March 2012

Tout vs LABR Auction Results

For those of you who missed the announcement on Twitter: The MLB.com Fantasy 411 will no longer appear on MLB Network. It will still be available daily on MLB.com and ITunes and when posted the podcast links will always be tweeted out. We enjoyed our time on MLB Network but have decided to return to our roots that allow us more time to break down baseball, answer your questions and have on the great guests that are out there in the fantasy kingdom.

Below are the three links to find our podcast. Save it in a safe place because starting April 9th you will get a new show each weekday…….Mike

iTunes Audio Podcast: http://tinyurl.com/32346q8

iTunes Video Podcast: http://tinyurl.com/268r7gz

MLB.com Podcast page: http://tinyurl.com/6xk6cx5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ***Also note that Cory has updated his composite projections (see link below) to reflect every playing time projection, role change and injury update tweak that he could find. There have been very very minor changes to some rate stats to reflect changing roles (closer changes, lineup order, etc.) but otherwise these numbers are VERY much in line with the rate stats from the original composite projections.

LINK TO UPDATED DRAFT PREP CENTRAL

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Hey guys,

As we head into the final draft weekend, here’s another resource that may be of use to you. Below are two spreadsheets (one for AL and one for NL) that list side by side the AL/NL Tout Wars and AL/NL LABR auction dollar values for all players drafted. T column = Tout, L column = LABR and N = not drafted in LABR but drafted in Tout. It’s organized in the order of the various Tout rosters. Note that while a lot of the values are very similar, since the LABR drafts took place a few weeks before the Tout drafts, there are also a bunch of players (Sean Marshall for one) whose values spiked considerably for obvious reasons.

Enjoy!

-Zach

AL Tout vs LABR

NL Tout vs LABR

 

The Final Updated Draft Prep Central

For those of you who missed the announcement on Twitter: The MLB.com Fantasy 411 will no longer appear on MLB Network. It will still be available daily on MLB.com and ITunes and when posted the podcast links will always be tweeted out. We enjoyed our time on MLB Network but have decided to return to our roots that allow us more time to break down baseball, answer your questions and have on the great guests that are out there in the fantasy kingdom.

Below are the three links to find our podcast. Save it in a safe place because starting April 9th you will get a new show each weekday…….Mike

iTunes Audio Podcast: http://tinyurl.com/32346q8

iTunes Video Podcast: http://tinyurl.com/268r7gz

MLB.com Podcast page: http://tinyurl.com/6xk6cx5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ***Also note that Cory has updated his composite projections (see link below) to reflect every playing time projection, role change and injury update tweak that he could find. There have been very very minor changes to some rate stats to reflect changing roles (closer changes, lineup order, etc.) but otherwise these numbers are VERY much in line with the rate stats from the original composite projections.

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Hey guys,

Technically speaking, the MLB regular season has already begun. Congrats to those of you who drafted Dustin Ackley. Enjoy being in first place! Draft season is almost in the books, so here’s one last update to our list of links to key draft resources. Good luck to all this season and get ready for our daily audio and video podcasts which will begin April 9th.

-Zach

2012 Inaugural Pitch or Ditch Category Chart

Cory’s NFBC Recap

Cory’s Mixed Tout Recap

Zach’s Mixed Tout Review

Mike’s AL Tout Recap

Tout vs. LABR Auction Results

411 Listener League Draft Results

Mike and Cory’s Overrated and Underrated Teams for 2012

Cory’s Composite Projections (Updated 3/22)

Our List of 12 for 2012

Mixed LABR Draft Results

AL LABR Draft Results

NL LABR Results + Zach’s NL-only Mock

Fantasy 411 Positional Rankings for 2012

MLB.com Player Preview

Mike’s MLB.com Article on Darvish

411 Listener League Draft Results Are Here!

Hey everyone,

Last night was the 411 listener league draft. This is the league where both Mike and Cory compete against some of the show’s longtime listeners/viewers. It’s a standard 5×5 mixed format with only two bench spots, which encourages constant add/drops as it is very tough to draft a guy and simply leave him on your bench for an extended period of time. Anyway, here are the results. Just so you know, Mike’s team is the South Larson Hamptonians, aka the team that took Kendrys Morales and Big Erv. What a surprise! In an interesting twist though, Mike also drafted E5. I’m sure Cory was very frustrated by this and wouldn’t at all be shocked if a trade is made sooner rather than later.

Let’s hear from you.

-Zach

Round: 1
(1) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Matt Kemp CF
(2) Schwartz Stops – Albert Pujols 1B
(3) The Canexicans – Miguel Cabrera 1B
(4) KFred inCal – Ryan Braun LF
(5) Team Gluttons – Carlos Gonzalez LF
(6) Bloo Meenies – Jose Bautista 3B
(7) Havalina  Lumber Co – Jacoby Ellsbury CF
(8) South Larson  Hamptonians – Troy Tulowitzki SS
(9) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Robinson Cano 2B
(10) Manhattan Marauders – Joey Votto 1B
(11) Nathan’s Dogs – Justin Upton RF
(12) mancrushes united – Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Round: 2
(13) mancrushes united – Hanley Ramirez SS
(14) Nathan’s Dogs – Evan Longoria 3B
(15) Manhattan Marauders – Dustin Pedroia 2B
(16) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Prince Fielder 1B
(17) South Larson  Hamptonians – Ian Kinsler 2B
(18) Havalina  Lumber Co – Curtis Granderson CF
(19) Bloo Meenies – Giancarlo Stanton RF
(20) Team Gluttons – Andrew McCutchen CF
(21) KFred inCal – Mark Teixeira 1B
(22) The Canexicans – Josh Hamilton LF
(23) Schwartz Stops – Jose Reyes SS
(24) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Roy Halladay SP

Round: 3
(25) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Justin Verlander SP
(26) Schwartz Stops – Brett Lawrie 3B
(27) The Canexicans – Jay Bruce RF
(28) KFred inCal – Matt Holliday LF
(29) Team Gluttons – Adrian Beltre 3B
(30) Bloo Meenies – Paul Konerko 1B
(31) Havalina  Lumber Co – Clayton Kershaw SP                                                           (32) South Larson  Hamptonians – Hunter Pence RF
(33) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – David Wright 3B
(34) Manhattan Marauders – Pablo Sandoval 3B
(35) Nathan’s Dogs – Michael Bourn CF
(36) mancrushes united – Ryan Zimmerman 3B

