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.
Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.
|ASlegers, Min||Lawr Michaels 75|
|TAustin, NYY||Jeff Erickson 57||Rob Leibowitz 24||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11||Larry Schechter 4|
|AAlbers, Sea||Jason Collette 52||Rob Leibowitz 33||Seth Trachtman 1|
|MGarver, Min||Patrick Davitt 49||Jeff Erickson 15|
|JDDavis, Hou||Rob Leibowitz 24||Jeff Erickson 5||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2|
|ASantander, Bal||Rob Leibowitz 16||Jeff Erickson 5|
|MStassi, Hou||Jeff Erickson 13||Patrick Davitt 39||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|CGentry, Bal||Jeff Erickson 5||Rob Leibowitz 7||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|BGuyer, Cle||Larry Schechter 4||Rob Leibowitz 11||Jeff Erickson 5||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2|
|DFister, Bos||Seth Trachtman 1|
|DRobinson, Tex||Rob Leibowitz 5||Jeff Erickson 5|
|GUrshela, Cle||Jeff Erickson 5||Rob Leibowitz 1|
|BNicholas, Tex||Jeff Erickson 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
I led the circuit in money spent spending $75 on Aaron Slegers. The 6'10" hurler was sent down the day after his one start), but I do expect Slegers to return by September 1 as a worst case scenario. For a team scrambling for arms at the end of the season, that seemed like a reasonable gamble.
More rooted in the current roster was Jeff Erickson who landed Yankees first sacker Tyler Austin for $57, adding Max Stassi for $13, and Craig Gentry ($5), while Patrick Davitt landed Twins backstop Matt Garver for $49. Rob Leibowitz added Astros infielder J.D. Davis for $24 and Anthony Santander for $16 while second-place owner Jason Collette acquired Andrew Albers for $52 in a late charge attempt to catch leader Mike Podhorzer..
The final moves were Larry Schechter's purchase of Brandon Guyer for $4 and Seth Trachtman taking on another tall hurler in Doug Fister, a la Slegers, for a buck.
By most league rules, Mitch Garver qualifies at catcher, but there's a good chance the Twins use him all over the diamond. The club's best hitters are lefty swingers (Eddie Rosario, Max Kepler and...well...Joe Mauer). Robbie Grossman was taking many at bats versus southpaws, that's the role Garver will assume, dabbling at first, left field and DH. He may get back behind the plate too as Chris Gimenez isn't exactly raking when given the chance. Given he's been a little old for his level, Garver's displayed a little pop with a lot of plate discipline. He'll easily pick up ample at bats to help an AL only team, but perhaps not enough for mixed, unless it's an OBP league.
|BNimmo, NYM||Derek Carty 25||Phil Hertz 15||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1||Phil Hertz 0|
|CStewart, Pit||Brian Walton 22||Derek Carty 0|
|TLyons, StL||Phil Hertz 15||Grey Albright 11||Craig Mish 0||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|PErvin, Cin||Grey Albright 11||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|MRojas, Mia||Craig Mish 0||Phil Hertz 0||Derek Carty 0|
|TTelis, Mia||Derek Carty 0||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0||Craig Mish 0|
|JBrebbia, StL||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0||Grey Albright 1|
|KPlawecki, NYM||Phil Hertz 0|
|ADeAza, Was||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|GCecchini, NYM||Phil Hertz 14||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|RStephenson, Cin||Phil Hertz 11|
|HRobles, NYM||Phil Hertz 10|
|JMathis, Ari||Brian Walton 1|
|RRivera, ChC||Brian Walton 1|
|MReynolds, NYM||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|EDiaz, Pit||Derek Carty 0||Brian Walton 0|
|JLobaton, Was||Derek Carty 0||Brian Walton 0|
|MMoroff, Pit||Phil Hertz 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Who is left to play in the outfield for the New York Mets other than Yoenis Cespedes? As the club looks to the future, one of their lower-key promotions from the minors is Brandon Nimmo. The at-bats should be there if the 24-year old hits. Heck, they may be there, anyway. Derek Carty spent $25 to roster Nimmo.
Having lost The Great Caratini to the minors thanks to the Cubs’ acquisition of Rene Rivera from the aforementioned selling New Yorkers, I needed a replacement catcher. With Francisco Cervelli out again with continuing hand problems, Chris Stewart should receive the lion’s share of his at-bats for the Bucs. I went $22 to get my man.
With the ninth inning for the St. Louis Cardinals in shambles, who will get the team’s saves going forward is anyone’s guess. Though he throws from the left side, Tyler Lyons has arguably been the club’s most reliable reliever of late and could see closing opportunities. Phil Hertz spent $15 in hopes that Lyons will leap forward.
