Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Messages - yuda

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 262
General Discussion / Re: Roll to 2080 Tuesday at 10am ET
« on: July 03, 2019, 03:13:35 PM »
10th would be far better for me (Iíll be on an airplane the evening of the 11th; though if it winds up the 11th, I might just pay for wifi.)

General Discussion / Re: Important instructions for transition...
« on: June 24, 2019, 05:05:18 PM »
OK, Iíve logged in to statsplus.

General Discussion / Re: The Official 2079 Discussion Thread
« on: June 23, 2019, 11:10:12 AM »
woo! statsplusis pretty excellent

General Discussion / Re: The Official 2079 Discussion Thread
« on: June 19, 2019, 06:37:06 AM »

Looking at next week for the draft for myself, Tuesday is the only day I can say with certainty would be good for me. But I can probably work around whatever fits the group (and if I miss it, so it goes.)

General Discussion / Re: The Official 2079 Discussion Thread
« on: June 07, 2019, 10:55:07 AM »
Nice to see Tim White hit a home run in the last at-bat of his career as he has announced he is retiring.  Sneaky good player.  I loved having him on my team these past few years.

Yeah he was always a favorite of mine too. And yeah, that's a great way to go out.

General Discussion / Re: The Official 2079 Discussion Thread
« on: April 24, 2019, 08:09:24 AM »
Would it make more sense to spend that time getting set up in statsplus instead?

General Discussion / Re: The Official 2079 Discussion Thread
« on: March 27, 2019, 06:34:25 PM »
Virginia took SP Morris Flores. Washington is on auto (and took 2B Will Dodson), so we're up to Nova Scotia.

General Discussion / Re: The Official 2078 Thread
« on: March 14, 2019, 06:34:16 AM »
So here's something to think about:

Major League Baseball and the playersí union are near an agreement to expand active rosters by one to 26 starting in 2020 as part of a deal that would include a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after opening day this year.

As part of the deal, the active limit from Sept. 1 to the end of the season would be lowered from 40 to 28 beginning next year, people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been finalized.

Should the NPBL follow the change?  I'd be for it.

28 seems very small for September rosters to me. But I'd be open to making some tweaks.

I don't know if OOTP can support roster rules more similar to how the NFL and NHL work (so in our case, maybe something like a 30-man roster with 25 active for any individual game. Or whatever the numbers worked out too.)

Team Press Releases / Re: Rebuilding the Grays
« on: March 07, 2019, 03:01:55 PM »
It seems like this team is pretty well-positioned in the outfield. To the extent that I'm now considering moving one of the guys who has the infield defense ratings to pull it off to second base. But there's not much in the infield, and catcher is just OK. On top of that, I'm picking second in the draft and had the worst pythagorean record in 2078.

Maybe most of the guys who are developing take another step forward and we flirt with a .500 record in 2079. Or maybe players stagnate and the pipeline is still a couple of years away and we don't go anyway. Hard to say. I'm certainly eager for the season to roll over so I can see who looks promising.

Team Press Releases / Re: Rebuilding the Grays
« on: March 07, 2019, 02:59:52 PM »

Hťctor Bruno; 36 years old; RHB; 269 PA, 221/254/340

Hector Bruno is one of the team captains, and my suspicion is that he does help hold together a team full of young players. Heís a sure-handed infielder with just okay range and an okay arm - basically, good as a second baseman, average at best at shortstop, and can play third base in a pinch.

He spent time starting at both second base and shortstop this season (we had a bunch of injuries in the infield and everybody got moved all over). His bat isnít great, although he can still hit lefties a bit at this stage in his career. The ideal role at this point is probably utility infielder and team captain from the bench, but weíll have to see how he handles that morale-wise next season.

Bruno has appeared in 16 seasons for the Grays. He was my first-round pick in 2061.

Tim Burton; 25 years old; SH; 303 PA, 188/300/226

Tim Burton is a defense-first infielder. He plays gold-glove quality defense at both SS and 3B, and I have no reason to believe he couldnít do so at the other infield spots if called upon. He ostensibly switch hits, but heís much better from the left side of the plate

Burton is also a strong leader, so he potentially has a long-term role on this team. That role should be from the bench, though. Itís possible heíll see a season or two as a no-hit starting SS depending on how other players age and develop, though.

