spitball in vegas, part 3: Shore Line Floaters
Shore Line Floaters
NFBC Main Event. My original plans had me skipping this draft. I think of myself as an auction player. I have never done a baseball draft for $. This one costs $1400 and carries an overall $100k grand prize, as well as league prizes. I am glad I decided to enter. The Main Event is just that; the draft everyone enters, and the focus of the weekend for all NFBC participants.
Pre-draft, Lindy Hinkleman, who has won over $360k in NFBC drafts, is honored. Every name player I have heard of is here; Shawn Childs, K J Duke, Ken Magner, Bobby Jurney, Steve Lupinka...420 people have entered the main event live drafts. 90 of us will draft teams this morning, divided into six leagues of 15. We have taken over an entire block of rooms and an enormous grand foyer at the far end of the hotel. At ten a.m., the open bar already has a line.
I pick forth in my league. I mapped out my first three picks, Braun, C Santana, and Greinke, before I got onto the plane leaving Victoria. After those three, I planned to build a power base, draft a front line closer and Gio Gonzalez, chase sb in the middle rounds, and finish my starting staff at the end.
I submitted my kds, 1-15. I asked Shawn Childs about his kds strategy, and he explained that he entered 1-15 because you don't know who is going to fall. I was serious about drafting Greinke, and I suspected he would be a popular choice in the Main Event. Therefore I needed a high pick, and planned on taking him early in rd 3.
First decision crisis comes in round two. Stanton, who had been consistently drafted high in round two throughout the preseason, dropped to 2:12. I love Stanton this season, I think he is going to hit close to 40 hrs. Still, I passed on Giancarlo. I intended to lock up two strong catchers early, Carlos Santana being main the prize. Also, I was a bit concerned about Stantonís recent knee troubles.
Round six brings another tough decision; I don't like Youkilis this season, and was not planning to draft him. I wanted Encarnacion for my 3b. Youk was still there at the bottom of 6, though, about 20 picks later than his adp, and I decided he was worth the gamble at that spot.
Closers were slow off the board in this draft. I planned on taking Papelbon rd 8, but he was nabbed a couple picks prior. Mo dropped to me, which was fine.
Like Youk, I did not intend to draft Heyward, but figured the potential too good to pass at the end of 10.
Unfortunately, after the Heyward pick, all the 1b I was targeting, Davis and Freeman ( Morales went very early ), were snapped up, and I had to settle for Lind.
From the mid-point on, the draft went as planned. I think the team is balanced and, with good management, likely to contend within the league. Not likely to challenge for a national prize, however.
Overall, I was surprised Braun dropped so far from the top of drafts in Vegas. Especially the high-end drafts, going at 15 in one of them. On the surface, he looks like a solid 5 cat contributor. I trust him more than I trust a player like Hanley Ramirez. However, as fast as Braun was dropping, HRam was rising. HRam went as high as #4 in one draft. These are the top drafters in the hobby, and I found that shift in popularity between these two players very confusing. Would welcome some insight.
Shore Line Floaters
rd pick name pos
2 12 Carlos Santana C
5 4 Buster Posey C
11 4 Adam Lind 1B
6 12 Kevin Youkilis 3B
19 4 James Loney 1B
14 12 Ryan Roberts 2B
4 12 Asdrubal Cabrera SS
17 4 Alcides Escobar SS
1 4 Ryan Braun LF
10 12 Jason Heyward RF
12 12 Nick Swisher RF
16 12 Jose Tabata LF
18 12 Denard Span CF
9 4 David Ortiz DH
3 4 Zack Greinke SP
7 4 Gio Gonzalez SP
15 4 Vance Worley SP
20 12 Trevor Cahill SP
21 4 Mike Leake SP
22 12 Luke Hochevar SP
23 4 Jonathan Sanchez SP
13 4 Sean Marshall MR
8 12 Mariano Rivera MR
24 12 Alexi Ogando SP
25 4 Alexi Casilla 2B
26 12 Jeff Niemann SP
27 4 Chris Parmelee 1B
28 12 Marlon Byrd CF
29 4 Danny Hultzen SP
30 12 Garrett Richards SP
This team is currently middle of the pack. I will update as the season progresses.
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end of week three
the floaters drifted up one more spot in the standings, now lieing sixth. six weak cats; runs, hrs, rbi, era, ratio, and saves. this team may not have the horses to drive much further up the standings. a shortage of power is very hard to overcome. lind, loney, roberts are not contributing nearly enough. casilla will replace roberts this week.
three faab purchases; ka'aihue, nix, and below, all between $19 and $26. dropped parmelee, hultzen, and j sanchez. downs went for $280, j parker for $166. nix in for swisher, hopefully only for a few days.
dobber pro 2012-2013; campbell conference
c; b richards, ribiero, desharnias, zajac
lw; sedin, e kane, pacioretty, kunitz
rw; kessel, callaghan, cole, paranteau
d; chara, seabrook, souray, leddy, markov, s elliott
g; rinne, elliott
bench; garon, giguerre, hodgson, orpik, d roy
ir; nobody, yet