Round: 4
(37) mancrushes united – Brian McCann C
(38) Nathan’s Dogs – Cliff Lee SP
(39) Manhattan Marauders – Eric Hosmer 1B
(40) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Felix Hernandez SP
(41) South Larson  Hamptonians – Carlos Santana C
(42) Havalina  Lumber Co – Mike Napoli C
(43) Bloo Meenies – Dan Uggla 2B
(44) Team Gluttons – Zack Greinke SP
(45) KFred inCal – B.J. Upton CF
(46) The Canexicans – Nelson Cruz RF
(47) Schwartz Stops – Ben Zobrist 2B
(48) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Tim Lincecum SP

Round: 5
(49) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Cole Hamels SP
(50) Schwartz Stops – Alex Gordon LF
(51) The Canexicans – Jimmy Rollins SS
(52) KFred inCal – Shane Victorino CF
(53) Team Gluttons – Desmond Jennings LF
(54) Bloo Meenies – Brandon Phillips 2B
(55) Havalina  Lumber Co – Starlin Castro SS
(56) South Larson  Hamptonians – Shin-Soo Choo RF
(57) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Elvis Andrus SS
(58) Manhattan Marauders – CC Sabathia SP
(59) Nathan’s Dogs – Craig Kimbrel RP
(60) mancrushes united – Dan Haren SP

Round: 6
(61) mancrushes united – Howard Kendrick 2B
(62) Nathan’s Dogs – Dee Gordon SS
(63) Manhattan Marauders – David Price SP
(64) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Jered Weaver SP
(65) South Larson  Hamptonians – Mariano Rivera RP
(66) Havalina  Lumber Co – Asdrubal Cabrera SS
(67) Bloo Meenies – Michael Morse 1B
(68) Team Gluttons – Jon Lester SP
(69) KFred inCal – Aramis Ramirez 3B
(70) The Canexicans – Yovani Gallardo SP
(71) Schwartz Stops – Jonathan Papelbon RP
(72) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Lance Berkman 1B

Round: 7
(73) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Carl Crawford LF
(74) Schwartz Stops – Matt Wieters C
(75) The Canexicans – Stephen Strasburg SP
(76) KFred inCal – Rickie Weeks 2B
(77) Team Gluttons – Madison Bumgarner SP
(78) Bloo Meenies – Ichiro Suzuki RF
(79) Havalina  Lumber Co – C.J. Wilson SP
(80) South Larson  Hamptonians – Alex Rodriguez 3B
(81) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Jayson Werth RF
(82) Manhattan Marauders – Adam Jones CF
(83) Nathan’s Dogs – Michael Cuddyer 1B
(84) mancrushes united – Joe Mauer C

Round: 8
(85) mancrushes united – Josh Johnson SP
(86) Nathan’s Dogs – James Shields SP
(87) Manhattan Marauders – Brett Gardner LF
(88) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Drew Storen RP
(89) South Larson  Hamptonians – John Axford RP
(90) Havalina  Lumber Co – Billy Butler DH
(91) Bloo Meenies – David Ortiz DH
(92) Team Gluttons – Kevin Youkilis 3B
(93) KFred inCal – Corey Hart RF
(94) The Canexicans – Chris Young CF
(95) Schwartz Stops – Michael Young 1B
(96) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Brian Wilson RP

Round: 9
(97) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Heath Bell RP
(98) Schwartz Stops – Mat Latos SP
(99) The Canexicans – Erick Aybar SS
(100) KFred inCal – Matt Cain SP
(101) Team Gluttons – Jesus Montero DH
(102) Bloo Meenies – Matt Moore SP
(103) Havalina  Lumber Co – Mark Reynolds 3B
(104) South Larson  Hamptonians – Ian Kennedy SP
(105) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Jason Heyward RF
(106) Manhattan Marauders – Derek Jeter SS
(107) Nathan’s Dogs – Buster Posey C
(108) mancrushes united – Adam Wainwright SP

Round: 10
(109) mancrushes united – Joel Hanrahan RP
(110) Nathan’s Dogs – Miguel Montero C
(111) Manhattan Marauders – Alexei Ramirez SS
(112) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Carlos Beltran RF
(113) South Larson  Hamptonians – Ricky Romero SP
(114) Havalina  Lumber Co – Drew Stubbs CF
(115) Bloo Meenies – Matt Garza SP
(116) Team Gluttons – Jemile Weeks 2B
(117) KFred inCal – Alex Avila C
(118) The Canexicans – Daniel Hudson SP
(119) Schwartz Stops – Cameron Maybin CF
(120) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – J.J. Putz RP

Round: 11
(121) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Jose Valverde RP
(122) Schwartz Stops – Jason Motte RP
(123) The Canexicans – Andrew Bailey RP
(124) KFred inCal – Emilio Bonifacio SS
(125) Team Gluttons – Sergio Santos RP
(126) Bloo Meenies – Coco Crisp CF
(127) Havalina  Lumber Co – Carlos Marmol RP
(128) South Larson  Hamptonians – Gio Gonzalez SP
(129) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Josh Beckett SP
(130) Manhattan Marauders – Cory Luebke SP
(131) Nathan’s Dogs – Tommy Hanson SP
(132) mancrushes united – Adam Dunn 1B

Round: 12
(133) mancrushes united – Rafael Betancourt RP
(134) Nathan’s Dogs – Andre Ethier RF
(135) Manhattan Marauders – Brandon Beachy SP
(136) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Yu Darvish SP
(137) South Larson  Hamptonians – Kendrys Morales 1B
(138) Havalina  Lumber Co – Adam Lind 1B
(139) Bloo Meenies – Ubaldo Jimenez SP
(140) Team Gluttons – Brandon League RP
(141) KFred inCal – Kyle Farnsworth RP
(142) The Canexicans – Neil Walker 2B
(143) Schwartz Stops – Jordan Zimmermann SP
(144) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Jordan Walden RP

