Scoresheet – Draft Wrap

Regular RotoGraphs readers may recall a couple weeks ago when I posted my then-in-progress Scoresheet team for all to belittle and besmirch.

Well, my roster has since filled out, and I’m now ready for further humiliation and shame. Let’s take a peek, with breakdowns where I feel are pertinent:

C- Salvador Perez
C- Kelly Shoppach

Yikes. Injuries obviously never come at a good time, but Perez’ came at an especially bad time for me in the drafting process. By the time the extent of the injury was known, I was in ‘bullpen-build’ mode in drafting and wasn’t ready to just grab any old Miguel Olivo that was there. A few guys I considered were John Jaso and Chris Snyder, and in retrospect I maybe would have grabbed Snyder, but at that time the Astros hadn’t yet dealt Quintero.

So I’ll roll with Shoppach and the esteemed ‘AAA catcher’ which Scoresheet uses to fill in any gaps — like it will with Bradley Woodrum’s almost entirely empty bullpen, I guess? (Note: When my picks ran out his pen was completely empty. I laughed. Sorry, BW2)

1B- Carlos Pena
1B- Adam Dunn
1B- Chris Parmelee

Now that’s more like it. I sort of like Pena and Dunn to both bounce back, and I’m definitely going to use Dunn at DH. Parmelee isn’t nearly as good as he was last season with the Twins, but he’s really climbing the ranks and may well be the first baseman of the future in the Twin Cities. I foresee him maybe becoming an .800-type OPS first baseman who could hit 6th for the Twins for many years, and that’s just fine. He’s still under rookie eligibility as well, so if he doesn’t resurface in Minnesota this year — which I think is likely — I can keep him at the back of my 2013 draft.

2B- Jose Altuve
2B- Daniel Descalso
2B- Steve Lombardozzi

I grabbed Altuve early because I really like the direction in which he’s heading, but recent news on Descalso and Lombardozzi possibly playing larger roles in St. Louis and D.C. respectively have me pretty excited. Ideally, Descalso might get off to a hot start playing second over Tyler Greene, and maybe afford me the opportunity to deal him for an interim catcher. We shall see, but I think my depth will suit me here a heck of a lot better than it did last season (Orlando Hudson, Skip Schumaker, and a whole lot of nothin’).

3B- Danny Valencia
3B- Josh Bell (BAL)
3B- Casey McGehee
3B- Josh Vitters
3B- Anthony Rendon

So…I don’t need any more third sackers. Valencia can be equal parts impressive and depressive; I’ve seen him in batting practice and he puts on an incredible show, but sometimes hit bat just disappears for long periods of time. He’s nothing special with the glove, but third base was really shallow once the draft got underway. I’m willing to take a chance on the Bell of the BAL or McGehee to show a pulse, but I really love Rendon and still think Vitters could be OK. All in all, this might be second only to OF as my deepest unit. Keep in mind, I’m still learning!

SS- Alexei Ramirez
SS- Jamey Carroll
SS- Xander Bogaerts

This is a group I really like. I took Ramirez among my top three or four picks, and considering how shallow short can be both IRL and in fantasy life, I’m really happy to have nabbed him. Carroll is the kind of guy that has more real-life value than fantasy value, but I think Scoresheet is going to appreciate his value, and I should be able to use him as a quasi-utility guy. Bogaerts is one I’m really excited about, as he’s one of Mike Newman’s very favorite prospects from what I’ve gathered, and he appears on a ton of top-prospect lists.

OF- Coco Crisp
OF- Yoenis Cespedes
OF- Trayvon Robinson
OF- Jason Heyward
OF- Jon Jay
OF- Joe Benson
OF- Michael Choice

I think I mixed potential, versatility, and value relatively well here. Crisp should do wonders for my team defense, and I’m still sort of hoping he’ll hit like 2010. I think overall this group is solid, and I’m still a pretty big believer in Robinson as well. Benson, at least in my view, is going to be a very good big league outfielder, perhaps as soon as next season, and I like Jay as sort of an unassuming type who will be useful but won’t likely stand out.

