Thursday, January 31, 2013

A quote for the winter...

People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.
Rogers Hornsby

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wahoos and Sidewinders trade

The Wahoos traded Justin Morneau to the Sidewinders for the Snake 1st round pick in 2014.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sidewinders and Tweeners trade

The Sidewinders traded pick 18 to the Tweeners for Derek Jeter and a 2014 5th round pick.

Buckeyes and Tweeners trade

The Buckeyes traded their 2014 1st round pick to the Tweeners for Corey Hart.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

FFTs and Sidewinders trade

The Sidewinders traded pick 50 to the FFTs for Carlos Beltran and picks 154 and 155.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Bonus Cards

Strat-O-Matic has apparently decided to include a batch of Bonus Cards this year. There are 189 cards in the bunch, around half of which are Pitcher Hitting Cards, based on individual pitcher hitting results last year. The rest are cards for guys with very limited at bats or innings - very small sample sizes. Here is a player list of the Bonus Cards.

For now we'll address these as two separate issues.

Let's start with the limited AB/IP cards, and the initial question is this...

Would you be interested in accepting these cards into our league? We can obviously talk about it and debate either side, but the decision needs to be made soon. Please vote on the poll, and as always, feel free to add your comments to this post.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Buckeyes and Zaps trade

The Buckeyes traded pick 142 to the Zaps for Maicer Izturis.

Traded Future Picks

Here is a current list of 2014 picks that have been traded already:

GPB res > KBS

It's That Time Again!

If you haven't already done so, ORDER YOUR CARDS!

Buckeyes and Sidewinders trade

The Buckeyes traded pick 126 to the Sidewinders for Colby Rasmus.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Buckeyes and Warpigs trade

The Buckeyes traded Devin Mesoraco to the Warpigs for pick 96.

Buckeyes and Wahoos trade

The Buckeyes traded their 2014 4th round pick and a player to be named later to the Wahoos for Kevin Youkilis and the Wahoo 2014 9th round pick.

Buckeyes and Mavs trade

The Buckeyes traded their 2014 2nd round pick to the Mavs for Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the Mav 2014 3rd round pick.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The 2013 Official Mock Draft

Here's the Mock Draft you've all been waiting for. The first round will be so exciting, what with Bryce Harper, Yoenis Cespedes, Yu Darvish, Manny Machado, and the like. What's that? Those guys are already taken? Oh. Nevermind.

1. Warpigs - Kris Medlen, SP/RP - It would be hard to pass up this guy. 138 innings of start and relief. Not much on the card. AND, he's 27 and will soon be the ace of the Atlanta staff.

2. Sidewinders - Andrelton Simmons, SS - The Snakes took about 7 shortstops in last year's draft, and they all either failed miserably (Dee Gordon) or are not quite ready (Jurickson Profar). This is the guy he should have taken. And he'll amend that right here.

3. Warpigs - Fernando Rodney, RP - The Pigs can't decide between Medlen and Rodney and are thrilled to get them both. This Rodney card will have almost nothing on it. Best closer card in the set (unless you count Kimbrel).

4. Drillers - Brandon Moss, RF/LF/1B - What a studly card. TWELVE points of HR vs RHP. And that's not counting the 8 BP. And you don't even have to platoon him; his onbase is better vs LHP. He can even play well in three different positions. His only drawback is that he only has 265 at bats.

5. FFTs - Aaron Hill, 2B - Above average power, above average defense. And over 600 at bats. How is he not already on a team?

6. Inmates - Jarrod Parker, SP - He seems like a nice guy, and I hate to do this to him, but he's the best pick here. He'll just have to learn to avoid the Inmate jinx (despite the fact that NO ONE has ever avoided it).

7. Mavs - Mike Olt, 1B/3B - The Mavman's daughter has given him an ultimatum: Draft a "cute" Texas Ranger. Apparently Olt is the guy here (Robbie Ross in the 2nd round?). Personally, I just lie to my daughters. They still think I have Derek Holland.

8. Zaps - Matt Harvey, SP - The young stud of the Mets is starter only, and has just 59 innings, but he's going to be a good one for a long time. The Zaps are amassing quite a talented bunch out in LaLa Land.

9. Nads - Will Middlebrooks, 3B - The young Red Sox third basemen will soon be wearing the wrinkled pink of the Nads. The Nads need help at 3B, and they also need some help in the outfield. But what outfielder is worth taking this early, Andy Dirks? This is WAY too early for Andy Dirks.

10. Tweeners - Andy Dirks, LF/RF - Dirks is maybe the 2nd best left-handed stick in the draft. The power might be missing, but the guy can hit. The Tweeners, by the way, are only one win away from the World Series.

11. Fungoes - Pete Kozma, SS - Only 72 at bats, so this might be a little early. He's not considered a prospect, but will have an excellent card - especially in the playoffs. The Fungoes, like the Sidewinders, always seem to be looking for their next shortstop.

12. Drillers - Todd Frazier, 1B/3B/LF/RF - The young, power-hitting Red plays 4 positions, and is a 3 at all of them. The Drillers need a closer (Street?), but DD has always preferred hitters over pitchers - especially in the first round.

13. Tweeners - Yasmani Grandal, C - I'm not sure what to think of this guy. He can hit, he can take a walk, and he's got great power - especially vs LHP. On the other hand, he's already facing a suspension for PEDs. Will the power still be there without the juice? We'll see.

14. Wahoos - Chris Carter, 1b - The Wahoos need a 3bman; Carter plays first. The Wahoos need a lefty bat; Carter is right-handed. Carter is obviously the pick here.

15. Wahoos - Wade Miley, SP - Wade Miley joins Wade Davis in the Wahoo bullpen. His 195 innings means he could be in the rotation, but this lefty could also make about 140 appearances out of the pen.

16. DVs - Tommy Milone, SP - As the DVs sit back, resting on the laurels of last year's Higdon, he won't even worry about the flack he'll take from using his 1st round pick to take a guy he cut at the draft last year. It won't phase him a bit.

DVs win the auction!

Tell him what he's won, Johnny! For the mere cost of pick 96, the DVs have landed the coveted Jeremy Affeldt AND the versatile John Mayberry. Thanks to everyone who participated in the auction. Y'all come back now!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Buckeyes and Rhinos trade

The Rhinos traded picks 53, 79, and 95 to the Buckeyes for pick 46.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Tweeners and Warpigs trade

The Tweeners traded Darren Oliver and Daniel Hudson to the Warpigs for Dustin Ackley and Cameron Maybin.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Warpigs and Wahoos trade

The Wahoos traded pick 3 to the Warpigs. In exchange, the Hoos receive picks 72 and 74 in this year's draft and the Warpig 1st and 2nd in 2014.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Zaps and Warpigs trade

The Zaps traded Eric O'Flaherty and pick 72 to the Warpigs for Travis D'Arnaud.

Warpigs and FFTs trade

The Warpigs traded Carlos Beltran to the FFTs for pick 74.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Rhinos and Wahoos trade

The Wahoos traded picks 51, 52, and 53 to the Rhinos for the Rhino 2014 1st and 2nd round picks, Nolan Arenado, and picks 127, 143, and 159.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Zaps and Goofs Trade

The Goofs traded Matt Joyce to the Zaps for pick 40.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Bees and Buckeyes trade

The Buckeyes traded a 2014 Reserve Spot to the Killer Bees for Adam Dunn and Rickie Weeks.