He made his major-league debut last season. He was originally selected in the 7th round of the 2074 draft.

Luis Chavez; 31 years old; RHB; 6 PA, 333/333/333

Luis Chavez doesnít have the arm to play the left side of the infield, doesnít have the bat to force his way into the lineup, isnít fast, and is on the wrong side of 30. Heís an injury fill-in call-up only.

2078 was actually his major-league debut. He was a scouting discovery way back in 2063.

Jorge Cruz; 26 years old; RHB; 626 PA, 238/283/344, 17 sb

Jorge Cruz probably has the defensive skills to play anywhere on the diamond other than catcher. Heís spent time in our system in the outfield, at second base, and at third base. He can hit a little bit, and with some gap power, but isnít really special, so his best position is probably utility player.

That said, heís been Virginiaís primary third baseman for the last season and a half. Heís been a smidgen above replacement level, so this is an obvious upgrade opportunity.

Heís played in five major-league seasons (and has primarily been in the majors since 2076). He was a sixth-round pick in 2069.

Kane David; 30 years old; RHB; 103 PA 290/330/366

Kane David was originally drafted as a two-way player, and spent his first couple years in the minors both pitching and playing some shortstop. He showed real promise as a pitcher, so I had him focus there. Unfortunately, the control never developed so I ultimately moved him back to the infield. Somewhere along the way his infield range had dipped enough that middle infield wasnít viable anymore, so he became a corner infielder.

For a couple of years I had hopes that heíd develop into a starting third baseman, but that never really happened. Instead he settled in as a backup and pinch hitter. His days with the team are probably coming to a close, although to a certain extent that depends on the development of younger players.

David has played in 7 major-league seasons. He was a third-round pick in 2066.

Santiago DŠvila; 24 years old; RHB; 283 PA, 180/258/286, 5 sb

Davilaís another guy who canít hit all that much, but heís fast and can play a bunch of different positions. Heís got a shot at a utility role in the future, but weíll see how he comes back from the ruptured achilles he suffered in August. I do like that heís one of the few prankster personality types in my system.

Davila was a rookie this year. He was a scouting discovery in 2070.

Ed Gamblin; 25 years old; LHB; 552 PA, 251/292/438, 1 sb

Ed Gamblin seems to be rated well enough to be a platoon player (though he shouldnít be allowed to face LHP very often), and in his good years heís been worth a win or two. Still, Iíd like a bit better eye from him, and more consistency. Heís a very streaky player: he only hit 3 HR in July and August combined (and he was not injured). On a great team, heíd probably be a fringe player, but we are not a great team, so an upgrade at 1B is not our top priority. Plus, at 25, he might still improve a hair.

Gamblin has played in 5 seasons for Virginia. He was a first-round pick in 2074.

Jon McMillan; 30 years old; RHB; 80 PA, 270/313/338

Jon McMillan can play a bunch of positions on defense and wonít kill you with the bat (plus he has a little pop). That said, the promise he showed in part-time duty in 2073 (258/333/522, 13 HR in about 200 PA) is pretty clearly in the rear view mirror. His role going forward is AAA filler and occasional injury callus.

McMillan has appeared in 7 major-league seasons. He was a second-round pick in 2067.

Bobby McNeiledge; 31 years old; RHB; 167 PA, 189/261/257

McNeiledge is an elite defender (Matthews Award at SS in 2077) who struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness at the plate in 2078 (and he was never a great hitter to begin with). If he can hit like he did in 2076-77, his glove is enough to make him worth a couple of wins a season. If he hits like 2078, he wonít get many more chances in the future.

McNeiledge has appeared in seven major-league seasons. He was a fifth-round pick in 2066.

David Russell; 23 years old; RHB; 6 PA, 000/000/000

David Russell is hoping to grow up to be Bobby McNeiledge.

