Team name - TBD
Park - TBD
Salary - $126,544,688
C - 2008 Geovany Soto (21st Century ROY, $3, 13th pick) .285, .364, 504, A+/A+/C- $4,153,137
1B - 1997 Jim Edmonds (Angels in the OF, $12, 10th pick) .291, .368, .500, A/A+, $5,653,105
I may still move him to the OF. But his got an A++++ range at 1B, so I may keep him here.
3B - 1979 Mike Schmidt (Mash or Miss, $2, 13th pick) .253, .386, .504, B-/A- $6,726,221
Very happy to get Schmidt with the 13th pick. Missed Dick Allen by one pick though. Could've taken '83 Schmidt instead (higher OBP), but wanted the better defense.
SS - 1905 Honus Wagner (199 Hits, $132, 3rd pick) .363, .427, .505 C/A+, $8,386,968
I targeted this category right from the start, intending on getting Boudreau or Wagner. Got third pick, but was lucky Ruth went 2nd.
OF - 1885 Pete Browning (Run Producers, $2, 14th pick) .362, .393, .530, D+/A- $8,436,476
This was a deep category, so it didn't make sense to bid a lot. I was more than happy to get a .362 hitter with the 14th pick.
OF - 1998 Juan Gonzalez (30-HR 1998, $2, 15th pick) .318, .366, .630, B-/D+ $5,919,170
Same thought process as above... deep category, why waste bid dollars to upgrade a .996 OPS guy to 1.050 OPS guy? I thought about taking Bagwell here instead (I like his .420 OBP), but I wanted to keep my flexibility with 1B/OF Edmonds.
OF - 1960 Mickey Mantle (Switch Bombers, $42, 9th pick) .275, .399, .558, A/B+, $7,447,963
I made an efficient bid in this category as the difference between 42 and 39 was the difference between picking 9th and 13th. That being said, I missed getting a Chipper Jones 3B season by one pick. The best player left when I picked was '64 Mantle, but the '60 version had 100+ more PA. I thought about taking Berkman (1B0 here, but wanted the OF.
SUB - 1978 John Stearns (Speedy Catcher, $17, 13th pick) .264, .364, .413, C+/B/A $4,734,338
I was lucky to get Geovany Soto in the 21st Century Rookie category, so Stearns only plays against teams with speed.
SUB - 1933 Joe Sewell (Slap Hitting HOF, $2, 12th pick) .273, .361, .323, B+/D $3,282,379
I didn't expect Sewell to start for me, but drafted a 3B, just in case I missed out on Chipper or Schmidt. His OBP will be useful as a pinch hitter.
SUB - 1901 Sport McAllister (SH Platoon IF C, $1, 13th pick) .301, .344, 386, D-/D/D+ $2,279,217
I drafted McAllister as a backup to Stearns, but the addition of G.Soto means McAllister is a pinch hitter only.
SUB - 1978 Jim Spencer (78 Yankees, $1 bid, 16th pick)
I wasn't wasting any bid money on this category. Spencer will never play.
Batting Stats (Starting Lineup): .307, 386, .544, B-/A-, $46,723,040
SP - 1915 Dave Davenpot (1915 Federalist $307, 2nd pick) 414 IP, 2.20 ERA, .215 OAV, 1.01 WHIP, 0.11 HR/9, $13,775,171
It was either bidding big or bidding $1 bid for this category. With 2-3 studs available, I felt it was worth taking a shot. I wanted Plank but am fine with Davenport's 400+ innings.
SP - 1966 Sandy Koufax (Better to Burn Out, $415, 1st pick) 323 IP, 1.73 ERA, .205 OAV, 0.98 WHIP, 0.53 HR/9, $11,456,000
Getting first pick in this category was an absolute must. Other than "Staff Ace" category and "Expensive Phillies SP", there weren't a lot of great starting pitcher categories available. I started with a bid of 300 and kept bumping it up till I felt comfortable. I couldn't afford to be 2nd best with this bid. Thank God fooolishfool didn't take that 501 bid for Guidry and move it to this category.
SP - 1972 Catfish Hunter (Staff Ace, $3, 13th pick) 309 IP, 2.04 ERA, .189 OAV, 0.91 WHIP, 0.64 HR/9, $11,071,529
I knew I was going to get a stud, even with a late pick. My decision was between J.Schmidt, Verlander, Marichal and Hunter. I wanted the 300 innings and Hunter's HR/9 was better than Marichal. I'll pit my starting pitching staff against anybody.
Long - 1951 Robin Roberts (Exp Phillies SP, $2, 15th pick) 332 IP, 3.03 ERA, .237 OAV, 1.10 WHIP, 0.57 HR/9, $9,848,114
Had I not spent for Koufax, my money would've gone here to grab 1915 Alexander (and I would've gone over $300). Buit I determined that I could get somebody reasonably good with a late pick. I was more than happy to get a relateively low HR/9 version of Roberts. He'll get 150-200 innings of long relief for me and shouldn't hurt me too much.
Setup - 1986 Dave Righetti (Award Winning RP, $34, 8th pick) 107 IP, 2.45 ERA, .226 OAV, 1.15 WHIP, 0.34 HR/9, $3,435,300
I wanted one of the big three (Sutter, Fingers, Quiz), but didn't bid nearly high enough. I'm ok with Righetti. His whip is worse than my long reliever (Robin Roberts), but his low HR rate makes him better suited for a setup man.
Setup - 1989 Gregg Olson (ROY Pitchers, $13, 15th pick) 85 IP, 1.69 ERA, .188 OAV, 1.21 WHIP, 0.11 HR/9, $3,319,177
Wasted $11... I could've bid $2 and got the same draft pick. I hate that. Needed to be in the high $30's to get a difference maker. Oh well. With a HR/9 of 0.11, and a .188 OAV, it's going to take four baserunners to score a run off Olson. I still have to pick my "fireball closer".
Closer - 1972 Dennis Eckersley (Fireball Closer, $1, 14th pick) 80 IP, 1.91 ERA, .211 OAV, 0.91 WHIP, 0.56 HR/9, $3.040,016
I can't complain about getting a 0.91 whip reliever for $1. Was debating between A.Rhodes, Papelbon or Eck. Wanted Eck's 15 extra innings.
Mop Up - 1984 Moose Haas (Back End Pitchers, $1, 12th pick)
A wasted category. Stats irrelevant. He might get some mopup innings, but I doubt it.
Mop Up - 1997 Jon Lieber (Winning Pirate P, $1, 16th pick)
Another wasted category. Stats irrelevant. He'll never pitch.
Mop Up - 1958 Mudcat Grant (Controlled Chaos, $1, 16th pick)
Seriously, why would anybody bid more than $1 on this category.
Pitching Stats (excluding mopup pitchers): 1650 IP, 2.21 ERA, .212 OAV, 1.02 WHIP, 0.42 HR/9, $55,945,307