Round: 13
(145) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Jonathan Broxton RP
(146) Schwartz Stops – Sean Marshall RP
(147) The Canexicans – Huston Street RP
(148) KFred inCal – Matt Thornton RP
(149) Team Gluttons – J.J. Hardy SS
(150) Bloo Meenies – Angel Pagan CF
(151) Havalina  Lumber Co – Chris Perez RP
(152) South Larson  Hamptonians – Jason Kipnis 2B
(153) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Joe Nathan RP
(154) Manhattan Marauders – Javy Guerra RP
(155) Nathan’s Dogs – Freddie Freeman 1B
(156) mancrushes united – Matt Capps RP

Round: 14
(157) mancrushes united – Francisco Liriano SP
(158) Nathan’s Dogs – Melky Cabrera CF
(159) Manhattan Marauders – Frank Francisco RP
(160) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Nick Swisher RF
(161) South Larson  Hamptonians – Martin Prado 3B
(162) Havalina  Lumber Co – Shaun Marcum SP
(163) Bloo Meenies – Brandon Morrow SP
(164) Team Gluttons – Jaime Garcia SP
(165) KFred inCal – Ike Davis 1B
(166) The Canexicans – Ryan Howard 1B
(167) Schwartz Stops – Paul Goldschmidt 1B
(168) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Grant Balfour RP

Round: 15
(169) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Chase Utley 2B
(170) Schwartz Stops – Max Scherzer SP
(171) The Canexicans – Jeff Francoeur RF
(172) KFred inCal – Greg Holland RP
(173) Team Gluttons – Brett Myers SP
(174) Bloo Meenies – Josh Willingham LF
(175) Havalina  Lumber Co – Michael Pineda SP
(176) South Larson  Hamptonians – Ervin Santana SP
(177) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Carlos Lee 1B
(178) Manhattan Marauders – Torii Hunter RF
(179) Nathan’s Dogs – Jeremy Hellickson SP
(180) mancrushes united – Delmon Young LF

Round: 16
(181) mancrushes united – Alex Rios CF
(182) Nathan’s Dogs – Jhonny Peralta SS
(183) Manhattan Marauders – Nick Markakis RF
(184) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Dustin Ackley 2B
(185) South Larson  Hamptonians – Edwin Encarnacion 3B
(186) Havalina  Lumber Co – Jason Kubel RF
(187) Bloo Meenies – Wilson Ramos C
(188) Team Gluttons – Brennan Boesch LF
(189) KFred inCal – Dexter Fowler CF
(190) The Canexicans – Lucas Duda 1B
(191) Schwartz Stops – Ryan Roberts 2B
(192) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Manny Ramirez DH

Round: 17
(193) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Alfonso Soriano LF
(194) Schwartz Stops – Brandon McCarthy SP
(195) The Canexicans – Danny Espinosa 2B
(196) KFred inCal – Kelly Johnson 2B
(197) Team Gluttons – Gaby Sanchez 1B
(198) Bloo Meenies – Marco Scutaro SS
(199) Havalina  Lumber Co – Jim Johnson RP
(200) South Larson  Hamptonians – Kenley Jansen RP
(201) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Anibal Sanchez SP
(202) Manhattan Marauders – Logan Morrison LF
(203) Nathan’s Dogs – Aroldis Chapman RP
(204) mancrushes united – Colby Rasmus CF

Round: 18
(205) mancrushes united – Denard Span CF
(206) Nathan’s Dogs – Addison Reed RP
(207) Manhattan Marauders – Yadier Molina C
(208) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – David Freese 3B
(209) South Larson  Hamptonians – Ben Revere CF
(210) Havalina  Lumber Co – Russell Martin C
(211) Bloo Meenies – Colby Lewis SP
(212) Team Gluttons – Jose Altuve 2B
(213) KFred inCal – Ryan Doumit C
(214) The Canexicans – Chone Figgins 3B
(215) Schwartz Stops – Matt Joyce RF
(216) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Stephen Drew SS

Round: 19
(217) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Gordon Beckham 2B
(218) Schwartz Stops – Peter Bourjos CF
(219) The Canexicans – Neftali Feliz RP
(220) KFred inCal – John Danks SP
(221) Team Gluttons – Geovany Soto C
(222) Bloo Meenies – Mike Minor SP
(223) Havalina  Lumber Co – Aaron Hill 2B
(224) South Larson  Hamptonians – Lorenzo Cain RF
(225) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Chris Sale RP
(226) Manhattan Marauders – Vinnie Pestano RP
(227) Nathan’s Dogs – Mark Trumbo 1B
(228) mancrushes united – Alejandro De Aza RF

Round: 20
(229) mancrushes united – Justin Morneau 1B
(230) Nathan’s Dogs – Hiroki Kuroda SP
(231) Manhattan Marauders – Ted Lilly SP
(232) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Chris Carpenter SP
(233) South Larson  Hamptonians – J.P. Arencibia C
(234) Havalina  Lumber Co – Yoenis Cespedes CF
(235) Bloo Meenies – Justin Masterson SP
(236) Team Gluttons – Eric Thames LF
(237) KFred inCal – Derek Holland SP
(238) The Canexicans – Wandy Rodriguez SP
(239) Schwartz Stops – Jonny Venters RP
(240) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Kurt Suzuki C

Round: 21
(241) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Adam LaRoche 1B
(242) Schwartz Stops – Alex Presley LF
(243) The Canexicans – Tyler Clippard RP
(244) KFred inCal – Bud Norris SP
(245) Team Gluttons – Brad Lidge RP
(246) Bloo Meenies – Daniel Bard RP
(247) Havalina  Lumber Co – Matt Lindstrom RP
(248) South Larson  Hamptonians – Edwin Jackson SP
(249) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Carlos Pena 1B
(250) Manhattan Marauders – Gavin Floyd SP
(251) Nathan’s Dogs – Mark Ellis 2B
(252) mancrushes united – Ryan Raburn 2B

