Thread: Stage Four

It doesn’t exist. But we keep hoping.

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In the AL and NL which hitters not on an MLB roster on 4/5/15 will have the most PA, HR, RBI, R, and SB in 2015?

Likewise, which hurlers will have the most IP, K, S, and W?
James Morgan jem1776
Apr 4 '15
If you're going to do your homework, Andy, you need a new gravatar.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 30 '15
Thanks. I have no frame of reference for this type of shallow mixed league. I'm sure all the other teams look pretty good as well.

I wasn't going to do it, because I didn't want to have to study a whole new batch of players from the AL. Believe it or not, the thing that put me over the top and deciding to do it was that I would no longer have to come here to the site and have about half of the comments not pertain to me.

Now I can crack wise about AL guys as well as NL guys. Yeah!
Keith Prosseda andypro
Mar 30 '15
Good looking team andypro. I get concerned when the computer gives me a good grade which hasn't happened in years.
Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Mar 30 '15

I disagree that AAA is for has-beens only unless you think people like Drury, Sydergaard, Bryant (if we believe Epstein), etc are has-beens.

I think that AAA is for guys you might call up this year and AA is for guys who are probably a year away.

The exception is that PCL is so odd with it's hitters parks that some clubs (like the Dodgers put some select players at their AA fields instead).

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Mar 29 '15
Yes, and that AA is for prospects and AAA is for has-beens ...
Howard Lynch LynchMob
Mar 29 '15
Joe's a fine writer, but isn't he only saying in a a trendy, tropish way what has always been said? It's called organizational depth. Which the Red Sox have plenty of, no question about that.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 29 '15

Do you agree about AAA and the 35-man roster?

As per Joe Sheehan's latest letter:

"One of the popular tropes now is that idea that teams don't build a 25-man roster, but rather a 35-man one, knowing that they'll need depth to get through a season. It's the main reason why Triple-A teams now function as taxi squads more than prospect development units. The Red Sox may not have the best AL team 1-25, but they do have the best one 1-35, with all of their outfielders, with all of their relievers, with the starting pitching talent just on the horizon. No AL team is as set to withstand injuries, performance changes and all of the other unknowns that come up throughout the year. This is why I think they will complete one of the strangest cycles ever and go worst to first to worst to first in a four-year span. Viva small divisions."

James Morgan jem1776
Mar 29 '15

OK, this is probably stage zero, as I got roped into doing a 14 team mixed draft today. I thought I would hate it, but it was pretty fun, all in all. Wish I knew more about the AL guys.

It's 5x5, with OPS and quality starts replacing BA and wins. It's also only 9 offense and 7 pitchers, very shallow. Also, they have a 1250 IP limit, so you need K/9 over raw K

C - Lucroy
1B - Pujols
2B - Altuve
3B - R. Zimmerman
SS - Segura
OF - C. Gomez
OF - Alex Gordon
OF - Joc Pederson
UT - Brandon Belt

SP - Price
SP - J. Zimmerman
RP - Gregorson
RP - C. Carrasco
P - T. Ross
P - I. Kennedy
P - J. Nelson

R - Y. Tomas
R - Carl Crawford
R - A. Cabrera
R - Parnell
R - Minor
R - C. Tillman

I think it looks like a well-rounded squad, but how the heck can you know in a 14 team mixed? They have two DL spots so I can stash Parnell and Minor and pick up. After the draft, the computer ranked my squad next to last.

Eh, what the heck do computers know anyway? There always trying to get us to play a nice game of chess while they're starting global thermo-nuclear war.

Keith Prosseda andypro
Mar 29 '15
I would GUESS it's still starters; so many guys are on the prowl for anything that vaguely resembles a save that, while plenty of saves still come out of nowhere, it seems like the competition is greater.  
Mike Dean TMU2009
Mar 28 '15