphs MIke Podhorzer spent $8 on Danny Valencia (four other bids).

NATIONAL LEAGUE

ericcampbell

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ECampbell, NYM 5 Peter Kreutzer 8 Phil Hertz 4 Derek Carty 0
TClippard, Was 3 Mike Gianella 3 Phil Hertz 3 Derek Carty 3
JHarrison, Pit 1 Scott Wilderman 1 Peter Kreutzer 3 Gene McCaffrey 1
Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty 0
TColvin, SF 1 Phil Hertz 2 Peter Kreutzer 0 Derek Carty 0
CAnderson, Ari 1 Peter Kreutzer 8
AAlcantara, ChC 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
JArias, SF 1 Phil Hertz 2
PMaholm, LAD 1 Derek Carty 3
ARamos, Mia 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
TPastornicky, Atl 0 Derek Carty 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JMachi, SF Mike Gianella 1 Phil Hertz 0
KSiegrist, StL Phil Hertz 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
JPerez, SF Derek Carty 0
ABastardo, Phi Peter Kreutzer 0
JButler, StL Peter Kreutzer 0
JDiekman, Phi Peter Kreutzer 0
RBernadina, Cin Peter Kreutzer 0
ZDuke, Mil Peter Kreutzer 0
ABarrett, Was Phil Hertz 0
BLeague, LAD Phil Hertz 0
JBlevins, Was Phil Hertz 0
SLeCure, Cin Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

It was a very quiet week in the National League for transactions, and so it was in NL Tout as well. In fact, I cannot recall the last time I chose to completely sit out a period, but that is what I did this time around.

Only two players were auctioned off for more than $1 FAAB this week.

$3 seems to be the pretty clear value of Tyler Clippard of the Washington Nationals. After all, the reliever received a trio of $3 bids, with Baseball Prospectus’ Mike Gianella winning the tiebreaker. Though the 29-year-old right-hander has received just two save opportunities this season and blew them both, Clippard remains one of MLB’s most dependable set up men with solid ERA and WHIP to go with a 12.3 strikeout per nine innings rate.

Peter Kreutzer, aka Rotoman, was willing to spend as much as $8 on Eric Campbell of the New York Mets. With another bid of $4 to beat, Peter’s winning price was $5 due to Vickrey Rules. With Josh Satin heading to the disabled list, Campbell could get an audition at first. Ike Davis is long gone and Lucas Duda has not been overwhelming since being handed the job. Keep an eye on eligibility, however. Despite being listed on many sites as a first baseman-outfielder, Campbell may initially qualify only at third base.

Rotoman actually rolled a pair of eights, as he put that same amount on the table to ensure Arizona’s Chase Anderson also joined his roster. It only cost $1, however. The 26-year-old right-hander parlayed a strong six weeks at Double-A into a credible first MLB start on Sunday. Anderson held the White Sox to one run on two hits over 5 1/3 innings and with the Snakes’ rotation on shaky ground, a job may be there for the taking.