Round: 22
(253) mancrushes united – Ryan Dempster SP
(254) Nathan’s Dogs – Johnny Cueto SP
(255) Manhattan Marauders – Johan Santana SP
(256) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Chris Iannetta C
(257) South Larson  Hamptonians – Jose Tabata LF
(258) Havalina  Lumber Co – James Loney 1B
(259) Bloo Meenies – Vance Worley SP
(260) Team Gluttons – Luke Hochevar SP
(261) KFred inCal – Austin Jackson CF
(262) The Canexicans – Todd Helton 1B
(263) Schwartz Stops – Nick Hundley C
(264) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Mike Moustakas 3B

Round: 23
(265) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Carlos Quentin RF
(266) Schwartz Stops – Erik Bedard SP
(267) The Canexicans – Mike Adams RP
(268) KFred inCal – Jonathon Niese SP
(269) Team Gluttons – Ramon Hernandez C
(270) Bloo Meenies – Ricky Nolasco SP
(271) Havalina  Lumber Co – Cliff Pennington SS
(272) South Larson  Hamptonians – Tim Hudson SP
(273) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Brandon Belt 1B
(274) Manhattan Marauders – John Mayberry Jr. CF
(275) Nathan’s Dogs – Scott Baker SP
(276) mancrushes united – Vernon Wells LF

Round: 24
(277) mancrushes united – Carlos Zambrano SP
(278) Nathan’s Dogs – Daniel Murphy 2B
(279) Manhattan Marauders – Carlos Ruiz C
(280) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
(281) South Larson  Hamptonians – Chris Heisey LF
(282) Havalina  Lumber Co – Jesse Crain RP
(283) Bloo Meenies – Jonathan Lucroy C
(284) Team Gluttons – Justin Smoak 1B
(285) KFred inCal – Doug Fister SP
(286) The Canexicans – Ryan Hanigan C
(287) Schwartz Stops – David Robertson RP
(288) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – John Buck C

Round: 25
(289) Bitter Old Dodgers Fan – Mike Carp 1B
(290) Schwartz Stops – Tim Stauffer SP
(291) The Canexicans – Devin Mesoraco C
(292) KFred inCal – Jhoulys Chacin SP
(293) Team Gluttons – Miguel Olivo C
(294) Bloo Meenies – Sergio Romo RP
(295) Havalina  Lumber Co – Chase Headley 3B
(296) South Larson  Hamptonians – Ivan Nova SP
(297) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Clay Buchholz SP
(298) Manhattan Marauders – Allen Craig LF
(299) Nathan’s Dogs – Mitch Moreland 1B
(300) mancrushes united – Alcides Escobar SS

Mike’s AL Tout Recap

For those of you who missed the announcement on Twitter: The MLB.com Fantasy 411 will no longer appear on MLB Network. It will still be available daily on MLB.com and ITunes and when posted the podcast links will always be tweeted out. We enjoyed our time on MLB Network but have decided to return to our roots that allow us more time to break down baseball, answer your questions and have on the great guests that are out there in the fantasy kingdom.

Below are the three links to find our podcast. Save it in a safe place because starting April 9th you will get a new show each weekday…….Mike

iTunes Audio Podcast: http://tinyurl.com/32346q8

iTunes Video Podcast: http://tinyurl.com/268r7gz

MLB.com Podcast page: http://tinyurl.com/6xk6cx5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ***Also note that Cory has updated his composite projections (scroll down on previous post) to reflect every playing time projection, role change and injury update tweak that he could find. There have been very very minor changes to some rate stats to reflect changing roles (closer changes, lineup order, etc.) but otherwise these numbers are VERY much in line with the rate stats from the original composite projections.

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It’s been a couple of down years for me in Tout since coming within a point of winning it all back in 2009. I feel I went away from getting my guys and flirting with a stars and scrubs but in the end never admitting that is my strategy since we all get dollar players and if I get one or two more dollar guys in the end game because I got one or two more players that I loved so be it. It doesn’t mean they were stars. They could be $9. Anyway, I made sure I avoided spending 30-plus dollars for any player and that I kept my starting pitching to $15 or less since the depth was very good and of course get a #1 closer in a league where Mariano is the only one you can really rely on.

The first number will be what I had budgeted and the second the actual draft day cost. I don’t feel I grossly overpaid for any player but in some cases flirted with bailing.

C: Carlos Santana (24/28) – I was pretty set on getting Carlos or Wieters even though I would have settled for Arencibia. Santana’s name came up first of the group and I wouldn’t have went to $30. With the 1B/C and enormous ceiling I love this even though Wieters went for $22 and JP for $14. No way to predict the future and they are catchers, so inflation could have been drastic with Carlos off the table.

C: Cervelli (1/1) – If he pulls off 2010 when he hit .271 and chipped in some runs and RBI I’ll take it.

1B: Hosmer (25/28) – Today on Twitter Kevin Goldstein said his ceiling is MVP. I agree. Teixeira went for $29 which was a tad lower than expected but Hosmer’s ceiling had people willing to pay.

2B: Kipnis (15/18) – I actually wanted Kelly Johnson but not at $19 so when I saw I could get Kipnis for less than Johnson I pounced. You’ll notice I am not really sticking to budget just yet, but again these are guys I wanted or were my second choice which may end up being better choices.

SS: Jeter (20/20) – I couldn’t decide if I wanted Jeter or Asdrubal more. They both ended up going for the same price and I wouldn’t have went to $22 for Jeter, so I am happy with this, but deep down I regret not getting Asdrubal, who also went for $20. Only time will tell.

3B: A-Rod (20/24) – I just can’t quit him but truth be told there were only two other guys in E5 and Moustakas that I had targeted and thought I would save some money, but in the end this is the guy I was willing to take a chance on. The price of $24 was right where I had him so in the end I spent over budget on slot, not the player.

MI: Jason Donald (1/1) – Wanted Chris Getz but he went for $3. Donald qualifies at 2B/SS/3B and is a good backup for Kipnis.

CI: Matt LaPorta (2/1) – Wanted Brandon Allen but he went for $3 which annoyed me, and then I had to shave the buck off due to lack of funds in the end game. Lottery ticket.

OF: Choo: (23/24) – I got all those big money infielders above before I had an outfielder. I was getting nervous that if I missed Choo I might have to scramble for power in the OF but then I made that call to $24 and got him. Was very relieved. I agree with Cory that he can easily return to elite level production, so this could be a value buy. By the way, how many Indians do I have?

