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4/12/2013 12:32 PM
I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this question, but if I pick a player in the Rule 5 draft is there any way to try him out without tying up an MLB roster spot for the player?

I just got a guy who probably can't cut it in the Majors, but I have no way to test him out without demoting a player who I might like to keep around. I'm afraid of damaging my demotee's progress if I end up cutting the Rule 5 player at the end of the Spring - any thoughts/suggestions?
4/12/2013 12:41 PM
You can't play the R5 guy unless you put him on your ML roster.  So if you don't have an open spot, and don;t want to designate or demote anybody, then you really have no other options.
4/12/2013 6:57 PM
Neither of the guys you drafted in Rule 5 are going to be very good at the ML level. They both look like career AAA.

 Hardball Dynasty – Fantasy Baseball Sim Games - Player Profile: Benny Padilla
 Hardball Dynasty – Fantasy Baseball Sim Games - Player Profile: Fautino Morales


4/12/2013 7:12 PM
Padilla is replacement level at best.

Morales is below replacement level.
4/12/2013 7:27 PM
I dump Padilla and keep Morales as a long guy. He's not very good, mind you....but he's better than Padilla.
4/12/2013 11:37 PM
Let 'em both go. I don't see anything there with either of them.
4/15/2013 8:43 PM
Which takes me to a question I've been wanting to ask for a long time--If you  have a full roster why do you draft guys like this? All you do is jack up their salary. And why do people draft; pitchers with splits in the 40's, 4-8 guys, and generally guys they know they will not keep. I see tons sent back and never play a pitch for the drafting  team. Since I pay attention to  my minors it tends to **** me off.
4/15/2013 9:28 PM
I assume they do this to pad their AAA roster with AAAA type players.
4/16/2013 6:16 AM
but you can't assign them to AAA  for a year. 
4/16/2013 6:50 AM
If you draft a crapload of them, and then offer them all back, chances are that some/many will clear waivers and not be accepted back by their original teams.  The ones that make it though can be sent to AAA.
4/16/2013 8:42 AM
With a few more years of experience, you'll be able to tell if a guy can cut it in the majors just by looking at his ratings.  Playing him all through ST won't make him any better. 
4/16/2013 8:47 AM
Posted by dlmose on 4/15/2013 8:43:00 PM (view original):
Which takes me to a question I've been wanting to ask for a long time--If you  have a full roster why do you draft guys like this? All you do is jack up their salary. And why do people draft; pitchers with splits in the 40's, 4-8 guys, and generally guys they know they will not keep. I see tons sent back and never play a pitch for the drafting  team. Since I pay attention to  my minors it tends to **** me off.
Sometimes it's lack of attention.   Either failure to rank or failure to change R5 settings.
4/16/2013 3:22 PM
Quick question.... I have had a couple situations where I had a pitcher with high control 90-100.  high pitches 3 or 4 pitches over 75...and low splits 40-50  but pitch very well...  if they have high control and high pitches 3 or 4  will that offset  them having low splits..or was it a fluke?
4/16/2013 3:29 PM
4/16/2013 3:42 PM
That's not really "good" , also looks like a small sample size over the past three seasons.  He's been hit pretty hard over the course of his career. 
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