drewpomeranz

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DPomeranz, Oak 17 Tim Heaney 17 Nando DiFino 17 Scott Pianowski 12
Eric Mack 8 Fred Zinkie 4 Cory Schwartz 1
TLyons, StL 15 Patrick Davitt 19 Eric Mack 14 Zach Steinhorn 8
BShaw, Cle 13 Cory Schwartz 16 Tim Heaney 17 Scott Pianowski 12
Derek Van Riper 6
JFrancisco, Tor 10 Tim Heaney 26 Paul Singman 9 Ray Flowers 7
Cory Schwartz 2 Derek Van Riper 1
PHughes, Min 6 Patrick Davitt 9 Scott Pianowski 5 Al Melchior 2
CAsche, Phi 1 Cory Schwartz 2 Tim Heaney 4
GBeckham, CWS 1 Scott Pianowski 7 Cory Schwartz 2
CMcGehee, Mia 1 Ray Flowers 5
CCron, LAA 1 Derek Van Riper 6 Tim Heaney 13 Fred Zinkie 3
HConger, LAA 1 Tim Heaney 5
DPhelps, NYY 1 Nando DiFino 16
DBetances, NYY 1 Scott Pianowski 5
WFlores, NYM 1 Fred Zinkie 3
RHanigan, TB 1 Fred Zinkie 11 Ray Guilfoyle 0
JDanks, CWS 1 Eric Mack 5
GSizemore, Bos 1 Ray Guilfoyle 6
BRoberts, NYY 0 Fred Zinkie 0 Tim Heaney 4
AEllis, LAD 0 Ray Guilfoyle 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JFamilia, NYM Tim Heaney 17 Cory Schwartz 14
BCrawford, SF Scott Pianowski 6
CRoss, Ari Ray Guilfoyle 6
DStubbs, Col Ray Guilfoyle 5
JHarrison, Pit Ray Guilfoyle 4
SRodriguez, TB Tim Heaney 4
LChisenhall, Cle Tim Heaney 4
MKrauss, Hou Tim Heaney 4
ACallaspo, Oak Derek Van Riper 1
KBlanks, SD Derek Van Riper 1
MAviles, Cle Cory Schwartz 1
SDeduno, Min Cory Schwartz 1
DDietrich, Mia Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Once upon a time, Drew Pomeranz was viewed as one of the top prospects in the game. It does seem like a long time ago, but it really wasn’t, and getting traded from Colorado to Oakland can’t be a bad thing. After opening the year in the bullpen, Pomeranz was impressive in his season debut as a starter, and as long as he pitches well, he should stick around in the rotation, taking the spot of the demoted Dan Straily.

Pomeranz wasn’t the only young starting pitcher who caught the attention of the Mixed Auction Touts this week, as Tyler Lyons also garnered a generous winning bid. Lyons has split time between the rotation and the bullpen this year, posting stellar overall numbers, and he will remain in the Cardinals’ rotation at least until Joe Kelly returns, which might not be until next month. Even then, it will be awfully tough for the Cardinals to bump him from the rotation if he continues to put up stat lines like last week’s 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K effort against the Braves. Like Pomeranz, Lyons is a guy who has the potential to earn permanent roster status in deeper mixed leagues.

Of course, no Tout Wars FAAB Report could be complete without at least one speculative saves pickup, and Bryan Shaw was the flavor of this week. Heading into the season, Cody Allen was widely considered the obvious ninth inning replacement choice should John Axford be removed from the role, but it was Shaw who recorded the first full-inning save since Axford’s demotion. Still, this has all the makings of a committee, and committees are generally not a good thing for fantasy owners. I’ll hang onto my FAAB.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

juan_francisco

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JFrancisco, Tor 10 Greg Ambrosius 10 Charlie Wiegert 9 Nicholas Minnix 4
Tom Kessenich 4 Perry Van Hook 2 Scott Engel 1
Anthony Perri 1
BShaw, Cle 10 Eno Sarris 11 Charlie Wiegert 9 Grey Albright 6
Tom Kessenich 4 Anthony Perri 1
GFloyd, Atl 5 Tim McLeod 6 Grey Albright 4 Ray Murphy 3
Scott Engel 2
DPomeranz, Oak 4 Nicholas Minnix 4 Tim McLeod 4 Ray Murphy 3
JFamilia, NYM 4 Tom Kessenich 4 Grey Albright 3
CAnderson, Ari 3 Anthony Perri 3 Grey Albright 2
TLyons, StL 1 Scott Engel 1 Tim McLeod 2 Nicholas Minnix 1
BHicks, SF 1 Scott Engel 2
CYoung, Sea 1 Scott Engel 1
DSantana, Min 1 Eno Sarris 11
BNorris, Bal 1 Ray Murphy 3
SClevenger, Bal 1 Grey Albright 3
CDenorfia, SD 1 Grey Albright 1
CCowgill, LAA 1 Charlie Wiegert 4
GBeckham, CWS 1 Anthony Perri 1 Charlie Wiegert 2
CGillaspie, CWS 1 Perry Van Hook 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