OF: Crisp: (19/20) – Really wanted a big steals guy and he has averaged 41 over the past two years. Takes a lot off your mind to get a specialist and who knows, maybe this team hits a little and he reaps some of those rewards at other categories.

OF: Span (13/13) – Desperately wanted Lorenzo Cain here but he would have cost me at least $18 if not $20 and I just couldn’t do it. Span was best bet in the $13 range I guess. Was high on him after he showed some real numbers in 2009. He gets back to that it’s a steal.

OF: Leonys Martin (5/1) – A spot where I shaved  to a dollar player due to going over budget but not over quality earlier in the draft. Just got sent down but I’m happy to have him on bench for now. Rangers OF is a DL stint waiting to happen.

UT: Kendrys Morales (9/13) – I was not going to be denied. The fact he went 2-2 on Thursday and then homered Friday probably cost me a buck or two but I think he has a huge year batting behind oh I don’t know Pujols.

SW: Jeanmar Gomez (1/1) – This swing slot is new and I didn’t really care if I went arm or bat here but decided if I can lottery ticket an arm I’ll do it. Enter Gomez who has had a big spring but still only cost a buck. Another lottery ticket in an Indians’ uniform.

Before I list who I got at pitcher my plan was again to not spend over $15 for any one starter and maybe do the same at closer. As long as I got four guys from the group below I was happy.

Morrow/Erv/Holland/Scherzer/Kuroda/Pineda/Sale/Hochevar/Nova

P: Sale (15/11) – Saved at least four bucks here. He comes with some risk but the reward can be delicious.

P: BIG ERV!!!! (15/14) – I had to have him and the price was definitely right.

P: Kuroda (15/12) – Not worried about the transition to the AL East since he brings a lot to the table. I will say I was kind of bummed I didn’t get Morrow and if he has a stellar year as I predict I’ll have nobody to blame but myself. With that said I really like my top three.

P: Ivan Nova (6/5) – I think he takes the next step. Forget about the wins. If he wins one or two games less but improves on everything else it’s a big win.

P: Andy Oliver (2/1) – Could be my first cut, could keep Jacob Turner in the minors.

P: David Robertson (5/3) – Had to save some budget here but still got the guys I wanted so can’t complain. 100 strikeouts from a MR who also will vulture wins and maybe save a few this year? Yes please.

P: Melancon (7/2) – I had Melancon going for around $4 but the recent drama with Bard kept his price down. If Bard stays a starter or gets slated for the 7th inning role then this is a steal because Bailey will get hurt.

P: Francisco Cordero (1/1) – Insurance for the guy below.

P: Sergio Santos (15/18) – Was in on Valverde, who went for $19, Nathan ($16) and Walden ($17) but they just didn’t feel right. AL-only closers are scary but if I’m going to worry about my closer and he isn’t Rivera then a guy who struck out 92 in 63 innings will do.

RV: Damon – Sign already will ya.

RV: Dice-K – Not a terrible stash and follow on my DL for the second half. Miracles do happen.

RV: Jason Frasor – Just in case on Santos.

RV: Chris Carter – I didn’t get Brandon Allen but if he struggles maybe Carter takes back his old anointed job.

-Siano

Here are the full draft results from all three Tout leagues

Also, be sure to check out Cory’s Mixed Tout Recap and Zach’s Mixed Tout Review.

Zach’s Mixed Tout Review

It was by far my most challenging draft in over a decade of playing fantasy baseball. On Saturday afternoon, I made my Tout Wars debut, joining 14 other fantasy gurus from across the country (including our very own Cory Schwartz!) in a moderately sized conference room over at Sirius XM headquarters in midtown Manhattan that was barely big enough to fit us all. I was a little nervous at first, but once the first few players went off the board I settled down. I had done plenty of preparation for this draft, identifying exactly the guys I would be targeting and roughly how high I’d be willing to bid on each of them. The preparation helped, but not quite as much as I thought it would as several players, particularly early on in the proceedings, were bought for prices significantly higher than I had anticipated.

Just a few minutes into the lighting fast paced draft, one of my prime targets, Justin Upton (my MVP pick) was nominated, and though I had budgeted roughly 35 dollars for him, I was forced to spend 40. This didn’t bother me too much though as I don’t mind paying top dollar for elite talent. When Carlos Gonzalez, a very comparable player to Upton, also went for 40 bucks, I felt satisfied with my investment. I managed to secure my #2 target as well, shelling out 34 bucks for Mark Teixeira. Again, I overpaid by a little, but I’m pretty sure that Tex could bring back 30+ dollar value if he can raise his batting average to the .275 range, and I think he’ll do just that. Paul Konerko going for a mere 20 dollars made the Tex pick look like a stretch, but the beauty of the auction is that you can get the guys you want, right? That said, at this point I found myself in the undesirable situation of being around 10 bucks over budget, so I sat tight while most of the other studs flew off the board. But then the bidding on CC Sabathia stopped at 20. I had set aside about 18 for my ace, planning on going with Yovani Gallardo. I had to call out 21 for CC, and I got him. Good value I thought, but definitely not what I had planned. The pattern of going over budget by a few dollars on a particular roster slot (Matt Cain for 16, Kevin Youkilis for 21) continued a few more times. These were all players I liked a lot and felt were bought for fair or, in the case of Cain, below market value. But I had budgeted 14 for my #2 SP, thinking I would draft a Ricky Romero/Gio Gonzalez type player and expected the Youkilis bidding to stop at around 18.

Although I ended up building a very strong offense, a lineup that I feel stacks up well against any of the other teams, my starting pitching beyond my top two is mediocre at best, and I couldn’t manage to add a second closer to pair with Jonathan Papelbon. This will put me at a huge saves disadvantage to start the season. The lack of proven high strikeout starters bothers me a little more, however, and I may be forced to make an early season trade to address this issue. I have plenty of high quality hitting to trade though, so I’m fairly confident that a deal could be struck if needed.

I believe that this squad as currently constructed could finish middle of the pack. Acquiring a solid #3 SP along with a capable second closer might loft me into top-5 territory. All in all, Saturday was a whole lot of fun, and I look forward to competing against the best in the business over the next six months!

