My NL Tout Team

I rarely go into an auction with a plan and to the extent I do, it's always pretty loose, something along the lines of: "Make sure to get two decent catchers who won't hurt your batting average." But this year - after observing the NL player pool and broadcasting the NL LABR auction - it was different. I was going to buy Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton and Stephen Strasburg hopefully for about $100 (but more if necessary), get at least one more star hitter - likely Troy Tulowitzki (whom Stephania Bell assures me is healthy) or Justin Upton and then target some lottery tickets like Billy Hamilton and other top prospects like Shelby Miller and Oscar Taveras. Here are the results:

Pos Player $ Comment
C Brian McCann 11 Seems like he'll be back soon and would be a $17 player if healthy
C Devin Mesoraco 4 Huge prospect, huge spring, could force his way to ABs
1B Todd Helton 5 Starting 1B for the Rockies for now
2B Darwin Barney 8 Maybe too much, but defense assures him ABs
3B Ian Stewart 1 As Erickson says: "The world needs ditch-diggers, too."
SS Troy Tulowitzki 32 Stephania Bell promised me he was healthy
CI Logan Morrison 10 If he's back by May 1, he should earn this easily
MI Billy Hamilton 7 Half a season = 30-plus SBs
OF Giancarlo Stanton 37 Pianowski knew what I was doing and bid me up; will earn this anyway
OF Bryce Harper 33 Would have gone to 35
OF Juan Pierre 16 Could hit .295 and steal 50 bags; Yelich could also take his job
OF Oscar Taveras 6 Will earn this in two months, might play 5 or 6
SW (any pos) A.J. Pollock 2 Could get some run, and might be ready
U Delmon Young 9 Hit for power and avg. in Target Field and Comerica
P Stephen Strasburg 29 What does his ceiling look like?
P Jeff Samardzija 14 Peripherals were borderline elite last year
P Shelby Miller 6 Good park, good environment
P Hyun-Jin Ryu 6 Good park, good environment
P Rafael Betancourt 13 Skill set is strong, health and environment the issue
P Carlos Marmol 8 Brought him up for 8, got crickets. Possession is nine-tenths of the law.
P Dan Hudson 1 Should be back for half the year
P Mark Rogers 1 Banged up, but has upside if and when he's healthy
P Jeff Karstens 1 See Rogers, Mark
R Charlie Blackmon R Good minor league numbers, all he needs is an opportunity
R Scott Baker R Should be back at some point - great command
R Josh Collmenter R Great numbers in relief
R Jon Rauch R If Cishek implodes, could get the nod


By: Erickson
On: 3/26/2013 1:26:00 PM
April might be ugly for you, but the ceiling is really high, too. It's helpful that you have unlimited DL spots - hopefully there's a decent inventory of FA's to pick up.
By: Chris Liss
On: 3/26/2013 1:28:00 PM
Yeah, that's the idea. Most of the DL are pitchers, so it should be easy to pick up middle relievers to fill in. And DL'd C is no big deal. Probably should have gotten Valbuena in the reserve round to back-up Stewart, but went with upside in Blackmon.
By: Chris Liss
On: 3/26/2013 1:37:00 PM
But you're right - here's who's out on Opening Day: McCann, Morrison, Stewart, Hamilton, Young, Hudson, Karstens, Rogers, Baker and maybe Taveras, Pollock and Blackmon.
By: kdo
On: 3/26/2013 2:43:00 PM
You have just been hit with the Stephania Bell curse... Last year her favorite play was Adrain Gonzales. she interviewed him and assured all that Gonzales was in for a huge power year...yikes! At least she was right that he was "healthy."
By: Chris Liss
On: 3/26/2013 3:05:00 PM
Kdo - Gonzalez did stay healthy, so she gets credit for that. I wouldn't necessarily pay attention to what she thinks a player will *do* - no offense to Stephania, but she's not really (nor does she purport to be) a fantasy baseball expert.
By: msarvi
On: 3/26/2013 3:36:00 PM
Chris you have a truly ugly INF except for Tulo. I hope for your sake Ms Bell has hit right. It looks like you hitting counting stats are very dependent on 3 guys and some lotto tickets. Pitching is pretty solid. Looks like a Liss special: First place or bust!

BTW are they using OBP?
By: Erickson
On: 3/26/2013 5:30:00 PM
No, OBP was only for the mixed league.
By: Erik Siegrist
On: 3/26/2013 6:52:00 PM
Win or lose, that is going to be the most fun team in the league to follow.

I've gone from thinking Stanton was overrated headed into this season to thinking he might be a top 3 pick in 2014. Where did his K's go this spring? Imagine what he could do with 50-60 extra at-bats of contact...
By: Zenguerrilla
On: 3/26/2013 9:03:00 PM
It'a a good thing trades are allowed. That infield is pretty brutal. I'm big on Mes, Harp, and Stras this year too. April doesn't look like to much fun...good luck!
By: PennMan
On: 4/11/2013 3:48:00 PM
My guess is everyone that is drafting Billy Hamilton for this season has an overly hopeful view of his chances of being called up and of making a contribution much before the end of the season in 2013.

Can't see any reason Cincy would call up Hamilton and move Choo from the leadoff spot unless they fall on hard times or Choo is hurt.

* Oscar Tavares makes sense in my view but Hamilton seems like an awfully long reach for help in 1 category.

** Not a Hamilton hater just don't see the so called writing on the wall for this season.

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