SRodriguez, TB Greg Ambrosius 8
KJohnson, NYY Eno Sarris 6 Greg Ambrosius 4
ABass, Hou Eno Sarris 4
LOverbay, Mil Greg Ambrosius 2
GGermen, NYM Eno Sarris 2
AMiller, Bos Tim McLeod 1
DDeJesus, TB Perry Van Hook 1 Eno Sarris 1
RVogelsong, SF Nicholas Minnix 1
AOttavino, Col Eno Sarris 1
APresley, Hou Eno Sarris 1
DWebb, CWS Eno Sarris 1
JTomlin, Cle Scott Engel 0
JTurner, Mia Scott Engel 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Several winning bids in this league but condolences to Charlie Wiegert whose $9 bid for Brian Shaw of the Cleveland bullpen committee forced Eno Sarris to use ten of his eleven dollar bid; and whose $9 bid on Juan Francisco forced all of Greg Ambrosius $10 bid to roster the new Toronto corner infielder. At least Charlie only had to pay one dollar of his four dollar bid on Angel flychaser Collin Cowgill.

Sarris of Fangraphs was much luckier with his $11 bid on Minnesota’s Danny Santana as he was Vickrey reduced to a one dollar winning bid for the speedy shortstop.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 May 2014 08:34
 
LABR FAAB Report; Week May 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 May 2014 20:19

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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

pearce

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Steve Pearce, BAL $11 Baseball HQ 11 Fangraphs 1 RotoWire 1
Aaron Loup, TOR 9 Baseball HQ 9 Fangraphs 7 SiriusXM 7
Colton & The Wolfman 3
Sean Rodriguez, TB 6 RotoWire 6 Baseball HQ 8 Mastersball 5
Colton & The Wolfman 2
Chris Getz, TOR $8 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 8 Baseball HQ 8 Mastersball 5
Colton & The Wolfman 2 Fangraphs 2
Hector Noesi, CWS $6 Fangraphs 6
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU $3 Mastersball 3
Erik Bedard, TB $3 SiriusXM 3 Fangraphs 3
Josh Wilson, TEX $2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Jose Ramirez, CLE 2 Fangraphs 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 8 Mastersball 2
Colton & The Wolfman 2 USA TODAY Sports 2 Fangraphs 1
Don Kelly, DET $1 Mastersball 1
Ronald Belisario, CWS $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Joba Chamberlain, DET $1 SiriusXM 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Luis Jimenez, LAA Baseball HQ 3
Joel Peralta, TB SiriusXM 1
Jason Frasor, TEX SiriusXM 1
Ian Krol, DET SiriusXM 1
Charlie Furbush, SEA SiriusXM 1
Andrew Miller, BOS SiriusXM 1
Adam Warren, NYY SiriusXM 1
Aaron Crow, KC SiriusXM 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

I was up to 60 points and about to break into the upper half of the league before injuries hit, losing David Freese as well as Adam Eaton. I can cover one of them with Anthony Gose who was recalled last week by Toronto but preferred to see if I couldn’t add more at bats with a free agent hitter so I bid five dollars on Tampa’s Sean Rodriguez who is a very productive part time player. For Freese’s spot I could move several players around so any middle infielder would also work and far more of them then eligible third sackers. Chris Getz was my first choice and I bid five dollars again followed by Marwin Gonzalez of Houston and Jose Ramirez of the White Sox. Unfortunately the Angels’ C.J. Cron was unavailable (drafted by the NFBC team as a reserve) or that would have been some bidding war. His teammate Grant Green was also owned.

Well I was outbid for Rodriguez by a dollar and had to settle for Don Kelly there for now. I was also outbid on Getz with NFBC winning him at $8 so settled for Marwin Gonzalez.

The interesting bidding war was for Toronto reliever Aaron Loup who has from now until Casey Jannsen returns from rehab to contribute some saves but three bidders at $7 were bested by Dave Adler, BBHQ who won Loup at $9. And Loup was Adler’s second highest bid – he won Baltimore 1B/UT Steve Pearce for $11 with only two one dollar underbids.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