As always, your comments are welcome, and click here to view the results from all three of the Tout drafts.

-Zach                                                                                                     -   -

Cory’s Mixed Tout Recap

For those of you who missed the announcement on Twitter: The MLB.com Fantasy 411 will no longer appear on MLB Network. It will still be available daily on MLB.com and ITunes and when posted the podcast links will always be tweeted out. We enjoyed our time on MLB Network but have decided to return to our roots that allow us more time to break down baseball, answer your questions and have on the great guests that are out there in the fantasy kingdom.

Below are the three links to find our podcast. Save it in a safe place because starting April 9th you will get a new show each weekday…….Mike

iTunes Audio Podcast: http://tinyurl.com/32346q8

iTunes Video Podcast: http://tinyurl.com/268r7gz

MLB.com Podcast page: http://tinyurl.com/6xk6cx5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

***Also note that Cory has updated his composite projections (scroll down on previous post) to reflect every playing time projection, role change and injury update tweak that he could find. There have been very very minor changes to some rate stats to reflect changing roles (closer changes, lineup order, etc.) but otherwise these numbers are VERY much in line with the rate stats from the original composite projections.

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On Saturday I participated in the Tout Wars 15-team mixed league auction, my first time in this event after seven years in the NL-only league. In my planning I correctly assessed that the endgame would be much easier to manage than in the unmixed league, due to the superior depth of the mixed player pool, but what I didn’t anticipate was how that depth would impact overall player valuation. Before we get to my roster, a little math:

TIER            #            PROJ            DRAFT            INF

$40+            4               $42                 $40                    95%

$30-39         8              $33                 $39                    118%

$25-29         11             $27                 $32                     119%

$20-24            21         $22                 $24                     109%

$15-19            30         $17                  $18                      106%

$10-14            47         $12                  $11                       92%

$5-9                38         $7                    $5                         71%

The above table shows draft inflation for all position players I projected to go for $5 or more. What jumps out quite plainly is that while the elite players went for only slightly less than I expected, the next few tiers of players went for considerably more, and the “end game” portion of the player pool was also much larger than I expected, resulting in considerable discounting of complimentary players. Clearly, a “stars and scrubs” type of approach was far more prevalent than the “spread the risk” strategy, which in hindsight makes sense, and for which I wasn’t fully and properly prepared. With so much freely available talent in a mixed league, extra dollars should be spent on the top-tier of players, who are harder to find, then $5 or $8 players who are in greater supply. Pitching was similarly discounted.

With nothing but the greatest respect for those who purchased them, here are the top 11 overspends in the draft, based on my projected salaries and their actual costs:

PLAYER            PROJ$            DRAFT$            OVER

Ramirez, Hanley     $26                 $39                     $13

Gonzalez, Adrian    $31                 $40                      $9

Pedroia, Dustin       $27                $36                      $9

Teixeira, Mark         $25                $34                      $9

Cano, Robinson       $31                $39                      $8

Longoria, Evan        $25                $33                      $8

Bruce, Jay                 $20                $28                     $8

Gonzalez, Carlos      $33                $40                     $7

Upton, Justin           $33                $40                     $7

Beltre, Adrian          $24                $30                     $6

Phillips, Brandon    $19                 $25                     $6

So, how did that affect my team? First, the overall roster by position (including projected and actual salaries):

POS            PLAYER            PROJ$            DRAFT$

C            Montero, Jesus                $18                    $14

C            Hanigan, Ryan                 $0                      $1

1B            Hosmer, Eric                  $23                    $26

3B            Encarnacion, Edwin     $10                     $9

CI            Goldschmidt, Paul         $15                     $18

2B            Kinsler, Ian                     $29                    $31

SS            Cabrera, Asdrubal          $19                    $18

MI            Rodriguez, Sean             $1                       $1

UT            Headley, Chase              $8                       $1

OF            McCutchen, Andrew     $28                     $30

OF            Heyward, Jason             $17                      $15

OF            Boesch, Brennan            $12                      $12

OF            Presley, Alex                    $7                        $4

OF            Heisey, Chris                   $3                         $1

POS            PLAYER            PROJ$            DRAFT$

SP            Morrow, Brandon           $12               $13

SP            Zimmermann, Jordan   $15                $9

SP            Scherzer, Max                 $12                $8

SP            McCarthy, Brandon       $9                  $7

SP            Santana, Johan               $8                  $3

CL?            Broxton, Jonathan       $4                  $1

CL?            Guerra, Javy                   $6                 $6

CL            Hanrahan, Joel                $14               $13

CL            Kimbrel, Craig                  $21               $19

By my projections I managed to get $190 of hitting value onto my roster for only $181, with most of the discounts coming in the middle and lower tiers as noted above. But I really cleaned up in pitching, getting $101 of projected value for only $79, albeit with a staff full of red-flag injury risks.

Understanding how this auction played out, though, is better achieved by looking at my team in terms of salary scale, since I started out with a handful of targeted players in pre-determined salary slots and then had to adjust as the auction progressed.

POS            PLAYER            PROJ$            DRAFT$

2B            Kinsler, Ian                    $29             $31

OF            McCutchen, Andrew    $28            $30

1B            Hosmer, Eric                  $23            $26

SS            Cabrera, Asdrubal         $19            $18

1B            Goldschmidt, Paul         $15            $18

OF            Heyward, Jason            $17            $15

C            Montero, Jesus                $18            $14

OF            Boesch, Brennan          $12            $12

1/3            Encarnacion, Edwin   $10            $9

OF            Presley, Alex                 $7              $4

3B            Headley, Chase             $8             $1

OF            Heisey, Chris                $3             $1

2/3/S            Rodriguez, Sean     $1              $1

C            Hanigan, Ryan                $0            $1

I had budgeted $35 for my top hitter and hoped to get Joey Votto for that, but he and the other second-tier bats went for several dollars more than I was willing to spend, so rather than chasing at that level, I held back on my money and redistributed it to my next few picks. That allowed me to overspend (according to my own projections) on Kinsler, McCutchen, Hosmer and Goldschmidt, but to still get them at prices that fit the salary scale that evolved during the draft. In other words, what may seem like overspends here look a lot better when compared to what other players were going for.

