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Tuesday 21st Nov 2017

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Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

New to Tout Wars this year is a $1000 free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) and no Vickrey. Teams are still allowed $0 bids.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.

michael bourn orioles

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MBourn, Bal Steve Moyer 153 Ron Shandler 50  
ECarrera, Tor Patrick Davitt 99    
JJones, Det Ron Shandler 50    
AMeyer, LAA Mike Podhorzer 47 Chris Liss 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6
BGamel, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 26    
LSeverino, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6 Chris Liss 0  
ARomine, Det Patrick Davitt 0    
DMengden, Oak Chris Liss 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

JWendle, Oak Ron Shandler 50
GHeredia, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11
LSchafer, Min Ron Shandler 5
KUehara, Bos Patrick Davitt 5
DGuerra, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
CPennington, LAA Patrick Davitt 0
DAlvarez, Tex Patrick Davitt 0
GPetit, LAA Patrick Davitt 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Prescient would be the word for Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius, as well as Chris Liss. In AL LABR, team Childs/Ambrosius selected Yoan Moncada on draft day, as did Liss in AL Tout. The difference is that Greg and Shawn are languishing near the bottom of the standings, while Liss is among six teams all within ten points of the top spot as we head into the final month of play. That means Mocanda could indeed become an impact player, but it also means the FAAB world lost out Moncada bidding wars, and that means Tout owners had to scrounge elsewhere for prospective innings and at-bats.

Among the leaders, Liss acquired Daniel Mangden for $0, but following his last start, that might be what the Oakland hurler is worth. Patrick Davitt made a pair of purchases, grabbing Andrew Romine for nada, but then dropping $99 on Ezequiel Carrera while newcomers to the pennant race Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton went $26 for flychaser Ben Gamel and then went back to their Manhattan roots, snatching Luis Severino for $6.

Bubbling under the top six, Ron Shandler spent $50 on JaCoby Jones, but the big spender of the week was Steve Moyer who went $153 on Michael Bourn. Rounding out the bids for the week, Mike Podhorzer rostered Alex Meyer for $47.

Todd's Take

Lawr may call it prescient, I call it lucky as it took a perfect confluence of events for Moncada to be called up by Boston. But that's why we play the game, we each have different philosophies with respect to stashing minor league prospects on reserve. For those curious, Moncada is playoff-eligible as the Red Sox can invoke the oft-abused rule of naming someone on the 60-day DL to the playoff roster then immediately subbing in a player in their organization.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DHood, Mia Brian Walton 112    
RStephenson, Cin Steve Gardner 55 Tristan H. Cockcroft 6  
SBrault, Pit Mike Gianella 55 Scott Wilderman 0  
AMorgan, Phi Todd Zola 13 Phil Hertz 0  
RTapia, Col Scott Wilderman 7    
GBeckham, Atl Todd Zola 7    
SCardullo, Col Grey Albright 7 Brian Walton 67 Todd Zola 7
KSiegrist, StL Scott Wilderman 0    
DHudson, Ari Phil Hertz 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

DRuf, Phi Todd Zola 7
GDayton, LAD Todd Zola 3
JARamirez, Atl Todd Zola 3
ASuarez, SF Scott Wilderman 0
FSalas, NYM Phil Hertz 0
JParker, SF Scott Wilderman 0
JSmoker, NYM Todd Zola 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

New Miami outfielder Destin Hood looks to have only Ichiro in his way for regular playing time the remainder of the way. I wanted Hood enough to bid $112, more than 10 of the National League Tout owners could pay. That turned out to be $112 too much as no one else bid.

$55 was the price paid by two different owners for two pitchers who debuted earlier this season and are back into action in September. Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus picked up Pittsburgh’s Steven Brault and USA TODAY’s Steve Gardner added Cincinnati’s Robert Stephenson.

Todd's Take

It's official, Zola's officially gone mad. Why else would be pick up Adam Morgan?

To chase wins, that's why. Yes, I know Morgan is 1-9 this season.

I'm pretty much locked into 2nd in both ratio categories but am looking at a point in whiffs and two in wins. Morgan has a double dip, the first against Jose Urena and the Miami Marlins with the second facing Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals. Obviously the chances are better in the first game, we'll see what happens. I'm holding a slim lead over Derek Carty who has Clayton Kershaw due back this week. Kershaw alone isn't enough to close the gap but Derek can safely use other pitchers now which could make up some ground.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RStephenson, Cin David Gonos 120 Tim Heaney 0 Bret Sayre 0  
YMoncada, Bos Fred Zinkie 105 Cory Schwartz 94 Scott Swanay 39 Al Melchior 0
GParra, Col Derek Van Riper 47 Fred Zinkie 20    
JoseDeLeon, LAD Scott Swanay 39 Cory Schwartz 6    
RDetwiler, Oak David Gonos 24 Tim Heaney 0 Bret Sayre 0 Al Melchior 0
SMiller, Ari Derek Van Riper 23 Fred Zinkie 0    
TChatwood, Col Cory Schwartz 6      
TMurphy, Col Scott Swanay 4      
EJackson, SD Tim Heaney 0      
MCabrera, Atl Tim Heaney 0      
LCessa, NYY Bret Sayre 0 Fred Zinkie 0    
JMarte, LAA Fred Zinkie 0      
ACole, Was Fred Zinkie 0 Tim Heaney 0    
TGore, KC Fred Zinkie 0      
CBuchholz, Bos Fred Zinkie 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