olivo

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Miguel Olivo, LAD $9 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9 RotoWire - DVR 1
Ender Inciarte, ARI $5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Fantasy Insiders 1
Jeff Baker, MIA $2 ESPN - Karabell 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 RotoWire - DVR 1
Mike Dunn, MIA $2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Dale Thayer, SD $1 Mastersball 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Michael McKenry, COL $1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Alfredo Marte, ARI $1 RotoWire - DVR 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Chris Perez, LAD $1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Drew Butera, LAD $1 Sandlot Shrink 1
Zach Duke, MIL $1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Randal Grichuk, STL $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 RotoWire - DVR 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Josh Harrison, PIT NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Tony Watson, PIT USA TODAY Sports 1
Sam LeCure, CIN USA TODAY Sports 1
Rene Rivera, SD Sandlot Shrink 1
Pat Neshek, STL USA TODAY Sports 1
Juan Gutierrez, SF USA TODAY Sports 1
Jerry Blevins, WSH USA TODAY Sports 1
Jeremy Affeldt, SF USA TODAY Sports 1
Jeff Mathis, MIA RotoWire - DVR 1
Craig Stammen, WSH USA TODAY Sports 1
Charlie Culberson, COL RotoWire - DVR 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Caleb Gindl, MIL RotoWire - DVR 1
Anthony Varvaro, ATL USA TODAY Sports 1
Aaron Barrett, WSH USA TODAY Sports 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Looking for at-bats, Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius opened their wallets to the tune of $9, investing in new temporary Dodger catcher, Miguel Olivo. Olivo stands to get the bulk of playing time (do you really think Drew Butera should be a starter?) while A.J. Ellis recovers. The NFBC/STATS duo outbid just one other team and a $1 bid on the Olivo experiment.

As a side note, Bob Radomski from the Sandlot Shrink did grab Butera for a buck, so we shall see.

Shawn and Greg also shelled out $5 for Arizona flychaser Ender Inciarte, who was hitting .312-2-12 with seven swipes at Reno, but is likely a fourth outfielder at Chase. Two other teams lost on $1 bids for the rights to Inciarte.

One other transaction that proved interesting to me were the four attempts at the rights to utilityman Jeff Baker, whom Eric Karabell nabbed for $2, winning the battle of lower teams in fending off another $2 shot, and two $1 bids. What piqued me was I have Joaquin Arias at third, and replacing him with the equally limp hitting (.130-1-4) part-timer was the worst kind of attrition. In fact, I speculated in my KFFL piece of last Tuesday (http://www.kffl.com/a.php/135454/fantasy-baseball/Fantasy-Baseball-s-Tumbling-Dice--Fixing-a-Hole-) I noted there might even be logic to simply not replacing injured or traded if the exchange was a sub-.200 average.

We'll see redux.

As far as arms, Zach Duke ($1 to Steve Gardner and USA Today), Chris Perez ($1 to Derek Van Riper of Rotowire) were the familiar names purchased this cycle.

MIXED LEAGUE

bhicks

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Brandon Hicks, SF $5 USA TODAY Sports 5 KFFL.com 1
Tyler Thornburg, MIL $4 DFSEdge 4
Drew Storen, WSH $4 DFSEdge 4
C.J. Cron, LAA $4 MLB.com 4 Baseball HQ 4 Towers of Power 3
ESPN.com 2 Rotowire-Erickson 1 KFFL.com 1
Juan Lagares, NYM $4 RotoExperts 4 Bloomberg Sports 1
Sean Rodriguez, TB $3 Towers of Power 3
Samuel Deduno, MIN $3 KFFL.com 3
Ryan Vogelsong, SF $3 KFFL.com 3
Yusmeiro Petit, SF $2 Rotowire-Erickson 2
Brayan Pena, CIN $2 Rotowire-Erickson 2 ESPN.com 1
Dellin Betances, NYY $1 Baseball Prospectus 1
David DeJesus, TB $1 Bloomberg Sports 1 KFFL.com 3
Brandon Barnes, COL $1 Bloomberg Sports 1
Jordan Pacheco, COL $1 ESPN.com 1 Rotowire-Erickson 2 Towers of Power 2
Jordan Walden, ATL $1 Razzball 1
Ricky Nolasco, MIN $1 Mastersball 1
Jake Arrieta, CHC $1 ESPN.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Randal Grichuk, STL RotoExperts 1
Ian Stewart, LAA Baseball HQ 1
Tony Sanchez, PIT ESPN.com 1
Robinson Chirinos, TEX Rotowire-Erickson 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Not a whole lot in the name of impact players this week though I do find in interesing how the Mixed LABR bidding on C.J Cron compared to that of the Mixed Tout leagues. Cron wasn't even bid upon in the auction whereas he drew a lot of interest in the draft. However, it is important to remember ToutWars uses Vickrey bidding so perhaps those involved were a little more liberal. Cron is an interesting pick-up in mixed leagues as he can be anything from a platoon DH getting the at bats versus southpaws to displacing Rual Ibanez. In his favor is the fact he plays first base and is the most logical candidate be used there if Albert Pujols need some time at DH to keep his feet (and the rest of his body) healthy. I can see rolling the dice if you're desperate but there are corners with more stable playing time avavilable.

