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.
|Jay Bruce, CLE||Brandon Funston 58||Rotowire 55||SiriusXM 32||Baseball Prospectus 20||Baseball HQ 17|
|Fangraphs 17||Colton & The Wolfman 6|
|Cam Bedrosian, LAA||Rotowire 35||Fangraphs 6||Baseball HQ 5||USA TODAY Sports 5||Baseball Prospectus 2|
|Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Boog Powell, OAK||Rotowire 7||Fangraphs 3||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Trevor Hildenberger, MIN||Fangraphs 3||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Keynan Middleton, LAA||Baseball Prospectus 2||Fangraphs 1|
|Doug Fister, BOS||USA TODAY Sports 2||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Garrett Cooper, NYY||Fangraphs 2|
|Chris Smith, OAK||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Mark Canha, OAK||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Darwin Barney, TOR||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Mychal Givens, BAL||Rotowire 6|
|Adam Engel, CWS||Colton & The Wolfman 1||Fangraphs 1|
|Anibal Sanchez, DET||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Jefry Marte, LAA||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Nick Tepesch, TOR||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Another week of interleague swaps made for another week of deep pockets as Brandon Funston tried to fire his offense by acquiring Jay Bruce for $58, besting six bids ranging from $6 to $55. Clay Link spent the next highest amount, pinning some save hopes on Cam Bedrosian for $35, besting five would-be owners, those with lesser challenges from $2-$6. Clay also rostered new Athletic Boog Powell for $7 besting another pair of wannabe owners.
Eno Sarris picked up Trevor Hidenberger ($3) and Yankees first sacker Garrett Cooper ($2) while LABR commish Steve Gardner took the gamble with Doug Fister fr a couple of bucks as well.
Finishing off the moves, Mike Gianella obtained Kenyan Middleton for $2 while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton opted for Chris Smith and Mark Canha each for a buck. Lastly, Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius added Darwin Barney--who has had as many FAAB owners as Peter Borjous--for a dollar.
It appears Bud Norris is out of pixie dust and his days of closing are over. Using the bidding here as a guide, most feel Cam Bedrosian is next in line. However, Kenyan Middleton, as well as Yusmeiro Petit each garnered a save over the weekend. Granted, Petit's was of the extra-inning variety while Middletons's came on the heels of Bedrosian recording one the night before. The funny thing is Blake Parker has the best credentials of the lot.
I concur with the majority here, Bedrosian should rack up the most saves. However, it appears Mike Scioscia doesn't want to overwork the frequently-injured Bedrosian.
|Mark Leiter, PHI||Colton & The Wolfman 4||Baseball HQ 1||
|Asher Wojciechowski, CIN||Mastersball 4||Colton & The Wolfman 2||Baseball HQ 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Pablo Sandoval, SF||Colton & The Wolfman 3|
|Tyler Lyons, STL||Baseball HQ 1|
|Rene Rivera, NYM||Baseball HQ 1|
|Drew Steckenrider, MIA||Baseball HQ 1|
|Danny Santana, ATL||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Tomas Telis, MIA||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Rafael Montero, NYM||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Sal Romano, CIN||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Edwin Jackson, WSH||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Andrew Chafin, ARI||Derek Carty 1|
|Albert Almora Jr., CHC||Colton & The Wolfman 2|
|Carson Kelly, STL||Baseball HQ 1|
|Chris Rusin, COL||Baseball HQ 1|
|Chris Stratton, SF||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Jose Lobaton, WSH||Baseball HQ 1|
|Justin Wilson, CHC||Baseball HQ 1|
|Kyle Farmer, LAD||Baseball HQ 1|
|Ryan Hanigan, COL||Baseball HQ 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Even without the momentum of non-waiver trades, a dozen players were added this week in NL LABR.
I spent the most, $4, beating out four others for the services of Cincinnati’s Asher Wojciechowski. It has quite an interesting two months for the right-hander, who was outrighted in late June, but then added back onto the major league roster just two weeks later. He has logged a 1.93 ERA in 23 1/3 innings since his July 2 return.
