If you’re scoring at home, Braun’s night was worth 28-points
Yeah, the guy isn’t on roids. Nooooooo.
If you were wondering what Ryan Braun’s night was worth last night for going 4-for-5 with 3-homers and a triple, well, that was 28-points worth of awesomeness. Braun’s performance against San Diego on Monday night included 15-total bases and the guy had a legit shot at 4-homers but instead of dogging it or swinging just for the fences, in his final at bat poked a shot deep to the gap for a Triple!
Mr. Barrett who has been boo-hoo-ing for the last couple weeks since his team has fallen to (2-2) after reeling off 19-straight from last year to this year, will wake up with a team that is now only trailing by 9-points because Braun put up in one night in a huge ball park the kind of numbers a starting pitcher puts up for the week. Boo-hoo indeed.
Big B’s streak ends at 19
Speaking of Mr. Barrett and the Cape Coral Spaghetti Cats, that achievement of winning 19-in a row needs some kind of applause. I failed to mention it in recent weeks as I have been knee deep in planning a Kentucky Derby Party (this Saturday, all owners are welcome!) and enjoying my own winning team. But the feat is pretty impressive.
After ending the 2011 season on a 17-game winning streak that stretched back to June of last year, Big B’s team hadn’t lost until he ran into D-Spot’s buzz saw in week 3 of this season. Hard to think that a team can beat 19-straight games this year!!!
IKBL Preview: The Contenders
Continuing the preview of the International Kegerator Baseball League brought to you by ZIMCO Industries, it’s time to take a look at the contenders, the teams I think will be contending for the title. There are six teams that make the play-offs and these are the teams in reverse order who I think will finish in the top half of the league in 2012.
The vaunted Zimmer 2-to-11 scale Scoring system:
A+ = 11 B+ = 8 C+ = 6.5 D+ = 4
A = 10 B = 7.5 C =6 D = 3
A- = 9 B- = 7 C- = 5 D = 2
#6. SW Florida Braves (Mike Zimmer)
As a returning team, much of the band is back together for the SW Florida Braves including multi-talented 2B/OF-Ben Zobrist. Funny to think that last season, Zoby was the top performing offensive player on the SWFB’s. Also back is C-Brian McCann and 1B/3B-Kevin Youkalis and Adam Jones. The typically pitching heavy Braves actually focused on getting more pop in the line-up during the draft and the result was adding Pablo Sandoval and Freddie Freeman to try and increase the offensive production. A healthy Carl Crawford might help too, as would a free-agent year Andre Ethier. This is also a team with inter-changeable line-ups and many multiple position players. However, it’s a line-up that is still minus a reliable power source and lacking one guy that scares you. Despite that, from top to bottom, the line-up in improved from the league runner-up team of last year.
Grades: Line-up: B- Depth/Intangibles: B
Typically the strong point of the Braves clubs of the past, the pitching staff took a hit when CJ Wilson was lost to free-agency. However, David Price is back as is stalwart C.C. (stands for Candy and Cake) Sabathia who are proven aces. There is top-end prospect Matt Moore and highly touted Vance Worley who had a nice break out season with Philly last year. Also back is Ivan Nova that very quietly won 16-games last year. Oh, and the innings eating veterans are well positioned too including Mark Buehrle who once again is on the Braves roster. The bullpen which was a mess last year got an instant goose when Mariano Rivera returned to the club after a 2-year absence to be the hammer in the bullpen that had been missing for SWFB. However, there is not another option out back to protect the club. However, the upgrade of Rivera should make them solid while there is hope another closer can present himself.
Grades: Rotation: B+ Bullpen: B
Moving at a glaciers pace when it concerns trades, SWFB did pull off an early swap and has vowed once again to be a viable, mover and shaker in an effort to win. The proof is in the punch, play-offs are typically in SWFB’s season plans and last year despite the miserable second half where they went from (8-2) to finishing at just (13-10), this team made it to the championship game. Expectations are high.