This was a good week if you need catching help as Brayan Pena is raking in Devin Mesoraco's stead while Jordan Pacheco will fill in for Wilin Rosario. It wouldn't surprise me if Pena continues to play a little more when Mesoraco returns.

My injured players are starting to get back but I still wanted an extra starter so I'm relying on Ricky Nolasco to pitch well at home when I need him in a pinch. In related news, I spent half of yesterday searching for a four-leaf clover with my unicorn.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 19:39
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of May 5 PDF Print E-mail
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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

cron

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CCron, LAA 26 Ron Shandler 36 Jeff Erickson 25 Larry Schechter 17
Rob Leibowitz 16 Mike Podhorzer 4 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3
Andy Behrens 1 Steve Moyer 0
CGetz, Tor 20 Joe Sheehan 32 Larry Schechter 19 Mike Podhorzer 12
Chris Liss 4 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1 Steve Moyer 0
RRay, Det 7 Chris Liss 17 Rob Leibowitz 6
JoRamirez, Cle 7 Larry Schechter 18 Joe Sheehan 6 Jason Collette 2
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1 Mike Podhorzer 1 Steve Moyer 0
GGreen, LAA 4 Larry Schechter 16 Ron Shandler 7 Jason Collette 3
Joe Sheehan 2 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1 Mike Podhorzer 1
Chris Liss 0
ABass, Hou 4 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 12 Jason Collette 3 Jeff Erickson 0
DMcGowan, Tor 3 Lawr Michaels 4 Andy Behrens 2 Steve Moyer 0
DYoung, Bal 2 Jeff Erickson 3 Joe Sheehan 1 Mike Podhorzer 1
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Steve Moyer 0
JoWilson, Tex 2 Joe Sheehan 2 Mike Podhorzer 1
JJones, Sea 2 Joe Sheehan 4 Mike Podhorzer 1
LJimenez, LAA 1 Rob Leibowitz 9 Mike Podhorzer 0
JTomlin, Cle 1 Joe Sheehan 1
JThole, Tor 1 Larry Schechter 1
JChamberlain, Det 1 Jason Collette 2
JHapp, Tor 1 Jason Collette 4 Steve Moyer 0
ALoup, Tor 1 Jeff Erickson 5 Jason Collette 2 Steve Moyer 0
DSantana, Min 1 Lawr Michaels 4
AAlburquerque, Det 0 Andy Behrens 0 Steve Moyer 0
MGonzalez, Hou 0 Mike Podhorzer 0 Steve Moyer 0
AGose, Tor 0 Steve Moyer 0
ARienzo, CWS 0 Steve Moyer 0
TSipp, Hou 0 Steve Moyer 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

SPearce, Bal Joe Sheehan 2 Mike Podhorzer 0
JAguilar, Cle Ron Shandler 1
AWarren, NYY Steve Moyer 0
GKottaras, Cle Steve Moyer 0
FAbad, Oak Jeff Erickson 0 Lawr Michaels 0
JPeralta, TB Andy Behrens 0 Jason Collette 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

 It was only a matter of time before the Blue Jays handed over second base to Chris Getz. Actually it's impressive that they gave the job to Ryan Goins over Getz in the first place. That aside, Getz earned some aggressive bids given his new role and history of producing stolen bases. The former White Sox has not been able to hold down a starting job in either Chicago or Kansas City not because he isn't a disciplined hitter or a fair defender or because he can't make contact (career 11% strikeout rate), but because his contact is soft-contact which has rendered him a .250s hitter who can barely top a .300 OBP. The Blue Jays, however, do not have any other options to really fall back on, so Getz winners could despite all his shortcomings, could be the recipient of 10 to 20 steals. 

