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  1. No Mat Gamel?

    Comment by SecondHandStore — March 22, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

  2. Not eligible yet, only two games at first in his MLB career.

    Comment by Mike Axisa — March 22, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

  3. That is a big miss. He’d be right in the Tier 4 jumble for me (although I’d have Paul Goldschmidt & Michael Cuddyer at least somewhat higher).

    Comment by Phoebe Cates — March 22, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

  4. Oh ok. You’re right – he’s only DH eligible right now in many leagues apparently.

    Comment by Phoebe Cates — March 22, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

  5. Adam Lind in Tier 5 behind guys like Casey Kotchman and Garrett Jones? I recognize there isn’t a ton to like about Lind, but can’t we AT LEAST pencil him in for 20+ homers and 80+ RBIs. I fear the hate has gone too far here.

    Comment by Mike Schmidt — March 22, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

  6. agreed, that’s a ridiculously low ranking for a guy projected to hit 22-27 HR with 75-94 RBI. Yes, his AVG sucks, and he won’t steal any bases, but how is he that far behind, say, Nick Swisher?

    Comment by batpig — March 22, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

  7. You answered it – he isn’t..

    Comment by Plaxico Burress — March 22, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

  8. Yonder’s opposite field power fits well in Petco Park and I wouldn’t be surprised if he pokes 25 or so homers this year.

    That’s a Bold Prediction.

    It seems wasteful of time & thought to Tier all those guys with position eligibility at 3b, OF, C, 2b; if you play them at 1b, you’ve drafted poorly.

    Comment by Steve Balboni — March 22, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

  9. Yeah, I thought they forgot Lind until I read this comment. Pretty absurd ranking. I mean your seriously going to take James Loney or Casey Kotchman over a guy who hit 26 homers and 88 rbis in 120 games last year?

    Comment by Adam — March 22, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

  10. Tier 5? I see him in tier 6 above, making this even more ridiculous. Yes there is reason to worry about him hitting consistently enough to play against lefties but I don’t feel he has gone off the cliff yet. The guy is only 28, playing in a strong lineup and plays decent defensively, hit 26 HRs last year and drove in 87 runs. Hell, he’s got Mark Reynolds in tier four!!!

    This reminds me of when Eno had Encarnacion ranked dead last at 30th for third base in a preseason ranking on another website. I commented at the time that it was an irresponsible ranking, he was better than more than half of the guys ahead of him on the list… and he was. Now people are talking about him as a sleeper for deeper drafts. I suspect Lind will surprise some people like that this year despite his poor spring so far.

    Comment by kaiser soze — March 22, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

  11. Where would Posey slot into here?

    Comment by Adam — March 22, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

  12. Brandon Belt should be far lower. His optimistic projections for the 2012 season were what his junior Paul Goldschmidt had last season. Though I wouldn’t draft any Giants 1B with the PAs divided between four players.

    Comment by PrinceOfBeers — March 22, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

  13. Lind ranking that low is absurd. Granted his BABIP was high through the first half of the season, but he was absolutely raking prior to being injured last year….

    Comment by Johnicus G — March 22, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

  14. What is a good resource for looking up what positions a player has started at game by game, season by season, career, etc?

    Comment by Ash — March 22, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

  15. And yet it’s incredibly valuable to know that if I can’t get a good value for any “true” 1b in the third tier but I’ve gotten Kendrick for a decent price for example, I know I can slot Kendrick at 1B and go after another 1B OR a high-end 2B later in the draft. Positional flexibility allows for more of just that – flexibility

    Comment by Ash — March 22, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

  16. This writer is clueless!!!!

    Comment by Paco — March 22, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

  17. This article is an excellent example of why using a tier approach is such a bad idea. Let’s take a look at “Tier 2.” Standard advice is to wait near the end and get one of the last couple of guys. Which in this case leaves you paying something like Tier 2 price for Lance Freaking Berkman.

    Comment by Blue — March 22, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

  18. Ash, if you play Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball, then just click the players name, and then click the Career tab. At the bottom it will tell you which positions he’s played for each season he’s had in the majors.

    To find out how far a players is from eligibility in Yahoo!, just hold your mouse over the Players tab in your league and when the drop down menu comes up, click Position Eligibility. There you can track who is close to gaining a new position. This tracks hitters as well as pitchers and can be a useful tool when looking for a sneaky pick up.

    Comment by Stuck in a slump — March 22, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

  19. The fourth exclamation mark makes a compelling case.

    Comment by Steve Balboni — March 22, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

  20. Even Plaxico knows it!!

    Comment by Max — March 23, 2012 @ 6:00 am

  21. where is this standard advice you speak of?

    Comment by Orange — March 23, 2012 @ 7:37 am

  22. John Mayberry vs. Yonder Alonso?

    Comment by question asker — March 23, 2012 @ 7:50 am

  23. Hope you’re right on Alonso.

    Comment by Mike G — March 26, 2012 @ 9:52 am

  24. In what league does Youk still have 1B eligibility? He didn’t play there much at all last year.

    Also, listing those guys like Santana, Posey, and Napoli here when you just aren’t going to see anybody play them there gives a false sense of depth at the position. Once you get past the top tier it is a no man’s land of potential, risky propositions, and has-beens. When you throw in that Morse and Davis have injuries or valley fever, Youk isn’t eligible in most leagues, and you are left with a dogs breakfast after the first 7-8 guys.

    Comment by Chad — March 26, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

  25. Looking back on it now, this might be the funniest piece of satire ever written.

    Comment by Frauds — April 21, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

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