Saving a little at the top also allowed me to get Cabrera and Montero – two guys I hoped for but didn’t think I’d be able to afford – at what I felt were very fair prices, especially since Montero qualifies at catcher in Tout Wars! In fact, Cabrera was one of only two top-ten shortstops, along with Erick Aybar, who went for less than my projected cost, so I think he was an excellent buy.

And, while they are the type of players who were heavily discounted throughout this draft, I love getting Presley, Headley and Heisey for fill-in prices. Getting E5 for $9? Heaven. I would’ve gone to $14!

No need to go heavily into my pitching… discounts galore. I paid full price for Morrow, expecting him to get his ERA down into the upper 3’s along with the other improvements, but everyone else I liked went for nice discounts. I was shocked to get Zimmermann and Scherzer for a total of $17, and very pleased that Kimbrel, even as the top-priced closer, went for $2 less than I would’ve paid for him. You can’t realistically play pitch-or-ditch in a 15-team weekly league, but I added Phil Humber, Bartolo Colon and Homer Bailey as reserve picks to make sure I’d have plenty of starting depth to work with and compensate for the injury risks on my staff.

Overall, I’m very happy with my team… although I didn’t get every player I targeted, I got many of them, and didn’t have to badly overspend on any. My projected standings have me in the top five, and while I’d love to win, I’d be equally happy if my team fully met my expectations and finished fifth. I picked players that I believe will improve and produce, and if they all do that, I’ll consider this a very successful draft.

I’m NOT going to post my spreadsheet yet, since I still have to prep for my 15-team mixed NFBC draft weekend, and don’t want to provide any further clues as to my player valuation or plans for that league. But, with the most recent projections posted this week, it should be clear who I’m optimistic about…

Thoughts? Comments? Bring ‘em on!

Thanks,

Cory

Updated Draft Prep Central

For those of you who missed the announcement on Twitter: The MLB.com Fantasy 411 will no longer appear on MLB Network. It will still be available daily on MLB.com and ITunes and when posted the podcast links will always be tweeted out. We enjoyed our time on MLB Network but have decided to return to our roots that allow us more time to break down baseball, answer your questions and have on the great guests that are out there in the fantasy kingdom.

Below are the three links to find our podcast. Save it in a safe place because starting April 9th you will get a new show each weekday…….Mike

iTunes Audio Podcast: http://tinyurl.com/32346q8

iTunes Video Podcast: http://tinyurl.com/268r7gz

MLB.com Podcast page: http://tinyurl.com/6xk6cx5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ***Also note that Cory has updated his composite projections (see link below) to reflect every playing time projection, role change and injury update tweak that he could find. There have been very very minor changes to some rate stats to reflect changing roles (closer changes, lineup order, etc.) but otherwise these numbers are VERY much in line with the rate stats from the original composite projections.

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Hey everyone,

This is basically just a re-post of our “411 Draft Prep Central” entry from a couple weeks ago as we wanted to make these links easier to access. Be sure to check back here throughout the next few weeks as I’ll be updating this list of links as more content becomes available.

-Zach

Mike and Cory’s Overrated and Underrated Teams for 2012

Cory’s Composite Projections (Updated 3/22)

Our List of 12 for 2012

Mixed LABR Draft Results

AL LABR Draft Results

NL LABR Results + Zach’s NL-only Mock

Fantasy 411 Positional Rankings for 2012

MLB.com Player Preview

Mike’s MLB.com Article on Darvish

2012 NL LABR Draft Results + My NL-only Mock

Zach here,

First, here’s a link to Gardner’s NL LABR article which includes a link to the draft results.

Now let’s move on to my NL-only mock.

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Last week, I was invited by the guys over at rotoexperts.com to take part in a 12-team NL-only expert mock draft. Even though the lone non-mixed league I will participate in this year is a 10-team auction keeper, I figured this would at least help a little bit in my preparation as I would get a feel for the overall depth at the various position. So I enthusiastically accepted! Our draft took place Sunday night, so I thought I’d run through my picks and the thought process that went into each of them. By the middle of the draft (fortunately we didn’t draft a bench!) we were well into the slim pickings stage, so pretty much all the players still available carried a medium to high level of risk. But I did the best I could and tried to use as many of my early picks as possible to scoop up guys who will provide above average production in multiple categories. I drew the fourth pick and was planning on deciding between some combination of Joey Votto, Troy Tulowitzki and Justin Upton. Right off the bat I’d be in for a surprise. Let’s get started!

1.4    Matt Kemp

Whoa, I did not expect this. Votto went #1 overall, which isn’t necessarily a bad idea considering the huge dropoff that followed among NL first basemen. Braun and Tulo followed, leaving me Kemp, who I fully expected to get taken first. I know there are a lot of different opinions as to where Kemp should go in drafts this year, but fourth overall? I’d take him there every time. Even if he puts up a .285-30-100-100-30 line it’ll be worth it.

2.9    Pablo Sandoval

The only thing that separates the Panda from elite status is his propensity to eat too much, but I’m not impressed with the NL 3B pool depth. I would’ve probably taken Zimmerman if he didn’t get snatched up the pick right before me. Pablo did hit 23 homers in just 117 games last year.

3.4    Jimmy Rollins

I’m a big believer in addressing position scarcity early and I’m not that worried about J-Roll. Yeah, he’s no longer MVP material but he’s good for 15-plus homers and 30-plus steals to go along with a hefty number of runs.

4.9    Yovani Gallardo

Drafting an ace quality pitcher relatively early is a lot more important in a non-mixed league than it is in your standard 12-team mixed, and I’m thrilled to land a 200 K lock who last season showed marked improvement in the control department. I fully expect a career year.

5.4    Jayson Werth

Last year he was overrated. This year he’s underrated. Somewhat hidden in his 2011 bust season is the fact that he came one steal shy of going 20-20. A very strong NL-only #2 OF in my mind.

6.9    John Axford

I was surprised Axford fell this far and pounced on the opportunity to snag an elite closer at this point in the draft.