This cup of coffee was his first big-league experience. He was a fifth-round pick in 2073.

Alejandro Salazar; 28 years old; RHB; 191 PA, 192/250/282, 3 sb

Alejandro Salazar is a two-way player for us (also discussed in the relief pitchers section). Heís a fringe contributor in both phases of the game, though, and will have to claw his way onto the roster every season.

Team Press Releases / Re: Rebuilding the Grays
« on: March 01, 2019, 11:59:12 AM »

Yeah, I know most people would do infielders next, but thatís the biggest group by far so Iím going to do them next week.

Al Chambers; 25 years old; RHB; 4 PA, 250/250/500

Al Chambers is a defensive specialist. He can play all three outfield positions well, and he seems to have the tools to play first base or second base as well (though heís not rated in either right now).

Heís a leader in the clubhouse, but his AAA career stats of 250/313/330 illustrate his limitations as a hitter. He may bounce onto the back of the roster here and there as players get hurt, but I doubt heíll ever stick around for long.

Chambers has had September callups in both 2077 and 2078. He was an 11th round selection in 2072.

Danny Doel; 25 years old; LHB; 488 PA, 263/293/359, 16 sb

Danny Doel is a pretty good reserve outfielder whoís been pressed into starting duty for now. Heís mostly a singles/doubles type hitter who doesnít strike out much (and doesnít walk much either). Heís well-rated in left and center field, and could play RF in a pinch (but doesnít have much of an arm).

Doel has been in the majors for 5 years (the last three playing more or less full time). He was a third-round pick in 2071.

Tomas Franco; 23 years old; LHB; 66 PA, 241/333/310, 3 sb

Franco has a lot in common with Al Chambers. The main differences are that they hit from opposite sides of the plate (and Francoís platoon split is bigger) and that Franco already has ratings at first and second base. Itís unlikely that both of them will ever be on the roster at the same time (outside of September).

2078 was Francoís first major-league experience (he actually started the year in AA). He was a scouting discovery in 2071.

Stewart Gaston; 23 years old; LHB; 553 PA, 248/306/464

We turned down offers for Gaston in spring training, and thatís proven to be the right decision. He hits the ball well (with some power), doesnít strike out much (but seems likely to improve more there), is fast, and fields well. Iíd like to see him refine his eye a bit, but I could live with it if all he does is hit for a bit more contact to push the OBP up. Gaston has a little bit of a platoon split, but itís not bad.

He can play all three outfield positions well (albeit without much experience in LF) and might wind up in any of them in the future depending on what other parts we have. This year he played right field, and heís a contender for the Matthews award there.

Gaston got a September callup in 2077 before making the team this spring. He was my first-round pick in 2075 (out of college). His history shows that he was drafted out of high school by California in 2073, released, went to college, and came back out in 2075, but Iím not sure whether thatís accurate. If so, itís certainly interesting.

OctŠvio Gutiťrrez; 22 years old; RHB; 462 PA, 292/323/429, 35 sb

Gutierrez played significant time at all three outfield spots as well as first base this year (his lowest innings total among the four spots was 157.1 in CF). He can play all of the spots well, and in fact could probably work at any infield position too, although he has no experience at 2B, 3B, or SS.

With the bat, heís more or less what his line looks like: solid contact hitter, just OK eye, more gap power than home run power. Heís a very good base stealer and baserunner. Iím not sure what his ideal position will be on the club; perhaps center field, or maybe I try to teach him a middle infield position in spring training.

2078 was Gutierrezís second full season in the major leagues (though he played a lot more this year). He was a scouting discovery in 2072.

Steve Hull; 22 years old; RHB; 75 PA, 264/293/542, 3 sb

Steve Hull was the #1 overall pick in this yearís draft. He already hits for contact and power and can steal bases. Scouts believe he can grow in all three areas, improve his eye, strike out less, and play quality defense at nearly any position. The main questions around Hull will be what position I ultimately decide to play him at, and whether or not he can stay healthy (he had two injuries this season, although neither seems likely to be the chronic type).

