On Thursday October 23rd, the annual NPB first draft took place. It’s been 2 months since the event, but not much of information in the language you can understand is available, I take a look at it here at TDG. Among many things about the NPB draft that would look
Last week I posted the first in a series of columns profiling players who are participating in the Caribbean and Australian winter leagues. You can read my intro to the series here, but it’s worth reiterating with each successive post that I am not trying to draw definitive conclusions about these
The similarity between the career path of newly acquired Arizona Diamondback Rubby De La Rosa and Kansas City Royals setup specialist Wade Davis early on in their respective Major League careers is striking. The future is neither pre-determined nor set in stone, and while De La Rosa will be given every opportunity to establish
Baseball is really hard, and major league baseball is even harder. This is what you should repeat to yourself over and over again when evaluating a young player in the major leagues. In this case the player I am talking about is Orioles RHP Kevin Gausman. On the surface Gausman
The most valuable commodity in dynasty league baseball is a young player coming off an excellent season. 25 year old Danny Duffy fits the bill. He put up a 2.53 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 149.1 innings this year. He finished the season ranked #34 among starting pitchers on Yahoo,
The Arizona Fall League wrapped nearly a month ago. As always, it featured a who’s who of highly touted prospects – Buxton, Lindor, Russell, Bradley, Appel, and on and on. It is widely scouted and covered by sources familiar to dynasty league participants. I recommend Wilson Karaman’s coverage here if you haven’t
Patience, as it relates to dynasty leagues is often times a curse rather than a blessing. If you’re stuck holding onto a failed prospect when you had an opportunity to get value in a trade, or missed an opportunity to add a better option for free because you just couldn’t let go of
In dynasty leagues by far one of my favorite things to do is to stockpile talent where my opponent isn’t looking for it. This strategy can be played out in many ways from researching and stashing a high ceiling prospect before he becomes mainstream to exploiting a classic dynasty league
Part of the inspiration for this series was the San Francisco Giants coming into 2014. Their minor league system had 4-5 Latin pitchers (some of which are about to make a repeat appearance right now) that had varying levels of upside and risk, but all had anonymity on their side.
Everybody who plays in a dynasty league loves prospects. Even if you didn’t care about minor leaguers before joining a dynasty league you quickly learned how critically important young players are. There is a good chance it opened up your mind to the wonderful world of prospecting. That’s what got me started.