Potential NPB Catching Imports

Finding solid-hitting catchers, especially in deep leagues, is a tough task for dynasty owners. In fact, of 28 catchers who have logged more than 300 plate appearances in 2015, only 9 have posted above league-average offensive production.

Here I introduce potential solutions who are currently in early stages in their NPB careers.  These guys sure have the skill to whack MLB pitching should they head to the major leagues in the future. The problem is, well, neither has spent much, if not at all, time behind the plate lately. Anyways, let’s take a closer look.

Tomoya Mori, Seibu Lions

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Dynasty Dynamics: The State of the Draft Pick

There’s nothing both more overrated and more underrated than a dynasty league farm team, as it (like with most other things in life) all depends upon how you use it. If you sit around waiting for the players you identified to be great and continue to supplement with other prospects for whom you’ll wait, you’ll find that a farm system can be an impediment to success. If you view them as assets and are unafraid to trade them (even the very good ones) when the right situation presents itself, a farm system can instead be a fast forward button to contention.

These prospects are acquired in many different ways, but for those of you who don’t find yourself in the early-to-middle stages of a rebuild will likely find that a good portion of your future talent will arrive via the draft. And before these players arrived on your roster, you knew them by another name: a draft pick. Often the most liquid of fantasy assets, draft picks are almost universally available as equalizers in trades that start off without them, and understanding the basic value of those picks is a way to gain an advantage over your league mates.

For example, we collectively fawned over the depth available in last year’s dynasty drafts; a collection buoyed by the strength of the Rule 4 draft, but augmented nicely with some international talent (though not the top-shelf variety we’ve grown accustomed to, unless Yoan Moncada was available). So how do the next two draft classes shape up, and what price should we be putting on those draft picks?

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Digging for Diamonds: Finding Value in Last Year’s Draft Class, Part Five: The Final Frontier

As we discussed in the introduction post to this series, more and more dynasty leagues are rostering upwards of 150-200 minor leaguers these days, and some ridiculously deep leagues (like a few that I’m involved with) roster double or triple that amount. Often times performances from the previous year’s draft class go largely unnoticed before the end of the minor league season, which we’re rapidly approaching. These performances are highlighted when various prospect lists come out and some prospects that should be owned in deeper leagues end up in the same player pool as the year’s most recent draftees during offseason dynasty drafts.

If you’re able to beat your competitors to the punch and pick up these types of prospects before the end of the season before rosters freeze, you’re essentially getting free draft picks, which was the goal of this exercise and we hoped you’ve enjoyed all four prior editions. If you missed any of the previous four, they are linked here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4.

Let’s take a look at a few prospects from the 2014 draft class that have seen their value rise this season and might not be owned in your league:

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The Verdict on Two Breakout Prospects: Thompson and Musgrove

As part of our never ending quest to identify top prospects before our leaguemates, here are a couple of starting pitchers that you may want to put in your offseason acquisition plans. The first one is a guy you have probably heard of. His stock has been up and down but is way up in some circles right now. The other guy is a target for those of you who play in deeper leagues, but he also has the potential to be a shallow league target in the near future. Continue reading

Digging for Diamonds: Finding Value in Last Year’s Draft Class, Part Four

As we discussed in the introduction post to this series, more and more dynasty leagues are rostering upwards of 150-200 minor leaguers these days, and some ridiculously deep leagues (like a few that I’m involved with) roster double or triple that amount. Often times performances from the previous year’s draft class go largely unnoticed before the end of the minor league season, which we’re rapidly approaching. These performances are highlighted when various prospect lists come out and some prospects that should be owned in deeper leagues end up in the same player pool as the year’s most recent draftees during offseason dynasty drafts.

If you’re able to beat your competitors to the punch and pick up these types of prospects before the end of the season, you’re essentially getting free draft picks, which is always fun for the whole family.

Let’s take a look at a few prospects from the 2014 draft class that have seen their value rise this season and might not be owned in your league:

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The Verdict on Three Breakout Prospects: Two Reeds, Two Reds

Let’s take a look at some additional prospects who have emerged from obscurity this season. I did this a couple weeks ago as well (Three Breakout Prospects to Target: Mateo, Martes, Robles). Depending on the depth of your league, these guys might still be available right now but not for long. None of these players appeared on pre-season prospect lists last offseason, but they are all likely to be entrenched on all the Top 100 Prospects list this winter. If you want them this will be your last chance to grab them before your leaguemates are aware of them. Here they are… Continue reading