7.4    Ryan Howard

Here’s where I got a bit off track. Determined to grab a 1B before things got very ugly at the position, I took a chance on Howard, hoping that he could give me four and a half months of solid power numbers. Then after the draft I read that his rehab is going slower than originally thought. Maybe I’ll get only three months out of him. Maybe two months. I really don’t know. I probably should’ve opted for Ike Davis instead, but the whole Valley Fever thing combined with the Mets’ terrible luck in the health department scared me.

8.9    Anibal Sanchez

I thought about filling my 2B spot with Aaron Hill but Hill inspires little confidence in me and I felt that it was important to not be stuck with a mediocre #2 SP. I now have a pair of 200 K starters, which I like.

9.4    Marco Scutaro 

Time to address second base. Scutaro’s multi-position eligibility is very appealing. Oh yeah, then there’s that Coors thing. After making this pick I realized that I actually slightly prefer Scutaro over Hill anyway.

10.9  James Loney 

Not a huge fan of this guy but he did bat .320 in the second half last season and I desperately needed another decent 1B to hold the fort for Howard.

11.4    Frank Francisco

I always try to be one of the few teams with multiple closers in deeper non-mixed leagues, so I couldn’t resist taking Francisco here. After all, saves is a category, and if you open the season with more than one closer you’re already ahead of the game. I later made the prudent decision to handcuff Francisco with Rauch to ensure that I’ll be getting all 25 of those Mets saves! The main downside of this decision was that Carlos Ruiz, one of the final semi-acceptable #1 catchers, got taken a few picks later, turning my backstop situation into a disaster.

12.9    Bud Norris

My third 200-K caliber SP. I love my rotation so far.

13.4    Allen Craig

Not happy at all about this pick. Was all set to take Alex Presley but he didn’t make it back to me. I was close to grabbing him in the 12th but if I went that route I would not have gotten Norris, who I later learned would have picked by Tim Heaney. Despite the fact that Craig will open the season on the DL, I just thought his upside was greater than that of teammate Jon Jay, but in retrospect I should’ve went with the healthy Cardinal. Craig is an extremely weak #3 OF.

14.9    Jason Bartlett

An unexciting pick but I’ll take the 20 steals, though I probably would have been better off opting for an OF like Huff or Parra.

15.4    Edwin Jackson

Pitching in the NL and on a one-year contract, I’m pumped up about E-Jax this year. I’m also very surprised that he lasted until the 15th.

16.9    Ryan Ludwick

I expect Ludwick to get enough ABs to matter in an NL-only and his move from Petco to Great American Ballpark should help a great deal. I’m not giddy over this pick but it could turn out to be a decent one.

17.4    Sergio Romo

A lockdown middle reliever carries plenty of value in a non-mixed, let alone one who could see some save chances should Brian Wilson’s health woes continue.

18.9    Jason Castro

This was embarrassing. I actually had to do some research during the draft to find out if Castro was indeed the Astros’ projected Opening Day starter. And he’s my #1 catcher!

19.4    Jon Rauch

Injury insurance for Francisco and a guy who has done a decent job in his previous closing stints.

20.9    Kyle Blanks

I have no idea what to expect from Blanks this year but as long as he avoids the Minors and the DL (no guarantee), the power potential is enough to warrant a selection this late in the draft.

21.4    Jim Thome

Maybe he’ll get a couple starts a week at 1B while Howard is out? Maybe Wigginton gets hurt and Thome plays even more? Probably wishful thinking. I totally overlooked Brett Jackson here, not to mention Nolan Arenado, who inexplicably didn’t even get drafted.

22.9    John Baker

The second half of the worst catching duo in the history of fantasy baseball!

23.4    Jeremy Guthrie

I’m not expecting a whole lot from Guthrie being that he’s an extreme fly ball pitcher who will now call Coors Field home. But he’s been a decent pitcher in the AL East and that should count for something, no? Not a bad #5 SP in an NL-only.

The Final Verdict

Strengths

-Starting pitching, particularly strikeouts

-Two quality closers, one of them elite

-Above average speed (Kemp, Rollins, Werth, Bartlett)

Weaknesses

-Awful at the catcher position

- Weak in the outfield beyond the top two

-Dicey situation at 1B, at least to start the year

Well, there you have it! All comments are welcome and Click Here for the full draft results, though you need to be registered on Fantrax to view them.

2012 AL LABR Draft Results

Zach back with you,

The expert draft results just keep on coming! The 19th annual AL LABR draft was held this past weekend and Steve Gardner of USA Today did a fine job recapping all the developments. Here’s a link to his article which also includes a link to the full team rosters with dollar values.

Overrated/Underrated Teams for 2012

Hey everyone,

Today was our annual overrated/underrated show. To find the podcasts, simply follow these Tiny URL links:

iTunes Audio Podcast link: http://tinyurl.com/32346q8

iTunes Video Podcast link: http://tinyurl.com/268r7gz

Link to MLB.com Podcast page: http://tinyurl.com/6xk6cx5

And here are the teams…

SIANO OVERRATED

C – Joe Mauer

1B – Lance Berkman

2B – Dustin Ackley

3B – Kevin Youkilis

SS – Starlin Castro

OF – Michael Morse

OF – Melky Cabrera

OF – Yoenis Cespedes

SP – Yu Darvish

SP – Jeremy Hellickson

CL – Andrew Bailey

SIANO UNDERRATED

C –  Wilson Ramos

1B – Ike Davis

2B – Kelly Johnson

3B – David Freese

SS – Marco Scutaro

OF – Chris Heisey

OF – Lorenzo Cain

OF – Dominic Brown

SP – Derek Holland

SP – Mike Minor

CL – Jason Motte

SCHWARTZ OVERRATED

C – Mike Napoli

1B – Ryan Howard

2B – Dustin Ackley

3B – David Freese

SS – J.J. Hardy

OF – Andre Ethier

OF – Emilio Bonifacio

OF – Carlos Quentin

SP – Josh Johnson

SP – Matt Moore

CL – Andrew Bailey

SCHWARTZ UNDERRATED

C –  Wilson Ramos

1B – Paul Goldschmidt

2B – Jose Altuve

3B – Edwin Encarnacion

SS – Tyler Pastornicky

OF – Brett Gardner

OF – Michael Cuddyer

OF – Alex Presley

SP – Jon Niese

SP – Brandon McCarthy

CL – Rafael Betancourt

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