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Drafting - Hitters
Posted by Allan Sellers on Sunday, Apr. 17th, 2011 at 12:05 AM

Just kicking this thread off.  Some things to look for are OBP, AVG, and SLG.  With all these three, the higher, he better.

Initially you need players with ABs of 450 or more.  So you might open the hitting  file and only show hitters with 450 or more ABs.

OBP is On Base Percentage.

AVG is Batting Average.

SLG is Slugging Percentage.

OBP is an indicator of how often a player gets on base (via a walk or hit).  

AVG is an indicator of how well a player hits.

SLG indicates how often a player gets extra base hits (doubles, triples, or homers).   This kind of player tends to have a lower average but hits more home runs.  You need players like this.

But you need players in all categories AND you need all positions.  

 

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A quick cheat if you are new to drafting and evaluating baseball talent:

Since we are drafting from scratch, meaning all players are currently available, there are lots of resources out on the Internet.  The many sites that cover "fantasy baseball" will be useful as a start.  Fantasy rules/scoring will, of course, have differences from TMBL, but the fantasy lists out there will provide a good basic take on  "who are the best players out there" in real baseball.

Especially for  these earliest rounds, do some searching on "fantasy baseball, top 200 player rankings" and the like and you will come up with some quick talent lists to get centered.  Try similar searches by position,"fantasy baseball, shortshop rankings 2011" to start to break it down by position.  

Mike Cabral on Sunday, Apr. 24th, 2011 at 1:51 PM
 

Mike's advice is really good, but one word of caution. All of the fantasy websites out there will default to "2001 Projection" rankings. We're using 2010 stats, so you want to look to see if the site provides some rankings/lists based on the 2010 final stats.

Rob Peterson on Sunday, Apr. 24th, 2011 at 2:52 PM
 
Thanks guys. I\'ve been browsing top player stats today and I think Rob just saved me from ruling out players who \'might not play as well next season\'
Roy Rolsten on Sunday, Apr. 24th, 2011 at 5:44 PM
 

This is a great starting point.  Thanks.

Any chance some one could put together a top 5 stats to look out for pitching and fielding.

I know what about 20% of the acronyms mean (i know what the all stand for) but which ones are the key attributs for a position would be helpful.  (Or is this giving too much away?)

Looking forward to the draft.

Adam Meney on Wednesday, Apr. 27th, 2011 at 2:23 PM
 

Quick question for those of you who have played this game before:

Is there an amount of luck (e.g. pseudo-randome number generator) involved with all the work that goes on behind each game and each at bat?  For example, in MSWL-United, we all know TRA has one of the best teams overall.  However, any team can play TRA and still win if things fall right for their team.  Can that happen in TMBL as well (with respect to hitting, fielding and pitching)?

Many thanks.

Brian Beerman on Wednesday, Apr. 27th, 2011 at 3:37 PM
 

Short answer, Brian: yes.  

Strategy can compensate for lack/shortage of superstar players as i did for my Scrape Scrod team and even more so for the Quaggy River Cats.

Rob Baptiste on Wednesday, Apr. 27th, 2011 at 8:17 PM
 

My hint is to read Moneyball by Michael Lewis or at least the Wikipedia synopsis.   I read this between my first season when my team Quaggy River Cats were very poor and my second when they were good. The two may or may not be connected. 

Go with an open mind - In this game stats rule.  Great real life players who hit or pitch when it matters,  may not cut the mustard in TMBL.  Actual real baseball knowledge may be a disadvantage!

James Tucker on Thursday, Apr. 28th, 2011 at 12:37 AM
 

Real baseball knowledge is clearly a disadvantage. Otherwise, how would C-Ball and Brent have won?! =)

Rob Peterson on Thursday, Apr. 28th, 2011 at 2:22 AM