Quiet week for me on the FAAB front as a couple of players came off my DL. Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Schebler will reinforce my lineup in my push to lose fewer FAAB dollars next season. In addition, Seung Hwan Oh was sitting on reserve and with the possibility of garnering saves, he'll be active this week.
In a change from usual, I needed to drop some players and not simply put someone else on the DL. Allen Cordoba and Andrew Stevenson were shown the door. Greg Garcia and Jacob Barnes were reserved to accommodate the activations. It's subtle, but Tout Wars rule of penalizing FAAB for next season is a plenty reason to keep grinding.
|NDelmonico, CWS||Derek Van Riper 55||Ray Flowers 8||Scott Pianowski 5||Al Melchior 1||Tim Heaney 0|
|CRichard, SD||Ron Shandler 37||Ray Flowers 4||Scott Pianowski 0||Derek Van Riper 0|
|DSpan, SF||Scott Pianowski 33|
|AHeaney, LAA||Derek Van Riper 22||Ron Shandler 2||Al Melchior 0|
|RGsellman, NYM||Derek Van Riper 22||Ron Shandler 5||Tim Heaney 0|
|CStratton, SF||Fred Zinkie 20||Ron Shandler 5|
|JMauer, Min||Ray Flowers 14||Fred Zinkie 0|
|GBird, NYY||Al Melchior 11||Tim Heaney 0|
|CBettis, Col||Fred Zinkie 10||Fred Zinkie 20||Gene McCaffrey 0|
|JCastro, Min||Ray Flowers 9|
|TLyons, StL||Al Melchior 2|
|AAlbers, Sea||Scott Pianowski 0|
|DFister, Bos||Scott Pianowski 0|
|JAlfaro, Phi||Gene McCaffrey 0|
|SOh, StL||Gene McCaffrey 0|
|RMontero, NYM||Ron Shandler 11|
|JAlbMartinez, StL||Derek Van Riper 11|
|JHicks, Det||Ray Flowers 4|
|KSmith, CWS||Ray Flowers 4|
|NHundley, SF||Ray Flowers 3|
|ONarvaez, CWS||Ray Flowers 3|
|DGee, Min||Ron Shandler 1|
|AJackson, Cle||Al Melchior 1|
|MGarver, Min||Al Melchior 1|
|CaJoseph, Bal||Gene McCaffrey 0|
|CHerrmann, Ari||Gene McCaffrey 0|
|SLeon, Bos||Gene McCaffrey 0|
|SLugo, NYM||Gene McCaffrey 0|
|BBoxberger, TB||Fred Zinkie 0|
|JHader, Mil||Fred Zinkie 0|
|LSims, Atl||Derek Van Riper 0|
|RNolasco, LAA||Derek Van Riper 0|
|THildenberger, Min||Derek Van Riper 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
Quite the start to a big league career for Nicky Delmonico, who boasts a .361/.451/.639 slash line with five homers (one being of the inside-the-park variety), 11 RBI and 12 runs scored through 17 games. However, his minor league numbers dating back to 2012 don't exactly jump off the page, so it will be interesting to see how much longer he can keep this up.
After being snatched off the waiver wire in AL Tout last week, Greg Bird is now off the board in the Mixed Auction league, and I wasn't surprised. I actually considered bidding on him but the crowded corner infield situation in New York complicates things. With Todd Frazier at third, we could be looking at a first base timeshare between Bird and Chase Headley, who has been very productive lately. The Yankees do have the DH spot at their disposal, so the playing time outlook for Bird is a little less complicated than it would be on a National League club.
Rarely do $0 winning bids catch my attention, but Gene McCaffrey made a couple of free additions that could really pay off. With Trevor Rosenthal now on the DL, Seung Hwan Oh has to be considered the favorite for saves in St. Louis, and if he pitches well enough, it would not be surprising if his temporary return to the closer role becomes a permanent one. A month or two ago, Oh's FAAB cost, assuming he was not the closer at the time, likely would have approached triple-digits. Over in Philadelphia, former top prospect Jorge Alfaro is 10-for-29 with a homer and three RBI in seven games since being recalled from Triple-A. Poor plate discipline continues to be an issue, but the rebuilding Phillies figure to give him plenty of playing time down the stretch, and playing time means counting stats.
Speaking of fighting for points, Jeff Zimmerman enjoys a 21.5 point lead, but that didn't quell over half the league from looking to improve their roster.
