My FSWA team

Monday night, I participated in a FSWA draft named after me, which they do for their annual award winners. That was not the coolest part of the draft as the best part was the league format. The rules drop batting average, home runs, and wins and replace them with on base percentage, slugging percentage, and quality starts. I love the format and wish it were more mainstream.

In reviewing the league last season, these were the benchmarks that it took to be in the top 3 in each category:

·         Runs: 1100

·         RBI: 1050

·         SB: 175

·         OBP: .342

·         SLG: .440

·         Quality Starts: 118

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·         SV: 70

·         Strikeouts: 1425

·         ERA: 3.30

·         WHIP: 1.17

This is the team I ended up with, comparing the player’s draft slot to their custom RotoWire rankings using the Draft Software tool:

Player

Draft

Rank

2

2

Shin-Soo Choo

23

18

26

35

47

15

50

106

71

47

74

107

95

95

98

53

119

114

Hyun-Jin Ryu

122

72

143

384

146

99

167

292

170

197

191

218

194

434

215

221

218

128

239

249

242

281

263

463

266

201

287

252

290

342

311

604

314

301

335

146
 

28 players overall; 14 reaches, 12 profits, 2 spot on picks. Three of the five reaches were on the closing side of the fence, which can happen in a 12-team mixed league where closers are plentiful. I waited to take my closers until the 14th round and still like what I ended up with in terms of those guys getting me saves. I was surprised to get two pitching values in Estrada and Quintana when I did in the draft, especially Quintana who made strong strides in the second half of the season.

While Bogaerts was a large position player reach, there was quite a number of upset drafters when I took him where I did during the draft. He is a wild card, but he has the skills to be a top 150 player when it is all said and done. Some of the later reaches were done while pursuing production to get to my benchmarks. Erick Aybar was not my favorite MI selection when I made it, but I needed more steals and it was my last non-catcher pick remaining.

Here is how my projections ended up against my pre-draft benchmarks:

·         Runs: 1102 > 1100

·         RBI: 1006 < 1050

·         SB: 171 < 175

·         OBP: .356 > .342

·         SLG: .457 > .440

·         QS: 114 < 118

·         SV: 96 >70

·         K: 1217 < 1425

·         ERA: 3.44 < 3.30

·         WHIP: 1.20 < 1.17

The lack of strikeouts will be addressed by putting Quintana into the rotation over Qualls should he not hold the closer role, but I feel very good about the offense. Now, I just hope I do not finish poorly in my own league!