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.
|Adeiny Hechavarria, TB||Mastersball 22||Winning Fantasy Baseball 12||Colton & The Wolfman 2|
|Paul Blackburn, OAK||Mastersball 7||Baseball HQ 2|
|Tyler Wade, NYY||Baseball Prospectus 6||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Tommy Hunter, TB||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4|
|Ramon Torres, KC||Fangraphs 3||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Adalberto Mejia, MIN||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Willy Garcia, CWS||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Omar Narvaez, CWS||ESPN.com 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
I led the circuit with money gambled in the AL LABR FAAB world this week, dropping $22 on Adeiny Hechavarria, besting a pair of bids of $2 and $12 in what, at this point, is a battle for at-bats, a commodity I always need.
As if that was not enough, I continued my ride on the Oakland Athletics starting pitcher merry-go-round, winning the rights to Paul Blackburn with a $7 investment.
Mike Gianella bagged infielder Tyler Wade for $6, while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs determined that in this pitcher crazy world in which we live, $4 on Tommy Hunter was a reasonable crapshoot. Since Greg and Shawn are in first place, who am I to argue?
But, probably the steal of the week was that of Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton acquring the Twins Adalberto Mejia, big week, for just a dollar. Mejia always a highly touted Giants prospect is a bona fide strikeout pitcher who could indeed be coming into his own.
Aside from Eno Sarris' purchase of Ramon Torres for $3, the remaining purchases were $1 fillers.
While I make my living mostly with spreadsheets and using validated principles, I have this narrative about slick fielders with excellent hand-eye coordination eventually translating that skill to the dish, specifically in terms of contact. Despite the current philosophy of swinging really hard in case you hit the ball, there will always be a place for batters that put the ball in play. The majority of my hand-picked examples are shortstops. Hey, it's a narrative, I'm allowed to cherry-pick players that support my thinking. An example showing my age is Luis Aparicio. Most everyone knows Ozzie Smith and Omar Vizquel, a couple of flashy glov emen that evolved into good hitters. A couple of recent examples are Jose Iglesias and Hechavarria. Hechevarria is allergic to walks, partly because his contact rate is excellent. He puts balls in play that are swinging strikes for other hitters. Over a full season, he won't crack double digits in either homers or steals. heck, he may not get that combined. But, as Lawr alludes and I like to say, at bats are currency in deep leagues. For what it costs, Hechavarria is an asset in single league formats.
|Sam Dyson, SF||RotoWire - DVR 17||Baseball HQ 8||Sandlot Shrink 7||Mastersball 6|
|NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Stephen Vogt, MIL||USA TODAY Sports 17||RotoWire - DVR 12||Yakkertech 11||Baseball HQ 8|
|NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7||Derek Carty 5|
|Nick Williams, PHI||Yakkertech 11||RotoWire - DVR 5||Mastersball 4||USA TODAY Sports 4|
|NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3||Derek Carty 1|
|Hunter Strickland, SF||Colton & The Wolfman 2|
|Matt Bowman, STL||Baseball HQ 1|
|Ty Kelly, PHI||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||USA TODAY Sports 1||Derek Carty 1|
|Victor Caratini, CHC||RotoWire - DVR 1|
|Luke Voit, STL||Mastersball 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Brandon Nimmo, NYM||USA TODAY Sports 2|
|Cameron Perkins, PHI||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Phil Maton, SD||Baseball HQ 1|
|Trevor Williams, PIT||Baseball HQ 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Three players went for double-digit prices this week in aggressive bidding in National League LABR.
When Sam Dyson is good, like we saw in the World Baseball Classic, he can be very good. Other times, not so much. The ninth inning door is now open for the Giants, and with two saves last week, Dyson appears to be in the lead. With a $17 winning offer, Derek Van Riper of Rotowire crushed six other bidders, none of whom went over $8. Quietly, Colton and the Wolfman added Hunter Strickland for $2, a reminder that nothing is set in concrete here.
As a Manny Pina owner (paired with Austin Hedges at catcher), I had to make a call as to how much better new Brewers backstop Stephen Vogt would be over Pina in my lineup. (Even with Vogt in town, Pina hit two homers this past week.) Ultimately, I decided to put my money elsewhere. Commissioner Steve Gardner of USA TODAY also plopped down $17 to roster Vogt, with two of the other five bids in double digits and none less than $7.
The third major acquisition this week is Phillies prospect Nick Williams. The free-swinging outfielder also generated considerable interest with Steve Moyer of Yakkertech’s $11 outdistancing six other bidders. Though Michael Saunders is gone, there are a number of other contenders competing for at-bats in Philadelphia’s outfield. My $4 offer reflected concern as to whether Williams will stick the first time up, because if he is not starting, I think he will be returned to Triple-A to play every day.
I think Brian made the right call on Vogt, as the Brewers have said they plan on giving Pina the majority of the playing time, despite Vogt being the lefty component of a potential platoon. Though, recent playing time points to a quick rethinking of that scenario. LABR's rules are more constrictive, you have to release, not reserve a player originally drafted so the ability to reserve Pina (or Hedges) until the situation plays out isn't available. Plus, LABR requires a minimum of $1 for each bid, so every dollar is valuable.
|Clint Frazier, NYY||@TheFantasyFix 16||Baseball Prospectus 15||Fangraphs 3||Fantasy Alarm 1|
|Nick Williams, PHI||Baseball Prospectus 11||Fangraphs 11|
|Sam Dyson, SF||Fangraphs 8||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 6||@TheFantasyFix 4||USA TODAY Sports 4|
|Yahoo Sports 3||Rotowire 2||Fantasy Alarm 1|
|Raimel Tapia, COL||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 6||Fangraphs 6||Baseball HQ 4||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Jorge Soler, KC||Baseball HQ 4|
|Luke Voit, STL||ESPN.com 3|
|Ariel Miranda, SEA||MLB.com 1||Rotowire 1||Fantasy Alarm 1||Yahoo Sports 1|
|Jose Urena, MIA||Rotowire 1||Rotowire 2|
|Jeff Locke, MIA||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Ketel Marte, ARI||Fantasy Alarm 1|
|Anibal Sanchez, DET||MLB.com 1|
|Bruce Maxwell, OAK||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Hunter Strickland, SF||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Tim Adleman, CIN||Yahoo Sports 1|
|R.A. Dickey, ATL||Yahoo Sports 1|
|Danny Santana, ATL||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Kyle Barraclough, MIA||Fantasy Alarm 1|
|Austin Romine, NYY||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Blake Parker, LAA||Yahoo Sports 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
Outfielders ruled the Mixed LABR roost this week with a couple of prospects leading the way. Brian touched on Williams (I concur with his take), here's the skinny on Frazier. The Yankees initially turned to Dustin Fowler to fortify their health-riddled outfield, but the unfortunate season-ending injury to Fowler forced their hand, calling up their prized prospect. Frazier, who won't turn 23 until September, was slashing .256/.344/.473 at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, featuring 12 HR and 9 SB. It's this power-speed combo making him so attractive for fantasy. While his contact rate isn't great, it's certainly passable, especially since he draws plenty of walks. It'll be strikeouts that eventually determines if Frazier will be a nice category stuffer in the middle rounds or a fantasy stud. My lean is to the latter.
How can a team alrerady wallowing in the depths of the standings lose twelve points in two days? It's not like I was cranking in some categories and had a lot to lose. Yet, I woke up to a last-place team after falling a dozen points over the weekend. The silver lining is points recently lost are within reach of regaining. Sorry, not much to say. This whole season has me a bit shell-shocked with respect to my personal game play.