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.
|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|
|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.
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.
|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|
|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.
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.
|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|
|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.
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.
|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|
|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.
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.
|LWeaver, StL||Peter Kreutzer 26|
|AReyes, StL||Peter Kreutzer 15|
|AWainwright, StL||Jeff Zimmerman 2|
|SLeon, Bos||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|ACole, Was||Peter Kreutzer 7|
|JGrilli, Tor||Peter Kreutzer 1|
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.