I felt I placed a fairly aggressive bid on the Angel's slugger, C.J. Cron. The former first round pick has excellent raw power and has impressively made contact at a fairly high rate at all levels of play and managed to hit for a reasonable batting average. That combination makes him a definite target in AL only leagues where Cron has a shot at pushing veteran Raul Ibanez for playing time. However, that strikeout rate has been inching up close to 20% of the time in Triple-A and given a rather aggressive, power-oriented, plate approach those strikeouts are only likely to rise in the majors. He's a high risk/high reward gambit.

Jose Ramirez, like Getz, got some love given his good speed skills and opportunity thanks to Jason Kipnis' injury that will keep him sidelined 2 to 3 weeks. Ramirez profiles best as a utility player long-term, but could be a starter in the right situation too. Ramirez controls the strike zone well, has high-digits HR power, and above average speed. A good audition here could make him  desirable trade bait for the Indians down the road.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

inciarte

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

EInciarte, Ari 12 Lenny Melnick  31 Phil Hertz 11 Derek Carty 2
Scott Wilderman 1 Todd Zola 1 Peter Kreutzer 0
CGindl, Mil 4 Phil Hertz 14 Scott Wilderman 3 Peter Kreutzer 0
Derek Carty 0 Todd Zola 0
ELucas, Mia 2 Steve Gardner 29 Phil Hertz 4 Todd Zola 1
Peter Kreutzer 0 Derek Carty 0
MOlivo, LAD 1 Derek Carty 3 Brian Walton 0
SSchumaker, Cin 1 Seth Trachtman 3 Phil Hertz 5 Brian Walton 0
Todd Zola 0
CFiggins, LAD 1 Scott Wilderman 1
DBarney, ChC 1 Derek Carty 4 Scott Wilderman 0 Seth Trachtman 0
AlMarte, Ari 1 Phil Hertz 11 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Derek Carty 0
JValverde, NYM 1 Mike Gianella 2
JVeras, ChC 1 Phil Hertz 3
KGregg, ChC 1 Lenny Melnick  9
HBell, TB 1 Lenny Melnick  9
GGermen, NYM 0 Brian Walton 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Todd Zola 0
CCulberson, Col 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Seth Trachtman 0
TGwynn, Phi 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
RJohnson, Mia 0 Derek Carty 0 Scott Wilderman 1 Peter Kreutzer 0
MMcKenry, Col 0 Scott Wilderman 0
ATorres, SD 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Todd Zola 0
BZiegler, Ari 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JAffeldt, SF 0 Todd Zola 0
CCoghlan, ChC 0 Todd Zola 0
JSatin, NYM 0 Derek Carty 2 Todd Zola 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

GGarcia, StL Phil Hertz 5 Derek Carty 0
JMachi, SF Mike Gianella 2 Todd Zola 0
CPerez, LAD Lenny Melnick  2 Mike Gianella 2
JHarrison, Pit Scott Wilderman 1 Peter Kreutzer 0 Derek Carty 0
KSiegrist, StL Peter Kreutzer 0 Brian Walton 0 Todd Zola 0
RWheeler, Col Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty 0
BMorris, Pit Peter Kreutzer 0 Todd Zola 0
RChoate, StL Todd Zola 0 Phil Hertz 3
JArias, SF Seth Trachtman 0
XNady, SD Peter Kreutzer 0
ZDuke, Mil Peter Kreutzer 0
CBarmes, Pit Derek Carty 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

The big news in the National League this past weekend is trips to the disabled list for two prominent outfielders, Ryan Braun and Jay Bruce. Players in line to receive additional at-bats were scooped up this week. BaseballHQ's Phil Hertz was willing to go up to $14 to acquire Milwaukee's Caleb Gindl, but $4 was all it required. Cincinnati's Skip Schumaker, just off the DL himself, went to Seth Trachtman of Sporting News for a buck. 

Two other players went for crooked number amounts this week. Aggressive competition for Arizona outfielder Ender Inciarte drove the price up to $12 for league leader Lenny Melnick. While there may be at-bats available while Mark Trumbo is out, Inciarte does not have a lot of pop. He does have 96 stolen bases in the minors since the start of the 2012 season, however, which helps to explain the interest level. Fellow Snakes outfielder Alfredo Marte went to Hertz for just $1.