Overall Grade: B
#5. High and Tight (Marty Ritzel)
There are parts of the H&T’s that I like and hate. Like: Joey Votto, Shane Victorino. Hate: Derek Jeter and Tori Hunter. Really? Tori Hunter? Isn’t he 104-years old? The rest of the line-up is a good mix but nothing too spectacular that makes the panties drop. Though, Ian Kensler being able to play just about every position and a couple guys like Jay Bruce and Miguel Montero could just be the best value for draft spot on the board when Marty picked them up, make for good positives. If Nats 3B Ryan Zimmerman is healthy, Gabby Sanchez hits for power, this is a team that looks good on paper. He’s even got a couple of stud prospects on the bench he hopes he gets to use. Of course his team is doomed as he signed Adam Dunn who just about single handily destroyed the SWFB’s last season.
Grades: Line-up: B- Depth/Intangibles: B+
Having King Felix the cat of the M’s and rubber armed stud Jared Weaver of the Angels as his twin aces, the pitching staff has some rocks. But apparently Marty has high hopes for the enigmatic Ervin Santana and a bunch of Reds and former Reds. Johnny Cueto should be good and you never know, Edinson Volquez may just benefit from a nice change of scenery out into that huge yard in San Diego. But Mike Leake and Aroldis Chapman? Marty, we get it, you like the Reds but come on man!?!?! I do like Jhoulys Chacin as a late round flyer though. The bullpen? Heath Bell is a hammer and there are worse options than Sean Marshall who was very effective last year with a horrible Cubs team as a set-up man and closer.
Grades: Starters: B- Bullpen: B-
Knock him if you want for being a homer for picking all those Reds players, but this is once again a team that will compete. Marty is resourceful with what he drafts and finds on scrap heaps. I don’t know what the plan is for the team we used to call The Bastards this year, however, I expect to see him in the play-offs again.
Overall Grade: B
#4. Drinkslinger (Ken Chaney)
After a disappointing finish last year, a former league champion, Ken has high hopes once again this season and there’s no reason not to think they’ll finish in the top end and in play-off position. The offense is built on the back of Albert Pujols who has been on Ken’s team for years now. NL MVP Matt Kemp as well as Matt Holliday should provide even further power to this line-up as well as highly touted Giancarlo Stanton who is quickly becoming a stud in Miami. The club also swindled Hanley Ramierez away from The Shit Storm while also stashing Chase Uttley on his bench. All-in-all, the makings are there for a very good offensive team and I’ve not even mentioned Jose Montero at Catcher or even what I think are weak links like Billy Butler or his bench.
Grades: Line-up: B+ Depth/Intangibles: B
Though after Tim Lincecum there is no other “ace” by typical definitions, the entire staff of the Drinkslinger is pretty respectable and tight. Tommy Hanson as a #2 isn’t too shabby if he stays healthy, neither is Zack Grienke. Chad Billingsley and Jeremy Hellickson are solidly good and innings eaters in their own right and he has Tim Hudson and Ricky Nolasco tucked away on his bench. The bullpen is the real party piece though with Angels closer Jordan Walden and Carlos Marmol, both wildly inconsistent while both having very good numbers at the back end. That will either be what puts him over the top or is his grease fire that burns down the house.
Grades: Rotation: A- Bullpen: B
Kenny is talented at making the right trade at the right time and moving his roster where it needs to go to make it win. I expect nothing else this season as he tries to get back to Championship form.
Overall grade: B
#3. Crazy Mike the Cannuck (Mike Seeger)
With exception to Alexei Ramirez (who isn’t all that bad at all for a SS), the entire line-up for Crazy Mike is pretty stellar. From Mike Napoli at Catcher who hits for power to DH David Ortiz who had a bunch back season last year, he’s solid. A blend of veteran power in 1B-Mark Texiera and Carlos Beltre and young up and coming talented Desmond Jennings and Nick Markakis, there isn’t a weak spot in the line-up. Even Rickie Weeks coming back from an injury should be stellar. There is also ample depth with pop and usefulness. Crazy Mike might be a rookie, but he’s got a real chance to compete with the returning veterans.
