Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed Draft League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.
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.
|Adam Engel, CWS||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9||USA TODAY Sports 3||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Luis Cessa, NYY||Baseball HQ 5||Colton & The Wolfman 4|
|Tyler Austin, NYY||Winning Fantasy Baseball 4||Baseball Prospectus 4|
|Mason Williams, NYY||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|James Hoyt, HOU||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Chase Whitley, TB||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|David Hernandez, LAA||ESPN.com 1||SiriusXM 1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Cliff Pennington, LAA||Mastersball 1||Rotowire 1||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Peter Bourjos, TB||Mastersball 1||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Dwight Smith Jr., TOR||Rotowire 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|Caleb Joseph, BAL||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Deven Marrero, BOS||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Parker Bridwell, LAA||SiriusXM 1||Baseball HQ 2|
|Kaleb Cowart, LAA||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3|
|Alex Claudio, TEX||SiriusXM 1|
|Chris Gimenez, MIN||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Drew Butera, KC||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Luke Maile, TOR||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Paul Janish, BAL||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Taylor Featherston, TB||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
The AL LABR owners were bargain hunting as 14 players were acquired for a total of $29 with just three pickups costing more than a buck. Note that prospects like Franklin Barreto and Francis Marte have been long gone, so the pickings are thinner than some might have imagined.
Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs, the first place leaders of the pack are seeking to strengthen their path going $9 on White Sox fly-chaser Adam Engel, while Dave Adler picked up Luis Cessa for $4, and Larry Schechter nabbed Tyler Austin, also for $4.
From there it was a one dollar fun-fest featuring largely retreads: Peter Bourjos, Caleb Joseph, Chase Whitley, David Hernandez with even Deven Marerro, who also went to Schechter. Marrero joins his second LABR squad while the Red Sox have promoted and demoted Marrero three times since Opening Day.
It has been that kind of year.
I'm a little surprised Tyler Austin didn't garner more attention. The suddenly-reeling Yankees released Chris Carter, opening up first base for Austin, at least until Greg Bird is back at which point a platoon is likely. However, Bird's return has been delayed a she recently needed a cortisone shot to abate some bruising in his injured ankle. Plus, with Aaron Hicks on the DL and jacoby Ellsbury not ready to return, Brett Gardner could play center, clearing left field for Austin. With the dearth of available players actually playing, seems to me Austin was worth a shot.
|Luis Castillo, CIN||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 29||Mastersball 8||Baseball HQ 1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Ryder Jones, SF||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Rene Rivera, NYM||USA TODAY Sports 2|
|Rafael Montero, NYM||Mastersball 1||Baseball HQ 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Carlos Asuaje, SD||Colton & The Wolfman 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Pat Valaika, COL||Yakkertech 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Mark Leiter, PHI||Baseball HQ 1||Mastersball 1|
|Gorkys Hernandez, SF||Baseball HQ 1|
|Tyler Lyons, STL||Baseball HQ 1|
|Cameron Perkins, PHI||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 6|
|Phil Maton, SD||Baseball HQ 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Jake McGee, COL||Baseball HQ 1|
|Kelby Tomlinson, SF||Baseball HQ 1|
|Matt Albers, WSH||Baseball HQ 1|
|Elias Diaz, PIT||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Andres Blanco, PHI||Yakkertech 1|
|Brock Stassi, PHI||Yakkertech 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
I needed a pitcher in NL LABR, but having just half of my full year FAAB remaining, I bid less aggressively for my target than in NL Tout. Not surprisingly, I won there and lost here. Reds rookie pitching prospect Luis Castillo was the target. In Tout, I bid the equivalent of $12 in LABR dollars and won, but here, I went just $8 and lost. As it turns out, either of my bids would have lost badly.
All it takes is one owner to blow a plan to pieces, and in this league, it was Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/SportsHub. The pair dropped 29 percent of their full-year spend, or $29, to secure the services of the newest member of Cincinnati’s rotation. Castillo can pop radar guns with triple-digit heat, by the way, and his job looks as secure as any pitcher with one career MLB start could be.
The NFBC duo also acquired the only other player in the league this week who drew multiple bids in which at least one was over a dollar. In this case, the pair grabbed third baseman Ryder Jones of San Francisco for $9. With Eduardo Nunez on the shelf with a nagging hamstring injury, the Triple-A call-up should see starter’s at bats with decent power potential.