USA TODAY's Steve Gardner wanted Miami's Ed Lucas badly enough to bid $29, probably knowing he would end up having to pay around the $2 it actually required. Lucas, just off the DL, should serve as a utility man for the Fish.

An interesting dollar acquisition is deposed Mets closer Jose Valverde by Baseball Prospectus' Mike Gianella. Could the job come back around to Papa Grande? After all, Kyle Farnsworth is being Kyle Farnsworth. I made a speculative $0 play on another New York bullpenner, Gonzalez Germen. I saw the right-hander pitch in person recently and was impressed.

Melnick is busy scooping up unemployed closers, paying a buck each for Heath Bell, dropped by the Rays, and free agent Kevin Gregg, late of the Cubs. Both must be active this week but to accrue any stats, must join an NL club. A few weeks earlier, Melnick stashed away Joel Hanrahan, only to see him sign with Detroit.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

heisey

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CHeisey, Cin 13 Cory Schwartz 35 Tim Heaney 12 Scott Pianowski 5
Paul Singman 5
RElias, Sea 12 Scott Pianowski 22 Eric Mack 11 Tim Heaney 7
Zach Steinhorn 6
TKoehler, Mia 5 Zach Steinhorn 6 Tim Heaney 4
BPena, Cin 3 Tim Heaney 3 Cory Schwartz 2
JPacheco, Col 1 Cory Schwartz 2
CQualls, Hou 1 Ray Flowers 3
GGreen, LAA 1 Ray Flowers 6
RVogelsong, SF 1 Tim Heaney 3
BHicks, SF 1 Tim Heaney 5
JChacin, Col 1 Scott Swanay 13
JDeLaRosa, Col 1 Scott Swanay 13
JArrieta, ChC 1 Derek Van Riper 5
GFloyd, Atl 1 Derek Van Riper 5
RRay, Det 1 Fred Zinkie 3
JPeterson, SD 1 Eric Mack 5

UNAWARDED BIDS

BCecil, Tor Scott Pianowski 6
DDeJesus, TB Tim Heaney 5
BRoberts, NYY Tim Heaney 5 Ray Flowers 3
RHanigan, TB Ray Flowers 3 Cory Schwartz 0
KKendrick, Phi Zach Steinhorn 3
JDanks, CWS Zach Steinhorn 3
JFrancisco, Tor Tim Heaney 3
ALoup, Tor Ray Flowers 3
CAsche, Phi Cory Schwartz 3
BCrawford, SF Ray Flowers 3
CMcGehee, Mia Ray Flowers 3
JMachi, SF Scott Pianowski 2
BZiegler, Ari Scott Swanay 2
JTazawa, Bos Scott Swanay 2 Scott Pianowski 1
NVincent, SD Scott Swanay 2
TThornburg, Mil Scott Swanay 2
JGuthrie, KC Derek Van Riper 1
MGonzalez, Bal Derek Van Riper 1
YPetit, SF Derek Van Riper 1
EStults, SD Derek Van Riper 1
HConger, LAA Cory Schwartz 0
JArias, SF Nando DiFino 0
JLobaton, Was Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

With Jay Bruce set to undergo knee surgery that will sideline him for at least 3-4 weeks, Chris Heisey is now locked in for everyday at-bats, and considering his power potential as a full-time player, the 29-year-old outfielder immediately becomes mixed league relevant. But after slugging 18 homers in just 279 at-bats back in 2011, Heisey managed a mere 16 homers in 2012 and 2013 combined. Plus, he’s a career .226 hitter versus lefties, so whether the increased playing time will lead to better overall production or simply further expose his weaknesses remains to be seen.

Roenis Elias boasts a 3.09 ERA through six starts this season, is fresh off a dominant 10-strikeout performance against the Yankees and is in line for a two-start week, so I had a feeling that my $6 bid was not going to be enough to land him. And I was right. But there are two main reasons why I wasn’t willing to bid any higher. First, I need to see more than six career starts before significantly investing in a starting pitcher who wasn’t exactly an elite prospect. But more importantly, one of Elias’ starts this week will come against the A’s, a club that ranks 4th in the Majors in runs scored.