Grade: Line-up: A Depth/intangibles: A-
Leading off with Roy Halladay as your ace and innings eating ace James Shields at the top does not hurt your cause even as a rookie. Matt Garza and Ricky Romero were on Big B’s championship team a year ago as solid if not spectacular #2′s and oh yeah, Bud Norris and Doug Fister are up and coming fire ballers. For a rookie, this is a steller bunch of arms for a rotation that could be very, very good. The bullpen is another strength even if outside of Craig Kimbrel, the names are Matt Capps, Grant Balfour and Frank Francisco. The depth of arms should make this team very dynamic.
Grade: Starter: A Bullpen: A-
If it weren’t for the fact that he is a rookie, The Cannuck might be higher rated. However, being that this is the first year in the league and the season is a marathon and not a sprint, we’ll just have to see how he works his roster and his team produces this season. His baseball IQ isn’t in question (though he is Canadian) either, and this could be a brave new world with Crazy Mike challenging for king of America’s past time.
#2. Cape Coral Spaghetti Cats (Brian Barrett)
Pulling off the biggest trade of the year in acquiring OF-Ryan Braun and 3B-Evan Longoria, he vaulted his line-up by leaps and bounds, it came at a price but added to his other big hitters 2B-Dustin Pedroia and Eric Hossmer gives him tons of power and point production. Adding Starling Castro and Matt Wieters in the draft also gives him more potential top-end producers. Big B’s depth is rather good too and the rest of his line-up including the inter-changeable Martin Prado due for a rebound season this year. The bench is deep and this team will be able to mash.
Grade: Line-up: A Depth/intangibles: B+
At the cost of all that hitting, Brian had to give up Clayton Kershaw. However, in the draft, the value he got was pretty decent. What he was able to assemble is very functioning parts including the Nats Gio Gonzalas who should have a better season with a winning team while his former teammate Brandon McCarthy is due to return to form and be a big contributor. While not sexy picks or even well known, Daniel Hudson and Derek Holland had great seasons last year for Arizona and Texas respectively. Meanwhile he’s got a couple of flame throwing Tigers pitchers who will get plenty of run support and wins in the Motor City. The bullpen is also, not very sexy but stable with definate closers Brandon League and Sergio Santos who could be a break out star in Toronto. It’s a fairly balanced and high end rotation.
Grade: Starters: A- Bullpen: A-
Already with one big deal under his belt and not averse to dealing talent to get talent, Big B has quickly made his mark as a solid contender for the championship. He’ll be defending his crown this year and protecting a 17-game winning streak dating back to last season. A good draft made the team whole while not being overly sexy.
Then again that Evan Longoria is a sexy beast ain’t he?Grade: A-
Overall Grade: A-
#1. No Talent Ass Clowns (Rick Barker)
Once again, the evil genius of Smoke and Mirrors has a team able to compete for the championship. From top to bottom, the line-up for NTAC isn’t overtly flashy but very, very good. Carlos Santana should have a rebound season of big numbers for the Tribe now that he’s going to play more first base. Cargo (Carlos Gonzalas) goes from Drinky to NTAC this year and should be considered the real deal for power out in Colorado. If Kendry Morales is healthy, that potent line-up for the Angles will only help him hopefully regain his form of a few years ago. Robinson Cano is solid for power and 3B Brett Lawrie might just be the rookie of the year this year if he hasn’t surpassed the number of games it takes to win that award already. Shin Soo Choo also is a guy that must be taken seriously. But one guy that is buried on the NTAC bench is a guy I think might have a monstrous break out year. Paul Goldschmidt crushes and hit 30-some homers in the minors last year before having a good run for the D-Backs after a mid-season call up. That line-up is good, though the bench is thin.