Don Nieves; 25 years old; RHB; 553 PA, 200/275/333, 31 sb

Don Nieves started in CF all year, and has a shot at the Matthews Award for his troubles. That said, while heís a very good defensive outfielder and baserunner, his bat is a bit exposed as an every day player. He has a little bit of pop (13 HR), though, and as a fourth outfielder should be a good fit.

Nieves played some in the big leagues in each of 2076 and 2077. He was my first-round pick back in 2072.

Josť RomŠn; 24 years old; LHB; 15 PA, 455/600/818

Roman has a pretty good eye and solid swing against RHP, but unfortunately for him he canít pick the ball up well at all from LHP. This likely limits him to a platoon role at most, and he doesnít hit for too much power. His AAA line from this year (273/363/416) might be a realistic ceiling.

Unfortunately, while heís sure-handed and has a good arm, he isnít rangy enough to handle center field. The lack of power makes him questionable for a corner outfield spot. Maybe heíll fit in somewhere. If he can either develop a little more vs. RHP or close his platoon gap that will help.

Roman got cups of coffee in 2076 and 2077 as well as this year. He was a scouting discovery in 2070.

Team Press Releases / Re: Rebuilding the Grays
« on: March 01, 2019, 08:02:15 AM »

Kieran John; 30 years old; LHB; 187 PA, 262/348/348

Kieran John is on his way out with the team ó by the end of the season he was clearly the third catcher ó and is none too happy about it. That said, heís 30 and has shown declining rate stats for the last few years. Heíll still be fine if pressed into service, but at this point heís just kind of an all-around average hitter whoís a good-enough defensive catcher.

John has appeared in 8 seasons for the club, after being a fifth-round pick back in 2069.

Luis Martinez; 22 years old; LHB; 354 PA, 277/342/474, 4 sb

Luis Martinez is the guy who took over Kieran Johnís playing time by the end of the season. Heís not the catcher John is defensively (in fact, his arm is probably a mild liability), but he hits a fair bit better with some pop against RHP. Heís got a harsh platoon split, but I donít mind that much in a catcher, as they need a lot of rest anyway. Heís also a surprisingly good base stealer for a catcher.

Martinez may stick as a catcher for a while, or he may ultimately move to first base. Thatís largely going to depend on the development of guys in the minors.

2078 was Martinezís first major-league action. He was acquired via trade from New Jersey back in spring training, and was originally selected in the fourth round of the 2073 draft.

Adam Randall; 26 years old; RHB; 181 PA, 225/254/358

Adam Randall is a pretty typical backup catcher: heís solid behind the plate and he has a little gap power when hitting. His eye is a bit of a liability though. For now, heís fine in the platoon partner/backup role, although in an ideal world Iíd find an upgrade there. 2078 was a bit of a down year for him (he typically at least keeps his OBP above .300).

Randall has appeared in 5 seasons, playing a lot the last three. He was a third-round pick in 2073.

Team Press Releases / Re: Rebuilding the Grays
« on: March 01, 2019, 06:36:52 AM »
It really has. i expected Jesse Morris to still be pitching well (and he has), but i was pleasantly surprised to see Tim White still contributing.

Team Press Releases / Re: Rebuilding the Grays
« on: February 28, 2019, 01:18:34 PM »
So, that's the pitching staff. It seems like Rivera, Newcomb, and Frank Williams can be a good rotation core as soon as next season (thank you, Tim, for trading me two of them). Unfortunately, after those three, it looks like mostly hoping to ride a hot hand for the near future (I'm not looking at prospects here, but there's not a ton in the way of starting pitchers who are close).

In the bullpen, Hughes, Dave Williams, Torres, and Carmona are a good start, but I'd like at least one of them to take a big step forward next year if we're going to compete.

On the whole, I might need the talent fairy to visit (or some really well-developed guys to turn up in the draft) if I want to turn the corner in 2079.