JUrena, Mia Cory Schwartz 6 Fred Zinkie 0
JCotton, Oak Fred Zinkie 1  
CDevenski, Hou Cory Schwartz 1  
FGalvis, Phi Fred Zinkie 0  
RGsellman, NYM Fred Zinkie 0  
TSaladino, CWS Fred Zinkie 0  
XScruggs, Mia Fred Zinkie 0  
CBettis, Col Tim Heaney 0  
JBlanton, LAD Tim Heaney 0  
JEsch, Mia Tim Heaney 0  
MBush, Tex Tim Heaney 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

We've been hearing about Robert Stephenson for awhile now, and the 23-year-old top prospect fared rather well in two spot starts for the Reds back in April, going 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. But in 24 starts for Triple-A Louisville this season, Stephenson has pitched to a mediocre 4.41 ERA and 1.36 WHIP, so he hasn't exactly forced his way onto the big league roster. Nevertheless, the young righty will make the start for Cincinnati today and could presumably be a two-start pitcher this week if he sticks in the rotation. Although Stephenson is far from a lock to provide consistent mixed league level production from here on out, he was well worth the investment for David Gonos, who entered this week's FAAB bidding with a league-high 403 FAAB bucks at his disposal.

With four hits, a double, three runs scored and one RBI through his first ten big league at-bats, it's safe to say that Yoan Moncada is pretty good. The 21-year-old has yet to swipe a bag for the Red Sox but the steals are surely coming, as he recorded 94 stolen bases across 187 minor league games. Being that I'm in a tight race with Fred Zinkie in both the stolen base standings and atop the overall standings, I'm not too happy about this. I didn't have enough FAAB to block Fred from acquiring Moncada, but David Gonos did. Oh well.

Todd's Take

Zach cited Stephenson's issues in Triple-A, the number that caught my attention is 71 walks in 136 2/3 innings. That's terrible, especially for a pitcher at the appropriate level for his age. Maybe if he were more dominant but Stephenson is right around 8.0 K/9. He has good pedigree and there's still obviously plenty of time, but for now I'm not optimistic Stephenson will be an asset down the stretch.

But what do I know - I picked up Adam Morgan.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

YMoncada, Bos Charlie Wiegert 58 Anthony Perri 25 Adam Ronis 12 Rudy Gamble 11
JoseDeLeon, LAD Rudy Gamble 16 Adam Ronis 12    
NFranklin, TB Charlie Wiegert 8      
WFlores, NYM Charlie Wiegert 8      
SCardullo, Col Perry Van Hook 6      
DGuerra, LAA Eno Sarris 6      
CCuthbert, KC Rudy Gamble 6      
RDetwiler, Oak Anthony Perri 4      
RGsellman, NYM Eno Sarris 3 Perry Van Hook 1    
DDescalso, Col Perry Van Hook 2      
JUrena, Mia Perry Van Hook 1      
MWisler, Atl Perry Van Hook 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

RAMondesi, KC Charlie Wiegert 22  
TSaladino, CWS Charlie Wiegert 12 Rudy Gamble 1
JCRamirez, LAA Eno Sarris 6  
MCabrera, Atl Eno Sarris 6  
RStephenson, Cin Anthony Perri 4  
BGuyer, Cle Charlie Wiegert 2  
DLee, Sea Perry Van Hook 2  
JMarte, LAA Perry Van Hook 2  
MConforto, NYM Perry Van Hook 2  
MSaunders, Tor Perry Van Hook 2  
BShipley, Ari Eno Sarris 1  
DMengden, Oak Eno Sarris 1  
JGant, Atl Eno Sarris 1  
KBarraclough, Mia Eno Sarris 1  
RHoward, Phi Rudy Gamble 1  
RStripling, LAD Eno Sarris 1  
SBrault, Pit Perry Van Hook 1  
CBettis, Col Perry Van Hook 0  
CRichard, SD Perry Van Hook 0  
CSabathia, NYY Perry Van Hook 0  
JWeaver, LAA Perry Van Hook 0  
LCessa, NYY Perry Van Hook 0  
RNolasco, LAA Perry Van Hook 0  

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

As in many redraft leagues, the high bid for the week was for Yoan Moncada, recently promoted by the Boston Red Sox. The initial plan is for Moncada to platoon with Aaron Hill at the hot corner. His speed and hitting tools are attractive enough for Charlie Wiegert to rostered the 21-year older for $58.

The only other wining bid in double digits was Rudy Gamble's $16 bid for new Dodger starting pitcher Jose De Leon.

I put in four different bid groups trying to improve my hitting by adding two Colorado Rockies who have three games at Coors then four games in San Diego against the Padres and their below average pitching.

As a result there was success with the Rockies as I won Steven Cardullo for $6 and Daniel Descalso for $2. But, as I needed to help my pitching with the injury to David Phelps, so I tried to upgrade with Ryan Vogelsong. That failed, but I got another Marlin to replace Phelps in Jose Urena and added Matt Wisler who has been very good for the Braves over his last two starts but unfortunately will not have the two start week I was looking for.

Todd's Take

Jose De Leon came as advertised, whiffing nine with no walks, albeit against the San Diego Padres. With the impending return of Clayton Kershaw and the non-return of Rich Hill's blister, De Leon's next start is in flux. He'll likely grab another turn or two, but Rudy is likely looking at a zero for the week.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

LWeaver, StL Peter Kreutzer 26
AReyes, StL Peter Kreutzer 15
AWainwright, StL Jeff Zimmerman 2
SLeon, Bos Peter Kreutzer 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

ACole, Was Peter Kreutzer 7
JGrilli, Tor Peter Kreutzer 1

Todd's Take

As an aside, that shot of Weaver is my favorite photo of the season so far. The 23-year old righty has certainly earned a longer look, increasing the number he fanned each game while keeping walks under control. Last year, Weaver tossed 105 1/3 innings, he's sitting at 104 this season so he should be good for a regular turn down the stretch.

 

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