Grade: Line-up: A- Depth/Intangibles: B-
I might have thought Rick was crazy for trading away both stalwart 3B Evan Longoria and OF-Ryan Braun for SP-Clayton Kershaw if I didn’t know how good he really was by the numbers. Sure, he traded a lot, but Kershaw can single-handedly carry a team let alone a rotation. Throw in former ace Adam Wainwright, and potentially nasty Francisco Liriano and you have the basis for a good top end. Oh yeah, Trevor Cahill and Anibel Sanchez tucked on the bench. Nice. As for the bully, again, this team is fortunate to have an abundance of relievers. John Axeford is stable and then NTAC went out and got pretty much every other guy available that has a chance to close. Good enough.
Grade: Starters: A- Bullpen: B
Rick and his GM Michael Bolten have pulled bigger rabbits from smaller hats in the past. However, for all the winning and great regular seasons, post-season success is what matters and he’s desperate for a winner this year I’d say. Rick is a wheeler and dealer and is capable of managing this team and pulling off necessary trades to make this team a challenger for the title.
Overall Grade: A
There you have it, the run down of each team in the league. Look forward to more thoughts on teams and what goes on during the season on This Week In Kegerator Baseball (TWIKB).
The IKBL Preview: The bottom six
Here’s your preview of the teams I think will finish 7th-thru-12th in the IKBL this year
Hey everyone, instead of doing a draft review, I’ve done a season preview for each team. I’ll start at the bottom and work my way to the top, giving a brief over-view of how I see the teams to start the season. For your consideration, I offer you this synopsis.
The vaunted Zimmer 2-to-11 scale Scoring system:
A+ = 11 B+ = 8 C+ = 6.5 D+ = 4
A = 10 B = 7.5 C =6 D = 3
A- = 9 B- = 7 C- = 5 D = 2
#12. The Shit Storm (Jim Bellmore)
Looking at the Shit Storm’s line-up, big question marks should be placed after a couple of guys he’s counting on; 1B-Justin Morneu, fellow Twin C-Joe Maurer and OF-Yeonis Cecspedes. The fact is, no one knows how the former AL MVP is going to rebound after a lost year in the fog of post-concussion
syndrome. Can he regain his form? Can he find the power? Speaking of lost power, Maurer has yet to
find his post-injury either. The other issue is, Morneu and Maurer will split time at first base and DH on what really is a bad Twins team that itself is a question mark. They look to be very mediocre to me. The A’s Cescpedes is an interesting cat and I’m intrigued if he is the real deal or not. The problem is, it would seem too much emphasis on his success is being counted on and how good can he be on what
might be a dreadful Oakland squad? The bench/depth of Logan Morison (hence forth LoMo) and Jason Heyward (JeyHey) are good gambles while perhaps Alex Gordon was overpaid for. His 2B/SS/3B spots are in my estimation weak, with David Wright a possible exception if he can stay healthy and the Mets
actually better than expected. Wright is a franchise cornerstone but has been derailed of late and whether he has a good year or not will decide if Shit Storm has some pop. Rayburn, Aviles and Escobar would be marginal to poor back-ups on other teams.
Grades: Line-up: C- Intagibles/Depth: C-
Once again more questions than stable elements. Picking SP-Jordan Zimmerman over a work horse
like James Shields in the draft and not having another proven front line guy is going to kill the Shit Storm this season. While Ian Kennedy and the fore mentioned Zimmerman are intriguing young arms which much is expected from this season, unless they have stellar over-achieving years, the U.S.S. Shit Storm is doomed. Clay Bucholz is a serious injury risk and not proven for an entire season, mid-to lower end pitchers like Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd, Jason Vargas (all of which are on what should be miserable White Sox and M’s teams) and an oddity in Neftali “am I a starter or reliever” Feliz
don’t add too much hope. While there are cagey vets with some intrigue though, the acquisition of Ryan “Cum Dumpster” Dempster and the crazy Big Z Carlos Zambrano add some possible zing, this is
not a good staff. The Bullpen is iffy, only because of Brian Wilson’s dead arm late last year and the O’s Jim Johnson not exactly cemented as the closer in B-more.