Team Press Releases / Re: Rebuilding the Grays
« on: February 28, 2019, 01:09:36 PM »

Jose Carmona; 24 years old; RHP; 6.2 IP, 1-0, 5.40

Jose Carmona is a control pitcher first and foremost. Heís got an average fastball and average slider, but the fact that he can put them where he wants may help keep him around in the majors. His bigger issue will be the relative lack of stamina.

Carmona only had a September callus this year, and had one in 2076 as well. (Iím not sure why I didnít call him up in 2077). He was acquired in the third round of the 2074 draft.

Dan Downs; 26 years old; RHP; 74.1 IP, 5-1, 4.60

Dan Downs has four average-or-better pitches and decent stamina, but unfortunately he also has a habit of serving up some meatballs and only average control. Iím guessing heíll spend years around the fringe of our pitching staff, but I doubt heíll ever turn into somebody I count on.

2078 was Downsís third year in the majors (the previous two he was a starting pitcher). He was drafted in the 8th round in 2070.

Luis Granados; 28 years old; RHP; 12 IP, 0-1, 6.75

Luis Granados is more or less a scrub. He pitched some for us in 2076 (including 6 starts), none last season, and a September callup this season. Thereís not really any reason to believe heíll ever be better than heís been (which isnít good).

Granados was a scouting discovery way back in 2066.

Brian Hughes; 27 years old; RHP; 79.2 IP, 8-11, 34 sv, 5.54

Brian Hughes was supposed to be a shutdown reliever by now. Scouts though he could have a generational curveball to pair with his very good cutter. And while that cutter is indeed very good, the curveball is merely a little bit above average.

Somewhat puzzling is the step back he took this season (he was considerably more effective the two years previous). TBD if it was a down year or if itís the beginning of a slide.

Hughes was a first-round selection in the 2070 draft. I donít know why I took a relief pitcher in the first round either.

Hector Pacheco; 35 years old; LHP; 16.2 IP, 0-1, 4.86

Hector Pacheco was a very effective starting pitcher in Virginia for years ó he was twice an all star, and twice finished second in the Yim voting. He was always a fireballer with just decent movement and control. Unfortunately, a combination of age, injury, and OOTP version migration robbed him of just enough of both of those.

Pacheco was my first-round pick back in 2064.

Jķlio RodrŪguez; 24 years old; RHP; 67 IP, 2-2, 4 sv, 4.30

Rodriguez probably shouldnít be pitching in the major leagues. Heís okay against righties, but lefties hit him pretty hard (248/344/431 in 2078). And he doesnít seem to have much room to grow.

He was a sixth-round pick in 2072, so replacement-level-ish performance is probably a bonus anyway.

Alejandro Salazar; 28 years old; RHP; 49.1 IP, 2-1, 3 sv, 2.55

Alejandro Salazar is actually a two-way player for us (heíll appear later in the infielders section as well). He started as an infield prospect, showed some propensity as a pitcher, and we converted him. But then a torn labrum moved him back to trying to make the show as a second baseman.

He had struggled with his control for years, but that seems to have taken a step forward in 2078. I donít know if heíll be much of a contributor for long, but heís not a terrible option as a last guy on the roster.

Salazar was a second-round pick in 2071.

Jose Soliz; 30 years old; RHP; 21.1 IP, 0-0, 0.84

Soliz was lights out in April, and then for some reason I sent him down to the minors. (I wanted to try him as a starter maybe? He was 7-7, 3.10 in AAA as a starter. But ultimately I have no idea; I donít remember at all.) Heís a bit old, and doesnít have great ratings, so I doubt heís part of the long-term plan. but now Iím kind of curious what he could have done for the full season. He was solid in 2077 too (3.09 ERA in 75.2 big-league innings)

Soliz was a scouting discovery in 2064.

Dave Williams; 24 years old; RHP; 17.2 IP, 0-2, 2 sv, 3.06

Williams has a great sinker and cutter, and if he can figure out how to control them better (currently a 3 control rating, but a 6 potential) he might be the shutdown reliever that Hughes was supposed to be. He was pitching pretty well in June and July when I called him up, but then he sprained his elbow and missed the rest of the season. Heíll be one to watch next year.

Williams was a third-round pick in 2076.

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 262