I want to write something on Clayton Richard, I'm just not sure where to take it. We're at the point of the season where needs trump talent and he has a couple starts this week, albeit on the road. number-scouting, Richard's walk rate is good and he's keeping the ball in the yard, aided by an extreme ground ball rate. As is typical of ground ball pitchers, Richard carries a high BABIP. That said, a .350 mark is obviously high, even for his style of pitching. His line drive and hard hit rate are a little high, helping to explain the elevated BABIP.
Confession time: the purpose of this analysis is to help me be more open to taking chances on arms like Richard when apropos. It's easy to explain my research on two-start hurlers shows in a vacuum, the potential wins and whiffs are more helpful than possible damage to ratios. There's evidence pitchers throwing well tend to continue doing so. If someone were looking to pick up Richard, I'd pose these arguments. But yet, I have trouble doing so myself, even if I know the benefits. Kudos to those taking the chance.
|LWeaver, StL||Rudy Gamble 134||D.J. Short 90||Anthony Perri 54||Adam Ronis 33||
|HKendrick, Was||D.J. Short 100||Rudy Gamble 23||Adam Ronis 22||Corey Parson 11||Greg Ambrosius 2|
|NDelmonico, CWS||Anthony Perri 36||D.J. Short 25||Corey Parson 9||Scott White 0|
|MMontgomery, ChC||D.J. Short 30||Ray Murphy 22|
|MBelisle, Min||Adam Ronis 22|
|JJay, ChC||D.J. Short 10|
|ERamirez, Sea||D.J. Short 10|
|JPeraza, Cin||Corey Parson 7||D.J. Short 10|
|JHicks, Det||Scott White 4|
|MGarver, Min||Greg Ambrosius 0|
|BPowell, Oak||Greg Ambrosius 0|
|TKahnle, NYY||Scott White 0|
|ASwarzak, Mil||Scott White 0|
|JMinaya, CWS||Adam Ronis 22|
|JJunis, KC||D.J. Short 10|
|BRevere, LAA||D.J. Short 8||Greg Ambrosius 6|
|CPinder, Oak||D.J. Short 5|
|JHeyward, ChC||Greg Ambrosius 1|
|PSeverino, Was||Scott White 0|
|AGordon, KC||Greg Ambrosius 0|
Originally acquired as a luxury, Howie Kendrick is playing an important role for the Nationals in the second half. The veteran could be hitting the quietest .342 in history. It isn't empty either, as Kendrick has chipped in with 7 homers and 10 swipes in just 221 plate appearances. With so many injuries to their fly chasers, Kendrick will continue to play almost every day. Obviously, he'll be hard-pressed to maintain the average, but hitting in the Nationals lineup, Kendrick's production should stay solid.
|JReddick, Hou||Stephania Bell 32||Vlad Sedler 9|
|JBlash, SD||Stephania Bell 25|
|JAlfaro, Phi||Peter Kreutzer 24|
|JNelson, Mil||Peter Kreutzer 17|
|CCron, LAA||Andrea LaMont 13||Vlad Sedler 0|
|NDelmonico, CWS||Peter Kreutzer 12|
|SOh, StL||Andrea LaMont 8||Vlad Sedler 3|
|AClaudio, Tex||Dr. Roto 7||Andrea LaMont 5|
|ERosario, Min||Dr. Roto 6||Andrea LaMont 4|
|DStraily, Mia||Vlad Sedler 4|
|JBradley, Bos||Vlad Sedler 3|
|MMontero, Tor||Kyle Elfrink 2|
|TBarnhart, Cin||Andrea LaMont 1||Peter Kreutzer 13|
|JJay, ChC||Stephania Bell 28|
|VCaratini, ChC||Peter Kreutzer 22|
|DSpan, SF||Peter Kreutzer 12|
|CVazquez, Bos||Peter Kreutzer 11|
|ALind, Was||Stephania Bell 8|
|BSnell, TB||Dr. Roto 6|
|AJackson, Cle||Peter Kreutzer 5|
|PCorbin, Ari||Vlad Sedler 4|
|KBarraclough, Mia||Vlad Sedler 2||Dr. Roto 2|
|JGyorko, StL||Vlad Sedler 1|
|WFlores, NYM||Vlad Sedler 1|
|BMorrow, LAD||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|JoeSmith, Cle||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|TOlson, Cle||Peter Kreutzer 0|
While I like to see Jabari Blach getting another chance, I'm surprised it comes at the expense of Hunter Renfroe. I realize Renfroe is fanning at a high clip, but to be honest, 29 percent isn't as bad as the same mark in previous seasons. I'd prefer players be allowed to figure it out at the big league level, but he wouldn't be the first to get things right on the farm then come back and rake.