This week we will talk about the players I said Do Not Draft in the pre-season. Remember these are great players, but ones that either are just not worth when you have to draft them or are just on the way down. Also here is the link to the original article and the first two parts of this review.
Do Not Draft – Miguel Cabrera, Troy Tulowitzki, Aroldis Chapman, Carlos Gonzalez
If you used the seventh pick in the draft on Miguel Cabrera you are likely good with the results so far. He is fourth in our CCO leagues for first baseman and ninth for all batters. Not quite the seventh pick stats you were hoping for, but not terrible. But my reason for putting him on this list was the injury risk that will be there the rest of his career and will keep me from using a first round pick on him. If he stays healthy the rest of the year you will not be disappointed in your pick
Troy Tulowitzki was going on average 13th in drafts. If you took him in that range you are wishing you had used your pick on someone else and that is with him only missing a couple of games all year. He is currently sixth among shortstops with guys like Brandon Crawford, Marcus Semein and Andrelton Simmons ahead of him. It could just be a slower start or that all the injuries have finally caught up to him and he is no longer elite. Either way, he was not worth the 13th pick in the draft.
Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel – Category Elite Closers
I know this one gets some people going. If you like elite closer, that is fine. I just don’t unless I get one to fall into my lap because they have a slow start and someone drops them or given to me in a trade. But I have no desire to use good draft picks or even solid bats or rotation guys to get a top closer in trade. And here is why, Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel were the two guys you would have to use high draft picks to get on your team. They are 15th and 26th in points among relief pitchers (I took out the guys who have started games). Closers are just not consistent and using high picks to have that stud closer is just not a good strategy. It can work and if it does you will likely have a good season, but if it doesn’t, you used high picks for players who are easily replaceable. Adam Ottavino was one of my guys I used to fill RP slots and he was dominant to start the year up until he was lost for the season. Another one is A.J. Ramos who is right after Chapman for points and I used one of my last picks or the free agent pool to get him. But please, keep trying to prove me wrong on this one and keep drafting them early!
He is 26th among eligible left fielders and that is with playing almost every game. Carlos Gonzalez is just not an elite player anymore and was not worth anywhere that he was drafted.
If you drafted these guys you are likely wishing you hadn’t. Only Miggy is giving you production worthy of the draft pick and you need to keep your fingers crossed because just one DL stint will change that.
MLB Best of Last Week
Each week we will review the best performances of the week in all of MLB.
The top batters this week have an interesting mix of duos. Let’s start with the grizzly vets with the guy at the top of the list; a 12-year vet showing the young guys how to have a big week with four home runs while driving in six and scoring nine times for a 43 point week. The other guy in this group is Adam Jones a 10-year vet who hit three home runs on his way to a 37 point week.
The next duo includes our very own Anthony Rizzo in his fifth season of play, he hit just two home runs but five doubles to go with driving in six runs and scoring six times. His partner is six-year guy, Freddie Freeman. Freeman had three home runs this week, but drove in eight runs and scored seven times.
The last duo is the rookies. I know some think Kris Bryant is running away with the Rookie of the Year race but Joc Pederson had a head start on the season and just had a big week with four home runs while driving in nine runs and scoring six times for a 42 point week. The other rookie is Maikel Franco, who hit four home runs this week and drove in eight runs and scored seven times for a big 40 point week.
How many want Chris Archer back? I know I do and would love to have him in the rotation with Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel. That is a World Series rotation without a doubt. I think we can all agree on that! Archer led the way this week with 69 points, picking up two W’s while striking out 26 batters in just 15 innings. I triple checked those strikeouts!! Clayton Kershaw had a Kershaw type week with 62 points on two W’s and 18 strikeouts in 15 innings. Two young pitchers that are turning into elite guys in Jacob deGrom and Gerrit Cole each picked up two W’s on their way to 61 and 54 point weeks respectively. But our own Jason Hammel made the Top Five with two W’s and 18 strikeouts in just under 15 innings.
Chicago Cubs Batters
The offense had a good week and was led by Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant. Rizzo had a top five week at 40 points but Bryant had a good week with 21 points. Good to see Dexter Fowler have a good week hitting .300, even though some are starting to criticize him. Starlin Castro had a better week hitting .261 and did a little bit of everything but steal a base. Junior Lake hit a home run that I think we all remember (at least Jose Fernandez does) and it was good to see Chris Denorfia back and picking up three hits in his first game back.
Chicago Cubs Pitchers
Not sure when a staff ERA of 3.75 became bad, but it kind of feels like a bad week but a 4-3 road trip is always good, especially when facing one of the World Series favorite Washington Nationals four times. But if that series was a test, we passed and I do believe we are a serious playoff contender this year, especially if we can stop this injury bug and get some guys back. Jason Hammel led the staff with his top five week of 56 points but Jake Arrieta had a good start for 24 points. Kyle Hendricks picked up a win, but had a bad week where he had a 4.91 ERA. Three different guys picked up saves in Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop and Jason Motte. I am completely good with using those three at any time at the end of the game. We did have two starters have bad weeks and give up 11 of the 25 runs on the week in Jon Lester and Tsuyoshi Wada. Lester isn’t going anywhere and after his great May, one bad start happens, but Wada is in danger of losing his rotation spot and I think the sooner the better.
This week we finish up the road trip with a pair of games in Detroit and then come home to face the Cincinnati Reds for four games.
CCO Fantasy Leagues
The playoff’s is five wins right now with exactly eight teams with five or more wins. Since_2015 Castlesworld is leading the way at 8-1 in the Waveland division and CubfaninSeattle John is leading the Sheffield division along with Daverj’s Batsmen at 7-2. We had a tie last week (The Wrong Team and me) but as I type this it isn’t showing it in the standings yet, but I am sitting in ninth on the outside looking in but just ahead of four teams sitting with four wins. Three teams are now three games under 500 and two games behind the playoff cut.
CCO Fans League
This league has 10 teams over .500 with five wins or more and three teams with four wins. That leaves seven teams with three or less wins and need a winning streak to get back in contention. Team Vaughn is leading the East division while Calicubs leads the West along with Dock Ellis D. All teams have at least two wins and with a little more roster management, I bet all would have at least three wins.
And a big shout-out to DaveRJ on the birth of his daughter this week! Congratulations!!