Grades: Starters: C- Bullpen: C
The Shit Storm was severely punished in the run-up to the season. This alone causes great concern for this team and how it can function during the season at such a disadvantage. I know that Jimmer is a competent baseball knowledge guy with some savy about the game and it’s players. However, thus far he has not shown much promise in assembling this team.
Overall Total: D+
#11. The Old Dirty Bastards (Jeff Minks/Karl Hehr)
This team is curious in it’s design and it may be due to it’s rather old rookie owners. The hitting line-up isn’t all that bad, but it’s poor planning in carrying four, count em’ 4, First Basemen
and only having one in their regular line-up in outfielder Lance Berkman. The fact that this team is counting on Berkman to deliver another career year though is troubling. The only accomplished and reliable hitters in their line-up are OF-Hunter Pence and 2B-Brandon Phillips. While they do have some good hitters mixed in here and there and have options and intangibles, the likes of SS-Zack Cozart
and 2B-Kelly Johnson shouldn’t normally be regular starters on many other
teams. The fact that the team still carries 2B/3B Lonny “Jizz in the hall” Chisenhall despite his being demoted to AAA over a week ago is also disappointing.
Grades: Line-up: D Depth/Intangibles: C
By reaching for SP-Chris Carpenter in the keeper draft, the team was exposed as
novice. The fact that Carpenter is now hurt and there isn’t a real set in stone return time for him or whether or not he’ll have more trouble with his shoulder this season is damning. It wasn’t too hard for them to draft Justin Verlander first over all and he alone can carry a pitching staff. But the worry over injuries and wins coming for Mat Latos and Stephan Strasburgh should be huge. Yu Darvish is intriguing, but unproven. The bullpen is a mess. I’m not sold Joe Nathan will ever be the same
and Andrew Bailey, is, as expected, already hurt. Kyle Farnsworth gives them great depth at this
spot but the Rays have not been closer-centric in their bullpen even on their good teams and Farnsworth still isn’t completely proven as “THE Guy”.
Grades: Starters: C+ Bullpen: C+
The duel ownership of Minks and the guy known affectionately as Uncle Karl isoff to a rough start. GM Jeff Minks hasnot exactly shown a ton of attention to details thus far with no roster moves
to cover obvious draft mistakes. The question of how long Uncle Karl goes as silent partner might be interesting to follow too. This duo has far to go but has the talent to be much better.
Over all grade: C-
#10. Double H (John and Justin Hyler)
While this team does not lack potential and potential serious lumber, the fact
is, a couple of these guys are either past their prime or mediocre fodder. Sure, is A-Gon going to hit plenty up in Boston? Yes. Was he worth the #1 pick by this team? Meh, sure.
Is he the capable of an off-year just like the rest of the Boston Red Sox team he plays for? Maybe. Troy Tulowitzski is going to hit too, but the Colorado line-up isn’t as potent which could beg the question of him too having a back-sliding season. A-Fraud is past his prime and now that he’s not using the purple lipstick steroids any longer isn’t the feared hitter he once was. While the whole outfield for this team excites me, with Jacoby Elsbury, Andrew McCutcheon and Michael Bourne all top notch, high end components, you could argue all of them had over the moon seasons a year ago and could be just so-so
this season. This team did stash 1B-Ryan Howard and has a big bat in 1B-Carlos Pena on the bench, it’s curiously overly-deep. It only shows the rookie lable that this team is wearing this season.
Grades: Line-up: B- Depth/Intangibles: C-
Starting with the bullpen, the fact that this team can put in 3-relievers, allof which are good, is advantageous. Joel Hanrahan of the Pirates and Jose Valverde of the Tigers were very good last
season and shouldn’t disappoint this, while Johnny Venters is a proven set-up guy and fall-back for Atlanta at closer. However, there is NO depth on this team in the pitching realm. And, there is no ace in the bunch with Josh Johnson, who was hurt for most of last year being the #1 guy. Jair Jurrjens was hurt too and hasn’t been the same, Justin Masterson is on a poor Indians team as is the case with Wandy
Rodriguez. This team is flawed.