Considering the .217 BABIP and mediocre 24-to-16 K/BB ratio over 37 1/3 innings, the Tom Koehler magic is bound to run out at some point. But at home against the Mets? I’m hoping that the magic can last for at least one more start. Although the Amazins are a middle of the pack team when it comes to runs scored, they rank 28th in the Majors in batting average (.230) and are tied for 27th in homers (18).

And Tim Heaney thought highly enough of Koehler to place a $4 bid on him, which reassures me that I’m not crazy!

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

msaunders

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CCron, LAA 12 Scott Engel 14 Adam Ronis 11 Tim McLeod 11
Greg Ambrosius 5 Nicholas Minnix 3
MSaunders, Sea 8 Ray Murphy 8 Adam Ronis 7 Nicholas Minnix 6
RElias, Sea 4 Charlie Wiegert 9 Perry Van Hook 3 Paul Greco 3
Adam Ronis 2 Eno Sarris 2 Tom Kessenich 2
Anthony Perri 1
CHeisey, Cin 4 Grey Albright 16 Adam Ronis 3
BMcCarthy, Ari 3 Nicholas Minnix 6 Charlie Wiegert 3 Greg Ambrosius 2
Adam Ronis 2 Anthony Perri 1 Scott Engel 1
RKalish, ChC 1 Eno Sarris 1
ALoup, Tor 1 Eno Sarris 11 Grey Albright 1
JDeLaRosa, Col 1 Anthony Perri 2 Eno Sarris 1 Scott Engel 1
JArrieta, ChC 1 Scott Engel 1
MAviles, Cle 1 Adam Ronis 4
SDelabar, Tor 1 Grey Albright 1
ZCozart, Cin 1 Grey Albright 2
DDuffy, KC 1 Perry Van Hook 1
RRay, Det 1 Perry Van Hook 2
JLyles, Col 1 Tom Kessenich 4 Perry Van Hook 0
DPhelps, NYY 1 Paul Greco 3
BCrawford, SF 1 Greg Ambrosius 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

JNicasio, Col Charlie Wiegert 3
CGetz, Tor Grey Albright 2 Adam Ronis 0
GGreen, LAA Grey Albright 2 Ray Murphy 1 Adam Ronis 0
YEscobar, TB Adam Ronis 2
JGomes, Bos Greg Ambrosius 2
ABass, Hou Eno Sarris 2
BHicks, SF Scott Engel 1 Adam Ronis 0
IStewart, LAA Ray Murphy 1
CRamos, TB Perry Van Hook 1
TLyons, StL Perry Van Hook 1
BCecil, Tor Grey Albright 1
JWalden, Atl Grey Albright 1
SCarroll, CWS Charlie Wiegert 1
UJimenez, Bal Anthony Perri 1
DDietrich, Mia Adam Ronis 1
JoRamirez, Cle Adam Ronis 1
LValbuena, ChC Adam Ronis 1
GBeckham, CWS Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

In the TOUT Mixed Draft League I lost another two players to the DL late in the week – SP Hyun-Jin Ryu and OF Adam Eaton. I could replace Eaton for Sunday’s game but had no extra RP to cover Ryu for a few days.

So first priority in FAAB was to find a starter to replace Ryu and my first choice was Seattle’s Roenis Elias who has a two start week coming up. I ventured three dollars and then added several starters I might get for a dollar if I missed on Elias.

I also wanted to put Wade Miley on reserve next week with just one start in US Cellular Field facing the White Sox and since you can bid on minor leaguers (bids must be at least one dollar) I tried to get Detroit’s Robbie Ray who is scheduled to be called up for a two start week for two dollars. Below Ray I bid zero units on several other acceptable starters.

I expected C.J. Cron the Angels’ top prospect to garner more bidding but those who bid were quite closer – two $11 underbids losing to Scott Engel’s $14 bid, Vickrey reduced to $12.

I was pipped at $4 on Elias by Charlie Wiegert but won my second choice Danny Duffy at a dollar and also won Ray for one dollar. Let’s hope they pitch as well as I think they are capable of this week as I can move up from 5th place on a good week.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 05 May 2014 14:17
 
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