Team Doran Fires a Blazing Fastball at the #TDGX Draft, Part 2

This is going to be an exciting baseball season as a participant in The Dynasty Guru Experts League (#TDGX), which as you know by now is an awesome new league filled with industry experts from all the best baseball sites on the Internet. In my first column about this league I discussed my strategy for the draft and how the league structure made a major impact on my draft plan. In this column we will do the fun part and discuss all my picks and why I made them. So read Part 1 first and then these picks will make more sense.

The Invisible Hand of Drafting Doom

One thing I didn’t mention in Part 1 was Bret’s unique “Invisible Hand” draft slot bidding system. Teams were allowed to bid keeper slots for the right to “buy” a particular draft slot. So for example if you wanted to bid on the #1 draft slot to snag Mike Trout you could bid X number of keeper slots. If you won the bid you would have to drop that X number of extra players next Spring. So if you bid 10 keepers you would only be able to keep 25 players next Spring instead of the standard 35 keepers. I decided not to bid on any slots because I felt my team would be pretty solid and I didn’t want to have to drop any extra players. I like the idea of getting to grab some of those extra players that other teams will have to drop in next year’s draft.

I am glad I didn’t bid, but it wouldn’t have mattered because I would not have won any of the bids. The #1 slot sold for 15 keepers! I wouldn’t have bid more than 5. Even the 2nd through 5th slots cost between 6 and 15 keepers. Way too expensive for my tastes. All told there were 61 keepers spent on draft slots. That will be three full draft rounds worth of extra players available next year for me to choose from. I like it!

Since I didn’t place any bids, I randomly ended up with the 12th draft slot in the 20 team league and I was quite happy with that. I prefer to be in the middle of a snake draft rather than on either end. Being on the end creates the tendency to reach for a coveted player knowing he has no chance of coming back to you on your next pick. My goal was to follow my 4 Phase Plan while digging for maximum value and youth. Read on and let me know how well I succeeded (or failed).

Continue reading

About these ads

Recapping a 2013 First-Year Player Draft

Over the last two weeks, I’ve been participating in a five round 2013 first-year player draft in the same league that I drafted prior to this season and wrote all about here. I have put some of my picks up on Twitter, but at the request of a couple of readers, I’m going to take a closer look at the entire draft here. And before we dive into this, you can find my initial Top 40 2013 Signees list right here at The Dynasty Guru.

As a reminder, as far as league context goes, it is a 7×7 H2H league that uses all of the standard 5×5 categories, plus OPS/Total Bases for hitters and Quality Starts/Holds for pitchers. The active rosters are one player per position (OF are broken out by LF/CF/RF) plus a Utility player on offense, and nine pitchers (2 SP, 2 RP, 5 P). On top of that, there are 7 reserve spots, 3 DL spots and 20 minor league spots. So, all in all, it’s a very deep league with an active lineup that skews a little towards pitching and deep minor league rosters (600 total prospects are rostered). Oh, and by the way, I’m the Minnesota Twins.

Without any further ado, let’s jump right into the draft.

Continue reading

Drafting a Dynasty League Roster: The End Result

After 12 posts detailing both the major league and minor league portions of this initial 20-team dynasty draft that I participated in over the course of the off-season, it’s finally time to put it all together and see what the team looks like as a whole. After all, all the draft prep in the world can only get you so far — you need to put a winning team on the field. And I think I did a pretty good job of maximizing my strategy and the value on my roster. But I’ll let you, the readers, be the judge of that.

As always, before we dive back into the roster, a few reminders about the context of the league, as it’s not a straight-forward format. It is a 20-team 7×7 H2H league that uses all of the standard 5×5 categories, plus OPS/Total Bases for hitters and Quality Starts/Holds for pitchers. The active rosters are one player per position (OF are broken out by LF/CF/RF) plus a Utility player on offense, and nine pitchers (2 SP, 2 RP, 5 P). On top of that, there are 7 reserve spots, 3 DL spots and 25 minor league spots (which were all already filled). We were given strict instructions that if you drafted a player already on someone’s minor league roster, we would not be going back to reverse picks, so it would just be considered a party foul and we’d move on. All in all, it’s a very deep league with an active lineup that skews a little towards pitching and deep minor league rosters (500 total prospects will be rostered). Oh, and by the way, I’m the Minnesota Twins.