You might remember Castillo as the prospect that went back-and-forth between the Marlins and Padres in the ill-fated Colin Rea deal. Another young arm with a chance to fortify a struggling rotations is Mark Leiter Jr. The Phillies sent the second-generation hurler to the minors in early June to stretch out, after he began the season in the bullpen. Leiter Jr. got his first start last week, shutting out the high-scoring Dbacks for six frames in their home park. Leiter Jr. fanned five with just one free pass. He's not especially dominant, but did fan 16 with two walks spanning 13 innings in the three starts for Triple-A Lehigh preceding his call-up. Leiter Jr. isn't yet mixed-league worthy, but he could provide a shot in the arm in deeper formats.
|Franklin Barreto, OAK||Scout Fantasy 18||MLB.com 17||@TheFantasyFix 8||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 6|
|Tyler Austin, NYY||ESPN.com 18||@TheFantasyFix 3|
|Scooter Gennett, CIN||Yahoo Sports 9||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 8||@TheFantasyFix 3||Mastersball 3|
|MLB.com 1||Baseball Prospectus 1||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Nick Pivetta, PHI||Mastersball 7||@TheFantasyFix 3|
|Kevin Gausman, BAL||Baseball Prospectus 5|
|Phil Maton, SD||Scout Fantasy 4|
|Paul DeJong, STL||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 4||Scout Fantasy 1||Mastersball 1|
|Brian Goodwin, WSH||Mastersball 3||Fantasy Alarm 3||Yahoo Sports 3||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Luis Castillo, CIN||Scout Fantasy 3|
|Keone Kela, TEX||@TheFantasyFix 2||Scout Fantasy 3|
|Mike Napoli, TEX||Scout Fantasy 2|
|David Phelps, MIA||Scout Fantasy 2|
|Sandy Leon, BOS||MLB.com 2|
|Alen Hanson, CWS||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Will Harris, HOU||Yahoo Sports 1|
|Matt Joyce, OAK||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Johan Camargo, ATL||Mastersball 1|
|Kyle Barraclough, MIA||Scout Fantasy 2|
|Matt Olson, OAK||Scout Fantasy 2|
|Bruce Maxwell, OAK||MLB.com 1|
|Daniel Robertson, TB||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Raimel Tapia, COL||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Yolmer Sanchez, CWS||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
It was a busy week for Mixed LABR with many clubs looking to fill holes. Franklin Barreto and Tyler Austin tied for the high bid, each fetching a healthy 18 units. After using this space to laud those picking up Derek Fisher I am reticent to jinx Dr. Roto, but there's a pathway for Barreto to stick with the Athletics after Marcus Semien returns, as Barreto can stay at shprtstop with Semien pushing Lowrie to a reserve role -- or to another team.
Dr. Roto also threw a $4 dart at Padres reliever Phil Maton. Closer Brandon Maurer had another rough outing on Sunday, causing some to wonder how long his leash is this time. Brad Hand already replaced Maurer once this season, Maton could get a chance at some point. The 24-year old righty has appeared in seven contests so far, tossing 5 1/3 innings with seven punchies and no walkies.
After missing FAAB last week, I had a couple of empty reserve spots, plus a demoted C.J. Cron to deal with. I have a couple of corner infielders on reserve, but I wanted to grab Johan Camargo for his multiple eligibility since I don't have a ton of FAAB, plus playing regularly for the Braves, he can't be worse than Joe Mauer or Trevor Plouffe. While I didn't need another outfielder, Eddie Rosario has a tough schedule this week with the Twins facing six southpaws, so I opted to fill an open reserve spot with Brian Goodwin. The 26-year old post-hype prospect has been hitting second for the Nationals. Seems to me slotting after Trea Turner and before Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman is a good place to be. My final acquisition was Nick Pivetta. Still stinging from buying into Buck Farmer, I'm relying on my gut again as I've been impressed with Pivetta's last couple of outings. It's hard to pick up the ball out of his hands, helping to get the edge over teams the first time they see him. Pivetta has two starts this week, a scary one in the desert followed by a visit to Citi Field. It's not the best set-up, but by rule he'll be in my lineup. I just hope I don't get bucked over again.
Well, Phase 1 of the comeback plan isn't happening. I set a goal to be in the middle third of the standings by July 1. Unless a miracle occurs, I'll be firmly entrenched in the bottom three. I'm still going to grind - a couple bodies coming off the DL soon should help.