Thread: Stage Four

It doesn’t exist. But we keep hoping.

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Someday I will stop betting on older hitters making a comeback.  

Mike Dean TMU2009
May 15

Mike Leake, HJ Ryu, Alex Wood, WY Chen, Robbie Ray, Felipe Rivero, Hunter Strickland

Jamie Garcia was dropped for Ty Blach

Grant Dayton was dropped for Benoit who was then traded with Pederson for Bumgarner and a dog hitter.  MadBum then reserved and Dayton picked up again

mark maurer Tuffy
May 5

Were any of your pitchers freezes?

Larry Labadini a good 30 years ago won one of the LABR leagues with a $9 pitching staff, but that was when the world was still in Stage Two. In Stage Three it seems like an impossibility. If you win, maybe there is a Stage Four!

Who are your pitchers?

Alex Patton Alex
May 4

All hitting update

4x4 NL only

i spent $14 total on my 9 pitchers ($246 on hitting)

so far 43 out of possible 48 points in hitting

and pitching has been surprisingly good;

last in saves but middle of the pack in wins and very solid 2nd best in both ERA and WHIP

5th best pitching overall with 29.6 points

2nd place in the overall standings with 72.5 points

so far so good

mark maurer Tuffy
May 4

Agree that the scouting grades don't add much, if anything. But I put the link here for easy reference when we're trying to figure our FAAB bids for minor leaguers.

Alex Patton Alex
May 2

This is interesting, but am I wrong? Using percentage differences seems easy to digest and understand. I'm glad to see those.

Converting to the ludicrous and professionally protective 20-80 scale that scouts use introduces esoteric and generalized numbers to a fairly straightforward evaluation. 

This is less an indictment of the idea of creating bigger baskets (rather than getting overspecific, which percentages do), than wondering why the Scouting Scoring isn't 1-10 instead of 20-80. I don't know the answer, maybe there is a good one. I should know the answer, I've read about this process many times and talked to scouts about it, too, but I don't know. So my guess is oddball scoring protects insiders. 

Baseball America is protecting or fetishizing the process. The percentage numbers are plenty good enough if you don't get too specific about them (which is a reason for generalizing differences.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
May 2

From Baseball America, park factors for the minors as well as the majors, converted to scouting grades for runs, home runs and BABIP, all on one page.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/new-way-think-ballpark-factors/

Alex Patton Alex
May 1

To keep roster total numbers the same, we (5x5 AL with keepers) changed several years ago to 10 pitchers and 13 hitters, including 4 outfielders. That copies the movements of most major league teams. Every team has more pitchers. And few carry a 5th outfielder, or at least one who can't play the infield.

It works well, I think, and it means that during April there are always a few ok hitters available to replace injured players. If you do that, be aware that the four outfield spots fill quickly, and at least one team will wait for the last outfielder to buy a bargain at $1. The next year, at least 3 will do that, and the outfield shifts toward stars and scrubs in the way that mixed leagues do, as the last guys of 48 outfielders are better than the last guys of 60.

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers
Apr 20

Per Peter's suggestion, a few years ago we added a 10th pitcher.  We kept the integrity of the 23x260 with the same positions, but require one major league pitcher to be taken in our supplemental draft after the auction.  That pitcher must be activated immediately.  So, we have a 24 man active roster.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Apr 20

I'm in one NL league that added a 10th pitcher slot years ago -- while keeping the same 14 batters, though 2 UT & 4 OF.  The second UT can be a pitcher if desired as well.

Eric Valdi farley
Apr 20