So here is my fully drafted roster below as of yesterday. The players who are struck through have been dropped since the draft, the players who have an asterisk have been added through free agency and anyone promoted from my minor league roster gets a ^. I never remember what that’s called. Regardless, for your reading enjoyment, your 2013 Minnesota Twins (currently 13-13 through two weeks):

Continue reading

Drafting a Dynasty League Roster: Major League Draft, Rounds 21-25

Before we dive back into the analysis, a few reminders about the context of the league, as it’s not a straight-forward format. It is a 20-team 7×7 H2H league that uses all of the standard 5×5 categories, plus OPS/Total Bases for hitters and Quality Starts/Holds for pitchers. The active rosters are one player per position (OF are broken out by LF/CF/RF) plus a Utility player on offense, and nine pitchers (2 SP, 2 RP, 5 P). On top of that, there are 7 reserve spots, 3 DL spots and 25 minor league spots (which were all already filled). We were given strict instructions that if you drafted a player already on someone’s minor league roster, we would not be going back to reverse picks, so it would just be considered a party foul and we’d move on. All in all, it’s a very deep league with an active lineup that skews a little towards pitching and deep minor league rosters (500 total prospects will be rostered). Oh, and by the way, I’m the Minnesota Twins.

So here is a review of rounds 21-25 of the draft. I’m going to slightly tweak the format of the write-up, since it’s so far along in the draft, and I am of the mind that there are no bad picks anymore once you’re in the final 20% of your draft. So for this portion, I’ll just take a look at who the best picks in each round were, both for value and for upside (mine excluded, of course). Hopefully this helps with the preparation for your own dynasty league draft.

Round: 21
(401) Boston Red Sox – Ervin Santana SP
(402) Arizona  Diamondbacks – Francisco Liriano SP
(403) New York Mets – Sean Burnett RP
(404) Milwaukee Brewers – Wellington Castillo C
(405) Baltimore Orioles – Josh Lindblom RP
(406) Pittsburgh Pirates – A.J. Ellis C
(407) San Diego Padres – Alberto Callaspo 3B
(408) Los Angeles Angels – Jedd Gyorko 2B (Party Foul)
(409) Washington Nationals  - Raul Ibanez LF
** (410) Minnesota Twins – Tyler Colvin RF
(411) Chicago Cubs – Tim Collins RP
(412) Detroit Tigers – Joel Peralta RP
(413) Houston Astros – Scott Baker SP
(414) Cincinnati Reds – Joe Blanton SP
(415) Oakland Athletics – Joakim Soria RP
(416) San Fransisco Giants – Ted Lilly SP
(417) Seattle Mariners – Derek Norris C
(418) Toronto BlueJays – Sean Doolittle RP (Party Foul)
(419) Colorado  Rockies – Seth Smith LF
(420) Texas Rangers – Johnny Giavotella 2B

Continue reading

Drafting a Dynasty League Roster: Minor League Draft, Rounds 17-20

Before we dive back into the analysis, a few reminders about the context of the league, as it’s not a straight-forward format. It is a 20-team 7×7 H2H league that uses all of the standard 5×5 categories, plus OPS/Total Bases for hitters and Quality Starts/Holds for pitchers. The active rosters are one player per position (OF are broken out by LF/CF/RF) plus a Utility player on offense, and nine pitchers (2 SP, 2 RP, 5 P). On top of that, there are 7 reserve spots, 3 DL spots and 25 minor league spots (which were all already filled). We were given strict instructions that if you drafted a player already on someone’s minor league roster, we would not be going back to reverse picks, so it would just be considered a party foul and we’d move on. All in all, it’s a very deep league with an active lineup that skews a little towards pitching and deep minor league rosters (500 total prospects will be rostered). Oh, and by the way, I’m the Minnesota Twins.

So here is a review of rounds 17-20 of the draft. I’m going to use the same format as my write up of the minor league side of the draft – looking at who I picked and why (along with others I was considering) and who the best/worst picks of the round were (mine excluded). Hopefully this helps with the preparation for your own dynasty league draft.

Round: 17
(321) Boston Red Sox – A.J. Griffin SP
(322) Arizona Diamondbacks – Joaquin Benoit RP
(323) New York Mets – Clayton Richard SP
(324) Milwaukee Brewers – Justin Masterson SP
(325) Baltimore Orioles – Ryan Doumit C
(326) Pittsburgh Pirates – Luke Gregerson RP
(327) San Diego Padres – Bud Norris SP
(328) Los Angeles Angels – Jose Veras RP
(329) Washington Nationals – Ricky Nolasco SP
** (330) Minnesota Twins – Jeff Niemann SP
(331) Chicago Cubs – Neftali Feliz SP
(332) Detroit Tigers – Vance Worley SP
(333) Houston Astros – Frank Francisco RP
(334) Cincinnati Reds – Felix Doubront SP
(335) Oakland Athletics – Johan Santana SP
(336) San Fransisco Giants – Jon Jay CF
(337) Seattle Mariners – Drew Smyly SP
(338) Toronto BlueJays – Jose Quintana SP
(339) Colorado Rockies – Scott Downs RP
(340) Texas Rangers – Mark Reynolds 1B