SP- Carl Pavano
SP- Felipe Paulino
SP- Yu Darvish
SP- Deck McGuire
SP- Jordan Lyles
SP- Drew Pomeranz
SP- Matt Purke
If I could go back, I’d probably find a way to draft another durable, Pavano-type starter. I’m not enamored with Pavano at all, but I also couldn’t go into the season with all wildcards either. I like the potential that Paulino, Lyles, and Pomeranz all bring, but at the same time, they could all be a bad handful of starts away from the minors or at least in the case of Paulino, back on the waiver wire. Purke is completely a wildcard after his draft stock slipped coming out of TCU, and McGuire is just a prospect in a world that’s increasingly believing TINSTAAPP. This could be my weakest link, or it could dazzle, but I don’t think there’s an in-between.

RP- Chris Sale
RP- Jesse Crain
RP- Jordan Walden
RP- Jake McGee
RP- Ernesto Frieri
RP- Kerry Wood

One key note is that Sale is still listed as a reliever; I’ll safely assume that he’ll be moved to the starting rotation early in the season, and I’m still not quite sure what I think about that. As for the others, I resisted the urge to draft relievers early. For one, I trust my instinct and just tried to find guys with dazzling stuff, good K rates, or in the case of Wood, a pretty good track record. So, while other teams drafted relievers relatively early, almost all of my relievers came among my lat 10 picks. I think that’s a pretty good bullpen.

So that’s pretty much it. If I had to guess, this could maybe be an 85-win team. It’s hard to build through the draft, but I pretty much had no choice after a rough season in 2011. I’m hoping I can be one of the owners with 10 keepers next year, and I think there’s a much better chance of that than there was this year. What do you think?




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  1. soamx says:

    I’m not familiar with scoresheet so that’s likely the problem but that team is the worst fantasy team i’ve ever seen in my life

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  2. Also, think of it as more of an expansion team in my case.

    I started with 2 players — Sale and Heyward — and had to build a team from scraps, kind of.

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    • soamx says:

      Looking at it as a real major league team i’d agree they’d probably win around 85 games. Your missing a reliable top of the rotation starter and a reliable .900 ops bat from being a good team. To think of it as an expansion team, that’s to be expected anyways.

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  3. Trip says:

    I think you’re looking good overall, particularly if you were building from scraps.

    Are you concerned about your pitching depth? I think you’ll need to be extremely lucky to avoid AAA-Pitcher, and boy howdy that guy is crippling. I usually aim to start the season with about 200 or so more innings than I see on your roster.

    I think you’re right about Jamey Carroll, he’s excellent as a super-utility backup guy in this format. I re-drafted him yearly in my Scoresheet NL league until he turned to the dark side. Love your infield depth, particularly your platoon at 2B.

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  4. wjylaw says:

    I’m sorry, but that team in real life would be lucky to win 65-70 games. You don’t have any kind of hitters who can really off set the Pena/Dunn 400 K’s, the rest of the infield is sketchy at best (if Ramirez doesn’t rake they’re quite awful), the OF maybe produces at league average if Cespedes rakes and Heyward is more 2010 than 2011. Finally, the starting pitching is bad, even if Darvish posts something like a 3.00 era/1.1 whip.

    Obviously you started with scraps, but my god man… it’s horrible.

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  5. Shoeless_Mike says:

    Yeah I am not seeing enough IP to avoid the dreaded AAA starter. I’d try to move an outfielder or one of your strike out machine first basemen for another starter. I really like Sale as a possible dominant #1 starter – and you do need that as your bats are kind of weak. I can see this team winning 80+ games if 3 of these 4 things happen:

    1) Sale and Darvish becomes top of the rotation starters. That is 180 – 200 IP (or more) with an ERA .850

    MM

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  6. Shoeless_Mike says:

    My post got truncated – my other 3 criteria were Dunn’s #’s returning to 2010 form, Heyward’s #’s returning to 2010 and Cespedes OPS > 850

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  7. Shoeless_Mike says:

    Just as a yard stick – my 20 team mixed-league SS pitching staff, put together via a 7 team redraft and the normal spring draft consists of: Clayton Kershaw, Derek Holland, Jaime Garcia, Adam Wainwright, Jon Niese, Henderson Alvarez, Lance Lynn, Danny Duffy, Dustin McGowan, Marco Estrada, Kris Medlen, John Axford, Ryan Madson, and Kelvin Herrera. I project 1800 innings pitched from these guys… we’ll see.

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  8. BobbyMac says:

    Complete “BP Kings” rosters are here, for anyone who wants to compare: http://bit.ly/GNecz7

    I could trade you A.J. Ellis, if you’re desperate, Brandon. He’s, um, “starting”. :>

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