Grades: Starters: D+ Bullpen: B+
They’re owning their rookie stripes here with a flawed roster and a team that
is oh so good here, oh so bad there. I will be intrigued to see how father and son duo adapt this year. They have a line-up that could carry them or offer them value in attempting to adjust to their mistake of not having enough pitching.
Overall Grade: C-
#9. BDM Ballers (Mike Anderson)
Back Door Mike’s Ballers are put together in a unique way too. With big power via Prince Fielder and some scrappy, proven starters in both Jimmy Rollins and Ichiro, he doesn’t have a completely empty cupboard. The problem is, the line-up gets ugly after that and I’m not sure it’s enough to keep pace
in the league this year. Trusting that A.Ram, Melky Cabrera and Cody Ross to put up points for you is seriously worrisome if it was my team. It’s just an average to below average bunch and I’m not impressed. Grades: Line-up: C- Depth/Intangibles: C-
Conversely, this team’s pitching staff is pretty decent. With aces atop his rotation in Madison
Bumgarner and CJ Wilson who both should have stand out seasons, he’s got two hammers scoring points week in and week out on top of reliable Jon Lester. Some cagey veteran arms capable of eating
innings load up the back-end with Edwin Jackson reliable and Shawn Marcum while injury prone, typically pretty good to above average. The addition of Jeff Samardzidja as apossible break out pitcher is intriguing. The bullpen meanwhile is, well, it is. I think he over-reached and over-paid for Phillies closer Jonathan Pappelbon, but the guy is on a winner and proven a winner. On the other hand, BDM like so many other teams is rolling the dice with a few questionable relievers for their second
spot in a very thin market. Grades: Starters: B- Bullpen: C
Another newbie BDM is probably limited to the middle of the pack this year. However, savy and knowledgible, once he gets his feel for this, I expect bigger things. This team is flawed but the owner isn’t. Grade: B-
Overall Grade: C
#8. Switch Hitters (Pat Siefert)
It’s not an impressive unit, but it’s a workable and able unit that Pat has installed as his line-up. Catcher/1B-Buster Posey is a key component but a huge question mark in coming back from injury
and not having a full proven season under his belt at the major league level
yet. He has three things though that can make an average line-up work for you and still allow you to win games: #1-power, #2-a top scoring middle infielder and #3-flexibility. With Paul Konerko and Justin Upton as the power source with 30+ homers each, SS-Elvis Andrus able to hit, steal and score
runs and the ageless Michael Young more or less plug-and-play anywhere in the
line-up, Pat has an above average talent pool for his line-up. The bench and other intangibles are doable
and if anyone like OF-Drew Stubbs or OF-Cameron Maybin has a break out season, it will only help.Grades: Line-up: B Depth/Intangibles: B-
For all the right decisions he made in the newbie/keeper draft in taking 4-solid starters, Pat virtually ignored his pitching staff in the general draft and that will cost him. It’s a good unit
mind you, but too shallow a pool. SP’s Matt Cain, Cole Hamels and Dan Heron are as good as anybody’s best. Josh Beckett is on the backside of his career though and an injury risk, Ubaldo Jiminez just may have lost his mojo and Scott Baker wasn’t that good before he was hurt.