Also purchased for $4 was Philadelphia’s Mark Leiter, by Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf. The right-hander has logged a good 3.48 ERA and exceptional 0.87 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 10 1/3 frames over the last two weeks.
The return to San Francisco of Kung Fu Panda, Pablo Sandoval, caused Colton and the Wolfman to spend $3. Unfortunately, the Giants are no longer World Series contenders and Sandoval hasn’t been good since 2014. He is getting at-bats, however, which has value in itself.
I like both of the starting pitcher pick-ups at the top of the board this week, having picked them both up in mixed leagus this week, let alone in an NL only format. It wasn't that long ago that Asher Wojciechowski was a highly regarded propsect in the Jays and Astros system, but injuries curtailed his fledgling career. Now healthy, and pitching well since he was waived by the Reds as Brian notes, Wojciechowski has a shot to inject himself into Cincinnati's 2018 plans. This week, he's lined up for a double dip, both on the road, facing the Cubs and Braves.
Injuries have also paved the way for Leiter to audition for next season. Vince Velasquez is the Phillies latest casualty. It was Leiter who came in for Velasquez after he left his last start with numbness in his middle finger. Leiter worked five innings, following a 4 1/3 frame effort before that, so he's stretched out enough not to be concerned in that regard. Brian notes Leiter's stellar peripherals since his recall. Even more impressive is that 4 1/3 inning effort came in Coors field.
|Rhys Hoskins, PHI||@TheFantasyFix 5||Scout Fantasy 2|
|Reynaldo Lopez, CWS||Baseball HQ 4||@TheFantasyFix 2||Scout Fantasy 2|
|Manny Pina, MIL||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 3|
|Kolten Wong, STL||Baseball Prospectus 2||USA TODAY Sports 5||Scout Fantasy 2|
|Jake Junis, KC||@TheFantasyFix 2||MLB.com 1|
|A.J. Cole, WSH||@TheFantasyFix 2||Baseball HQ 1|
|Chris Stratton, SF||Baseball HQ 2||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Travis Wood, SD||Baseball Prospectus 1||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Edwin Jackson, WSH||MLB.com 1||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Kevan Smith, CWS||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Yovani Gallardo, SEA||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Mark Leiter, PHI||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Miguel Gonzalez, CWS||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Gregory Infante, CWS||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Yusmeiro Petit, LAA||MLB.com 1|
|Dominic Smith, NYM||@TheFantasyFix 4|
|Austin Pruitt, TB||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Chad Bettis, COL||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Dansby Swanson, ATL||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Erasmo Ramirez, SEA||Baseball HQ 1|
|Jake Petricka, CWS||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Jorge Polanco, MIN||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Juan Minaya, CWS||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Mikie Mahtook, DET||USA TODAY Sports 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
Ill preface this by saying I'm guilty too, but I'm surprised Rhys Hoskins didn't draw more attention. He was arguably the best hitter in the minors previous to his promotion, slashing a robust .284/.385/.581 with 29 homers in 115 games for Triple-A Lehigh. Hoskins is currently playing left with Aaron Altherr on the shelf again, but he'll eventually push Tommy Joseph for time at first base.
The other eagerly awaited call-up was Reynaldo Lopez pushing Mike Pelfrey to the bullpen. Lopez, Lucas Giolito and Micheal Kopech are expected to anchor the White Sox rotation in a few years. As a 23-year old righty for Triple-A Charlotte, Lopez sported a 3.79 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, with an impressive 9.7 K/9, though his 3.6 BB/9 is a little high. With 121 minor league innings already under his belt (plus the six he tossed in his White Sox debut), the Pale Hose will be cautious with Lopez the rest of the way. He's still worth a pick-up, just don't be surprised if we start seeing five-and-fly from the youngster, especially since the combo of whiffs and walks tends to drive up pitch counts.
As a young lad, I was taught if you didn't have something nice to say about your fantasy team, say nothing at all. I'm still languishing near last, with no relief in sight. Good times.