Continue reading

Drafting a Dynasty League Roster: Minor League Draft, Rounds 13-16

Before we dive back into the analysis, a few reminders about the context of the league, as it’s not a straight-forward format. It is a 20-team 7×7 H2H league that uses all of the standard 5×5 categories, plus OPS/Total Bases for hitters and Quality Starts/Holds for pitchers. The active rosters are one player per position (OF are broken out by LF/CF/RF) plus a Utility player on offense, and nine pitchers (2 SP, 2 RP, 5 P). On top of that, there are 7 reserve spots, 3 DL spots and 25 minor league spots (which were all already filled). We were given strict instructions that if you drafted a player already on someone’s minor league roster, we would not be going back to reverse picks, so it would just be considered a party foul and we’d move on. All in all, it’s a very deep league with an active lineup that skews a little towards pitching and deep minor league rosters (500 total prospects will be rostered). Oh, and by the way, I’m the Minnesota Twins.

So here is a review of rounds 13-16 of the draft. I’m going to use the same format as my write up of the minor league side of the draft – looking at who I picked and why (along with others I was considering) and who the best/worst picks of the round were (mine excluded). Hopefully this helps with the preparation for your own dynasty league draft.

Round: 13
(241) Boston Red Sox – Justin Maxwell CF
(242) Arizona  Diamondbacks – Dee Gordon SS
(243) New York Mets – Everth Cabrera SS
(244) Milwaukee Brewers – Yonder Alonso 1B
(245) Baltimore Orioles – Jason Grilli RP
(246) Pittsburgh Pirates – Alfonso Soriano LF
(247) San Diego Padres – Coco Crisp CF
(248) Los Angeles Angels – Kevin Youkilis 3B
(249) Washington Nationals  - Derek Jeter SS
** (250) Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins RP
(251) Chicago Cubs – Devin Mesoraco C
(252) Detroit Tigers – Jason Hammel SP
(253) Houston Astros – Alex Cobb SP
(254) Cincinnati Reds – James McDonald SP
(255) Oakland Athletics – Stephen Drew SS
(256) San Fransisco Giants – Chris Carpenter SP
(257) Seattle Mariners – Cameron Maybin CF
(258) Toronto BlueJays – J.P. Arencibia C
(259) Colorado  Rockies – Edwin Jackson SP
(260) Texas Rangers – Ricky Romero SP

Continue reading

Drafting a Dynasty League Roster: Major League Draft, Rounds 10-12

Before we dive back into the analysis, a few reminders about the context of the league, as it’s not a straight-forward format. It is a 20-team 7×7 H2H league that uses all of the standard 5×5 categories, plus OPS/Total Bases for hitters and Quality Starts/Holds for pitchers. The active rosters are one player per position (OF are broken out by LF/CF/RF) plus a Utility player on offense, and nine pitchers (2 SP, 2 RP, 5 P). On top of that, there are 7 reserve spots, 3 DL spots and 25 minor league spots (which were all already filled). We were given strict instructions that if you drafted a player already on someone’s minor league roster, we would not be going back to reverse picks, so it would just be considered a party foul and we’d move on. All in all, it’s a very deep league with an active lineup that skews a little towards pitching and deep minor league rosters (500 total prospects will be rostered). Oh, and by the way, I’m the Minnesota Twins.

So here is a review of rounds 10-12 of the draft. I’m going to use the same format as my write up of the minor league side of the draft – looking at who I picked and why (along with others I was considering) and who the best/worst picks of the round were (mine excluded). Hopefully this helps with the preparation for your own dynasty league draft.

Round: 10
(181) Texas Rangers – Derek Holland SP
(182) Colorado  Rockies – Rafael Betancourt RP
(183) Toronto BlueJays – Jason Kubel LF
(184) Seattle Mariners – Angel Pagan CF
(185) San Fransisco Giants – Jurickson Profar 2B (Party Foul)
(186) Oakland Athletics – Matt Garza SP
(187) Cincinnati Reds – Omar Infante 2B
(188) Houston Astros – Colby Rasmus CF
(189) Detroit Tigers – Brandon McCarthy SP
(190) Chicago Cubs – Carlos Quentin LF
** (191) Minnesota Twins – Mike Minor SP
(192) Washington Nationals  - Tommy Hanson SP
(193) Los Angeles Angels – Shane Victorino CF
(194) San Diego Padres – Hiroki Kuroda SP
(195) Pittsburgh Pirates – Marco Estrada SP
(196) Baltimore Orioles – Danny Espinosa 2B
(197) Milwaukee Brewers – Greg Holland RP
(198) New York Mets – Huston Street RP
(199) Arizona  Diamondbacks – Brandon Beachy SP
(200) Boston Red Sox – Zack Cozart SS

Continue reading