After that? Well, there isn’t really an after that. The bullpen is no
better. While Drew Storen is good, he’s had a sore arm and Jason Motte was an absolute grease fire at times last year for the Cardinals. It could be a wild ride for the Switch Hitters this year with a roller coaster-like up and down from week to week. Grades: Starters: B- Bullpen: C
Perhaps there is some method to the madness with Pat’s decision making. Was the talent just not there for him in the draft to address his pitcing? Does he think his big 3 will carry him and hope for the best with the rest? Pat’s MLB acumen is in question, he’s a football guy. However, I expect that
this team should at the very least compete for the middle pack IF, and it’s a big IF he adjusts on the fly well. Grade: C-
Overall Grade: C+
#7. D-Spot (Deron Freatis)
This team has some serious lumber and the fact that he was able to steal so
much heavy hitting in the newbie/keeper draft was amazing. Seriously, getting both Miguel Cabrera and
Jose Bautista will give this team a real shot at making a play-off push. He also has a possible potent line-up of other potential sluggers with Josh Hamilton, Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson in
the outfield. Asdrubel Cabrera is also a stellar addition and I believe as does Deron and Big B that Ike Davis is capable of a break out season. The team is over-loaded with depth on the offense too, with all sorts of component parts scattered over the bench. This though is actually a negative however as it hurts his pitching staff. It’s a potent line-up sure, but it’s also a line-up with plenty of K’s and injury concerns as well. Grades: Line-up: B+ Depth/Intangibles: C
Again, this team did very well at gaining top-end talent in this department too. Cliff Lee and Yovani Gallardo are true aces. The latter round draft of Johan Santana was a steal and he might have a really good season for the Mets or be dealt to a competitor. However, after that, it’s a horror show and extremely thin horror show. There is no depth here and relying on Colby Lewis and Erik Bedard shows it. The big slider and fantasy baseball toxic pick, Michael Pineda also came back to haunt
Deron too, as he’s on the DL and might be slated for the minors. He gambled and it seems he lost. The bullpen is a huge gamble too. Until last season’s break out year for J.J.
Putz, he’d been the occasional grease fire. Can he duplicate last season? I’m not buying it. Neither am I buying the Padres will get Huston Street many opportunities before he eventually gets hurt and finds
himself in a familiar spot on the DL. Grades: Starters: C Bullpen: C-
Deron is a quick study. His baseball knowledge isn’t in doubt either. So, I
figure Deron will figure all of this out quickly. And, with such depth on offense, he may be
able to spare some for pitching. The likes of Cliff Lee and Gallardo are solid guys who can carry a staff, but it’s not guarantee for him though. I like D-Spot to push for the play-offs.
Overall Grade: C+
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Free Agency to open at Midnight tonight, Waivers suspended briefly
At the conclusion of tonight’s draft and no later than midnight, free agency will open with all un-drafted players available for pick up. This is an effort to allow those that may not be able to wait for the usual 2-day waiver period to sign players to round out rosters. As the season opens in Japan this week, there won’t be able to be the typical 2-day waiver wait and allocation of waiver priority, thus it will briefly be open as a free-for-all, first come, first served basis.
Remember, you’ll need to set your line-up ASAP as games do start early this week. Brian and I will notify the league of any changes if we can manage to skip the Japan Series games, but as of now we don’t see a way around it. Please keep this in mind and stay tuned for more information.
Pre-Draft Day Trade as Jimmer’s Shit Storm move up and collect a 2nd rounder for SS/3B-Hanley Ramirez after shipping him to Kenny’s Drinkslingers
The first trade of draft picks took place today when the league pushed through the movement of Han Ram who was briefly a member of Jimmer’s Shit Storm was moved to Kenny’s Drinkslingers for his 1st and 2nd round draft picks. The two teams swapped first round spots so Jimmer moved up to the #7 pick and Drinky drops to #12 for round one.
The move allows Shit Storm to move up and grab more talent after severe penalties were enforced against him for his Keeper Draft debacle. It allows him to grab some more talent in a loaded and curious draft that is sure to bring some excitement to the league tonight.
Drinkslinger didn’t pay a very high price for what essentially is a player that should have been a keeper in most instances. The fact that he was passed over in the Newbie draft was a strange occurance considering he’ll have duel position eligibility shortly after the seasons starts as he moves to Third Base. Drinky is a perenial competitor for the IKBL championship every year and earned what could be keeper for him for the future in the league while only giving up in essence is a 2nd rounder.
Look for a Draft wrap up in this space once we’ve completed the IKBL